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GAMBLING for THE COMMON GOOD: Is it SIN?

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on December 3, 2007

 If I may say, I wonder if perhaps I’d be sinning by default regarding gambling because I indirectly profit off of it.

For anyone attending colleges in Georgia, the HOPE SCholarship is funded largely by gambling/lotteries, and I’ve always wondered whether people recieving the funding have considered that as an issue. The money wasn’t given based on hard work, nor was it given because of wise financial decisions

To be more specific, I guess I’m coming from this:

James 4:17

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

    Often we tend to think that doing wrong is sin. But James tells us that sin is also not doing right (sins of OMISSION rather than COMISSION). An example would be that it’s a sin to lie, but it can also be a sin to know the truth & not tell it because it benefits you.

    That said, knowing the reality of gambling but still staying silent about it/being content to recieve the funding because you’re not gambling yourself may be an issue
It’d be like me seeing someone coming into a church to give an offering that came about by robbery, blood money, extortion, blackmail, manipulation, and various other sinful means but still accepting it in the church for funding ministries.

Not even the Pharisees themselves did that, as seen in the example of Judas offering back blood money but them refusing to use it since the law was against the means which it was gained (Matthew 27:3-10)…….

3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
      “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

 5So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

 6The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]

The same could be said of Christ, who WAS FURIOUS over the WAY the temple was funded.

 Regardless of whatever benefits came about from it, the means/ATTITUDES by which it was gained were UNSCRIPTURAL (John 2:12-25, Matthew 21:12-14)……and if we today recognize funding done in a wrong manner but say nothing, are we better?

Proverbs 28:9

If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.

 

 

 

 

No one would consider it honoring God if a church received donated drug money, or money stolen in a bank robbery……& not even the Pharisees did that concerning Judas’s Blood money ( Matthew 27:3-10)….for that money was stolen from through the wrong means: DESTROYING THE LIVES OF OTHERS THROUGH EXTORTION/OPPRESING THE POOR, & the lack of HONEST HARD WORK…..

 Any benefits one might’ve received from it may be nullified by the bad affects following them (Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 20:17, Proverbs 22:16) 

http://www.giveshare.org/BibleStudy/098.gambling.html

That said, why do you think the MAJORITY of people gamble?


Moreover, have you ever had a time when you thought you could get rich or benefit from a lack of work and a large investment? Were any wise principles of STEWARDSHIP in mind when you did it? This is important because the mentality MOST PEOPLE have when gambling is something the Bible EXPLICITLY WARNS AGAINST: EAGERLY DESIRING TO BECOME RICH (and often QUICKLY, too) (Ecclesiastes 5:10, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Hebrews 13:5), & WASTEFUL SPENDING (Proverbs 21:20 

Proverbs 23:4-5  4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
       have the wisdom to show restraint.  5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
       for they will surely sprout wings
       and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Ecclesiastes 5:10

 10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
       whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
       This too is meaningless.

1 Timothy 6:6-10

 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5 
 

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
   “Never will I leave you;
      never will I forsake you.”[a]

It may be of benefit for everyone to consider this audio sermon by Dr.John Piper on the issue of why Gambling is WRONG:

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/AskPastorJohn/ByTopic/8_Money/2355_Why_is_gambling_wrong/

Moreover, if anyone’s interested, please consider checking out these links…..

http://www.shepherdserve.org/stewardship.htm

http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_93.htm

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/gambling_is_a_sin.htm

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15 Responses to “GAMBLING for THE COMMON GOOD: Is it SIN?”

  1. Righter said

    Good morning G,

    Very interesting post, among other entries–:-)

    I’ll start participating by commenting on this one:

    Regardless of whatever benefits came about from it, the means/ATTITUDES by which it was gained were UNSCRIPTURAL (John 2:12-25, Matthew 21:12-14)……and if we today recognize funding done in a wrong manner but say nothing, are we better?

    When it comes to funding sources, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint every dime that is contained within the pool. For example, let’s say a scholarship is worth 100.00 and 95.00 came from a legitimate source and 5.00 did not. According to reporting requirements; the recipient may not be privy to where the 5.00 came from and as such, is not responsible.

    In like manner, this same source may have yet a second scholarship worth 100.00 that may be totally funded through legitimate means. However, the recipient is only aware that there are two, 100.00 scholarships.

    With this being said, money flows in such a rapid sucession that it may be impossible to determine where every dime comes from. Based upon these factors, I think the recipients of most scholarships have very little to worry about in regards to receiving funds.

    If we continue in this line of thinking; we would have to conclude that many who are currently alive in this country are benefitting from the hard work of slaves who never made a dime. Should these individuals that have inherited that which was not rightfully earned forfeit such benefits? Do the same rules of scriptures apply? If so, the reparations folks are correct. If not, what then shall we say; this is an exception?

    And no, I’m not for or against reparations-I just go to work every day!!! 🙂

  2. Interesting, insightful thoughts sis. Will try to get back as SOON AS POSSIBLE (it’s crunch week at school and I got study for a test!!!)….but thanks for sharing.

    On a small note, do you think it matters whether we choose to bemefit from something when we have the knowledge that it was gained wrongly, as opposed to not knowing/being sincere? Or that, due to the way things are, we’ve become trapped in our own systems of development?

    An example of this would be Knowing that part of our country’s development came about from the exploitation of others, such as Slaves…..and even prior to that, NATIVE AMERICANS who got PLAYED BIG TIME with things like being given blankets secretly lined with smallpox, massacres, or being forced from their land despite numerous treaties/promises to work with them was founded on many…..and yet we experience the economic developments today, depend upon them, and would be severely hindered if we gave them up.

  3. On the argument of money, I realize that even the very dollarbills we have in our pockets at one point may’ve passed through the hands of another who may’ve used it wrongly. The $20 in mi pocket may’ve been used by a drug dealer who manipulated, harmed and possibly killed others to place it in his credit account…..and that money passed through the economic currency to my hands.

    But then again, I didn’t know that. In the case he comes to my church, however, and tries to donate that money in the name of God, it may not be the same thing. Someone I knew tried to use the Money flow analogy to justify the fact that it doesn’t matter if bloodmoney and drug money is offered in the church when that drugdealer is sincer and wants to bring it to God. I SHARPLY disagreed seeing the Scriptural Examples where God wasn’t cool with it.

    Thoughts??

  4. Righter said

    I agree–thus, one must always consider whether someone “knows” the money has been obtained through not so honest means

  5. Righter said

    On a small note, do you think it matters whether we choose to bemefit from something when we have the knowledge that it was gained wrongly, as opposed to not knowing/being sincere? Or that, due to the way things are, we’ve become trapped in our own systems of development?

    An example of this would be Knowing that part of our country’s development came about from the exploitation of others, such as Slaves…..and even prior to that, NATIVE AMERICANS who got PLAYED BIG TIME with things like being given blankets secretly lined with smallpox, massacres, or being forced from their land despite numerous treaties/promises to work with them was founded on many…..and yet we experience the economic developments today, depend upon them, and would be severely hindered if we gave them up.

    Yes G, I think that whenever a people, regardless of ethnicity, are expolited so that others are able to profit, it is wrong and there is no gray area to eplain otherwise…This is a clear, cut example of what “pimping” really means and America was built on “Pimpology”…

    As a note, slaves always sailed with the Europeans, however; they were at first “indentured” which means they had limited freedom. Thus, we must say that the Indians and Africans were both “dogged” at the same time, not one before the other.

  6. Righter said

    Good luck on your finals! One day you’ll look back and say

    “If it wasn’t for the Lord on my side”

    lol

  7. Appreciate the encouragement, sis.

    By the way, though I plan on responding to some of the other interesting points you brought up, thought I’d leave you with something to “marinate” on before going off to study. It’s from an excellent ministry called “PROBE”, and I think it may bless you:

    http://www.probe.org/current-issues/current-issues/gambling.html

    Gambling used to be what a few unscrupulous people did with the aid of organized crime. But gambling fever now seems to affect nearly everyone as more and more states are legalizing various forms of it.

    Thirty years ago, gambling was a relatively rare phenomenon with casinos operating only in the distant Nevada desert and a few states with lotteries or pari-mutuel betting. Today, legalized gambling is permitted in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia. More Americans are gambling than ever before, and they are also gambling more money.{1}

    The momentum seems to be on the side of those who want legalized gambling as a way to supplement state revenues. But these states and their citizens often ignore the costs that are associated with legalized gambling.

    Types of Gambling

    Gambling comes in many forms. Perhaps the most popular type of gambling is state-sponsored lotteries. This would include the weekly lottery games, as well as the daily lottery numbers and scratch-off ticket games.

    A second type of gambling would be casinos. Gambling in this venue would include jackpot slot machines, video card game machines, various casino card games such as poker and blackjack, and other casino games such as roulette.

    Sports betting is a third type of gambling. Someone can bet on the outcome of a sporting event or a particular part of a sporting event. Usually, bets are placed on a bookmaker’s odds so that the actual bet is against the point spread. Sports betting would also include illegal office pools and even weekend golfers who bet dollars or cokes for each hole.

    Pari-mutuel betting (horse racing, dog racing, and jai alai) is another form of sports gambling. Horse racing is legal in 43 states with over 150 racetracks in the United States.

    Convenience gambling (also called retail gambling) includes stand-alone slot machines, video poker, video keno, and other games. These are usually found in bars, truck stops, and convenience stores.

    Online gambling represents a new frontier in the spread of gambling. The availability and accessibility of Internet gambling appears to have greatly increased the number of people gambling on a regular basis.

    Bad Social Policy

    Legalized gambling is bad social policy. At a time when Gamblers Anonymous estimates that there are at least 12 million compulsive gamblers, it does not make a lot of sense to have the state promoting gambling. State sponsorship of gambling makes it harder, not easier, for the compulsive gambler to reform. Since about 96 percent of those gamblers began gambling before the age of fourteen,{2} we should be especially concerned about the message such a policy sends to young people.

    The economic costs that gamblers themselves incur are significant. The average compulsive gambler has debts exceeding $80,000.{3} And this figure pales in comparison with other social costs that surface because of family neglect, embezzlement, theft, and involvement in organized crime. Compulsive gamblers affect the lives of family, friends, and business associates. Some of the consequences of gambling are marital disharmony, divorce, child abuse, substance abuse, and suicide attempts.
    Proponents argue that state lotteries are an effective way to raise taxes painlessly. But the evidence shows that legalized gambling often hurts those who are poor and disadvantaged.

    A national task force on gambling found that those in the lowest income bracket lost more than three times as much money to gambling (as a percentage of income) as those at the wealthiest end of the spectrum.{4} One New York lottery agent reports that “seventy percent of those who buy my tickets are poor, black, or Hispanic.”{5} And a National Bureau of Economic Research “shows that the poor bet a much larger share of their income.”{6} The study also found that “the less education a person has, the more likely he is to play the lottery.”{7}

    A major study on the effect of the California lottery came to the same conclusions. The Field Institute’s California poll found that 18 percent of the state’s adults bought 71 percent of the tickets. These heavy lottery players (who bought more than twenty tickets in the contest’s first forty-five days) are “more likely than others to be black, poorer and less educated than the average Californian.”{8}

    Studies also indicate that gambling increases when economic times are uncertain and people are concerned about their future. Joseph Dunn, director of the National Council on Compulsive Gambling, says, “People who are worried about the factory closing take a chance on making it big. Once they win anything, they’re hooked.”{9}

    The social impact of gambling is often hidden from the citizens who decide to legalize gambling. But later these costs show up in the shattered lives of individuals and their families.

    One study in The Journal of Social Issues found that as gambling increases, there is an increase in “(a) proportion of divorce and separation; (b) disagreement about money matters with one’s spouse; (c) lack of understanding between marital partners; and (d) more reported problems among children of gamblers.”{10}
    Psychologist Julian Taber warns, “No one knows the social costs of gambling or how many players will become addicted . . . the states are experimenting with the minds of the people on a massive scale.”{11}

    Families are torn apart by strife, divorce, and bankruptcy. Boydon Cole and Sidney Margolius in their book, When You Gamble—You Risk More Than Your Money, conclude, “There is no doubt of the destructive effect of gambling on the family life. The corrosive effects of gambling attack both the white-collar and blue-collar families with equal vigor.”{12}

    The impact on crime is also significant. The crime rate in gambling communities is nearly double the national average.{13} Researchers calculate that for every dollar the state received in gambling revenues, it costs the state at least three dollars in increased social costs (for criminal justice and social welfare).{14}

    Bad Governmental Policy

    Legalized gambling is also bad governmental policy. Government should promote public virtue, not seduce its citizens to gamble in state-sponsored vice. Government is supposed to be servant of God according to Romans 13, but its moral stance is compromised when it enters into a gambling enterprise.

    Citizens would be outraged if their state government began enticing its citizens to engage in potentially destructive behavior (such as taking drugs).

    But those same citizens see no contradiction when government legalizes and even promotes gambling. Instead of being a positive moral force in society, government contributes to the corruption of society.
    Ross Wilhelm, professor of business economics at the University of Michigan, says,

    State lotteries and gambling games are essentially a “rip-off” and widespread legalization of gambling is one of the worst changes in public policy to have occurred in recent years. . . . The viciousness of the state-run games is compounded beyond belief by the fact that state governments actively advertise and promote the games and winners.{15}

    The corrosive effect legalized gambling has on government itself is also a cause for concern. As one editorial in New York Times noted, “Gambling is a business so rich, so fast, so powerful and perhaps inevitably so unsavory that it cannot help but undermine government.”{16}

    Legal and Illegal Gambling

    One of the standard clichés used by proponents of legalized gambling is that by instituting legal gambling, illegal gambling will be driven out.

    This argument makes a number of faulty assumptions.

    First, it assumes that people are going to gamble anyway; and so the state might as well get a piece of the action. Second, it assumes that given the choice, people would rather gamble in a state-sponsored program because it will be regulated. The state will make sure that the program is fair and that each participant has an equal chance of winning. Third, it assumes that if the state enters the gambling arena, it will drive out illegal gambling because it will be a more efficient competitor for gamblers’ dollars.

    While the arguments seem sound, they are not. Although some people do gamble illegally, most citizens do not. Legalized gambling entices people to gamble who normally would not gamble at all. Duke University researchers have found that the lottery is a “powerful recruiting device” because one-fourth of those who otherwise would not gamble at all do bet on lotteries.{17}

    Second, legal gambling does not drive out illegal gambling. If anything, just the opposite is true. As legalized gambling comes into a state, it provides additional momentum for illegal gambling.

    The Organized Crime Section of the Department of Justice found that “the rate of illegal gambling in those states which have some legalized form of gambling was three times as high as those states where there was not a legalized form of gambling.”{18} And one national review found that

    In states with different numbers of games, participation rates increase steadily and sharply as the number of legal types of gambling increases. Social betting more than doubles from 35 percent in states with no legal games to 72 percent in states with three legal types; the illegal gambling rate more than doubles from nine percent to 22 percent; and commercial gambling increases by 43 percent, from 24 to 67 percent.{19}

    Legalized gambling in various states has been a stimulator of illegal gambling, not a competitor to it.

    The reasons for the growth of illegal gambling in areas where legalized gambling exists are simple. First, organized crime syndicates often use the free publicity of state lotteries and pari-mutuel betting to run their own numbers games. The state actually saves them money by providing publicity for events involving gambling.

    Second, many gamblers would rather bet illegally than legally. When they work with a bookie, they can bet on credit and do not have to report their winnings to the government, two things they cannot do if they bet on state-sponsored games. This explains why illegal gambling thrives in states with legalized gambling.

    Another important issue is the corrupting influence legalized gambling can have on society. First, legalized gambling can have a very corrupting influence on state government. In the last few years there have been numerous news reports of corruption and fraud in state lotteries.

    Second, there is the corrupting influence on the citizens themselves. Gambling breeds greed. Research has shown that the number of compulsive gamblers increases between 100 and 550 percent when legalized gambling is brought into an area.{20} Every day, otherwise sane people bet large amounts of money in state lotteries because they hope they will win the jackpot.

    Moreover, states and various gambling establishments produce glitzy ads that appeal to people’s greed in order to entice them to risk even more than they can afford.
    Government should be promoting positive social values like thrift and integrity rather than negative ones like greed and avarice. They should be promoting the public welfare rather than seducing citizens to engage in state-sponsored vice.
    Economic Costs

    Legalized forms of gambling (state lotteries, pari-mutuel betting, and casinos) are often promoted as good economic policy. Proponents say they are painless ways of increasing billions of dollars in state revenue. But there is another economic side to legalized gambling.

    First, the gross income statistics for legalized gambling are much higher than the net income. State lotteries are one example. Although about half the states have lotteries and the figures vary from state to state, we can work with some average figures. Generally, the cost of management, advertising, and promotion is approximately sixty cents of each dollar. In other words, for every dollar raised in a lottery, only forty cents goes to the state budget. By contrast, direct taxation of the citizens costs only about one cent on the dollar, so that for every dollar raised by taxes, ninety-nine cents goes to the state.

    Second, gambling adversely affects a state economy.

    Legalized gambling depresses businesses because it diverts money that could have been spent in the capital economy into gambling that does not stimulate the economy. Boarded-up businesses surrounding casinos are a visible reminder of this, but the effect on the entire economy is even more devastating than may be at first apparent. Money that could be invested, loaned, and recycled through the economy is instead risked in a legalized gambling scheme.

    Legalized gambling siphons off a lot of money from the economy. More money is wagered on gambling than is spent on elementary and secondary education ($286 billion versus $213 billion in 1990).{21} Historian John Ezel concludes in his book, Fortune’s Merry Wheel, “If history teaches us anything, a study of over 1,300 legal lotteries held in the United States proves . . . they cost more than they brought in if their total impact on society is reckoned.”{22}

    Biblical Perspective

    Even though the Bible does not directly address gambling, a number of principles can be derived from Scripture. First, the Bible emphasizes a number of truths that conflict with gambling. The Bible, for example, emphasizes the sovereignty of God (Matt. 10:29–30).

    Gambling, however, is based on chance. The Bible admonishes people to work creatively and for the benefit of others (Eph. 4:28), while gambling fosters a something-for-nothing attitude. The Bible condemns materialism (Matt. 6:24–25) while gambling promotes it.

    Gambling breeds a form of covetousness, whereas the tenth commandment (Exod. 20:17) admonishes people not to covet. Coveting, greed, and selfishness are the base emotions that entice individuals to gamble.

    Christians should be concerned about gambling if for no other reason than the effect it has on the “weaker brother” and how it will affect the compulsive gambler. State-sponsored gambling makes it more difficult for compulsive gamblers to reform. Legalized gambling becomes an institutionalized form of greed.

    Second, gambling destroys the work ethic. Two key biblical passages deal with the work ethic. In Colossians 3:23–24 the apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” And in 2 Thessalonians 3:7,10, he stated, “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. . . . For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

    The Twentieth Century Fund research group commented, “Gambling’s get-rich-quick appeal appears to mock capitalism’s core values: disciplined work habits, thrift, prudence, adherence to routine, and the relationship between effort and reward.”{23}

    These core values of the work ethic are all part of the free enterprise system and are part of the Christian life. Gambling corrupts these values, and replaces them with greed and selfishness. Rather than depending on hard work, gamblers depend on luck and chance.

    Third, gambling destroys families. Gambling is a major cause of family neglect. Many of the social costs associated with gambling come from a get-rich-quick mindset. As people get caught up in a gambling frenzy, they begin to neglect their families. Money spent on lottery tickets or at racetracks is frequently not risk capital but is income that should be spent on family needs.

    According to 1 Timothy 5:8, a person who refuses to care for his family is worse than an unbeliever. Parents must provide for their children (2 Cor. 12:14) and eat the bread of their labors (2 Thess. 3:12).

    When gambling is legalized, it causes people to neglect their God-mandated responsibility to care for their families, and many of those families then often end up on welfare.

    Fourth, gambling is a form of state-sponsored greed. Romans 13:4 teaches that government is to be a servant of God, providing order in society and promoting public virtue. Legalized gambling undercuts government’s role and subverts the moral fabric of society through greed and selfishness promoted by a state-sponsored vice.

    Since gambling undermines the moral foundations of society and invites corruption in government, Christians must stand against attempts to legalize gambling.

  8. To add to that, here’s something here’s another interesting article on an issue MANY CHRISTIANS would never even question: RAFFLES as CHURCH FUND RAISERS.

    In their words,

    http://www.probe.org/probe-answers-e-mail/christian-life/is-a-raffle-the-same-as-gambling.html

    “Is a Raffle the Same as Gambling?”

    Is a raffle the same as gambling? For example, the church has an article and they ask the brethren to buy a ticket for two dollars, then they will pick one ticket and that person whose number they pull will get that article. What does the Bible say on the subject? Please help me. I think it is gambling but there are others who do not think so.

    I know of many churches that sponsor various forms of gambling (Bingo games, raffles, etc.). So your question is not unique.
    At the outset, let me acknowledge that there are some differences between gambling in secular arenas and inside the church. The goal of a church-sponsored event is fund-raising, often for a good cause. The goal is not so much to win a large prize but to contribute to a good cause with the possibility of winning something.

    But that distinction is often lost on those affected by gambling. Because I have written on the subject of gambling, I have been in contact with many people whose lives have been shattered by an addiction to gambling. For them, the distinction between gambling outside of church and inside church is irrelevant. Their lives have been adversely affected by gambling.

    Many Christians have been writing books in the last few years about gambling, calling for the church to provide help and counseling for gamblers and their families. But I would argue that a church loses it moral authority to help those struggling with gambling. How can you reach out to gamblers and their families devastated by casino gambling, racetrack gambling, or lottery gambling when your church sponsors Bingo games and raffles?

    Moreover, a Bible-centered church should be a refuge from the world. People addicted to gambling need a safe place to escape the temptations of the world. When we bring gambling into the church, it is no longer a place where an addict can escape from the world.

    Norman Geisler in his book Gambling: A Bad Bet addresses the argument that gambling must be OK since “they do it in the church.” He points out that churches do all sorts of things that can’t be morally justified. Cults have promoted sexual orgies, “divine deception,” and all sorts of corruption. That doesn’t make it right. He and I would argue that even though gambling may help a church raise money for a good cause, we shouldn’t use questionable means for a good end. The means and the ends must be moral. As one clergyman put it, “We don’t need to use the devil’s water to operate the Lord’s mill.”

    Gambling is wrong wherever it takes place. I would encourage you to download my article on gambling. It provides a biblical perspective on this issue. I believe these biblical principles apply to gambling outside the church and inside the church. Thank you for writing.

  9. To clarify, I don’t necessarily agree with EVERYTHING in the previous issue concering RAFFLE TICKETS, as my church does so too from time to time. However, he did raise many points that made me think.

    PEACE….

  10. Righter said

    You know G, I used to be an avid Bingo player. At 16, my mother forbid me from going to a dance with my friends and I opted to go to Bingo with my grandmother instead because her social club was hosting it. I remember it as if it were yesterday-

    From there, I won a pearl necklace and was hooked. For years, I tried to justify it and I’ll be honest, I played “every” Sunday evening until I moved to MD last year. I told myself-this is my only vice-single-children grown-good job–who am I hurting?

    Never did the casino type thing-but I was a Bingo Queen!!!

    For several years, I played in Greek Orthodox churches and Jewish centers as these were known to hold Bingo games on their premises. However, I never asked how they justified such because to be honest-I just wasn’t interested because I wanted to play.

    But, I could not run from the truth of what was actually happening-I was gambling.

    With that said–I no longer play Bingo with the money that the Lord has blessed me to have. Do I miss the fun and excitement! “Just as sure as the sun shines”…

    But, I know it wasn’t/isn’t the right thing to do so I stay clear

  11. Interesting thoughts…

    To take the post in a bit of a different direction, consider this:

    Now, with that said, COMPARE THAT WITH THE CONCEPT OF FAITH-GIVING (FINANCIAL SEEDS, such as “SOW INTO MY MINISTRY” and you’ll be BLESSED” in MANY CHURCHES (paticularly on TBN).

    In my understanding, You often have a minister telling you that if you simply give to the Lord a large amount of some sort, and that if you do, you’ll be blessed FINANCIALLY IN GREAT AMOUNTS. For those who don’t see any immediate results or even ANY AT ALL, they may sit down & wonder if perhaps they did something wrong….and often having the people who made the challenge place it back on them (i.e. “YOUR FAITH WASN’T STRONG ENOUGH”, “God is simply TESTING YOU”, ext).

    This is compounded by examples (many of which ARE INDEED TRUE) of people who did give & they recieved something………much as it is with gambling, where the cases of those who succedd at the game are looked at by those hoping to do the same, with the success stories being mistakenly viewed as the RULE rather than the exception…….and with the CASINO OWNERS saying things like “You probably didn’t role well enough” or “Care to try your luck again? You may end up doing better next time.”

    Later, though, when the call is given again, they give again hoping that that financial seed will be the thing that bails them out of the financial mess they’re in……….whether it be due to not paying the bills, or spending wrongly and simply having plain bad habits of STEWARDSHIP. Moreover, their lives MAY BE dominated by the LOVE OF MONEY/GETTING RICH QUICK…..& yet they may never realize it. From what they’re seeing, it’s all good…….& from how they’ve often been trained, GOD is REQUIRED TO GIVE BACK TO THOSE WHO GIVE (based on II Corinthians 8-9, Galatians 6 and various other scriptures…paticularly in PROVERBS, on the subject of FINANCES….. REAPING & SOWING.

    Often, based on how they’ve been trained, they filter godly principles in the WORD OF GOD through their desireS to GET RICH QUICK and end up either selectively focusing on those Scriptures in favor of what they’re about (SEED GIVING) or misinterpreting valid SCRIPTURES TO MEAN THE WRONG THING (Example: Taking Scriptures such as Proverbs as ABSOLUTES rather than as GENERALITIES/ideals of how things should be…..).

    However, the churches/individuals recieving those funds may never say anything because of the practical benefits that are coming as a result. They may have money for church upkeep, personal resources, or even other noble things like BENEVOLENCE ministry AND EVANGELISM/MISSIONARY EFFORTS…….

    What do ya’ll think? Would this be RIGHT OR WRONG?
    __________________

  12. Righter said

    Now, with that said, COMPARE THAT WITH THE CONCEPT OF FAITH-GIVING (FINANCIAL SEEDS, such as “SOW INTO MY MINISTRY” and you’ll be BLESSED” in MANY CHURCHES (paticularly on TBN).

    In my understanding, You often have a minister telling you that if you simply give to the Lord a large amount of some sort, and that if you do, you’ll be blessed FINANCIALLY IN GREAT AMOUNTS. For those who don’t see any immediate results or even ANY AT ALL, they may sit down & wonder if perhaps they did something wrong….and often having the people who made the challenge place it back on them (i.e. “YOUR FAITH WASN’T STRONG ENOUGH”, “God is simply TESTING YOU”, ext).

    Good morning G,

    Not much thought is needed–this, “seed sowing” is gambling…

  13. Ashley said

    The above given comment does let me think twice about this post

  14. Hi Ma’am!!

    If you wouldn’t mind, Would you please clarify?

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