Drugs And Drinking:
What Do The Scriptures Really Teach?
Yahweh Limits Drinking
God tells us over and over to be sober and to watch and pray always so that we may avoid the pitfalls of Satan who will use any means to cause us to fall away from God's Laws and House.
Luke 21:34-36 -
Proverbs 4:23 -
I Peter 4:7 -
1 Peter 5:8 -
The word sober in I Peter 4:7, is the Greek word sophreno, which the Analytical Greek Lexicon by Harper, page 396, shows us to mean: to be in one's right mind.
Yes, one must always be in one's RIGHT MIND in order to resist the adversary. When one is drunk or under the influence of RECREATIONAL DRUGS, one is definitely not in one's right mind and NOT CAPABLE OF RESISTING SATAN.
In the Law we see that the Priests who minister in God's presence were commanded NOT TO DRINK WINE OR STRONG DRINK when they entered the Tent of Meeting, or Temple.
Leviticus 10:9-11 -
God's Sanctuary now functions as the Tent of Meeting of the Congregation. We are not to come into God's Sanctuary to worship Him with our minds clouded with alcoholic beverages! A person whose mind is clouded cannot learn ALL of God's Laws which the Ministers will teach. God commands His Ministers NOT TO DRINK ALCOHOL AT ALL before they minister to the congregation at God's Services. We must have our minds clear to come before God's presence! Even in the New World this statute will be taught and enforced.
Isaiah 44:21 -
God instructs all of His people who are striving to have a part or office with His Holy Priesthood (those who have joined themselves to God's Work) NOT TO BE GIVEN TO MUCH WINE, but that they must be SOBER AND WATCHFUL.
I Timothy 3:1-3,8 -
Titus 1:7-8 -
Titus 2:2-3 -
The word given in these verses is the Greek word prosecho, which, according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon, on page 546, means be addicted to.
The Apostle Paul wrote that he would not let himself become OVERPOWERED by or UNDER THE CONTROL OF even something that was lawfully allowed to him, such as alcohol or food. How much more, then, does this apply to things God condemns, such a recreational drugs.
I Corinthians 6:12 -
Notice that this Scripture describes perfectly the condition od addiction. Reading from Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, by John Wesley, page 601, we find this written about I Corinthians 6:12.
. . .yet I will not be brought under the power of any - So as to be uneasy when I abstain from it; for, if so, then I am under the power of it.
Some would have us add to God's Commanded Word by banning ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES at God's Feasts. They seem to want to blame God's Law for their OWN WEAKNESS rather than striving to overcome the weakness they have.
But what about ALCOHOLICS? you may ask. Let me say that I have seen alcoholics turn to God's Way and overcome their problem. They now praise God for the knowledge thay have gained and the new freedom they now enjoy.
Researchers who have studied the drinking patterns of the Hebrew (Jewish) people have been amazed that DRUNKENNESS is virtually UNHEARD OF. The fact is really not amazing when one considers the Righteousness of God's Law in commanding that the drinking of alcoholic beverages be done in moderation. Where God's Law is taught and practiced, there is True Peace and Joy. Notice the following excerpt from the Encyclopedia Judaica, Volume 4, pages 239-240.
Interest in contemporary drinking among Jews
stems from the mystery of its being a non-
problem. . .Alcoholism and drunkenness have, in
fact, never been a serious social vice among
Jews. . .Writers in many countries during recent
centuries have commented on the comparative
sobriety of the Jews. Multinational statistics of
arrests for drunkenness, incidences of alcoholic
psychosis, and alcoholic admissions hospitals have
consistently revealed a marked underrepresentation
of Jews. From the 1940's, social scientists in the
United States have systematically studied drinking
patterns of Jewish youth and adults. The consistent
finding has been that proportionately more Jews
than any other ethnic or religious segments of the
population drink wine, beer, or spirits, but pro-
portionately fewer Jews are heavy drinkers or
alcoholics. Sophisticated socio-cultural-psychological
hypothesis . . .relate Jewish sobriety to the early
initiation of children in a family-centered, reli-
giously oriented, moderate drinking pattern. The
attitudinal values thus engendered are presumed
to prevent later excess in drinking.
God's Way is RIGHT! You will NOT HAVE SORROW OR WOE from obeying God! It is only when we disobey that hurt comes!
Use Alcohol sensibly, USE IT TO REJOICE BEFORE GOD and to His Glory! To use alcoholic drink in the wrong manner is to bring dishonor and condemnation upon ourselves.
Drugs And Sorcery
The prophecies show us that mankind will NOT REPENT of drunkenness and the wrongful recreational use of drugs, before Jesus returns.
Revelation 9:29-21 -
The word sorceries in Revelation 9:21 refers directly to those who traffic in, and use MIND ALTERING DRUGS FOR RECREATIONAL USE. The word sorceries is the Greek word pharmakeia which is listed as word #5331 in Strong's Greek Dictionary, which comes from word #5332.
5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i-ah; from
5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.)
magic (lit. or fig.): - sorcery, witchcraft.
5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from
pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spelling-giving
potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e.
(by extens.) a magician: - sorcerer.
Vine's Expository Dictionary, pages 1064 and 1065, tells us this about SORCERERS and SORCERY.
2. PHARMAKOS, an adjective sig-
nifiying 'devoted to magical arts,' is used as a noun,
a sorcerer, especially one who uses drugs, potions,
spells, enchantments. . .In sorcery, the use of drugs,
whether simple, or potent, was generally accompa-
nied by incantations and appeals to occult powers,
with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc.,
professedly designed to keep the applicant or pa-
tient from the attention and power of demons, but
actually to impress the applicant with the myste-
rious resources and powers of the sorcerer.
As the meanings of these words show, the USE OF MIND ALTERING, RECREATIONAL DRUGS IS GODWORSHIP, which is nothing more than the worship of Satan the devil who has the whole world deceived (Revelation 12:9). Notice the following Scripture.
II Corinthians 4:4 -
The word translated blinded is the Greek word tuphloo and according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon, page 633, means "to blunt the mental discernment and darken the mind."
This is a perfect description of what occurs to a person who uses recreational DRUGS TO ESCAPE REALITY - whether they are the drugs listed earlier in this article ot the drug of DRUNKENNESS.
The Scriptures tell us that when one WEAKENS one's mind with recreational drugs or with drunkenness, that one opens the mind to DEMONIC INFLUENCES and even DEMON POSSESSION. Thayer's Greek Lexicon on page 649, under the word pharmakeia (sorcery) refers us to the Hebrew word lahatim. According to the Hebrew-Aramaic-English Dictionary by Marcus Jastrow, page 693, the word lahatim tells us that SORCERY (recreational drug use and drunkenness) is the WORK OF DEMONS.
Notice now what God says about those whom He calls out, but who REFUSE TO REPENT for using recreational drugs or drunkenness
I Corinthians 6:9-10 -
Galatians 5:19-21 -
Revelation 21:8 -
We know drugs will not be thrown into the lake of fire - PEOPLE WILL!
Therefore, this word sorcerer is not referring to the drugs, but to the people who use and sell drugs as having their part in the LAKE OF FIRE!
This excerpt from Reader's Digest, August, 1983, page 135, states:
As surely as if they were nuclear bombs from a
dreaded enemy, the tons of heroin from Asia, the
mountains of cocaine from Bolivia and Peru, the end-
less supply of marijuana, quaaludes, and other il-
licit drugs from Columbia - and from American farms
and laboratories - are wrecking this society. Indeed,
no Soviet espionage team could weaken America's
military preparedness to the extent that drug abuse
is rendering us naked to our enemies.
The curse of drugs has seeped down through our
colleges and high schools into our elementary
schools. Illegal drugs are playing havoc with our
business communities, with sales of marijuana,
heroin and cocaine commonplace on Wall Street.
Drug abuse has become the scourge of professional
athletics, the curse of our entertainment world from
Hollywood to Braodway, a shame of Congress. It is
a tragedy that touches every type of family in this
by Carl T. Rowan
Not only will the black-market drug users and drug dealers suffer, if they do not repent, but doctors who dispense the abominable, government controlled drugs for ILLICIT PURPOSES, will suffer if they do not REPENT!
How you react to this knowledge is your prerogative. It is God's prerogative to throw DRUG USERS INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE! Whether they are addicts or moderate users, it is SIN with the same wages - DEATH BY FIRE!
To those God calls out who are ensnared by DRUNKENNES OR DRUG ABUSE, He says "REPENT!"
When Jesus the Messiah was SUFFERING TERRIBLY and was nailed to the cross, something was offered to him to EASE THE PAIN.
Mark 15:23 -
The word myrrh in this verse is listed as word #4669 in Strong's Greek Dictionary and means a narcotic.
Matthew 27:34 -
Although it would NOT HAVE BEEN A SIN, Jesus refused to take a NARCOTIC DRUG for the intense pain He was suffering. Jesus knew that His suffering and death were in FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECIES comcerning Himself.
The Scriptures plainly show that in order to be the Perfect Sacrifice for sin it was NECESSARY FOR JESUS TO BEAR ALL THE SUFFERING, in His own body, that sin brings.
I Peter 2:24 -
In order for Jesus to pay the death penalty for us, that OUR sins earned, He had to endure the great pain that was inflicted upon Him.
Isaiah 53:4-5 -
Jesus was well aware of God's prophecies, as we read in:
Mark 9:31 -
If Jesus had taken the narcotic drug that was offered to Him and ALLOWED THE PAIN TO BE NUMBED, He would not have SUFFERED as the Prophecies said He MUST. He would NOT THEN HAVE BORNE OUR SINS in His body and would NOT HAVE QUALIFIED to be our Savior.
No, it is NOT A SIN to use certain drugs or chemicals if it is done for a genuine medical condition and in the amount prescribed by a legitimate physician. The Scriptures do not condemn ALL DRUG USE. We need to be very careful, if we do take any medication, that we do not deceive ourselves and allow our minds to become clouded by taking drugs for PLEASURE'S SAKE.
Recreational drug use (which includes the sin of drunkenness) is one of Satan's GREATEST TOOLS in deceiving the whole world. There is simply no way a person whose mind is clouded with recreational drugs can discern RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM EVIL. And, as the news media continue to report, the use of recreational drugs by today's society continues to grow worse.
The History Of Drug Use
To understand how drug use has spread throughout history, let us look at the GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM that was formed by Nimrod.
Genesis 10:8-10 -
Nimrod systematically organized the people in turning against God's Laws. This GEO-POLITICAL-RELIGIOUS-BEASTLY SYSTEM became known as BABYLON, which means confused, and gate of god.
In the Encyclopedia Britannica Micropedia, Volume 4, page 233, we find that the oldest catalogue of drugs was from ANCIENT BABYLON
The oldest existing catalogue of drugs (called
pharmacopoeia) is a stone tablet from ancient
Babylonia (c. 1700BC).
From the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4, page 1064, we learn that drug use SPREAD from Babylon to the Greeks and Arabs and eventually throughout the Roman Empire.
Opium is the coagulated juice of the opium poppy.
Its medical use for relief of pain was known to
the Greeks and Arabs, and spread throughout the
Throughout the Holy Scriptures we find that the BABYLONIAN SYSTEM, which was in opposition to God's Laws, NEVER DIED. It merely changed names as it spread throughout the world with the same practices of GODWORSHIP, including the use of DRUGS FOR PLEASUE AND ESCAPE. The Book of Revelation shows us this same Satan inspired Babylonian Religious-Governmental System, very active ih these last days. Satan, by continually teaching against God and His Laws, has caused the inhabitants of this world to act as one who is DRUNK, EMPTY-HEADED, AND OUT OF CONTROL.
Revelation 17:3-5,2 -
Drug use has VICTIMIZED THE YOUND AND OLD of all nations. The use of drugs causes drug users to "THINK THEY SEE AND REALIZE WONDERFUL THINGS that they never knew before". They encourage others to use drugs so they can feel and see the same things. All these people are DECEIVED BY SATAN through Nimrod's Babylonian Confusion!
Revelation 18:23 -
Earlier in this article we saw that the word sorceries comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, which means drugs! Satan is USING RECREATIONAL DRUGS (including drunkenness) to help him deceive the world into forgetting God and His Laws!
SATAN IS USING RECREATIONAL DRUGS, INCLUDING DRUNKENNESS, to try to turn all people to the One World Religion And Governmemt first established by Nimrod, and soon to be established by Satan.
If you care anything about your Eternal Life, don't be an IDOLATROUS PARTAKER of Nimrod's religion by CLOUDING YOUR MIND with Satan inspired recreational drugs! Remember the WARNING GIVEN to us in God's Law.
Deuteronomy 29:18-19 -
God tells us that RECREATIONAL DRUG USERS and DRUNKARDS will not have a part in His Kingdom. Notice where they will end.
Galatians 5:19-21 -
Revelation 21:8 -
Revelation 22:15 -
We are living in the END TIMES. The return of Jesus the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom of God is at hand. Therefore, let us obey God and BE SOBER so that we may be able to STAND RIGHTEOUSLY BEFORE GOD.
1 Peter 4:7 -
Luke 21:34-36 -
*Note from the Angel Lady*
I never have and never will believe that drug and alcohol abuse is what society tells us is A DISEASE! I'm tired of society making excuses for it. Where you were brought up, how you were brought up, you came from a broken home, child abuse, sexual abuse, etc. It's nothing more than laying the guilt and blame on someone or something else. Drugs and alcoholism is a CHOICE not a disease and there are many who have come through any or all of the mentioned excuses and have NOT become addicts or drunkards. And what about the addicts or drunkards to whom none of those excuses apply. Drugs and alcohol destroys and kills more than just the user or abuser. Anyone and everyone who is connected to that person is affected. It destroys relationships and families. It break hearts. Ask any mother who has lost a child because of drugs or alcohol.