What does Paul mean by "sorcery" in Galatians 5:20?
In Galatians 5:20 Paul uses the word pharmakeia (Strong's Greek 5331). This word has been translated to "witchcraft" or "sorcery" in most English versions. For example:
(19) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
(20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies
Galatians 5:19-20, NKJV
What is the meaning of pharmakeia in this context? Is Paul really referring to the use of a kind of dark magic?