Can a christian still smoke cigarettes or use medicinal marijuana and expect to make heaven? UPDATED 1/16/2016

A brief history of Cigarettes and tobacco show us that the Mayan Indians in Mexico and the Americas were the oldest group to have first used tobacco from somewhere between 600 and 900 ad. Who were the Mayans? They were devil worshipers, believed in a long count calendar that ended on December 21, 2012, and can be traced all the way back to the Sumerian Civilization who worship the false God Marduk, Baal, and Horus. Often times in history, and although not recorded with the Sumerians, cultivation of plants and herbs were used for many different purposes. Some theologians suggest that when the fallen angels had corrupted the seed of man, beast and living things, that it had been planned from the fall of Satan to pervert certain plants, animals, and humans from good to evil.

ciggeretteIf this is true, Tobacco and Marijuana, one containing  nicotine, and the other with significant amount of tar could be cursed by God for their perversion into something that was meant to be good.

Fast forward to modern history, and nicotine is just one of the ingredients in Cigarettes…in fact there are 4000 additives and chemicals in Cigarettes today, 69 of them that are known to cause cancer.

Marijuana has 50-70% more carcinogens and is held longer in the lungs for the effect. Marijuana increases the effects of nicotine when smoked with marijuana because often people who smoke marijuana, also smoke cigarettes. The tar residue left behind by marijuana in the lungs is a playground for abnormal effects of nicotine on the body.

In fact, when compared side by side, the lungs of both Tobacco and Marijuana smokers look like this:

lungs_marijuana

Here, the side by side comparison shows that the tar ingested is 4 times more potent than tar from Tobacco. The chemicals that are added to Cigarettes also make a toxic poison that effects the brain, along with Marijuana. Usually a person who smokes if they use marijuana, will also smoke cigarettes. The end result is a drug that is so addictive, and is more poisonous than strychnine, does only one thing to the Christian..it slowly kills them through the bondage and addiction of the drug.

Lets look at some common excuses for Christians to smoke either tobacco or marijuana:

Much has been said and written on tobacco. Occasionally, you have a Christian defend it’s use.

I will tell you up-front that I do not believe that a Christian should use either of these substances. I believe them harmful to us physically, morally, and eternally.

I. LET’S REVIEW AGAIN SOME PRINCIPLES THAT WE USE WHEN MAKING MORAL JUDGEMENTS.

A. The Bible gives us the answers to all of today’s questions.B. Our bodies belong to God, therefore, anything that would defile them would be wrong.

C. God made us, therefore, He knows better what is good and right for our bodies than ourselves.

D. Human life is sacred. Therefore, the murder of innocent life is an abomination in God’s sight.

E. Anything that would cause another honest brother to stumble is wrong.

II. SHOULD A CHRISTIAN USE TOBACCO?

A. The primary ingredient in tobacco is a poison.

1. Nicotine is one of the most deadly poisons available.2. It’s toxicity is comparable to that of cyanide.

3. The only reason why it is not more deadly is that is diluted on tobacco products and that much of it is excreted in the
urine.

4. Nicotine has been a traditional ingredient in animal repellants and insecticides, until costs became prohibitive.

B. Three important ingredients found in cigarette smoke.

1. Nicotine

2. Carbon monoxide – the same stuff that can kill people as emissions from automobiles.

3. Cancer causing carcinogens.

4. The fact is that every time a person ingests tobacco products he/she is taking poison into their system.

C. Some reasons why a Christian should not take tobacco products. (Much of this was taken from the excellent tract by A. G. Hobbs, What About Tobacco?

1. Tobacco users stand self-convicted.

a. I have never seen a long time tobacco user recommend that a non-user start. On the contrary, all I have talked to
have urged young people to never take up the habit. If it is such a good thing, why don’t smokers recommend its use? Most will admit, “It’s a bad and nasty habit.”b. Many will become angry when the subject is discussed. If a Christian can defend it as good and wholesome, why get so angry and defensive about it.

2. It is a questionable practice.

a. Even among those who will not admit that it is sinful would admit that they have some questions about it’s use.b. Romans 14:14, 23- “I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who
considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean….But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.”

3. It’s use enslaves the user.

a. It is obvious that the use of tobacco tends to be addictive. How often have you seen smokers, etc. who have tried to
quit and have all kinds of problems “kicking the habit.”b. It tends to control the tobacco users actions. From getting out of bed to getting back into bed the tobacco user
is controlled by tobacco.

c. What the New Testament says about enslavement?

2 Peter 2:19- “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”

1 Corinthians 6:12- “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

4. It is destructive to the body of the Christian.

a. Can there be little doubt that tobacco products are damaging to the human body? Check again the ingredients of
tobacco: Carbon Monoxide, Nicotine, and Cancer causing carcinogens.b. There is abundant evidence to show that smokers have far more chance of getting sick than non-smokers. For
example, smokers suffer 70 % more heart attacks than nonsmokers.

c. What does the New Testament say about damaging the human body?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

2 Corinthians 7:1- “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

5. It hurts the influence of the Christian.

a. Many non-Christians are turned off by a Christian who smokes.b. Most Christians understand this. Many who smoke will attempt to hide that they do so when in the presence of other
Christians.

c. Those who use tobacco certainly do not help the influence of the church, and often hurt it.

d. What the Bible says about influence.

Matthew 5:16

1 Peter 5:3

1 Timothy 4:12

III. SOME ARGUMENTS ADVANCED IN DEFENSE OF SMOKING AND SOME FINAL THOUGHTS.

A. Some arguements that Christians sometimes advance.

1. “The Bible doesn’t say not to smoke, chew, etc.”

a. This is a useless arguement. While it is true that the Bible doesn’t specifically say something about tobacco, there
are principles that would guide us in determine whether it is right to use it.b. Such could just as easily be said about heroin consumption, eating rat poison, euthenasia, etc.

2. “The Bible says that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out.”

a. This is a gross misinterpretation of Matthew 15:18. Jesus is speaking of the outward washing of hands. His disciples had been accused of not being righteous because they did not carry on the pharisical custom of washing hands before eating. He demonstrates that eating foods prior to washing doesn’t make one holy or unholy, it is what is inside of you.b. Would some drunkenness, cocaine use, or sexual immorality be ok, since it was not on the inside?

3. “I knew _________. He/She lived into their eighties and used tobacco every day of their lives. Tobacco didn’t kill them.”

a. This doesn’t prove anything either. The fact is that every study, even though sponsored by the tobacco industry,
has found that those who use tobacco significantly reduce their life expentancy.b. Someone may happen to beat the odds and live to an old age. Do you want to gamble with sickness, radiation and

chemotherapy, and an agonizing death?4. “I like it, and it doesn’t seem to be hurting me.”

a. Personal likes and dislikes do not change whether something is wrong.b. But most tobacco users, who have been using it any length of time, admit that they would like to quit. If it is so
great, why do they want to quit?

5. “Overeating is bad for you too”

a. There is little doubt that many in the church do overeat and have a weight problem.b. This can happen for various reasons.

c. But just because many preachers, elders, deacons, and other member of the church have a weight problem doesn’t change the truth about tobacco.

6 “It’s none of your business”

a. This is the final resort of a person who cannot argue his case successfully.b. Brethren, the fact is that they Bible does tell us that we should be concerned about others. See Galatians 6:1 and James 5:19-20.

B. Some final thoughts.

1. This writer does not know how hard it is to quit tobacco. However, many Christians have told me that it is about the
hardest thing in the world to do. If it is like taming hunger for food, it is surely difficult.2. We should have compassion on those who smoke, chew, etc. We should any help we can in helping them quit. We should never be haughty and rude toward those who are weaker.

3. If you smoke, chew, etc. seek the Lord’s help in prayer, seek help from other Christians, and do whatever it takes to quit.

CONCLUSION: William Talman was the actor who played District Attorney Burger on the famous Perry Mason television series. He made a commercial for the American Cancer Society shortly before his death. On it he told
how he smoked and how he was “in a battle I can’t afford to lose.” At the end he said, “If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, stop.” Don’t be a loser. As the screen faded, the message was flashed on the screen that Mr Talman died of lung cancer shortly after the making of this commercial.

Our question to you is this..you take a huge chance of getting cancer smoking marijuana or cigarettes. This is usually a slow, painful death with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in hospital bills. If you are a christian, how do you tell someone about the gospel, and what Christ did for you as you are sucombed with cancer and have given yourself a death sentence? What about your loved ones? Whose life did you influence while smoking? And whose life will meet your same fate? And should scripture be correctly interpreted..what if smoking even as a Christian could bring you in front of a Risen Savior who says to you as he does to so many others on that day..”Depart from me..I never knew you”…

92 COMMENTS

  1. I won’t sit here and say smoking is justifiable. But I do know it’s not your place to judge anyone on the face of this planet. Smoking is a sin… ok… are you so perfect that your sin is better is God’s eye than a smoker? In fact if your going to go with the whole don’t defile the temple bit then you best make sure than your diet is the very best it can be and your in the gym constantly lol.

    • “First take the plank out of your own eye so you can see clearly how to remove the speck of dust out of your brothers eye”…Kyle, I use to smoke…and drink..and use drugs…and commit adultery, fornication, murder..I got saved..and I learned how to remove that plank…Im telling you, that if you smoke, you too can have victory over it…let go of the sin, and turn to Christ for victory

      • um i smoke tabbacco and i just want to say thank you i use to smoke weed quit that and drinking i have one beer and about to cut that off i think we need to hear what you said the church needs to not be scared about offending other the gospel is spoce to offend so people now what sin is the probblem is not you and no i am the probblem with this and being so slow in following it i hate that part but i also know God will make a way because he is a GOD of love and merciful so yeah keep the fight going

    • people who call for tolerance and quote “judge not” out of context are not using sound thinking. Their call for tolerance is impossible because as Christians, we are called to judge righteously, and judging between right and wrong is something we do every day—and it should be a part of biblical discernment in every believer’s thinking. But it is God’s Word that makes the judgment on morality and truth, not our own opinions or theories.

      What’s the purpose of judging error in a biblical manner? The church is to be built on the foundation of Christ and the authority of His Word (Ephesians 2:20)—and that means believers should examine their own lives regularly and also lovingly challenge Christian brothers and sisters who are in error or commit sin. To do this, believers must be bold for Christ, but they also have to be humble, loving, and kind. We encourage you to keep these things in mind as you strive daily to maintain unity in the truth of Christ (John 17:20–26).

      • Amen! Im a smoker n know daily i need to stop. I know how important it is to strive daily to be molded by our lord Jesus to be a light unto all for Him. I honestly feel low as other christians let me know the truth of His word n How it effects me concerning sin of smoking but because im a believer of Jesus Crist i know n feel it’s Him lovingly and encouragingly me through others. Thank you for being one of His vessels as i pray for continued strenght to quit smoking. I also will seek the many avenues i can go through to get that help.

      • Actually it is
        Judge not less you be judged by that same standard as you judged.
        Sun is sin and WE all sin nearly everyday so If smoking is an auto ticket to hell then we are ALL doomed because all sin is the same in the eyes of God.

    • Doesn’t the Bible say that if we see our brother or sister in sin we are suppose to help them before they fall off the cliff? That we are not to judge unbelievers but we are to judge our brothers and sister without sinning. I am a smoker, I lost my 3 son’s. In a horrible wreck and I a lone survived to say I am a filthy sinner saved by Grace I have no right to judge but every right to Love someone by telling the truth and holding out my arms to help my family of God from slipping. Please pray for me. Because of the young man that said smoking is wrong. I’m laying them down today. I Choose life more abundantly please pray for me and I will from my heart and love for Jesus will say a prayer for you. Carol

    • Excellent lesson!!….Brothers and sisters just simply imagine standing in front of God our father right this second…..close your eyes ….and imagine…….
      What do you think in Gods viewpoint,not yours,that Our precious father in heaven,who adores us,gracious and gentle as he watches us read this article because we want to please him,not perform against each other to be better,but RESCUE each other gently…..not pumped up sunshine.
      With prayer first always….you know conversations with God, because we went to Jesus first to please take away anything in the way(sins)….so God will be able to be our friend,come close to us as individuals WORKING to purify our vessels,purge strongholds (addictions).
      We our only suppose to mimmick Christ (Christianity)……not God…there is a difference.
      Now after that…..less pressure….the reason Jesus died for us…..time to wean ourselves from a sinful nature…..
      NOW imagine in front of God himself in his throne ….you a royal child of God….his little child like we will be when we make it…….what your daddy will be….proud that you have taken the time to go slowly 3 steps forward him instead of 3 steps back away!!
      Much love,jewboy.
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      Eating things sacrificed to idols
      Seducing my servants to commit fornication
      And more….

  2. You say you shouldn’t be haughty or rude, however this entire article was written from a position of judgement. Kyle is absolutely correct. We have all come short of the glory and the writer is no different. Tobacco will not prohibit anyone from entering Heaven, a lack of faith in the Person of Christ and His Father does that. How ridiculous.

    • Thank you Melissa that means a lot. I almost didn’t say anything. It’s not like me to start a debate. I was afraid I would catch some ridicule and I’m sure I still may but I couldn’t even read the whole article… When your wrong your wrong. I had to say something.

    • Many shall say on that day..”Lord Lord..did we not cast out demons in your name..did we not perform miracles in your name..and I shall turn to them ON THAT DAY (day of judgment) and say to them..depart from me..you worker of iniquity..i never knew you. Can I ask you something.?.where does smoking fall into the category as casting out demons or performing miracles in the name of Christ? In other words..those that did such things PROCLAIMED they knew Christ..they even cast out demons and performed miracles…yet because they were a worker of Iniquity, did things in the pridefulness of their hearts, for their own glory, and didn’t even think or care about what it was they were doing…they knew what they did was wrong in the way they did it, and did it anyway….they will be sent to hell….now tell me where does smoking align itself up with this? Does smoking cast out demons? Does smoking perform miracles in Christ name? Give it some thought..re-read scripture…and pray

    • He wasn’t judging, he was helping others like God wants us to do, this was not rude at all! I’m 15 and have been smoking since I was 13 and have been trying to quit and this article made me put out the ciggerate I was smoking, I broke it in half and threw it out my window, if I never saw this passage I would’ve kept smoking it and now I’m gonna quit for good starting now so don’t say he was judging when he made a teenager quit smoking, it’s taken me 2 years to quit and it was because of this thag made me think of my family and how it doesn’t look good when I’m here following Jesus and I’m smoking while trying to bring others to Christ. It doesn’t work and because of whoever wrote this, it made me think, it’s making me quit… He wasn’t judging, but who are u 2 judge him by saying he was judging? There’s a difference in helping people and judging and this guy was obviously helping people to try to quit marijuana which I did before I was saved and ciggerates that I just quit!

      • Praise God Chelsea. How are you doing? You are a very wise young lady. Discernment is a gift from the Lord. I pray you are still smoke free and growing stronger in Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer daily . In Jesus` love, lindah

      • Wean yourselves of the cigs And the pot……logic….does God want us to harm our temples of the holy spirit?….
        Forget the judgement of others and worry about what God wants peoples…
        Could or would you want to light a cigarette when standing in front of God?
        Or a joint?…
        Realistically NO….OK?
        Now the verse in proverbs….give a poor man strong drink so he will forget( be able to cope with undue stress,elimants,ridicule,loneliness)….
        The bible says God has mercy on the POOR.
        Strong drink
        Moderate marijuana…..Don’t get drunk your holy spirit can’t work within you your connection with heaven has been severed.
        Just medicate the body….but give thanks to God also for his merciful meds.
        In moderation the body!!
        Never the holy spirit..
        Love everyone breathing,because we don’t have to like each other,so we can keep loving each other at least….or our grandmas wouldn’t help most of us right?
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      • Awsome chelsy! Whoop! Whoop! I love it when God talks to us through others. That article helped me also become stronger to be able to quit. Proud of you.

      • Amen..you are seeing this truth causeyou have humility and want to honor God,The Lord says the proud stay blind cause they dont hunger for truth,and Lord says He will even allow a delluding influence over those who dont embrace truth.Ive never seen a smoker who didnt have strong spirit of lust to go with it.And this is open door for enemies control.Revelations warns us we must overcome or our names willbe erasedfrom book of life,without holinessno man shall see the Lord. It’s a total lack of the fear of the Lord that keeps somebody on a destructive path without seeking help to get their heart pure and on stain from the lust of the Flesh and the pride of life Lord says if you love those things the love of the father is not in you. You can’t go around quoting Covenant Promises of the Lord and be breaking Covenant with the Lord. And don’t forget about the foolish virgin she was a virgin but had nooilin herlamp. Don’t forget Galatians those who continue in the flesh will reap corruption those who sow to the spirit eternal life… okay so now somebody’s going to yell judgment but we are to judge righteous!ywhich iswithout condemnation and name-calling and accusation. And if we’ve taken the log out of your own eye we will have the grace to share these truths with those Bound by the spirit of lust and cigarettes with the motivation to see them set free and serving God andhonoring God.

    • If smoking is sin (seems to be the consensus) Continual, habitual, predmediated sin won’t prevent me from entering the kingdom of heaven? How can I repent of something yet continue to intentionally do it? Don’t i at least have to TRY to quit smoking? Speaking of, if I enlist God’s help in quitting, is “try” even a thing?

  3. Not only is this writer taking God’s place by placing judgment on a huge part of humanity, which is straight up blasphemy! They’re seamlessly taking away God’s ability to forgive sin lol. I don’t know about you guys but if Jesus was willing to die for me and in doing so covering all my sin, so I can be with him for eternity. He most likely won’t condemn me to Hell because I smoked a cigarette. If so we are all doomed. God’s love is perfect. And when Jesus took your place on the cross he forgave you for all your sin past and present, and that’s if you have decided to accept his gift of eternity with him. God is capable and willing to forgive you. Some of you may think you’re too far gone and you can’t be saved…. trust me if I can be forgiven than anyone can. Don’t put limits on our great God’s perfect love. God is capable of all things. If you can’t believe that just step outside and look at this world…. yea our God spoke that into existence.

    • Jesus states in the 7th Chapter of Matthew that people who think they’re going to heaven may not. The proof of your salvation according to Christ, and Paul the Apostle is your belief in Christ..and that proof will show that you are willing to conform to the will of God. Is it God’s will that any of us smoke a item that kills us?

      Many of you think this article was condemning you. This is your conviction for either smoking, or knowing someone that does. “Not everyone that says Lord Lord” – which is synonymous with..”Not everyone who says “I’m a Christian” shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven…but he who DOES the will of my father shall enter. We can profess all day long we know Christ..say we are saved..go to church every Sunday, and if we do not do the will of God, it proves that our salvation is not a heart matter, but a brain matter.

      It proves that if you have sin in your life, and your willing to allow it to remain without repentance, and victory over that sin, your lost. Jesus stated that a “good tree does not produce bad fruit”..and a bad tree does not produce good fruit..so by their fruit you shall know them”. I merely repeat scripture and what it says.

      Would’nt you want to know that if you are in a sin that has you in bondage, and could send you to hell for remaining in that sin,…wouldn’t you rather want to give that sin up and come clean from it? If it is wrong for me to smoke, and scripture points to many avenues that shows me it is wrong and a sin, and I remain in it anyway, then I am a worker of Iniquity. Jesus states to them in that day..”depart from me you worker of Iniquity..I never knew you.”

      Paul tells us in Romans Chapter 1 verses 18-36 that immoral acts that the Children of Israel did lead to a “reprobate” mind..this is a mind found worthless by God. It means he turns you over to the lust and wants of your heart.

      Idolatry is smoking. Smoking Cigarettes and Marijuana keeps the abuser in bondage, and addicted. Just like food, drink, or any other matter that may be addictive..it could be your idol. My prayer is that some of you stop defending your sin, come clean, repent of that sin, and have victory over it through Christ. Time is short. If I am right, it could be the difference between heaven and hell..Only God knows..and Im not willing to take that chance..how about you?

      • Idolatry?? Nobody I know worships a cigarette. ..is it bad for you? Yup. But…sin unti death?! No…the sin unto death is blaspheming the Holy Spirit…not anything else. People Should absolutely quit smoking if they do!!

        What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

        2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

        3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

        4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

        5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

        6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
        When the Precious blood of the Only Son of the living God was spilled for my sin and I accepted His gift of salvation I was and am and forever will be blameless in the sight of God the Father…do I still sin? Yup but I am FREE from the wages of that sin
        Jesus paid it ALL!!!!! not just until I mess up again
        Your love never fails, never gives up
        Never runs out on me  THANK YOU JESUS that its not
        your love never fails unless I screw up and then you run out on me because NOT ONE would pass
        Jeremiah 17
        9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?
        We are so corrupt we don’t even realize how badly.
        1 john 5:13
        These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
        Romans 10:13
        For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
        it does NOT say unless______________________.
        Thankyou Jesus for loving such a worm as I !!

      • Most of the population of the earth have a hope of some kind. Most claim some kind of religion. Many are Catholics, or Jews, or Protestants. Many have hope in the philosophies of Buddhism or Hinduism. Many seek a sense of security in their doctrines of morality, Unitarianism or evolution. Many, like so-called Christian Scientists, say there is no such thing as sin. Multitudes deny that there is a Hell. Uncounted millions depend upon some religious ceremony to save them, while millions of others count upon a life of good deeds and morality to keep them from the wrath of God. But according to the plain words of Jesus Christ, the great majority of the human race live under a false hope and will die rejected by Christ and will be tormented in flames as workers of iniquity who never knew Christ as a personal Savior !
        I believe what Jesus Himself said that NO man can pluck me out of His hand, and no man can pluck me out of the Fathers hand… and NO man…INCLUDES ME!!
        Hallelujah!!

      • Very well put my friend. And that’s only because we truly know God in a way where we don’t want to see these people perish. The message of the Gospel to those who are perishing is foolishness. Many people say ,well God knows my heart ,that’s not the problem the problem is you don’t know God’s heart because you were not surrendered to learn his word and be submitted to a church Authority he gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. There’s a high price to pay for stubbornness with our holy God. I was one of the worst Sinners but when I gave my life to the Lord every demon in me had to come out when I truly repented that was keeping me addicted to everything that was controlling me and keeping me from a relationship with a holy God. That’s why we sing there’s power in the blood of Jesus!.. Jesus said in the last day there will be people who will not endure sound Doctrine but will seek after people to tickle their ears what they want to hear. Don’t let the enemy spirit of fear and pride keep you from surrendering to the power and authority of God that can set you free and make something of your life and cause you to honor him and be with him forever. He loves us all but his hands are tied if we walk in Pride and don’t do things his way he cannot help us.He will not control us like the devil he gives us a choice that’s why he says he stands at the door and knocks, you have to open the door of your heart and lethim in,that’s called being born again. Trust me it’ll be the biggest decision you ever make in your life!

  4. Whoa Pharisees! I concur with Kyle and to add to it, I smoke, and I have other issues as well, I have the issue before the Lord, I do not answer to people… if you judge my character because of my short comings them shame on you!!! This is clearly written from a critical view of someone who has no clue, we are all fallen, don’t you think if we could just quit on our own, then we would not be smokers, just as drug addicts would not be drug addicts!!! Don’t you think that God meant by saying depart from me I never knew you, he was talking about your heart, whether you serve Him, whether you are doers of the Word or whether you have let PRIDE rule your self righteousness??? You just remember, the sinners who smoke, will be the ones going thru the suffering, not you, but you must know since you have all this knowledge of God’s Word, then He HATES PRIDE!!! PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL MY FRIEND.. If He spared not the angels neither will He spare you!!! Yes smoking is wrong, it don’t take a rocket scientists to figure that out, but you speak on what kind of witness we can be, I would love for you to ask that same question, because I do believe that Jesus came for the sinners, not to condemn them but to set them free, and you should not judge someone based on their outward appearance, for you have no idea of the intentions of someone’s heart! With all the Wisdom of the Bible, looks like after Jesus addressed the Pharisees, then you would seek God on what He means by that, just because you look all cleaned up on the outside, don’t mean you are on the inside buddy! A Christians witness is based on His Love and Relationship with the Savior, for if you are led by the Spirit, then and only then can you truly be set free from Pride, and a Haughty Spirit! The questions Christians should be asking right now is How can I be a soul winner, and be effective for the Kingdom of God, not well let me use my platform to bash others, that is satans job! See I would have to question what spirit you are operating in! It’s just another person, sitting themselves above others trying to remove the speck out of his brothers eye and can’t see their own! It’s not your job to clean people up or save people, God is most excellent at His job. And Christians wonder why we have such a bad name, learn what your role really is, and who’s Kingdom you really are advancing? Point people to Christ, put away your Pride, it’s a real turn off to people who are struggling and let me tell you unless you been there you do not have a clue of what you are talking about, and if you do not have a clue about it, then you are not qualified to speak on it!!! How can anyone dare speak on something they have not overcome by the Blood of the Lamb? Sin is Sin, brethren let us not think more of ourselves than we ought to!!! For by the Grace of God Only!!!! I am a weak sinner, I need my Savior every second of every day, for it will be Him that raises me up and sets me free, and He is going to do it, and all Glory is to My God. and He who the Son sets free is free indeed! People if you smoke, yes it’s wrong, but you know you have to bring it to the light to the savior, admit to Him, that we have erred, and we can’t do it by our own strength, keep it before the Lord, never think that we can hide anything we do, that is when we are deceiving ourselves, but God is faithful and just that when we seek Him with all our hearts, He will forgive Us and Heal our Land, that means all our short comings He will lead us out by His Righteous Right Hand!!!! He loves us but He can’t take care of anything we are not willing to put before Him, it might not come immediately but Hold fast to your Faith, and His Promise, not the belief that you are no good, for we all are sinners, He thought we were worth dying For, Learn about His true Love for us, and LET GOD BE GOD, NOT PEOPLE!!!

    • just a tidbit of info… pride commeth before destruction an a hauty spirit before the fall…..plz plz PLZ make sure you “quote” scripture correctly 🙂

    • It sounds like to me that you should have smoked a cigarette before typing your response…you would have been a bit more calmer doing it. I am a 27 year veteran alcoholic..I was saved March 11th, 2008 and was healed of my alcoholism. I also was healed and forgiven of my drug addictions to Cigarettes, Cocaine, Marijuana, Hash, Opium pornography, whoredomes, adultery, murder, fornication, Idolatry, and thievery. I would lay a line of Cocaine down on the toilet seat at my job in Southern California all day long to get the edge of from a week long binge…I smoked 2 1/2 packs of Cigarettes a day for 8 years. I drank every single day of my life for 27 years straight before getting saved. Because of my addiction to Cocaine, and my girlfriends addiction, we both convinced ourselves that the drug caused the unborn child she was carrying to be deformed so we had it aborted…

      Does any of this make me qualified for knowing what I am talking about? Because Christ gave me the victory and the forgiveness of it all. he gave me the power to INSTANTLY quit all of my addictions..period. I was changed, saved, and new creature in Christ. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Two tumors, one in a stage 3, the other in stage 2..God HEALED me of my cancer…Is our God unable to heal you?

      Is he unable to take away your addictions? Or is it that your so addicted that you have compromised your desire for it in exchange for the healing you can have? The body of Christ has the power available to them to do ALL things through Christ Jesus..stop embracing your sin that leads to death, and release it to Christ..and LIVE..you’ll be glad you did.

      • Amen Brother Parker, Amen. God is so good, we are as filthy rags. I thank God that you are saved. You did not have to give your testimony, but glad you did. I to was a drug addict etc… God healed me to. He can and will heal anyone who asks and believes in their hearts that He alone is able. John 3:3, 16-18, James 4:4, Luke 15:11-32. God’s holy word is our life manual. Instruction book on all life has, brings, gives, etc….. Praise God He’s coming for you, me any who call upon His holy name, turn from this world, desire, seek Him daily. Jesus must be our 1st love before anyone or anything. As you and I both know anything that we put before God is a god in our lives.
        Hallelujah bro. Welcome to the family of God. (I gave my life to Jesus Oct, 12, 1979) would love to hear how you’re doing now.

      • Keep doing what you do sir. We all have a thorn in our side that we deal with. There is nothing wrong with telling the truth and shaming the devil. We are to give righteous judgement and that is something you did. I can admit, My wife smokes and I cannot stand it. What I really can’t stand is the spirit behind it, I love my wife. I believe that person with the addiction ( Ive witnessed it all through my family.) has to admit first their problem and then deal with the spirit call it out and cast it out.

        God Yeshua Bless.

      • Amen to that God does heal those who give their sin to Him & He does set the slave in you Free. I’m a witness that God healed me immediately. I smoked cigarettes & marijuana from the age of 13 – 49 yrs, the day I seeked the Lord in March 2014 and asked Him for help overcome my addiction He heard me. Since then I have not touched a smoke for 2 years neither do I have any desire because I’ve been made new in Christ who lives in me. Imagine the Lord sitting in a crowd with a smoke and offering you one…I don’t think it would ever be so. If you believe in Him & ask He will set you Free. Christianity is a religion which will not get you to Heaven but having a relationship with Jesus, following Him and doing what He would Do for the Kingdom will set you apart. One of the great things about a relationship with God is that He always provides new beginnings. His word says that His mercy is New every day. Jesus chose disciples who had weaknesses and made mistakes but He continued working with them and helping them become all that they could be. He will do the same thing for you, if you will let Him. Recovering from pain or disappointment of any kind is not some thing that just happens to some people and not to others. It is a decision! You make a decision to let go and go on. Gather up the fragments and give them to Jesus. We need to be an example to others and lead them to the Kingdom of a God. Praying for all those who want to be set free. ♡

      • Please pray for me. I have smoked pretty much all my life. And I smoked more more more when I lost my son’s. 3 son’s. In a horrible wreck that I also was in an I alone survived. I was a filthy sinner and on top of it I lost my boys. I have come a long way in Christ since Oct 9 2004 but I have not put down the cigarettes. I want help please pray for me. I am a Christian saved by Grace and I want to be free so I can hear my Lord. Carol

    • We are no good. Jesus said so. Luke 18:19 And Jesus said to him ” Why do you call Me good?No one is good except God alone”.
      Evangelist M. Parker gave a very good summation on what pot and tobacco do to a person. Anyone that really wants to quit will quit. God will help you if you ask. But we all have to do our part too. I was fortunate in that when I told God I would not quit smoking that I enjoyed it, it was calming, excuse, I liked the taste excuse, He, God in all His glory took all my excuses and crushed them. I lit up one morning to enjoy that 1st smoke of the day, and i choked so hard, it tasted so nasty, I was sick literally from the sin I kept giving excuses for. No one can be a good witness for Jesus when we are knowingly putting poison into our bodies Gods temple as we tell anyone about how amazing Jesus is, all that He has done for us. Would you go to a bar, have a drink in one hand a smoke in the other and “witness about Jesus? ” of course not, at least I pray you would not. You also stated that we must givr whatever our struggles are to God and let Him have them. Well, if you have are you still a smoker? I am simply asking you a straight up no judgement question. .I am a saved sinner. Have plenty of struggles daily. My health is very poor because of the live style I chose before coming to Jesus. We all will have struggles until Jesus comes to take us home. James 4:4
      Maranatha Emmanuel Amen

  5. smokers do not enter Heaven. the body is supposed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit and GOD says in HIS WORD “Be Holy as I AM Holy” and the bible says without Holiness nobody will see the LORD. and saying that who is perfect etc sounds like people are justifying their sins and think its ok. I have had to repent from all my sins and i know if i did not do that i would of gone to Hell for all eternity and now turning from them. You cannot keep repenting if you don’t intend to turn from your ways. Remember what JESUS said, Only a few enter in. The way to Heaven is very narrow. And if anyone battles with something fast and pray without ceasing. You should be doing that anyway. A Korean pastor who was in a coma for 4 months in hospital was taken to Heaven and Hell. An angel of the LORD showed him that 1 out of 1000 enter Heaven. See, the road to Heaven is very narrow, as JESUS said that. Live everyday like it is your last all repented up for GOD because one day it will be your last day.

    • hmm so the blood of our Blessed Savior, the Son of the living God, can cover all sin accept smoking?! what people like you are not looking at is simple… WE see and categorize sin in varying shades of grey, a man telling his wife “sure honey that looks fine” lying to not hurt her is FAR different then an out and out lie “little white lies”… God sees ALL sin as black, black as the deepest night, the darkest coal. ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God….
      the verse you use has nothing to do with eating drinking or smoking anything at all, it has to do with a VERY specific sexual sin and nothing more.
      When my savior was crucified and died for my sins…. my sins were all future as He predates me by nearly 2000 years. He died for ALL my sins not just this set, or that set….. using your analogy not one person will enter Gods kingdom because fast food is just as bad for you, soda is packed with chemicals and junk, coffee has an “upper” in it…the list is exhausting and that’s not touching preservatives that are so prevalent todays dead no longer have a need for embalming

      • Sin is sin to God..you are correct, and all sin is punishable before God as Paul states..”for the wages of sin is death”…meaning that if someone dies in their sin, they will experience the second death. However, not all sin in THIS life is dealt with the same way. If I told my wife a “white lie”, and did not repent of it, no matter what way I try to explain it away to her, it’s still a lie. My wife may chose to forgive me, and she may not. If I rob a bank, and keep the money and then repent and give it back, I still go to jail. I broke the law. In this sense, the crime of robbing a bank outweighs the little white lie in the substance of the sin committed, and the consequences of that sin. Likewise, God the Father will allow anyone on this planet to smoke pot, do cocaine, or smoke cigarettes. All of those sins carry consequences in THIS LIFE either physically, emotionally, or legally. And can cause a person to LOSE their lives by Cancer, overdose, or addiction. The blood of Christ covers all sin, but we do not continue in that sin so that iniquity may abound…GOD FORBID as Paul states. Remove the sin from your life..and even if you do, the consequences of that sin in THIS life could still be losing it….Maranatha

  6. I smoked for 10 years and saw a hypnotherapist one time and I quit smoking for over 9 years… At first I thought it was a waste of time but I never had another urge to pick up a cigarette. Regardless of whether or not you will be forgiven for smoking, it’s a harmful, addicting habit. I developed asthma as a result of smoking. Quit smoking for your own health. I did.

  7. yes GC that is good you quit smoking. I am sick of christians justifying sin and they keep using JESUS as an excuse of HE died for me to keep sinning and still think they are going to Heaven. I believe JESUS and the GOD”s word over man “Let GOD be true and every man a liar” when JESUS said it is hard to enter Heaven HE means it. No you cannot keep sinning. Yes we have all sinned and fallen short but repent and keep yourself repented up everyday. But i tell you if you keep sinning and make an excuse oh sorry GOD please forgive me when you do it millions of times over that is not true repentance and you risk your soul to eternal damnation. You know what? most churches do not preach on Hell, sin, Holiness etc they all just preach on what the lost congregations want to hear. They want GOD to bless them with money etc. sad because that will NOT save them from Hell. Yes christians and pastors end up in Hell. There are many there today and many more on the way. JESUS walked around saying REPENT or PERISH. He never walked around saying GOD is going to bless you with money etc. well after all the sheep follow the pastor and if the pastor is luke warm so will the church be.GOD pulled me out of those apostate churches. You know what? I would rather be offended with the truth then comforted with a lie.

  8. Wow… Definitely some scriptures quoted out of context in this article. No disrespect intended. You quoted the scripture about having to do the will of God to enter Heaven. But what one has to ask is this… What is the will of God biblically to enter Heaven? Answer: Scripture reveals this will to “believe on the son”. Anything other than that is salvation based on works. The blood of Christ is stronger than a cigarette habit. It’s quite an insult (I would imagine) to God to say that a nasty habit like cigarettes can keep you out of Heaven. The other scriptures you used to say that one can put his eternal future at risk as a result of cigarettes or any other thing are easily explainable when used in proper context.

  9. THAT IT KEEP JUSTIFYING YOUR SINS BECAUSE YOU ARE IN THE TIME OF “GRACE”. NOT A SMART MOVE. A KOREAN PASTOR WHO WAS PUT IN A COMA FOR 4 MONTHS BECAUSE GOD STRIKED HIM DOWN WAS TAKEN TO HEAVEN AND TO HELL. HE WAS A PRIDEFUL, AROGANT PASTOR WITH A MEGA CHURCH AND MANY SPORTS CARS AND A MANSION ETC. GOD STRIKED HIM DOWN AND HE HAD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND WAS PUT IN A COMA DUE TO A STROKE FOR 4 MONTHS, AND IN THAT 4 MONTHS HE DIED. PASTOR PARK YOU CAN LOOK HIM UP ON GOOGLE. WHEN HE GOT TO HEAVEN EXORTED BY 2 ANGELS OF THE LORD GOD REBUKED HIM FOR THE WAY HE LIVED HIS LIFE. BECAUSE OF THE PERSISTANT PRAYERS OF HIS FAMILY GOD GRANTED HIM 20 YEARS ON THE EARTH TO GET HIS LIFE SORTED OUT AND LIVE HOW GOD WANTS HIM TO LIVE. WHEN HE WAS TAKEN TO HELL AN ANGEL OF GOD TOLD HIM THAT OUT OF EVERY 1000 THAT DIE ONLY 1 ENTERS HEAVEN. TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY. GOD SAID IN HIS WORD “BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY” AND THE BIBLE SAYS WITHOUT HOLINESS NOBODY WILL SEE THE LORD. REPENT OF YOUR SINS MEANS TURNING FROM THEM. YOU CANNOT KEEP REPENTING AND DOING THE SAME SINS OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECT GOD TO FORGIVE YOU IF YOU DON’T TURN FROM THEM. ITS LIKE A DRUG ADDICT, FOR EG THAT SAYS SORRY TO GOD AND TO FORGIVE THAT PERSON BUT IF THE DRUG ADDICT IS NOT WILLING TO TURN HIS REPENTANCE MEANS NOTHING TO A HOLY GOD AND HE WILL DAM HIMSELF TO HELL. GOD IS HOLY AND JUST BECAUSE JESUS DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD GOD STILL EXPECTS HOLINESS. JESUS DIED A TERRIBLE DEATH AND PAYED A HIGH PRICE. GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER AND HE DOES NOT CHANGE. ANYWAY ITS UP TO YOU IF YOU STILL WANT TO LIVE IN SIN. AS FOR ME I HAVE TURNED.

    • You have to be very careful when it comes to near death experiences. If they contradict the bible, guess what, they are not truly from the Lord. Satan would love nothing better than to let people think that their entrance to Heaven is works based… and those works are needed to maintain your salvation. There are alot of people who “experience Heaven” when they die and come back to tell about it who had no Christian faith in their hearts. Quite obviously, it is a demonic delusion. The same goes for a pastor. How do you know he wasn’t really saved. Just because he was a pastor? There are many pastors in the world standing behind pulpits who aren’t really born again. I would also take issue with your statement that I’m “justifying” sin. Where did you get that from? I was merely making the point that salvation itself (scripturally speaking) cannot be lost once a person is born again in Jesus. If a believer chooses to sin and slide back into that kind of life for whatever reason, he or she will be chastised. They will reap what they sow. So no one is “justifying” anything. You won’t get away with it for sure if it goes unrepented of. But will the said saved person go to Hell for backsliding? Answer: No. The bible is very clear about that. I could quote a myriad of scriptures that prove that statement.

      There are a myriad of near death experiences that can be seen on the internet on youtube videos and I have found that a whole lot of them contradict scripture. Don’t believe someone’s first hand testimony of what they experienced in this realm unless it correlates with what scripture says. If the experience contradicts scripture then guess what… it is not truly from the Lord and should be ignored. The written word is what we are to test experiences like these by. The deception can be very subtle, but if you know the scripture well enough, it can be spotted. We have a very cunning adversary roaming in the Heavens out there and his game is deception.

      • PASTOR PARK DID GO TO HEAVEN AND HELL.HAVE YOU SEEN HEAVEN AND HELL? IF NOT YOU WONT KNOW. 1 OUT OF 1000 THAT DO DIE ENTER HEAVEN. REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN HIS ETERNAL WORD. ONLY A FEW ENTER IN THE NARROW GATE. A FEW HE SAID, HE DID NOT SAY MANY. MANY WILL ENTER THE WIDE GATE OF DISTRUCTION. AND THE ONLY REASON WHY I AM ALIVE ON EARTH NOW IS BECAUSE GOD IS GIVING ME ONE LAST CHANCE TO GET THINGS RIGHT. IF I HAD OF DIED LAST NIGHT I WOULD OF ENDED UP IN HELL. GOD DOES NOT WANT THAT. SO THEREFORE HE IS GIVING ME THIS CHANCE. EVEN THOUGH I AM REPENTED UP, A BELIEVER, FORGIVEN OTHERS I AM STILL NOT READY FOR HEAVEN. WHEN PASTOR PARK GOT TO HEAVEN GOD ASKED HIM 5 QUESTIONS. 1)HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND IN THE WORD. 2) HOW MUCH DID YOU GIVE IN OFFERINGS. 3)HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU EVANGELISE 4)DID YOU TITHE PROPERLY 5)HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND IN PRAYER?” WHEN I SAW THAT I WAS LIKE WOW. THAT IS ONE REASON WHY GOD HAS NOT TAKEN ME HOME IS BECAUSE OF LAZINESS. HE SAW PASTORS, CHRISTIANS IN HEAVEN WHO JUST MADE IT. FOR THEM NO REWARDS. I KNOW HOW REAL HELL IS. I WAS GIVEN A GLIMPSE OF IT MANY YEARS AGO AND ITS NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. IT WAS SO DARK YOU CANNOT EVEN SEE YOUR HANDS. I HAVE ALSO SEEN JESUS MANY TIMES IN THE PAST TOO AND I DID NOT COME ON HERE TO TELL ANYONE ABOUT THEM BUT TO SAY GOD EXPECTS HOLINESS TO ENTER HIS KINGDOM. I AM GLAD I HAVE NOT DIED YET BECAUSE I WOULD NOT MAKE HEAVEN, BUT I AM BOLD ENOUGH TO SAY THAT, HOW MANY OTHERS CAN SAY THAT? I AIM TO ENTER HEAVEN AND YOU SHOULD TO. JESUS SAID TO STRIVE TO ENTER IN THE NARROW GATE, HE DID NOT SAY GO THROUGH THE NARROW GATE BECAUSE ITS EASY NO HE SAID STRIVE AND THAT MEANS AIM. I STICK TO MY BIBLE. ONE MORE THING, JESUS SAID “LITTLE CHILDREN HOW HARD IT IS TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD” THOSE WERE THE WORDS OF JESUS. JESUS KNOWS BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE, BECAUSE HE IS GODS SON. “LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR”

      • ALSO IF YOU WANT TO HEAR A TRUE TESTAMONY READ MARY KATHERINE BAXTERS BOOKS “DIVINE REVELATION OF HEAVEN” AND DIVINE REVELATION OF HELL” SHE WAS TAKEN TO HELL OVER 30 NIGHTS EVERY NIGHT FOR 3 HOURS A NIGHT BY JESUS IN 1976 TO SEE THE TORMENTS AND THE DEGREES OF HELL SO SHE CAN GO BACK AND WARN OTHERS NOT TO GO THERE AND TO ACCEPT JESUS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. SHE WAS TAKEN TO HEAVEN FOR 10 NIGHTS FOR 3 HOURS A NIGHT TOO SO SHE CAN RECORD WHAT SHE SAW SO PEOPLE WILL WANT TO GIVE THEIR HEARTS TO JESUS AND GO THERE. THAT WAS WHY MARY K BAXTER WAS BORN SO SHE CAN BE A WITNESS TO THE WORLD OF THOSE THINGS. MANY THINK HELL IS NOT REAL AND THEY JOKE ABOUT IT, SO JESUS USED HER AS A VESSEL AND SHE IS VERY HUMBLE THAT IS WHY HE USED HER. JESUS IS ALSO USING OTHERS TO SHOW THEM HELL AND HEAVEN TOO SO TEY CAN TOO WARN OTHERS OF THE DANGERS OF REJECTING JESUS. IT IS AN AWESOME READ. AND IT LINES UP TO THE BIBLE, EVERYTHING SHE SAW.

  10. I have read Mary Baxter’s book about Hell… It is very unscriptural. It is a book that emphasizes a works based salvation. There are many things in this book that are quite ridiculous. She claims that Hell or a certain section of it is in the shape of a human body. She claims in other places that Jesus told her that this person is in Hell because they don’t tithe! What?!! Completely unscriptural and totally bizarre. Your continual quoting of the “Wide is the gate, narrow is the way to life” scripture is not talking about a christian backsliding and not “making it to Heaven”. You are quoting it out of context. I have studied this issue for years and the bible does not teach a doctrine of having to make it under our own effort and power to attain and maintain salvation. It was all paid for on the cross without our works entering into it. A cigarette habit is not going to keep you out of Heaven if you are truly born again in Jesus. If one goes to Hell, that person is there because they were not truly born again to begin with. Your assertion that God demands holiness to enter Heaven is indeed correct… but not in the way that you are suggesting. That sort of Holiness is given to you at the moment you receive Christ as your savior in prayer through belief in your heart that Jesus is who he said he is. You cannot apply any human effort at holiness and think it’s any merit to God to assure you a place in Heaven. If you are born again in Christ a.k.a. saved, you already have the holiness that is required to make it to Heaven.

    But it’s quite obvious at this point that you will not be convinced. I would point out that just because you yourself had a glimpse of this place (Hell) does not mean that you should assume that God told you that the way to get to Heaven and escape this place is through your own effort at Holiness. This holiness has already been given to you at the moment of salvation. No more effort is needed. If more effort and holiness was needed, then the blood of Christ is insufficient and the whole death of Christ on the cross was a huge mistake by God.

    • I would also add that this does not mean that I’m trying to “justify sin”. Unrepentant sin can and does result in chastisement of the believer by God. But strictly speaking of salvation itself, your eternal security cannot and will not be compromised by sin. If that were possible, then sin is more powerful than the blood of Christ. The whole idea is preposterous.

      • AMEN and AMEN!! The prescious atoning blood of the Son of the living God cleanses us from ALL unrighteousness…..it does NOT say past…it says ALL. Otherwise you are saying that the sacrifice of Jesus has the same outcome as that of a lamb….and to me thats near blaspheming the Son of God

      • And whats truly upsetting is when the children of Israel sacrificed a lamb it covered the sins of the people for a YEAR…to say that the blood of Christ only covers till the next sin!?!? BLASPHEMY!!!

    • Mary K Baxter is indeed a women of GOD. she is one of the most humble women of GOD. But yes there is many false prophets,and JESUS pointed one out to me last year Face to Face in may on the 22nd at 5am. Many people are getting so deceived in these last days before the rapture. I don’t go into christian book stores and buy books anymore because many of them are lies and deception. I don’t watch tv preachers anymore, and i don’t listen to christian rock songs anymore. Paul Wilbur i listen to. The bible says to persue peace with all men as without Holiness nobody will see the LORD. Heaven is a Holy Place, the FATHER is very Holy, JESUS is very Holy, the Holy Spirit is very Holy, the Angels in Heaven are very Holy, so GOD expects HIS people to Holy themselves. I will tell you something. Read what happened to those 2 believers who died at the feet of the Apostle Peter. Read their end for lying to GOD. One lie and GOD striked them dead. Yes. And that is new testement not old. GOD does not change. But it is up to you how you live your life, its your life. I won’t judge anyone anymore as i have done enough of that in the past. Yes i repented and wont do it again. At the end of the day you will have to give an account to GOD on Judgement day. So really its your life. But for me i would rather be on the safe side. Angelica Zambrano is another one from GOD. she saw Michael Jackson and the pope John Paul the second in Hell a few years ago when she was taken to Hell by JESUS. In 2010 Michael the Archangel told her 80% of evangelical churches will be left behind after the rapture, and only 20% caught up to be with JESUS in the air. There is so much sin in churches and that is NOT being addressed. Pastors preach what the congregation want to hear. This was prophecied in the bible regarding what will happen in the end times that people will give head to ear tickling preaching and give head to seducing spirits. Not many churches who preach the real truth, and full of the Holy Spirit. Many pastors do not address sin and many don’t call homosexuality for what it is, a sin. they are comfrterble with these guys coming to their church and not saying anything to them or about it, they are happy to let their members go to Hell. anyway i have said my piece. take care.

      • you spoke well when ye say pastor preach what people want to hear. For their doctrine is the doctrine of men but not of god but there still false hood in your response. For I say unto you many will be saved but those who are saved will be tried for I say unto you. A flatter, a pleaser of man does not have the heart to give his life for god. there is not a hyprocrite on earth that can give his life for god as jesus did for us without him being a true child of god. n I say unto you this. The rapture is the death of the saints. then after the earth will quake and rapture them up

      • Unlike other books, I believe that the Holy Spirit has brought this writing into being for time and eternity.  The experiences and the message are of utmost importance to the body of Christ.

        SOURCE: Mary K Baxter A Divine Revelation of Hell Heaven
        Ummm this statement alone is very very concerning…..she places her book at the same level as that of the word of God…scary at the very least
        I am confused though …how does she explain http://biblehub.com/1_timothy/3-2.htm where the Bible says that a bishop/oversear/minister must be the husband one one wife? I am not saying that she is or is not anything I am just curious how any female ghat calls themselves a minister explains this.

        • well concerning books she said her book is the same level as bible. That alone should show she is false prophet. many preachers the world knows are false prophets. true preachers and minister the world hates them. like they hated the prophets before us.. just listen to the bible and when u read it understand everything in that is written in the bible happened all ready is happing now and is going to happen.

          in jesus days the scribes and pharesis where the hypocrites and in our time most preachers in churches on tv are the hypocrites.

          they preach what people want to hear not what god talks about.

          for example god hates homosexuality but most preachers dont have a problem with it and say its ok because they fear what the people will think

        • one more thing. remember who it was that crucified jesus. it was the scribes and pharesis. the scribes and pharesis believed in god. they just believed in moses law. they didnt want to hear the new doctrine concerning jesus is the son and now its the same but different. the hypocrites call on jesus and believe they are saved but now if a man preaches the true doctrine they dont wanna hear that. they dont wanna hear everything thats in the bible they just want to believe what they want to hear

  11. “Pursue peace and Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” … This scripture is another commonly misinterpreted scripture. If the bible teaches eternal security of the believer, which it does, but yet in this scripture it is saying basically that if you are not Holy, you will not see the Lord, then we have a major contradiction in the bible. I know that to not be the case, so somewhere, scripture is being misinterpreted. Here is what that scripture means… When a believer lives in sin and lives like the unsaved of the world do, no man around them will see the Lord that is in you and won’t know that you are a christian serving Christ. They won’t know you belong to Christ. So when this scripture talks about no man will see the Lord, it does not mean that the christian living like the world will see the Lord (thus losing his or her salvation), it means the people around you won’t see the Lord that is within you. It is not talking about the believer not seeing the Lord. This is why it is important to put scripture in it’s proper context so you get a correct interpretation. I would conclude with saying this… When you take two scriptures that seemingly contradict each other, then somewhere, someone is interpreting wrong. Scripture cannot contradict itself. If it does, it is not truly the world of God. If your assertion is correct regarding this scripture, then we have a major, major contradiction. That cannot be. So we are left with the only other explanation… That scripture you quoted is interpreted incorrectly. It’s not talking about the believer, but it is talking about the people around the believer not being able to see (or recognize) the Jesus that is in you (the believer).

    I too have said my piece, and God bless you.

  12. i don’t find it any benefit to comment anymore. people will believe what they want anyway, does not bother me. i really never should of joined these sites because i am sick of people bickering over things. but i will however ask the owner of the site to remove me.

    • Leanne… I never intended to come off as though I am bickering with you or trying to disrespect you in any way. I hope you are not taking it like that. If this is how I am coming off, then I do sincerely apologize. I just happen to think that this kind of bantering back and forth is a healthy thing that gives people some things to think about. This is the only way that people can get to the truth of some things some time. This is sorely lacking in alot of churches today. I would encourage you to not abandon this or any other site. Everyone has something to offer to the conversation about anything. This is how ideas and nuggets are dug out of scripture. We should look at this as a good thing. It’s healthy.

  13. i know that I am very late to comment on this but anyway, please let me
    by the mercy and peace of our Lord, please people, let us find a good way of highlighting our way of understanding, let me start by saying to you Leanne, this world can offer you a million reasons to be frustrated, and only one not to, his words, I told you in one of the other pages, that I believe some of the testimonies there are online, for it is Biblically Joel 2:28, however also told you that the devil is a master of deceive, he to make people write testimonies and put them online, some testimonies have no biblically references, God, our Lord and Savior will always show or speak to his people according to his words, and some people is simply trying to make money out of telling false testimonies and write a book, other testimonies are said to discourage us, make us feel unworthy, always compare such testimonies with the bible and if it steps out even once, it is not from God, Heaven and earth will fade away, but my words will still remain, let the Holy Spirit always guide us, when it comes to such testimonies
    anyway brothers and sisters there are different spiritual levels, and we are not all equal, this do not depend on how much time we have spend trying to learn about God, but how sincerely, and then follow his words of how to get more wisdom, like, be surrounded by other children of God, in a Holy habitation of God, and like the book of James, let him who lack wisdom ask for wisdom, read and study the bible more than any other words or material

  14. let me also give point of view of smoking, it is wrong, a sin, and it is so well defended by smokers because it is an addiction,however when we truly put our trust in him, he becomes the one there take the stress from us, Leanne you were right when you said, fast and pray, if you are a smoker there is in the opinion that you like to smoke and just won’t change it because it is nice and good for you, then you have a problem, but if you know that you would like to stop,God is the creator of you and can easily take it from you, will it be without battle, NO, the devil will try to fight, and you will be tested,

    • Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not. All these people knocking on this man just because he’s standing up for the truth of the gospel. Yall ought to be ashamed of yourselves! That’s the problem with the church nowadays they want to be so much like the world and politically correct that they don’t speak the truth in confidence and power! This man is right on the money! Everything he is saying is right with the word of God, problem is people want to embrace and justify their sin so that they May indulge in it just another day! But I bet all along in your minds the spirit of God is convicting you and since your resisting it’s making you angry with this mans article . In all reality we cannot continue to willingly sin and expect grace To abound. Smoking is sin when you know it’s wrong and you still do it! Sin is therefore in he who knows how to Do right and refuses to do it. We show that we love God by obeying his commandments once the Holy Spirit lives in Us We are subject to the laws of the spirit of truth! And I’m sure that spirit isn’t telling anyone ” it’s ok to keep destroying my temple, grace will abound , you go ahead and keep sinning.” We need to repent and stop making our liberty in Christ a means for sin!!

  15. weed doesn’t even contain nicotine and it doesn’t have carcinogens except maybe from the fertilizer or if the dealer is sketch they may have put shit in it other than the carcinogens you get from the burning plant material, tobacco is completely different why even try to compare them the only similarity is that they are both plants that have psychoactive properties. If I didn’t have weed I would never be able to sleep, I am bipolar and get mania that keeps me up along with severe anxiety and chronic insomnia tobacco doesn’t help that unfortunately, commercial grade repacked cigarettes are disgusting and I don’t even consider them tobacco they have so much poison in them its ridiculous. We should be more focused on the drugs that are meant to help people with medical conditions as most are worse for you than illegal drugs and the illegal drugs are usually what actually works I’ve been getting into ethnopharmacology so I use herbs instead but seriously just legalize weed and we wouldn’t have so many people dying because there (good non-psychoactive) medication fucked them up worse than they would be if they would have been using mdma to cure there issue.

  16. what a display of horrible, judgemental, misguided “christians!” I use tobacco, have for 17 years. God doesn’t convict me of it. I know it’s wrong but i see such anger here. I pray there is peace for you.

  17. Some people will even quote Matthew 7:1, where Christ said during the Sermon on the Mount, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Of course, when they quote this verse in regard to such situations, they take it out of context to support their fallacious claims. When we consider the concept of judging, especially as it relates to the Sermon on the Mount, Christ tells us to be discerning, not condemning.

    There are significant logical problems with the claim that believers should not make judgments. The first becomes evident when we read the context of Matthew 7:1.

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1–5)
    Here, Christ is warning believers against making judgments in a hypocritical or condemning manner. That type of judging is a characteristic often associated with the Pharisees during the ministry of Jesus. Many people who quote “judge not” from Matthew 7:1 fail to notice the command to judge in Matthew 7:5, when it says, “Then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” The point Jesus emphasizes here is to judge yourself first before you make judgments about others. (Also, notice the discernment and judgment required in Matthew 7:15–16, 20.) In the broader context, Jesus is telling believers to be discerning when it comes to false teaching and false prophets because they “look” Christian, but their goal is to lead the flock astray (Matthew 7:15–20; Luke 6:43–45).

    As Christians, we should be living godly lives so that we can first concentrate on our own repentance of sin. Sanctification is a lifelong process of being transformed every day into the image of Christ. Without this, we have no place in helping another brother or sister. What Christ teaches His believers in Matthew 7 is that if we ourselves are not personally repenting of our sins, we are in no place to tell others how sinful they are acting. But the Bible does tell us to preach the gospel—and part of the gospel message is that people are sinners in need of salvation.

  18. If you are addicted to anything, that then is your master. The Lord says clearly you cannot serve two masters, He is a jealous God. He will not reside in the body of a smoker. Only Yeshua can free us from bondage. If you want get free, He will release you.

  19. I just think the writer’s trying to help point out ways to help you understand why you should quit. I’m a smoker and a Christian as well. I didn’t feel like the writer was judging me though only pointing out the obvious. Please pray for me to kick this bad habit.

  20. First of all. I’m a Christian and respect what you are trying to do here …. But. Marijuana does not contain Nicotine at all. It’s THC . Chewing tobacco has never been proven to do anything cancer related . Hence “may cause cancer.” Smoking tobacco is cancer causing simply because you are inhaling smoke and tar. Here’s the thing . I love how you say “condemn ” the “weaker” what makes a tobacco user any “weaker ” than the compulsive masturbating pastor ? Or the adult that is addicted to mindless television? Hey or even this one, sex addiction WITH A SPOUSE. Yes the bible does permit it , BUT anything or anybody put before God is a sin . Paul even states that it is better off to be married . Now I highly doubt God wanted us to be miserable . I pray and all but when people go to extremities with this stuff it scares people away more than it helps. I have given myself fully to “God” before and spent many years miserable and outcastes even in the church because I analyzed things the way they were meant to . I wasn’t perfect by no means but far closer than anyone I’ve known.

  21. Excuse me I meant Paul said not to be married . If we were all perfect we would be robots , mindless robots. That’s why I find it so hard to follow the bible . I just pray to God for guidance . If I was going to hell anytime soon hopefully he’d give me a sign. That’s what a loving father would do. Now you might say that’s what the bible is for . Well what if I don’t believe the entire bible?

    • It’s amazing at the amount of responses atributed to smoking, each person trying to justify themselves, if you believe that smoking is good, “smoke”, but don’t try quitting when you realize you have cancer because then it’s too late. If you believe that smoking is wrong, the reality is the smoker will quit when he/she decides to. LIFE IS SHORT, the bible declares why worry, I am sick because a man had too much too drink one day and drove into my vehicle, I saved my daughter from injury which atributed to my spine collapsing. I Read things like the article and realise that people need to live their lives, really live. The fact that we have breath(clean or contaminated) gives us the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, Jesus had compassion……

  22. My name is Ricky Blue, I need Prayer for God to heal me and my wife from smoking cigarettes I want to God to use my voice to sing is gospel songs and not be smoking those old stinking, nasty cigarettes

  23. I had to comment on this because your facts are so incorrect. First of all marijuana does NOT contain nicotine. You should probably check your facts before writing about something you don’t know. This is coming from someone who has smoked weed every single day. It is something I enjoy. With that being said…let me get to the real deal. Although I enjoy(ed) it, I have quit. The main reason is simple…as a Christian, it is not pleasing to our Father. You can debate all day about what the bible says but it is very clear. Being high is the equivalent to being drunk. Yes, God made plants…guess what…there are also poisonous plants but you don’t eat or smoke those do you? The bible states VERY clearly:
    Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.� (1 Corinthians 6:10). So for all of you who want to debate it til the end…there ya go. Trust me, I’m an expert. I have had this debate so many times with God, with myself, trying to rationalize it so that I could continue to do what I enjoy doing, getting high, my stress reliever, my “cure all” medicine. The bottom line is that if you are high, you are preventing the Holy Spirit from dwelling in your heart. Also, what kind of testimony can you bear as a Christian if you are smoking weed? That is our only job by the way, to worship Him, love anyway and tell others about Him. So, if we are intentionally breaking the law which is a sin, then how can we be a good witness to others? I decided I want God’s divine plan for my life. I don’t want to miss out on a thing He has to offer me by not being “fully present and aware”. So after 30 years of getting high every single day (did I mention I totally enjoy it?)…I am giving it up because I know it doesn’t please my Father. If I know it’s wrong and I choose to do it anyway, it’s the same as intentionally disobeying my savior and NO ONE will inherit the kingdom of God by doing that.

  24. It is a sin to smoke. Out lord say in the QURAN “Do not let your own hands throw you against destuction” and we can easy say that smoking is destroyin you. Maybe cigarrets is not mentioned , but so what. we are not aloud to destroy our self! Easy is that – I just stopped with the help of God and Prophet mohammed sallalahu alayhi wa salam

    Be a good Believer. Christian or muslim. as long you believe in God and do good deeds. there is only one God, Allahu akbar

    best regards

    Muslim_Viking from Denmark

  25. Although I do smoke, these are the the things that I have quit so far, fornication, eating pork, caffeinated coffee, rum, stealing, lying, cheating, never ate seafood, well I accidentally ate deviled crap once and vomited and shrimp made me gag that was by accident also. I think that we as Christians should do the best we can with what we have, when Jesus said it is finished he meant just that. Whether we smoke, drink, smoke pot, or any other crutch we may have, none of us are perfect if we were there wouldn’t have been any reason for Christ’s death. KJV Roman’s 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, it doesn’t say for all have sinned except the non-smokers!!! Getting real tired of all of you holier than thou non smokers getting on our cases!!!

    • Agree with Kyle and Steve. Don’t feel bad, there’s some mighty self righteous people on here. The author is just an imperfect person like the rest of us. I’ve never seen so many scriptures misused either..and people being so mean if someone happens to say a scripture in a slightly different way. Just remember what Jesus said about the two greatest commandments; loving God with all of your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself. None of us are perfect, far from it, that’s why He gave his life for us. Because we are all sinners.

      • Christ gave his life for us so that we might be saved from being sinners…not remaining in our sin, and claiming that we have victory in sin. Being “mean” can be taken as speaking the truth, when someone doesn’t want to hear it…but it does not change the facts of the truth. Christ did not come and die for you and me so that we could remain in our sin…he died so that we might be saved from it. Repenting means to turn away from sin..not remaining in it. Self righteousness has absolutely nothing to do with what I talk about regarding the sin, however a person addicted to drugs or cigarettes who wishes to defend their addiction, can accuse those of us who try to help that person realize they are in sin, practicing that sin, and face the judgment of that sin as Paul declares to the Church in Corinth, and also the Galatians. If Christ’s death that he bore for all of us was meant to state that we are sinners, and can remain in our sin practicing it, Paul would have never proclaimed that we should not remain in our sin in Romans chapter 6. Be cautious of your “analysis” and seek the truth of scriptures…there is a way that seemeth right unto a man..but the ways thereof lead to destruction.

  26. Although, I agree smoking is dangerous to your health. I don’t agree that it is anyone’s place to say that anyone who smokes cigarettes or marijuana, is going to hell for all eternity!
    That’s as bad as saying… Anyone who uses –
    Marijuana for (seizures, cancer pain management, Glaucoma.) Drinks diet products, drinks or eats off of styrofoam, uses electronic blankets, toasters, watches TV, uses cell phones, computers, sits next to printers, lives under or close to powerlines, cooks with a microwave, sits with a laptop on their lap, uses deodorants, uses perfume, wears dry cleaned clothes, works in a dry cleaner, washes their clothes in chemical filled laundry detergent or fabric softener, drinks out of aluminum cans or cups, eats processed food, colors their hair, gets their nails done, works in a nail or beauty salon, wears bug repellant, drinks alcohol, works in a coal mine, works road construction with TAR fumes, paints the inside of houses, furniture or floor staining, takes asbestos out of buildings or homes, works in a plastics factory, sits in the sun, goes to the beach, goes to tanning salons, sits under fluorescent office lights, breaths the chemtrails that are being sprayed in our sky, eats the pesticide vegetables, the red meat or chicken, filled with hormones and antibiotics, eats or drinks anything with Soy in it, drinks or showers in chlorine and fluoride filled, city water, uses pharmaceuticals and over the counter medications, and so on, and so on, and so on…
    Point is… Everything out there causes cancer, alzheimer’s and/or many other life threatening, illnesses or causes death. With your logic, EVERYONE will be going to HELL!
    It’s not anyone’s place to judge, where someone will go at the end of their life. It certainly doesn’t make them an evil person! What you’re calling people who smoke cigarettes or marijuana… Evil, lost souls, who will burn in hell! That’s so wrong!

    • You told the truth Dee and after reading all the other post I think yours was the most reasonable. I read somewhere that Martin Luther King Jr was a smoker. My question to Evangelist Parker is do you believe that he went to Heaven or Hell?

  27. You have told me everything I believe. I smoke!! I can’t quit I pray. I study seriously. I’ve tried everything to quit. I am ashamed. I hide it because I don’t want to be a bad influence. I am a hypocrite who wants to quit. Please help. What can I do?

  28. I believe completely everything that you say about smoking. I’ve dedicated my life to our father I pray every night that I can learn the discipline of not smoking and drinking. ( drink wine) but still want to completely quit. So far I have failed I do have faith that God will show me how to take this out of my life maybe you’re the ones that can help me. Looking for prayers of strength and chairs why did God open my eyes to see his truth after so many years of being blinded but yet I can’t quit these horrible detestable habits?

  29. I deff a Christian and smoke I tried many times to stop but do you know it takes dopamine to stop smoking and some people are low on dopamine so they can get help I have no dopamine I have Parkisons so no matter what I have used it tried to stop it’s not worked but I will tell you God deff used me in many diff ways so if your going to say I won’t go to heaven I beg to differ I know where I stand with the Lord I been told I’m going to he’ll for pharmaceutical drugs I need to control Parkisons disease

  30. I find that often people who write these articles have good intentions in the proposed subject. Often the delivery is in a criticizing manner and one can switch off. There are different levels of smokers who have subjective experiences to their addiction. Objectively christians are snubbing smokers, who have shown their weakness. Smokers who try to strengthen themself in the Lord are then knocked down by so called perfect christians. God says come as you are, articles like this makes you think, I need to give up smoking before coming boldly to the throne or the presence of christians. If not I will be seen as a demon in church, which makes people shy away. We can not to do it in our own strength, I pray for sensitivity and empowerment as opposed to disabling the deliverance for Christian smokers.

  31. To be honest when you read articles like this as a smoker, you just want to light up as it is so intense. So maybe put in a debrief to calm smokers : ).

  32. I believe this article is so judgemental. Judge not lest ye be judged. I believe in Christ. I use nicotine is medical its the way nicotine that is bad. Denying Jesus is whats sends to hell. .. My cousin didn’t use nicotine and died from. Answer mr…if its your time to go… Are bodies will die eventually… God deicides when we die not us or man…. OK.. .. End of discussion. ..God bless you….

    • We can debate and try to explain away if nicotine is a sin or not all day long. If we were talking about battery acid sprinkled on top of Corn Flakes, somebody would say that it’s not a sin…Reading scripture out of context is always damaging to one’s own understanding of what scripture states.

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