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TIL 098 : Should Christians Smoke Marijuana?

On this edition of Truth in Love, Dr. Lambert discusses whether or not Christians should smoke marijuana. Dr. Lambert walks through four reasons that Christians should not smoke marijuana.

 

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  • Brandon Doyle
    April 19, 2017

    I don’t think I agree.
    1. The Federal government has said that they will not interfere if states legalize pot. Yeah it illegally federally, but the feds don’t expect citizens in legalized states to abstain.
    2. There are very few studies that indicate pot is harmful, and there is much emerging evidence to support the medically beneficial​ effects of pot.
    3. I don’t flaunt my use because I don’t want to offend others who might disagree with my use, but Christians are not supposed to force their own convictions on others. Moreover, in my case, I have no respectable friend or family member who is unhappy with my smoking pot.
    4. Pot should be used in moderation, just like anything else. A few puffs to unwind, to provide clarity of thought, to enhance concentration, or to help a person fall asleep, I can’t see the problem with that. What’s the difference between drinking alcohol and smoking pot? Of course, Christians shouldn’t get stoned, but I don’t see why Christians can’t sit in their study at the end of the day with a pipe of pot while reading or listening to a sermon.

  • Veronica Brown
    April 21, 2017

    I believe God himself is suppose to provide that which you are looking to in the pot. He alone can help you have peace, clarity of thought, pray for concentration and he will direct you. Same with sleep. Alcohol is also a drug. The bible clearly states that we are suppose to be sober minded.

  • Jeffrey Hays
    April 24, 2017

    I truly thought to myself…that is a rhetorical question right? Then I read Brandon Doyle’s comment. I do not drink alcohol for numerous reasons. The believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is hard to think that we could pour alcohol or smoke anything without defiling it. I am reminded of setting by a campfire when smoke got in my eyes I had to move because it was unpleasant even irritating. Does our minds, bodies, and money belong to Jesus? I would not subject them smoke or drink of any kind and believe it would glorify God or be an act of worship?

  • Pamela Blaine
    April 24, 2017

    It bothers me that Christians today so easily embrace activities that are questionable. The scriptures say that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. If there is even the slightest possibility that an activity will harm the temple, cause others to follow suit who might become addicted, or be a bad example to others, then there is no question whether to do it or not. Why aren’t we working toward keeping our temple as pure as we can while also using every moment to bring glory to God and reaching others with the Gospel instead of thinking about how much we can get by with to bring some “good feeling” to ourselves. Human beings tend toward self-gratification rather than loving God and our neighbor. When deciding whether to do something or not the question should always be, “Will this bring glory to God?” Not…”How can I justify doing this?”

    • Craig Lofthus
      April 24, 2017

      Yes, Veronica..you are absolutely right in your correction of Brandon. Well articulated.

      To intentionally do anything to compromise the sober-mindedness that God commands us towards is to disobey. I apply the same argument to the abstinence from alcohol use that I do to marijuana, although not a poplar position, i believe it to be a Biblical one and one that subsequently blesses people and myself.

      Our culture and media is one of the strongest, molding forces the world has ever seen. Our thinking must rise above and out of the “prince of the power of the air” if we are going to escape the whisperings of the world and stay Biblical and focused on why the Lord has us here. It isn’t to be comfortable or to simply be in compliance with government regulations but to propagate the Gospel, bringing God glory in all things. When I am convinced by scripture and pure reasoning how smoking pot or drinking alcohol assists me in these goals I will then consider it, but until then…no way.

      • lew
        May 5, 2017

        It is impossible to smoke marijuana and be of a sober mind. Alcohol is different only in the aspect that it may take 3 drinks for one to be NOT of a sober mind. It may also only take smelling a cap. Smoking dope is normally to ‘unwind’, which is an internal heart issue.

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