The law prohibiting witchcraft is punishable by death. Stay away from this practice to live.
(YHWH Himself is the Enforcer of all YHWH’s Laws and these people practicing this are judged by YHWH, God, himself. No man on earth can judge any other man because Yahushua is the only man that ever lived perfectly.)
Now that the enforcer of these laws has been clarified for the unlearned reader, Dear Reader, I will continue with this exposition.
This prohibition includes the use of drugs, prescription drugs, illegal drugs and any thing that alters your state of consciousness ( is this true and does it include alcohol? Or perhaps alcohol in excess because getting drunk certainly alters your state of consciousness)…
The word Witchcraft comes from a word that means Pharma or
(Galatians 5:20) Idolatry,G1495 witchcraft,G5331 hatred,G2189 variance,G2054 emulations,G2205 wrath,G2372 strife,G2052 seditions,G1370 heresies,G139
The Greek word G5331
From G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery, witchcraft.
From φάρμακον pharmakon (a drug, that is, spell giving potion); a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner, that is, (by extension) a magician: – sorcerer.
Kingship is denied those who follow after witchcraft.
In the larger scheme of things he is teaching us to now learn to stay from this sin.
(1 Samuel 15:23) ForH3588 rebellionH4805 is as the sinH2403 of witchcraft,H7081 and stubbornnessH6484 is as iniquityH205 and idolatry.H8655 BecauseH3282 thou hast rejectedH3988 (H853) the wordH1697 of the LORD,H3068 he hath also rejectedH3988 thee from being king.H4480 H4428
a. Ex 22: 18
(Exodus 22:18) Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
b. Lev 19: 26
(Leviticus 19:26) Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
c. Lev 19: 31
(Leviticus 19:31) Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
d. Lev 20 6
(Leviticus 20:6) And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
e. Lev 20: 27
(Leviticus 20:27) A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
From Albert Barnes notes on the Bible on Galatians 5:20directly quoted from the E-Sword program created by Rick Myers.
Witchcraft – Pretending to witchcraft. The apostle does not vouch for the actual existence of witchcraft; but he says that what was known as such was a proof of the corrupt nature of man, and was one of the fruits of it. No one can doubt it. It was a system of imposture and falsehood throughout; and nothing is a better demonstration of the depravity of the human heart than an extended and systematized attempt to impose on mankind. The word which is used here (φαρμακεία pharmakeia, whence our word “pharmacy,” from φάρμακον pharmakon, a medicine, poison, magic potion) means, properly, the preparing and giving of medicine. Then it means also poisoning, and also magic art, or enchantment; because in savage nations pharmacy or medicine consisted much in magical incantations. Thence it means sorcery or enchantment, and it is so used uniformly in the New Testament. It is used only in Gal_5:20; Rev_9:21; Rev_18:23; Rev_21:8. Some have supposed that it means poisoning here, a crime often practiced; but the more correct interpretation is, to refer it to the black art, or to pretensions to witchcraft, and the numerous delusions which have grown out of it, as a striking illustration of the corrupt and depraved nature of man.
Hatred – Greek: “hatreds,” in the plural. Antipathies, and lack of love, producing contentions and strifes.
Variance – Contentions; see the note at Rom_1:29.
Emulations – (ζήλοι zēloi). In a bad sense, meaning heart-burning, or jealousy, or perhaps inordinate ambition. The sense is ardor or zeal in a bad cause, leading to strife, etc.
Wrath – This also is plural in the Greek (θυμοὶ thumoi), meaning passions, “bursts of anger;” see the note at 2Co_12:20.
Strife – Also plural in the Greek; see the note at 2Co_12:20
Seditions – See the note at Rom_16:17.
Heresies – See the note at Act_5:17; 1Co_11:19.