Christians, Witchcraft and Drugs
By Jim Lynn, © 2015
What would you think if the next time you take
the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) a drug is offered to you instead of bread? “Crazy,” you
No faithful Christian would knowingly replace
bread (which represents the Body of Jesus) with a drug. And yet, this is what is happening
millions of times everyday. Many Christians routinely taking drugs forget the sacrifice Jesus made in body on
their behalf for healing.
Keep your eyes on the
What is it about man’s fascination with drugs
that holds such sway over the Body of Christ? Why do so many Christians trust a pill over God with their body?
Well, a lot of it has to do with the original King James (KJ) Bible translators.
During the time when the KJ Bible was first being
translated, witches and witchcraft occupied the minds of many
Church leaders. Hundreds of people were tried and executed for being a witch. So when Bible translators came
to the Greek word “pharmakeia” in the New Testament, they choose to use the lesser meaning of the word,
“witchcraft,” instead of the word’s primary meaning, “use of drugs.”
At the time of translation back in 1611, using
the word “witchcraft” must have made sense. Witches created and used drugs and potions made from plants, animals
and earth. So the word, witchcraft, fit the times and translators wanted to make that point. After all, the
Bible condemns witchcraft (Exodus 22:18).
That’s all well and good except that: When we
read about the “acts of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-21 today, no mention is made of using drugs, only of
witchcraft. Here’s how KJ translators translated the passage:
Now the works of the flesh
are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you
before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
God. (Galatians 5:19-21) King James
Now compare that same passage transliterated from
the Greek text in the Heritage Bible and notice how different it reads:
And the works of the flesh
are manifest, which are: Adultery, sexual promiscuity, uncleanness, lack of moral restraint, 20 Idolatry,
use of drugs, hatred, quarreling, jealousies, hard breathing, strife, dissensions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders,
drunkenness, carousings, and the such like, which I tell you before, as I also said previously, that those
practicing such things will absolutely not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
There it is: “Use of drugs.” There is absolutely
nothing mentioned about witchcraft, because the original Greek word primary meaning means use of drugs. It’s not
until you get into a secondary meaning where you then will find witchcraft and sorcery.
Houston, we have a
Christians today are faced with the same problem
Bible translators had back in 1611, only in reverse. Witchcraft is not the issue of the day, drugs
The medical, industrial and agricultural drug
industry today dominates our lives. Drug use is so prevalent, drug traces show up in our food and water supply,
and even threatens extinction of certain plants, animals and marine life. But that problem only touches the hem
of the garment. The real problem lies in the human death toll created directly through legally prescribed drug
Witches do not cause this problem. The problem is
caused by a giant industry that wants every man, woman and child hooked on their product: Drugs! In fact, the
Bible warns of this very thing happening: Here is how the Heritage Bible interprets the
Book of Revelation, 18:23
And the light of a lamp
will absolutely not shine in you any more, and the voice of the bride-groom and of the bride will absolutely not
be heard in you any more, because your merchants were the great ones of the earth, because
in your spell inducing drugs all the
races were led astray. (Revelation
18:23) Heritage Bible
For a generation of Christians who grew up with
drug proliferation and a trusted medical industry that heavily pushes them, drugs seem normal and acceptable.
This generation of Christians believes the big lie that “drugs are good for you.”
It is inconceivable to this group of Christians
that taking legally prescribed drugs on a daily basis is an act of the flesh. They reason that medical drugs are
an invention of modern man, and that God would certainly not condemn drugs for medicinal purposes. But they have
only the lie they believe to stand on, nothing in Scripture to support their belief that God condones the use of
Because their Church teaches them nothing about
God’s natural laws (found in the Bible) or of the healing power found in the Body of Jesus Christ, millions of
Christians have turned to the world for healing. It’s sad, but they do so without God.
Without an accurate translation of God’s Word to
guide them, millions of God-loving people have been led astray. They have been seduced by the world into
reliance on drugs instead of relying on God’s natural law and the Body of Jesus Christ for
Without realization, many Christians have replaced
the bread of communion with that of a drug. And for many: Drugs have become a religion, which places trust in
the world over that of God’s Word.
Imagine how different our faith would be today had
the KJ Bible translated pharmakeia as “use of drugs” instead of “witchcraft.” Almost all of Christendom
knows and uses the KJ Bible. Some regard the KJ Bible as the only authorized translation and use no other Bible.
So how are these people to know God condemns the practice of routinely using drugs? They will
The truth is: God is our healer! That declaration
removes all other possibilities. God has provided for our every need found in the plant kingdom and through
Jesus Christ. Those who look elsewhere will find only suffering and death.
If this truth leaves you struggling, you have been
victimized by the prince of this world. My prayer is that you turn away from the false reality of drugs, and
turn to God’s Word for truth and healing.