OPINION (CL) – Is smoking weed a sin? This question comes up more and more these days. As marijuana use moves inward from the fringes of societal view, the church must be ready with a biblical response. While a response may seem rather obvious, there are few resources available that provide a biblically faithful and well-informed answer. Tom Breeden and Mark Ward’s newest book Can I Smoke Pot? provides such a resource to the church. It is a biblically faithful and careful response to the issue of marijuana use,

both medicinally and recreationally. It is not an exhaustive book, but it provides clear biblical direction and sharpens our discernment on this important issue. Breeden and Ward affirm the goodness of God’s creation. Its goodness is not destroyed by the fall. While creation is now marked by futility and corruption, the scope of God’s plan of redemption is as wide as the scope of the fall. What does this mean for marijuana? If creation is good, then created things are good. Marijuana is good! The authors state, “Everything God made is good for its intended purpose(s).” READ MORE

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