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Lottery?

“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.

Consideration A:
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.

Consideration B:

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.”
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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.
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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.

Conclusion:

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.

Urim and Thummim

Question: “What were the Urim and Thummim?”

Answer: The Urim “lights” and Thummim “perfections” were gemstones that were carried by the High Priest of Israel on the ephod / priestly garments. They were used by the High Priest to determine God’s will in some situations. Some propose that God would cause the Urim and Thummim to light up in varying patterns to reveal His decision. Others propose that the Urim and Thummim were kept in a pouch and were engraved with symbols identifying yes / no and true / false.

It is unclear whether the Urim and Thummim were on, by, or in the High Priest’s ephod. No one knows the precise nature of the Urim and Thummim or exactly how they were used. The Bible simply does not give us enough information. References to the Urim and Thummim are rare in the Bible. They are first mentioned in the description of the breastplate of judgment (Exodus 28:30; Leviticus 8:8). When Joshua succeeded Moses as leader over Israel, he was to receive answers from God by means of the Urim through Eleazar the High Priest (Numbers 27:21). The Urim and Thummim are next mentioned in Moses’ dying blessing upon Levi (Deuteronomy 33:8). The following Scripture likely also speak of the Urim and Thummim: Joshua 7:14-18; 1 Samuel 14:37-45; and 2 Samuel 21:1.

Frankly, I believe the Urim and Thummim were liken to the “Magic Eight-Ball”. The High Priest simply reached into his ephod and pulled out one, and it somehow determined a yea or nae.

Tribulation

What is the seven-year Tribulation period?

After millions of blood-washed saints have been raptured from the earth to be with the Lord, there begins a seven-year period called the Tribulation. The Bible uses various names for this period such as the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 2:12), The Time of the End (Daniel 12:9), and The End of this World (Matthew 13:40, 49).
The Tribulation Period is divided into three eras, the first era being approximately three and a half years; the brief middle period being perhaps only a few weeks; and the last era, called the Great Tribulation, being approximately three and a half years.

A powerful ruler, led by Satan and referred to as the antichrist, will rise to power. After leading the nations to form an alliance to help preserve the world system, he will break the treaty and be responsible for persecuting the nation of Israel and leading the last great battle against the forces of God in the battle of Armageddon.

During this time, God will be pouring out His wrath upon the earth and mankind unlike anything that has ever taken place before. It will be a terrible time of persecution and suffering. The antichrist will gain ascendance and will lead into sin the vast majority of the people who were left behind when Christ appeared in the clouds to take out all the Christians. Those who become Christians will be terribly persecuted. Judgments from God upon the natural elements of the earth and upon the inhabitants of the earth will be severe. Even in the midst of it men will still be unwilling to turn to God and will blaspheme Him (Revelation 16:21). See other Scripture passages: Matthew 24: 11 Thessalonians 2:3-9; and Revelation 13:16-18; 14:14-20.

Will the church go through the seven-year Tribulation period?
The answer to this question is “NO.” Although the word “Rapture” is not found in the Bible, this is indeed an event in prophecy which is taught in the Scriptures. The passage in I Thessalonians 4:14-17 is actually the next prophecy that shall be fulfilled (see also I Corinthians 15:51-57). I Thessalonians 5:9 tells us: God hath not appointed us unto wrath. Revelation 3:10 is also an indication that the church will not suffer the terrible days of the Tribulation. From the first chapter through the third chapter of Revelation, there are several references to the church. However, from the fourth chapter until the nineteenth chapter, the church is not mentioned at all, as the times of the Tribulation are discussed. However, there will be many people converted and saved during the Tribulation. These are the Christians who will have to suffer for the Lord during the days of the Tribulation and about whom the Bible speaks of in Revelation 20:4. These Christians will suffer terrible persecution and will have to refuse the mark of the beast. However, this will not affect Christians who are living today. There are many events in the Near East, and in other places in the world, which cause many of us to feel the stage is being set for end-time events, which, of course, would include the rise and worldwide rule of the antichrist, the rise and destruction of a one-world church, and the terrible Divine judgment destruction. In Revelation, however, the actual end-time events just mentioned cannot and will not come to pass until the rapture of the saints, and the time of this glorious event is not known. The trumpet may sound and Christ may call out His saints any time. It may be today; it may be tomorrow; it may be many years from now.

What should our response be to these truths?

Although the Christians living today will not have to go through the Tribulation, it is wrong for us to assume we will have an easy life to live. The Lord may yet call upon us to suffer for His sake in these days. Christians in Africa, Russia, and China are no doubt having great persecutions because of their faith. So we, too, must stand prepared to face whatever trials may come.

The trials and persecutions of heathen nations against Christians today and in years gone by will be much less severe than those which will come in the days of the Tribulation. God will pour out His wrath in such a way we cannot even begin to imagine it. But, praise God, He promises to shorten the time for the sake of the Christians won during that time, for the elect’s sake.

The Bible’s Importance to America

Throughout our nation’s history, many great American leaders have recognized the significance the Bible has played in developing and preserving our freedoms. We present just a few examples:

George Washington: “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

James Madison: “We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all our heart.”

John Quincy Adams: “So great is my veneration of the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society.”

Andrew Jackson: “That Book, sir, is the rock on which our Republic rests.”

Samuel Adams: “The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament” (from “The Rights of Colonists,” 1772).

Noah Webster: “The moral principles and precepts contained in Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”

Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

John Jay (first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice): “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”

William McKinley: “The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book, and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally — I do not mean figuratively, but literally — impossible for us to figure what that loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.”

Ronald Reagan: “Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face. The Bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh souls.”

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