Central Leadership – Announcement, The Use of Marijuana

From: The Central Leadership and the Crown of Thorns Councils 
Subject: The Use of Marijuana 
Greetings in the Lord! It has been brought to our attention that there are questions concerning the use of marijuana by disciples. Indeed, “some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling you by what they said.” (Acts 15:24) So we all agreed to share our position on this matter with you. The use of prescribed medications overseen by legitimate doctors is accepted in our fellowship around the world. So whether it is a drug such as morphine or marijuana, if these medications are directly administered intravenously or as prescribed pills by upstanding doctors, we feel that this is acceptable.
However, if marijuana is taken in any form for “recreational use” – whether legal or not – we believe this violates several Scriptures such Galatians 5:19-21, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” The Greek word translated “witchcraft” is “pharmakeia” which connotes mind-altering and/or illicit use of drugs.
Lastly, let us remember that each of our bodies is “a temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:19) We are not to pollute our bodies in a way that will affect our health or our ability to worship God. We have long taught to abstain from cigarette smoking, pipe smoking, cigar smoking and e-cigarettes for these reasons, as well as not to be a stumbling block to Christians or non-Christians. Therefore, “you will do well to avoid” marijuana smoking for any reason. (Acts 15:29)
This directive comes from our hearts to honor God and to call disciples everywhere to be “likeminded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” (Philippians 2:2) Continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for you. And may God’s grace be spread to all nations in this generation.
With all our love and affection,
The Central Leadership and Crown of Thorns Councils



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