Within the Christian world, there are many who seem to think that just because there are those who abuse alcohol, we should eradicate it altogether. So just because some people abuse and rape women, does that mean we should get rid of them too? Or because some abuse food we should all starve? It’s an absurd argument. And that’s Driscoll’s point. Eradicating alcohol is not the answer, but rather turning to the Scriptures for answers concerning it. And it is clear: do not get drunk (not, Don’t drink at all) but rather moderation and special attention to your fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. Unfortunately though, many have gone to the Scriptures to support their self-conceived idea concerning this (and I say unfortunately because of the conclusion that these fellow believers have arrived at from the Scriptures and the poor exegesis done to arrive at those conclusions). They’ve gone to the Scriptures with the preconceived idea that alcohol is wrong altogether and then find Scripture (ignoring context) to support their idea (much like those seeking to support the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe).
One argument from this group goes like this: “Well, the alcohol in Jesus’ day had very little alcohol in it,” or, “The ‘wine’ was really just grape juice in the Scriptures.” Oh really? Why did the Scribes and Pharisees call Jesus a drunkard then if he was just drinking watered down wine or grape juice? Still haven’t heard a good answer for that yet … usually ends in a circular argument, trying to reinforce their former point which has already been squashed. Driscoll totally takes this thinking apart and doesn’t really hold back on it, and I’m glad, because these people’s thoughts on eradicating alcohol and stating that anyone who drinks alcohol is sinning all amounts to legalism (or maintaining your own righteousness before God for either temporal or eternal acceptance – Pharisees, Scribes, Sadducees, etc). He brings church history, Scripture, as well as personal experience to the table and does a fine job of drilling home the fact that drinking is not the problem but rather excessiveness in it, as with anything else.