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The Bible on Gambling

Posted by ssbg on November 30, 2006

I.  Get-rich-quick schemes are a hoax. 

     A.  They bring poverty, not wealth.

                  Prov 28:22 (cp. Prov 22:16)
                  “He that hastens to be rich hath
                  an evil eye, and considers not 
                  that poverty shall come upon him.”

      B.  The divinely established means of “getting ahead” is by work.

                    Gen 2:15; 3:19
                    Exo 20:9
                    2 Thes 3:10, 11
                    Eph 4:28
                    Prov 6:6; 12:11; 20:4

II. The greed (covetousness) that motivates individuals to gamble is sin.

              Ex 20:17
              Prov 11:28; 15:16; 23:4-5
              Gal 5:21
              Eph 5:3-5
              Phil 4:11-13
              Col 3:5
              1 Tim 6:6-11, 17-19

III.  Gambling is destructive.

    A. Spiritually. It affects our walk with God.

          1.  It indicates a lack of trust in God’s ability to provide.

                 Mat 6:25-34
                 Luke 12:15
                 Heb 13:5
                 1 Tim 6:6-9

           2.  True riches are spiritual and eternal.

                 Phil 4:19 “riches in glory in Christ” 
                 Jas 2:5 “rich in faith”
                 1 Tim 6:18 “rich in good deeds”
                 Eph 2:4 “rich in mercy”

           3.  We should look to God as our Source of supply: 

                  Phil 4:19
                  Eph 3:20

           4.  Gambling expressly denies God’s sovereignty and care.

                  Mat 10:30
                  Prov 3:5-6)

           5.  A form of covetousness, gambling violates the tenth commandment.

                  Exo 20:17

           6.  Christians are called to a walk of holiness (separation from the world).

                  Eph 5:3 
                  1 Thes 5:22 

           7.  Gambling destroys contentment.

                  I Tim. 6:6, 10
                  Col. 3:2
                  Jn 6:27
                  Matt. 16:26

     B.  Societally. Gambling destroys families and communities. 

           1.  Gambling robs money from the family, for which parents have a responsibility to provide.

                   2 Cor 12:14
                   2 Thes 3:12
                   1 Tim 5:9
                   Prov 15:27

           2.  Gambling distorts our love for our neighbor, exploiting the most vulnerable members of society: the poor.

                   Phil 2:3-4
                   Zech 7:9-10

           3.  Gambling is a bad example to others. 

                   1 Corin 10:31-33

            4.  Gambling encourages stealing, which increases court costs; stresses out marital relationships by burdening finances (“He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house…” Prov 15:27); and forces reliance upon public assistance, bankruptcy, etc.

     C.  Personally. Gambling is self-destructive. 

           1.  Gambling destroys our work ethic.

                    Gen 2:15; 3:19
                    Exo 20:9
                    2 Thes 3:10, 11
                    Eph 4:28
                    Prov 6:6; 12:11; 20:4

           2.  Gambling is rooted in greed, the love and craving for money, which is “the root of all evil.”

                     Mat 6:31
                     1 Tim 6:10

            3.  Gambling is addicting. God wants us to be free!

                     Rom 8:21
                     2 Corin 3:17
                     Gal 5:1, 13
                     1 Pet 2:16
                     2 Pet 2:19

 God does not need our money to fund His mission in the world. Proverbs 13:11 says, “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” God is sovereign and will provide for the needs of the church through honest means. Would God be honored by receiving donated drug money, or money stolen in a back robbery? Neither does God need or want money that was “stolen” from the poor by the temptation for riches.


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