My husband and I attended a conference Jan. 28 at Rock Springs Congregational Methodist Church in Milner, Ga., where Dr. James Merritt was the guest speaker. He spoke, mostly to church leaders and preachers, on II Timothy 4:1-5, where Paul warns Timothy, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (verses 3 and 4, NIV).
I believe that anyone who tries to convince me that the Bible supports using marijuana as a medicine and proclaims that the Tree of Life is a marijuana plant is taking Scripture out of context, teaching unsound doctrine based on the lies of human desire, and is scratching the “itching” ears of those who advocate legalizing marijuana.
Letter writer Stan White wrote that all seed-bearing plants are “good,” and that is true, but not all are good for use or consumption by humans. Some of these plants can kill a person, so I disagree with the interpretation of the passages in Genesis 1.
In Revelation 22:2, John sees a crystal river flowing from the throne of God, “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.” I’ve never seen a marijuana plant in person, but I believe I can say with confidence that it doesn’t grow 12 kinds of fruit. All of us will be held accountable for how we “rightly divide” the Word of Truth. To take God’s Word and to twist it and misinterpret it in order to sanctify sin is close to, if not pure, blasphemy.
Judy Lovejoy Elliott