John Piper on Whether or Not Christians Should Participate.
Gambling is a sin—specifically casino gambling and gambling which requires no honest labor. The suicide rate amongst gamblers is 150% higher than average. Herbert Jenkins, former president of the International Association of Police Chiefs, said.
Although the Bible does not discuss gambling in detail, we can discern from Bible principles that God views gambling as a sin.— Ephesians 5:17. Gambling is driven by greed, which God hates.
Gambling is a greedy desire to get something for nothing at the expense of the loser. It is not an innocent past time or fund raiser. It is covetousness. Colossians 3:5 says covetousness is idolatry; and, idolatry and sin. Gambling, in any form, is wrong-- sinful. It was not given by God. It is not authorized by God.
In the same way, the ethics of Scripture clearly teach that gambling is wrong and a sin against God, not for one single reason but for many. The slot machine, casino, or poker table are not for believers submitted to the Lordship of Christ.
Continuing on with our look at Satanism in 2020, I came across this organization while digging into the darkness of the inner webs. Impressed by their earnest passion for their beliefs, I wanted to offer their perspective on theistic Satanism before presenting the next instalment of that series where I explore it from different angles. While I do share a great many of these gentlemen’s.
It is not a sin to drink alcohol in moderation. The Bible describes wine as a gift from God that can make life more enjoyable. (Psalm 104:14, 15; Ecclesiastes 3: 13; 9:7) The Bible also acknowledges the medicinal value of wine. —1 Timothy 5: 23.Jesus drank wine during his time on earth.Matthew 26:29.
Have you heard of bingo? Well, some Christians “gamble” by playing bingo, buying a raffle ticket (for church, no less!), which are technically forms of “gambling.” Some Christian denominations believe gambling even 2 dollars for a scouting raffle.