One Step At A Time Christian Growth Series - Step 32 - Drugs & Witchcraft
“... 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.”
Revelation 21:8

Jeremiah 27:9, “Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:”

There are two reasons why our society leans towards drugs-easy accessibility and much guilt. Whether the drug is alcohol, marijuana, heroine, cocaine, PCP, diet pills, Valium, or LSD, people use them to escape or cope with reality.

The word sorcerer in Jeremiah 27:9 comes from the Greek word pharmakos from which we have the word pharmacy. Drugs and witchcraft do go hand in hand.

The devil never gives the entire picture. He does not tell you what marijuana does to you. There is a book out that describes the 486 bad things marijuana does to a person.

THE BIBLE CONDEMNS WITCHCRAFT!

Deuteronomy 18:10, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,”

  • Observer of times - one who is superstitious
  • Enchanter - one who whispers magic spells
  • Witch - one who practices magic
  • Charmer - one who fascinates by spells
  • Consulter - one who raises the dead
  • Necromancer - one who communicates with the dead

Daniel 2:2, “Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.”

An astrologer is one who forecasts the future by stars.

Daniel 5:11, “There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;”

A soothsayer is a fortune teller.

Jeremiah 14:14, “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”

If someone tells the future they are not of God!

There has been much interest in the occult. Courses are now taught in state universities in the occult, TM, and out of body experiences, etc. Television, movies, and books abound with the occult. Everyone needs guidance. If people reject the concept of God and His Word, they will look for guidance elsewhere.

God says witchcraft is wicked:
  • Deuteronomy 18:12, “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.”
  • Exodus 22:18, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
  • Ezekiel 21:21, “For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.”

Whenever a person dabbles in drugs, seances, palm reading, and the like, they are opening the door to their mind for demonic influences. It is as dangerous as leaving your car running unattended with the door open in a rough neighborhood. Someone’s going to jump in and run off with your car.

Acts 16:16, “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:”

DRUGS AND WITCHCRAFT ARE ADDICTING

2 Kings 17:17, “And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.”

PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS

1. Never participate in astrology, horoscope, seances, rabbits’ feet, charms, voodoo dolls, palm reading, Dungeons & Dragons, idols, devil music (which is rock-n-roll with the theme of drugs, violence, or sex,) occult, or horror shows.

2. Repent of any past activities you’ve had in these areas. Ask God to forgive you and let you see it for the evil that it is!

3. Be suspicious of the devil’s activities and devices. Be cautious!

4. Remove any rebellion in your life. I Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”

Samuel noticed rebellion in Saul’s life. Soon Saul was seeking guidance from a witch in Endor. Rebellion opens the door to a person’s mind as much as drugs and witchcraft does!

Scripture verses are from the King James Holy Bible.
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