Cigars, Enjoyment, Religious Objection

Smoke to the Glory of God

Comments Off on Smoke to the Glory of God 10 July 2012

There are those that have a religious objection to the pleasure and enjoyment of cigar smoking. To those I point to the famous preacher Charles Spurgeon, who loved to smoke cigars.

Spurgeon’s smoking was a historical fact, and the cause of truth cannot be served by denying it or inventing myths that suggest he finally “repented” of this activity. The fact is that he did not regard smoking cigars as a sinful activity, and he evidently held that opinion until the end of his life.

In the autumn of 1874, speaking from his pulpit in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England, Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892), a British Reformed Baptist preacher commonly known as C.H. Spurgeon, and the “prince of preachers,” proclaimed: “I intend to smoke a good cigar to the glory of God before I go to bed tonight.” He concluded, “I wish to say that I’m not ashamed of anything whatever that I do, and I don’t feel that smoking makes me ashamed, and therefore I mean to smoke to the glory of God.”

Later, in a letter to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Spurgeon further expounded upon his previous statements from the pulpit:

“The expression ‘smoking to the glory of God’ standing alone has an ill sound, and I do not justify it; but in the sense in which I employed it I still stand to it. No Christian should do anything in which he cannot glorify God; and this may be done, according to Scripture, in eating and drinking and the common actions of life.

“When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name; this is what I meant, and by no means did I use sacred words triflingly.

“If through smoking I had wasted an hour of my time—if I had stinted my gifts to the poor—if I had rendered my mind less vigorous—I trust I should see my fault and turn from it; but he who charges me with these things shall have no answer but my forgiveness.”

For more on C.H. Spurgeon’s love of fine cigars, visit here

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