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Is it appropriate for a Christian to gamble?


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For the believer in Jesus Christ, there should be no appeal to take part in gambling. Gambling clearly breaks several biblical principles which are central to a Christian’s way of life. A Christian lifestyle is one that expresses faith in the loving care and provision of Almighty God, not in chance or luck (Matthew 6:33). A Christian seeks to love his neighbor, not to profit from a loss by someone else. A Christian seeks to avoid every form of greed and covetousness and to be content with what he has (see Hebrews 13:5). In addition, a Christian realizes that everything he possesses has been given in stewardship by God and should only be used in a way that honors Him.

“Signing up” or registering for a free gift is not gambling. It merely puts a person in a position to receive something that is to be given away, and this is the donor’s way of selecting the recipient. However, in the case of gambling, a person is taking chances with hard-earned money.

Mr. Graham has said: “Gambling is nowhere approved in the Bible. Instead, the Bible stresses that the Christian should earn his living by honest work and effort, and this would exclude relying on chance (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12). The Bible tells us to ‘abstain from all appearance of evil’ (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Gambling has often done untold evil to people by making them lose money that could be used for good purposes or even the necessities of life. Money is given to us by God to be used for good, not evil. Anyone seeking to do God’s will should not be involved in gambling.”

He goes on to say, “Gambling is also wrong because of the motives involved. Some people gamble for thrills and excitement. Others gamble because they have a greedy and covetous attitude about money. Some gamble out of a false belief in luck. All of these motives are wrong for the Christian, for they are all self-centered and materialistic.” Passages in the Bible which warn against greed and covetousness are Exodus 20:15, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; and Colossians 3:5.

A person who struggles with gambling addiction and the resulting troubles should seek help immediately, preferably from a local gospel-preaching pastor or a qualified, professional Christian counselor.

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9 Comments

  1. Dovie Greer says:

    Greetings! I really enjoyed this Biblical Gospel article on gambling. I did it for one day thinking I was going to get money to get my car fixed. I was convicted that day. I was in so much pain, because I had known better but right at the moment my flesh was weak. Once I purchased the tickets later, I was broken. I bow down and confess and ask forgiveness. That is not of God, gambling is of man. I know we are rich through Christ who strengthens us. Thank you and peace be with you.

  2. Monica says:

    Thank you for this advice because I am a Christian but hooked by gambling. Now I suffer a lot of debt, I live like a slave. Sometimes I don’t even go to church on Sunday but go to the casino. Please pray with me.

  3. Nwabuogaraya tobechukwu Sunday says:

    I love this platform, especially the way it explains issues with Bible verses.

  4. Ibrahim Wafulah says:

    I thank God for whoever posted this article. I can now explain to my friends who’ve given me headache on this topic. God be with you so that you can post as many articles that will be eye opening to many.

  5. Carol Hamilton says:

    You know I used to gamble so much, all kinds of gambling, losing my rent money, utilities money, lying to people to loan me money to pay bills, but I always paid that person back. Until God said you are mine and you are going to serve me, I will supply all your needs. To this day I’m so thankful for God turning me around. God knows his children. Just to say, yes gambling is wrong, be content what you have, when I was gambling oh yea I won quite a bit but I misused it and it was gone in minutes. But I gave my life to Christ, and you know by prayers and studying the Bible, by God’s grace and mercy, I get money honestly. I have paid all my credits and debts off. I only have a student loan and that’s almost paid off.

    1. Moses Adeoye says:

      You have spoken my experience too, I use to gamble but lost more than I gained and in the process lost my job, couldn’t fend for my family’s immediate needs, my family was almost lost. I thank God for showing me His light and since then my needs are being met miraculously and I just want to experience His favor in my life more and more and more.

  6. Lynette Piercey says:

    Thank you for providing the truth in scripture about gambling. I knew gambling was a sin against God. I am SO sorry. I love my Lord and will now grow more Faith and trust in Him. I love you all. Thank you.

  7. Maureenkwamboka says:

    Thank u so much this as opened my eyes i will now focus on trusting God more d not in gambling.

  8. freida says:

    Thank you this has clearly open my eyes and help my walk in Christ even higher. God bless