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A majority of Evangelical pastors refrain from drinking alcohol, as many as 60 percent said they didn't drink socially in a survey conducted this month by the National Association of Evangelicals.

"Even though there is no prohibition on the moderate alcohol consumption in Scripture, due to the many implications as an example to family and those I serve, I like Paul's words 'it is better not to' (Romans 14:21)," said Gary Benedict, the president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Sober Christianity has become the norm in some traditional communities, where wedding toasts are done with sparkling cider instead of champagne and teens are warned at church youth groups about the dangers of alcohol.

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