GUARDING GOD’S TEMPLE: PART 3
I Corinthians 6:19 says, (NKJV) “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…?" That is why we must guard, protect, and take good care of our physical bodies. To abuse the body is abusing God’s “holy temple.”
Addiction to drugs is another way to defile your “holy temple.” It is a destructive habit-- physically, emotionally, and socially. It matters not whether it is a legal drug, a recreational one, or a prescription drug. There are illegal “street” opiates such as heroin, cocaine, and various derivatives of them, or “cooked” ones like crystal meth and others There are also manufactured pharmaceutical prescription drugs that are addictive. Fentanyl is the strongest and most addictive of those, and many have died from it although it was prescribed by their doctor.
Opiate deaths increased more than 500% from 2010 to 2017 and continues to rise.
Christians are less likely to become addicts of illegal drugs; but may be susceptible to overuse of prescription drugs whether it be for pain, or a sleep aid, or an anti-depressant. Some of the latter may not be opiates, but many can still be addictive. There are even some over-the-counter medicines that can become addictive if taken daily over a long period, even just several months, and their labels do not warn of it.
Mood altering drugs must be avoided. They are not intended for your natural physical bodies.
Respect your body. Treat it as though it is holy to God….because it is!!