- I just wanted to tell you guys about my praise
report. For over a year, I had been a member of the
largest baptist church in my county. Unfortunately one of
my (formerly) best friends and I had a huge
conflict. I tried to approach him according to the Word of
the Lord, and to paraphrase his actions, hus response
was "No, the word of God does not apply to this
situation, and I will not reconcile with you". So i went to
the church to intervene in the situation as we were
both involved in the music area of ministry.
Basically, my church was more than happy to tell me what was
wrong with myself, but wouldnt even consider holding
that "friend" accountable. so needless to say, I had
to leave that place.<br><br>Praise the Lord, my
current best friend and roomie got a job at a local
Assemblies of God church, and i have been attending there
for like 3 months now. I just put in my application
for membership a few days ago. I have never been to a
church like this. I spent 3 weeks helping my roomie get
things done around there on a volunteer basis, then I
had to stay away for a week while I moved. When I got
back, people actually said they had missed me and were
asking where I was. They provided me with an awesome way
to participate in the music program, even offered me
a temporary job painting until I get my life
settled. This congregation is very tame for assemblies of
God, very scriptural. Im so happy to be in a place
where people actually love me independent of my status
with other people in the group. Its truly a place
where the spirit of God is in control.
Hallelujah.....now back to your regularly scheduled pipe chat!
While I have Christian friends who are cigar/pipe smokers, I don't worry
about my non-smoking brothers and sisters finding out or knowing. Smoking a
pipe is a very personal and individual activity (though it can be very
stimulating when done in the presence of those who appreciate it and
participate). I am no more concerned about people detecting that I've been
smoking a pipe than I am if they know I had garlic for lunch (though a
breath mint in both cases would be a common courtesy).
Most people today will either judge you and talk about you behind your back,
or blow it off and go on with life. The rare bird that wants to know why and
how often you smoke, and what you find appealling in it will most likely end
up in one of these categories any way. If you are worried about people
rejecting you because you smoke a pipe, then you are either fellowshipping
with people who don't understand the Gospel in its entirety, or you live
your life to gain the approval of others - or maybe both.
Unless you are dealing with a compulsive tobacco addiction (i.e., it has
control of you and not the other way around), I would encourage you to deal
with the issue in humility. Yes, I smoke a pipe. It is very relaxing and
meditative. Yes, I understand the risks of tobacco abuse, and so I'm
disciplined in its use. Would you like to see my pipe? Would you like to try
my pipe? I find the hobby very enjoyable. What are your hobbies? etc.
In my experience, the less of a big deal you make of it, the more clear it
is to your critics that you are not some nicotine addict staunchly defending
a pack a day habit. I approach alcohol in much the same way, and I've had
many very good conversations about the wine bottle on my kitchen counter
using the same strategy.
Don't know if this helps, but there you go.
The Woodlands, TX
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Randy Warren
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 3:20 PM
Subject: [Christian Pipe Smokers] Re: Christian Friends
I was looking at some of the older postings and saw this topic. I
haven't revealed to any of the members of our church about my smoking a
pipe, though I know when I attend services or other activities, I must
smell like a tobacco shop. Old spice can only cover up so much, so I'm
sure somebody must suspect, but no-one's ever said anything to me.
--- In christianpipesmoker <mailto:christianpipesmokers%40yahoogroups.com>
firstname.lastname@example.org, puffingpresby wrote:
Do you enjoy a pipe around your Christian friends?
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