We are in the End of this Era, As in the Days of NOAH // Are You On Board? Get On Board!


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We are all Being Programed to Accept the AntiChrist // Don’t Fall For The Trick!! 2019


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They Were Sacrificing Babies, Then and Now.

February 16, 2019

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I’m asked often, how do you know there will be another European Jewish Holocaust?  The most troubling thing about that question is where these people who ask such a question live.  It’s no longer necessary for one to be a Prophet to see what is happening around the world with the aggressive takeover by Islam in so many countries.  Now we even see it in the US Congress with four Muslims elected to have full security clearance, so there goes the security of the US with such Islamic fanatics being approved for such an official status.

As far as the US and the spread of Islam is concerned, it started many years ago, with the Saudis funding the American public school system. You see they know, just like Hitler knew, if you want to take over a country you start with the kids even in grade school and all the way through colleges and universities with left wing insane political propaganda and political correctness. Then see how many false and hateful lies they can repeat until they are believed by the young minds searching for a cause to dedicate their lives to.

 

Well the day has arrived that these kids are no longer kids, but your new political leaders and they are convinced Socialism is the way of the future for the US because that is what their socially sick professors taught them.  Young boys and girls have been brainwashed to believe Homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle and even in many American public schools they are encouraged to try it.  Boys are told that masculinity is no longer accepted in today’s society and they can become a girl, and the girls are told that they can be either male or female just by saying so. I wonder how many would disagree with me if I said the above describes a very sick society.  Maybe one step further, a sin sick oneand we should remember Sodom and Gomorrah.  I should add before going on, this is not only a description of America but Europe and the rest of the world as well.

 

Keep in mind that it happened gradually in Nazi Germany.  Jewish homes and businesses were attacked and were pasted with signs identifying them as Jews.  It was the beginning of the process that killed 6 million Jews including 1.5 million Jewish children.  That same Nazi spirit is alive and well in Islam today.  They actually enjoy fulfilling the Devil’s commands by killing the Infidels known in their un-holy book the Quran as the “people of the Book” (Jews and Christians).  There have been events in the recent past where a “Palestinian” sniper had the opportunity to kill a mother or a child in a stroller and they took the shot at the infant.  I’ve lost count of the times “Palestinian” terrorists have attacked and killed Israeli kids in school buses.

 

Something has come to my mind about a time when evil people kill children.  During the time of Yeshua in Jerusalem they were sacrificing babies by burning them to death and throwing them off the cliff walls in the Valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem.

 

KJV 2-Kings 23:10 and he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

 

According to the Hebrew Bible, the Valley of Hinnom was used as a place for worshipers in Canaan to burn their own children alive as sacrifices to the gods Moloch and Moloch. One section of the Hinnom Valley was called Topheth (also spelled Tophet or Topeth), where the children were slaughtered.  Moloch is the biblical name of a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice. The name of this deity is also sometimes spelled Molech, Milcom, or Malcam. The name Moloch results from a dysphemic-vocalisation in the Second Temple period of a theonym based on the root mlk, “king”.

 

The Messiah’s return is now expected very soon, for there can be no doubt we are in the end times and His return is very near.  Once again we (humans) are killing more babies then ever in the history of the world making laws to kill them even at the very moment of birth.  Yeshua came the first time when they were killing babies. Once again the world is killing babies by the millions, (His creations).

 

The Jews of France have received letters telling them to leave or be killed. This is the same tactic the Nazis used in the 30’s and shortly thereafter they started loading them up in cattle cars and systematically murdering them. That time now seems to be a real possibility of a reoccurrence in Islam controlled Europe. Even the mass recruiting of the native Europeans through fear and other means.

As you read this the Jews of Europe can simply pack up and leave. Many are returning to Israel as life becomes unbearable for a Jew, and it soon will be for Christians as well.  The door is open to get on a plane and fly to Israel, and be received with open arms as returning Jews.

 

Things are about to suddenly change. The missiles will fill the skies over Israel and all the Middle East.  At that same time Europeans will once again blame the Jews and the Holocaust will begin once again and Jews will be hunted down and killed for the terrible crime of being a Jew.  There is nothing that would please the Devil more than to see every Jew killed. He knows his demise will take place in Israel at the hand of the greatest of all the Jews.

 

For those who have been with me for many years know I have been saying these things would happen and today we are seeing them take place.

 

It is time now for us to be ready to rescue those Jews who did not get out in time or refused to leave their businesses and security of what they believe is theirs to protect, but they find out the lives of their families are more important than the business and wealth.

 

This ministry is not ready and there is much to be accomplished in preparation to set sail with the boats we now have.  A larger boat is desperately needed but if that isn’t possible for us then the two boats we now have must be made ready.

In the past few days Joel had to replace all the ropes on the sailing boat because they were not safe.  We are constantly working to keep them in good condition. Arrangements for communications and contacts need to be re-established and confirmed.  A special communication device I will keep secret for now must be put into the hands of the right persons in Jewish communities and elsewhere in Cyprus, and the Greek Islands, possibly even Turkey.

Pray for the peace of Jeusalem, for our son Joel and all the IDF soldiers.  Pray for this ministry and your part in it. (Click to Source)

 

Shalom, Jerry Golden
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Prescription painkillers found to worsen chronic pain, generating more demand for the same drugs

Sunday, February 17, 2019 by: 

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(Natural News) The opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States is no longer a secret; millions of citizens across the nation are struggling with an addiction to the prescription painkillers. One of the primary defenses for these often-harmful drugs is that so many people take them to relieve unyielding and insufferable pain.

But what if these drugs aren’t actually helping those people either? Furthermore, what if these drugs actually make pain worse?

A research team from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered just that; opioid painkillers can actually exacerbate chronic pain, and may also prolong the condition that they are supposed to be healing. Perhaps this is why the use of prescription pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone have quadrupled since 1999 — in less than 20 years.

The dangers of opioids simply cannot be overstated. Estimates suggest that over 2 million Americans alone suffer from an opioid addiction, and another half a million people struggle with heroin addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 80 percent of heroin users report that their addiction began with opioid pain relievers. Thousands of people receive urgent medical care for accidental or intentional misuse of these dangerous drugs. On top of that, opioids contribute to up to 60 deaths per day, according to some statistics. (Related: Big Pharma spent $880 million fighting against state opioid restrictions.)

Opioids are not worth the risk

Many people take these drugs daily in an effort to combat chronic pain, but the study from Colorado University Boulder suggests that this could indeed be more detrimental than anything else. In fact, the research team even surmised that “prolonged pain is an unrealized and clinically concerning consequence of the abundant use of opioids in chronic pain.”

The study, which was published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that in rats, opioids prolonged and increased chronic pain.

The research revealed that just five days of treatment with morphine led to chronic pain that persisted for several months. What the team found was that the drug treatment provoked pain signals from the rats’ microglia — which are a type of immune cell that is specific to the central nervous system.

One interesting aspect of the microglia is their ability to respond to changes in sensory activity and potentially influence neuronal activity acutely and long-term — even in mature brains. A team of researchers from the Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institute of Health, noted in their 2011 paper that, “Microglia seem to be particularly involved in monitoring the integrity of synaptic function.”

Given that these cells seem to be especially intertwined with the central nervous system, it would be particularly concerning to learn that opioids trigger microglia into action. The team from the University of Colorado Boulder also noted that the microglia play an “important role” when it comes to pain management.

In their abstract, the researchers commented, “These data also provide strong support for the recent ‘two-hit hypothesis’ of microglial priming, leading to exaggerated reactivity after the second challenge, documented here in the context of nerve injury followed by morphine. This study predicts that prolonged pain is an unrealized and clinically concerning consequence of the abundant use of opioids in chronic pain.”

Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia: a known side-effect

The potential for opioids to actually worsen pain has been a known effect of the drugs for quite some time now. The condition even has a name: opioid induced hyperalgesia, or OIH for short. Some of the symptoms of OIH include an expanding region of pain, decreased pain threshold, increased sensitivity to painful and non-painful stimuli, and worsening pain despite the ingestion of an increasing number of opioids.

Many studies have described this phenomenon, with research on this apparent side effect of opioid administration dating back to the 1970s. And yet, in spite of this knowledge, somehow these drugs have been pushed on the public en masse.

See PrescriptionWarning.com for more news coverage of the dangers of prescription medication. (Click to Source)

Sources include:

NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov

HHS.gov

WakingTimes.com

PNAS.org

Anesthesiology.Pubs.ASAHQ.org

 
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Climate Extremes, Geoengineering And Winter Weather Whiplash

Dane Wigington –  GeoengineeringWatch.orgFebruary 15, 2019

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Erratic and unprecedented weather is radically increasing all over the world. Though  there are countless forms of human activity affecting the equation, the global climate engineering assault is by far the single greatest and most destructive factor. The geoengineers are manufacturing winter weather scenarios on a scale that can scarcely be comprehended, what will it take to wake populations to this fact? The short video report below covers the latest engineered winter weather event to impact California.

The photos below reveal the shockingly fast disappearance of the un-forcasted above freezing temperature “snowstorm” in Northern California. The image below was taken on the afternoon of February 13th, 2019, well over 2 feet of snow had just fallen. The snowfall began with air temperatures of 43 degrees. As the artificially nucleated “winter storm” progressed, the air temperatures eventually fell to the mid 30’s, but never got anywhere near the freezing point.

This photo (of the same scene as the above photo) was taken exactly 48 hours after the far above freezing temperature “winter snow storm”.

Below is another image of the 2 foot plus surprise snowfall (at above freezing temperatures) that was not forecasted by local meteorologists.

An image of the same scene, also taken only 48 hours after the snowfall event. The daytime temperatures after the anomalous snow event were near 50 degrees.​

More examples of GeoengineeringWatch.org articles covering engineered winter events and operations:

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-winter-weather-whiplash-with-patented-climate-engineering-processes/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/engineered-winter-the-deception-of-the-us-population/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/manufacturing-winter-with-geoengineering/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/category/geoengineering/results-of/ice-nucleated-snow/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-the-polar-regions-the-chemical-ice-nucleation-factor/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/the-engineered-winter-deception-chemical-ice-nucleation/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/engineered-winter-weather-whiplash/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/engineered-winter-engineered-drought/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/climate-engineering-insanity-manufacturing-winter-weather-with-tropical-moisture/

https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-creating-freeze-fry-extremes/

Our planet’s life support systems are being systematically decimated by the ongoing climate engineering insanity, it must be exposed and halted. Help us in this most critical battle to sound the alarm, share credible data from a credible source, make your voice heard. (Click to Source)
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HILLSONG CHURCH AFFIRMS FULL PRO-LGBTQ POSITION AS THEY HOLD THEIR ONE WORLD RELIGION ALPHA CONFERENCE FEATURING A ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5) King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

This year, the Phoenix campus of Hillsong church hosted the apostate Alpha Conference — an ecumenical, emergent conference that seeks to unify all the various faiths under one umbrella — and it isn’t Biblical truth. According to the conference website, the event being hosted at Hillsong is featuring Mike Schmitz is a Catholic priest, author, and speaker in the Diocese of Duluth, MN who is ” the author of the Belonging study program and is the primary personality in Ascension Presents, weekly YouTube videos offering Catholic perspectives of cultural and societal issues.”

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February 15, 2019

Hillsong Church is a hotbed for heresy–a celebrity-minded prosperity gospel Sunday morning entertainment venue where you can go to have your week’s fill of self-adulation with — by any discernible standard — no Biblical teaching or exhortation.

Hillsong Church has millions of followers who have made their Laodicean church corporation wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. Over the past few years, Hillsong has gone from a mildly worldly group that won Grammy awards, to a full-blown snakepit of apostasy and heretical teachings.

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” Jeremiah 14:14 (KJV)

February was quite the month for Hillsong Church. In the space of just two short weeks, they issued a formal statement affirming the LGBTQ, sponsored their ecumenical Alpha conference promoting a One World Religion, and had a priest hold a Roman Catholic mass. People attending this event were told that this false doctrine was “advancing the kingdom”. Think about that the next time you plunk down your hard earned dollars downloading their music. Your support of this Laodicean mess makes their “ministry” possible.

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 3:15-18 (KJV)

Read the official Hillsong Church statement below on how they “don’t preach against any group”, something they call the “heartbeat of God”. Funny thing, though, when you read the Bible you see God preaching against all sorts of people and against all kinds of groups that have aligned themselves against the revealed word of God.

Hillsong Affirms Their Pro-LGBT Stance In Statement Released Yesterday

FROM REFORMATION CHARLOTTE: In the wake of a recent attack by celebrity Ellen Page against Chris Pratt, an attendee of Hillsong Church, who called Pratt’s church “infamously anti-LGBTQ,” Hillsong released a statement denying this.

Of course, Hillsong isn’t anti-LGBTQ — “we are an inclusive Christian church that loves, values and welcomes all people, regardless of their background, ethnicity, beliefs, values, or personal identity” — says the church who allowed open homosexuals to lead their choir. READ MORE

Official Hillsong Church Statement On LGBTQ Inclusion:

HILLSONG CHURCH LOVES ALL PEOPLE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY AND CORRECT THE FOLLOWING MISINFORMATION THAT HAS APPEARED IN SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS RECENTLY:

HILLSONG CHURCH DOES NOT PREACH AGAINST ANYONE OR ANY GROUP; WE ARE NOT ‘ANTI-ANYONE’. WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE CHRISTIAN CHURCH THAT LOVES, VALUES AND WELCOMES ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR BACKGROUND, ETHNICITY, BELIEFS, VALUES, OR PERSONAL IDENTITY.

WE ARE ALSO A CHURCH THAT ADHERES TO MAINSTREAM BIBLICAL VALUES SHARED BY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD, AND MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE USA. BELIEVING THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE AND LOVING ALL PEOPLE – INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES – ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. IN FACT THIS IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF TOLERANCE AND INCLUSIVENESS.

HILLSONG CHURCH WAS FOUNDED IN 1983 BY OUR SENIOR PASTORS, BRIAN AND BOBBIE HOUSTON AND IN ALL THOSE YEARS PASTOR BRIAN HAS BEEN A VOCAL OPPONENT OF GAY CONVERSION THERAPY AND HAS MADE IT CLEAR TO OUR PASTORS THAT WE DO NOT SUPPORT THAT APPROACH.

AT HILLSONG WE WANT TO BE KNOWN BY WHO WE ARE FOR. WE ARE FOR PEOPLE FINDING HOPE IN JESUS, WE ARE FOR PEOPLE FINDING LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE, AND WE ARE FOR HELPING PEOPLE IN ANY WAY WE CAN. OUR FOCUS IS ON POINTING PEOPLE TO JESUS AS “THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE”. NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, WHEN YOU ENTER OUR DOORS, YOU WILL BE GREETED WITH A SIGN THAT SAYS, ‘WELCOME HOME’. THAT IS THE HEARTBEAT OF HILLSONG CHURCH. INDEED, THAT IS THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD. SOURCE

Hillsong Church Phoenix Conducted a Catholic Mass and Hosted Catholic Priest at Alpha Conference 2019

Most people know Hillsong through their swaths of ear-tickling music that’s poured out of their multiple campuses and celebrity bands throughout the world — a money-making machine for sure. Whether it be their sleazy rendition of Silent Night during Christmas, their posing of a nearly naked man on stage at a women’s conference, its cover-ups of pedophile pastors, having openly homosexual worship leadersdefending abortioncomplaining about the death penalty, or the fact that celebrities love them because they “don’t teach that book with Moses and stuff,” one thing is for sure, Hillsong is an outright dangerous threat to churches around the world.

This year, the Phoenix campus of Hillsong church hosted the apostate Alpha Conference — an ecumenical, emergent conference that seeks to unify all the various faiths under one umbrella — and it isn’t Biblical truth. According to the conference website, the event being hosted at Hillsong is featuring Mike Schmitz is a Catholic priest, author, and speaker in the Diocese of Duluth, MN who is ” the author of the Belonging study program and is the primary personality in Ascension Presents, weekly YouTube videos offering Catholic perspectives of cultural and societal issues.”

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If the fact that Roman Catholics partnering with so-called Protestants for “Christian unity” isn’t enough, consider that — get this, at a Hillsong Church — they held a Catholic Mass. And most Protestant churches promote Hillsong on Sunday mornings without a second thought. READ MORE

The One World Religion of Hillsong’s Alpha Conference

The amount of apostasy crammed into this short video is astounding. Uniting all religions to create a ‘kingdom of God’ as ‘it is in Heaven’? If you don’t know why that statement is completely and totally false, maybe you need to get saved.  (Click to Source)

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This Is Where Hillsong United Brian Houston’s Gospel Of Greed Got Started

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Death Cult Democrats say killing newborn babies the day they’re born is “good for the economy” … so what’s next, exterminating all kids with autism and senior citizens?

Sunday, February 10, 2019 by: S.D. Wells

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(Natural News) Democrats are all set to raise every American citizen’s income tax above 70 percent and on upwards to 90 percent in order to pay for all the “free stuff” they’re raving about, including Medicare, college, food, and yes, day-of-birth abortions. You see, all Americans should be working hard in factories and processing plants, because the more people paying exorbitantly high income taxes, the more riches for the tyrannical Democrat-Socialist-Communist elite. Make no mistake, that’s what the late-term abortion push, fake global warming alarmism, and “no borders!” screaming is all about.

At the same time, the Death Cult Democrats want to eliminate the middle class, so that everyone is poor and desperate, literally voting for big government and the nanny police state to “rescue” them from their living nightmare. This depopulation agenda includes the mass murder of babies, forced vaccination of dissenters, and soon, the extermination of anyone who might not know exactly how to vote Democrat, like kids with autism and senile elderly.

If you’re thinking right now this has nothing to do with health, but only to do with politics, you’re dead wrong. This has everything to do with living organically, ethically, responsibly, and patriotically, as opposed to what the Death Cult Democrats would all have us “praying” for, like any food, any law enforcement, and any right to speak up against the ruling class.

Socialist dictators will wipe out all organic food and natural medicine, claiming GMOs are healthy, sustainable, and great for the economy.

Socialist dictators will confiscate all civilian guns and ban free speech.

Socialist dictators will ban all real news and promote all fake, scripted, narrative news.

Socialist dictators will tax the working class to death (literally) and keep the money, because they certainly are NOT building train tracks across the 3000-foot-deep Pacific Ocean.

Socialist dictators will increase illegal drug imports, sex trafficking, and slave labor in America.

Socialist dictators will limit all American families to one child.

Socialist dictators will put tracking devices inside all U.S. citizens.

Socialist dictators will confiscate all private land, businesses, and farms.

Socialists want your children to suffer from autism and mental health disorders so the state can confiscate them and sell them into slavery on the black market.

Communists and Nazis always propagate the same slogan – it’s “for the greater good”

Without Trump in office, we would already be living under a full Nazi-style regime. Think about it. We already see deranged organizations like Planned Parenthood funding abortions so they can steal the baby organs (pay bottom-dollar cash under the table) and use the flesh for biotechnology horrors.

We see mass sterilization going on with 9 – 12 year-old girls getting the highly toxic HPV vaccine, and one in every 50 kids becoming autistic during their first half-dozen years of life, thanks to the CDC vaccine schedule of 55 toxic jabs before age seven.

We have New York Democrats jumping up and down in fits of joy, celebrating the outright murder of live-birth babies, who could be completely healthy, but still suffocated to death, or their spinal cord severed, or getting their jugular slit with a scalpel.

We have Bill Gates admitting on video that he believes he can reduce the world’s population by a few billion people if we do a good job “with vaccines.” What kind of vaccines is he talking about? Aren’t vaccines supposed to prevent disease, not mass murder Africans and children in India?

People, you have no choice left but to vote Republican in hopes of preserving the Republic, the Constitution, organic food, natural medicine, free speech, free press, freedom of religion, freedom to run a private business, the right to own your own land, the right to keep the majority of your earned income, the right to a lawyer, judge and jury, and the right to have your vote actually count.

Tune into Preparedness.news for updates on what books, food, seeds, and weapons you should stock up on BEFORE SHTF, because then it’ll be too late. Have you seen the store shelves in Venezuela? Has anyone seen Holocaust films of the horrific medical experiments that were conducted on prisoners? That’s where America is headed under the Death Cult Democrats, should they gain complete control. (Click to Source)

Sources for this article include:

NaturalNews.com

Preparedness.news

ZeroHedge.com

WashingtonExaminer.com

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Meet Matthew Charles, Trump’s State Of The Union Ex-Convict Guest Who Turned To Christ In Prison

From prison to the White House

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President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address was held on Tuesday February 5th and his special guest has been making headlines. Matthew Charles is an ex-convict from Tennessee who gave his life to Christ in prison and is now a free man in every sense of the word.

Matthew Charles

Life behind bars

Matthew was sentenced to 35 years in 1996 for selling crack cocaine. His journey inside the prison system eventually led to an encounter with God. The encounter was real and life-changing. After Matthew’s conversion he became a role model to fellow inmates. He led Bible studies, became a law clerk, taught GED classes, and mentored his co-prisoners. Moreover, throughout his years in federal prison, he never had a single disciplinary infraction.

“Once I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, that inward spiritual change started to reflect itself outwardly,” Charles said in an interview with Fox News.

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“God used a lot of people to bring about my freedom,” Charles revealed in a recent interview with FOX 17.

Matthew’s life changed

After 20 years in prison, Matthew was released in 2016. After his release he continued to serve God and live as a productive member of society. He lived in Nashville and had a stable job as a driver. He also volunteered at a food pantry and reconnected with his family.

However, two years later, Matthew returned to the prison again after prosecutors appealed his sentence reductions and won. Unfortunately, he was expected to serve another 10 years inside a prison cell. It was heartbreaking news for Matthew but he kept his faith. He said that God is still in charge of the situation and pointed out that he would continue to be the same changed man because of God.

“Some see the changes and others don’t want to see [them],” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to change back.”

Photo | whitehouse.gov

“I didn’t do it for the US Attorney’s office to say, ‘Charles has been a good boy, let’s give him a break,’” he continued.

On the 21st of December 2018, President Trump’s First Step Act law was signed. FIRST STEP, an acronym that stands for “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person”, reforms the federal prison system of the USA, and seeks to reduce recidivism. Matthew was the first prison inmate to be released under the First Step Act.

Today, Matthew’s release is being praised as “a story of redemption”, but we know his story isn’t finished. We praise God that Matthew’s Redeemer is still writing many more redemptive chapters. (Click to Source)

Source: Change.org | NBC News | National Review | Fox News

This article was written by Christel Berns Villariza.

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End Times Signs: Drug Use

Posted by Amos 3:7 | End Time Signs

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End Time Signs “When You See All These Things”

Today we will look at The End Time Sign of Drug Use.  For those of us who study Bible Prophecy, because Jesus told us to.  (Matthew 24:33)  It isn’t so much anyone sign that has many of us looking, but it’s that so many signs are all happening with greater intensity than ever before.  A Convergence of Society, World Politics, Nature, Technology, Spiritual Deception and Israel!  We will show the history and plan of the evil one to steal the last generation.  The Bible is amazing as it accurately portrays the world we live in today and more importantly where we are heading.  Everyone or nearly everyone realizes that something is desperately wrong.  Chaos I tell you and it is being organized for a purpose.  Let me state my case and the solution.

Keith McKenzie

Prophecy Teacher, Amos37 Ministries

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

You see this list, today we will just focus on  aspect of the word “Witchcraft” highlighted in bold here, but in the Greek, it is pharmakeia (Drugs)

  1. the use or the administering of drugs

  2. poisoning

  3. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it

  4. metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

Strong’s Definitions (Strong’s Definitions Legend)
φαρμακεία pharmakeía, far-mak-i’-ah; from G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):—sorcery, witchcraft.

Scorcery Witchcraft & The Occult Use in The Bible

“for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived”
Sorcery is φαρμακείᾳ [pharmakeia] . This term describes “sorcery, magic, . . . magic arts”1 and includes “the use of drugs of any kind for magical effect.”2 Isaiah lists her sorceries: enchantmentsastrologystar-gazing, and monthly prognostication .Isa. 47:12-13).3 It is because of the multitude of her sorceries that her destruction has come ( Isa. 47:9 cf. Nineveh, Nah. 3:3).4 Her magical arts were employed in the deception of the nations at the direction of the master deceiver, Satan (Rev. 12:9+). He empowered the beast upon which she rode (Rev. 13:2Rev. 17:3). The city is like Jezebel: having known “the depths of Satan” (Rev. 2:24 cf. 2K.ings 9:22).5 Those who practice sorcery “have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev. 21:8) and never enter the New Jerusalem (Rev. Rev. 22:15).6 See commentary on Revelation 9:21. –Commentary on Revelation 18:23

I was home sick, really sick 5 days and I could not do anything but lay there and I watched TV, like a lot of TV (Which I almost never do). I binged on Netflix & Hulu and with the recent school shootings in Florida what jumped out at me was drug use and rapid decay of our culture. I just was blown away by media networks that paint drug abuse so casually.  Below we will look at forces that seek to destroy (have destroyed) Americas once moral culture.

Making Fun of Drug Addiction

Drugs & The Occult Law of Reversal

We spend a lot of time here talking about The Occult Law of Reversal and how it is being used in every corner of society globally to bring about “CHANGE”.  It is to turn evil into good and good into evil.  To cut to the skinny drugs are for many a fast way to get someone into an “ALTERED STATE” of consciousness.  The Beatles used drugs as many of the followers of Aleister Crowley to enter into an altered state of consciousness which makes one susceptible like hypnosis to open oneself up to suggestion.

Occult Means Hidden

Our site has many articles related to The Occult and the modern revival of numerous forms of occultic esoteric knowledge.  So I ask you if there is a dark force out there, let’s call it Satanic, then that’s is true.  Conversely, if these forces are trying to reverse culture, then God, Jesus & The Bible have got to be the object of this attack.  So, Crowley, we note here from our article on the self-proclaimed wickedest man in history.  In Isaiah, we see this at work in ancient Israel and it continues today.  “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  Isaiah 5:20

How is Satans Plan Working Out in the World Today?

Much has been said already about Secret Societies (Masons & Illuminati) and Globalists (Leftists) Which The UN & The Marxist/Muslim Red-Green Axis.  Today if we were to examine the infamous yet stated goals of The Communist Manifesto to destroy the moral fabric of American Culture.  Let’s just look at 3 of these goals of the Manifesto.

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.  (See Our Exposes on Hollywood)

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

If you are even somewhat aware of the recent history of and we recommend The FUEL Project we have posted.  Barack Obama, the perfect Marxist/Muslim to bring down America by promoting STRONGLY the Change he promised with the green light to the Communist Agenda in America and ISIS in The Middle East.  No one was more a friend to the Homosexual Agenda that Obama.  Recall the White House lit up with the Rainbow in raw celebration of degeneracy that Marxists look to dismantle the American Dream and set instead of a nightmare by our own hands.

To set in motion the “occult forces which would result in the illumination of all by 2000 A.D.,” Crowley became convinced that his mission was to “cure the world from sexual repression”. To achieve his goal, he determined to study every detail of sexual behavior and bring every sexual impulse up to the region of rational consciousness. To this end he experimented with altered states of consciousness, including hashish, cocaine and opium. Crowley would eventually introduce (not without protest) the practice of homosexual sex magick into the O.T.O. as one of the highest degrees of the Order for he believed it to be the most powerful formula.

Crowley Biography

Hollywoods Glorification of Drug Use

An estimated 18.9 million Americans abuse drugs and alcohol every year, which is why it’s not surprising that dozens of movies have plots surrounding substance abuse and addiction. Some movies paint drug use in a fun, positive light, while others deliver a more accurate, disturbing view of addiction. Though Hollywood films do tend to glorify drug use for the sake of entertainment, many believe that these films are one of the many driving factors behind the nation’s high addiction rates. –Addiction.com

Drugs the Gateway to Enslave The Masses

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
Aldous Huxley, Tavistock Group, California Medical School, 1961

The Use of Drugs in A Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s insidious Brave New World is what the global elite are striving to push humanity into with plans of massive depopulation, forced drugging and complete slavery. The future society being planned out for us by the globalists involves the complete loss of sovereignty and emotions. It’s time for the masses to grow a backbone and start resisting all the tyranny and oppression being dished out by the corrupt and power hungry politicians and governments. If we don’t, we will have a nightmare future where we are all mindless drones who will love our servitude to the World State. –Mike Wallace Interview

Drugs & The Demons They Bring

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

The Bible gives great insight into the world just before the Return of Christ (The Second Coming) In a nutshell, The Bible describes a world aflame with drugs, gross immorality, occult and a push for a One World.  Today we see The UN One World Government, a push for One World monetary system a One world leader to guide the masses.  This is Lucifers dream and This was the dream of Nimrod.  The connections that drugs and opening oneself up to spirits goes all the way back to Babylon.  Babylon in Genesis 11 features a prototype of a One World Government that is in Rebellion with God.  Nimrod appears to us in Genesis 10:10 as The Rebel.  Today codified in man’s own desire to rebel against God’s government to install His Son Jesus but bring a Satanic World System.  Sin is simply as the rebellion of witchcraft mentioned in 1 Samuel 15:23 in another rebellious act by King Saul.  “קֶסֶם qeçem, keh’-sem; from H7080; a lot; also divination (including its fee), oracle:—(reward of) divination, divine sentence, witchcraft.”  The Dreams of Babylon live on today.  See EU building picture here:

Babylon is symbolic of the world system, energized by Satan and opposed to the Kingdom of God. The word pharmakeia is also mentioned in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, in Isaiah 41:9,12 in reference to the fall of Babylon. The text states that there will be an increase of this type of witchcraft in the end times. There is a connection between drug use, the satanic one world government (Babylon) and a new age of heightened consciousness. At the tower of Babel, mankind was united to become great apart from God. They would reach the divine their own way. Mystery Babylon is a united world system in the last days opposed to the God of the Bible. Pharmakeia is a tactic, the sorcery, used to influence and deceive mankind into following this satanic system. The United States is facing epidemic proportions of addiction that is widespread across all races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite tough anti-drug laws, a recent survey shows the United States has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world. Addiction to drugs is a scheme of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy humankind. However, this is the same ploy Satan has been using since the beginning. –Babylon & Drug Use

I thought this was an interesting video to demonstrate the correlation between drug use & religion.  In this basic overview of Shamanism (Witchcraft) is within it a Spiritual Overture to blending of faiths via a Mystical (drug-induced) experience.  Will say it again.  Satan wishes to be worshipped (Isaiah 14:4-20) and he has devised many paths to COEXIST and offer up the masses a new One World Religion.  Drugs and meditation will be a gateway for many.

Conclusions

While each of these topics and points we brought up in this article is the rapid rise of drug use and the not so benevolent forces behind the scenes is just that.  The Bible warns of the use of drugs as we saw predicted by Occultist and Globalists to promote a Future Shock of a New World Dictator the Bible describes as The Antichrist.  At first, the world will marvel at (Revelation 13:3)  him and swift destruction will follow those who will follow The Beast.  One of the tools is drugs to bring in an acceptance of a new order.  For a brief overview, you can watch the FUEL Project linked below.  You must be saved from your own sins, just like me and the coming judgment.

The FUEL Project Overview

This is a great overview of  The “enemy” is not a person or even a group of people for we wrestle not against flesh & blood.  The “enemy” is Satan who exerts himself as a spiritual force against that which is of God.  We have broken this lengthy series down into bite-size pieces with brief descriptions.  Get informed.  Ephesians 5:11

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Proverbs 20:1 – Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

1 Corinthians 3:17 – If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Galatians 5:21 – Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Ephesians 5:18 – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Isaiah 5:11 – Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!

Hebrews 10:26 – For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Galatians 5:1-26 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Matthew 6:13 – And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:7 – But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Hosea 4:11 – Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. (Click to Source)

 
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The Vicious Truth About Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

By Bob Waliszewski , Loren Eaton , and Adam Holz

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“I thought marijuana was no big deal. … I felt I could stand out if I did crazy things.” That was before Kevin West put a bullet through his head — stoned on pot.

Kevin went from house to house with his friends, toking at each stop. Then someone suggested they play a game of Russian roulette.

Kevin agreed. He didn’t realize that putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger might be life-changing.

It was. Two years of surgeries, treatment and medication have not erased the damage Kevin did to himself. His left side is paralyzed. He must take medication daily to prevent seizures. “I only smoked for a few months. Now I’m on drugs for the rest of my life. I thought marijuana was no big deal.”1

“No Big Deal…”

You’ve heard anti-drug messages before. Maybe you said, “Yeah, whatever,” and didn’t give it a second thought. There are a lot of attitudes about drug use floating around. Some say it’s harmless fun. Others try to persuade you not to use. But maybe what you’re hearing doesn’t seem to add up with what you see. You may know people who use. They do well in school. They start on the football or basketball team. You see them smoked out only at parties. And it’s the same in the media, where many celebrities enthusiastically endorse pot smoking but seem to suffer few ill effects from their habit. So you may dismiss the warnings.

Despite popular perceptions, even casual drug use can have devastating consequences. Today’s anti-drug messages highlight some of them but tend to focus only on the physical effects of use. The teen who’s asked Christ to be Lord of his life should know that drug use can damage his soul as well as his body.

Really? Think About It.

Contrary to popular opinion, you are not a cosmic accident or mass of protoplasm wandering aimlessly on the planet. Rather, you were specially made by a loving Creator who intends for your life to be dynamic and purposeful. He made you in His image. You are an eternal, spiritual being with a miraculous mind and body that bears His reflection. And He wants every part of you to be pure.

This is only possible when your spirit lines up with God’s Spirit. When you sin, you disrupt your companionship with God and begin to slide away from Him. This is often a subtle, slow process — at least at first.

Do not be fooled by those who claim they use drugs as a means to enhance their spirituality. It works just the opposite. Many drug users find the only way to relieve their guilt is to turn their backs on God. They go through a reasoning process something like this:

  • If there is a God, I should do what He wants.
  • But I want to do something He forbids.
  • Therefore, I’ll claim there must not be a God, or I’ll conclude I can no longer serve Him because He certainly must hate me now.

Willful, repeated sinful behavior can cement such fundamentally flawed logic — what the Bible calls a hardening of our hearts or being given over to “a depraved mind” (Romans 1:28). It’s not that God wouldn’t take us back. Instead, we have no desire to return. Without question, it’s an enormous risk to take.

But Is It Wrong?

Doubtless, some will reply, “The Bible doesn’t say anything about drugs, so get off my back!” But does Scripture’s apparent silence might mean that some drug use is acceptable?

Drugs were virtually nonexistent during biblical times. Thus, substances such as LSD, marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine and any number of others aren’t mentioned in Scripture. However, God makes it clear that He prohibits drunkenness (see Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-35; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Peter 4:3).

The application to drugs is obvious: Substances that compromise our minds and bodies are out of bounds. Consider the following:

1. The Bible explicitly instructs us to refrain from getting high. Scripture specifically instructs us to avoid an induced buzz. For example, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The reason Paul gives for this instruction is that it leads to indulging passions without restraint, a.k.a. debauchery. He contrasts drunkenness with being filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The principle behind the passage is simply this: Stay away from stuff that will confuse your thoughts, weaken your inhibitions and make you more vulnerable to sin. Can you think of a drug that doesn’t do all those things? Whether depressant or stimulant, psychedelic or dissociative, legal or illegal, substances that mess with your mind get a poor rap in God’s book: “In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things” (Proverbs 23:32-33).

2. Our body is God instructs us to honor Him with our body. In 1 Corinthians 6, the apostle Paul condemns sexual immorality. He says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We do not own ourselves. Ultimately, we belong to God. He lives inside of those who trust in Him and takes a dim view toward those who destroy His habitation — even if they do so in the name of pleasure.

Now, don’t forget that God is not against pleasure. He wants us to enjoy life and have it to the full (John 10:10). But He knows that the “pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25) eventually take us further than we want to go and cost us more than we want to pay. Plus, no matter how good the trip, an artificial high never really gratifies. It’s that way with drugs and all “enjoyable” sins: Their emptiness takes us away from true enjoyment in God. Jeremiah compared Israel’s search for satisfaction in sin to broken cisterns, man-made reservoirs designed to store water. “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13).

3. We must avoid all types of wrong behaviors in order to grow. Drug use numbs our will to pursue God and His purposes for our lives. Paul repeatedly instructed his readers to be careful about the decisions they make. The passage immediately before his instruction not to get drunk reads, “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

4. God wants our thought life under His control. Did you know that God cares what you think about? In fact, Paul goes so far as to describe a war waged all over the world, fought in part for your mind:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
— 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The way we think is central to the way we live. How we think about drugs and how drugs make us think are both vital. A drug-fogged mind can keep us from properly seeing what’s right and what’s wrong in many situations.

5. The virtue of self-control is critical for a disciple of Christ. Self-control is one of the primary virtues of the Christian life. Christians are instructed to be in control of their decision-making processes and not enslaved to anything that erodes their ability to act in ways that are honoring to God. A clear mind — which is impossible under the influence of drugs — is crucial to self-control, which in turn affects our ability to grow as Christians.

6. God — not drugs — can be trusted to see us through the pain of life. Perhaps the only reason you’re interested in drugs is that they seem to offer relief from pain. Maybe life isn’t going the way you’d hoped. Maybe you’ve been abused. Maybe you’ve been rejected. Maybe you’ve been seriously disappointed by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe your parents divorced, and things are difficult. Wanting a reprieve is completely understandable. But some methods are definitely better than others.

Ponder this question: How do drugs really help? They may alter your perception of reality for a while, but they do nothing to change it. In fact, they only give you more problems in the end. Addiction. Isolation. Financial burden. More hurt piled on top of what was there before.

So, what can you do? Well, the first step is to trust in God. Sure, it’s easier said than done, especially in the middle of crushing circumstances. But listen to what He says: “Can a mother forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Is. 49:15-16, NKJV). Though parents might abandon their children, God will never leave His.

A second step is to take constructive action. Find an adult you trust. Talk with him or her about your situation. Confront what you’ve lost, and try to deal with the pain honestly. Try to find constructive activities you can use to get away from it all for a while. If you’re having a hard time finding someone to talk to or just want some more information on what it means to find release from your pain, call Focus on the Family at (719) 531-3400, ext. 2700.

7. There’s nothing better in life than knowing God. For the apostle Paul, nothing — absolutely nothing — was a higher priority or greater joy than knowing Christ. Here’s how he described it:

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the -surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish. … I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
— Philippians 3:7-8,10-11

Paul understood that nothing but knowing Christ would satisfy. For him, all other things were valueless in comparison to a deeper commitment to Jesus. Remember this: Jesus gave His life that anyone who believes might have eternal, abundant life, both on earth and after death. His desire is for you to embrace Him in faith. But drugs cripple your ability to do that, as well as rob you from the greatest delight you could ever experience. They offer only a counterfeit to abundant life in Christ.

The Slippery Slope

In addition to spiritual consequences, there are physical consequences. What happens when you ski down a steep slope and wipe out? By the time you stop you’re a lot farther down the hill from where you fell. Momentum carries you along after the initial crash. Like wiping out, unwise decisions have a momentum of their own.

This is the slippery slope. From the top, it looks like a harmless evening of getting high with your friends. But you can’t see how steep it is. You don’t know how far or how fast it’ll carry you. And what’s more, you’re skiing in the dark.

As someone slides down the hill of drug use, he tends to follow several stages:

  1. Experimental usage: Alcohol or drugs are tried for the first time, often fueled by curiosity and/or motivated by peer pressure.
  2. Casual users: Casual users have decided they enjoy being high but limit their use. Often they use only on specific occasions.
  3. Regular users: When casual users become regular users, they can usually still function at work and school, but they are dangerously close to becoming chemically addicted. They may believe they can stop using but find themselves unable to do so for any significant period of time. People around them begin to notice signs of usage.
  4. Chemical addiction: In the final stage, addicts are compelled to use, not for pleasure’s sake, but simply to feel normal. Those who reach this stage often deny the seriousness of the situation, even though friends, family and co-workers recognize the problem.2

One of the risks of casual usage is easy addiction. Some are going to get hooked from the first time. And no one knows ahead of time his susceptibility. The best way to prevent addiction is never to begin.

Maybe you’ve heard this one: “I’m not going to get addicted. I’m going to smoke a joint here and there, drop a little Ecstasy, kick back with some friends and have a beer.” People may use all of these drugs recreationally and insist they’re safe. But they ignore volumes of evidence to the contrary.

Going to Pot

Recreation. The word conjures up images of football and baseball, going to the beach or catching a movie. Harmless stuff, right? Perhaps that’s why users like to link it with their habit. But even marijuana, supposedly the “softest” of drugs, is more gamble than game.

Let’s imagine a common “recreational” smoker. She lights up only on the weekends, at parties, maybe special occasions. “No big deal,” you say. “If she wants to get high on the weekends it’s her business. It won’t affect her life anyway.” Not so. THC, the active ingredient in the cocktail of chemicals that marijuana releases, stores itself in fatty tissues and hangs around for a while. Three or four days after that initial hit, the user is still affected to one degree or another, whether she knows it or not. Most don’t. In fact, should our user choose to smoke one joint per week for the rest of her life, she’d be continually stoned until the moment she died.3

It would be bad enough if our “recreational” friend only had to deal with decreased motor skills, inhibited concentration, reduced memory, loss of coordination and uncontrollable attacks of “the munchies.” But the hallucinogenic high of cannabis comes with another, less welcome side effect: psychological and physical addiction. The movement from casual, recreational use to hard core is often faster than expected. And hard-core users suffer from far more serious ailments. Chronic bronchitis. Damage to the immune system. Impotence. Personality disorders. Schizophrenia. Not to mention the law of “decreased marginal utility”: What once sent you soaring will soon barely affect you.4

Let’s face it. Though it’s not heroin or crack, pot’s still dangerous. There’s nothing “recreational” about it. “Marijuana addicts, in particular, tend to believe that they must be ‘OK’ since there are much worse drugs, and other people whose lives are much worse off as a result of their using. That is denial.”5

The Ecstasy and the Agony

Hailed as a wonder drug, Ecstasy is said to offer everything from limitless energy to reduced social inhibitions — a virtual cure-all for the shy — to greater “spiritual” awareness. Like marijuana, its supporters claim few negative side effects and lots of positive ones. And it’s increasing in popularity.6 So what’s it all about?

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, if you want to get technical, Ecstasy or XTC in pop usage, combines the dual effects of a relaxant and a stimulant. Especially popular at raves, it has stimulant qualities that allow ravers literally to dance the night away, gyrating for hours on end with a seemingly endless supply of energy. Also, users experience a sense of euphoria, sometimes so strong it sends them into howls. Sense of touch is accentuated as well, and with that comes increased emotional intensity. For good reason, Ecstasy sometimes goes under the title of the “hug drug” or “love drug.”

Increased energy. Intense bliss. Affection without bounds. Could there be a downside to Ecstasy? You’d better believe it.

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsends says it straight: “Ecstasy does not free your mind. It burns your brain.”7 She means that literally. As with any drug, you build up a tolerance to Ecstasy the more you use it. Regular users figure that more X can remedy the problem. What they get in return is trouble. Large amounts of Ecstasy cause temperature spikes into the 104 to 105 degree range, which can lead to death. Brain damage — particularly of the sections that control mood, sleep and sexual response — occurs as well.

Even so-called soft-core users are at risk. Don’t start Xing if you want to keep your teeth: Users are prone to grind them uncontrollably.8 And the emotional effect of the drug turns any kind of decision making into a high-stakes gamble. One user recounts his Ecstasy experience when dancing with someone he had just met: “I had met this girl 15 minutes ago, and I was totally in love with her. … This drug opens you up so much that you can easily form deep emotional attachments to someone you don’t even know. … I can see how it could be addictive.” Plus, Xers are prone to post-E depression, the emotional undertow that seizes users in euphoria’s wake, striking anywhere from one to four days after they dropped the drug and lasting as long as a week. One user’s plea speaks volumes: “God, please help me! I’m so depressed, and I hate it!… The drastic change of utopia to rock-bottom depression is killing me!”

If you think the elation of Ecstasy is worth the risk, think again. With the side effects of scrambled judgment, deep depression, uncontrollable energy and impulses, fierce fevers and brain damage, Ecstasy will bring more agony than you might think.

The Oldest Drug

The most pervasive drug in society has been around longer than any of the others you’ve read about here so far. Even one of the Old Testament patriarchs stumbled because of it (Gen. 9:20-21). And it’s the drug that, statistically speaking, you are most likely to use.9 You’ve probably guessed it by now.

It’s alcohol.

Most people put intoxicating substances in two categories: drugs and alcohol. The first they see as deadly, the other not. Why? Well, alcohol is legal, and “drugs” are not. Second, in some ways, alcohol is not as instantly harmful as the previously mentioned drugs. Because it’s not immediately mind-altering like marijuana, Ecstasy, meth, cocaine or heroin, it can be used responsibly when taken in small doses. That’s why it’s legal. But let’s not forget that alcohol remains “a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.”10

Because of its status as one of the few non-medicinal and legally controlled substances, a lot of teens think they can handle an alcoholic high. But let’s not forget the effects of beer, whiskey, coolers and wine: changed and impaired cognition, loss of concentration and coordination, slurred speech, unconsciousness and eventually cirrhosis of the liver, sexual dysfunction and chronic blood pressure problems.11Also, alcohol is illegal for most teens. And there’s good reason for it. Let’s face it: Alcohol is a drug that scrambles one’s mind and judgment, and its raw destructive power is often overlooked.

The Weird and Not-So-Wonderful

While those drugs are among the most popular, they’re far from the only ones out there. Tobacco use (smoking or chewing) often goes hand in hand with drinking. Some teens find “creative” uses for chemicals that were never intended to be ingested; others abuse prescription painkillers or drugs for psychological disorders, such as Ritalin. And some people look for “better” highs but instead slide into the vice-like grip of addiction to hard drugs such as cocaine, heroine or crack. Whatever the drug, the principle is clear: Specific effects may vary, but the end of all drug use is an altered state of mind; compromised physical, mental and spiritual health; and damaged relationships.

The Friend Dilemma

Maybe you don’t use yourself. What about your friends? Your first response might be, “It’s their business, not mine.” It’s hard to meddle in another person’s life, especially if you have to tell him that he’s doing something wrong. Plus, the fact that a friend’s use doesn’t directly affect you can only lessen your incentive. But take a moment to consider once again what drugs do.

What is your primary focus when taking drugs? Yourself. A person may want to get stoned or wired to escape life’s problems or to fit in, or simply to enjoy the buzz. But all of these motivations are selfish. They don’t move someone to care about others or to help him deal with life’s problems. And as we already mentioned, a life of drug use often leads to a life of addiction. Users may spiral down into a waking nightmare of fear, hopelessness and a desperate need for the next high. While in that nightmare, you’d be amazed at the things they do — immoral, unethical and self-destructive things — just to feel normal for a while.

Now, no one is saying that confronting a self-destructive friend is easy. Far from it. But put yourself in your friend’s shoes: If you were smoking, shooting and popping away your life, missing out on real joy and genuine relationships with people and God, would you want someone to confront you? Probably yes, no matter how angry you might be at the time. Yeah, it’s hard. But saving a life is worth a measure of rejection and hurt.

Notice the use of the word confront. It’s not enough simply to “be there” for them. While it seems to offer the option of doing something “constructive” without the possibility of painful repercussions, it fails to address the issue at hand. Both casual users and dope fiends live in denial of how deeply rooted their problems really are. Simple companionship won’t convince them any differently. Practically speaking, being there doesn’t mean much more than standing by and watching them self-destruct.

The 20 Questions

How can you know if you or somebody you know is addicted? If someone answers “Yes” to at least five of the questions below, that person is more than likely an addict.

  1. Do you spend a great deal of time talking or thinking about getting high?
  2. Do you use alone or when no one else is using?
  3. Have you ever had a blackout or memory loss during or after use?
  4. Do you hoard or protect an extra supply to keep from running out?
  5. Do you need more and more of a substance to get high?
  6. Do you use more than originally planned?
  7. Do you use to escape from your problems?
  8. Do you do anything to get a large amount of substance into your body quickly?
  9. Is your use worrying or upsetting your family?
  10. Do you lose time at school or work due to use?
  11. Do you use first thing in the morning?
  12. Do you avoid people/places that do not condone your usage?
  13. Do you spend more money on substances than you can afford?
  14. Do you use one substance to offset the effects of another?
  15. Do you lie about how much you’re using?
  16. Do you do things under the influence that you wouldn’t do while sober?
  17. Do you think you need to be high to have a good time?
  18. Have you tried to control your use, but failed?
  19. Are you ashamed of your use?
  20. Have you watched your spiritual life decline or disintegrate because of use?

If you or someone you know is using, take the time to think about the questions above and answer them honestly.12

What can you do to make sure you stay C.L.E.A.N.? Check out this acrostic:

Call Out: Don’t hide your decision to be clean. Tell others about your stand, and confront your using friends about their problem.

Live Loud: A life well-lived is a stronger argument for the truth than the loudest shouting match could ever be. Plan drug-free activities. Put your God-given talents to use and have fun with them. Most of all, through your attitude, actions and words, let others know that a drug-free life is more delightful than the greatest induced high.

Educate Yourself Enough: No matter how well you live, times will come when you’ll need to give some answers for your actions. Know why you’ve chosen to live the way you do and why others should, too. Learn truth about substances, then learn how to refute the misleading statistics and false facts users will throw at you. Take time to teach others what you’ve learned about substances as well.

Anticipate Adversity: Those who take a stand to stay clean will face adversity at some time. Peers may mock you. Friends may ignore your counsel and use anyway. You might even find yourself tempted to give in and start using. These things should be expected. Plan how you’ll react to them.

Never Give Up: Perseverance is the final and most important part of staying clean. What if friends keep using? What if others don’t listen? And let’s be honest: What if you’re one of those who — even with the best intentions — ends up using? No matter how bad your situation might get, you can always turn things around with enough effort and divine aid. So get on your knees and don’t give up.

To Use or Not to Use?

To put it simply, what you want to do with your life is up to you. This is what the drug dilemma comes down to: Is a temporary high and all its “benefits” worth the physical, mental, spiritual and social risks that follow?

Consider this: As Creator of everything, God’s pretty smart. And He’s got some principles that apply to the subject. Users admit to experiencing an ever-diminished high. Obviously, drugs offer no permanent pleasure. Meanwhile, God says that at His “right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, NKJV).

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