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- Because recreational marijuana usage is beginning to be legalized in the U.S., it is important for Christians to know where they stand on the issue and why.
- God giving us “every seed-bearing plant” (Genesis 1:29) for consumption is not talking about recreational drug use, but about food.
- Marijuana use primes the brain to desire more drugs, but this does not guarantee that marijuana use is necessarily a “gateway” into harder drugs.
- The Bible does not explicitly condemn recreational marijuana use because it was not as readily available as alcohol was.
- Alcohol is the lense the Bible uses for talking about substance abuse and recreational drug use because it was so readily available in ancient times.
- Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 5 has broader implications than alcohol abuse. The reason we should not abuse alcohol – or any substance or habit – is that it will “ruin your life.” The Bible literally calls it “un-salvation.”
- Christians should do all things to the glory of God (Colossians 3:17). This means having an attitude characterized by a desire to honor God and help others pursue him.
- If we use recreational drugs or engage in other habits that could be “wasteful” in our lives, the key question to ask ourselves is: “why?”
- Discerning Christ-followers will not “skirt the line” when it comes to sinfulness, wastefulness, and worldly living (Hebrews 12:1).
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…