Does the Bible say that using illegal drugs is a sin? The answer isn’t as easy as pointing to a single verse or repeating a parable told by Jesus. Jesus didn’t directly address illegal drugs, as they weren’t a primary issue that he was dealing with at the time. We can read the Bible, though, to come up with some information about how God might view the use of illegal drugs.
Submitting to the law and authorities
In Romans 13, Paul writes about how Christians are supposed to submit to the law and authorities of the land. Jesus addressed a similar theme when he told his disciples to give to Caesar what was Caesar’s and to God what was God’s. In modern times, these themes play out when we obey traffic laws, pay legally required taxes or avoid using drugs that are classified as illegal.
Yes, there are some situations where an illegal action or substance might bring about good — and you might even feel led by God to take that action because of the good it will bring. However, you must consider whether getting caught up in something like heroin or cocaine addiction meets the criteria given to us. It seems unlikely God would call you to be involved with something that has such potentially devastating consequences on your health and life.
Being a good steward of God’s gifts
Scripture repeatedly calls us to be good stewards of the gifts God has provided. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Often, Christians use verses like this when talking about money and tithes, but God’s gifts come in many forms. Your life, your time and your talents are all gifts from God, and he asks you to use them to serve others.
Being a good steward doesn’t just mean using your gifts to serve others — it also means taking care of those gifts. Financially speaking, that looks like smart money management, but you can also show good stewardship by taking care of your mind and body and redeeming your time in ways that best reflect Christ.
Using illegal drugs — or any drugs not under the guidance of a medical professional — is usually bad for your mind and body. Common side effects of illegal substances include confusion and memory problems, changes in your appetite or sleep and even problems with blood pressure or cardiovascular health. When you’re caught deep in the cycle of addiction, you might spend most of your time seeking drugs or trying to hide drug use, which means you can’t spend any time using the gifts God gave you in ways that he would approve of.
Making God your only god
Finally, when you submit fully to drugs, letting them control your life, then you are putting those substances before God. In short, you’re making drugs an idol — a god in your life. That is something the Bible is clear on: “You shave have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
It’s one of the 10 Commandments, and it’s a sentiment Jesus repeats in parables and teachings. It’s not necessarily the drug itself that’s evil — heroin, for example, comes from the same plant that many prescription medications do. Uncontrolled use of that substance, however, results in a lot of negative consequences and issues. Drugs become sin when you make them an idol and let them control your life.
What can you do if drugs have become your idol?
Just as God eventually made a path out of the wilderness for the Israelites, he makes paths for you out of drug addiction. One such path could be the Road to Freedom, an inpatient Christian treatment program. For more information about our facility and how you can get off drugs and make God first in your life, contact us today.