Illegal in Two World: Why Hell Supports the Legalization of Pot
April 20th has become a counter-culture holiday celebrating all things pot. This year, the internet was abuzz with articles presenting different sides of the marijuana battle in light of fears the Trump administration will deal a blow to the industry.
For a mother whose addicted son committed suicide, there is nothing to celebrate. To minorities, the “peace, love and pot” mantra is suspect since anything monitories do seems to be overly criminalized. For the pain sufferer, pot gives them relief and for many families living in states where pot is legal, it is just a normal part of their everyday life.
But there is nothing normal about drug use. There is decades of empirical research to support marijuana as a gateway drug. In non-scientific words, people who smoke pot are statistically more likely to use other illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin or hallucinogens like LSD.
From a spiritual viewpoint this makes sense. The Bible tells us that satan is beguiling (Genesis 3:13), which is not just deceptive but charming and distractingly deceptive. So demonic spirits rarely just randomly inject in your thoughts to go out and get high off of LSD or cocaine one morning. No, they subtly get people to smoke cigarettes and/or drink alcohol and after some time, the opportunity to smoke pot presents itself. And then eventually that person is offered harder drugs not just because of their social circles but because of the demonic spirits at play trying to forge addiction in their lives.
I realize there are stories of how marijuana helps people who are ill but understand that pharmaceutical labs are filled with abandoned drugs that effectively treated a condition but created other conditions or too numerous an amount of side-effects. When the risks out-weight the benefits, hard choices must be made.
What are the risks? Marijuana and other illicit drugs can cause dependence and for many addiction. These drugs are mind-altering, often creating hallucinations and/or delusions for the user. Though they usually go away when the high does, some drugs like LSD and PCP can cause people’s brain chemistry to become permanently altered after only one use and they experience hallucinations without drugs in their systems.
As Christians, we can access the spiritual realm through prayer and through gifts given to use by the Holy Spirit. Illicit drugs are an “illegal,” ungodly way to access the spiritual realm. Often the delusions or hallucinations people report are called such because they do not understand they accessed the spiritual realm. And since it is trespassing, people who use these drugs open themselves up to all kinds of demonic influence. Demons don’t care that you smoke marijuana as part of your cancer treatment. They only care that they get access to you so they can cause you all kinds of problems and perpetuate those problems down your family line.
Paul tells us, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21).
Sorcery in this context translates to drug use and is from the word pharmakeia which means sorcery through the use of drugs. The use of these mind-altering drugs is a form of sorcery since it allows one to illegally enter the spirit realm. Admittedly, most people today use these drugs just for the high and not as part of rituals though those practices still exist. But one’s motivation doesn’t overturn spiritual laws. The use of these drugs is dangerous and is a sin before God, no matter what the reason. So repent and ask God to set you free from any dependence or addiction.
And in fact, I admonish everyone to be careful of all drugs, even those that are legal. When doctors prescribe medications or suggest OTC meds, ask God what you should and should not take. I was once prescribed a medication and God told me do not take it. So I never got the prescription filled. About five years later that same drug was recalled for a serious, life-threatening side effect. God literally saved me from suffering a terrible side effect that the doctor didn’t even know about at the time they prescribe it. But God knew!!!! Praise His Name!
So as this country engages in the battle over legalizing marijuana, stay prayerful and watchful and don’t dismiss pot as harmless. It is not harmless. It’s literally illegal in two worlds, the natural and the spiritual. Be blessed!
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