Gambling, Lotteries, and Drawings Are A Sin
Twenty years ago, only a handful of women sought treatment for gambling addiction across the United States. Today, of the estimated 6 million to 8 million gambling addicts in the United States, half are women. Source: ABC News
Elizabeth Kato is one of those women. She became addicted to video poker, a game that is part of the Oregon state lottery. “Now what runs through my mind is the amount of money that I’ve lost at those machines, and the hours and hours I spent at those machines and not with my family. I’ve lost my marriage. … I’ve lost my children’s home.”
Oregon has a $10 million advertising campaign for the state lottery. “If you look at the Oregon lottery’s primary mission, it is to maximize revenue,” Carole Hardy of the Oregon State Lottery Board
Not lives, but revenue!
The lottery spends just over a million dollars in advertising urging female gambling addicts to seek help.” We try to maintain a balance,” Hardy said. “In actuality, the money that we’ve invested in gambling outreach has increased year over year.”
Invest! The only return on this investment is broken lives, and ruined homes.
Hardy said the Oregon lottery is there to serve the people.” They voted for us,” said Hardy. “We track favorability and the majority of Oregonians want a lottery.”
Democracy is lawlessness. When people are a law unto themselves, there is in reality no law at all. Whatever the majority wants, regardless of how evil it is, they can have it.
Christian Brothers and Sisters, stay away from the lottery, the casinos, the drawings, and any other venture that promises something for nothing. When you enter a drawing to win a prize, even if it does not require you to pay something you are counting on the chance that you will be lucky. We walk by fiath, not luck! We are to be a light unto the world not a guide to gambling.
We already have something for nothing, that is nothing we paid for. Salvation is the free gift of God, He paid the price. We have it not by luck but by faith. If you are asked to participate in a drawing tell them of the Grand Prize, Salvation.
Should a Christian Gamble
I just finished watching four YouTube videos on “Should a Christian Gamble”. After watching these so called “Theologians” I came away with the following advice. “Watch out” you might get addicted, and “The Bible does not specifically say anything about gambling”.
They are WRONG! Gambling in any form, lotto, casino, drawings, etc is a SIN! The Bible says so.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Pauls Epistle to the Romans14:23
Gambling is not of faith. Gambling is a matter of chance. When you enter a drawing it is a matter of pure chance that someone is chosen. No faith is involved, therefore it is sin!
You do not have control, The Spirit of God is not in it. You are hoping to win something. Even if you enter a drawing by just writing down your name and email address you are still hoping to win something for nothing. God says avoid the appearance of evil. Spend your time telling someone about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 1 Peter 2:11
Abstain from all appearance of evil. Thessalonians 5:22
The only reason so many Christians make excuses for gambling is they love the excitement and what they will “win”. They love their sin so much they are willing to listen to anyone who will offer them a reason to play a little harmless game of chance. You never see them out trying to win a soul to Christ. They do not care if someone goes to hell. They only care about themselves. God will judge Christians for gambling and taking chances they did not have to take. It is one thing to take a risk that may be necessary. Everyday we have to take risks in this world. But to take a chance in order to gain something for nothing is a sin, Period!
Have you won one soul this year? Proverbs 11:30
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