It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to know that certain actions if not repented of, will disqualify us from entering heaven. If for example a person secretly gave me a small dose of poison every day, and after two weeks of drinking such a substance I died, certainly God would consider that person a murderer. Now let me ask you a question, if that person became a baptized Christian, but they still continued to poison others unrepentant, would they enter heaven? No? But what if this individual goes to church every week and reads his Bible yet they continue to poison people. Could they enter heaven? You’re correct they must stop poisoning people and repent in order to enter the kingdom of God for it is written “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:151)
The shocking reality is, today there are multitudes of professed Christians who are poisoning people. They know if they continue to do so, that person will die, yet they do it anyways. Because they are addicted, they have attempted to justify themselves, saying “well it won’t keep me from heaven”. But as we agreed already such is faulty logic, dangerous logic.
These professed Christians are using deadly substances arsenic, methane, methanol and stearic acid 2. The worst thing is these professed Christians are using this poison on themselves. Cigarettes come with a warning from the U.S. Surgeon General stating that using such will kill you. God also gives an even greater warning in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, it is written…“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” 3
If someone were to enter a church and start smoking, certainly people would be outraged. That smoker would almost instantly be thrown out of the church. Of how much more value in God’s eyes are you compared to some walls of a building! Of how greater magnitude then is the sin of defiling yourself with cigarettes than it is to pollute a building? 1 Corinthians says you are the temple of God. How then shall anyone justify defiling the temple of God? “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.” Let us be perfectly honest with ourselves, those who persist in the use of tobacco cannot enter the kingdom of God for “there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie” (Revelation 21:27 KJV). If we do not overcome sin in this lifetime, sin shall overcome us and we will find ourselves in the wrong resurrection. “But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope” (Ecclesiastes 9:4). Where there is life there is hope. The good news is the Bible says where sin abounds grace does much more abound.4 But where is our hope?