Habitat Loses Support over Alcohol Use

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Baptist pastors in Rutherford County, N.C., have drawn a line in the sand against Habitat for Humanity's use of alcohol.

The home building organization sponsored a fundraising event for the Sandy Run Baptist Association last fall where wine and beer was served.

Some of the pastors wrote a letter to Habitat, citing their disappointment and asking the organization to reconsider their policy regarding alcohol. Their request was denied.

"We are generally able to acknowledge our differences yet follow our individual paths while showing respect and consideration for each other," Habitat's board of directors responded in a letter to the Baptist association.

Pastor David Jendrey of Corinth Baptist Church said this is not a issue they will compromise.

"We're saying that this is wrong. That this is a point we're not going to cross," he said.

Jendrey and 41 other pastors decided to take action and withdraw their support of Habitat and stop building houses in the county.

"In their words, we rankled them because we were telling them what they could do," Jendrey said. "And we told them it was not our intentions to dictate anything, other than to show them that we do not support the use of social drinking for the promotion of a Christian organization."

Source: ABCNews

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