BURNING INCENSE TO FALSE GODS: WHY SMOKING IS A SIN!
Many believe that smoking cigarettes is not a sin. Others try to justify it by quoting verses out of context at random. Then there are those who claim that the Bible has nothing to say about smoking. Yet other people will erroneously say that smoking is not harmful because it calms the nerves and makes them more alert. The fact is that smoking is extremely harmful to ones health and to those who are exposed to their second-hand poison. I will show you why cigarette smoking and tobacco addiction is wrong for a Christian. In principle the Bible does have a lot to say about the sinful habit of smoking.
IT IS HARMFUL
Millions of men and women are dying every year from tobacco related illnesses. Smokers are at great risk to get emphysema, COPD and lung cancer. The World Health Organization has estimated that the use of tobacco was responsible for 100 million deaths during the 20th century. There are over 19 known carcinogens or dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke. Benzopyrene, acrolein and hydrocarbons are among some of the deadly toxins in cigarette smoke that attach to the bodies cells to kill them or turn them into cancer cells. Tobacco smoke also contains radioactive carcinogens that become trapped and deposited in the lungs, releasing radiation into the body for a long time. The combination of carcinogens, hydrocarbons, and radiation being released into the body through cigarette smoke acts as a deadly poison that slowly begins to break down the bodies immune system, like a slow acting suicide, to enable cancer and other diseases to take hold. Hazardous compounds found in the smoke of cigarettes include carbon monoxide and cyanide. These are believed to be responsible for causing heart damage and for destroying the alveoli in the lungs resulting in emphysema and COPD. Cigarette smoking reduces life expectancy by 10-20 years. The Bible teaches that it is wrong for believers to use anything that is harmful to their health. Their body is the temple for the Holy Spirit. We have a divine commission from God to take care of our health and shun things we know is unhealthy and harmful to our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 12:12) The Lord will hold all accountable who willingly defile and destroy their health (1 Cor. 3:17)
IT HARMS AND OFFENDS OTHERS
Second hand smoke is so harmful to those in its path that it can cause them to have damaged blood vessels, asthma, respiratory infections and even cancer. Second hand smoke kills at least 600,000 people per year. We should never bring harm to anyone just because we want to satisfy a carnal lust (Jam. 4:17; 1 Jn. 3:14). We should never set bad examples before others (Rom. 14:15,16). Smoking is a harmful and offensive habit that must be overcome. Do walk in rebellion to the wishes of your family, friends, church, or your God (Isa. 65:2). We are commanded not to offend anyone in anything (2 Cor. 6:3) Forsake the ways of foolishness and go in the way of understanding (Prov. 6:9). Clear your conscience of having poisoned yourself and others (Heb. 13:18). God does not take lightly such offences to your children and family (Mt. 18:6,7). Donâ€™t put their health at risk. Be a caring Christian and never put those in your home or others in harms way with your toxic chemically-laden tobacco smoke. We must never do anything that could bring potential harm to another (Matt. 10:16).
IT IS AN ADDICTIVE LUST
All bad habits are addictive and enslaving. The devil knows how to make things that are harmful to our health addictive and pleasurable to the senses. He has a dark and deadly plan to ensnare people with harmful addictions and lusts so he can destroy their health (Jn. 10:10). The nicotine drug in cigarettes is a psychoactive chemical that stimulates the nervous system giving the effects of mental alertness and calmness. Over time smokers will experience cognitive decline, reduced memory, brain shrinkage and an increased risk for Alzheimerâ€™s. This drug is far more addictive than cocaine or heroin. Jesus offers an abundant life to those who overcome and make right choices in life. Give this enslaving habit to the Lord and let Him forgive you and restore you. Smoking is a carnal and fleshly lust that must be denied and abandoned. Christians are to never come under the enslaving influence of any addiction or bad habit (1 Cor. 6:12). Sinful and enslaving addictions are to have no dominion over a Christian for such things only lead to death (Rom. 6:12-16). Instead consecrate yourself to God and your body to the fulfillment of righteous living (Rom. 6:13).
IT DOES NOT GLORIFY GOD
The smoking and chewing of tobacco and use of other harmful substances cannot glorify God in any way. A Christian is commanded to glorify God in everything they do (1 Cor. 10:31). A Christian is to please God by not using anything that is harmful or sinful (1 Jn. 3:22; Col. 1:10 ). Because we were bought with a great price we are to honor God by offering to him a body that is healthy and holy (Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Cor 6:20). In this way we can glorify God in our body and in our spirit (1 Cor. 6:20).
IT IS UNFAITHFUL STEWARDSHIP
Wasting money to purchase a harmful product to poison yourself and endanger the lives of others is a perfect example of unfaithful stewardship. Smoking is an expensive habit that burns up money that could be used for a more worthy cause. Donâ€™t forget the expensive medical bills you will need to pay someday as a result of smoking. Donâ€™t become an unprofitable servant who lost his soul because he squandered his time and money on a foolish and destructive habit (Mt. 25:30). Be a faithful servant who uses what the Lord gives him wisely and not wastefully (Mt. 25:14-30).
CONNECTION TO SPIRITISM
Smoking was first introduced as a ritual to contact the spirits by the pagan Mayans who worshipped false gods and practiced human sacrifices. People who practice spiritism, such as Shamans, use the smoking of tobacco as a method to communicate with spirits. They believe that when you inhale the smoke you invite the wisdom and inspiration of the spirits to mix with your body and soul. They believe they can share this wisdom and inspiration they receive from the spirits with others when they exhale the smoke. They believe their exhaled smoke would assist in the purification of those receptive souls in the path of their exhaled smoke. The ritual smoking of tobacco, by the Indians, was considered a sacred ceremony to offer incense to the gods and spirits. The peace pipe was considered a charm to appease enemies and to acquire pledges of friendship. The sacred peace pipe was also used to offer smoke to the demon gods and was thought to possess a supernatural power or charming effect. The one who held the pipe was thought to possess power to change circumstances. Tobacco was considered a sacred plant that brought favor upon those who burned or smoked it, in the eyes of the spirits or gods. The Indians were the first to invent cigars and cigarettes. Their predecessor to the modern cigar or cigarette featured tobacco that was rolled up in corn husks. A Christian should have nothing to do with something that has pagan origins and a connection to spiritism (1 Thes. 5:22). Because cigarette smoking is an act of burning incense to false gods and demon spirits it gives these spirits the legal right to invade your life and attack your health and destroy you (2 Ki. 22:17; 23:5; 2 Chr. 28:25; 34:24,25; Jer. 1:16; 7:9; 11:12; 19:4; 44; 48:35). Avoid cigarette smoking and close that door to demonic attack!
Deliverance from cigarette smoking is extremely difficult. Many have tried over and over but have miserably failed. Deliverance workers testify, in their experience with smokers, that there is a significant spiritual element to consider in addition to the nicotine addiction. Deliverance ministers have found that cigarette smoking opens up doorways for demon spirits to invade the lives of those who smoke. These demon spirits can introduce an emotional and psychological element that supports a personâ€™s need to smoke. They can for instance introduce a spirit of depression or cause a smoker to intensely crave nicotine. An addiction spirit may hold a smoker captive by constantly demanding to be satisfied. Once these spirits are rebuked and cast out the smoker can obtain real and lasting deliverance. Remember that it is Christ who gives you strength to overcome (Phil. 4:13; 1 Jn. 4:4), power to resist temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), cleansing from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9), and a transformed life (Rom. 12:2). Christ enables anyone to become more than a conqueror from any enslaving habit or lust (Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 12:9). You will need to get rid of all your cigarettes and no not frequent places or fellowship with people who smoke (Rom. 13:14). If you repent and commit your ways to God He will give you victory over smoking (Ps. 37:4,5; 1 Jn. 1:6-9). God can give you and other believers the power and authority to break all the powers of the enemy in your life (Isa. 54:14; Lk. 10:19). Break the curses of smoking incense to other gods, the curse of self-destruction, and any ancestral curses back 10 generations on both sides. Seek your freedom from this satanic path of physical destruction and let Christ transform your life!
Prayer for Deliverance
Heavenly Father, forgive me of this bondage to smoking and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. Forgive me for harming my health and the health of my family and all my offence to others. Deliver me from this sinful addiction and set me free from it. Take away all my desire for smoking. I surrender my heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ and place this bondage at the foot of His cross. In the name of Jesus Christ I command any and all spirits which entered me from smoking to leave me forever. Help me not to develop any other bad habits or to gain weight. Thank You for delivering me from this evil addiction and I give You all the glory, honor, and praise, in Jesus name, amen