Thoughts to Ponder

Be Sober

In the past I have made no secret of what I think of psychology and the claims it makes. I have been very critical of the anti-depressant drugs that are given out like candy, with no true medical diagnosis at all. People are all too willing to tell you that their brains have a chemical imbalance and therefore they need these medically prescribed drugs to correct that imbalance. But just ask them which chemical is out of balance and by how much, and they will look at you like you are from Mars.

The reason is simple; they have no idea! Oh, they might spout out something their doctor told them, something to the affect that there is a serotonin imbalance in their brain, but this too is laughable, or would be if it weren't so sad. See the doctor might have told them that there is a serotonin imbalance in their brain, but he has no more idea if that is true than they do, because there is no test for such an imbalance. There are no medical tests at all for this chemical imbalance in the brain of a living human being. The way the bogus diagnosis is made is by talking to the patient and by what their answers are, the diagnosis is made and drugs are given to 'correct' the imbalance! And if the first drug or dose doesn't work, there are no follow up tests, they just change the dose (always to a higher dose) or change the drug completely.

I have quoted God in the past where He tells us what happens to people like this:

Jeremiah 17:5-9 This is what the Lord says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. [6] He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. [7] "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. [8] He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." [9] The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? [NASB-U]

This issue came back to my mind in the past couple of weeks when I heard that all the school shooters in the past 7 years have been on anti-depressant drugs. I have quoted from the labels of these anti-depressant drugs before, where the possible adverse reactions are listed. Following is the list of possible adverse reactions listed on just two of the popular drugs for treating depression: Hallucinations, hostility, irrational ideas, paranoid reaction, anxiety, confusion, depression, dream abnormalities, inability to fall asleep, irritability, antisocial behavior, delusions, suicidal thoughts, fear, sleep disturbances, stimulation, uninhibited behavior.

The FDA has not only mandated that these possible adverse reactions be listed, they have also mandated warnings about suicides in younger patients who are taking these drugs.

Makes you wonder which is worse the disease or the cure! Is it any wonder that ALL of the school shooters have been on such drugs? With the amount of people taking these drugs, I have to admit I am surprised we haven't had more shootings.

And it isn't just the school shootings. How about the mothers who have drown their children? Yep, on anti-depressants! A female school teacher is arrested for having sex with one of her students; her defense; bi-polar which of course is treated with anti-depressants. The list goes on and on.

What I want to look at is what I believe God has revealed to me through His word about this. First let me show you a couple of passages:

1 Cor. 15:34  Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

1 Thes. 5:6  so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

1 Thes. 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

2 Tim. 4:5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Notice that they all speak of being sober, either in mind or spirit. Now Christianity has long considered being drunk a sin, for several reasons. First and foremost because God's word says so:

1 Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders [10] nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Another reason the Christian community has taught against being drunk is because it causes a person to lose inhibition and do things which, when sober, they would not do. Also by taking control of the brain from the person it opened the person up to demonic attack and influence.

Read that last paragraph again and think of it in context with the anti-depressant drugs that are given to treat these 'diseases' without any true medical diagnosis.

If you are like me, you have friends, relatives, or co-workers who are taking these drugs. If so, then I am sure you have noticed that these drugs change their personalities. Sometimes these changes are very minor and sometimes they are drastic. Or you may not have seen the change, until they tried to get off the drugs, at which time their personality changed and they had serious problems. This too is normal, because the body gets very dependant on these drugs and in fact the most dangerous time for a person taking these drugs is when they change drugs or try to quit taking them.

What is a person's personality? We all know the answer, yet it is hard to explain. What is important to remember is that we are triune beings, made in the image of God. We have a physical body, a soul and a spirit. The soul is the personality, it is what makes us who we are; it is our consciousness. This is the part of us that is to remain sober, when the Bible says to be sober minded.

So anything whether it is alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs that take control of our minds out of our hands is bad and should be avoided. This also includes things that are prevalent in the church today. Churches are promoting such things as, contemplative prayer, yoga, and certain types of meditation. What all of these things have in common is that the person has to empty their mind. The problem is that your mind will never be empty, it will be filled with something and if you don't keep control of it (keep sober) then you are opening the door to demonic influence. The demons will be more then willing to fill it for you. They might fill it with evil thoughts or they might pretend to be angels of light, or even God Himself.

It doesn't matter how righteous your motives are, Satan isn't going to leave you alone because you were truly trying to get closer to God. Nor is motivation an excuse before God. He has given us plenty of warnings in His word and we need to heed them.

This brings me back to the anti-depressant drugs. I firmly believe they are an opening to the demonic realm. I believe that is why we are seeing so many suicides and homicides committed by people on these drugs. Even those who do not commit overt acts are in danger, if I am right. They are having their senses dulled and are not sober in mind and spirit. God uses our conscience to speak to us; to draw us back to repentance when we sin, and to guide us, but if we are dulled by drugs or anything else that has gained influence over us, are we as capable of hearing His voice? I don't think so.

I want to give one final caution: If you or someone you love is on anti-depressants and wants to stop, DO NOT stop without a doctor's help. As I stated above one of the most dangerous times for a person is when they try to stop taking these drugs.

These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflects his views.

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