With the Canadian government changing its stance on recreational marijuana, it only makes sense that we’d want to know the more biological and scientific aspects of it on the body. That’s what this conversation is all about. At our recent Let’s Talk: Marijuana event, local family physician, Dr. Lucinda McQuarrie, humbly took to the stage to give a ridiculous amount of information on the physical effects of marijuana. After her 15-minute presentation, we play back two questions from our Q & A period at the same event, talking about the possibility of not getting high when using marijuana, and the merits of marijuana.Click here to listen
What does the Bible say about recreational marijuana? That’s a great question – a question that is more and more relevant today, especially in Canada. Well, simply put, the answer is “Nothing.” But that doesn’t mean nothing needs to be said. Dr. John Neufeld gives a 15-minute presentation on this question, taken from our recent Let’s Talk: Marijuana indoubt:live event. He gives 4 biblical principles that will help shape our understanding. Even if you’re not interested in engaging recreational marijuana, it’s important to know and live out these biblical principles.Click here to listen
What is culture saying when it comes to recreational marijuana us? “We want freedom.” In February we hosted “Let’s Talk:Marijuana,” a live event that featured a Bible scholar, an author, and a doctor who talked primarily about the Christian perspective on recreational marijuana use. This week on indoubt we hear the live recording from author Mark Ward as he gives his 15-minute presentation on the culture’s view of recreational marijuana.Click here to listen
Critically and biblically thinking about recreational marijuana use is crucial today – especially in Canada. Within the year, the Canadian government will legalize recreational marijuana, so it’s essential that Christians take time to think through this issue well. That’s why we’re having this conversation with pastor Jeff Lacine this week. Earlier this year, Jeff wrote an article for DesiringGod on this topic. We decided to get a hold of him to walk us through how we should be thinking about this issue. His words are very helpful – we know they’ll benefit you.Click here to listen
Can I Smoke Pot? (Part 2): We finish our 2-week series this week all about marijuana. Isaac is again joined with Mark Ward and Tom Breeden, the two author’s of the new book, “Can I Smoke Pot? Marijuana in Light of Scripture.” This last episode delves into the topic of medicinal and recreational marijuana.Click here to listen
Can I Smoke Pot? (Part 1): We start a new 2-week series this week all about marijuana. Isaac is joined with Mark L. Ward, Jr. & Tom Breeden, the two authors of the new book, “Can I Smoke Pot? Marijuana in Light of Scripture.” This first episode delves into why they wrote the book, the structure of the book, and marijuana as a “good” creation from God.
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We recently had a conversation with Portland-based pastor, Jeff Lacine, on the topic of recreational marijuana. Click here to listen to the entire conversation.
We asked Jeff about the similarity between recreational marijuana and recreational alcohol, since this is most likely a comparison that people will make.
This was Jeff’s answer:
Obviously that’s something that people bring up right away, because everyone knows that alcohol can be a reality distorting substance too. Yet, at the same time, there’s clearly in Scripture – if we’re being honest and just looking at the Bible – a permissive use of alcohol within a Christian context, within a Christian framework. There’s an obedient way to consume alcohol as a believer.
In fact, alcohol has a place in redemptive history. In that consummating wedding feast when Jesus returns for His bride at the marriage supper of the Lamb, there will be wine there, as Jesus tells us. It has a role to play in that big picture. Even in the Scripture, in the Old Testament, the Bible says that God gave wine – in two places it says this – to make glad the heart of man. Some of those lubricating effects of wine are not necessarily sinful.
Now, on the other hand, there are commands against drunkenness. There’s a place where those lubricating effects actually distort reality to a degree where it’s clearly sinful. I like to couch this in – and I think we should – what is the purpose of wine, and how would it perhaps, in that framework that we talked about earlier, enhance or clarify reality and how might it distort reality?
Consider drinking wine at a wedding feast. Every wedding is a parable of that final full consummation, the return of Christ. It’s Him capturing His bride for Himself, capturing the Church for Himself. When we have wine at that feast, we are looking forward to that. We are playing out a mini parable in our joy, in our celebration, and in the marriage union that is taking place. That is a representative. A picture of a bigger marriage. A more important marriage. A marriage between Christ and the Church.
As we celebrate in that wedding context with wine playing a role in our enjoyment, we’re pointing to that greater reality. In fact, it’s clarifying. Even the socially lubricating effects of that wine is a clarifying agent to that end and playing out that parable.
Now, even at a wedding feast you can drink too much wine, where it’s no longer in keeping with the character of the Christian witness and the fruits of the Spirit that are laid out for us in Scripture.
But when someone pulls out a flask of whiskey at a funeral, does it have that same clarifying effect? Does it speak to that same reality? I don’t think so. I don’t think it plays that same role. Instead, someone’s using alcohol at that point to numb or lower the pain of the reality that is before them, that someone has died. This is an awful thing. It points us to the curse that is presently existence of, and that should push us towards our need for Christ and the gospel.
I think there is a godly, reality clarifying use of alcohol and there’s an ungodly, distorting use of alcohol. But I don’t see that same use of marijuana as with alcohol. First of all, marijuana’s not even mentioned in Scripture, so we want to be careful to say, well, “Marijuana could be a picture of this or a picture of that,” when Scripture doesn’t tell us that, whereas wine does really, clearly in the Bible, have a place in that grander picture of redemptive history.
 This is a portion of a transcript of an audio interview that has been edited for reading purposes.Read More
FOR CHURCH LEADERS
As of October 17th, 2018, recreational marijuana will be legalized in Canada. It’s critical for church leaders and pastors to think hard on this and prepare themselves for questions that may come to them.
At indoubt, we’ve put together a good amount of material on the subject, you can check it out here. But we also had a special conversation specifically for church leaders and pastors. Isaac, from indoubt, talks with pastor Jeff Lacine from Portland, Oregon. Why Jeff? Firstly, Jeff has personal experience with recreational marijuana (to hear his testimony, listen to this conversation). Secondly, Jeff pastors in a state that has had recreational marijuana legalized for three years.
We hope you enjoy this unique conversation. If you have any questions, comments, or want to tell us how this conversation has helped you in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks!Read More