Daniel P. Barron

Gambling

 

This is a mirror of "Gambling" by Darwin Fish.


False teacher Perry F. Rockwood well illustrates a common "Christian" perspective towards gambling. In his booklet, Gambling - The Winner is the Devil, he speaks of the "damnable sin of gambling," and maintains,

Gambling is a sin against God because it is mammon worship.i


No doubt, many who gamble worship mammon,ii and that may be why they gamble; because they are evil and greedy.iii But, gambling, in and of itself, is not evil.iv A godly person could gamble and not sin.v Yet, Rockwood goes so far as to say,

The only real Christian attitude towards gambling of all kinds is one of nonparticipation in what has grown to be a great social evil. Every Christian should let his bank manager know that he opposes the banks selling gambling tickets. He should inform his pharmacist, supermarket manager and other business men that he is against gambling and will not patronize his business until the practice is stopped.vi


So, Rockwood claims "gambling of all kinds" is "a great social evil." Rockwood fails to heed the Scriptures that teach:

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.vii


All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.viii


Four times Paul says, "all things are lawful." It is lawful to gamble, but it may not be profitable.ix In fact, for a majority of people who gamble it is not profitable. The rich casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, exemplify that fact.


Moreover, gambling is lawful, but it may not edify.x Actually, it will not edify a brother who, in his own conscience, believes it to be evil.xi


Furthermore, gambling can certainly be, and typically is, the squandering of riches by the foolish.xii People foolishly hasten after richesxiii and it is typically frivolity;xiv and the following Proverbs no doubt are fulfilled.


A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.xv


He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!xvi


Our use of unrighteous mammon is a serious matter before God, and it is not to be taken lightly.xvii Yet, the wicked are frivolous in their waysxviii and squander their riches,xix some via gambling.


But, gambling, in and of itself, is not evil. All things are lawful.xx What makes it evil, when there is evil, is the desire for riches and the love of money,xxi which is covetousness,xxii which is idolatry.xxiii So, the gambling itself is not the sin. It is the motive of people's hearts, why they are gambling, and, perhaps, in what way they are gambling,xxiv which makes for a sinful event.


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  1. www.tpgh.org/archive/books/11.htm

  2. Romans 1:29; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:2

  3. Proverbs 27:20

  4. 1 Corinthians 6:12

  5. Titus 1:15

  6. bold added

  7. 1 Corinthians 6:12

  8. 1 Corinthians 10:23

  9. 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23, NAS

  10. 1 Corinthians 10:23

  11. Romans 14:16, 21-15:1

  12. Proverbs 21:20

  13. Proverbs 28:20

  14. Proverbs 12:11

  15. Proverbs 28:22; see also Proverbs 21:5

  16. Proverbs 28:19

  17. Luke 16:10-13

  18. Romans 3:18

  19. Proverbs 21:20

  20. 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23

  21. 1 Timothy 6:9-10

  22. Hebrews 13:5

  23. Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5

  24. squandering their riches

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