Paraphernalia - Belongings, equipment, or objects relating to a certain activity
This example took place at a time prior to the health-damaging results of smoking we know today. Why does this medical knowledge add powerful reasons to avoid smoking? How do these reasons relate to God's sixth commandment?
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
- Proverbs 23:29-34
The chief secretary of Rev. C. H. Spurgeon told the following story to Dr. Sale-Harrison and Dr. Shakespeare at the World Baptist Alliance meeting in 1911. Dr. Sale-Harrison published the story, due to Rev. Spurgeon being well-known as an avid smoker.
"One Saturday morning, Mr. Spurgeon went out for a walk; and when he came back, he said to me, 'I saw in a shop window down the street a can of tobacco, and on it a printed card reading: Spurgeon's Tobacco.' Then he asked me, 'When the Lord calls me home, shall I be remembered by the tobacco I smoked or by the Lord I preached? I can never again smoke to the glory of God.' Immediately he picked up all of his smoking paraphernalia and threw it upon the fire. For nine months, to the day of his departure to glory, he never smoked again."
In our country today, the misuse of alcohol produces even greater problems than smoking - also among certain groups of teens. God's Word strongly forbids and condemns drunkenness or "beginning to be drunken," the literal meaning of the frequently used Greek term translated "drunkenness." Several example references are recorded below.
THE BIBLE FORBIDS AND CONDEMNS ALL DEGREES OF DRUNKENNESS
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
- Proverbs 20:1
Blessed art thou, 0 land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
- Ecclesiastes 10:17
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
- Isaiah 5:11
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God
- I Corinthians 6:10
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
- Luke 21:34
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
- Romans 13:13
Woe to him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
- Habakkuk 2:15
Envyings, murders, drunkness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
- Galatians 5:21
And be not druink with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.