The New Witchcraft

Galatians 5:19-20 KJV
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

This word witchcraft in the above verse is the same word in the Greek that we get our word, pharmacy from. This is why I would consider any mind altering drug or beverage to be a form of witchcraft or sorcery[drug related sorcery].  Here is the breakdown from a Greek lexicon:


 5331. pharmakeia 
Strong’s Concordance
pharmakeia: the use of medicine, drugs or spells

Original Word: φαρμακεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: pharmakeia
Phonetic Spelling: (far-mak-i’-ah)
Short Definition: magic, sorcery, enchantment
Definition: magic, sorcery, enchantment.

HELPS Word-studies

5331 pharmakeía (from pharmakeuō, “administer drugs”) – properly, drug-related sorcery, like the practice of magical-arts, etc. (A. T. Robertson).

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from pharmakeuó (to administer drugs)
the use of medicine, drugs or spells
NASB Translation
sorceries (1), sorcery (2).

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

STRONGS NT 5331: φαρμακεία

φαρμακεία (WH κια, so T (except in Galatians 5:20; cf. the Proleg., p. 88); see Iota), φαρμακείας (φαρμακεύω);a. the use or the administering of drugs(Xenophon, mem. 4, 2, 17).

b. poisoning (PlatoPolybius, others): Revelation 9:21 (here WH text Trmarginal reading φαρμακῶν; many interpretations refer the passage to the next entry).

c. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it: Galatians 5:20 (where see Lightfoot) (Wis. 12:4 Wis. 18:13; for כְּשָׁפִיםIsaiah 47:9; for לָטִיםExodus 7:22Exodus 8:18; for לְהָטִיםExodus 7:11); tropically, of the deceptions and seductions of idolatry, Revelation 18:23.

STRONGS NT 5331: φάρμακον[φάρμακονφαρμάκουτό, from Homerdown, a drug; an enchantmentTrmarginal reading WH text in Revelation 9:21 (R. V. sorceries), for φαρμακεία, which see (in b.).]

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

sorcery, witchcraft.From pharmakeus; medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively) — sorcery, witchcraft.

This is why the Bible says to stay away from alcohol for social purposes.  It alters your mind. And drugs are an obvious no. These are a form of witchcraft. Outside of the medical reasons this would also explain why drugs and alcohol are so addicting.  And this is also why it is a spiritual bondage and only Jesus Christ can break the chains of addiction.

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