I remember one day somebody asked me, “Where in the bible does it say that smoking weed is a sin?” As I was about to show him one of the Ten Commandments that said, “Thou shall not smoke weed,” I remembered that the bible never gave that command. So to answer his question I said, “Nowhere in the bible does it say that a Christian cannot smoke weed directly, but the bible does say indirectly that smoking weed is a sin.” The following are the three biblical reasons that I gave him to why smoking weed is wrong and sinful. (This article is relevant for all other illegal drugs, not just weed alone)

#1: The bible says that we as Christians must obey our authorities (follow the laws of the land). Therefore if our government declares is to be illegal (wrong) to smoke weed, we as Christians should not break the law.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” – Romans 13:1-2
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” – 1 Peter 2:13-14

The bible makes it clear, in the book of Romans, that we as Christian should follow all rules and regulations that our government has established. So if the government commands us not to smoke the weed, why then should we as Christians break the laws by smoking weed and shaming the name of Christ? Paul, the writer of Romans, also makes it clear that not following our authorities shows in us a lack of respect for God and his laws. And this lack of respect results in judgment and punishment by God. So as Christian we should honor God by obeying, not disobeying, the laws of the authorities that he has put into place.

#2: Most people who smoke weed are obsessed with it and make it an idol (an object they give their lives to and worship other than God). Because the bible makes it clear that all idolatry is sinful and forbidden, we as Christians should not engage in that idolatry.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” -1 John 5:21
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” – 1 Corinthians 10:14

For most people weed is less of a recreational hobby and more of a craving obsession, which is why, even though it has many negative consequences (years in jail), millions of people still do it.This obsession is better known as idolatry, a worship of anything other than God. All throughout the bible we see how idolatry destroys the life of God’s people. As Christian we should not give our lives to anything that will control us, and weed controls the lives of those who did it. That is why most people are addicted to weed even though it doesn’t have the addicting THC agent of cigarettes. So as Christians we should flee from all idolatry, and not give our lives to smoking weed.

#3: The Bible says to do all things for the glory and honor of God. And it also says not to do anything that will hurt (confuse) the conscience of other Christians. So because Marijuana doesn’t glorify God and hurts the conscience of other people, we as Christians should not partake in it.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31
All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” – Romans 12:21

Christians should be primarily concerned with the well-being of others and bringing glory to God in all that they do. Because weed is so highly rejected by our society and most cultures, Christians should not desire to engage in that action. Also, if a person was the neighborhood drug supplier and also calling people to repentance, it would cause many people to stumble in their understanding of God. So in order to preserve the glory of God, weed should be rejected by all of God’s people.

I hope this article has given clarity to many misconceptions about the usage of weed any other drugs. Don’t shame the gospel, don’t live in sin, so Christian don’t smoke weed.

Now that weed is on the process of being legal in certain states, many new challenges will arrive. Nevertheless the Bible still provides insight to this issue. Check out the latest article, “Should Christian smoke legal weed.”

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  1. so if some states have laws that say it is legal for gays to marry will you accept gays because the government say its legal (“laws of the land”)?

    also, if some counties do not have laws that make weed illegal does that mean its ok to smoke in those countries?

    finally, have you ever smoked? because your last two points make no sense if you really know what it feels like to smoke week.

  2. Well those are great questions. To answer the first one, as long as the government doesn’t make any laws that are conflicting against the word of God we as believers are called to follow it (Read the book of Daniel in the Old Testament for more wisdom regarding the issue). So with homosexuality, since it’s forbidden by the word of God, we as believers are called to not partake in the action. To answer the second question, the problem with weed is not that the plant is sinful but it’s how people use the plant. Most young people use that plant in order to provide some type of intoxication feeling, which would fall under the same sin as drunkenness. Which is allowing your body to be controlled by some type of substance. So I would question why would a person want to smoke weed in another country. The sin isn’t in the action but the heart behind the action. The Urban Gospel Mission isn’t run by one person, but a collection of Christians around the world. So we do have men and women on our team who were once addicted to marijuana, until Christ freed them from their bondage. Also, I will argue that most people who smoke weed are obsessed with it. It may not be a psychological addiction as would alcoholism would provide, but the addiction that occurs through craving the high so much that they risk of going to jail over smoking a plant. The major point of the article is that plants, drugs, or anything else shouldn’t be the focus of anyone’s live, glorifying God should be. So if anything get’s in the way of a Christian representing and displaying the love of God to the world, it should be abstained from.

  3. The Bible doesn’t say it’s a sin to drink wine, it just says that you can lose control with it. The same thing for money. It’s not evil, but you can idolize it, you can let it control your life, it can harm you emotionally (say you go riches to rags, or a victim of theft). What’s the difference of smoking, or even eating, weed to the glory of the LORD, compared to eating food, drinking wine or “whatever” in glory to the LORD. I’m sure that cannabis fits into the whatever category. You realize that the government has lied(sin) about weed?
    If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. Prov 29:12
    Really, there’s nothing biblical to say that weed is wrong, other than than it being illegal and that it can harm your lungs, however it has also been found that smokers have increased lung capacity. Not saying that it’s something great or good to do, but it’s definitely nothing bad or evil to do. It’s like alcohol or money. If it affects you turn away from it.

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    Thank you for your response. I agree with what you said in regards to money and wine. They are not inherently evil and were intended for other purposes than drunkenness and the love of money. The same can be said for weed. Cannabis is created to be used as hemp and to display God’s glory in creation, not as a drug. Firstly, you said that there is nothing “other than it being illegal”. Scripture clearly adresses to obey the leaders therefore it is like you are saying “there is no reason why you shouldn’t smoke weed other than the fact that it is illegal and the Bible says it is sin to do something that the Bible claims is illegal.” The government is not saying that weed is sin, it has other reasons for not allowing people to smoke it. The only times Scripture commands us to ignore governing authorities is when they tell us to sin (i.e. not worship God, kill babies etc). Also, this is not the only Scriptural mandate in regards to weed. We are also called as Christians to be sober minded (1 Peter 5:8, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Peter 1:13) It is impossible to get high on weed and be soberminded.

  5. It does state that not to drink, (or anything), which causes you to stumble,

    There is also Ecclesiastes 9:7 which instructs, “Drink your wine with a merry heart.” Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.” Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing. Isaiah 55:1 encourages “Yes, come buy wine and milk…” From these and other Scriptures, it is clear that alcohol itself is not inherently sinful.

    So isn’t it more about how you can control yourself, rather than no one should do it because they won’t be able to control themselves?

    The word sober also has meanings more than just “not under the influence”, it also means “solemn, or self-controlled”

    For example, one can drink and will be loud, annoying, maybe even promiscuous and arrogant.

    Another person can drink, and control their actions and keep a mind to themselves that will discern good from bad actions.

    And with that, the same can be said for the use of cannabis, one can either control what they do, or completely let themselves go and on top of that, one joint is said to be less impairing than a drink of alcohol.

    So wouldn’t sober-minded be referring to one’s self-control on or off a substance, compared to being completely sober?

    I’m not trying to say that you’re wrong, and I’m not trying to glorify weed, I’m just curious about what one has to say, and that I have my own opinions. I’m just saying that if the chemical itself THC which not only gets one high, but has healing properties (which is obviously more affective if eaten rather than smoked having similar affects), couldn’t it be said that it was intended?

    Some people also believe that it’s the tree of life, the healing of the nations, bearing 12 fruits
    (being 1 paper, 2 cord, 3 sails, 4 fishnet, 5 oil, 6 sealant, 7 incense, 8 food, 9 clothing 10 in ceremony, 11 relaxation and 12 medicine).

    And thank you for your feedback as well.

    • If you study the word of God, whenever wine is used as a means for a person to get drunk it is considered as sinful. The word in the bible is called drunkenness and the Greek word is methē, which is considering being intoxicated in a way that your mind and body is being altered by an outside substance. Weed has the same affect as it alters the natural state of the human body the same way that alcohol can, therefore the act of getting high can classify as drunkenness or intoxication. Also, in Galatians 5:17 when Paul described sinful patterns of the flesh the word sorcery is mentioned and most people overlook it. Sorcery in the Greek is called pharmakeia (where we get our root word for pharmacy). The word pharmakeia is used to describe the usage and administration of herbs (drugs) used to alter the state of mind for individuals to practice wicked things. Weed also would be qualified in this category. I want to encourage you that as it relates to weed do not be influenced by the deceptions, lies, and false justification of the world. The world will always try to use any means to attempt to justify their own sinful actions. Make sure that you are believing truths of the word of God and not false opinions of man.

  6. Keep it simple. Smoking weed is stupid. It also gets you involved with stupid people. I mean, if u gota smoke weed to get high, your not walking with the king of kings. Jesus didnt say…do what biggie smalls does..jesus says to walk with him! Not these idols we call celebrities! Hosea 4:6 “my children suffer for lack of knowledge”. Read some history books. Go on a mountain top and talk to god. The weed is bad i smoked that dank fir years. So glad jesus made it seem silly.

  7. Hay, I’m 16 and used to smoke mary before I realized it was a sin due to it being against the law. But I have to dispute against the part where it says that it cannot glorify the name of god because one night before my dad and I were coming home after his band practice we had smoked a joint. This was not long after I had been saved and at this I was still shy about talking about Christ to my dad (who is also an atheist). At that time he was wearing a morbid angle shirt with an upside down cross and a pentagram on the front so it didn’t surprise me when he started asking very odd questions about my faith, so I went along with it. Well by the time we had gotten home he had run out of questions and was to the point to where later I heard him talking with mom saying that he didn’t want to smoke with me anymore because it was making me too ‘religious’ :D

    P.S. he acted very strange when I started saying the name Jesus :3

  8. Ok, I’ve smoked weed for a while so i know what i,m talking about… its argued that weed is okay because it doesn’t physically have severe side affects and all that…while I agree it is healthier than alcohol and other legal drugs that doesn’t justify smoking it… look, you can argue about it all day and try to justify it. Some people honestly have screwed up lives and want the high, but that’s the point! I don’t know about you but I smoked for the high, but after accepting Christ I realized that the joy in him is much better for you than a high, it last longer, is less expensive, and won’t get you in trouble…Also, fellow christinas, you can’t just expect people to stop smoking, you have to help them find joy and understanding that will replace the high. Love them and don’t judge them.

  9. I too am an ex-weed smoker. I know the addicting nature of it, the taste, the cranky attitude that follows when you haven’t smoked in a while, the never-ending chase for that “first high…” I remember oh too well. But this comment isn’t about the effect of smoking , but whether it is necessary. As one writer mentioned above, we are required by God to obey the laws of land, as long as they do not violate our consciences toward Him and His ways as clearly revealed in scripture. We are subsequently required to disobey the law of the land if by obeying the law we’d be drawn into disobedience toward God. Here are some questions we should ask ourselves: Is smoking marijuana an act that is pleasing unto God? If so, why? Can I find scriptural justification for it? How would smoking marijuana be edifying for the rest of the body of Christ? Will smoking weed cause me to disobey the law of God? In other words, IS IT NECESSARY? If we’re honest with God’s word and ourselves, we can’t possibly arrive safely at a conclusion that smoking weed is fitting for the believer. It would be disobedience to the law of the land in order to engage on an activity that is not necessary for Christian life and godliness. I pray that we all are edified by this article. Grace and peace brethren.

  10. 1peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

  11. What if you’re a born again believer, and only decide to smoke weed to write better music? and the music lyrics are 100% to the glorification of my saviour? I only ask because writing lyrics sober doesnt make sense, but when I smoke and decide to put on a beat and write rap, it is to entirely spread the word of God and that Jesus Christ is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords?

  12. I am a weed smoker or I was until my job hunting became more important but listen, in my experience it helps me become a better person, it helps me be more like a Christian should be and I bet it does everybody. The bible says be slow to anger quick to forgive, have patience, be diligent and work hard…… that pretty much sums up the life of a pothead. Maybe weed brings you closer to god. Maybe not but I know I’m a better person when I’ve enjoyed a bong hit or 2. I personally believe it could be one of God’s tools he’s Givin us to walk the right path. Yes it’s abused by millions of people but if it helps and doesn’t hurt why would it be sinful. Too much of anything is a bad thing

  13. Deep very informative

  14. I’m a believer and the guilt that people make me feel about smoking is unbearable. I don’t smoke weed to relieve stress or pain or anything. I just simply enjoy it. I feel like the guilt comes from the religious aspect of it. It makes me feel less connected to GOD than i want to be when I’m thrown into judgement. I trusted some fellow believers and all I got was remarks that made me feel guilty about doing it. Yes, some people idolize it and replace it over prayer and knowledge of GOD but, I believe that if you have GOD first and always keep his commandments and stay true to Him and yourself, the marijuana shouldn’t be a problem. But that is of course coming from my weak and human mind who isn’t compared to an ounce of our Lord and Saviors Mind and Wisdom. LOL. So at the end of the day, we will never know and its best to not and be Saved than do and be punished.

  15. i have a question.. i have known many people who have been prescribed tons of prescriptive addicting drugs… that can also be viewed as a gateway… for example benzodiapines for depression anxiety ptsd,,, therefore as a Christian, how can we sympathize with a fellow Christian, who does smoke weed.. instead of being on 5 psych meds for depression… relativley speaking in states where medical marijuana can be used. Not for a “high” but for an alternative treatment for depression, inspmnia etc, just being curious… because we often think of potheads as the stereotypical person who idolizes it, but there are a group of people who dont boast and do it in the privacy in their own space.. who have families jobs and careers,

  16. The Nazi party was a government and authority of Germany at the time, would it therefore be a sin not to submit to the will of the government and go on a Jew killing rampage, or is this bible quote only a matter of convenience to support one stance against whatever the issue maybe.
    For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” – Romans 13:1-2

  17. This is how we know that it is the end of days because the laws of land are changing against the word of god …

  18. But if weed dosent make you stumble or it dosent make you idolized someone it’s just how you take but I don’t know no more I’d weed it’s legal is it right to smoke an did its bad to smoke is it bad to eat it?

  19. Bit weed dosent make stumble or make you go kill or whatever people say its just make you relax it dosent make you idolized or do crazy stuff or effects your mind honestly a longest we praise our lord and follow our ten commands …. And not. worship the devil… I think it’s all good

  20. It’s true the end is near our generation its just to messed up

  21. Thats awsome what you do keep going

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