Can I Smoke Pot? — Marijuana in Light of Scripture, by Tom Breeden and Mark L. Ward, Jr.
God made pot. It’s natural.
And it’s legal in more and more places.
And Christians are allowed to drink alcohol, right?
So really…what’s the issue?
Is it a sin to smoke marijuana? Is it permissible to use recreationally? How about medicinally? Questions like these are a hot topic today, and increasingly relevant. In fact, chances are that you or someone you know is asking them. Christians believe the Bible is our highest authority for faith and life, including on subjects like marijuana use. So how does the Bible help us answer questions about marijuana?
By looking at the biblical teaching on creation, government, medicine, and alcohol, this book sets out to help people make wise and God-honoring decisions about marijuana use. Rather than just providing a list of proof texts, Can I Smoke Pot?: Marijuana in Light of Scripture looks at what the Bible teaches as a unified whole, from Genesis to Revelation, so we can more confidently answer the question: “What does the Bible say?”
Tom Breeden is a graduate of the University of Virginia, received an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and is licensed by the Blue Ridge Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He serves as Assistant Pastor at Grace Community Church in Charlottesville, VA.
Mark L. Ward, Jr. received his PhD in New Testament Interpretation from Bob Jones University in 2012 and serves as Academic Editor at Lexham Press, a division of Faithlife. He is the author of multiple high school Bible textbooks, including The Story of the Old Testament and Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.
“Breeden and Ward offer a biblical, witty, and persuasive reply to a pressing question. Can I Smoke Pot? is a must read for young people and their pastors. I’ve already started reading selections to my own teens.”
—Chad Van Dixhoorn, Chancellor’s Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary – Washington DC
“This book deals with the important questions, using Scripture as its basis for ethical decision-making. With a good summary of biblical teaching on a number of relevant principles, it shows the possibility of medicinal use but rejects recreational use of marijuana. It is clear and engaging; it has sound arguments and sensitivity to our human condition.
—Vern Poythress, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
“The authors answer the question, “Can I smoke pot?” with a wide view of the issues. Their answers are sound and persuasive, because they make a case from the whole Bible, beginning with the good creation. Without shallow appeals to unpersuasive texts, they consider a Christian worldview. Especially helpful is thinking about pot-smoking in relation to one’s responsibility to the community. This is a fine, biblical presentation.”
—Howard Griffith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary – Washington DC
“Can I Smoke Pot? is a good summary of the biblical teaching relevant to the use of marijuana. Authors Ward and Breeden have written it in language easily understood by young people. It makes a strong case against the recreational use of pot while recognizing the possible medical benefits of it.”
—Dr. John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary