A New Weapon for Hard Times: Praising God Beats Depression
A Time for War and a Time for Peace
A Word for Prophets about "Pollyanna" Prophecy
Adding to the Church
An Apologia on Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare
An Exposé on Psychics: Who They Truly Are and How They Truly Work
Arm Yourself with Suffering
Balancing the Person and Principles of Christ
Christological Astronomy: Reading Our Christological Profiles in the Heavens
Current Church Trends
Dealing with Multiple Personality Disorders
Devil, Give Us Back
Don’t Forget the Gifts of the Spirit
Establishing Churches through Apostolic Team Ministry
Exercising Spiritual Authority
Fruit of the Spirit: Producing Christ-like Character for a Lifetime
God Is in Control!/?
Have Salt in Yourselves and Peace With One Another
Healing and Health
Healing in Holy Communion
I Believe in the Godhead
Idols of the Heart
If You Faint in the Day of Adversity
If You’re Discouraged – Get Back Into the Fight!
My Redeemer Lives and My King Will Come: A Testimony of the Word of God Written in the Heavens
No New Patches on Old Garments: New Churches for New Wine
Our Covenant Keeping God
Our Jurisdiction: Where We Stand
Overcoming the Spirit of Balaam
Principalities, Powers, and Demons
Psychotropic Drugs: New Age Pharmakeia
Realizing Your Personal Ministry
Religious Slavery: The Deception of the Hindu Caste System
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
Suffering: Shut Up, and Take the Pain!
The Antidote for Anxiety
The Apostle/Prophet Relationship
The Baptism of Fire (What Causes Division within the Church?)
The Basics of Deliverance
The Consecration to Minister
The Cyrus Anointing
The Great Escape
The Home Church: Revolution or Re-Evolution
The Old Man is Dead
The Seven Spirits of God
The Vital Relationship between Pastors and Intercessors
The Week of Millennia
Unity - How to Stand Together Despite Different Christian Beliefs
Unity in Worship
Victory Over Iniquity
What the Spirit is Saying to the Churches
Wisdom is Better than Weapons of War
New Age Pharmakeia
Dale M. Sides
Psychotropic drugs, known by most as “antidepressants,” are contributing to suicide rates around the globe.1 The Associated Press reported on May 12, 2006 that GlaxoSmithKline and the US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to doctors concerning the antidepressant Paxil.2 The letter warned that Paxil may raise the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, and it was accompanied by changes to the labeling of two different versions of the drug. The knowledge of the increase of suicide and other side effects linked to these drugs is clearly known to the pharmaceutical manufacturers and to the FDA, but it appears to matter little, since no real changes have taken place outside of the obscure (“black box”) warnings placed on the drug packaging. Could this have something to do with the billions of dollars that the sales of these drugs provide for the pharmaceutical companies as well as their lobbying interests in Washington DC? Even with their known detrimental effects, the FDA continues to allow them to be developed, marketed, and distributed to a grossly uninformed public.
Because of this societal and economic trend, I have little hope that this article on the function and danger of these drugs will change the opinion or habits of the general populace. However, I do have hope that the Christian segment will heed the admonition that these drugs are, in fact, a new version of pharmakeia and are not God’s solution to the mounting problem of depression. It is not my intention to criticize those who have used or are presently using these medications, but to point out God’s answer to depression and, in the process, to expose the risk of taking these drugs.3
Pharmakeia is a Greek word used in Galatians 5:20, Revelation 9:21, and 18:23. It is the word from which we get “pharmacy” and its derivatives. As we look at this word in the Scriptures, we realize that there is a much deeper meaning to it than merely “drugs.” In Galatians 5:20, it is translated “witchcraft” (KJV), and the occurrences in the book of Revelation are even more accurately translated “sorceries.” (The NKJV translates it in all three verses as “sorcery” or “sorceries.”)
In Aramaic, the word is harsuta—an extended form of the noun harse, consistently translated as “sorcery,” supporting the translation of pharmakeia into the same word. According to The American Heritage Dictionary, “sorcery” is defined as “the use of supernatural power over others through the assistance of evil spirits.”4 Could it be that the use of psychotropic drugs (antidepressants) increases the availability for demons to infiltrate the human mind by opening up chemical doorways, or portals, and that this could result in demonic rule over the patient’s emotions and thought patterns? If this is true, which I believe it is in many cases, it is my opinion that the use of psychotropic drugs (antidepressants) may be a New Age practice of sorcery that has crept into society and is now encroaching upon the church.
What people do not know can certainly hurt them. Misinformation and ignorance has led many to unwittingly surrender themselves to the effects of these drugs, which in numerous cases has resulted in demonic rule over their emotions and thought patterns.
There is no doubt that our culture is facing a growing problem with depression.5 The increasing numbers of those diagnosed with depression is a real concern, but the solution is not to drug them into an artificial state of euphoria. God does have a solution to conquer and overcome depression, and it does not come out of a bottle—it comes off the pages of the Bible and is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. The Bible was meant to be our constant anchor in a stressful and confusing world, but oftentimes Christians have allowed laziness and apathy to keep them from reading it and meditating upon it daily, as they should.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4
The Holy Spirit is faithful to guide us into all truth as we read and meditate upon the Scriptures—He does His part as we do our part. When we fill our minds and hearts with the words of life, He is then able to strengthen us in a way no pill can. His words actually heal the wounds rather than just numb the pain.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16
What is a Psychotropic Drug?
A psychotropic drug is nothing more than an antidepressant. The word “psychotropic” actually gives us a clue to how it works, just as the word “antidepressant” provides us with an idea of its intent or goal. The root word for “psychotropic” is the Greek word psuche, which means “soul.”6 The soul includes the mind.7 “Trop” is a prefix defined as “a turning or a changing.”8 A derivative of this word is “tropism,” which means “the turning or bending movement of an organism or a part toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light, heat, or gravity.”9 A literal meaning of psychotropic would be “a mind changer” or “a mind bender.” In other words, a psychotropic drug is a mind-altering, mind-bending drug. When the mind is bent or altered, an opening is created that accommodates an easy access for demons. Pharmakeia have been used since ancient times to do this,10 but in our present culture of secular humanism the diminishment of ethics has not only opened wide the doors to facilitate them, but it has also enabled the merchandisers to profit enormously from them.
A quote from HealthyPlace.com, a website that favors the use of antidepressants, says the following:
Most antidepressants are believed to work by slowing the removal of certain chemicals from the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and norepinephrine). Neurotransmitters are needed for normal brain function and are involved in the control of mood and in other responses and functions, such as eating, sleep, pain, and thinking.11
Serotonin and norepinephrine are naturally occurring hormonal chemicals placed in our bodies by our Creator for a purpose. Psychiatrists believe that when they are not released in the proper amounts, one of the consequences can be depression. For this reason, depression has been medically described as “a chemical imbalance in the brain,” although there are some researchers who would dispute this, saying that the chemical imbalance is caused by the depression (a simple case of which came first—the chicken or the egg?).12 At any rate, it is this rationale that justifies the prescription of a chemical substance (many times a synthetic form of one or both of these hormones) as the cure, or more accurately, a balancing agent. Unfortunately, their solution of adding chemicals alters the normal processes of the patient’s thinking, creating the potential for other problems, such as suicide, which according to Luke 8:32 and 33 is caused by demons.
The article from HealthyPlace.com goes on to say:
Antidepressants help people with depression by making these natural chemicals more available to the brain. By restoring the brain’s chemical balance, antidepressants help relieve the symptoms of depression.13
Most of these antidepressants are classified as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They endeavor to inhibit the absorption of serotonin, demanding more of it to be produced by the brain. Consequently, the brain function is altered, and in some ways even slowed down, affording demons the opportunity they need to “hop on”—like hoboes climbing onto a train. Some researchers believe depression is already related to several sections of the brain moving slowly.14 The brain activity that is initially stimulated by these drugs often evolves over time into adrenal exhaustion.15 This accentuates the pre-existing problem of depression, causing the person to sink down even further into lethargy. This listless attitude welcomes a wide variety of negative thoughts—worry, fear, despair, and hopelessness—often ending in suicide. This is the slippery slope of depression, and antidepressants can grease the slide.
Psychotropic drugs introduce unnatural chemicals into a natural system designed by God. They are synthetic chemicals engineered by pharmaceutical companies who are playing God. Their researchers have plugged chemical possibilities into their computers in order to develop molecular shapes and substances that appear to fix one thing, but with devastating consequences. It’s like throwing a hand grenade into your kitchen to kill a mouse under the cabinet. This is why all the side effects and possible dangers need to be posted (and their list is usually longer than the list of benefits). Some common names of psychotropic drugs with their brand names in parentheses are:
The names of these chemicals do not sound very “natural,” do they? This particular group of SSRIs works to retard serotonin absorption in the body. Other varieties work to suppress both serotonin and norepinephrine.
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a common culprit in teen suicide too.16 It operates differently than an SSRI by targeting another neurotransmitter, dopamine. It is a blatant stimulant, rated higher than caffeine and lower than amphetamines. It binds itself to the dopamine in much the same way as the SSRIs bind themselves to serotonin, and it slows down the absorption rate into the body. Ritalin is a stimulant which offers a pleasurable effect to the recipient—usually a youth diagnosed with ADHD.17
The following quotation about psychotropic drugs is scary:
It is well known that many of the student mass murderers were being prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs. T.J. Solomon, the 15-year-old from Conyers, Georgia who shot six classmates in May 1999, was on Ritalin; Eric Harris, 18 years old, the Columbine killer, was being prescribed the antidepressant Luvox; and Kip Kinkel, the 15-year-old from Springfield, Oregon who killed both parents, two schoolmates, and wounded 20 other students on May 21, 1998, was being prescribed Prozac, one of the most widely prescribed among the antidepressants.
These are not isolated cases. Of the estimated 2 million kids under 18 years of age in America who have been prescribed Ritalin, Luvox, Prozac, Paxil, and other antidepressants and psychiatric drugs, many have committed violent acts, even killings. Many others are walking time-bombs.
On March 6, U.S. News & World Report documented other cases of violence connected to these types of drugs. In 1995, in California, 16-year-old Jarred Viktor was convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing his grandmother 61 times. Ten days earlier, Jarred had been prescribed the antidepressant Paxil for his pre-existing problems—drinking, drug abuse, and threatening suicide. The article reports how 13-year-old Matt Miller committed suicide in Kansas (he was found hanging in his closet) after taking the antidepressant Zoloft for a week. The Miller family has filed suit against Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft.
Articles in the U.S. magazine Health and Healing, and in the British daily, The Observer, charge that Prozac, produced by Eli Lilly company, has the effect of producing akathisia, a condition of severe agitation and disorientation, which they describe as a fuse for violent outbursts. A study conducted by Dr. David Healy, director of the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales, found that Prozac produced violent behavior in mentally healthy volunteers, and claims the drug may have been the trigger for many violent acts, including murders for which people are in prison.
But by far the most horrible revelation to date is the documentation that increasing numbers of infants, toddlers, and pre-school children are being zombified with psychiatric drugs produced for adults, before these children can even learn to talk, let alone read.
According to an article in the Feb. 23 Journal of the American Medical Association, entitled “Trends in the Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications to Pre-Schoolers,” poor children, especially black children in the United States, are being prescribed the dangerous drug Ritalin (methylphenidate) in unprecedented numbers, at younger and younger ages, with the number of prescriptions having increased more than 300% during 1991–95 in two study groups. The use of Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is just as abused; the article says that a psychiatric newsletter, citing marketing data compiled by the Food and Drug Administration, reported that in 1994, some 3,000 prescriptions for fluoxetine hydrochloride were written for children younger than one year of age!18
The effects of these drugs are devastating the world, and yet they continue to be manufactured and marketed in spite of the evidence against them. We cry out for children’s rights in many areas—why not this one? Perhaps it is the money being made by pharmaceutical companies and their lobbying power that prevents the FDA from taking action to protect children. The best way to protect them, however, is to inform parents—as the common slogan says: “Parents, The Anti-Drug.” When we examine the way in which these drugs work, you will join the ranks of those who are crying out. We may never change the way the world views things, but at least we can be informed enough about these to not allow them to have control over us or our loved ones.
How Do Psychotropic Drugs Work?
Antidepressants, or psychotropic drugs, most commonly work by attaching themselves to the neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the naturally occurring substances in the brain that occupy the space between the synapses of the nerve endings and allow the electrical energy to “jump the gap” between nerves. Of the 30-or-so neurotransmitters that have been identified, researchers have discovered associations between clinical depression and the function of three primary ones: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These three neurotransmitters function within structures of the brain that regulate emotions, reactions to stress, and the physical drives of sleep, appetite, and sexuality.19
Antidepressants are chemically engineered to raise the levels of serotonin in the brain in order to elevate the mood of the individual. Since most of the production of serotonin occurs in the pineal gland, this tiny cone-shaped gland subsequently becomes the target of the drugs.20 The pineal gland is located in the diametrical center of the brain and has been touted by mystics as the organ of spiritual perception.21 When certain of these drugs are ingested, or injected, into a person’s body, they stimulate this gland to produce a euphoric effect in their mood and thinking patterns.
When we start to understand how the pineal gland affects our minds, we will also begin to see why these drugs are so dangerous. This little gland sits directly beneath the two brain halves at the top of the spinal cord and works in conjunction with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to collectively control most of the endocrine secretions in the human body.22 Mystics have long believed that if the pineal gland is triggered, it can catapult the person into a higher spiritual realm.23 Psychotropic drugs target this gland and endeavor to raise the mood levels of depressed people up to a higher realm.
When these drugs activate the pineal gland, the door is opened to a spirit realm where demons are anxiously waiting to invade the body. Adolph Hitler was a major believer in this theory and used drugs frequently to enter the spirit world and get his direction.24 (LSD was developed in 1938 by Albert Hofmann—during the Third Reich reign and Hitler’s rise to power and insanity.) The following quote shows that Hitler used these mind-altering drugs, and the negative legacy he left behind provides a vivid example of the effects of them. History records that he suffered from depression and ended up committing suicide.25
Hitler was enthusiastic enough to enhance his occult powers further. He was already using some meditation techniques he learnt back in the East, but that was too slow a progress for him. Earnest Pretzsche, a book dealer, introduced Hitler to a psychedelic drug containing mescaline and peyote. This produced clairvoyant visions that made Hitler believe he had opened the door to the reigns of supernatural powers, powers he could use for his own purposes.26
In reality, using drugs to raise mood levels is not only dangerous, but it is a form of idolatry that substitutes pharmaceuticals for what only the Holy Spirit can accomplish in the true sense. When people enter this euphoric state, they are much more prone to erratic behavior because of the openness of their minds to the influence of demons. Look at this report on the effect of psychotropic drugs on the pineal gland:
The possibility of pineal gland involvement as a part of “neuroendocrine dysfunction” in some of the psychiatric diseases has received special attention in recent years. The discovery of a cascade of receptors and the action of many psychoactive drugs on [the] pineal gland supports the concept that the pineal gland can be considered as a suitable model system for assessing the action of psychotropic drugs. Psychotropic drugs, particularly antidepressants—both tricyclics and monoamine oxidase inhibitors—when administered either to animals or to patients suffering from depressive illness affects the pineal gland function and melatonin concentration. This raises the possibility that the beneficial effects of these drugs may relate to their ability to alter the pineal gland function and melatonin secretion. The occurrence of seasonal affective disorders and their response to bright light treatment implicate melatonin as a “bio-chemical marker” for these disease states. In view of these facts it can be suggested that [the] pineal gland does play an important role in the etiology of mental diseases, especially affective disorders.27
Psychotropic drug manufacturers purposely target the pineal gland in order to alter its function. These SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) change the brain’s activity in this vital gland by increasing its melatonin secretion.28 In effect, limiting the uptake of serotonin takes the low spots out of a person’s mood, but melatonin, on the other hand, raises the level of brain activity to a euphoric state. The goal of these drugs is to balance out the “low” spots by raising the whole level of brain activity. Whether it is Prozac, Ritalin, or self-prescribed illicit drugs, the effect is basically the same—in layman’s terms, it is to attain a “high” through a process of changing the action of these neurotransmitters.
A major problem with antidepressants has always been the varying dosages and kinds of drugs needed to continually adjust the amounts taken.29 Why? People are different and their daily encounters, circumstances, and environments vary as well. God, however, has made humans fully functional to handle all of life’s situations. Sometimes we need the serotonin to calm us and, at other times, the melatonin to raise us up. Mood shifts and mood swings are a part of life, and God programmed these natural secretions into our bodies when He made them. If God designed our brains to naturally emit these chemicals when needed, doesn’t it make sense that they will operate most efficiently when our minds are energized with His light?
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalm 18:28
The best solution to depression is not medication—but meditation on the Word of God. If the problem is really in the mind, wouldn’t it make more sense to put the remedy there (in the mind) rather than in our mouths? Some pills may promise relief, but the only pill that will work to actually cure depression is the “gospill.”
The Godly Solution
Just recently I was ministering to a man who had been taking six prescriptions of antidepressants. In the middle of the session, the Holy Spirit revealed a huge truth to me. When I spoke this to him, he immediately repented. By the Spirit, I said to him, “The demon of depression entered you when you spoke the word vow over yourself: ‘I can’t handle this anymore.’” When we speak words of defeat over ourselves, we are directly contradicting the truth of Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Our society seems bent on convincing us of our weaknesses and then trying to placate us with crutches that can provide no true support or healing.
I shared this incident with Dr. Henry Malone, a renowned deliverance minister and author of the widely known book, Shadow Boxing. Dr. Malone said, “The confession of ‘I can’t handle this’ is a huge discovery. It is a word vow that opens the door for a spirit of depression.” He also said, “This is the major confession of people who commit suicide.”
The truth of the matter, regardless of the situation, is found in Romans 8:31: “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
In looking at Godly solutions to depression and alternatives to psychotropic drugs, we need to look at the things of God first and go to Him for our deliverance. In his book on Biblical Foundations of Freedom: Destroying Satan’s Lies with God’s Truth, Art Mathias delivers some very powerful words about the use of psychotropic drugs masking the problems for which only God has the answers:
Pharmakia and sorcery can only offer a chemically-induced peace, and there is no deliverance from the real enemy. There is a more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31). Christ offers us peace of mind during this earthly life.30
When we have depression, what does the doctor prescribe? An antidepressant drug designed to bring us back into chemical balance. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good about ourselves. An antidepressant attempts to make it last longer in the nerves’ synapse. It cannot produce more serotonin. The real cause for the shortage is the anger, stress, and fears that are in our life. But, the doctor cannot address the spiritual dynamic that caused the chemical imbalance in the first place. Taking the drug causes us to avoid dealing with the real underlying spiritual problem.31
There are many examples of medications that only cover up real problems. Western medicine is designed to treat symptoms. When the symptoms are the root’s cause, as in injuries or other traumas, it works very well. But the symptom is usually not the root cause. We need to learn to depend on God and discover those areas of our lives that do not conform to God’s teaching. When we confess and repent [of our] disobedience, then the peace of God that passes all understanding floods over us, and His joy becomes our joy.32
Depression is a real problem, and it absolutely needs to be treated. Basically speaking, it is a pot-hole in the highway of life. Sometimes we hit these and need help getting out. In that case, the better solution is “Bible in the brain” rather than “pills in the mouth!
Some physicians, even Christian ones, have suggested that these drugs could be used on a short-term basis to achieve a state whereby the person can cope with the situations at hand. I have little problem with this except that any alternative treatment to the drugs is rarely used.33 My concern is that the world is endeavoring to introduce New Age solutions to solve age-old problems that have always been curable by Bible on the brain. My point is that antidepressants, or New Age pharmakeia, are not the answer to age-old problems. Instead, I propose a remedy that has stood the test of time—it has worked before, it will work now, and it will live and abide forever.
While doing research for this article, I actually did find a psychologist who has created an alternative method. Dr. Len Ochs of OchsLabs has developed a practice of recycling excess electrical energy out of the brain, changing it into an FM radio signal and feeding it back into the brain.34 What a brilliant concept!
Dr. Och’s method of treatment introduces nothing new but recycles the existing energy. God’s solution of Bible in the brain uses existing energy as well, but goes even further by including a heavenly dose of energy that comes directly from the words and power of the Holy Spirit.
I found myself in one of these depression pot-holes recently and needed some help getting out. I began saturating my mind with the Bible. In the process of reading it, the Lord directed me to a scripture that gives His answer for depression.
My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word. Psalm 119:28
Literally this verse says: “My soul droops because of depression: strengthen me according to Your Word.” The answer for depression is to fill up the pot-hole with long-term realism and hope from God. True enlightenment does not come from pricking the pineal gland with unnatural chemicals or slowing down serotonin absorption in the brain, but from the entrance of God’s promises contained within His Word. When we shine His light into our situation, we can then see the way out of whatever pot-hole we may find ourselves in.
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
These verses out of Psalms, and many others, offer a true solution to dealing with depression. Psalms 42:11 and 43:5 echo the same concept as Psalm 42:5 below:
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. Psalm 42:5
Psalm 119:11 gives a super-strength prescription to heal the mind.
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
Hiding the word in your heart has an amazingly simple meaning—it means to memorize it! When we memorize scripture, it saturates our minds and permeates our hearts. The more we quote it aloud and meditate upon it, the more potent and effective it becomes to our minds. If we did this faithfully every day, I believe we would see genuine deliverance instead of a short-term stopgap that often does more damage than good.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
As the simple revelation of reading and memorizing the Bible for mental peace and joy came upon me, I also realized that since the Bible is living and powerful (energetic), it has the power not only to heal my mind but to make it stronger too. I also found it helpful to extract new, fresh oil out of the Bible by memorizing new verses. I had lots of old ones, but I needed a “fresh squeeze.”
My dad told me that if someone got sick enough they would take their medicine. This is as true with those who suffer from depression and need to change their mental diet and begin exercising their thought processes as it is for people who need to change their physical diet and exercise their physical bodies. When people truly get a revelation of a sickness they have and its relation to their bad diet and/or lack of exercise, it becomes a wake-up call to them, and they will (perhaps for the first time in their lives) change their habit patterns in order to save their lives.
A New “Prescription” for Depression
It is interesting that the words “medicate” and “meditate” come from the same Latin root—medi. This root word means “to measure” or “to take appropriate measures.”35 So, whether you medicate the body or meditate the mind, the same truth applies. It means to take the right amount to do the job.
One of the major dilemmas of prescribing a psychotropic drug is just that—to find the adequate amount to do the job. Unfortunately, the constantly changing moods of a person taking the medicine can make this a hit-or-miss proposition. On top of this problem is the fact that it takes at least a couple of weeks up to a month to get the drug into the bloodstream and dissolved into the proper neurotransmitter. Monitoring patients closely enough to get an accurate assessment of their improvement presents a huge challenge for medical practitioners, so they often will either continue prescribing the same amount, or in some cases, gradually increase the amounts until they think they’ve reached the proper measurement. Do you see why I call it “hit or miss”?
I have a new “prescription” or cure for people suffering from depression. It is oral medication—quoting the Bible out of your mouth. It also involves a mental medication, which in fact is meditation. This “medicine,” simply stated, is to memorize one verse of Scripture each day. Depending upon the seriousness of the condition, increasing the dosage by two or three verses a day is allowable. There is no danger of overmedicating or over meditating. You cannot overdose on the Word of God!
The verses of Scripture we have covered, like Psalm 119:28 or Psalm 42:5, show the validity of this remedy. The kind of “medicine” that is needed is determined by the mental condition of the patient. (The word “patient” also ironically shows the quality that is required for this to work—faithfulness.)
In other words, “Dr. Jesus’ prescription” is: one verse a day keeps depression away. Memorizing these verses hides the Word of God in your heart, and I believe this method will produce a quicker result than merely reading them. Even when our souls are melting from heaviness, those words of life within us will give us the strength we need (Psalm 119:28). They will give us light and understanding (Psalm 119:130). When trouble and anguish overtake us, they will be our delight (Psalm 119:143), and because of the love that we have for His words, we will have great peace, and nothing will be able to cause us to stumble (Psalm 119:165). I believe the most effective method of taking this “medicine” is to quote the Scriptures aloud. Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” This is the tried, proven, and highly recommended practice that has yielded consistent results for millennia.
Dr. Jesus is the best choice for determining which Bible verses to memorize. He has sent the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, and He knows the mind of the spirit (Romans 8:27). He alone is capable of constantly monitoring the condition of the patient, and best of all, He is available 24/7 for follow-up advice and counseling.
This method (Bible in the brain) is the most effective way to treat depression. The only “downside” to God’s solution for depression is that it may decrease the sales of New Age pharmakeia! The best benefit, however, is that our Heavenly Father will get the glory and credit He is worthy of as the testimonies of these joyfully healed believers are spread around.
The Bible reveals additional remedies that could be used for depression that augment and support the straight words of life; however, keep in mind that the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit still guide us into the use of these:36
Each of these is worthy of its own study, and I believe it would benefit you greatly to eventually research and utilize them all as healing agents in your life.
The words of life found in the Bible are our necessary food, and they have stood the test of time. They are the words of the Holy Spirit penned by holy men of God (2 Peter 1:21), and they contain the power to regulate the brain, including neurotransmitters and the pineal gland.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
How about memorizing some new verses to squeeze some fresh anointing oil out of the Bible? We do not need New Age pharmakeia to conquer the dilemmas of our day-to-day lives. We need hope in God and a renewed mind (Romans 12:2) according to the standard of the Word of God. Meditation (Bible on the brain), not medication, is the better solution.
In closing, please remember that my purpose in writing this article was to help show a better solution—God’s remedy—for treating depression. It was not my intent to judge or condemn anyone who is presently taking psychotropic drugs or to say that they are sinning by doing so. I am also not suggesting that anyone should immediately stop using these drugs; in fact, if someone’s body has become accustomed to them, stopping too quickly could cause a negative reaction. What I am suggesting, however, is to immediately begin employing God’s solution through the methods described in this article. As the words of life begin healing your soul and mind, I believe you will be able to wean yourself off the use of these drugs. I further suggest that you conduct your weaning process under the advisement of your medical provider.
1. Bruce Bower, “Suicide Watch: Antidepressants Get Large-Scale Inspection,” Science News Online. “In the past 2 years, public and government concerns about a widely used class of antidepressant drugs have grown. There have been indications that these selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, may cause people to try to kill themselves.” For more information, please see http://www.sciencenews.org/articles20040724/fob1.asp (accessed June 9, 2006).
2. Associated Press, “Paxil May Increase Suicide in Teens, FDA and GlaxoSmithKline Warn,” May 12, 2006, http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,195274,00.html (accessed June 14, 2006).
3. As a matter of a disclaimer, I am not suggesting that anyone stop using these drugs. I am not a medical doctor; I am simply endeavoring to add light to a dark subject. If someone’s body has become accustomed to these drugs, stopping them “cold turkey” could cause a great deal of damage. A weaning process from these pharmaceuticals under the direction of the medical prescriber is an option to consider.
4. The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition, Version 3.6a (San Francisco, CA: Softkey International, Inc., 1994).
5. The following sites document increases in suicide rates: http://www.fathersforlife.org/health/cansuic.htm, http://prvateschool.about.com/cs/students/a/teensuicide_p.htm, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000871.htm,
6. The New Testament Greek Lexicon, http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=5590 (accessed June 15, 2006). The third definition for psuche is: “the soul—the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul, etc.). (Based on Thayer’s and Smith’s Bible Dictionary.)”
7. Lester Sumerall, Spirit, Soul, & Body (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1995), 81.
8. American Heritage.
10. R.H. Charles (translator), The Book of Enoch (Bristol, Great Britain: The Longdunn Press, 1997), 35. 1 Enoch 7:1: “And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants.”
11. “Antidepressants: Medications for Depression,” http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Depression/treatment/antidepressants/index.asp (accessed July 17, 2006).
13. See note 11, above.
14. Bruno Dubuc, “Parts of the Brain that Slow Down or Speed Up in Depression,” The Brain from Top to Bottom website, http://www.thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_08/d_08_cr/d_08_cr_dep/d_08_cr_dep.html (accessed June 14, 2006). “In general, several regions of the brain are less active in people who are depressed than in people who are feeling in top form. The reduced activity in these areas probably explains why depressed people experience feelings of lethargy and exhaustion . . . Certain parts of the parietal lobe and of the superior portion of the temporal lobe are associated with attentiveness to the outside world. These parts of the brain work more slowly in people with depression, which confirms the observation that people with depression are constantly focused inward on their own dark thoughts.”
15. Charly Groenendijk, “Serotonin & the Pineal Gland,” AntidepressantsFacts. Article last updated on March 11, 2003, http://www.antidepressantfacts.com/pinealstory/html (accessed July 20, 2006). “If a patient continues to ingest a particular SSRI-antidepressant over a prolonged period of time, eventually the body’s adrenal glands may lose their efficiency and ‘Adrenal Exhaustion Syndrome’ will be the end result.”
16. Maria Filidei, “The Creation of Senseless Violence; Psychiatric Drugs and Kids Who Kill,” http://www.worldnewsstand.net/health/ritalin2.htm (accessed July 19, 2006).
17. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website, “NIDA InfoFacts: Methylphenidate (Ritalin),” http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofacts/Ritalin.html (accessed July 19, 2006).
18. Michele Steinberg, “Re: Ritalin=Violence,” printed in the Executive Intelligence Review, March 24, 2000, http://www.usenet.com/newsgroups/misc.health.alternativemsg06914.html (accessed July 20, 2006).
19. Prentiss Price, Ph.D., “All About Depression: Neurotransmitters and Neurons,” http://www.allaboutdepression.com/cau_02.html;(accessed July 19, 2006).
20. Groenendijk, “Serotonin & the Pineal Gland.”
21. Institute for Innovative Blind Navigation, “The Pineal Gland,” http://www.wayfinding.net/pineal.htm (accessed June 18, 2006).
22. Groenendijk, “Serotonin & the Pineal Gland.”
23. Jim Marrs, Rule by Secrecy (New York, NY: HarperCollins, Perennial edition, 2001), 161. “‘When the Third Eye [believed by many to be the pineal gland between the eyes] had been opened to a full vision of the Akashic Record [the mystical hidden record of mankind], the initiate [of the Secret Doctrine] became a living witness of the whole evolution of the world, and of humanity.’” (Jim Marrs is quoting Trevor Ravenscroft from his book, The Spear of Destiny.)
24. David Bay, “Study Antichrist Through Study of Hitler,” Cutting Edge Ministries website, http://www.cuttingedge.org/NEWS/n1017.html (accessed July 25, 2006).
25. NNDB (Notable Names Data Base), “Adolf Hitler,” http://www.nndb.com/people/197/000025122 (accessed July 25, 2006).
26. Wes Penre, “Hitler and the Secret Societies—the Occult Life of Adolf Hitler,” ©Illuminati News, http://www.illuminati-news.com/hitler-occult.htm (accessed August 16, 2006).
27. Srinivasan V., “Psychoactive drugs, pineal gland and affective disorders,” Institute of Physiology, Madurai Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India. Article on NCBI website at http://www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=PubMed&list_uids=2675194&dopt=Abstract (accessed July 25, 2006).
28. Groenendijk, “Serotonin & the Pineal Gland.”
29. Barbara Hodgson, Robert Kizior, Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook, 2004 (Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company), 219–220, 427.
30. Art Mathias, Biblical Foundations of Freedom: Destroying Satan’s Lies with God’s Truth (Anchorage, AK: Wellspring Publishing, 2003), 180.
31. Ibid., 183.
32. Ibid., 183.
33. Len Ochs, Ph.D. uses a low energy neurofeedback system (LENS) to produce a measurable change in the brainwaves. His method has proven to be of “enormous benefit to help them [those suffering from depression] reclaim their potential.” To find out more about this alternative method, access his website at: http://www.ochslabs.com.
35. American Heritage.
36. Dale M. Sides, “Overcoming Depression,” audio CD LP83, April 26, 2006; may be ordered through Liberating Ministries for Christ International.
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