Cannabis and the Christian

by Todd Miles     |     Book Summary


Author: Todd Miles
Publisher: B&H
Date: 2021
Pages: 166

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


There was a time when American pastors could simply tell their congregations that it was wrong to smoke marijuana because smoking marijuana was against the law. For many pastors across the United States, that time has passed. Laws have changed, and recreational marijuana has been decriminalized or legalized in most states. This begs the question, Can a Christian engage in recreational marijuana use? 

Part of the challenge in answering this question is the fact that “the Bible does not specifically address marijuana, either positively or negatively” (p. 4). However, “the Bible has much to say about things like discipleship, wisdom, mind-altering substances, human needs, human frailty, stewardship, creation, and addiction” (p. 5).

Christians must approach the Word of God with confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. That is, Christians must believe that “God has given us all the divine words we need to faithfully navigate the issues surrounding marijuana and the church” (p. 5). 

Thinking through the question of marijuana use from a Biblical perspective means developing the skill of thinking rightly “about something that is not specifically in the Bible” (p. 6). That skill will prove useful with the question of marijuana, but it will also prove useful in thinking through many other cultural issues that aren’t addressed directly in the Bible.





Cannabis and the Christian

by Todd Miles

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Todd Miles
Publisher B&H
Date 2021
Pages 166


Overview:

There was a time when American pastors could simply tell their congregations that it was wrong to smoke marijuana because smoking marijuana was against the law. For many pastors across the United States, that time has passed. Laws have changed, and recreational marijuana has been decriminalized or legalized in most states. This begs the question, Can a Christian engage in recreational marijuana use? 

Part of the challenge in answering this question is the fact that “the Bible does not specifically address marijuana, either positively or negatively” (p. 4). However, “the Bible has much to say about things like discipleship, wisdom, mind-altering substances, human needs, human frailty, stewardship, creation, and addiction” (p. 5).

Christians must approach the Word of God with confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. That is, Christians must believe that “God has given us all the divine words we need to faithfully navigate the issues surrounding marijuana and the church” (p. 5). 

Thinking through the question of marijuana use from a Biblical perspective means developing the skill of thinking rightly “about something that is not specifically in the Bible” (p. 6). That skill will prove useful with the question of marijuana, but it will also prove useful in thinking through many other cultural issues that aren’t addressed directly in the Bible.