Of course you can’t defend teetotalism in any absolute way from the Bible. It’s clear that wine is a blessing in the Bible.
If you make the choice, like me, that I’m going to be a teetotaler, it’s just not based on the condemnation of the evil of wine. That’s just not it at all! It’s the context in which I live. It’s my children and my grandchildren. It’s my addictive personality. I can’t even buy a pack of gum without going through it in an hour.
I sense a lot of young guys who don’t want to be legalistic and want to spread their wings and know gospel freedom are just not very realistic about the world in which we live.
So that’s a little warning. And I know the pushback would be real strong from a lot of people I admire greatly that I could easily fall into a trap of ruling out for everybody what God has given as a precious gift.
I find Piper’s comments interesting. On the one hand, he recognizes alcohol as “a precious gift.” On the other hand, he appeals to our present context. Which raises the question: if something is a precious gift from God, must/should Christians let our present cultural context govern this gift?
Read Piper’s comments on alcohol here.