Lucas Hemp Co believes that the hemp plant is part of our ancestral inheritance given by God, it’s use is a right of birth, and it is our lawful Christian duty to oppose teachings contrary.
Scripture states explicitly in Genesis 1:29 that hemp is given to us by God. It is part of our inheritance. To cultivate and use this crop is a common grace blessing given to all man, and the conscience of the Christian should receive this plant thankfully as a blessing, in subjection to the Word of God, and defend it’s use even if only as the least of all rights of birth.
The hemp plant cannot rightly be defined as “pharmacy, sorcery, witchcraft”etc., as many would assume today, but rather these things are idenitfied within the conscience of the user.
The words used to define hemp in the Scriptures are “meat, corn, herb, food, fruit, blessing, etc.”, and there is no prohibition of it’s cultivation and use in the Holy Canon.
[I must point out that, in my opinion, hemp consumption is not a sacrament (like communion or baptism). Although there are many who suggest mis-translations of sweet calumus in Exodus (very intriguing study), upon careful thought, one must dismiss this argument, as it would have never been lost in the Septuagint. Put simply, Hemp was not unfamilliar to Greek or Hebrew culture. They knew what hemp was, and they didn’t see it as “evil” as we do today. Suggestions that the Scribes have mis-translated anything in the Bible should be weighed with heavy scrutiny, as they knew their job and did it well, despite the adverse conditions in which they worked. Even against the weight of the linguistic similarities, the odds of a mis-translation of a common agricultural commodity of their day aren’t as far fetched as the “big bang” theory, but it is certainly not probable given the accuracy of the ancient texts.]
The Holy Spirit will not empower obedience to laws that do not have the Lord’s approval from Scripture either explicitly or by implication. Therefore the congregations of Christ must come to the defense of this liberty in the examples and teachings given throughout the Canon (Naboth, Daniel, Paul, Jesus, etc.), and identify this prohibition as heresey.
This must be done, not only for the spiritual health of the church, but so that Brothers who are strong in God’s faith might not be rejected by the congregation because of the inherent offense this prohibition has created in the conscience of the weaker Brothers. In other words, the Brother who is strong in God’s faith should try not to offend others, but there are many in the Church who would do well to exercise their spirits and conscience to be void of offense towards God and man.
Lucas Hemp Co feels that commands of abstinence from this blessing from God did not permeate our culture from within the teachings of Christ, but rather these doctrines are cultural values that have been imposed upon the Church. Therefore Lucas Hemp Co intends to engage this cultural value equipped with the full armor of God, in the marketplace, where it takes root.
Commands of abstinence from the blessings of God are not only refuted throughout the New Testament Canon, but by the writings of the men who walked with the men who walked with God (Jesus). These writings of the first and second century Church are a common resource for Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant (The three main branches of Christianity) Theologians when seeking to better understand the traditions of the Early Church Fathers. Within these writings (Clement, Origen, etc.), one can clearly see that the Early Church strongly argued that all things were brought back to their original state of purity after the cross. These arguments are well accepted theology in virtually every congregation of Christ (i.e. Minister’s today will sometimes illustrate how He/She made sure they asked the Lord’s blessings upon the food they were feeding them in seminary, as that’s the only thing that made it edible).
By these writings concerning Church tradition, coupled with the overwhelming support in the New Testament Canon, one can only conclude that the sowing and use of industrial hemp is in no way contrary to the doctrinal positions of any major Christian denomination, and more importantly, in the Eyes of God “IT IS GOOD” ( Gen 1:12).
Upon further study concerning the more recent prohibitions of food and drink within the Christian Church, one can find that they generally were a fundamentalist- type response (i.e. no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, etc.) to the ever- increasing liberal theology of the 1800’s (which not only compromised the authority of the Scriptures to embrace the “scientific” theories of their day, but also the excesses of the culture of their day), or in other words, instead of going to the Scriptures to find out what to do, one is content to just do the opposite of sinners and call it “good enough”. Unfortunately, these teachings are not “good enough”, as they do not accurately represent Truth, and can have disasterous consequences on the conscience of the believer and spiritual health of the Church.
Studies on these prohibitions will also bring to light that within the major Christian denominations of today, NO denomination teaches against, or prohibits the use of industrial hemp. Hemp prohibition is simply not a Christian value. It is a cultural value that has led/pushed the Church out on to a legalistic-antinomian “tightrope” which ultimately causes the believers to bite, devour, consume, and stumble in the Way. Therefore the true Body of Christ will view hemp prohibition as an attack upon the conscience of those who have come to faith in Christ, and take up a defense against it.
Lucas Hemp Co intends to proclaim the good news message within the man named Jesus (who is not just a man, but is God taken the form of a Son) to those who may feel a false sense of guilt, hostility, or alienation towards God and the congregations of Christ because of this command of abstinence, clarifying that the Holy Spirit is only empowering sobreity and giving a sound mind.
To my knowledge, no correction is needed within Church doctrine, beyond simply encouraging Christians to look upon what is true, just, pure, commendable, and praiseworthy about this blessing (power cars, build houses, etc), that they might consider the work of God, the operation of His Hands, and ultimately glorify Him. In other words, the Preacher’s are preaching righteous sermons, they just haven’t heard about the goodness of this blessing and the contributions it can make to soceity. They have only heard horror stories about the destructions relating to excess and drunkenness, (the “if you smoke pot, your gonna die” type maddness of the last 80 years) and therefore most sermons concerning the use of this plant that are urging abstinence.
Lucas Hemp Co feels that hemp prohibition comes from within our culture, and intends to engage these doctrines in the marketplace, where the intimidation and hostility towards this blessing takes root, speaking the Truth of God against the spiritual forces of evil that have stolen away this blessing from the Lord’s children, and have caused many to stumble away from the Lord instead of leading them to the Lord. I believe that, by tearing down this stronghold, the congregations of Christ will reclaim this blessing, it will become a easier for some people to come to the Church and learn about Jesus and come to believe that He truly IS God, and the Lord will be glorified in His goodness and mercies towards us.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 6:11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 6:14 Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 6:15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, 6:16 and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. 6:19 Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak—that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.