I was listening to John Piper’s podcast called Ask Pastor John. It is a brief Q&A usually no more than ten minutes long. Recently the question of smoking and fast food was brought up in regards to sin. John Piper seems to think that smoking is a sin.
It is hard for me to totally agree with Pastor John on this issue. The Bible says nothing about smoking so we have to make inferences with what is said about what is sin and what is the proper behavior of a Christian. Although I may be accused of equivocation, I see a huge difference between smoking cigarettes and smoking cigars or even pipe smoking. The sole purpose of smoking cigarettes is to ingest nicotine to satisfy the addiction. I have not seen any cigar smokers who smoke their cigars in the same manner as a cigarette smoker smokes his cigarettes.
Yes, I do smoke cigars(and drink beer and I have tattoos.) I know of a few pastors who do as well, including the Prince of Preachers Charles Hadden Spurgeon.
What do you think?