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An enormous failure by some of the Christian world today has been to tackle the problem of smoking. More and more pastors and leaders are taking a “hands off” approach to church correction regarding smoking. It continues to stun me weekly to see the very people claiming to be Christians standing outside the doors of their church, the temple of God, every Sunday, puffing on a cigarette before and right after service!

It is time for us to put our foot down on this issue, educate the uneducated, and repel hypocrisy and blatant disrespect from the church. It is time for us, the body of Christ, to properly inform believers about what is acceptable and what is not. God does not want “gray” areas to exist in the church concerning sin. In fact God doesn’t want any “gray” areas to exist at all. We must define things as either good in the sight of God, or not.

Smoking is a sin. There is no way around it. There is no way to justify it. It is sin, plain and simple. Smoking at its source is simply the sin of lust to bondage. When you’re addicted to cigarettes you literally become a slave to them. Smoking is not only a sin because it is lustful, but because its kills you, and others as well. This I will explore later in the article.

All throughout the Bible God commands us to live holy lives. Let’s all understand that God is not making mere suggestions in His Word! They are commands! Cigarettes are a tool of Satan to keep you addicted or in bondage to sin. It is a tool of the devil to kill you. Smoking isn’t doing anything other then giving you asthma, wrinkles, respiratory infections, cancers and all sorts of illnesses. Unfortunately, many smokers do not care about this fact until they are lying on their deathbed.

Smoking, because it is sin, actually separates believers from the power, anointing and blessings of God! Sin separates us from God; smoking separates us from God. Now, to some this idea seems absurd. It only seems absurd however because smoking has become so common in our society that to many, it simply seems like no big deal. I tell you however, it is a big deal; it’s a well constructed trap. Satan doesn’t want his tricks and traps to stand out with warning signs all around them; he likes them small and subtle. The devil likes the traps that you can slowly creep into. He wants you to enter into his traps without realizing it.

Satan has used the ungodly and sadly many who call themselves godly in this world to promote and sustain smoking in our culture. Children are now raised in a society where cigarettes are readily available to them at startling ages. Schools do nothing to enforce the legal age of smoking on their property. The government does nothing to enforce underage smoking, only underage buying. Satan has deceivingly kept smoking from being seen as a major issue in the Church today. We have let it slip under our radar for too many years now. We must fight back and expose smoking for what is really is; sin.

Smoking should not be done around the church, around your kids, or even by yourself. Smoking is not something that is Godly. The bodies of born again believers are not just bodies, but the very living breathing temples of the Most High! The Bible says: “…ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

Our bodies are no longer ours but Gods. Smoking is not only sin, but sin on multiple levels. If you’re smoking cigarettes you are not only killing yourself, but you are destroying and ruining the living temple of God which He bought with the precious blood of Jesus. “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.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)

Furthermore smokers continue to endanger the health of non-smokers. Numerous non-smokers are exposed to cigarette smoke in public and private areas when they do not wish to be. These instances cause the non-smokers to suffer right along with the smokers. In fact second-hand smoke is said to be more dangerous then first-hand smoke!

Smokers must begin to truly examine the meaning of the 6th commandment which was given to Moses at Mt.Sinai by God. The commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) When most people think of killing they think of murder that instantaneously takes a life. Killing however is not only that which results in immediate death, but any action that greatly attributes to the death of another. “Thou shalt not kill” means “harm no one by hand or by deed.

Some smokers try to argue that smoking is not a sin. This is absolutely ludicrous. Smoking clearly violates scripture: it ruins our bodily temples, kills the physical body and kills others around the smoker. Smoking is clearly detrimental to the health of the smoker and others around them; this is a scientific proven fact. You wouldn’t smoke and pray at the same time would you? Do you think you and Jesus could have a cigarette together? These ideas are preposterous aren’t they?

If you are a smoker and have been attending a church you would most likely know by now that smoking is a sin. Sometimes however that’s not always the case. There are regrettably some churches where the leadership literally takes a full “hands off” approach, and much of the church is left in the dark about this issue.

These acts of fear and lukewarm Christianity must be put to an end now. Remember what Jesus said about “lukewarm” Christians: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15,16) What Jesus is saying here is if we are to be the children of God, then we must go the distance. We are not to be in-between righteousness and sin. The state between righteousness and sin is the state which is described as lukewarm. He said He will spue or spit the lukewarm Christians out of His mouth, in other words, they shall be cast down and not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Lukewarm Christians are Christians who cling to some ordinances of God, but rebel against others. Remember, you cannot serve two masters (God and Satan), it is impossible.

The sin of smoking should be treated like every other sin. It is to be confessed as sin, and engaged through the strength of Christ. Smoking is just more sinful baggage that is to be laid at the foot of the cross. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." That is a powerful scripture. You can do “all things” through Christ Jesus who strengthens you, and that includes quitting smoking.

If you’re a smoker who needs deliverance from smoking make step number one asking God for assistance. Make a conscious, genuine decision to quit. Don’t only decide in your mind to cut back, or slow down, but quit. Don’t wait to do it, don’t put it off, don’t allow yourself to make anymore excuses, quit now. Seek the support of others who have quit smoking already. Find out what has worked for them. Talk to your doctor about quitting. Ask others to stay in constant prayer for you. Develop a strategy to quit smoking, stay committed, and keep God at the forefront of your plan. Rely on God in faith and expect deliverance from the bondage of smoking.

You can do all things through Christ! God can help you quit and abstain from smoking; God has the power! Remember, the same God that will help you quit is the same God that raised Jesus from death to life again. Now that is true power! Will smoking keep you out of heaven? No, I don't think so, but it will stop you from becoming all that God desires you to be on this earth!  If you're like me, pleasing the Father is priority number one.

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