By Joe Tilton
What a surprise. You can worship a weed. It’s no joke. The first Church of Cannabis was established in Indianapolis in 2015. It was thought to be a way to get around legal constraints by using the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion. Whether or not that’s true, it worked. Since the first congregation was established, they’re springing up in Colorado and California with other states following suit. The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason opened its doors in Lansing in June 2016. Under Lansing City law, the church is free to operate and may not be penalized for possession or consumption of pot.
Christian pastors may be discouraging use of pot to their parishioners; still no public outcry has come from established churches. Whatever the reluctance to oppose use of mind-altering drugs by religion, the result has been conversion of Christian- church buildings for communal participation in their “sacrament,” weed.
Must you be out of your mind to spiritually connect with a higher power? The Church of Cannabis has no intention to “connect” with anything other than getting high. Wikipedia reports the “church” has no unquestionable doctrine, but they follow the Golden Rule. What science now reports as results from using pot negates the Biblical principle.
Stoners are taking words closely associated with Christianity to pervert and mock followers. For example, “evangelical” is a descriptor of the movement spreading the message of Christ. Cannabis users call themselves “Elevationists.” What’s sacred to them is the marijuana “flower” that awakens them to become “transcendental” instead of the Christian term, “transformed.” Instead of Ten Commandments, they have the “Divine Dozen,” one of which is; “Cannabis, ‘the healing Plant’ is our sacrament. It brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group.”
As Christmas is to Christians, the “Cannabist” have named 420 as a “significant number.” April 20th, “church” doors are opened to the public and members all light cannabis at 4:20 p.m. Notice how the date coincides with Earth Day.
Other symbols of Christianity are stolen as well. Church buildings once used for traditional worship of God are their favorite places to mock followers of Christ and rub the demise of Christianity in their faces. These grand buildings intended to promote and demonstrate the Glory of God are now houses of idol (weed) worship. What’s worse is the organizations need for meeting space. In Indianapolis, the first “service” was attended by 50. Media attention was given and the next meeting count was 200. The next two weeks 500 attended.
It’s ironic how the greatest growth in Christianity is happening in China where the world’s strictest drug-enforcement policies exist. But two of their 34 regions are being used to grow marijuana (for CBD as well) to sell to us through Chinese mafia, already in place in Michigan. Conspiracy theory or not, the very drug forbidden in Socialist China is being shipped to us. If marijuana is so beneficial, why would our enemies push it on us when they won’t allow its use by their own people? Think it might slow their workforce and manufacturing efforts?
One advertisement for the Church of Cannabis reads, “…to help reach your spiritual goals.” Christianity promotes “power, love and a sound mind,” (2 Timothy 1:7) which for this new movement is not the intended purpose of worship. If adherence to a workable and productive code of conduct is a goal for worship, the Church of Cannabis may not be your thing.
In Christianity, Christ is the sacrifice for your sins. In the Church of Cannabis, you are the sacrifice to their money god, giving up health, wealth, sanity and success.
What part of life is sacred? Can we afford to allow a weed to be recreation, medicine and religion?
Can there be clearer evidence of how we have been reduced to decadence through lies and manipulation?