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There have been several articles in our paper recently concerning legalization of certain drugs. Some of President Clinton's hand picked liberal politicians promote the same ideas. Drugs, they say, are not all that bad. It costs too much to prosecute and it takes too much jail and prison space to accommodate the abusers. Legalize drugs and there will be no need for a war on drugs. It is a very short bridge from marijuana to other drugs such as crack cocaine. As with many other vices, there is a graduation from the lesser to the greater. The same progression is seen in the area of pornography where one graduates from looking to lusting to living.

The Bible does have something to say about drugs. You should look up the word "sorcerers" and "sorceries" in the Bible. They are found 4 times in the New Testament, all 4 times in the book of Revelation. The Revelation deals with future events. It is amazing that all 4 times drugs are mentioned in the New Testament are in the book dealing with future events, especially the end times, the Rapture and the Tribulation. The word "sorcerer" appears from two different Greek words. One is found in Acts 8:11 and Acts 13:6,8 which are from the word "mageia" (mag-i'-ah, mag'-os and mag-yoo'-o) all related to the practice of magic. In fact, Gk. mag-os is an Oriental scientist, by implication, a magician. However, the 4 references in the Revelation are from different words. Notice these verses:

Rev. 9:21 says, "Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."

Rev 18:23 says, "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."

Both times in those verses, the Greek word is  "pharmakeia", meaning medication, pharmacy. Then in Rev. 21:8 and 22:15 the Greek words "pharmakon" (a spell-giving drug or potion) is referred to. There is no doubt in my mind that the drug trade of our day is referred to here and is connected with Satanism which is widespread in these last days. Look at Rev. 21:8 and read, "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."

Obviously drugs will play a major role in man's attitude and response to God in the last days. There is a direct link between drugs and Satanism. No one can take mind-altering drugs without having demonic influence upon their lives. The drug trade of our day has appeared and exploded in these last days just as God said it would 2000 years ago. You should go back to Rev. 9 and read again verses 13-21.

Friend, if you are not ready to meet God, I urge you to repent and believe while you can. If we can help, please call. If you are bound by drugs, you can be free through Christ. "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36.

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