Is Drug Use a Sin?

What Does the Bible Say About Drugs?

The only reference in the Bible that directly addresses the issue of narcotics or drugs is found in Mark’s Gospel, chapter 15, verse 23: And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. The “wine mingled with myrrh” referred to in this verse as actually a beverage which acted as a stupefying drug commonly given to lessen the torture associated with the crucifixion. In this passage, Jesus clearly refuses to receive the drugged wine. (LIBERTY BIBLE COMMENTARY, Volume II, page 137)

It should be noted that alcohol is itself a drug which acts on the physical, emotional, and psychiatric system of the user, and therefore, would be listed as a narcotic type substance. With this in mind, the Bible does teach total abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages. In the Book of Habakkuk, chapter 2, verse 15, there is a pronounced curse upon those who buy, sell, or offer alcoholic drinks to others:

“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!”

It should be clear that if a person is a Christian and desires the blessings and power of God upon his life, he should avoid the terrible heartaches and tragedies which accompany the use of alcoholic beverages or the illegal use of narcotic substances. A Christian should attempt to live a life that truly is Christ-like and obedient to the Scriptures. Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

With regard to individuals attempting to get rich by selling narcotics, they should be aware that there are social, and moral connotations against the sale of illegal narcotics. Furthermore, there are ethical implications that would prohibit a Christian from becoming involved in illegal activities simply to “get something for nothing,” which would obviously violate the Judeo-Christian work ethic.

The Lord Jesus gave clear indication in His teaching that each of His followers were to take up his cross daily and follow Him. He promises that those who would follow Him would not have an “easy life,” but an abundant life.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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