I was asked the following question today from a friend:
Angeline is it wrong ... sin for Christians to play the lottery? I’m not a player at all but I have thought about it. Is playing the lottery like you are trying to make things happen on your own and not totally depending on God to meet all your needs? Or am I looking at it too deep? Is it really that serious? I have seen plenty of people I see at church in lottery line. That's like if I go to Vegas can I as a Christian play slot machine? Lol...I’m just asking just always wondered and no one to ask. I feel like you can if not a habit, but I could be wrong. --Veronica
Ooh girl this is a sermon. Although I can’t think of a scripture that talks about the lottery, or gambling, there are biblical principles which lead me to believe that gambling is not biblical. I have played a few times years ago, but I felt convicted because I do believe it shows a lack of faith and I also believe it is dabbling in witchcraft and I believe the demonic is at its roots because of the destruction it causes.
I put anything that is addictive in the same category… Gambling, like alcohol, or drugs is dangerous because it is compulsive and addictive. It gradually destroys; individuals, marriages, and relationships. It leads to; debt, bankruptcy, child abuse, alcoholism, drug-addiction, prostitution, infidelity, theft, divorce, and suicide. Instead of relying on God, gamblers trust in luck, fate, and fortune.
Gambling to is stealing by consent even though both parties are involved it is a loss one person endures to his hurt, even though he gives his consent most of the time under duress of addiction. “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” (Ephesians 4:28).
Gambling cripples our testimony. Therefore, gambling does not glorify God. The word of God tells us that we should abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22; Colossians 3:17,23).
Gambling is a form of the love of money. Remember, the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Look what 1st Timothy 6:9-11 says about the love of money: “But those who desire to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness...”.
Gambling is greediness, covetousness. It is desiring to get something without a legitimate exchange. Colossians 3:5-6 tells us “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.”
“20 Don’t ruin God’s work because of what you eat. All food is acceptable, but it’s wrong for a person to eat something if it causes someone else to have doubts. 21 The right thing to do is to avoid eating meat, drinking wine, or doing anything else that causes another Christian to have doubts. 22 So whatever you believe about these things, keep it between yourself and God. The person who does what he knows is right shouldn’t feel guilty. He is blessed. 23 But if a person has doubts and still eats, he is condemned because he didn’t act in faith. Anything that is not done in faith is sin.” (Romans 14:20-23 (GW)
If you feel like playing the lottery is like you are trying to make things happen on your own and not totally depending on God to meet all your needs then to you it is a sin. ”15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
“10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:1-13 ESV)
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