John Branyan - Smoking In Church

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  • 2011-12-15T16:58:00

I agree with Sarah. You don't have to talk down to those who may have a problem. Jesus wouldn't have done that. He didn't even do it to the woman at the well. God made all things but we need to be discerning enough to know what is "beneficial" to us.

  • 2011-12-15T03:40:07

I don't see a biblical problem with drinking wine. It's actually "very" good for you, in moderation. Smoking, could be bad, but not a unpardonable sin. For some unknown reason, I've noticed that a lot of Christians spend way to much time sitting in unrighteous judgement of others. The last time I checked, the single most important thing in life.....is to recieve Christ as your Saviour & believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead. And then to Love God with all your heart & love your neighbor as yourself. What others do with their bodies, is between them and God. We would be wise to win others over to the Lord. Leave conviction & dicipline to the Holy Spirit. If you can't help but be a busy body & meddle in other peoples affairs....fine....Pray for them.

  • 2011-12-14T20:57:55

I meant to say "We are NOT to force conviction on anyone"

  • 2011-12-14T20:56:56

The thing with alcohol is this...NO the Bible does not say it's a sin to drink a glass...HOWEVER, if one never takes the first glass, then they will not have to worry about 100th glass breaking up their home, killing their body, or taking an innocent life. P.S. There's nothing in the Bible about smoking either...however, both alcohol and tobacco are personal one on one convictions. One person may be convicted on drinking any alcohol where another may not. And we are to force conviction on anyone...isn't that Gods job?

  • 2011-12-14T19:19:57

God also says we are not to judge others... I believe that until a person actually walks in the shoes of those who are overweight (been there), involved in alocohol or drug abuse or whatever kind of abuse there is, nobody should pass judgement on anyone. For someone, anyone, to call people out and accuse them of anyting is wrong I believe in the eyes of our lord. You really don't know what that person is dealing with at that time. In my eyes.. isn't this person being a bully? Now understand that I know that someones familes need to call out their friends or families.. but to get online and say " Food is the same, all you gluttons and overweights out there".. I just think this is wrong AND rude.

  • 2011-12-14T17:17:38

so ya HAVE to go there about being overweight too???? to me that seems like harsh words "All YOU gluttons" who is to say WHAT is over eating?? I eat a good meal, yet I dont necessarily get enough exercise.. does that mean I eat too much? I dont think so! Funny how no matter where you go.. someones always gotta be judgmental and take things way out of context!

  • 2011-12-14T16:29:39

If you don't smoke, drink and you're as fit as fitness guru, guess what? You're still not good enough! Our righteousness is like filthy rags. (Is 64:6) We are saved by grace, not by anything we do or don't do. However, I abstain from alcohol because I don't want to be a stumbling block to those who are immature in Christ. 1 Cor. 8:9 "But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak."

  • 2011-12-11T13:01:21

What is your weight sitting at sweetheart? That is something Christians overlook. It is all the same.

  • 2011-12-11T12:59:50

Dale McKenzie Sweetie, he also made food. I am not trying to be mean but if you look at the woman in the pic with you, who I assume is your wife and you are the leader of a Godly family, it looks as though there may be a problem there. Not enough exercise for the amount of calories taken in? I only say this because there are some sins Christians will overlook like being overweight while they condemn smokers and someone who likes an occasional drink. They are all the same.

  • 2011-12-11T07:22:50

drinking alcohol isn't destroying your body... It's when you do it in access. Over indulging in anything can "destroy your body" you can over indulge in vitamins where they start to become unhealthy. But theirs nothing wrong with an 8 ounce glass of wine or a can of beer. Its actually very good for you. However if your convicted for it then don't do it. But dont go preaching your convictions on someone else.

  • 2011-12-09T13:50:18

Dale McKenzie Jesus was also called a drunk. Could it be because they saw Him having some wine with His food? At the passover feast they were eating & drinking wine, also dipping bread into wine & then gave thanks for the wine & instituted "Holly Communion" with that same wine (oinos) I am Greek & in Greece you will never see a Greek drunk in public. It is in our culture to drink wine at meal time but never for the sake of getting drunk. I'm now living in Australia (here we do have a problem with alcohol abuse) & I do miss the Communion (back in Greece) with the real wine (I don't like the grape juice). But as the Apos. Paul said to the Greeks - a Greek & to the Aussies an Aussie. We will still serve the LORD in through any culture we may be found in. PTL

  • 2011-12-07T17:09:52

Dale McKenzie ~ Can you provide a biblical reference for why you think that it is wrong to consume alcohol? There are plenty of verses on why "drunkenness" is wrong, as well as being "addicted to strong drink", to use the exact words as they are in my Bible. But there is no biblical basis for why the consumption of alcohol would be wrong in itself.

  • 2011-12-07T16:17:15

lighten up people......it's a joke. Try "ex-lax"

  • 2011-12-07T12:35:22

this is funny but god did not create this man is the one he gave us a choice god bless.

  • 2011-12-06T20:49:13

Sipping saints, uh? no body drinks to get a buzz.uh? It's OK, Jeremy. Jesus drank wine? I don't think so. It was different stuff, called wine.

  • 2011-12-06T20:48:53

He made rattle snakes and cannabis. I don't think we should play with these things also. Oh yeah, He made Lucifer, also.

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