Saturday, December 29, 2007

Is Smoking Sin?

Is Smoking Sin?

Please answer true or false and give Scriptural support for your answer.1) A man will go to hell for smoking. True or False? True.

True because:
a). Smoking is perpetual sinning and “if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Heb 10:26),
B). Grace does not abound eternally if we continue to sin (Rom 6:1-2)
C). Smoking is destroying the temple of God (body) and whosoever destroys that temple would be destroyed too (I Cor 3:16-17)
2) Smoking cigarettes is a sin. True or False?

True. It is a sin because it fits the definitions of sin.
A). Anything out of faith is sin and smoking is. Rom 14:23
B). Not doing good you know is sin and refusing to keep yourself healthy is sin James 4:17
C). All unrighteousness is sin. Smoking and knowing that it destroys your body is an unrighteous act. Thus by implication it is a wrong act and that is sin. I Jn 5:17

3) Chewing tobacco products is a sin. True or False?
True it falls with answer 2.

4) Church leaders who smoke should be dismissed. True or False?
False. They should be given time to get their acts together and if they refuse, they should be dismissed because no one would permit a pastor who is a prostitute or drug addict. I Cor 5:11-13 gives us the guideline on church discipline and then I Tim 3: 2-7 and Titus 1:7-115)

5. Smoking is a worse sin than slander, gossip or "stretching the truth." True or False?
False. Smoking is an unrighteousness that is sin but not unto death (venial) I Jn 5:17. Unlike blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and illicit sex which are mortal sins (I Jn 5:16 and Mt 12:31). However it is not only smoking that is sin but also all addictions or any perpetual act of sin that falls within the above definitions of sin is not good for our soul.

Until then, I rest my case.

Prince and PA Hamilton Ayuk.

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