Is Smoking Cigarettes a Sin?

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Will a Christian who has been born again be lost if they don’t stop smoking?  Is it sin for a Christian to smoke?  If a Christian smokes, does it mean they really aren’t saved?  Is smoking and being a Christian incompatible?

The Definition of Sin

The Bible gives us the proper definition of sin.  It does not come from human beings or human opinions.  If you watch today’s talk shows, you can see just how far human opinions can deviate from the Word of God; therefore a biblical definition of sin is accurate since it is a definition from God Himself.

In First John 3:4, the apostle gives us the proper definition of sin, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”  This means that every human that has ever lived has sins and continues to sin.  So we are all in big trouble since we all have and will continue to sin in this life.  Jesus is the only human who never sinned.  He was both man and God and lived a perfect live.  Consequently, this is why Jesus made the perfect sacrifice because He was without blemish and the only perfect One that ever lived.  His death reconciled humans to God.  But only those who believe in Him are the ones reconciled to God (Acts16:30-31).

Sin leads to death as James says in 1:15, “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  The wages or what we earn from sin is death (Romans 6:23). But whoever believes in Jesus Christ is saved from the penalty of sin (John 3:16).  Since all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard, every human is in big trouble (Romans 3:23).

What Saves Us From Sin?

Humans are unable to save themselves.   Paul quotes Isaiah when he tells us about human efforts to save themselves by works, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away“(Isaiah 64:6).  Paul clarifies it in Romans 11:6, “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”  Any attempt to save ourselves by works is self-righteousness and God will not accept our own works because they are not sufficient.  It is only those who believe in Jesus Christ that are saved from the penalty of sin (John 3:16).

Our best efforts to overcome will never save us.  Holiness is not the way to Jesus; Jesus is the way to holiness.  There is only one way to salvation that is only in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

Famous Christians Who Smoked

Is Smoking Cigarettes a Sin

God tells us that we are to be perfect and abstain from every appearance of evil

There is a veritable who’s who list of Christians who smoked.  One of the greatest preachers and evangelists of the 19th century loved his cigars.  He was Charles Spurgeon.  Other famous Christians who smoked or still do are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Chuck Colson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Billy Graham, and Jerry Farwell (although the last two quit in their latter years).  This article has addressed all types of tobacco:  cigarettes, pipe, cigar, snuff, and chewing tobacco.

The same questions could be asked about drinking beer, or wine, or eating pork, or…the list goes on.  The fact remains that moderation in all things is a Godly attribute.  Smoking is obviously not healthy and the believer should be diligent in their efforts to quit but what is there in this world that isn’t good for you.  I love to go to fast food restaurants but don’t go very often because I know the menu carries high fat volumes in their foods.  The fact is that it is a fallen world and that there are no perfect Christians.  None are perfect but they are forgiven.

What Saves Believers?

Jesus was more concerned with what came out of the mouth (in words) than what was going into it saying in Matthew 15:11, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”  It is what comes out of the mouth that defiles believers; it is by our words that our heart is revealed.

Yes, you can still be a Christian and smoke. Is it God’s will that you would quit? Of course because God tells us we are to be perfect and to abstain from every appearance of evil and He desires that we live a happy, healthy, prosperous, and long life.  But at the same time, we shouldn’t judge those who do smoke or those who we see are not perfect. If I caste the first stone, it would have to be aimed at myself.  We should be concerned about our own sins and repent daily and come to the cross of Christ for daily cleansing.  We will still sin and fall short of the glory of God, but whoever believes in Jesus Christ remains his possession forever and He will never leave you, forsake you, or have you snatched from His hand or the hand of God the Father (John 6:37, 10:28-29).


As covered by the apostle John in 1 John 3:4, a true definition of sin is “lawlessness”. Then James reminds us that sin leads to death (James 1:15). The good news is that John also shares that when we believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross we are saved from death, which is the penalty for sin. We are unable to save ourselves, only Jesus saves. Because of sin we live in a fallen world and therefore there are no perfect Christians. Yes, you can still be a Christian and smoke, however God desires that we live a happy, healthy, prosperous life and quitting smoking would be a good thing for any Christian.

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Barbara Sanders March 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

It is amazing that no matter what we go threw that God is the answer. You are correct Pastor that as long as we in this body we must continue to bring captive every thought that exalted itself against the plans of God for our life. By all means I know that this is a daily walk that we must pick up our cross which is the word of God and deny ourself. There is no good thing that dwell in my flesh, that is why we needed a advocate and a saviour. Jesus already knew that Barbara was going to be hook on crack, heroin and cigarettes. But Glory be to God that the same God that delivered me from them stronghold will deliever me from smoking. He is well able to take away every desire that is not like him as long as I’m willing and obedient. Once again, this little site is starting to really help me get through the day. Thank God for the body of Christ we are so lovely. It is so good for brotheren to dewell together.


Christine Truncale June 19, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Amen Sister! The enemy keeps this thought in my head now for years,I couldn’t get the same answer from different people I spoke to,then one day I understood this truth and for some reason the enemy made me forget like I never knew this! He was making me feel so guilty about this and I already knew there was NOTHING I could possibly do to get me into the Lords Kingdom…Praise God,the Father,the Son and the Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!


Barbara Sanders March 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I have been watching the serious of the story BIBLE on TV, and it really has been blessing me. It is so many things that we can discuss on this website and get clarity for our walk in Jesus. I’m really just checking in to see whta is the latest news or comments regaidng different topics. I’m doing well with my cigarette quit, i have surrender this addiction over to God and my body has already begun to heal itself. What a mighty God we serve. Thanks for all the wonderful comments on different topics. Sister Barbara


Jack Wellman March 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Barbara…amen my sister. Thank you. First of all…I am overjoyed you are here. I can not thank God enough for bringing you hear to learn more about Him and your so very humble in your words. I am so glad that God didn’t give up on me long ago, a former drug dealer, aduser, addictted, and a former prisoner. It was by God’s grace alone that I went from a disaster to pastor. Congratulations on your conquering the cigarette habit. Your such an encouragement. You give others hope my sister in Christ Barbara.


Barbara March 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

For I wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places. I must put onthe whole armour of God in order to stand agaisnt all the fiery darts of the devil. Believe me I could not do this in my flesh it is too weak but my spirit is strong and greater is he that is in me then he that is in this world. My flesh is hollering out for the that nicotine but I must be reminded that these kind come out only through fasting and paryer. Thanks man of God for all your encouragement and clarity and love…


Jack Wellman March 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Amen Barbara. I still struggle with the desire to smoke pot…even after all these years…and for a beer too! You and I still struggle and it is not against flesh and blood as you so rightly say. This struggle that we are going through is like many have in their life. Even Paul (though not against nicotine) struggled daily with sin. Read Romans 7:15-20 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

Boy, that’s what it feels like…a war…a spiritual war, but there is good news as Paul declares in Rom 7:24-25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Thank you Jesus. And thank you too Barbara and I thank God FOR you.


Barbara March 19, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hey Pastor, good to hear from you… chat soon I’m working, you would not believe that I’m an adiction counselor our God sure does have a sense of humor.



Jack Wellman March 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

The way God works…I DO believe that. You seem the perfect fit being a compassionate woman of God full of biblical wisdom and with such humility that you make the best of God’s counselors. For such a time and place as this God has called you. Nothing is by mistake.


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Barbara Sanders March 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hello family, I thought I would just drop in and wish every one a happy Resurrection Day, God is so good and it happens to be good Friday. Everyday is good Friday when you have experienced Jesus. Oh taste an dsee that the Lord is good. I don’t care what your struggle it is not bigger then our God… Love sis Barbara


Joel April 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

This was a very nice article,very well said and straight to the point.


Jack Wellman April 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thank you Joel for your words of kindness. Greetings to you sir. What a pleasure to hear such encouragement my friend. I appreciate it.


Ian Michael Stephens April 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

When I was fifteen my father died. In my entire existence of life with him I never saw him drink or heard him swear. But he smoked until his early death at 40.But one thing my mother told me my grandfather said who was with my father when he died and who is not a Christian to my knowledge is that when he passed he looked up and smiled the biggest grin my grandfather had ever seen him smile. To die is gain.


Shane Ghigliotty April 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Pastor Wellman, I’ve been a slave to a cigarette addiction for quite some time now and have been trying hard to quit. I can no longer do it on my own. If I may sir ask you for prayer in my spiritual battle to give up the fleshly temptation to quit smoking cigarettes. I’m a new devoted Christian. Just recently been baptized through the holy spirit. Thank you very much brother in


Jack Wellman May 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

Shane, in the first place, I am overjoyed you are now in the family of God. It is apparent that you are being convicted of this smoking and for that I am glad. I will pray for you my friend and we can pray together in your battle to overcome this but don’t lose heart, for if we stumble and fall, God is ever present to pick us up and dust us off and forgive us. Thank you for your encouragement my friend.


Shane Ghigliotty May 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Thank you very much sir. I appreciate that completely. I am attending an RU program wich is reformers unanimous . You might have heard of it. Its a faith based addictions program. It has really showed me how much God not only wants us to accept His son but have a real relationship with Him. Its really amazing. But I thank you very much Mr. Wellman. Glad that I could talk to somebody like yourself with the wisdom of the word.


Jack Wellman May 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Mr. Ghigliotty, truly you are such an encouragement and I do pray for your battle but I see that you are passionate about striving to become more like Christ and grow in holiness. I thank God for you my friend. Love that you came to visit us. Please do come again my friend and my desire is that God continues to richly bless you.


Jordan Bell May 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Yes, It is a sin. You are ruining your body which is a holy temple of Jesus. You can also say that the food we eat is killing us to, But smoking is far worst and can cause major problems. Even though, Jesus saved us from all sins if we believe. We should do our best to stay healthy of our bodies and in our relationships with Jesus Christ!


deedi July 27, 2013 at 5:14 am

Thank you so much pastor! Really helping!


Patricia Dairo July 29, 2013 at 6:51 am

I am so happy and relieved that I stumbled on this site I gave my life to Christ in June 2013 and I have been battling with nicotine addiction I smoke 2 to 3 cigarettes a day but I feel very bad every time I smoke cause I believe it’s a sin but after reading your article you don’t want to know how relieved I feel knowing that There is some one out there who can answer to problems that is troubling ones soul I love Jesus with all my soul and when the holy sprit touched me I knew I didn’t want to go back to the world I need prayers from you too pastor I want to completely give up smoking.


Peter C. September 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I am a 52 year old British Christian and a smoker (since my teens) who has been trying to quit on and off for years. Yesterday, after yet another attempt, I crumbled after just a few days due to unforeseen illness and painful medical treatment (which, incidentally, had nothing to do with smoking). When feeling well again I will retry. But I know I will need spiritual help. Looking around the internet I stumbled upon many blogs that dealt with the issue of Christianity and addictive habits. Most are very condemnatory (even about legal habits such as smoking). But this one was more open minded and encouraging. I thank you. However knowing, in this day and age (unlike that of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien), the degree of damage smoking does, I am aware I must accept that to be a better Christian I must strive to be nicotine free. Pray for me. Peter (UK).


Jack Wellman September 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

I will be honored Peter to pray for you sir. I am glad you came here and know how hard this is and I agree that too many websites are quick to condemn and offer little grace and help. Please do come back again sir.


Peter C. September 21, 2013 at 5:38 am

Thankyou Jack. I believe quitting smoking will be an important part of the act of repentance for me. By definition, repentance is a continuous and ongoing journey throughout the lives of every Christian, as perfection will never be achieved in this life. I found some wonderful words which are so poignant to my own situation as a Christian who is trying to break free from a destructive, long standing, habit. I have saved them on my computer for quick and easy reference. Aside from smoking, they are so applicable to life in general. Thankyou for your prayers Jack.

“Repentance is not a solo effort. God doesn’t expect us to lift ourselves up by our own bootstraps. Through His indwelling Spirit, God shapes and molds us to make us pure and blameless in Christ. Listen to Paul’s hopeful words: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). For many people, the first cry of repentance is, “I can’t change by myself; I need You, God.” Thankfully, those are the sweetest words to God’s ear.”


Jack Wellman September 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Well said sir…God can not ever fix what is first not broken. I thank you my friend. Great points and advice sir.


Mr Anthony Cotton November 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I was just trawling the internet about this topic,and I agree that it is a sin. I must look up to you Jack that has you say you went from disaster to Pastor.I don`t know how you did it(God)but you did.
If I had my way I would shut all the cigarette factories down,and ban it just like Cocaine.
Then I would shut all the breweries down,and ban Alcohol altogether.
Thousands would go up the wall,but in time it would pass including me. I would not go out the way trawling the streets for cigarette`s. Quite some time ago you had Speak Easy`s I don`t know what England had.
It`s big business and governments make a lot of money off the tax. This might start www III ?


Jack Wellman November 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thank you Anthony. It may well start WW III but the governments won’t shut down tobacco because of the money…you are so right my friend. Thanks brother. I am glad you trawled to find us! That’s our good fortune.


Jack Wellman November 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you Mellisa my friend. I am glad this could help ease your burden some…for me, I still battle this urge and some of these urges will not go away until we received new bodies so know that you are not alone.


Darren Cheek December 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I don’t understand this. So you’re saying that because we have all sinned and we will sin again it’s ok to smoke? That’s a defeatist attitude. God wants us to be Godlike. That, to me, means we should strive to be as perfect, according to you, as Jesus was in his life. We can do the things that Jesus did. We can make this world paradise if we just strive to make ourselves and the earth as great as we and it can be. Jesus himself said we could do all of the things he did if we just believe. Why is it so hard to believe then that we can instead of coasting through this life hiding behind our prayers, we should rise up and take hold of the power God gave us and Jesus reminded us about and make this world a better place. Why is it so hard to believe that we can change the whole world…


Peter C. December 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Jesus is indeed representative of human perfection. But he lived and died for the weaknesses and sins of ordinary human beings. All that is asked of us is that we, in the short term, recognise and acknowledge those sins. Of course that must, with God’s help, bear fruit, and in the longer term we have to change – often radically so, depending upon how weak and sinful we have been. You write that we can realise a ‘world paradise’. But God, Christ and the Christian faith neither expects an instantaneous transformation for anyone, nor does He expect human beings to create a Utopia. Christ, himself, declared, “My Kingdom in not of this world”. Demand a paradise now and you will cause misery and unhappiness to many and end up creating a hell. And that is the historical track record of both religious and anti-religious fanatics. Jesus Christ is the antithesis of both.


Norman P. Aquino May 27, 2014 at 12:30 am

Smoking has been scientifically proven to harm almost every organ of the body. It causes cancer, heart disease and lung ailments. It’s also a major cause of death from communicable diseases such as tuberculosis. It’s also highly addictive. Second-hand smoke also harms others, not just the smoker. Clearly, it harms the body even if taken in moderation.

Some Bible verses to think about:
Romans 6:16
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Matthew 22:37
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Matthew 22:39
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

If you are struggling to quit smoking, there is hope. If we learn to love God, consider and appreciate his view of smoking, we can find the motivation we need to quit this bad habit.


ruth June 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

Amen to all the comments I believe that JESUS is our source of all our breakthrough.i still smoke and drink yet I don’t want to do it but I have full assurance in me that I will not loose my salvation because of this JESUS said HE will never leave me nor forsake me because of fleshly temptations AMEn


mary July 6, 2014 at 1:07 am

Ruth (friend to all) your honesty is refreshing!


Kaykay July 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

“Humans are unable to save themselves”– yes, this is true. however, CHRISTIANS are able to stop sinning. believers have to stop using im human as an excuse to walk in the flesh and start saying im saved and walk in the spirit as we are commanded to do. if u are a believer in Jesus, u believe He has overcome the world, all sin, all temptation, and the grave. thats a whole lot! if u believe this, u also believe His power is sufficient to help u overcome a nasty cigarette habit. i dont smoke and never have. i dont even think about it. if its possible for me as a fellow believer to live a life free of this sin, its possible for smokers as well. theres no nice way to sugarcoat the truth. its a sin and as a follower of Christ, its ur responsibility to obey Him and stop sinning.


Jack Wellman July 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

Thank you Kaykay….let me ask you something. You say you are sin free? You don’t sin anymore, ever? What do you say about 1 John 1:8 then which says “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Can you cast stones at others? Jesus said that “He (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7). They all had to leave and so would I. Drop the stone.


Jeff Sponeck July 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

Dear Jack,
Thank you for your article on Christians smoking which I agree with. However, I have a problem with Christians sinning. You quote 1 John 3:4 as a definition of sin. But what about verses 5 on. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
So, my question is ‘does a Christian go on sinning’ or ‘is a Christian still a sinner’? Born again Christians cannot be ‘lawless’ sinners, so it is wrong to preach Christians are still sinner, thus to keep them in bondage! The ability to sin is always there, but the practice of sin is not. I have been set free from sin and no long walk in it. Also, I feel Romans 7 has to do with Paul in his unsaved state as a Pharisee, but chapter 8 he talks of his victory in Christ!
Thanks so much otherwise, much enjoyed and appreciated articles …


Jack Wellman July 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

Thank you Mr. Sponeck for your comment. So you are not a sinner anymore? What about Roman’s 7? About 1 John 1:8-10 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” If you read Romans 3 & 4 you see Paul agreeing with John. Sin is not the transgression of the Law and so 1 John 3:4 saying “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” is wrong? Can you explain away 1 John 1:8, 10, & 1 John 3:4?

You qouted “continues to sin” so this shows that a person that continues to sin is not a believer…but when we do sin, we repent and ask for forgiveness (1 Joohn 1:9). The very verses you quote are reason that we all still sin. Then you never sin anymore sir?


Jozef Roy June 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Romans 6
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.


Jozef Roy June 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm

1 John 2-15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.


Peter C. July 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Too many comments are from people who seem to forget a critical moment which is central to Christian history and which helps deliver the very meaning of the Christian faith. People who were once standing with rocks in their hands, ready to stone an adulteress to death, turned to Christ for his advise and to receive his signal of assent.
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, were the words he spoke to those who had hitherto believed in their own self righteousness. After thought they ALL dropped the rocks they were holding and shamefully wandered away. The woman was spared their wrath.
Be it to those holding stones in an ancient courtyard or to non-smokers delivering barbed, holier than thou comments on a 21st century website, Christ’s message is exactly the same.


Jack Wellman July 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Amen Peter. I so agree. We are not ever going to be sinless in this life but the Christian will sin less but I cannot caste any stones except at myself. I would agree sir. Well said in your comment. Jesus was the only One Who could caste stones because He was without sin, yet He never even picked up a stone. Thank you for giving us some encouraging, edifying, and exhorting words Peter. I thank God for you and fellow believers who have received enough grace to give it.


Peter C. July 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

Thankyou Jack.
I had written my previous comments before reading your own of the 4th July. I now see that you had also previously drawn people’s attention to the fate of the adulteress spared from the self-righteous fury of others by the wisdom and mercy of Christ.
As you have suggested, it is indeed important that people should realise that human beings must come to Jesus Christ, not to compare themselves with others and to celebrate and declare their own perceived track record of righteousness – but for reasons which are the exact opposite. True Christianity is for those who are humble, gracious and honest enough to want to come to terms with their own faults and failings – applicable to everyone in many, but different forms.


Jack Wellman July 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

Well said Peter. So true. I so agree…Christians should emulate Jesus Christ in their humility, willingness to serve, not judge or condemn others, and to extend grace. yes, it is applicable to everyone…as you said. Thank you brother.


Jason July 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Thank you sir for a well-balanced response to this age-old question. I do not have a tobacco habit, nor an alcohol one. However, on occasion, I do drink a beer and sometimes take a dip of snuff – if I am fishing or golfing. Neither control my life and I really don’t give it much thought since it’s not impacting my health at this level. But I have had others tell me both are sins, even a former pastor. The reason was always that our body’s are a holy temple and we shouldn’t do anything to violate them. Yet, the people telling me this gorged themselves with fried, fatty disgusting foods and were almost always overweight, never exercised and had a variety of chronic diseases that at least in part were caused by their lifestyle choices. Some times we Christians get a little too self-righteous and forget to look honestly at our own short-comings in favor of jumping on the traditional ridicule wagon.


Jack Wellman July 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Spot on Jason. Thank you for your question. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, yes, but if we read the context of the chapter Paul was talking about sexual immorality and not habits. The sin of which Paul speaks matches well with what Jesus said “It is not what goes into the mouth (or woman) that pollutes, but what comes out of the mouth” (Matt 15:11). Thank you sir.


Jason July 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Well, I have been guilty of that way too many times in way too many ways. But now that I am saved and repented, I am forgiven. Glory to God for His amazing grace!


Jack Wellman July 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Amen Jason. Praise God. That’s so true and why God’s grace is so amazing. I would have given up on me longgggg ago! :>)

Reply July 28, 2014 at 2:57 am

Hi Pastor, I just want to say thank you for your wonderful articles and I really love to read again.


Brooke Coupon August 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

Hello Pastor Jack Wellman, I was amazed on your post, it was really true that cigars is also a sin.


Jack Wellman August 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thank you Brooke for your comment. We are all sinners and no Christian is without sin and if a person feels it is sin, then that is sin to them. I believe that no Christian should smoke because it hurts their testimony but sanctification is a lifelong process and we all are at various stages so we must not judge others but only ourselves.


Yu Zhi Hong January 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Hi bro Jack Wellman, I wrote an article about smoking on my blog and I was wondering what you think of what I wrote about smoking in my blog article. Sorry for posting my blog link here, if you think it is spamming, feel free to delete this post.


Jack Wellman January 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Hello my brother in Christ. I read your blog. Very nicely done my friend. I agree that we shouldn’t try to judge other Christians for things where the Bible is silent and you are right about the context of Paul’s saying to not defile the temple of God in our bodies as regarding sex outside of marriage. Well done.


Viviana March 30, 2015 at 5:50 am

Hello brother Jack. So greatful for this article, been dealing with this issue for quite some time, between the “body is a temple” and “is not what you put in your mouth it’s what it comes out”.
You clarify it very well for me now.
Not to make an excuse for me to smoke but to go by scripture and realize that cigarettes are just like anything else we put in our bodies.
I know I have to quit but like all my other issues, like fear, depresion, anger, etc. I give it to our lord Jesus Christ and he will help me with it. He has help me with the biggest one of all, that is to believe in him and be save.
Thank you pastor, you are helping believers and not believers alike with this web page.


Jack Wellman March 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

Thank you my friend. Our elder once said that it is what is in the heart that defiles us and he is right. I am not saying that we can do drugs or get drunk which is what goes into the body but even that starts in the heart. I just wished we would extend grace to others because each one of us have an “Achilles heal” or weakness and we are all at different stages in sanctification in our lives. I appreciate your encouragement Viviana.


Viviana March 31, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Yes pastor Jack, I agree with you in all you are saying.
Putting something in our bodies that alters our mind is not what God wants but like you say we have to have mercy for God’s children and pray for them instead of judging them.
Sanctification is a proces that we do in different timing with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can’t do that alone.
I will be praying for you that God helps you to help others through your articles and ministry.


Jack Wellman March 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm

What a grace-filled comment Viviana. I wish more believers were as kind as you and patient with others for as you said, sanctification is a process and since we are all different, we are also at different stages and yes, we cant’ do it alone. Amen to that my sister and may God richly bless you for such an encouraging comment. Wow.


Rodger duvall November 3, 2015 at 1:55 am

I pray for all who have been deceived by this addiction from the manufacturer and government who have taken advantage of nicotine addiction of users who smoke to make money off them , that I believe is the greater sin ,maybe if users understood that it would be easier to quit.


Angelo Williams Jr. April 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Shalom my brothers and sisters! I have a story to tell. It was starts December 26th 2014. I will never forget this day. I was home alone after a wonderful Christmas. The family had gone out in holiday cheer to visit with family, friends, and shop. I decided to stay at home because God had been ministering to my spirt for a couple of days. I thought to myself that it was Christmas I know not the exact day Yeshua was born, that happened sometime I believe in September; but this is the time we celebrate his birth. Anyway, I had been thinking about the true meaning of Christmas and I wanted to give Yeshua/Yahweh. So, I decided to present my self a living sacrifice holy and acceptable. See at this point in my life I smoked and drank, but I love GOD! I stayed home to search for God to dig deep into my word. As I’m reading in the middle of the day alone in my bedroom. I witnessed the brightest light I had ever seen enter through my bedroom window. It kinda looked like an orb. Like bright white/blue illuminated ball of light. Exactly, the same color as fire glows when it turns extremely hot. I believe now this is the same thing Moses saw at the burning bush on Mount Sinah/Horeb; and Saul saw on the rode to Damascus. Exodus 3:1-4:17 and Acts 9:1-19. As the light entered the room it gently touched me on the left side of my temple. It actually felt like God hand touched the back of my left eye. I immediately fell to my knees and began to weep. I also almost instantly saw a vision of myself walking down the street wearing all white it was a happy time in my life I believe or maybe the happiest moment. I was caught up from the first Heaven to the second. Time instantly stopped it no longer existed. It fealty like the world began to transform into the way God had intended it to be. I saw myself and felt myself skyrocket up into space were the stars are. (That’s the second Heaven for those of you who don’t know) when I got there it was almost like…. let me try to describe this…. like God himself. Well if you could ever imagine taking a piece of saran wrap and pushing your face up against it. It’s what he did to the stars! I could make out a face with no details. It was like he said I can see each and everyone of you. He can pinpoint exactly where we are. Let me explain how I felt at that moment. I have never felt anything so holy and so pure so loving so perfect…try taking every feeling that is good making it into a blanket and wrapping it around you I snatched away because my human body couldn’t like take the pure Love and energy I was feeling at that moment. I whipped my tears and got up from my knees and called my father who is a Minister who happened to be on vacation to explain to the only person I new who would believe me. Now I’m telling the world. GOD is not dead! Now afterwards I still had the presence of the Lord the holy spirt lit up inside of me. It was like I had Jesus illuminated inside of my body, and he showed me how he lives inside of us and walks with us each and every day. I didn’t smoke or drink for a month and a half after I realized what sin was and didn’t want to do it, but God showed me know one is perfect and we all need Jesus to make it into heaven. I just want to say I prayed for each and everyone of you. I pray you pray my strength in the Lord I feel like I live in the Lions Den….. southwest philadelphia and snares and traps of the enemy are plentiful in that area. Oh 1 more thing to back up my story

Joel 2:28King James Version (KJV)

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Revelation 3:7-13New King James Version (NKJV)

The Faithful Church
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[a] 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;[b] for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[c] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’


Jeanette Pittman September 28, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I have read your many comments I too believe in Jesus even though I smoke cigarettes. I have been prayed for have wanted to quit. I am disable I can not walk.I have Rheumatoid Arthritis in my right side of my body,Also Osteoporosis in my left side of my body. I ask for you to pray for me .With believing for healing trusting in Gods word. Thank you for your website .


Jack Wellman September 28, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Hello Jeanette. I will pray for you my sister in Christ. Don’t lose heart. Jesus is coming for you and won’t ever forsake you or leave you. May God bless you and I hope I have encouraged you.


Paul October 5, 2016 at 11:59 am

I was redeemed in 2006. My life changed for about 2-3 years. I went from nothing to do with God to doing everything I could for God. I am disabled from two failed back surgeries. I was considered a permanent pain patient because of nerve damage. Later I had another disc go out after my salvation. I quit church because of the pain meds. I didn’t want to be a stumbling block to my brethren. It also lead to much sin. It lead to a nasty pill addiction. Which in turn lead me to much other sins. I lost my way. I never doubted that God saved me through it all. I know I went through the change. I know the moment God saved me the burden of sin was lifted and joy was in my heart. I could only think on things of God. Through all this sin I was tempted to doubt my salvation all the time but I could never forget that defining instance when God did something I couldn’t. It was not me it was God and it changed me til I fell back into sin. After so many years of this I got fed up with the addiction and all that went with it. I made a vow to God that I would quit if He would take care of me. It was a dark figfht back that lasted almost three years. I started smoking cannibas to help with pain and sickness. I had panic attacks and anxiety really bad. They put me on 5mg of volume for over a year. I still had much pain but the cannabis helped with pain and anxiety. Close to the third year of going through this God blessed us with money from a relative and a truck. We were renting and struggling up til this point. then God gave us a new home that we could buy. I continued smoking cannabis for pain. I knew God was helping me through it all. Then one day I was ministering on facebook as I have for years and I was enlightened through prayer. God put in my spirit that I was not to judge. Then He showed me everything He forgave me of. I spent the next few weeks in constant prayer always minded of Him. Having break through after break through through His Word and Holy Spirit dwelling in me. He showed me He blessed me before i come into understanding. He told me i would be faithful. He had me giving my old car to someone i didn’t know hardly. He didn’t have a driver liscense at was on drugs. I asked God: are you sure Lord. It was pressed hard upon me to do it. I did and forgot to get a receipt of sales. I asked the person to not drive it til they got it registered. It went off my insurance three days later. The whole time i am bringing them groceries and preaching the gospel to him and his girlfriend. The fourth day He wrecks the car and then fled the scene. My wife is thinking we will get sued and lose everything. My whole family thought i was nuts for giving them the car anyways. I had everything telling me not to do it including many people. Yet i did it anyways because i knew God wanted this to happen. I went looking for Him to try and get the receipt of sale notorized. Afteer awhile he called and asked if i could bring him some food. I was relieved to hear from him. Yet he sent me on a wild goose chase to find Him. He was on medicine from the wreck and was not sober at all. He gave me the wrong address two times. It had gotten late and i was worried. Then I asked God to help me while i was driving and not able to find this address. I said God if this is not what you wanted then so be it but if it is please help me.. I was at the end of the street of the address he gave me and it was close to midnight.The address he gave me was not right and then I seen a trailer that with exact last two digits but different first two digits. I honked horn and an elderly lady came out and said what do you want. I said i brought food for Donnie. She said oh he is asleep come on in. I was thanking God in my mind and he signed the receipt of sale and then he told me it was the other drivers fault they ran a red light and hit The next day i get a call from him needing a ride. At first it was a little annoying then i thought why i was doing this was to help him. After picking them both up i asked if they read the bible i left with them. They said they did and they both asked the Lord as their Savior. I was thanking God shouting and praising Him. I met him by him wanting some cannabis. His girlfriend stayed strong in the faith and unfortunately Donnie was put in Jail. When I gave him the car i said if anyone asks you who gave you this car..You tell them Jesus gave it to you. The jailer knew Him and asked how did he get that car. lol He said Jesus gave it to Him. They didn’t believe Him and kept asking Him and he replied Jesus gave it to Praise God. I had only spoke with this man once before this happened. I used cannabis for nerve pain. This is how we met each other. I am not condoning getting high. I am condoning not judging. You will be surprised How God works. i have been fully committed to God ever since this awakening. Many other things have come about just as great as this one where God has had me reach out to those that would be looked over by the judgemental Christian. I have lessened my use of cannabis to the minimum and hope to be without soon. I struggle with smoking cigarettes but that is next. I hope this encourages some one to never get discouraged and do not listen to people. I stayed for months in my own room alone with God. I spent every bit of time i could in prayer and studying His Word and ministering to others. I now use a translater to minister the gospel all over the world with over 2000 followers. I added anyone that came about to add as a friend. I spread the gospel in many languages and i only speak English. God has showed me that these things you are judging are not what is important first. It is getting grounded in the Love of God. You will never do this without realizing how much God loves you. We love Him because He first loved us. With all the grace God has shown me I have no judgement but only love for all. God restored my family that was broken and He restored my soul that was corrupt with sin. Know This…Get alone with God. Always stay minded of God and put His Word in your heart. Always be humble to God. Pray without ceasing. Never judge but love with the love God has shown you.


Jack Wellman October 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

All I can say is praise God. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more.


Paul October 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

I see I need to clear something up as I wrote it. I am not a dealer. He was cleaning my truck at a car wash and smelt it. I hate even bringing this up. I struggle with using anything for pain. I would never condone this because it is illegal. Yet I believe God doesn’t look at things concerning medical use as we do. I am still praying I can overcome this pain without anything to relieve it. The more I mature in Christ the more I see it as not profitable to be used of Christ. Please pray for me with this struggle. I want to only serve God; not myself.


Jack Wellman October 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm

I will pray for you Paul. I have no right to judge you nor does anyone else. We are all battling something in our lives since we all still sin (1 John 1:8, 10). You have my prayers brother.


Paul October 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

I love you brother and thank you for your prayers. The prayers of the righteous availeth much. I want to share this: last Sunday a friend of mine has given his life to the Lord. I have been going to see him inbetween church services for awhile now. I got to witness the power of God and see this man saved and made righteous before God. It is truly a blessing.Many Prayers and spreading the gospel became fruitful for God. Thank You Jesus.


Skippper November 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Look into pH balance (molasses and baking soda treatment) and MMS solution. It is something that should be read about extensively but sounds like people are getting some good results. God Bless


Dawit January 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

My name is dawit.i am new born chirstian and paptized by hollysprit in jesus name.But still I have a problem of bad habits still now I dont I become weak and giveup always fighting with my wife even she is new born chirstian still she fighting with me that’s almost 12 years please pray for me beloved family.i am really encourage by your website thank you lord jesus bless you and your beloved family Amen


Jack Wellman January 16, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Hello Dawit. I know it is hard to overcome but only through community, as in the Body of Christ thru prayer, study of His Word, can we be changed, but it is not quick. It is long and hard, but worth the struggle (Rom 8:18). Could you and your wife seek counsel with your pastor? Have you talked to him about your fighting with your wife, which is far more serious of an issue. I would seek help and ask your wife to come with you.


Daniel March 19, 2017 at 8:08 am

I have recently been saved by Christ our Lord and still let myself stay a slave to my cigarette addiction even though I know in my heart God wants me to stop. I want to be a slave to Jesus not tobacco please pray for me to have the strength to stop.


Jack Wellman March 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Prayers for you Daniel. I admire your desire to please God. May God richly bless you for that sir.


Miriam tomlinson July 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

Yes Daniel that has been my cry and ache in my heart for 2 years now. I have tried and tried to quit smoking but have not been successful. My father died of smoking 14 years ago. For that i get judged people say all the more reason to quit. I hate my sin of addiction i know its bad and i know its killing my body. I have been smoking for 15 years now.All i can do now is look to jesus to live in hope that indeed by the grace of his spirit he will answer our prayer, our cry to him, to deliver us. Bless you Daniel and thankyou for sharing your heart on this site. Bless this blog/site also. Please pray for me please. I love our lord Jesus and all i desire is to please him and honour him.


Waliyah October 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

Thank you so very much. This article and the following comments are right in time. In my case I’ve been a believer in Christ for nearly 8 years and still struggle with smoking cigarettes. I used to do many other sinful things before becoming saved, yet I have been delivered from them. This one is convicting me so heavily, smoking cigarettes. A Christian woman spoke to me and that I am resisting God and to get over myself and much more condemning words. I glad that I didn’t tell her that I have chronic pain and take pain medicines for injuries to my spine. Wow. In my heart I fell encouraged and I will continue to seek the Lord Jesus for complete deliverance from myself…i know Jesus saves. Please pray along with me. Thank you for your newsletters and you are in my prayers, also. Thanking Barbara for her testimony. God be praised.


Michael October 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm

I’ve been a believer for 26 years but repented and started following Christ diligently about 30 days ago. I’ve overcome a lot, from drug addiction to other things. I still smoke and have for nearly 20 years. I want to quit and I keep praying the Holy Spirit in me will help me quit with God’s guidance. I fear I won’t have true salvation if I don’t quit. Is that true? Please pray for me.

God bless you.


Jack Wellman October 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

Hello Michael. I would not worry about what people say but what the Bible says. I will pray for you but please call your pastor and tell him and ask your church to pray for you as we are commanded to do (James 5:14) as we need one another (Heb 10:24-25) and seek to do what Jesus commands us to do (Matt 25:34-39) as we do it to Him (Matt 25:40) or we do nothing for Him (Matt 25:41- and that’s not good (Matt 7:21-23).


Ken Jones December 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

I suppose it’s possible to build a case against a Christians smoking, based on it being a form of substance abuse, which arguably is a form of idol worship.

Begs the question – if taking soft or hard drugs is an addiction, isn’t smoking an addiction and therefore a sinful abuse of God’s temple (the human body)?

I think prominent Christian leaders must set the right example by not smoking or drinking.


Jack Wellman December 31, 2017 at 10:54 am

I agree Mr. Jones. Thank you for adding this to the discussion and I agree…I think we must live a life above reproach and not even give the appearance of evil. Thank you sir.


MJ February 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

I am a Christian who has been smoking cigarettes for years . 25 years ago God delivered me from alcohol and illicit drugs. The smoking is such a stronghold and I cannot stop without divine intervention . Iam going to a “ God Encounter” next weekend and expecting a miracle. Please pray for me.


Jack Wellman February 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Hello MJ. I will certainly pray for you brother, but you are in a great company of other believers who are going through what we all go thru (Rom 7) but it may be something different. Travel mercies too my friend.


Michelle August 19, 2019 at 7:57 pm

Question for those who say Christians are sinless:. If this is the case then why did Jesus have to die?
Jesus is at the right hand of God on our behalf, our Intercessor. Why is this?
Further if we can achieve perfection why then must our corruptible bodies have to be made incorruptible? As Paul explained in 1 Cor 15


Jack Wellman August 19, 2019 at 8:07 pm

Great comment Michelle. You are so right. When believers tell me they’re no longer a sinner, then ask them if they have never sinned again. Of course they must say, “Yes, I have sinned.” It’s sad too because if they believe they’re not sinner, Jesus came to die for sinners. We cannot be sinless this side of the veil, but we will sin less over time. Thank you for you comment.


Jack Wellman August 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Hello Michelle. You are so right. Jesus came to die for sinners and Paul said he was chief of sinners (which is just his humility…for Paul was likely a very holy man, but not sinless, because it’s not humanly possible. Thanks for the spot on comment regarding 1 Cor 15. Great citation.


Howard B October 18, 2019 at 7:13 am

I give u an A+ what do u know abtrue Christian that’s in touch with the truth reality of the Gospel not a self righteous false teacher condemning hypocrite heretic Pharisee Well done


Rose February 25, 2020 at 11:08 am

I have been a Christian for many years and still smoke. I am not saying you should but Jesus said the only sin in the flesh is being sexually involved outside of marriage……Jesus has taken drinking, swearing and now I am asking him to help me with my mouth. Jesus said what come out of the mouth defiles the body. So if in that aspect we are fleshly but when we accept Jesus we are spiritual Praise God the most Holy one and his son Jesus…. judge not least you be judged.


Jack Wellman February 25, 2020 at 11:11 am

Great perayers Rose. I am thankful you commented.


John Franklin Webster March 20, 2020 at 9:26 pm

I stopped throwing stones a long time ago. However, in my daily walk I’m surrounded by people that do and some of them want you in their click. I’ve managed to be cognizant of it, but am still struggling to get completely away from criticism unless it’s constructive. Thank God for Jesus, because without him, we would definitely perish.


Darren October 20, 2020 at 2:04 am

Well I have quit smoking thanks to god please pray that I do not return to my sin, living in the spirit is amazing and I look foward to help rule the nations


James John Mshumbusi March 8, 2021 at 5:37 am

I just don’t understand the reason of referencing or mentioning someone regardless of his/her title or accomplishment as a reason to convince someone to do something foolish. If WHO warns against smoking what about God? If something is unhealthy why would you use the Bible to justify its use? I dont even see the reason to use the Bible to explain something about smoking. But I have just one word to the wise and that is from Proverbs 1:10.


Jack Wellman March 8, 2021 at 9:42 am

Hello Mr. Mshumbusi. Thank you for your comment, but we know there are those who struggle with this and you and all believers struggle with something, so the last think they need is to have more guilt, but Prov 1:10 is an excellent verse for this.


Tom Coke July 29, 2021 at 9:09 pm

What evidence is there that Billy Graham smoked?


Jack Wellman July 30, 2021 at 10:28 am

Hello Mr. Coke. Say, I know you don’t I? I do! Anyway, there is no evidence that I could find that Billy Graham smoked at all. If fact, a 1974 Tobacco Institute newsletter reported the following information regarding Billy Graham’s stance on smoking issues: “In his syndicated column, Billy Graham quoted the view of the U. S. Public Health Service about smoking. He concluded that the custom is “a sin against one’s self, so I don’t see this man as smoking, but think of this; C.S. Lewis smoked a pipe. Charles Spurgeon smoked cigars, but would we conclude they were not saved? Smoking is not the unpardonable sin but I think there are far worse things we do but not enough to keep someone from the Kingdom.


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