“19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[e] drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
The English word is “sorcery.” We take it to mean spells and incantations. The New Testament was written in Greek, the “English” of the day. In the Greek, the word is “pharmakeia.” You probably recognize it as the forerunner of our “pharmacy.” Pharmakeia refers to drug use, especially within the context of ritual drug use and Pagan worship. That’s why “sorcery” gets us thinking of magic.
Drug use was considered an evil going back to the times of the Israelite kings. The first Biblical reference to “sorcery” appears is in 2 Chronicles. That’s why St. Paul lists it along with other such damning activities as idolatry, factions, strife, jealousy, and so on. If you look at the list above, the entire list is activities that involve losing your mind to some extent.
Fornication? You’ve forsaken reason to lust and hormones. Strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, and envy? You’ve lost your mind to anger and ego. Drunkenness and carousing? You’ve lost your mind to drink ad mob behavior. Sorcery? More of the same, possibly linked to evil rites.
In Great Britain, Newcastle represents the culmination of sorcery/drug use. It is “the epicentre of Britain’s growing addiction.” Legal highs are the rage, the favorite substance called “Insane,” appropriately enough. I watched a video attached to the article about this. People would fall down, parcels still in hand as they simply fell over and lay there, too disoriented to even try to get up.
“Everyone’s on it, and it’s knocking everyone daft. Everybody’s like a zombie in the town.”
From the article, I gather that it’s much less expensive than heroin and other such controlled substances. It somehow manages to sit outside the current scope of the drug laws. It’s sold, predictably, in head shops, but also online, in convenience stores, and even gas stations.
This “legal high” business had become a multi-billion pound industry. By 2013, the UK had the highest usage rate of the entire EU. It has been about as available as “vaping” here in the US.
The problem is that it’s not nearly as innocent as it sounds. It kills as much as it gives highs.
“It may be called fake weed,” insists Harry Shapiro, chief executive of the drugs information charity DrugWise, referring to synthetic cannabinoids, now probably the UK’s most commonly used legal high. “But it bears no relationship to the actual plant at all. This stuff puts you in hospital. It causes all sorts of mayhem…It’s like cannabis…With the effect of heroin.”
One convenience store saw 90 emergency runs to that area in just one week to treat people badly affected by a legal high. The effects are so nasty that heroin users who turned to the legal highs for the economy went right back to the heroin. They found it safer.
Those who can’t afford the relatively safe heroin and cocaine have no choice but to resort to legal highs. It is so addictive, one user had been de-toxed in jail, but restarted immediately upon release, the craving being so great.
The same individual was so drug-addled that he couldn’t even remember why he was in jail. He’s guessing it was for assault, since that’s what he’s normally jailed for. His substance abuse has run the gamut from all kinds of booze to valium to cannabis.
“But the biggest addiction I have been through is legal highs. You can’t get out of it.”
Newcastle is ground zero for what officials are seeing a real epidemic. It isn’t the only place where this happens; just the worst.
These people have fairly well lost their minds. Their awareness extends to just getting the next legal high. They sell parents’ clothing and even the sheets from homeless shelters that take them in.
You can see why the apostles condemned “pharmakeia.” It’s obviously a bad idea to get into drug use and be involved with black magic and demons, but it can be deadly enough on its own as the zombies of Newcastle will attest.
Comments after the article that caught my attention: “You took away things like honor, manners, patriotism, personal pride in a job well done, a sense of actual community via a shared culture, and set the youth of Britain to drift with your policies of multi-culti and the welfare state. I bet the elites in power are so very, very proud of you all. Aren’t you aren’t PROUD of yourselves?”
“This is what happens when a Nation turns its back on Christendom and spirals into frenetic intemperance. Once so distracted, England will be easy pickings for the Mohammedans or any other group with greater will.”
This sort of thing does have some rooting in what our governments have done to the world; Unrestricted immigration that gives our enemies free reign in our home countries, malicious experimentation on the general populace, plans to reduce population…you can see it here as everywhere else around the world.
And a related post – My Evil Twin, Skippy – https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/my-evil-twin-skippy/