Drugs And Alcohol
A couple of years ago I had a bout of asthma that lasted a couple of months. I had a severe cough. I tried several over-the-counter meds as well as a couple of prescription meds from an allergist that treated me. All those medications made me dull intellectually AND spiritually. I could not find one with a low enough dose that would not lower my already limited mental capacity. I could not serve the Lord as fully under the influence of any of them. I cannot afford any loss of intelligence or spirituality and neither can you. I decided that I would rather cough than be stupid. The cure was worse than the illness.
If we want to be right with God, used by Him and filled with the Spirit, we must avoid drugs and alcohol.
Blessedly, the Lord has taken away the coughing. I believe that removing some of the dust and all of the carpeting from my home, changing the furnace filter oftener, using non-allergic pillow cases and mattress covers, avoiding exposure to things that gave me breathing difficulties, such as fertilizers, strong cleaning solvents, weed-killers, insecticides and fresh asphalt helped too.
Ecclesiastes 10:1: Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Exodus 30:33: Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.
The bold words in the passages above are the same word. Webster defines it as a druggist. In the Exodus passage what was made was a substitute for holy anointing oil. The one who was to be cut off from Israel was one who made a substitute oil or who gave the true anointing oil to an unconverted Gentile.
In the Ecclesiastes passage what was made was allowed to decay (ferment) before it was used. That was compared with making a wise and honorable man foolish.
Proverbs 31:6: Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
The strong drink in this passage was to ease the pain of one who was dying or sorrowful. It would take their minds off reality.
Habakkuk 2:15: Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
In our culture, just as in the time of Habakkuk, drugs and alcohol are sometimes used to seduce members of the opposite sex, to get them to have sex.
Proverbs 31:4: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Alcohol has a negative effect on the wisdom, judgment, impartiality and leadership ability of leaders. If we find out that a political candidate drinks we should not ever vote for him. If we find out that a Christian drinks we must not follow him.
Obadiah 1:16: For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
I repeat, if we want to be right with God, used by Him and filled with the Spirit, we must avoid drugs and alcohol. Period.