1. Is Smoking a Sin?
There are no clear Scriptures in the Bible about smoking cigarettes or smoking anything else, just to put that issue to rest upfront. Smoking is not a “sin” however, it will certainly destroy your body, shorten your life and the lives of the people you love, and keep you trapped in an addiction.
You know who would love to see all of those things happen to you? Satan.
Many Christians secretly condemn smoking as a sin or judge smokers for being spiritually immature or carnal. While smoking is a sign of being stuck spiritually...where the Bible is silent, we must be too. Is smoking a carnal behavior? Yes. Is it smelly and rude? Yes. It is part of the “old nature” peeking through? Yes. Is it a dangerous addiction that can lead to a spiritual stronghold or a stumbling block? Yes.
The Bible does say to “put away” these things and “embrace the new nature” (Colossians 3:5-12), but it’s not a sin. Put your stones away.
Accusing in Others What We Excuse in Ourselves
Here’s the biblical truth:
There is none righteous, no, not one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become worthless; there is no one who does good, no, not one. – Romans 3:10-12
We all have carnal behaviors we need to crucify and because of Jesus Christ, we are still considered worthy. Thank you, Jesus! You’ll never be able to condemn someone into quitting cigarettes, but the Holy Spirit can convict them. That’s His job. You can pray for them, just as someone out there is praying for you. The Bible says your job is to:
Bear with one another and forgive one another. If anyone has a quarrel against anyone, even as Christ forgave you, so you must do. (Colossians 3:13)
It also says:
If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18)
This means all—even the smokers!
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