Can Christians Use Marijuana Now That it’s Legal in Canada?

Can Christians Use Marijuana Now That it’s Legal in Canada?


So when marijuana becomes legal can Christians enjoy the occasional puff? It’s a brave new world out there. Now that marijuana is becoming legal the old pastoral or parental answer of just don’t do it because it’s against the law doesn’t cut it. Are there any biblical principles that can help us navigate this new moral conundrum for followers of Jesus? Well here are a few things that may be transferrable first of all, scripture teaches like in 1 Corinthians 6 that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We should try and take care of our bodies and anything we smoke, anything we take into our lungs other than clean air will always have a negative affect on us. Now I know two things are true that I’m aware of. Number 1, I’m a hypocrite, I get it. Fat guy who always goes for the second piece of pie talking about how to take care of your body but just because I have my own struggles doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give you wise counsel and smoking will always damage you in some way, shape, or form but the other thing I’m aware of is you don’t always need to inhale smoke in order to get marijuana into your system so we’ll move onto point number two which is avoid drunkenness. This Biblical principle is something that could help us navigate the issue of getting high with marijuana. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 5 be very careful then how you live not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil, He’s saying that there’s a lot of bad stuff going on out there and we should be looking for every opportunity we can to be salt and light to share the love of Jesus and the truth of Jesus with others. He goes on to say, therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery instead be filled with the spirit. The spirit should be enough for us. The spirit should be our high and drunkenness here is said to be something that can lead to debauchery which is a word that means loss of self control. So, he’s not saying you can never drink alcohol. He’s saying, you know there’s a point in drinking alcohol where you will get drunk and that drunkenness can lead to loss of self control when the fruit of the spirit includes self control. The spirit wants us to be in a state where we are prepared to love others and ourselves as best as possible alcohol can get to a point where it’s working against that. Is the same true of marijuana? Maybe so, and if that’s the case we need to know where the limit is. One last point then. It’s not only a matter of making healthy choices for your body and avoiding drunkenness but not just avoiding drunkenness, the Apostle Peter encourages us always to aim for complete clear headedness and sobriety. The way he puts it is be sober-minded be alert. He says this a few times in his first epistle. I’ll look at one example. 1 Peter 5. Verse 8 says, be alert and of sober mind your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. You’re part of a family, you’re not just an island you’re making decisions with others in mind and Satan wants to destroy he wants to dismantle he wants to discourage Christians and and our way of fighting him is to push back by being always alert and always sober-minded, clear headed. When we go into social situations as a follower of Jesus we don’t just go into them to say “how can I have a good time and this situation serve me?” We go into every situation saying “how can I love others here well?” Keep these things in mind and there will be wisdom as your guiding principle in your relationship with marijuana. Having said this it does raise the question just because something is legal does that make it moral? I think you know the answer to that but that’s another question. Hey, thanks for spending this time together watching Bruxy’s Bag of Questions. If you want to move on to the next BBQ just click right here and if you want to see our entire playlist on a variety of other topics then you click right here and if you don’t want to miss an episode then subscribe to our BBQ by clicking right here, Thanks again for hanging out.

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23 Comments

  1. I've always appreciated your teaching Bruxy, but this is just way off and completely misunderstands the topic. You have merely bought into the modern demonization of a God given herb and medicine. Very disappointing.

  2. Hi Bruxy, I love what you do and I usually agree with you. But not on that one.

    I'm against drug consumption, but…
    Does that mean that you are against alcohol consumption or medicinal drugs too then ? Because your arguments could apply to any of those. And what about fatty food ?

    Did you know that in the US alone, 610 000 people die of a heart disease each year ? Still in the US alone, alcohol directly kills 88 000 people each year. And what about broken up families, violence, drunk driving victims, etc ? I was raised in a violent home and alcohol fueled my dad's anger. And he was never drunk !

    And yet I don't think I've heard you condemn alcohol or unhealthy foods like you seem to be condemning marijuana.

    Also, when you speak about weed leading to debauchery, this is a slippery slope fallacy. Plus "debauchery" doesn't mean "lack of self control". The greek word "asotia" literally means "unsavedness".

    I believe you're missing the spiritual truth. The two principles which should probably guide us on this matter are :

    “Do you not understand? Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him, because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into the stomach and then is eliminated.” (Thus all foods are clean.)
    20He continued: “What comes out of a man, that is what defiles him. 21For from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. 23All these evils come from within, and these are what defile a man.” (Mark 7:18-23)

    And also :

    "I have the right to do anything," you say–but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"–but not everything is constructive." (1 Corinthians 10:23)

    PS : I am a former Jehovah's Witness, and to be honest, this videos sounds a lot like what you can read in the Watchtower magazines or hear at their meetings. I'm really surprised by your legalistic approach.

  3. Marijuana is one of God's greatest natural gifts to this Earth and It must be respected – like a wise elder. Intake away my Christian friends!

  4. God created everything on this earth for good. When sin entered the world it opened up the door for abuse. The abuse of anything is against God's will for us.

  5. Oh boy, cognitive-dissonance is strong in this video. There will always be a pastor, preacher or charlatan that will confirm your bias.

  6. Im not a christian nor do i believe that marijuana inhibits alertness in all users but i believe that you believe it does. That being said this was by far the most fair and scriptural sound argument i have ever watched regarding Christians and marijuana.

  7. This needs to be addressed in a deeper fashion. The better known and 'hippie' recreational form of marijuana (MJ) is psycho euphoric and has give the bad rap to MJ. Like drunkenness and others, this loss of self control is not fulfilling the mission of the follower of Christ. Medical MJ is quite another matter. Like many of our medications that are plant derived, MJ that has the euphoric component removed (THC) and retains the beneficial compounds, the cannabinoids, i.e., the CBD and terpenes, are found to have a host of beneficial medical uses, many of which contemporary treatments /medications have little to offer, especially neurologically derived disorders, inflammatory conditions and chronic pain. In addition, the safety profile of properly used cannabis far exceeds that of many medications, in particular opiates. (Over 100 people a day die of opiates, many from prescription drugs; nearly none from proper use of MJ) Do the research!!

  8. It has been a very long time (like, perhaps, forever) since Bruxy has been high obviously;. point #1, objection that cannabis makes people lose control. If anything it makes you more inhibited. point #2, sober mindedness, again, cannabis makes one more conscientious and thoughtful. Many people say it clears the mind. Point # 3 Did not the ancient Israelites burn cannabis (Keneh Bosem) along with other herbs and spices in the Temple presumably filling their lungs with smoke and did they not make an oil with it as a major ingredient to be poured on the priests…aaannd… didn't the anointing used by the apostles to anoint and heal contain cannabis (Keneh Bosem)?

  9. Alcohol is an idiot. Marijuana is a clever lady with an iq of 360. I really believe it is an intelligent plant. How else does it know how to heal you and keep you cheerful: and comfort and edify you? Just as a shepherdess rescues the wandering sheep marijuana is. Whenever I smoke marijuana it reveals to me how I have been backsliding and how my feet are slipping, mentally, visionarily, emotionally, and spiritually. It always gets me back on track. I smoked it for 20yrs and sometimes it showed up my underlying illnesses and weaknesses and stresses but measure for measure; and to be fair – it did me no wrong. Don't go knocking God's plant. It's for the healing of the nation.

  10. I mean really I guess you shouldn’t live in cities then when clean air, rural alternatives are available. There are lots of things that harm our bodies that we do regularly. Many medications have very negative side effects; should people not take them?

    Most of the people I know who smoke marijuana (or ingest it in a one form or another) do so to treat mental health problems. It is much safer than opioids. From what I understand there are lots of other medicinal uses of cannabis as well.

    The deeper question, I think, is to ask why a person wishes to use marijuana. As with most things, it is the intent that matters most. If people are trying to self harm then that is a problem that needs to be addressed. If it is have fun with friends then maybe that’s not such a bad thing – although one should be mindful of the effects prior to participating.

    This is an individual choice. All things are lawful but not everything is useful – so maybe thoughtfully consider the consequences of your actions and only do things that make your life better. And don’t offend people unnecessarily if you know they have a problem with it.

  11. The verses about us being the temple of God is about sexual immorality, what have you been doing with your cigarettes and weed?

  12. As Christians we are called to be of sober mind, we are also called to not have anything control us, as an ex chronic pot smoker I know full well that the first time you smoked and even if you break for periods and start again that initial first use instantly gets you high, your mind and your body now a chronic user can claim I just smoke to ease my mental health or I smoke and I don’t even get high it makes me feel more normal well you’ve fallen prey to a scheme of the enemy because now you’re relying on an external source to give you what only God is able to give you. As Christians we are called to a higher standard don’t be deceived because it’s “just pot” or whatever justification you give yourself ask God to search your heart and help give you the strength to stop. If you really are fighting so hard to prove a point for something such as smoking pot perhaps it’s got a stronger hold in your life than you want to admit I pray all Christians struggling (aside from medicinal CBD use) really dig deep into their hearts and ask the Lord to reveal His truth and if you’re called like me to stop I pray for boldness in speaking up

  13. The Bible teaches that the holy priests were required to smoke cannabis twice a day in their tabernacles (Exodus 30).

    The Bible teaches that cannabis is one of the principle spices for any garden of a believer (Songs of Solomon).

    One can find these scriptures by doing a keyword search on the word "Calamus" and then doing a transcription history on the word.

    English texts state "calamus."

    Older Hebrew texts state "khanehbosom", which is Cannabis.

    Smoking cannabis brings clarity to your mind.

    Cannabis has essential nutrients for the human body.

    To smoke cannabis is a holy practice.

    One should not be asking if its ok to smoke cannabis.

    One should be asking "Why are there people still talking about whether its good or not?"

    Read your Bible.

    Its pro-Cannabis.

  14. The legal thing has no meaning in this hitler said it was legal to kill Jews so you can’t go by what is so called legal alcohol kills 400 thousand people a year but government made it legal after prohibition you can die from alcohol withdrawal you can’t from marijuana, not a excuse but that’s the danger difference, I was in ten pain pills a day from my pancreas and it was awe full and I got off of them thank the Lord

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