Common Misconception in the Bible teachings – Gambling is not a Sin.
Written by Joseph Ho, May 2nd, 2009.
To those who seek the truth shall find the truth, to those who seek to justify their sinful actions shall also find the reason to justify their actions. The truth is spiritual discerned by the men who have submitted to the Spirit of Truth, so they can see the Truth; this is not of the human mind but of the Spirit. All who loves the truth will see the Truth; all those who are covetous minded will see the lie and believe the lie send to them. Satan is a great deceiver and he still is.
He said, “Go and tell this people: ” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (New International Version)
13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
16″For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
What is the prime objective of gambling?
The act of gambling involves the wager of money to obtain a higher return. This is a zero sum game someone loses and someone gains by the device of producing an outcome, heads tails, red black, odds evens, and big small. There is an outcome. But what is the objective of gambling? Isn’t the sole purpose being to increase your monetary returns within a short period of time, not through providing a service or a product but by pure wager in one casting of the dices?
I am deeply applauded that some Christians who are men of high position and even leaders in their personal careers can say that gambling is not a sin, occasional gambling can be fun. It is the same as saying that stealing a little and sinning a little is fun and is not a sin. This goes to show that men of status in the community are not necessarily men of spiritual understanding. This is not synonymous at all and they should not be allowed to speak on behalf of God in their lives. Rich men are not necessarily godly men, we do not know how they gain their wealth and we can not say they must be blessed by God since; the poor spiritual man is more highly esteemed in the eyes of our Lord God. What is highly valued in the eyes of men is an abomination to our God.
Men who achieved wealth are also not truly knowledgeable in spiritual things. Even pastors tend to make such mistakes about these people. They may achieve status and position yet they can be sinners who are church goers, professing the faith but choosing their own ways versus God’s way. My ways are not your ways, says the Lord of Host. We are to follow the teachings of Christ and the Scripture; we are not to follow the situational logical human thinking of our own imagination. After all, Jesus is the one who will judge us not our own understanding and presumption.
If you seek the truth you shall see it clearly, it is written in the Ten Commandments. But if you insist that the word gambling must be written then it is not. Covetousness is the act of coveting someone else property that include money as well. Because I see gambling as a sin therefore the word of God reads to me as the same thing which I meditate in my mind. Yet my mind is already washed by the blood of the lamb so I see the truth. Subject all argument to the obedience of the Spirit of Christ. The word reads that we are not to covet anything that belongs to our neighbor and that includes their money as well.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet
2 Peter 2:3
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
No one’s life will be judged by the abundance of his possession, no he will be judged by how rich he is in God.
1 Timothy 6:17
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Luke 12:19-23 (New International Version)
19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
20″But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21″This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Do you know what is inside the pack of 52 cards?
I will present to you the evil of playing poker or in any matter the games of cards as an example. If some of you still think this game of deck of 52 cards are an innocent devise for fun, think again. The origin of such cards came right off the Tarot Cards, except for the 22 major arcadia cards the rest of the 52 minor Arcadias are all represented in this deck of cards. So when you dwell and play with such things, you are actually practicing divination. And you are divining your winning hand therefore practicing witchcraft.
Oh, you may think I am too uptight or even legalistic, but am I? I have dwelt in this witchcraft before and so I am telling you from experience, that the spirit of covetousness will enter your heart and defile your mind. Why will the gypsies use a deck of cards to tell your fortune? It is because the deck of cards actually hides a Spirit of divination. The heart is deceitful and constantly seeking evil and no good can be found unless it is subjected to the obedience of Christ.
And what did God say about people who seek divination?
“ ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. ” ‘Do not practice divination or sorcery.”
[ The Prophet ] The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
2 Kings 17:17
They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
If gambling is not a sin, why do constant gamblers go into deep trouble and get entangled in this bad habit which is very hard to quit. Anything that can cause bondage to the soul has a spirit, and its call the spirit of divination and covetousness. It causes you to hallucinate about winning the big one and then you don’t have to work anymore. The bible says whatever has mastered you, you shall be its slave. So when we are hooked to something and have to do its bidding then we are a slave to it, so there has to be a master and guess what, it is a demonic spirit; because it devours your resources and energy.
Jesus said many times, if you love me do what I say, not what you think is correct. How are you able to think what is good and bad unless you become submissive to the word of God? Jesus also says if you love me practice what I teach. But many are saying they are Christians yet they do not obey neither do they follow all of God’s teachings. They pick what they like and discard what is not convenient. This is the act of Satan and the sons of disobedience who ignore the words of God and make light of his teachings.
Many do not fear God, they have not met God much less know what is he like? They are fed by covetous teachers with words like God is good, nice and kind and merciful, even words like you are highly favored deeply blessed and greatly loved, as if God does not punish or chastise you anymore, and that God is so crazy and craves your acceptance of him that he will overlook all your trespasses. No more sanctification by the truth, only receive Jesus and all is well and fine and you are saved forever; is this truth?
2 Peter 2:3 (New International Version)
3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
They have not seen the holiness, righteousness and wrath of a God who is frustrated with his creations who constantly seek to go away from his words and do what they like or prefer. These Christians can even select scripture to say what they want, thereby twisting the word of God to their own selfish desires given to obeying the satanic act of disobedience and rebellion. Their time to see the chastisement of God is at hand, if God were to be their true father, he promises to chastise everyone he calls sons. But if he doesn’t chastise or rebuke you then you are not his son; the bible says so if you ever bothers to read it, that is?
Should you desire to seek the truth go to my website at www.kingscepter.com or email your questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. God promises that whoever will seek him with all his heart mind and soul, he will find him. And those who find him find favor and blessings in his words of wisdom and salvation for the lost. It’s the truth that sets you free from your sins and bondages. God bless.