What About Drugs And Other Social Sins?
By T. L. Frank
Let us face the facts. The awful monsters, drink, drugs and immorality are threatening and destroying that which God created noble and good. Like the tentacles of a mighty octopus, they grasp and draw both young and old into their embrace.
Many people are pressured on every side by their peers, as well as by newspaper and television advertisements. Eyes and ears are assailed to the point where the mind is in a whirlpool of confusion and frustration resulting in spiritual and physical degradation. The curse of drink, drugs and immorality are leaving society adrift without an anchor, headed for eternal destruction.
Can only the younger generation be blamed? Not entirely. Many parents have sanctioned, by their loose living, the sins which much of the younger generation indulges in today. Parents are unaware that they are introducing their children to a drunkards doom, or a drug peddler’s lair, by failing to check their impulses to drink and smoke.
Having willfully disobeyed the moral laws of God, parents themselves are on the downward road to ruin here and in the life to come. A mighty cry should ascend to Heaven. How can we save ourselves and our children?
Our homes, schools and colleges cannot produce the quality of citizens that our nations need, when drinking and drug use are tolerated and encouraged by the laxity of parents, teachers and professors. The breakdown of morals on school campuses is frightening. Not many years ago teachers and professors would certainly have been dismissed for their leniency in permitting students to have low standards of conduct.
An epidemic of huge proportions is upon today’s society. Intoxicating drink is a great corrupter of public morals, destroying character and wasting money while millions go hungry. It is a wrecker and divider of homes, one of God’s holy institutions for the blessing of mankind.
Added to the menace of alcohol is the increasing use of illicit drugs. The bad effects of these drugs far outweigh any so-called benefits. The use of drugs can cause poor judgement and mental derangement. Drug users themselves admit it is a death trip, mentally, physically and spiritually. Irreparable brain damage, murder and suicide are too often the tragic consequences of these indulgences. Drug use can increase the heartbeat by as much as 30 percent and cause the blood pressure to rise 20-25 percent.
Christ, in the New Testament, sets the standard for moral behavior. God created man with the sex urge for the propagation of the human race and the enhancement of the marriage bond between husband and wife. He sanctions fulfillment of this desire only within rightful marriage. “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongerrs and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).
Many people are tormented by lustful spirits, resulting in a very real battle between the flesh and soul. The flesh wants unrestricted freedom to take its pleasures, while the soul knows that the laws of God must be respected. Sexual immorality does not quench the fire of lust-it fuels it. Sexual activity is no more a cure for lust than whiskey is a treatment for alcoholism. The truth lies entirely in the opposite direction.
Fornication, adultery, homosexuality and all sexual contact with animals is forbidden by the Word of God. Immorality brings pain, heartbreak, wretchedness, guilt and sexually transmitted diseases. (Leviticus 18:23, Galatians 5: 19-21). Purity brings a sense of self-worth and dignity. It is a gross distortion to envision the highly principled individual as living in misery while the person of low morals has a life of fulfillment.
The Apostle Paul, in the book of Romans brings God’s judgement to the homosexual. “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Who knowing the judgments of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1: 26.-28,32). This was the abominable sin of Sodom and Gomorrah and brought God’s judgement upon them (Genesis 19). According to the Scripture it is impossible to retain the Holy Spirit in our hearts and live a Christian life if we live and practice these sins.
Amid this morass of immorality and spiritual blindness of sin and shameless ungodliness, we must turn to the Holy Bible as the unquestionable and eternal authority on the matter of right and wrong.
Dear reader to be really happy in life, to be at peace with yourself and God, you must come into fellowship with Him. Victory is awaiting you! You must recognize and confess that you are a sinner and believe that Jesus died on the cross bearing your guilt.
As you open your heart to God and confess your sins, He will forgive you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:19)
You must willingly commit your whole life to Jesus, your Savior, and follow in true obedience to His Word and Holy Spirit. The blessings of the changed life are pure thoughts which bring about a wonderful change in our actions and activities. Christ will give you courage to face the problems of life and strength to overcome the temptations that may assail you. Come to Jesus now while you feel Him calling. “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while he is near . . .” (Isaiah 55:6).
This pamphlet “What about Drugs and Other Social Sins?” written by T. L. Frank is published by The Gospel Tract and Bible Society.