The Morality of Marijuana

Marijuana joint (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Marijuana joint (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If you don’t claim to be a Christian, this will be of limited value to you (though you should still be concerned about societal decay issues as well as the welfare of your fellow man) because issues of morality aren’t very important to you.

But for the approx. 80% of Americans who call themselves Christians, libertarian arguments for drug use just don’t cut it.

The Bible says in several places to be sober-minded, which you cannot do if you are stoned on recreational drugs.

The Bible also warns about the use of strong drink and the use of “much wine” (the commonly available intoxicants back then), because it’s rather hard to be sober and be stoned at the same time. You also tend to do stupid stuff when you’re intoxicated. and stupid stuff is usually immoral.

There are other reasons for not getting intoxicated, as well. In the Bible, the Greek word pharmakia is used of sorcery and witchcraft…and that is the same word from which we get the modern word “pharmacy” concerning drugs. While our modern medical drugs are intended to be used to heal and alleviate pain, they can also be misused, and also carry their own dangers. As you can see, there is a relationship between dark spiritual forces and substances which can alter the mind. When the mind is altered, we become susceptible to bad spiritual influences.

I wasn’t a druggie, but I was a drunk for a number of years, and I know first-hand of the dark spiritual influence that comes when you allow your mind to become altered…and I know the slavery that comes with regular use of intoxicating substances. These are not things you want to bring into your life.

Woodrow Wilcox


In this video from Wretched Radio/TV, a panel of Christian leaders agree that getting stoned is immoral. One of the things pointed out here is that when alcohol is used in moderation, it can be consumed without becoming intoxicated. That is not true of recreational drugs–in fact, the specific PURPOSE of using recreational drugs is to become intoxicated.

You might make a case that the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate drug use…


But you can’t argue that getting stoned is moral, and you can’t argue that other people getting stoned is moral, and you can’t rationally argue that having more intoxicated people in society is a good thing.

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  • thisoldspouse

    One obvious difference between alcohol and marijuana use is that there are definite degrees to alcohol intoxication that just don’t exist for marijuana intoxication. You can monitor your alcohol use (although, I don’t think Christians should even flirt with these subjective boundaries) and limit yourself to “one drink.” Marijuana’s high is either off or on, you cannot get only “slightly” doped up - you either are or you are not.