From Webster's Dictionary:
Main Entry: sor·cery Now I am fully aware that words change meanings within generations, and sometimes quicker than that. But the sorcery in the above definition, is one who works with evil spirits/raising the dead to consult with them. If I may link this with the article above, then it seems that the Scriptures are forbidding the use of drugs recreationally to achieve ecstatic states to converse with spirits of the dead.
Etymology: Middle English sorcerie, from Anglo-French, from sorcer sorcerer, from Medieval Latin sortiarius, from Latin sort-, sors chance, lot — more at series
Date: 14th century
1 : the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits especially for divining : necromancy
If this is the case, what about a witch that doesn't do these things?
I cannot really know much about witches that do not use drugs. All I know is the word for drugs and witches became associated with one another.
I think that being a witch demands that you use potions (drugs), otherwise the spell may not work.
Also, when you look at Galatians 5:19-20, how he states that Sorcery is a "Work of the Flesh".
"Now the works of the flesh are evident:
sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery
, hatred, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-20 ESV)
When he says that Sorcery is "A Work of The Flesh", we must believe that the witch will be using mind altering potions (drugs) for the magical arts.
Could be wrong tho. Maybe they don't always need drugs to do their spells. Maybe there is power in their flesh alone to enact the magic.
Or maybe he was only referring to the use of drugs alone and not witchcraft.