In the past few decades, there has been a push to legalize marijuana and to minimize the severity of using psychotropic drugs. Of course, as with any other evil in our land, Hollywood and others with media access (including the porn industry) have been at the forefront of this movement. Although there have been some movies about the dangers of drugs, there have also been many movies released making light of the use of illicit drugs and portraying drug users as being the life of the party. Even with the U.S. government spending into the trillions of dollars in the war on drugs, they continue to be a persistent problem.
Why does the use of drugs still persist? Because the desire for drugs comes from the wickedness that is inherent in the hearts of mankind. It is a reflection of a spiritual problem and man’s desire to resist God. However, the demand for drugs also comes from, and is promoted by, the religion of witchcraft. Whether we call it shamanism, sorcery, voodoo, ESP, psychic powers, astrology, wizardry, satanism, or witchcraft, it has for centuries been behind the use of mind-altering drugs. Psychotropic drugs are used as part of their rituals so they can put themselves into altered states of consciousness (trances) to get in touch with the spirit realm. They choose to be ignorant of the fact that the familiar spirits they are contacting for wisdom are none other than Satan and his evil angels. But their so-called wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of the true and living God.
Satan and his angels transform themselves into angels of light. Since practitioners of witchcraft in their early stages deny his existence or God’s existence, they deceive themselves and open themselves up to be easily deceived by the devil. And so they are willing victims, letting him lead them by the hand down the road to destruction. Drug usage also leaves a person open for devils to possess them. The person may be told by their familiar spirit that if they let him or her take control, they will experience more power than they ever imagined, thus the possession begins.
The New Testament reveals to us how intertwined the use of drugs are with witchcraft. Wherever the words witchcraft or sorcery are used, it is the Greek word pharmakeia which means the use of or administering of drugs. Shamans claim that when they administer the drugs as the spirit guide tells them, healing results. However, witches have also been known to poison and poisoning is also implied in the word pharmakeia. We actually derive our English word “pharmaceutical” from this word. Sorcerers, witches, and shamans were the original drug dealers. They, in essence, had control of their people because they could use their drugs to alter their minds and display deceptive magical powers given to them by Satan.
So, you see, Satan is the god behind the illegal drug industry. It has been rumored from time-to-time that those who run the drug cartels are involved in satanism and/or witchcraft. Based on what the word of God says, it would not surprise me if this was proven to be true. Nevertheless, for all the power these shamans may display, God’s power is much stronger. Those who are in bondage to drugs and the spirits behind them can have their shackles of sin broken by the Lord Jesus Christ when they confess that he is Lord and believe in their hearts God raised him from the dead, accepting his death as the ultimate sacrifice for their sins.
“There shall not be found among you any one … that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these [heathen] nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times [astrologers], and unto diviners [psychics]: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-14)
“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:19-20)
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [pharmakeia], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
“For without [outside of God’s kingdom] are dogs, and sorcerers [pharmakeia], and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” (Revelation 22:15)
“For this purpose the Son of God [Jesus Christ] was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b)