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Overcoming Worldliness. GAMBLING. Labor, not Lottery. God planted a garden with ample provisions that man was to tend and keep (Gen. 2:8, 15-18) Entrance of sin: Ground cursed Man would eat by sweat of brow (Gen. 3:17-19). 2. Gift of God : Labor & the Ability to Enjoy its Fruit. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
  • Overcoming WorldlinessGAMBLING

  • Labor, not Lottery God planted a garden with ample provisions that man was to tend and keep (Gen. 2:8, 15-18)Entrance of sin: Ground cursedMan would eat by sweat of brow (Gen. 3:17-19)2

  • Gift of God: Labor & the Ability to Enjoy its FruitEccl. 5:18-20: 18 Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.3

  • Eccl. 5:18-20: 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his laborthis is the gift of God. 20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.Gift of God: Labor & the Ability to Enjoy its Fruit4

  • Our Concern TodayHow one chooses to obtain, use and enjoy the good of all his laborThe priority being placed on material possessions (Matt. 6:24, 33)5

  • Do not Trust in Wealth(Matthew 6:21)Psa. 62:10: Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.1 Tim. 6:17: Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.6

  • Do not Trust in Wealth(Matthew 6:21)Rather than be content, many are minded to be rich, andfall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. (1 Tim. 6:9)7

  • The Wisdom and Welfare of LaborProv. 12:11-12: He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding. The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.8

  • The Vanity of GamblingEccl. 5:10: He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.9

  • Gambling Invites Impatience, not Contentment (1 Tim. 6:6-8)Gamblings constant appeal is raw greed: It is material, fleshly, worldly, profane and passing (Heb. 11:25)Gamblings hope is false and futileGambling deceives and plunges millions into sinful, addictive behavior10

  • Popularity of GamblingCostly and Convenient$482 billion wagered in 19942002 Super Bowl: $4 billion wageredLegal wagering on NCAA mens basketball tourney surpasses Super BowlInternet: $6 billion revenue in 2003; estimated to be $17 billion by 200911

  • Culture of Gambling(Prov. 1:15-16)In 1910, virtually all forms prohibitedAmericas pastime (14% never gambled)2003: 3 times more Americans visited casinos than baseball games2003: Spent more on casinos than amusement parks and movies combined50% played the lottery in 1998Harmless diversion

  • What is Gambling?Not merely risk, Eccl. 9:11to play at any game of chance for stakes to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chancebet; wager (Random House College Dictionary, p. 542)Two elements: Chance + Wager on the outcome of that chance13

  • What is Gambling?Normal risk of business is not gambling as we are discussing itFarming has risks (weather, pests, disease, weeds, etc.)Farmer minimizes risk by intelligent planning, careful calculations, hard work and prayer!His profit is not at the expense of others, and risk is not contrived14

  • What is Gambling?A wager is made whereby one stands to gain at the loss of othersRisk is engineered into the gameObject is to win while others loseWinnings once belonged to the losersIt is not a victimless activity in which nobody gets hurt15

  • Legal Forms of Gambling in the State of Washingtonhorse racing punchboards and pulltabs fund raising events such as casino nights, bingo, raffles, amusement games contests of chance operated by charitable and non-profit organizations card rooms the lottery casinos and bingo halls (Washington State Council on Problem Gambling, http://www.wscpg.org/index.html)

  • What is Gambling?Problem of identityGambling industry prefers gaming Fund raising, revenue enhancement, recreation, entertainment, disease17

  • What is Gambling?Problem of immorality Work of the flesh (Gal. 5:21)Fulfillment of lust (1 Jno. 2:15-17)Not holy living (1 Pet. 1:15-16)19

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingCovetousness, Lk. 12:15 (Rom. 13:9)Covet (epithumeo): to fix the desire upon to long for, lust after, covet (Vine, 136)Covetousness (pleonexia): lit., a desire to have more (Ibid.); Eager for moreNot to be named among saints, Eph. 5:320

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingCovetousness, Lk. 12:15 (Rom. 13:9)Idolatry: Desire is fixed on riches and not on God, Eph. 5:5Gambler worships the false god of money put it to death! Col. 3:5-621

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingSelfish endeavor that does not love neighbor as self, (Matt. 22:39)Love does not harm its neighbor, but gambling does, Rom. 13:10Gambling is selfish ambition that esteems self above others, Phil. 2:3 (2 Tim. 3:2)22

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingWaste of material blessings, Luke 16:10-12Rejects responsibility of stewardship in pursuit of the elusive pot of goldServing riches shows hate for God, Luke 16:1323

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingEvil companions, James 3:11-12Greed, covetousness, dishonestyDomestic violence, child abuse and broken homes, adulteryTheft, extortion, fraud, organized crime and prostitutionAlcohol, drugs, murder and suicide 24

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingEvil companions, 1 Cor. 15:33Destroys credibility, honesty, reliability and family stability, regret, sorrow, painWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

    Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble. (Prov. 15:16)25

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingBurden on society, Prov. 14:34Gambling is generally viewed as profitable to society; Regulated and taxed by governmentOffered as revenue enhancement for education, etc.26

  • Sinful Traits of Gambling Honolulu Police Department: We are convinced that gambling exploits those who can least afford it, and undermines community values. For example:1. 15.4 million Americans are problem or pathological gamblers, with more than 50 percent between 12 to 18 years of age.27

  • Sinful Traits of Gambling2. Social and economic costs include unemployment benefits, welfare benefits, physical and mental health problems, theft, embezzlement, bankruptcy, suicide, child abuse and neglect, domestic abuse, divorce, incarceration, work absences, and homelessness. (Honolulu Police Department Website http://www.honolulupd.org/nv/gamblingposition.htm)

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingBurden on society, Prov. 14:34Real cost: $3 of taxpayers money for every $1 raised through gambling!Christians must be salt and light, Matt. 5:13-1629

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingDeceptive, James 1:16Its harmless entertainmentIts a legal business enterpriseIts for a good cause (Rom. 3:8)Its only wrong if you cant afford it (Prov. 14:12)It wont cost me my soul (1 Cor. 6:9-10)31

  • Sinful Traits of GamblingDeceptive, Jas. 1:16 (Heb. 11:25)Selfish and exploits lack of self-control

    While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. (2 Pet. 2:19)


  • Sinful Traits of GamblingBeware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb. 3:12-13)33

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present in the electronic mediaWorld Poker Tour (Travel Channel)World Series of Poker (ESPN)Celebrity Poker Showdown (Bravo)The Casino (Fox)

    Online Gambling and Casino Reviews http://gamblinglinks.com/nw_tv.html34

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present in the electronic mediaInternet gambling has exploded73 million (up 20 million in 5 years) will visit online casinos an average of 6 times annually, losing billions of dollars35

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present on high school campusesTeenagers gamble sooner than they smoke and drink (University of Minnesota, 1998)87% gambled for money (96 Conn. study)40% involved in some form of state-sanctioned gambling36

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present on college campusesOne Indiana U. junior lost $55,000 (mostly online poker) (Sports Illustrated, May 30,05)85% involved in some form of gambling (23% on weekly basis) (1991 study)72% college football and basketball players while in college (Univ. of Michigan, 1998)672,000 students addicted in 199737

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present in many homesAs close as the Internet and TV!Wastes money, time and energyDestroys trust and securityOften leads to debt, despair, divorce, etc.38

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present at the workplaceOffice pool on the big gameEstablishes a pattern of acceptanceLessens resistance to other formsIf a little gambling is okay, then whats wrong with more?Social gambling is defended by an appeal to consistency and as harmless fun39

  • Seduction of Gambling(1 Cor. 15:33-34; Eph. 5:5-7)Present in churchesChristians approving of and participating in lotteries, charity raffles and bingo, casinosIncreasingly comfortable with gamblingIncreasingly intolerant of reproof and rebuk

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