“What does the bible say about Lottery money”
I – The act of Gambling:
I Timothy 4:6 Yet true religion with contentment is great wealth. 7 After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Isaiah 65:11 “But because the rest of you have forsaken the LORD and his Temple and worship the gods of Fate (troop) and Destiny (number), 12 I will `destine’ you to the sword. All of you will bow before the executioner, for when I called, you did not answer. When I spoke, you did not listen. You deliberately sinned-before my very eyes-and chose to do what you know I despise.” 13 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “You will starve, but my servants will eat. You will be thirsty, but they will drink. You will be sad and ashamed, but they will rejoice.
Note: The hebrew words translated “troop(fate)” and “number(destiny)” were names of the heathen gods “Gad” and “Meni”. To the heathen, Gad was the giver of good luck. Meni was the god of bad luck.
Is “gambling” considered SIN? Trusting in ‘luck’ rather than God.
Primarily, it evidences an irresponsible stewardship.
1. The Bible teaches that all things belong to God:
Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2. Since all things belong to God, man is placed in the position of a steward who must give a proper accounting for everything given to him in trust.
3. The first thing that we give to God in faithful stewardship is ourselves. Life is a stewardship to be administered for the glory of God.
READ: 1Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
READ: Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
4. People who dedicate themselves to God will also recognize that all they possess must be handled as a stewardship. The parable of the talents show us this. (Matt. 25:14-30)
5. The wicked and slothful servant failed in his administration and suffered the appropriate consequences.
READ: Matt 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
6. Gambling is a total disregard of the principle of stewardship. It is prostitution of God-given assets which should be used to glorify God and advance His kingdom.
7. The persistent appeal to covetousness is opposed to the unselfishness which Jesus taught in the New Test.
READ: Luke 12:15 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. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
A. All through the Bible the importance of work is emphasized.
READ: Prov 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
READ: 2Thes 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
B. Not only does the Bible require that man should work for the necessities of life, but it also warns against the something-for-nothing, get- rich-quick approach.
READ: Prov 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent… 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
READ: Prov 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
C. Anytime man tries to avoid the work ethic of the Bible the only result can be failure.
D. Gambling, whether to secure wealth in a hurry or to place food on the table, is not consistent with what the Bible teaches about work.
8. People who Gamble are people, instead of being servants of God, are servants of a desire they cannot handle. Paul warned about this:
READ: Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
9. Because of the possibility of addiction, gambling should be considered an evil.
10. Notice the Word once again. God is not glorified in our gambling.
READ: 1Cor 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
11. READ: 1Thes 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
II – Is using the Fruit of sin (“Lottery winnings”), sin?
I submit to you two perspectives on this matter, and present them in no certain order.
READ: I Thessalonians 5:22 The beginning of any sin is the first yielding to its intoxicating influence and therefore we are faithfully warned to abstain from the very appearance of evil.
READ: Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death”
Sins outward prosperity, produces decline of one’s inward piety. Truly, there is no safety from the power of sin except in a close and constant walk with God, and a resolute purpose to continually avoid and resist the intoxicating influences of the spirit of the world. To allow its pride or vain glory or desire for self -gratification to actuate us in any measure is to bring our moral perceptions to that extent under its stupefying influence. And when any one is intoxicated with the spirit of the world (which in large measure is the spirit of Satan), he will blindly do many things which in his sober senses he would shun and despise.
“Is it ethically okay to use college scholarship money from the state lottery?” No. The injury done by lotteries on the body politic and the people who buy lottery tickets cannot be redeemed by the putative good claimed to be done by using a fourth to 30 percent of the revenue for tuition assistance. Lotteries are massive welfare programs for the well-to-do, transferring enormous sums of money from the poor to the middle and upper middle classes. There is no right reason to do a wrong thing. Any analysis that fails to see realistically state lotteries as instruments that repress their most vulnerable citizens fails to comprehend fully the magnitude of the issue.
We are followers of Jesus. He had no place to lay His head and did not accept the demonic temptation to jump off the temple for the jackpot of instant recognition. The Calvary road is not paved with Powerball tickets, but with blood. The church was bought once by One who refused the short-cut of instant triumph. It will never be bought by those who dream of riches.
Romans 14:4, “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”
12Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. 13 So don’t condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path.
14 I know and am perfectly sure on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. 15 And if another Christian is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 16 Then you will not be condemned for doing something you know is all right.
17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God.
20 Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves. But it is wrong to eat anything if it makes another person stumble. 21 Don’t eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another Christian to stumble. 22 You may have the faith to believe that there is nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who do not condemn themselves by doing something they know is all right. 23 But if people have doubts about whether they should eat something, they shouldn’t eat it. They would be condemned for not acting in faith before God. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
Personally, my previous examination of this matter and a predetermined position on the subject remains non-negotiable. Conversely, you are cautioned not to interpret my position based on a firm commitment. Rather, it is abundantly necessary that you conclude your own understanding and position based solely on the Word of God. ACTS 19 talks about people who try to act or stand on another’s belief or faith, be a man that stands on what you know of the Word and not on the witness of another.
My primary motivation for presenting this topic for evaluation, was to get each of us in the Word and to facilitate the environment where we can each stand on what we know of God’s Word rather than what we have been told of God’s Word.
It is the desire of my life, and a desire that I share with you, that we be men of confidence. Leading our lives and families in the truths of God’s Word, standing firm for our beliefs, and standing confidently because we know first hand what God’s position is.
The Word of God, not man, is our measure of truth, our guide, and our promise.