Medicine and the Believer
The word “medicine” occurs in Proverbs 17:22; Jeremiah 30:13, 46:11; and Ezekiel 47:12. Root words are Gehah (a cure); Gahah (to remove or heal); Teruwthah (a remedy); Rephuah (heal). The words mean a complete cure or restoration, to heal completely.
The word “physician” is used five times in the Bible. The Hebrew root word is Rapha or Raphan meaning to stitch, restore, make whole, heal thoroughly. Greek: means to cure or make whole. As the god of this world, Satan has introduced into medicine a group of chemicals and drugs spelled relief, relievers, tranquilizers, uppers, downers, etc. These are both prescribed and are on the shelf. The assumption is that they are safe to use or they would not be available. This is not necessarily true.
Such drugs and chemicals in the Bible are associated with sorcery (Greek: Pharmakia) medication: Pharmacy: means magic, witchcraft, a drug, a spell giving potion, a druggist: pharmacist; magician, sorcerer, poisoner. The uses of chemicals by sorcerers in the Bible made it easy for the user to be invaded by evil spirits. Scriptures on sorcery: Acts 8:9; Revelation 9:21; 21:8; 22:15; 18:23.
In the light of these facts the question arises: “What chemicals or drugs can a Christian take without affecting his spiritual sensitivity and desire to serve the Lord?”
Scripture declares that real medicines heal or cure. Our problem arose when Satan caused worldly scientists, researchers and the medical profession to endorse “reliever drugs.” These have no curative value but only serve to deepen the plight of the victim. Particularly dangerous are the mind altering drugs and chemicals. “Righteous” church members may condemn alcohol as a “reliever” yet in their purses she has Valium or Librium as a reliever for herself.
Behind the scenes, Satan’s demons manipulate and interfere to bring about aches, pains, agony, diseases, etc., which afflict the minds, wills and emotions of their victims. “Reliever” drugs do not cure but only mask the symptoms.
Many modern pain relievers are so powerful that they are quite capable of veiling the mind. This can set up barriers between the Holy Spirit and the person’s will or desire to seek the Lord. This produces tension, worry and anxiety, necessitating an even stronger mind separator, i.e., tranquilizers. These can separate a person’s mind from reality and (when prescribed by a reputable doctor, psychologist, or specialist) can further alienate the uninformed believer from God (Isaiah5:13,14). Viewed in this way, many strong pain killers, tranquilizers and mind altering drugs constitute instant witchcraft, regardless of who prescribes or advises taking them. In a sense a believer taking some of these while crying out to God for healing, would be like a man begging to extinguish a fire while he pours gasoline on it.
Mind-boggling drugs produce two complications for a believer. First, it may well constitute sorcery or witchcraft–seeking help from man, the flesh and the demonic. In that case, he would come under a curse from God because of occult involvement. It could also paralyze or weaken built-in defenses against the demonic. This would open the way for the entrance of evil spirits just as does hypnosis, transcendental meditation or yoga.
Is all medicine bad? No, for there are curative and healing arts which do not alter the mind or attitudes toward God. These are what the Scripture calls medicine. Certainly mind altering drugs are in the caution area for believers.
Christians are obligated to learn from their physician or other knowledgeable person what function and action is produced by any so-called medication which is prescribed. This will allow a choice and prayer to decide about using the substance. The Bible definition of “physician” is one who restores (by stitching) or makes whole. When considering the drug world it becomes obvious that Satan has used it to fashion a clever pit. Many mental institutions routinely give most inmates tranquilizers daily. Some schools daily dose hyperactive children to make them more controllable.
Very few follow scriptural admonitions to do the work of Jesus in deliverance, but chemical controllers are administered instead. Evil spirits of Nervousness, Confusion, Mind Control, etc., need to be thrown out in Jesus name. Obedience to the full gospel will bring curative, rather than a covering, action.
Because Satan is the god of this world (II Cor 4:4) his philosophy and definitions are almost universally accepted, even by the Christian community. There is widespread ignorance of God’s warnings and the instructions in the Word of God (Hosea 4:6).
Truly the devil’s “tongue” walks through the earth (Psalm 73:9). His control of the mental institutions, hospitals and their policies is covert and cleverly hidden. Inmates daily dosed with chemicals are separated from reality, mental awareness and any genuine help.
Even the mildest pain killers (aspirin) or tranquilizers (promethazine) desensitizes the mind somewhat and may dull sensitivity to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Believers must realize that chemical changes can definitely affect areas of spiritual communication. The extent of this is governed by the strength and effects of the chemical substances and also upon physical and mental vulnerability and susceptibility of the individual.
When God deals with a person by permitting some type of buffeting, drugs may mask symptoms, thus delaying the showdown called for by the Lord. We routinely advise persons to consider prayerfully leaving off all drugs for at least a day before coming for deliverance prayer. Strong drugs surround and reinforce demons, hindering their being forced to manifest and leave.
It must be emphasized that, although we are quite sure that many of these afflictions are demonically rooted. Although we continue to learn we still lack many keys to dislodge all the intruders. The progress made thus far is indeed encouraging, but we look to the Lord for more breakthroughs in the future.
The following is an excerpt from “Doctors, Demons & Medicine, Booklet #7″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1992. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO BOX 9309, Highland, IN 46322.
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