Mark Driscoll New E-Book: Puff or Pass: Should Christians smoke pot or not?

It’s kind of a big issue in Washington, where Mark Driscoll pastors.  In fact, Washington state recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

That has prompted Mark Driscoll to write a short e-book on a question he is now getting much more often:  Is it OK for Christians to smoke pot?

Here’s how the book starts out:

You can download a copy of the e-book here for free.

OK… if someone grabbed you on the street, or called your office this morning and asked you the question, “If Pot became legal in our state, would it be ok, as a Christian, to smoke it?, what would YOU say?  What would be your initial response?

Leave a short comment below…



  • Drumage Wright December 10, 2012 Reply

    rom 14:15,mat 18:9,and1cor.8:9,13. Don’t let your lifestyle be a cause for someone else’s sin.

  • Tony Whittaker December 11, 2012 Reply

    Same reason I don’t want to get drunk and out of control, and saying or doing mental stuff. Plus lying on the floor giggling I can do anytime if I really want.

  • Barchetta December 11, 2012 Reply

    I was stoned from the time I was about 13 until 21 years old (I’m in my 40’s now) I can say that being high, altering your state of mind, changing your consciousness, is no way to meet God in the natural way He created us. I see drug use, alcohol, and so on to be a rejection of the way God created us to feel and the way we think. Not a good thing in my opinion.

  • H L December 11, 2012 Reply

    I would and do say that since marijuana like many other naturally occuring plants have medicinal value there is no sin (state and national laws applicable). However I do ask what illness is the person treating?

  • Tomm December 11, 2012 Reply

    “Be alert and of a sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for somone to devour. Resist him standing firm in the faith…” (I Peter 5:8-9)
    Nuff said!

    • Thurgood December 11, 2012 Reply

      Does this apply also to obesity, gluttony, hard heatedness, stinginess and other human behavior that has great social consequences of appearance?

  • H L December 11, 2012 Reply

    When I was a child I was taught that for something to be a sin there had to be a specific scriptural admonition against it. (I.e. killing, lying adultery etc.) Or there needed to be a warning against abuse of over-use. Drunkenness always seemed to be one great thing we were warned against. Or there would be laws prohibiting the use or possession of said thing. Drugs were the most obvious choice then and now. Then there were these other “sins” to be avoided. Rock and other loud music, Girls (short dresses) or boys (long hair – yes I am showing my age) of low moral status, basically whatever the teacher particularly like to dislike that day- these were always “sins”.
    So to specifically answer the question there is no biblical injunction against pot or its use. There are many requirements against indulgences of all types. The question might be better framed as: How much human behavior are we willing to limit, just to make us happy?

  • Miysan Crosswhite December 11, 2012 Reply

    Romans 14:14 “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”(NASB)

    Anything could be a sin if we use it in a sinful way. For the use of medical conditions; it is a verifiable blessing that is all natural. As for general use it is the same as alcohol, it is easy to over indulge and effects the mind, so we have make sure that they are mindful of the effects and actions that lead to sin.

  • Casey Sabella December 12, 2012 Reply

    I am not in favor of my congregation smoking pot. However, I think it might be helpful to understand that most pastors actually do. How else can you explain the unbelievable discrepancy between how many they report as members and the number of people who actually attend?

  • Fred December 19, 2012 Reply

    As a young child I had already realized that what I was hearing about alcohol from the pulpit and what I saw in the Bible was in conflict. It made me think I was being lied to. I think a similar thing will happen in the church with pot.

  • Jennifer January 9, 2013 Reply

    “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20

    This is unbelievable. Really, truly and sincerely unreal. I cannot believe we are even attempting to ask ourselves the question whether or not polluting your mind and the AMAZING senses God has given us…and to even THINK that since government has legalized it we let our own sinful nature latch onto a devil ruled world’s decision to legalize it as our standard.

    I find it funny. The devil is absolutely creative and slick, but only coming in a distant….distant second to the Almight Father. He knows the bible better than most self professed christians. Although it isnt a matter of who has won the war, we know Jesus has that covered. Alcohol was illegal at one point. Even the verse that so many christians run to about Jesus turning the water into wine at a wedding. Those verses are HIGHLY controversial….and really a lot of grey areas as to whether or not it was even the wine we drink to this day. He did change it from WATER… but did He change it into the potent stomped on italian grapes that turn over years into a fight in every bottle? I personally doubt it. In my own opinion, I tend to believe it wasnt alcohol. Again, my own mere opinion.

    I really think that it is a touchy subject with if even consuming one glass of wine is right, but i really have not been convicted enough to even say whether or not it is a sin. But I tend to believe that anything that is a hindrance to your mind…and doesn’t allow you to be in sync with the holy spirit… or alert….. is not honoring the temple of the holy spirit.

  • Jennifer January 9, 2013 Reply

    Miysan – I understand the view on general use…alcohol and marijuana the same thing. Medicinal purposes – maybe a slightly different argument (although I’m still on the fence myself personally) But this is my question. If something is known to kill brain cells, and though the damage might even be undetectable to our small…oh so small human mind, my question is …is it right to smoke even one jay…. if there is even ONE brain cell killed? same with wine.

    I understand that one might argue, well no I don’t really even think about what brain cells im killing to actually do the act, I really do not fall into temptation…and commit other sins after i smoke one… i read my bible…. i am fine. That really is beyond the point.

    i think really it’s playing with fire. We cannot think of ourselves as to so good that we wouldnt be the next person signing up for AA meetings.. or the next pothead… no one ever starts out as that. So i would ask, which is the safer way to live… actually in your backyard, or really exerting yourself to stay perfectly balanced on these social issues i tend to call the fence.

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