Altered minds, altered spirits: the drug trade

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)

11 thoughts on “Altered minds, altered spirits: the drug trade

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  1. Many illegal drugs are far less harmful than many legal drugs, such as alcohol.

    Alcohol causes thousands of deaths a year and marijuana causes none. Why is the first legal and the second not?


  2. Actually, it’s the abuse of alcohol that causes thousands of deaths. Alcohol, if used responsibly and with moderation, is not harmful. It’s when people want to use it to get tipsy or sloppy drunk that it becomes a sin and is wrong.

    Illegal drugs are not less harmful. They have been proven to disrupt and degrade normal brain and bodily functions. Yes, there are some harmful legal drugs, which is why I don’t put complete trust in pharmaceutical companies. It’s obvious by the number of commercials they have on TV that they want as many people as possible dependent on their drugs, many of which are unnecessary. But that doesn’t mean it should be okay for people to get high.


  3. I am a recovering drug addict an have been involved in an ongoing war resisting drugs since the age of 12, I am now 45, and clean. I have abandoned children time and time again, I have walked off of jobs time and time again, I have continued to return to drugs time and time again, I am convinced now what the Bible says in Galations 5:22 witchcraft is most definitely the best definition I have ever felt hit home with me and describe what it’s like to be addicted, it is being under a magic spell. Nothing else can explain the way it lures one back time and time again. When I saw that in the Word of God it opened the door for me to do what I had to do to be free from the spell. When the disciples asked Jesus why they couldn’t cast out that one demon, his reply was, this kind comes out only by prayer and fasting, I believe that to be true about the spirit of withccraft that enslaves the drug addict, and that is what it is.




    1. First you have to understand that just because God created a plant that grows up from the earth does not mean he meant for man to use it. For instance, in Genesis 3, when God cursed the ground because of Adam’s sin, he said “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…”

      God cursed the ground and as a result of the curse weeds (thistles) sprouted up and man, in order to raise up his edible plants, would have to toil against the weeds that ruin the good plants from which man would get food. The word “thistle” is a word that can be applied to any luxuriantly growing useless plant. It’s the biblical term that refers to any weed and if you look up the term thistle in the Bible it goes along with a punishment that God brings forth because of man’s sin or is symbolic of a person who resists God’s will.

      Marijuana isn’t called “weed” for no reason. That’s what it is–a weed, a useless plant.

      God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, but told man not to eat from it. This is the first witness that we have that God never intended for man to partake of all of the plants he created. His cursing the ground with weeds was a second witness of this.


  5. Thank you Harry for your reply am really enlightened, but i still have a little problem and i know you can still help me out. Why do we have THC or cannabinoid receptors? And THC is only found in Marijuana. Does the bible not say we are fearfully and wonderfully made. SO why would God give us THC receptors and place THC in cannabis alone. Please help me out on this one am having hard time understanding. As a therapeutic drug,cannabis is professed to be God’s gifts. Should our emphasis be on how we use it and not to abuse it, or do you still hold on to the point that it is completely a useless weed.


  6. Cannabis and other mind-altering drugs are not God’s gifts and there is no valid argument for its use. Just because we have brain receptors that enjoy certain things does not mean it’s pleasing to God to satisfy our brain receptors.

    There are receptors for overeating, nicotine, abusing alcohol and other harmful things but we still have a choice not to be gluttonous, smoke cigarettes, or get drunk. So your argument falls way short. As I stated in my post, the use of psychotropic drugs opens a person up to influence from devils and turns them away from what pleases God. This is why God hates sorcery (pharmakeia), which is the use of psychotropic drugs. If God says using such drugs (marijuana included) is wrong several times over in his word, then why try to justify it?

    We may be fearfully and wonderfully made, but we are also conceived in and born with an evil sin nature which desires the things that God hates. Our minds conjure up evil thoughts but this does not mean it’s ok to act them out just because we’re born with a propensity to sin. Marijuana use has always been and will always be wrong in the sight of God no matter which angle you look at it. So stop trying to justify the sin and forsake it.


  7. Thank you and God bless you. I am not trying to justify it though, i just knew you can help me with a more concise and precise understanding from a biblical perspective. The act been forsaken long ago. Thank you.


  8. I am a Christian. I have just started taking psychopathic medication. Its called risperdal. It makes me relaxed and helps curb my anxiety. I have not had any side-effects yet. But I was thinking, is this sorcery in the bible? Here are some thoughts: a) Jesus took wine/alcohol which is a drug. But He took a controlled amount of it. He never got drunk. Does this not mean its ok therefore, to take medication for the brain (the brain is an organ), as long as its a small dosage and within a controlled range. Within a range that allows you to remain in control of your mind? b) This is being taken to help with stress, anxiety etc. Its not being taken to get pleasure, or to connect with spirits (like witch doctors would do). Am I doing the wrong thing?


    1. Hi, Zac.

      Thanks for your question. Speaking strictly to the moral side of your question & not the medical side, there’s nothing wrong with taking medication like that when it’s prescribed by a doctor to aid a real medical issue. That isn’t sorcery. You’re doing what’s necessary to help you get better and God wants us to be healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually. God blesses us with doctors and medical advances to help us.


      1. Did you know that over 20 countries in the world, including my own, have legalised marajuana for medication? Also, opium. This is known as cannabis for medication as well as opium. These are dangerous substances. A small amount of poison is still poison and I would treat them just as I would poison. Just because Medical world says its ok – doesn’t mean God says its ok. Cloning, abortion and stem cell research is ok too but not for God. We need to look at and honour the moral aspects of medications.


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