Pastor Craig Gross has launched a website called Christian Cannabis and says the natural psychoactive substance can take believers to higher levels of worship.
Gross is challenging churches to have frank conversations about marijuana and to bring Christian weed users out of the shadows through his ChristianCannabis.com website.
Pastor Gross is also the founder of the Pasadena, California-based XXXchurch, a ministry that specializes in helping individuals break free from pornography addiction.
While Gross is championing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and a higher spirituality, recent research shows that marijuana can be harmful. Most importantly, the Bible warns believers against using mind-altering substances and designates it as a sin.
Pastor Gross isn’t necessarily wrong when he speaks about the power of psychoactive substances in connecting to the supernatural realm.
In ancient times, as well as today, mediums, sorcerers, seers, oracles and shamans used psychoactive drugs to put themselves into an altered state of consciousness. This was done for the purpose of making themselves more receptive to receiving messages from the supernatural realm.
People often used substances such as marijuana, magic mushrooms or peyote (another hallucinogen). However, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The results can be disastrous. And according to the Bible, Scripture says the use of psychoactive substances should absolutely be avoided.
The Bible warns us that the use of mind-altering substances is extremely dangerous because it can weaken our natural defenses against supernatural entities that may harm us, in particular – fallen angels or demons.
Using mind-altering substances can open a wider doorway for these entities to have influence over us. The use of such substances is considered a sin.
Pharmakeia (far-mak-i’-ah) is a Greek word used in the original text of the Bible that we derive our modern word pharmacy from. However, this word has several different meanings in the Bible.
In the Bible, pharmakeia can refer to a number of things: the administering or usage of drugs, poisoning, magic, sorcery, and witchcraft. There is also a connection with idolatry as a metaphor for enchantment, seductions or deceptions.
Scriptural references: Galatians 5:19-20; Exodus 7:11, 22; Exodus 8:18; Isaiah 47:9; Revelation 18:23; Revelation 9:21; Revelation 22:14-15.
Despite marijuana being legalized in several U.S. states, a new study is warning about the danger of the substance, especially high-potency cannabis.
A recent study that was published in the Journal The Lancet Psychiatry was the largest study of its kind. It was the first study to examine the impact of cannabis on psychotic disorder rates.
What the researchers found was not good news: Researchers connected 1 in 5 new cases of psychosis directly to daily cannabis use. Additionally, 1 in 10 cases of psychosis was linked to high-potency marijuana use. Some of the first time episodes of psychotic disorders through the use of marijuana were linked to causing illnesses such as paranoia and schizophrenia.
In the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdam, 50% of new psychosis cases were linked to potent marijuana. Researchers also linked 30% of such new cases in London.