Just thinking out loud…

Earlier today, I posted the following photo:

Shortly thereafter, I got a VERY good-natured comment from a friend calling me “progressive” and reminding me of the “uproar” a similar photo would have caused at my old church.

So…here’s a question, and I truly mean this sincerely:

Does smoking a cigar dishonor God?

 

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6 responses to “Just thinking out loud…

  1. Spurgeon thought it was okay, I’ll go with him. http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/cigars.htm It’s a conviction issue that some will have the freedom to enjoy and others won’t.

  2. blessmybuckskins

    Nope. I recently ran into a rather interesting community on youtube. One of the men involved is a pastor out in California. Here is a three part sermon he gives on a “Christian Man and His Liberties.”

    Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t82a_8FTYw&feature=plcp

    Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtJ94odfCM0&feature=relmfu

    Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kp2RIDyhms&feature=relmfu

    Here is a great blog post I found about it as well: http://spectrummagazine.org/article/column/2009/11/27/christian-smoke

    Anyways, maybe you are too busy to watch and read them all. But in the videos, he tells a great story of when Billy Sunday came to Charles Spurgeon’s church and preached a strong, tee-totalin’ prohibition-era sermon on the evils of tobacco and liquor. After he sat down, Spurgeon stood up and added “Be that as it may, sir, I will still go home tonight and smoke a cigar to the greater glory of God.” I wish I could have been there.

    I always think of 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”

    Cigar and pipe smoking in moderation is not shown to be addicting for everyone. Cigarettes are harder to defend. But in moderation, the first two forms of tobacco are not to be a priori rejected without traveling down some very legalistic paths.

    So those are some of my thoughts, would love to dialogue and be faced with some Godly opposition if I am wrong.

  3. Scott D.

    I am not sure how it would. For the past 3 plus years it has been a part of our Men’s Cigar Bible Study. This casual gathering of Christian men to share fellowship and God’s word has opened conversational doors with people within earshot of our public gatherings.

  4. Scott D.

    No I do not believe so. The cigars are not a point of superiority, envy or defiance. Our gathering started as 3 men who love God that enjoyed each others fellowship and also enjoyed cigars. Gathering in this way led naturally to discussions on Scripture and supporting/lifting / praying for one another. Here is an interesting article on God and Cigars.

    http://jared.wrytestuff.com/swa386156.htm

  5. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. 😉

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