Are you a smoker? Do you drink alcohol? Do you take illegal drugs? I am amazed at the number of brethren who continue to be the users of the “filthy weed” tobacco, who drink the “devil’s water” alcohol, and who take “mind altering” illegal drugs.
When we read of the many medical reports showing the relationship between tobacco use and cancer and respiratory diseases, how can a Christian, a responsible person, one who is to be moderate, have self-control, and exercise good judgment in all things, partake of tobacco in any form?
All know that alcohol destroys the liver and is the major cause of auto accidents. The scriptures are filled with condemnations of its use. Proverbs is filled with warnings against indulging in wine and strong drink (Prov 20:1 cf; 21:17; 23:29-35; 31:4). Wine mocks those who use it (Prov 20:1) and rewards them with woe, sorrow, strife, and wounds without cause (Prov 23:29, 30). “In the end it [wine] bites like a snake and poisons like a viper” (verse 32). Paul warned believers against drunkenness “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18), and declares that deacons should not be “addicted to much wine” (1 Tim 3:8). He counseled Titus that the older women should not be “slaves to drink” (Titus 2:3).
Illegal drugs not only break man’s laws but also break the laws of God as well because they destroy lives. We are to abide by the laws of man (Rom 13). Just like alcohol, illegal drugs alter the brain in the same like manner. If drinking is a sin, and it is, so is taking illegal drugs.
Paul writes in 2 Cor. 7:1, “Having therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the sight of God.” Paul is telling us plainly enough that because we are the children of God, and recipients of His promises, we should do whatever necessary to clean up our lives. Even if brethren who indulge in such things could prove that there is of no harm spiritually, then we still ought to abstain from it in order to keep the physical body clean, because the evidence is overwhelming regarding the harmful effects upon the human body ( 1 Cor. 3:16-17). How do such things enhance your spirituality? Nothing that I know of. We ought to be willing to give up such bad habits for the sake of the physical body and the cause of Christ. Some act like they had rather quit the church rather than quit their vulgar habits.
These dangerous habits are essentially suicide, and suicide is a sin. Smoking cigarettes are not only killing you, but they are also killing those who breathe in your second hand smoke. That is murder and murder is a sin. Drinking not only kills the drinker, but those who are victims of their abusive indulgence. That is murder and murder is a sin. Taking illegal drugs not only is killing you, but those who are victims of your crime. That is murder and murder is a sin. What shall a man give in exchange for their soul? (Mt 16:26) Evidently, a puff of smoke, a swig of whiskey, or a snort of cocaine. Please don’t let vulgar habits, which could be easily broken by you, send your soul to hell.