“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21, ESV).
In case one does not happen to know, Marijuana is what the Bible calls Pharmakeia. In the KJV, the word for that is Witchcraft. In the ESV, the word for that is Sorcery. It all correlates to the same meaning of the use of drugs, potion mixtures, and spells or incantations which opens one up to the occult.
Excerpt from: Enduring Word: Galatians 5 – Standing Fast In the Liberty of Jesus
It also has another dimension, revealed by the word for sorcery in the original language Paul uses: pharmakeia, from which we get our word for “pharmacy.” Morris defines sorcery as “the use of any kind of drugs, potions, or spells.” In the ancient world, the taking of drugs (especially hallucinogens) was always associated with the occult, and the Bible’s association with drug-taking and sorcery points out that drugs open up doors to the occult that are better left closed.
Of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past: This shows that Paul often instructed Christians in how they should live, and this wasn’t just an occasional emphasis. Paul knew that we are saved by God’s grace and Jesus’ work alone, not by what we have done, are doing, or promise to do. But he also knew that those who are saved by God’s grace have a high moral obligation to fulfill – not to earn salvation, but in gratitude for salvation, and in simple consistency with who we are in Jesus.
Will not inherit the kingdom of God: The strength and certainty of Paul in this verse is striking. Paul may sound rigid or even harsh here, but he is consistent with the Biblical idea of conversion. When we come to Jesus to have our sins forgiven and our soul saved, He also changes our life. It doesn’t happen all at once, and the work will never be perfected on this side of eternity, but there will be a real change none the less (1 John 3:5-9). As Charles Spurgeon is said to have put it, “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.” The idea isn’t that a Christian could never commit these sins, but that they could never stay in these sins. – Source
My childhood was surrounded by marijuana leaves, seeds, joints, rolling papers, roach clips, lighters, matches, and suffocating smoke. As small kids on a road trip, if we would not be quiet about being hungry or needing to go to the bathroom, the windows would be rolled up in the car, and marijuana smoke would be blown towards us in the back seat to make us high and fall asleep. We were instructed to never tell anyone about the marijuana smoking habit of our family members. Not teachers, not other family members, not anyone! Talk about putting on the pressure.
As teenagers, not only were we encouraged to smoke it like it was a good thing, we were also pressured to go and ask peers in school if they knew where to get ‘a bag.’ Doing this led us to associate with druggies in school which I was not proud of. Not to mention, it put us at risk of getting caught in this illegal activity! The weekly or biweekly stipulation during our teenage years was to ‘get a bag’ or we would not be able to go out with our friends on the weekends.
Whenever I did smoke it, I hated it because I was not able to manage my faculties. I hated not having full control of my mind, body, and even the ability to speak! It was awful because even if I wanted to say something, I could not get a word to come out because of being so high!
Nevertheless, this was a requirement that was put on us, ‘to regularly get them a bag.’ Not only that, it was put on our boyfriends as well. Needless to say, I hated this drug. I was so glad to discover when I first met my husband that he did not care for this drug either. To this day, he has never tried to smoke marijuana. Wish I could say the same.
It is more than disturbing these days to see the legalization of this drug; in more ways than one, this is a diabolical agenda. Also, it grieves me to know that our younger generations are deceived into thinking that marijuana is natural, harmless, and ‘socially acceptable’ now. The push to mainstream this drug is only exacerbating this problem more and more in these last days.
Excerpts from GotQuestions: Medical Marijuana – What Does the Bible Say?
In short, although there remains much research to be done in this area, there are plenty of studies that indicate seriously deleterious effects of marijuana on the body. The pain-controlling or analgesic effect of marijuana is roughly comparable to that of codeine, according to the DEA. However, the effect is potentiated due to the neuropsychiatric “high” feeling or euphoria that occurs when marijuana enters the bloodstream. But marijuana is no panacea. A recent study shows that high doses can actually increase pain. There is a therapeutic window for analgesia, with low doses being ineffective, medium doses resulting in pain relief, and high doses increasing pain. It is important to note that researchers also found a significant correlation between increasing marijuana use and drowsiness, loss of control over thought and action, and transient depression and paranoia.
The Bible teaches Christians to be sound of mind. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The Greek word translated as “sober” is nepho, which literally means “drink no wine.” From this it derived a broader meaning of being self-controlled, free of confusion, clear-headed, sound of mind, or keeping your head. From this verse, we can see that Christians are to avoid intoxicants that impair clear thinking. Marijuana certainly seems to cloud thinking and reaction time. – Source
Not only does this drug deaden the brain, dull the senses, and makes one lazy, it is obviously an addictive practice for many. Marijuana is also a ‘gateway drug’ which leads one into more heavy and dangerous types of drugs. From a spiritual standpoint, it is a ‘doorway into allowing demons access’ to one’s life! Pharmakeia opens one up to the occult which is sorcery, witchcraft, and demonism. A doorway that is oftentimes very hard to close once opened!
As Christians we should have nothing to do with Pharmakeia. For we are not our own, we have been bought with a price and have a responsibility to honor God with our bodies.
So, if you know a Christian who happens to be involved in this type of thing, let them know this: “Time spent kneeling at the altar of Pharmakeia is time spent without kneeling in submission to Jesus!” Therefore present your bodies as a living sacrifice unto God, for this is your reasonable service.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, KJV).
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1, KJV).
If anyone reading this is not a Christian, then know that time is running out! Your opportunity to repent is drawing to a close. Before you or I will know it, the age of Grace will be over! Please do not squander these last moments to become saved before the dark days of the tribulation. It will not be easy to be a Christian during that time. Do not take admonitions like this lightly. Pharmakeia will ultimately not be worth it. Please repent before it is too late!
Until next time… Maranatha!
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