The Bible says:
Do not go beyond what is written! (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Do not teach any different doctrine! (1 Timothy 1:3)
Do not devote yourself to myths and speculations! (1 Timothy 1:4)
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. (1 Timothy 6:3-4)
Yet, we have heard popular preachers say such things as:
“Jesus… so He was born through Mary the Virgin. And then He was born again in resurrection.”
“God gave me a Ferrari because I am a Ferrari. You’re a Ferrari, too!”
(Oprah Winfrey): “Do you believe that only Christians can be in relationship with God?” (Carl Lentz): “No. I believe that when Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life…’ The way I read that… He’s the road marker.”
“God began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna tell you something right now, Beth. Boy you write this one down; and you say it as often as I give you utterance to say it!’”
“Every Christian who believes in the Trinity – that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… co-equal, co-eternal… believes that because of the authority of the Catholic Church.”
“God broke the law for love!”
“My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him is true, and in Him there is no falsehood.” (John 7:16-18)
The Bible has been written for our instruction. That through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we have hope!
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through the endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
If you go beyond what is written, you’re probably being a heretic.
…when we understand the text
Is smoking marijuana a sin?
Well, it used to be that you could say, “Yes, because it’s illegal.” And that would be that.
But now that marijuana is legal medicinally and recreationally, is it still sin?
All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Often, marijuana is compared to drinking alcohol or caffeine, but they are not the same. You can drink a glass of wine and not get drunk; or have a cup of coffee and still operate heavy machinery. But, if you take one puff on a joint or a bite of “Aunt Mary Jane’s Special Brownies”, you get high. The whole point of marijuana is to alter the consciousness, which diminishes your thinking and functioning.
While God does not put an absolute prohibition on drinking alcohol, it is always sin to be intoxicated. Drunkenness, whether by the vine or the weed, is not of the spirit but of the flesh. Those who do it will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-20)
But marijuana is a plant, and it was made by God, so that makes it good for us!
Yeah… there are plenty of poisonous plants you don’t apply that logic to.
Adam and Eve ate of a forbidden plant. How did that turn out for them?
1 Peter 4 says:
Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they’re surprised when you don’t join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:2-5)
The Bible says, Be sober minded. (1 Peter 5:8); and Have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5); Set your mind on the things of God. (Matthew 16:23). You mind should not be mastered by anything else…
…when we understand the text.