No Smoking in Church, please…

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I was both rather shocked and amused to hear that here in England, No Smoking signs have to be displayed inside Churches. It’s no joke. Apparently, to conform with the new ‘smoking-ban in public places rules’, even churches have to have them.

Rev Colin Slee, a senior cleric from the Dean of Southwark ignored the new rules― and stated that the local council threatened to close his church if he didn’t comply. Has the world gone mad?

He continued:

We’re going to have the ridiculous prospect at the next coronation of the sovereign solemnly entering Westminster Abbey past a “No Smoking” sign.

I would have thought No smoking in churches would be obvious. No wonder people are “fuming” (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun) 😉

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3 thoughts on “No Smoking in Church, please…”

  1. Evangelist Tony James

    Hello Brother Andrew,

    Christmas greetings in Jesus name.

    May Almighty God bless you and shower his graceous blessings to you and your family in the year of 2010.

    While most artists are using their professions to make mockery of christianity, you are rather using your artistic gift in lifting up Jesus.

    Henceforth, I should be talking to God about you. God must surely answer me in blessing you. Please keep it up and remain rapturable. God bless you.

    Evangelist Tony James.

    Planet Evangelism Network
    Lagos, Nigeria.
    Ph.+234 80 3848 3939

  2. Rev. Steve Monty


    I just wanted to comment, that we were also ordered to put no smoking signs up at every enterance, so we did, the smallest stick on ones we could legally display, on the inside edge of the door Jambs. Basically, you have to go right up to the door, and look to your upper right to see the sign, its legal and obscure.

    God Bless

  3. Andrew Kelsall

    @Tony James →Thanks for your kind words, however I’m not sure I understand you message “remain rapturable”. To not “remain rapturable” would imply that salvation can be lost and there is no such thing as eternal security, which is what I believe the Bible teaches. Anyone who isn’t raptured at the set time surely has never received salvation to begin with. There’s way too many “would-be-Christians” out there who have never received it.

    Secondly, I’m not 100% sure about the term “rapture”. Yes, we who are in Christ shall meet Him in the air as the Bible states, but after looking into the issue now-and-again, I’m unsure about the doctrine that Christians will meet the LORD whilst the earth has its darkest time in history, rather than just before Jesus returns.

    Despite doctrinal differences, thanks for sharing your message, and may God bless your ministry 🙂

    @Rev. Steve Monty → It’s so sad that in this day and age the government are more worried about legislation that their own eternal destiny. Thanks for commenting…