How long will the church tolerate its partnership with the alcohol industries?   How long will we allow our institutions to openly advertise intoxicating drinks? How long shall we continue to profit from its sales. How long will we, who claim to be commandment-keepers, condone the fruits of liquor: crime, poverty, death, illness, strife, divorce and devastating car accidents? Any church leader or administrator who supports or promotes in any way the liquor traffic by our institutions should not consider themselves fit or qualified to hold any office or occupy any leadership position in the church.
Surely, if we can’t even agree that Adventism and alcohol don’t mix, then we can never agree on anything. The time has surely come to put an end to the corrupt and lucrative liquor trafficking in our institutions. This is a flagrant violation of God’s will for His people. Can we remain neutral on the subject of alcohol? Will we continue in our Laodicean condition that says nothing, does nothing and knows nothing? When it comes to a crisis of faith, there can be no neutrality. And in Adventism there is no place for the works of Satan.
If the prophet Samuel were here, he would tell us: “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee.” 1 Samuel 13:13.
Elijah would say today: “Ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD.” 1 Kings 18:18.
Jehu would ask us: “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord?” 2 Chronicles 19:2.
Daniel would say: “Break off thy sins by righteousness.” Daniel 4:27.
John the Baptist would declare: “It is not lawful.” Matthew 14:4.
Paul would warn: “God shall smite thee, thou whited wall.” Acts 23:3.
And Jesus would command: “Take these things hence.” John 2:16.
These are just a few examples that prove that we also have a duty to speak truth in times of crisis, even if we have to address worldly corruption. The reason why apostasy continues to win is because the majority gives in and capitulates. They refuse to get involved. One side is pushing evil, while the other side surrenders. Today, people look at the drinking parties taking place in Adventism, they see the millions of dollars of blood money from the alcohol industry and say:
“If I take a stand, what will it cost me?”
Instead of saying:
“This is what God says, let’s obey, come what may.”
The time for silence, indifference and comfortable Christianity is over. If we can’t even take a stand against our institutions that are holding alcohol auctions for money, then we are not prepared for the mark of the beast, the time of trouble or the investigative judgment. Don’t talk about the Latter Rain or revival and reformation if we don’t even have the courage to denounce our involvement in the traffic of intoxicating drinks.
“God cannot use men who, in time of peril, when the strength, courage, and influence of all are needed, are afraid to take a firm stand for the right. He calls for men who will do faithful battle against wrong, warring against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Prophets and Kings, p. 141).
We want to thank Pastor Emmanuel Nougaisse from Amazing Word Ministries, Pastor Andrew Henriques from Saved to Serve and others for standing up and speaking out against these new partnerships with the liquor business. Remember, there have been only a few in each generation who have stood their ground in the face of severe opposition and consequence. Although the majority capitulates, God will always have a faithful few. We have already published the Saved to Serve video on this topic.  Below is Amazing Word Ministries’ presentation: