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Can Christians Smoke

What is the Christian view on smoking? Many godly preachers smoked. Does that make it right?

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Strongax, I already cited the verse on sin. When you know a thing is wrong to do, and you choose to do it anyway, that is sin. Look it up.
---Eloy on 10/5/10

It is now known that insufficient consumption of liquid is harmful. Does that meaan that yesterday, for example when I did not have access to mater, I was sinning?
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/5/10

NO !

There's No such a thing as smoking, social alcoh drinking, club dancing, fornicating, adultery, social club joining etc christians.
1st.John 2 v's 15 - 16.

The devil says there is. You can have one foot in for God & the other foot in for the devil & his worldly pleasures.
---Lawrence on 10/5/10


No, that doesn't mean that it's OK. But what it DOES mean is this:

Either most of those same people who profess to be Christians really aren't - they're no different from the world - or, even if they are, they aren't "overcomers" - since even when they're filled with the Spirit of God, they have no more power over worldly temptations than anybody else.

In either case, this is a bad witness, because those on the outside can legitimately ask "What use is being a Christian, if they're no different from anyone else?"
---StrongAxe on 10/5/10

The divorce rate of professed Christians is near the same as the outside world.
Does this mean divorce is ok?
Just because professed Christians do something does not equate it to God's will nor His pleasure.
---micha9344 on 10/4/10


You said: sinners smoke, saints do not: you cannot have smoking and Jesus too.

Since you are so dogmatic about this, can you cite chapter and verse that proclaims this? Or is it just your personal opinion?
---StrongAxe on 10/4/10

I too can remember when almost everyone smoked. I hate cigarettes but a christian can smoke. I remember when the men would go outside between sunday school and church and they would lit up. Now since people know cigarettes kill, it is a whole different thing.
---shira3877 on 10/4/10

Eloy ... How old are you?
I am old enoughto remember when 75% of the population smoked, and 50% of Christians.
That is in the days before it was generally known of the dangers
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/4/10

sinners smoke, saints do not: you cannot have smoking and Jesus too.
---Eloy on 10/4/10

Out witnessing I've had people hide their cigarettes from me, throw away beer bottles, and other such actions. They do this of course because their mores tell them what they are doing is wrong.
I never make a comment upon their actions simply because I am not concerned with condemning them I am only concerned with telling them how they can be saved. Rather than condemn a witness should be concerned with delivering a message and that message should explain how salvation can be obtained from the Lord Jesus Christ.
---mima on 10/4/10

Whenever I see a question about smoking I am reminded that the great English evangelist Spurgeon smoked cigars.
---mima on 10/4/10

Romans 12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
---francis on 10/3/10

NurseRobert, "To one that knows to do good and does not, to that one it is sin." Jm.4:17. Smoking is sin. It is unclean and is known to be harmful to health in causing lung cancer and emphysema and bronchitis, and so it is proven to defile the body which is the holy temple of God.
---Eloy on 9/30/10

No godly preachers smoke.
---Eloy on 9/29/10

Why is that Eloy?
---NurseRobert on 9/29/10

No godly preachers smoke.
---Eloy on 9/29/10

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we are not to abuse our body. However, I know christians who smoke. It smells bad and kills. Anyone who smokes is killing their own bodies. God will turn our bodies over to the devil for the destruction of the flesh.
---shira3877 on 9/28/10

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Is smoking any worse than someone who is so fat they can barely walk? I have watched a fat person eat three packed plate fulls but they think they are so Godly. Eating yourself dead is not any worse than smoking yourself to death.
---shira3877 on 9/28/10

Praise God...that I dont go to church with some of you.....Wow....No Godly preacher smokes?? GRACE...God's grace. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus...nothing seperates us from his love. Some of you are very judgemental.....If I smoke or not, God loves me just the same. A sin is a sin and being overweight, being judgemental is a sin.
---Kristi on 9/28/10

There are sinners who do not want to give up their sin, and so they lie and say, No one is perfect, when clearly there are evident saints and evident sinners. Sinner, God is not impressed with your blasphemy: sinners will lie and say, No one is perfect, No one is a saint, No one is righteous, and so on, lies on top of lies, and instead of confessing the truth that there are people proven to be perfect and holy and right and innocent, they instead will wrongly say "Not so, for everyone is a sinner like me". O' foolish sinner, repent and get right with God, else you go down to your grave in your proud sin and awaken to your just deserts in eternal wrath and damnation.
---Eloy on 8/8/10

Yes dont even assume God laughs!! ugh! God is all anger and vengeance and stuff!!

God being full of joy, laughter, love, understanding, compassion .... who dares suggest such things :P
---JackB on 8/8/10

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I think Mary was more concerned with the better to her, of the two evils,never the less neither of the two evils were any good!
---Carla on 8/7/10

If we are to treat our body as the temple of God, wasn't there smoke in the original temple?
Just saying. , )
---AG on 8/7/10



so you are claiming the people in the temple were smoking incense?

playing devils advocate with a cute nonsensical quip can be dangerous

because I honestly don't believe YOU are that ignorant

---Rhonda on 8/7/10

Judging isn't any better.
Praise God he knows the heart.
If a brother or sister needs prayer for this deliverance-praise God.
Bless them for asking and acknowledging their weakness and asking for His Strenght.
Not one of us is perfect.
---char on 8/7/10

Rhonda, A-men. People make a hundred and one excuses for their sin, namely, smoking. God says Sin Not, and when he saves a person from sin he says, Go and sin no more, else something worse come upon you. He does not say, Go and sin some more, so I can forgive you some more. God forbid. "What rightly we say them? Will we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid! How could we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Rm.6:1,2. Says the Lord God Jesus: "Why call you all me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? If you all love me, my commandments keep." Lk.6:46+ Jn.14:15.
---Eloy on 8/7/10

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Thank you JackB :)
---Mary on 8/7/10

If we are to treat our body as the temple of God, wasn't there smoke in the original temple?
Just saying. , )
---AG on 8/7/10

Smoking definitely stinks, but I'd rather have a brown-toothed, smelly-breathed pastor praying over me in love than a sweet-breathed pastor who didn't care.
---Mary on 8/6/10

I love it! Good for you, Mary!
---JackB on 8/6/10

...rather have a brown-toothed, smelly-breathed pastor praying over me in love

Interesting nonbiblical concept Holy Scripture states True Christians have Holy Spirit DWELLING WITHIN THEM ...Apostles admonish us to treat our temple (physical body) as temple of God impossible to do if one pollutes it with cigarettes

many sincerely believe they care showing a "caring nature" duping many ...also proclaim christianity however by polluting temple of God with their VAIN lust of addiction they contradict Holy Scripture

choose GODLY men who ministers in truth and spirit rather than "caring man" who dupe with "caring attitude" yet also CARES FOR HIS addiction more than TRUTH in Holy Scriptures
---Rhonda on 8/6/10

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Smoking definitely stinks, but I'd rather have a brown-toothed, smelly-breathed pastor praying over me in love than a sweet-breathed pastor who didn't care.
---Mary on 8/6/10

No smoking is neither Godly or acceptable, just as a person has to clean up their spiritual body so is it required for a person to give up on physical addictions of any kind especially drinking and definitely smoking.

What stinky breath brown teeth ,pastor would you like doing your wedding vows or even praying over you Eeeew!
---Carla on 8/5/10

JackB, Praise God! You quitting that nasty habit of smoking after 18 long years is a very good incentive and sure encouragment for others to follow your healthy example.
---Eloy on 8/5/10

Is it shaking your faith? Is it causing others to stumble? The answers must be yes, by the conviction of your conscience, honed by the Word. A godly person (i.e a preacher) will contend better with his vices because he's in the Word daily and in mutual edification with his flock, who will also fare better with his vice - but no, this does not make it right, surely it could be better. At some point it must become apparent for him and his flock to forsake this vice. A vice is a crutch, and a crutch is to depend on something other that God. Notice: no vice ever holds someone better off, never is it accidentally beneficial, always consequentially detrimental. The stomach can take many things but the lungs only the breath of our Creator God.
---John_II on 8/5/10

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I smokED for 18 years

Past tense
---JackB on 8/4/10

Question is why would you want to harm your body with smoke? Smoking or not smoking doesn't make you a better or less Christian, it just makes your health worse.
---candice on 8/4/10

"Ye are not your own: for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Christians know when they are living in sin as a child knows right from wrong so do adults, it is a choice to smoke , drink, commit adultery, lie, steal.

1 Cor. 6:12, All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything."

anything that harms us is sin, you may say but i don't find it in the Bible? do you see (cocain,heroin, marijuana, acid) and many other things that is killing people in the Holy Bible?
---Lea on 8/4/10

All sin is unclean. Many things are proven to be unclean of themselves inspite of whether or not a person thinks or esteems them to be unclean: freshly dug potatoes and carrots, unclean, mud tracked across the floor, uclean, not showering or bathing for a week, unclean, speaking foul language, unclean, committing adultery, unclean, drunkenness and drug addiction, unclean, smoking tobacco, unclean- the governemnt even labels the side of the package notifying the consumer of the known facts of causing health damages from smoking the product. Christ does not smoke, and there is no smoking in heaven, none, why? it is unclean.
---Eloy on 8/4/10

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Just remember God loves you and I do to.
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 - Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel
Romans 14:14 - I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Romans 16:17 - Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them. Hypocrites will do more damage than a puff or two. They blow more smoke oh its true.
---Mikehans100 on 8/4/10

JackB, When God commands us to warn a person to repent from their sin, namely here being "Repent from smoking", then we must do as he commands. Else the one continuing the destruction will surely perish, but their blood will be upon our hands. Therefore we as ministers are commanded to judge righteous judgment. It is sin for a sinner to wrongly reproach a leader because the leader is teller the sinner to repent from their sin, and because the sinner enjoys their sin they wrongly blame the righteous. There is no excuse or justification for smoking, none, and blaming others for telling you that you should quit is not right. We tell people to live healthier not to condemn them but to free them from the known bondage and destruction.
---Eloy on 8/3/10

JackB, If you smoke, I pray that Jesus gives you the dominion over them, to say No to them, to buy them No more, to receive them No more, and to stop the accompaniment time together with smokers when they are smoking. Yes, in Jesus, to replace the time that you used to smoke with doing some other activity, preferably healthier, a drink of cold water or praying to Jesus or something good. You will be healthier and your vitamin "C" will increase in your temple, and please believe this, you will also enjoy a closer walk with Jesus.
---Eloy on 8/3/10

Yes Eloy I do realize that.

I know the difference between someone who overeats and someone who has Hypothyroidism.

The point is most people are guilty of the beam in the eye when a plank is in their own eye hypocrisy in the church.

I know pastors that still smoke. Not everyone quits the same sins at the same time. Therefore we cannot judge. We're supposed to encourage and pray for one another since we are all part of the same body. Not use our freedom from a particular sin to make our brother in Christ doubt his relationship with the Lord because he still has strongholds.

Who are we to judge another man's servant...
---JackB on 8/3/10

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JackB, While gluttony is a sin, not all overweight people are overweight because of overeating, but some people have glandular and metabolic medical conditions which is directly related to their weight and therefore not a sin. Food is a natural essential to sustain life, but smoking is sin- there is no no comparison: There are no animals lighting up cancer sticks and blowing smoke.
---Eloy on 8/3/10

Eventhough there is a warning label on the side of cigarettes warnign about the health risks, I think if the government would require cigarette and cigar makers to label their products in Capital letters on the front of their products: "CANCER STICKS", and tobacco chew "CANCER CHEW" and snuff "CANCER SNUFF", it would cause a person to think twice before indulging in that health destroying sin.
---Eloy on 8/3/10

One of the things that kept me from church for many years was hypocrits.

I smoked for 18 years and people in the church were always getting onto me about it, telling me I was damaging the temple of the Holy Ghost and how Christians dont smoke etc etc.

What bothered me the most was the fact that the very people that were preaching to me were overweight. They couldnt even see their own hypocrisy.
---JackB on 8/3/10

The English theologian charles Spurgeon smoked cigars and when D.L. Moody commented negatively on his habit, Charles merely pointed out that Moody's obvious sin was gluttony as he was too fat.

Spurgeon, did however, give up smoking toward the end of his life commenting that thro he had the freedom to smoke, he would no longer do so because it offended others.

One always has to keep in mind that weaker brethren whose faith may be very weak.
---leej on 8/3/10

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No godly preachers smoke.
---Eloy on 8/2/10

There is NO such a thing as smoking christians, social alcoh, fornicating, adultery, drug, club dancing, political etc christians. The devil allows such, But God has Nothing to do with it. 1st.John 2 v's 15 - 16.
---Lawrence on 8/2/10

'All things are permissible, but all things are not beneficial'. This applies to anything that is not a sin.
---Adam on 10/14/07

smoking won't send you to hell, but it will make you smell like you've been there.
---Bob on 10/4/07

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No you have to pray and asked God to help you quit.
---Bennie on 9/29/07

2 Chronicles 19:6
And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
This is none of your business mind your sin
---denise on 9/19/07

This question reminds me of the Tennesee Ernie Ford song. "Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette. Smoke, smoke, smoke it til you smoke yourself to death. Tell Saint Peter at the golden gate, that he'll just have to wait....while you smoke that last cigarette."
---Susie on 9/17/07

Christians smoke all the time.

Whether they should is another question.
---Jack on 9/17/07

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**Just because these so called "preachers" smoke doesn't make it right. They are going agaisnt Scriptures which speaks of the Body being the temple of the Holy Spirit.**

Ever hear of the great Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon of London?

He remarked once, after hearing a "thou shalt not smoke" sermon, "The Bible says in all you do, do all to the glory of God, and I'm going to go home and smoke a cigar to the glory of God."
---Jack on 9/17/07

---Trish9863 and ---Cynthia, I agree with your statements.
"Certainly a Christian can smoke but if he does so, he does not do so, with God's approval.
---Mima on 9/15/07"
Mima, the same goes for any other sin. Do you have God's approval for your
---Nana on 9/17/07

When I was a smoker, I could not even fellowship with the Lord. You can't tell me that smoking does not hinder your relationship with the Lord. When I gave it over to God and stopped trying to quit in my own strength then my fellowship with the Lord went from darkness and guilt to light and joy. That is the strength and power of God Almighty!
---Cynthia on 9/16/07

#3 Third, what does "many godly preachers smoked" proves? Just because these so called "preachers" smoke doesn't make it right. They are going agaisnt Scriptures which speaks of the Body being the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said,"Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matt 7:22)
---Ramon on 9/16/07

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#2 Christ can "set us free" (Gal 5:1-5). It is through Christ, that anyone can overcome the demon of smoking.

Thousands of people die every year as a result of smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes. It has been recognized that secondary smoking or passive smoking can put the health of others at risk. This is one of the reasons why smoking has been so widely banned in public places.

So you are killing yourself and harming other people. Now that's a sin! You can't serve two masters!
---Ramon on 9/16/07

Christians CAN smoke.

There is not a commandment that says, "Thou shalt not smoke." But...


Study all of Romans chapter 14 especially verses 13 and 19-21.
---Steveng on 9/16/07

Smoking should not be done by Christians, as well as the unsaved. The Bible said:

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Cor 3:16-17).

This makes it clear that smoking is not right in God's eyes. Those who smoke destroy the Body, which is God's temple. And He makes it clear those who defile it will be destroy!
---Ramon on 9/16/07

Good morning.I would like to say that I feel God would rather we not smoke as our body is considered a temple.I am a christian and I do smoke,but I believe Jesus still loves me and I am still going to heaven.I am trying to break this habit but Jesus can still use a christian whether they smoke or not.
---Rita on 9/16/07

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If you are asking this question, then it would seem that the Holy Spirit is trying to convict you. You should pray as Jesus did, "Not my will but Thine be done."
What do you think God's will is for his children. What is your will for you own child. Do you want them to smoke? I'd be surprised if you did. Then why would you think that God wants us to smoke. And if He doesn't then we should be willing to let Him cleanse us from this addiction.
---robin8683 on 9/16/07

However, don't beat yourself up over it. We can't save ourselves by quitting smoking. All victory is through Jesus. Get close to Him. He will give you the victory. don't let your addiction keep you from getting close to Him!
---robin8683 on 9/16/07

When I see an adult smoking I have the same feeling as when I see a 4-year old with a pacifier in their mouth. I see no difference between that pacifier and that cigarette. Christians who are smoking have never gone past the baby stage.
---Susie on 9/15/07

Let me just add something else here. Nicotene is a demon.
I once observed a man that came to a leader of the church, and asked him to pray over him that he would have a "deliverance" and then he asked what is your name and a demon cried out in a low voice "N I C O T E N E" then the guy spewed a massive amount of green stuff across the room.
---Whisper on 9/15/07

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The bible say some things are lawful for us but not expedient. That basically means,I think, it is not a sin to do somethings(smoking)but it is not good for us to do that particular thing. Smoking is a bad and evil habit that leads to sickness and disease. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we should keep our temples as clean and holy, as possible. I am an ex-smoker. Tw packs a day for over 20+ yrs. I give God the glory. I would not recommend smoking to anyone. Saved or the unsaved.
---Robyn on 9/15/07

Thanks everybody for sharing your views on smoking. Just wanted to know what other Christians and non Christians felt about this topic. God's blessings to all.
---Robyn on 9/15/07

If they have faith to. It is not healthy, but it has nothing to do with salvation. Please see my blog answer re can smokers go to heaven?
---jody_martin on 9/15/07

2Pe 2:19 For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
Smoking is an addiction that enslaves the person. Godly people, especially those in leadership who are supposed to set an example in leading the flock should do what they can to quit. If a Godly person smokes it seems to be even more ungodly.
---john on 9/15/07

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Certainly a Christian can smoke but if he does so, he does not do so, with God's approval.
---Mima on 9/15/07

it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person

it is not a good testimony but then you already know that and its bad for your health. So is living in the inner city.
If you think it is sin - it is. If you do not think it is sin - it is just a bad habit.
I'll pray you can quit.
(I was 4 packs a day 15 yrs ago)

be blessed
---andre5846 on 9/15/07

When tobacco was first discovered it was not known to be harmful or addictive. The link with cancer was found less than 50 years ago I believe. Those godly preachers of old knew nothing of this. Now that we know the dangers it is foolish to start but we have all done foolish things. It's easier to cease doing the non-addictive things but not so with something like smoking. I have never smoked so cannot imagine how hard it is to stop.
---RitaH on 9/15/07

2. However, I agree that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and we should keep our bodies clean and healthy. We should ask God to help us to cease doing those things that are harming our bodies, and smoking is only one of several harmful habits. We non-smokers should pray for those who smoke or are addicted in any other way and remember that 'there, but for the grace of God, go I'.
---RitaH on 9/15/07

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For me personally Holy Spirit convicted me of poisoning the temple of God. He said, "If you expect me to live in there you need to get that poison out your system. You are poisoning the temple of God." It depends on the conviction of the individual.
---denna7667 on 9/14/07

My personal view on smoking -I think on the verse where Paul states that all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. I am afraid I can't quote it at the moment, but I would think this falls into that category. While I don't think it's a sin against God, it isn't a healthy habit, and isn't taking good care of your "temple". I think overeating falls into this category as well...
---Kady on 9/14/07

The body must be HOLY as the TEMPLE OF GOD 1 Corinthians 3:16 says it like this, Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is HOLY, which temple ye are.
---Whisper on 9/14/07

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