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Keep the SON in your eyes,
I would like to ask you a very personal and sincere question. Is smoking a sin or just a bad addiction ? The bible says sin is anything that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). An addiction is anything that has so much power that we don't have the ability to freely choose or refuse it. (2 Peter 2:19) speaks about being a slave to whatever has mastered him. I fall in both of these categories…Separated and a Slave !!!
There are plenty of "closet" smokers in our church who hide their addiction because of the disapproval they feel. How do you get free from this addiction or any other addiction ? I've heard from many congregants, "Take it to the Lord and leave it there" and I done just that, took it to the lord and still smoking.
Thank you in advance for your prayer and your response.
I know without a shadow of doubt your response will help me and many others in your congregation.
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Believe me when I say that you are so right, there are many closet smokers in our congregation as well as others. Your question is one that has plagued many Christians for many years. The Bible does not expressly address the use of tobacco, which is why Christians tend to disagree. There are principles, however, that I believe definitely apply to smoking. As you alluded to, the Bible commands us not to allow our bodies to become "mastered" by anything. "Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me—but I will not be mastered by anything" (1 Corinthians 6:12). Again you point out that smoking is undeniably strongly addictive. Later in the same passage we are told, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Smoking is undoubtedly very bad for your health. Smoking has been proven to damage the lungs and the heart.
I believe one must ask can smoking be considered "beneficial" (1 Corinthians 6:12)? Can it be said that smoking is truly honoring God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:20)? Can a person honestly smoke "for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31)? I believe the answer to these three questions is a resounding "no."
Some Christians who smoke believe they are merely exercising their freedom in Christ to engage in a practice that brings them pleasure. The apostle Paul taught that some practices that we enjoy are liberties for which we should not be judged (Rom. 14:12-15:2). Christians who smoke might reason further that there are many things nonsmokers do or do not do that can be detrimental to their health. There are many nonsmokers, for instance, who fail to eat sensibly or get regular exercise, which doctors believe can contribute to heart disease and other ills.