Hi Sean and Flint,
Many many thanks for bringing up this topic. I am so fascinated at how the Lord speaks to us through the pressing issues of our times. Our culture is DESPERATE for some form of spirituality, some form of connection with a higher being and thus the evolution of new age spirituality. If I may add, this is congruent to Eastern spirituality and mysticism as well. There are practises in Hinduism that require people to alter their state of consciousness to perform rituals for gods in an attempt to atone or communicate with God. Similar for Taoist monks who serve as mediums, allowing their bodies to host dead spirits so the living are able to communicate with them. I am pretty confident that for many, they are drug-induced states of altercation.
I must admit that I too could have been decisions away from falling prey to these movements if not for the grace of the Lord Jesus saving me in time, ‘causing the scales of my eyes to fall off’ to see his glorious, marvellous and absolute truth.
I stand united with you in prayer for every single soul who is deceived by this practise. May the grace of the Lord Jesus break every chain and free them from the bondage brought about by this practice. May the love of God that is greater than creation itself captivate their hearts and minds, causing them to so effortlessly walk away from this and into His presence.
Interestingly enough, I was just watching this YouTube video last evening titled “Is smoking marijuana a sin?” tackled by a panel of distinguished theologians. What stands out the most to me is the fact that while Graham Hancock casually classifies all drug substances (alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, etc.) as mind-altering, John Macarthur does not. He carefully draws the distinction between what is a stimulant and what is able to alter the state of consciousness. I find this is a great point to start with before delving into profound discussion over the matter.
Check this out:
Another key point to note is the verse in scripture he uses for reference which speaks directly to my heart.
1 Corinthians 6:12- (You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.")
I pray that you communicate this verse in gentleness and love to those who need to hear it. May they be enlightened by it and I hope my post helps