Are Christians Allowed To Use Drugs?

Most people don’t associate Christians with drug use, so the question of what the Bible actually says about drugs often isn’t discussed. Are drugs really outside of God’s ideal for Christian living, or do we avoid them because that’s what we’ve been told to do? And if the Bible doesn’t address the topic of, for example, cocaine use, is there any way to really know how Christians should behave with respect to illicit drugs?

God’s Word, though it may not specifically reference certain drugs, actually provides sufficient wisdom for Christians in making biblical decisions around drug use. Rather than asking, “Does the Bible say cocaine use is wrong?” there are a few other questions that we can ask which will provide more helpful insight on the topic of drug use for the Christian.

The Right Questions To Ask Regarding Drug Use And Christians

Is It Legal?

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. Titus 3:1

Be Who God Wants You To Be - ChristianDrugRehabThe Bible is quite clear that we are to obey the laws of the land that we live in, and that provides clear and helpful direction on whether it’s OK to use drugs. In most states, the use of illicit drugs of all kinds is prohibited. Case closed.

But there are some gray areas, especially now that we’re seeing a surge in the legalization of marijuana. If a Christian is living in a state or traveling to a country where marijuana or other drugs are legal, are the rules different? Technically, they could be. But there are a few other criteria we need to take into account before trying to give a biblical answer to this question.

Is It Helpful?

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

We can make the argument that certain drugs may be helpful in that they allow us to go without sleep or food or to work long hours without needing to come up for air. But we also have to look at God’s design for human beings. God created us as creatures that need sleep, food, rest and recreation. If He wanted us to live in a state of perpetual work, He would have made us able to sustain it naturally.

Even small doses of powerful drugs can lead to addiction, quickly taking “recreational use” into the realm of life-controlling addiction. Even “experimentation” can have drastic consequences. Because of the life-controlling and life-wasting power of drugs, it can generally be concluded that they are not helpful and even bring the potential for enslavement and the destruction of one’s faith.

Is It Healthy?

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

God gave us our bodies as a blessing and He is quite serious about them. In all things, we are to take care of our bodies and never defile them. This is a general mandate; it doesn’t apply only to drugs. That means we should also sleep, eat well, get proper exercise and be generally responsible when it comes to the care of our physical selves. We are told to treat them as the gift that they are. Since drugs are universally detrimental to health, it seems that the Bible is clear that drug use is not permissible.

Does It Help Us Grow In Holiness?

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16

When we consider any kind of drug use, it would be hard for us to make the case that it helps us grow in holiness. Drug use—even “recreational” use—is typically illicit and often takes place in circumstances that are less than edifying. Drugs have nothing to do with growth in holiness or the deepening of our relationship with Christ and can even detract from it.

If you are looking for a biblical justification for drug use, it may be important to ask, “Why?” Why are drugs appealing? Is something missing in your life that you feel drugs would complete? Are you looking for something more exciting than the life you’re living, or a way to escape the pain?

God desires your wholeness and freedom, but this only comes through Him—not through the use of drugs. Whatever you may be seeking in drugs, you will find in Him. And so much more.

If you or someone you know struggles with habitual drug use and/or addiction, help is available. Or perhaps your experimenting and/or recreational use has gone too far and you find you can’t stop on your own. There is help. Drugs don’t have to control your life. Christian drug rehab can help you get sober, back on your feet and walking in Christ.

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