America has become a drug dependent nation, not only through illegal drugs, but through prescription drugs as well. Many people would rather "pop a pill" than to deal with life in a Godly fashion.
The Bible has something to say about drugs. Interestingly enough, our (two thousand year-old) New Testament addresses the topic mainly in the book that looks to future events--Revelation.
Although the english word "drugs" is not found in the Bible, we can see that the subject is mentioned.
- The Greek word pharmakeia ( translated sorceries) is in Revelation 18:23 . This word means "medication". The English word "pharmacy" is related to this word. "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." Drugs are extemely deceitful. They never treat the problem, only the symptom.
- The Greek word pharmakeus is a "druggist or poisoner". This Greek word translates as sorceries in Revelation 9:21, and sorcerers in Revelation 21:8 &22:15. (9:21) "Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (21:8) " But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (22:15) "For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." This Greek word (pharmakeus) has a root (pharmakon) meaning "a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion"
There is no doubt in my mind that the drug trade of our day is referred to here. It is connected with Satanism which is widespread in these last days. The Bible indicates that drugs will play a major role in man’s attitude and response to God in the last days. These are the last days. There is a direct link between drugs and Satanism. No one can take mind-altering drugs without demonic influence upon their lives. This is why people do the unthinkable while under the influence. Please read Rev. 9:13-21. The drug trade of our day, both legal and illegal, will play a role in the response of men to God in the last days, especially in the Tribulation period.
If you are bound by drugs of any sort, it will affect how you respond to God in your life and only Christ can set you free. (John 8:36) Unsaved person, get started defeating drugs by accepting Christ as your Saviour. He can empower you to win over your addiction. Saved person, has your failure to trust God and rest in His unseen hand caused you to fret and turn to the "Weak and beggarly elements of the world"? Repent of your wrong and God will forgive and heal. Call if we can help.