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Is It A Sin To Go To Las Vegas

My husband and I are thinking about going to Las Vegas, not to gamble, but just to see the lights, shows, sky diving, and other attractions. Is it a sin to go to a place called sin city?

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Gamble,gambling is not mentioned in Scripture that I can find. Every financial move we makes carrys some risk.
I'm like some of the responses below. We carry our sin....wherever we go. Christ visited and was chastised for visiting the very places we should carry our strength and wisdom in as well. Unfortunately for me....I fail as Paul failed. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not, but what I hate, that do I.
Romans 7:14-16 Romans 7:19
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1 Corinthians 11:30-32
---Trav on 9/24/08


Why should it be?
I thought from others here that New Orleans is the most evil place on earth.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/24/08


I know preachers and leaders in the church who goes to Las Vegas for all of the wrong reasons. They do gamble among other things. If your motives are right, Las Vegas,the city itself, is not off limits to visit. The city has been named Sin City because the evils that go on there. Of course, that can be anywhere.
---Robyn on 8/28/07


"slowler?" Cut me some slack, I'm tired!
Okay......SLOWER, for those who don't read 'barbaraese.'
---NV_Barbara on 8/8/06


I think that only happens to you Elder :-)!
We just got home from OR last night, we stayed longer than we planned.
We have LOTS to do to prepare for our move.
All, PLEASE keep us and Steve's Mom in your prayers, she is recovering slowler than expected.
---NV_Barbara on 8/8/06




I see that Rev_Herb holds the minority view here; but I partially agree with him in that if you are asking about this, then maybe you need to commit this to more prayer. Remember we have the freedom in Christ, but we may sometimes elect to give up some of those freedoms so as not to stumble others. So I'm not saying "don't go" but maybe further thought and prayer is in order.
---Benny on 8/6/06


nvBarbara please explain to me, since you lived in Vegas for so long, why is it that when we visit a buffet the piece of steak that we want is always on the other side of the turnstile. And, just before it comes around to us someone else grabs it. (Huh... who let the dogs out.)
---Elder on 8/6/06


Well dear hearts and gentle people, we're still in Oregon at Steve's Mom's. We'll return to 'sin city' on Saturday. The BIG news is that we're moving here to OR to be close to Mom and help her recover, no other family close by. It is awesomely beautiful up here and our duty to be with Mom.
Elder, don't get me started on the Vegas buffets, mmmmmmmmmmm!

I've always wondered what goes on in Truth or Consequences,NM?
---NV_Barbara on 8/3/06


nvBarbara, my dear Saint sister, I went into the MGM Grand and bought supplies to use that helped me to present the Gospel to others. How sinful was that.
(The food bars were extensive but not sinful, we won't go into that.)
---Elder on 8/2/06


PART ONE:
This concept (sinful to go to Las Vegas) demonstrates perfectly Jesus saying about going after the mote in someone elses eye when you have a beam in your own.

High profile places:
Las Vegas, San Fransisco, Hollywood
or low profile places:
Dimebox,(TX) Nameless,(TN) and Lookingglass, (OR)
each and every one is a "sin city" with out Jesus.
---Bruce5656 on 8/1/06




PART TWO:
Going to Las Vegas and staying away from the sinful activities is no different than comming to my home town and staying away from the sinful places here - and every town or city has them.
---Bruce5656 on 8/1/06


Rev, Heck yes I live in a sin city: Detroit! Drugs all over the place, murders, just all kinds of SIN.(but believe it or not there are beautiful things about Detroit) I was just wondering why some think it's okay to visit a sinful place as long as you dont sin but not watch a sinful show as long as you dont participate in the sin. jeez.
---sue on 8/1/06


Any town can be "sin city" depending on what YOU do there. There are more restaurants AND churches in LV than any other city per capita. We don't drink, nor gamble, but I love on occasion to go shopping or for dinner at one of the casinos. Look inside NY NY, or MGM, Paris, Caesar's, Wynn or many others. I like the shops and the architecture and just 'people watching.' Make sure you get a good high up look from the monorail that circles downtown.
---NV_Barbara on 8/1/06


Sue are you saying that you don't live in a "sin" city? Is everything where you live perfect in the sight of God?
Las Vegas has the advertisements to trap those who want to be trapped in the first place.
Is Barbara and Steve in sin because they live there?
Christian need to learn to go into the World and not be part of the World.
---Elder on 7/31/06


Actually, I think the LV city council has violated the 1st Amendment (freedom of religious exercise) by making it a crime to feed homeless people in parks.

Jesus flat out commanded us to feed the hungry, and the LV City Council passed a law making it illegal.
---Jack on 7/31/06


Sue: I can sin in Philadelphia, my big city near me, or I could visit historic sites, museums, and see theater, or a concert. I am certain, if you ask nvBarb, that there are historic sites, like Hoover Dam, museums, and theater and concerts that are not "sinful" activities, in Las Vegas. I bet there are even some evangelical churches there too.
---Madison1101 on 7/31/06


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Sue, what is your definition of a "sinful TV show"?
---Jack on 7/31/06


That is a very good question Sue. Thank you for asking. I am anxious to read the responses.
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/06


I was wondering...a while back I read some posts about watching 'bad' tv shows. Now why is it okay to visit a sin city as long as you dont sin, but not okay to watch a sinful tv show as long as you dont participate in the sin?
---sue on 7/31/06


No. It is what you do that would be considered a sin. If you did go to gamble and know it is wrong, then yeah, it would be as sin. if you go just on vacation, then where is the wrong in that?
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/06


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If you don't drink or gamble Las Vegas (Lost Wages) is a great place to visit. People who want to sin will find a plase where ever they go.
As far as a sinful place, most of our homes are just as sinful, but maybe not in the same way, as Las Vegas. We just don't advertise as much.
---Elder on 7/31/06


NV Barbara, when I heard the first time you're from Las Vegas, I figured someone would say that you are a sinner because you lived there. I am sure many will think things like, "Why don't you move?" or "I would never live there" Just to justify their faith. I don't think anyone has to justify their faith but to live it. Vegas is a beautiful place to visit, just like many other places in the world. We still live here, but we have to not love it in terms of sinning, like the world does.
---Lupe2618 on 7/31/06


Vegas is a city just like Chicago, or Orlando. Families are raised, people work, and go to school, and worship in spirit filled churches. Then theres the nightlife. There's an opportunity to sin everywhere you may visit. Perhaps not as easily accessed as in Vegas, but anywhere you go you have to make the decision on what part of the tourist attraction you wish to enjoy. There are casinos all over my city, I choose not to gamble, but the food is great, so I've dined in them.
Have fun.
---lynet on 7/30/06


nvBarb: I was hoping you would answer this one.

Herb: You must really condemn sister nvBarb because of her residence in Sin City.

I went to Atlantic City, which has resorts like Vegas, and had a great time with my family. My mom has been to Vegas twice in the past year, and loved it. Go and have a blast. Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
---Madison1101 on 7/30/06


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We were stationed at Nellis Air Force Base once and I loved Vegas. All the lights are intriguing. I love the climate. No mosquitos or gnats. That is a plus.
---shira on 7/30/06


Where sin abounds Grace super abounds, But any one calling themselves by the name of Jesus a christian and doing things contrary to his teaching is taking his name in vain by not being a witness and walking on his blood indangering their soul.
---Exzucuh on 7/30/06


I don't think its a sin to go there. It's called Sin City because there are many opportunities to sin. But you always have a choice to sin or not to sin there. So go there, enjoy yourself and simply choose not to sin!
---nataa5464 on 7/30/06


In order to judge yourself by the Scriptures please consider the following: 1 JOHN2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Are the lights, shows, skydiving and other attractions of the world or not? You be your own judge.
---mima on 7/30/06


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It is not a sin in itself to go to Las Vegas. Just don't get caught up in sin while you are there.
---Truth on 7/30/06


If you have a job working outside in Las Vegas 12 hours a day you must have commited a great sin. I am working on a, archeological site in Spring Valley thats supposed to be done before developers get here next year. I dont have time to sin in Vegas.
---MikeM on 7/30/06


Lot went to Sodom, look what happened to him. The bible says to avoid all appearance of evil. If you had to ask then maybe the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something.
---Rev_Herb on 7/30/06


If your heart doesn't condemn you, neither do I. My sister just came back from a medical convention. Wear closed toe shoes and take your hat! She said her feet were covered in dirt at day's end in sandals.
It's very hot right now.
---Rachel on 7/30/06


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One of my friends said it was the cleanest city she has ever visited. I would go in a minute if I had the chance (I would have to hit a casino, though, and play some poker :).
---augusta on 7/30/06


I don't think it is wrong. A very good friend of mine went there on her honeymoon (christians). They liked it a lot. Just because it is called "sin city" it doesn't mean it will make you sinners.
---Dawn on 7/30/06


I hope its not a sin, I live there!
---NV_Barbara on 7/30/06


Las Vegas, like Philadelphia (sometimes called Filthydelphia) or Jerusalem, is just a place.

Go in peace and enjoy yourself.
---Jack on 7/30/06


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