What does the Bible say about gambling
The bible does not specifically say “do not gamble” but I believe that there are scriptures that offer some guidance on how we handle money, the temptations of money and how we should generally live.
Firstly, we need to remember that everything we have comes from God (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
God has set us free from sin, but I believe that we need to guard against sin re-entering our lives (Galatians 5:13)
The love of money is at the root of evil (1 Timothy 6: 9-10).
These verses warn us against wanting to get rich, it can lead us to temptation with disastrous results.
Whoever loves money never has enough (Ecclesiastes 5:10)
We are instructed to work for our income (Proverbs 14:23 and 22:7)
I believe that many people start gambling, playing the lottery, bingo, etc for fun before they know it they are serving a “master”. It may never lead them to financial ruin, but they become dependant on making sure they put their lottery numbers on this week “just in case”.
Matthew 6:24 warns us about not having money as a master.
Also, if we can afford to lose whatever money we gamble would it not be better spent helping someone in need (or paying off debts?)
So, as I started the bible doesn’t specifically deal with the issue of gambling, but I believe that the verses above alongside our desire to live holy lives (therefore guarding against falling into a trap) mean as a Christ-follower we should not get involved in any form of gambling.
Pastor Adam (September 19)