Overcoming Sin through Christ: Drug Abuse

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Drug abuse

Drug Abuse

There are different understandings on how we are to understand a “drug” in our culture. Is tobacco a drug? Are nutritional supplements drugs?  What about over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol or aspirin?  Could certain “junk foods” be considered drugs? Or would this only refer to illegal substances? What about you? Are you taking any drugs?

Much of what we have said under “Drunkenness” and “Bodily Harm” is applicable here as well.  Although some few contend that marijuana has a place in the alleviation of pain in certain diseases, most medical professionals contend—rightly—that there are grave dangers in the use of any drugs.  One report indicates how dangerous drug use is:

US deaths caused by drug use in 2007 were more common than either alcohol-induced or firearm-related deaths, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Although the report found that 38,371 drug-induced deaths occurred that year, the number was down slightly from those reported during the 2003-2006 period. However, the rates for males were significantly higher than for females during all years examined. The information was published January 14 as part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.[1][1]

Since the Christian is to remember that his body belongs to Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15, 19), that his body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (v. 19), and that he is to glorify God in his body (v. 20), we can definitely say that abusing the physical body with drugs must have no place in the Christian’s life.  Further, since we are to “nourish” and “cherish” our body (Ephesians 5:29), and must give our body as a holy sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1), we should not harm the body in any way through harmful drugs.

A dozen other reasons could be offered to show that drug use is wrong and unjustified for the Christian.  We are to be an example to others, something that taking drugs will not do (1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7).  We are to keep our body healthy, clean, and energetic—something that is impossible when one is taking drugs.  Further, Paul says, “Whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).  We can’t consume drugs and do so with the conviction (faith) that doing so is the right thing to do.

Some have condemned drugs on the basis of the meaning of the word sorcery that is condemned so greatly in the New Testament.  The term in the Greek (pharmakia) can mean “the use of medicine, drugs, spells.”[2][2]  However, the term seems to be connected with the occult and wouldn’t directly relate to non-occultic use of the drugs.  However, since drugs can be condemned on many grounds, the Christian must renounce them as sinful and seek God’s forgiveness.

We all know that drugs may be addictive—some extremely so. Satan uses it to bring dreadful bondage so that the addict’s personality is enslaved and his will is captivated.  Drugs will destroy internally, externally, and eternally.  The Christian must not be a slave to any substance. Paul said, “I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12b).  We are only to be “mastered” by Christ our Lord (Colossians 2:6) and not by substance abuse—whether drink, drugs, or anything else.  Paul said, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts” (Romans 6:12; cf. vv. 14, 16-23).  We must renounce all “slavery” to drugs.  Peter says, “By what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19).  Millions of men and women have been hopelessly “enslaved” to drugs of all sorts—to the ruin of their body, their mind, and their soul!

[1][1] medscape.com/viewarticle/736462

[2][2] W. E. Vine, Expository Dictionary.

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