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Is Gambling A Sin

Is gambling a sin? Once a year we go to Las Vegas for vacation, would that be considered gambling or just entertainment? We don't gamble any other times during the year.

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I believe gambling is right in line with drinking alcohol. It is not wrong in and of itself. The motivation behind it is what makes is sinnful.

Drinking is not a sin.
Gambling is not a sin.
Dancing is not a sin.

Gambling becomes a sin when it turns into something more than a casual "for fun" activity.

Too many people jump up and say something is sinful because of potential side effects that occur as a result of additional, conscious decisions some people make down the road.

I can drink and not become a drunkard.
I can dance with a female and not allow it to turn lustful and provocative.
I can gamble for fun and still work at my job and support my family. $5 bet per day, seriously..
---Dan on 5/15/09

Entertainment vs. Gambling is similar to having a drink vs. being drunk.
One is sin, one isn't. There's a line and you have to be careful to identify it because on the other side of the line is a slippery slope that many do not return from.
---AG on 3/28/09


Las Vegas did not invent the term "Sin City" by themselves, but rather it was a name given to them by others.

A LOT worse sins are committed in Washington - they're just not mostly the flash "sins of the flesh" that people are so easy to point their fingers at.

Curiously, if you look at which sins Jesus tended to yell at the most, those were never vices or sins of the flesh, but rather sins of the spirit, usually of corrupt people in power.
---StrongAxe on 3/26/09

Tim ... casting lots is not gambling ... at least the way they cast lotd fro the choice of a replacement apostle. They did indeed let God choose through the casting of the lots.

The essential (and dangerous, maybe evil) aspect of gambling is that it is done with the hope of making a gain out of it. Itr's usually sa financial gain ... but yoiu need to consider that all bar the winner of the money will be losers. In other words when you participate in gambling, you hope to make a gain at the xpense of the losers.
---alan8566_of_UK on 3/26/09

Betty~ You are always straight up and to the point. I praise God for people such as you...always sharing God's truths without hesitation and perfectly clear. Just wanted to give you some encouragement and to thank you for the great work of being faithful in sharing God's word. God bless.
---Anne on 3/26/09

Bettyw-What about Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24,Luke 23:34,John 19:24,Acts 1:26: all mention casting lots. What is casting lots, if it isn't a form of gambling. They believed that God could direct the outcome of even casting lots. Why did they cast lots for the replacement of a apostle. And they gave forth their LOTS, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. Acts 1:26 They cast lots for Jesus garments mentioned in the scriptures above. I'm not saying you should gamble, but who are we to tell people how to dress, what they can and can't do, that is the job of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. Find me black/white verses that says Thou shalt not gamble. Get them in the family and let God deal with their issues.
---Tim on 3/26/09

tim- Do you expect the Holy Spirit to call the newspaper and give a press release that gambling is wrong? Forget it. He speaks through people that seek Him and His wisdom. Rich and poor He made them. He did not give them an unction to gamble for a living or fun, but He told them to work for a living. Some people think of gambling and think of Las Vegas. Don't they call it Sin City? Why? Think it over. WWJD? He would not gamble.
---bettyw on 3/25/09

First can you back what you say with Scriptures. We have to many people adding to and taking away from the Bible. Where does it say gambling is wrong? We have to many people putting rules out there who can't back them up with good ole scriptures and not taking them out of context. I don't think I need to gamble, because God takes care of all my needs(IN THE BIBLE). But I don't push my opinion on others. It's the Holy Spirits job and the Bible to change people, it's my job to tell them of the love of God, to witness! God will change their life. We have to many people doing the work of the Holy Spirit and interpeting the Bible their way.
---Tim on 3/24/09

Yes, gambling is a sin. Do you really think Jesus approves of gambling? No.
---bettyw on 3/23/09

Professional poker players you see on TV work just as hard or harder than most 9 to 5 workers in this country. It is a game of skill where chance comes into play. If you are a very good player, you may lose big from time to time, but in the long run, IF you are dedicated and play intelligently and with good reason like the pros, you can expect to see a positive expectation. You have to be very smart, patient, intuitive, mathematical, reasonable, and courageous to be a winning poker player. If luck were not a part of the game (or life) the pros would absolutely dominate the fools. And in that sense, if luck were not part of the equation, it wouldn't attract the people who think it simply a game of luck to begin with.
---George on 3/21/09

With that said, there is a way to take chances in our lives that involve God, namely, praying to him and meditating on the bible. God did not give us a life of certainty, he gave us a wild world that is full of chance, and that chance comprises both danger and success. When we arrive at times in our lives where uncertainty rules, we need to turn to God and use what he has given us to our best advantage. That is what he expects of us, and that is the only way we can live to enjoy truly fruitful lives.
---George on 3/21/09

I feel gambling is a sin. Why not take the money lost in Vegas and do something nice for a homeless,disabled,sick,widow etc... person. They would be so grateful and you would have pleased God.
---Robyn on 11/8/08

I would not promote going to a place where they call themselve Sin City. If God were to destroy a place at any moment in time in America, it would be Las Vegas. It's a slap in the face to the Holy one.
---davu on 11/6/08

I will be frank with you. Gambling at any levil or form is displeasing to God so therefore it is a sin.
---catherine on 10/15/07

John....Are you a good witness to your unsaved friends? What kind of witness will you be if that "one" lottery ticket wins?
---Susie on 10/15/07

I see a different God than you do I see a God that is fed up with your sins and He is about ready to put an end to you.
---catherine on 4/13/07

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I don't know much about gambling. I'm not Catholic. They have those Las Vegas nights at the RCC down the road.
---Ted on 4/13/07

Ralph; bingo at my church??? You've got to be kiddin'. We have not had 1 bingo game, yardsale, bakesale at my church for anything. We don't believe in having things like that to raise money. Everyone in the church pitches in and God provides every need. We don't give money to missionaries. If one comes and preaches for us, we give love offerings. But no bingo or any type of sale will be in our church.
---Rebecca_D on 4/12/07

Rebecca, that's great that you can and do help the school purchase supplies. That is a good use of your money. Losing money by gambling it away is not good stewardship of the funds God has provided, even if it is supposedly benefitting a "good cause". Why not open up a Bingo parlor in your church and the money the church wins from participants can go to fund missionaries.
---ralph7477 on 4/12/07

Do you people realize that when you accuse someone of judging you are judging also. You should get off this kick. I am sick of the word, especially noone really knows what judging really is. It is kinda a deep subject, if you really study it.
---catherine on 4/12/07

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Ralph: I've done it before many of times. It helps the school with supplies. I would even buy supplies for the students that couldn't buy it everytime. The government only gives the school a certain amount. So why not help?
---Rebecca_D on 4/11/07

Helen: Who are you to judge addiction of any kind?
---Madison1101 on 4/11/07

Are you saying that if the kiddies were not competing for a prize then you would have given your money without taking a raffle ticket?
---ralph7477 on 4/11/07

Ralph: I asked the students if I could just give them money instead of getting a raffle ticket. They told me that whomever sells the most raffle ticket gets a prize.
---Rebecca_D on 4/10/07

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If your motive is really to help out the school, why not just give the money and tell them to keep the raffle ticket?
---ralph7477 on 4/10/07

Casino type Gambling is not specifically denounced anywhere in the Bible however, it may not reflect good stewardship with what the Lord has given to us.

On the other hand, should the Christian tithe what he or she gains from gambling in view of the fact that many elderly citizens simply go to casinos as a means of recreation?
---lee on 4/10/07

If I buy a raffle ticket from a school, and the money goes toward the school maybe for a class field trip. I buy the raffle tickets to help them out. If a person buys a $1.00 lottery ticket and stops there, there is no harm done. but if that person spends part of their paycheck on these tickets, then I could see it as a sin. If the gambling controls that person, it would be a sin. But as with drinking if one does it in moderation, I don't see the harm.
---Rebecca_D on 4/10/07

It is written: "Whatever is not of faith, is sin."

Gambling is indeed sin, it's not believing God for money, it's putting your faith in the fact that if you buy a lottery ticket, you may win, it's throwing money away not knowing where it's going if you don't win.
"Trust in the LORD not in gambling money to get rich." "give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, runneth over."
---donna6598 on 4/9/07

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FYI, valium comment not from the same Nana
that posted 3/29 and 4/6/2007 who happens
to be me.
---Nana on 4/9/07

Nana:: I agree but a horse of a different colour.
---Emcee on 4/8/07

Valium addiction is a sin, too.
---Nana on 4/8/07

Gambling Is only a sin IMO when it affects a family, depriving its members of the need of sustenance.When addictive & uncontrollable.An occassional game of chance is not a sin provided some one else is not being affected. Any thing in access is bad & sinful. if it affects your family& Your responsibilities; Your conscience should be your guide Honesty is the yard stick.
---Emcee on 4/7/07

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Gambling Is only a sin IMO when it affects a family, depriving its members of the need of sustenance.When addictive & uncontrollable.An occassional game of chance is not a sin provided some one else is not being affected. Any thing in access is bad & sinful. if it affects your family& Your responsibilities; Your conscience should be your guide Honesty is the yard stick.
---Emcee on 4/7/07

RebeccaD - I stand by what I have said. Gambling is sin. There is so much compromise in the Church now, with even preachers telling congregations it is alright to drink, gamble etc. What God calls sin is sin for everybody. It is beyond me how anybody calling themselves a Christian would want anything to do with gambling. It is evil. Christians are to abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
---Helen_5378 on 4/8/07

Helen; You can't say that gambling is wrong for everyone. It may be wrong in your eyes but you can't tell others it is wrong for them. If it is wrong in God's eyes he will show those people himself.
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/07

RebeccaD - No, I don't buy raffle tickets because that is the same as gambling. Sin is sin in God's sight, and the road to heaven is narrow. Gambling destroys lives and destroys families, and it starts with just one try.
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07

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Helen; Have you ever bought a raffle ticket from a school or a Department store? Like Wal-mart during the summer sells chances to win a 4-wheeler (atv) and gives the money to Childrens Miracle Network? If so, that is the same as playing a slot machine. The bible says if your pointing out fingers at someone, chances are their doing the same if not worse. You can't say gambling is a sin for everyone. Because not all people have the same beliefs.
---Rebecca_D on 4/7/07

I think your both stretching the scriptures. I can buy a $1 dollar lottery ticket once and awhile and I'm not sinning. I know it, and so does God. It doesn't matter what you think or say or write in your vain imaginations, or your scripture stretching, I'm going to do it, and there is nothing any of you can do about it. You can even pray for me about it. It will do no good, because it's OK with God. That bothers you doesn't it? - Tough! .......Bye
---Ponce on 4/6/07

Helen, You make up your own rules. You just love to rebuke people. No one believes you anymore.
---Frank on 4/6/07

Not all gamble for money. Some do it solely for entertainment. My Grandmother plays the penny slot machines the few times she goes to the casino. She could care less about winning money. She just has fun. I'm not like her so I stay clear of the casino. I'll put down $200 on a blackjack table no questions asked. I'm weak. =(
---Matthew on 4/6/07

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Gambling is a sin. It is of this world. We are commanded to come out from among them and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). Gambling for a Christian shows they are not relying on God to supply all their need, and that they are yoking themselves with unbelievers.
---Helen_5378 on 4/6/07

Hi joe!
Here is a plain Scripture without any stret<<<>>>ching:
Matthew 13:52: "Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."
May I ask you to expound on those "things new and old"?
---Nana on 4/6/07

Nana, your really stretching the scriputres on this one.
---Joe on 4/5/07

Other examples of gambling sins:
Building a straw house and expecting the Lord to sustain it,
Matthew 7:24_27.
Not locking the house before going to bed, Matthew 24:43
Putting God on a roadshow, Luke 4:12
Chocking the prudent enjoyment of Life and Comfort and
teaching others the same, Luke 7:46
---Nana on 3/29/07

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Thanks, Peter. I think we are on the same page.
---Matthew on 3/28/07

Susie; You're absolutely right, money does not buy happiness ,but you gotta admit it's a heck of a nice way to be miserable!!!!
---1st_cliff on 3/28/07

Matthew, I believe what you have answered here is very true. What many forget is that we gamble in everything. Buying a house, a book, eating too much, and most of all, not listening to the Spirit. While no one can admit they walk in the Spirit every second, for many times we make bad decisions, we gamble and lose. Later we pay, sometimes right away. If gambling was a sin to all things, no one is going to heaven. Christians do not live by chance or fade, we live by faith.
---frank on 3/28/07

B. yet living by faith in Christ is only the beginning. God gives us a desire for Him. Where before we had a desire for the flesh and the world only. We never stop that desire as long as we live, but through sanctification the Spirit begans to change us. Very few, I would think with the exception of those that are in pain and dying would like to give everything they have to be with Christ. Is anyone willing to give up their kids, grandchildren, husbands friends
---frank on 3/28/07

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C. their homes, cars, and the great life they live? The reason is that we still have a desire for this world and for the flesh. The old people that go and gamble might say, "I" worked so hard why not have fun. "I" love my kids and don't want them to go to be with God just yet. "I" love the Lord but "I" am not ready. We have all kinds of excuses but they are true of every person. The flesh has desires, the world has great desires to give.
---frank on 3/28/07

D. We will always battle with the decisions we make and they are all gambles. I would hope that others don't judge the others for wanting to spend their money the way they want. After all everyone spends his money anyway, and everyone wants his money. Be careful how you spend it, look out for yourselves. God wants His people to live right and not have to pay the consequences later. There is many great places to visit in Las Vega's as there is in many other places.
---frank on 3/28/07

Matthew, Thanks for your honesty. If the lottery is being abused or it's a downfall for a person, then they should never buy a ticket. I might buy one once in awhile, but if it ever slightly got out of control, I would stop and never buy one again. There's nowhere I can find in scripture where it's forbidden. Moderation in most things in life. Just about anything in excess except God is not good. A lot of legalistic churches put their convictions on others, and there in lies the problem. God bless.
---Peter on 3/28/07

Ralph7477 you say that 'Marriage is one of the biggest gambles going, with roughly the same odds of success as Vegas'. Gambling involved putting in a little and hoping to take out a lot. Marriage should never be like that. Both parties should be concentrated on what they can contribute not what they can take. If they don't, it will fail but that doesn't mean it was a gamble, it probably means one was, or both were, selfish.
---m.p.a. on 3/28/07

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Most people that I know that go to casinos simply do not realize how much they lose in the slots.

While it may be fun for a while, when the bills come in and there is no money in the tilt to pay them, then the fun really grinds to a halt.

Bankruptcies, family breakups and other crimes have gone up significantly when organized gambling came to town.

I believe that the churches should start teaching proper stewardship.
---lee on 3/28/07

if it don't controll you and you do it just for fun i think it is not danger but don't allow to controll over you and become as a drug addiction to you. God doesn't want to bless us that way but He gave us hands to work and grace and ideas that can bring us money.
---Kasia on 3/28/07

A show told the stories of lottery winners and the results of their winning. One in particular I remember when the news announced that he had won stated that he would give 10% (about three million) to a particular church. The pastor of that church was on and said that the man had given about $400,000. The lottery winner's life has been miserable, including a friend of his granddaughter overdosing and dying in his home. His granddaughter later died. Money can't make anybody happy.
---Susie on 3/27/07

I have honestly answered the question. If you don't like my answer, you have the right to disagree. But, please understand that Jesus is coming back soon and we better all be ready. If we are sitting around wondering if we are gonna win the lottery, we are in trouble.
---Susie on 3/27/07

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Peter are you trying to say that some may be convcited to never gamble while other are permitted by God? If so I'm sorry, I never thought of it that way. I just know that I am not convicted for gambling because it is very rare that I ever go and when I do I do it more for fun. I can see how one might have seperate convictions and for them it be a sin. Again I never thougt of it that way. Sorry =/.
---Matthew on 3/27/07

Matthew, you are looking at this through your own rightous judgement. A one dollar ticket does not prove love of money. This wouldn't even be proven in court. God knows our hearts and intentions. You see Matthew, I don't ever want to be rich, but if I played a dollar ticket once and awhile and won, I would give to God first, help my family and probably give most of it away. DON'T PUSH YOUR CONVICTIONS ON EVERYONE. You are just wasting you time. You without sin, cast the first stone.
---Peter on 3/27/07

I wouldn't come down on a person for buying a lottery ticket. Come on now. Where's your love and understanding. let it go. I don't gamble, but let people live. Your not their judge. Pray for them if you want, maybe God will show you something. I honestly do not think Jesus would condem them. He might rebuke the finger pointers though. This is really pathetic. Be nice.
---Gina on 3/27/07

How can gambling be a sin? Marriage is one of the biggest gambles going, with roughly the same odds of success as Vegas. Once in a while somebody hits the jackpot, but there's a good chance you'll lose your shirt eventually. :>)
---ralph7477 on 3/27/07

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*Why would a person spend $1 for a lottery ticket unless they have a love of money?*

Some Christians that play the lottery have dreams of taking an enormous chunk of the winnings and giving it away to the poor and the Church. I'm one of them, but I don't play the lottery, yet I dream of going on deal or no deal and winning a huge chunk of money to give to God. Does that attitude make it no longer a sin?
---Matthew on 3/27/07

The only ones who make big bucks in Las Vegas are the Casino owners. Lived there, seen that.
---NVBarbara on 3/27/07

Susie; Several times you link Jesus' return with certain activity. What is it that you imagine you'll be doing at that moment? Perhaps bowling with your company league? Skiing? Shopping? Attending a baseball game?Watching a movie? Unless you're cloistered, you can't be in church 24/7! Do you think doing some kind of "religious" activity will give you more brownie points?
---1st_cliff on 3/27/07

"The love of money is the root of all evil."
Why would a person spend $1 for a lottery ticket unless they have a love of money? You tell me that I should not judge, yet you judge me for stating my honest opinion in answer to this question. Unless you have ministered in Las Vegas, you don't know what gambling is really about and the affect on peoples' lives. Do you really want to be gambling when Jesus comes back? He is coming when we least expect it. I want to be ready!
---Susie on 3/27/07

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People who say that they have stopped attending church because of what they call judging by other Christians are just using that as another excuse not to go to church. It is hard to go to church when you want to continue living in sin.
---Susie on 3/27/07

One commentator made the statement that it is often those elderly people who complain about how little their social security check are, that play the most in the casinos.

Walk into any casino during the weekdays, and about all you see is retired people.

Is gambling a sin? only if you lose.
---lee on 3/27/07

Paul you tell us that your friend Jim 'who has a strong heart for God' no longer goes to church because of something said to him. How strong is his heart for God if he can so easily leave church? He should either sort this out with the person scripturally (the bible tells us HOW to do so) or, if that fails, seek another church. Leaving church is like blaming God for something that a human being has done.
---m.p.a. on 3/27/07

*The gambler is looking for easy money and yes it is very sinful.*

Not everyone does it for money. Some just do it for fun. My grandmother is a great example. She spands 20$ on the penny machines in the casino in one night and she She could care less about the money winning money. She just has fun.
---Matthew on 3/26/07

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Corlene; Get your facts straight, when Christ overturned the tables ,they were selling animals for sacrifice, not gambling! Careful that our attitude is not "holier than thou". We are all sinners in need of mercy!
---1st_cliff on 3/26/07

We as christians has a responsibility to let our light shine so that men may see it's brightness and glorify thy father which hart in heaaven. Christ set an example for us to follow and no where did He indulge Himself in gambling, so why should we? If we say it's ok to gambling then we are sending the wrong message because one might be able to controll the other might not, so why should we encourage or do something that would cause our brothers and sisters to fall. think about it.
---Roxanne on 3/26/07

Today in our world every thing is changing but we as christians need to set the example first be ye Holy for I AM Holy the world and the church cannot go toghether Christ set an example for us to follow when He overturn the table that the gamblers were using yes gambling is a sin it's a way through the devils backdoor.
---Corlene on 3/26/07

Today in our world every thing is changing but we as christians need to set the example first be ye Holy for I AM Holy the world and the church cannot go toghether Christ set an example for us to follow when He overturn the table that the gamblers were using yes gambling is a sin it's a way through the devils backdoor.
---Corlene on 3/26/07

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Don't tell others that gambling is a sin. Anything in excess is a sin, and so is finger pointing. Get your own house in order. I don't gamble, but don't call a dollar ticket gambling. Maybe someone should magnify your traits and see how it feels. Some of you people are so quick to judge and point fingers. Your acting pathetic, and just as bad as a gambler. My husband feels the same way.
---Tina on 3/26/07

PEOPLE! Why do you put YOUR convictions on someone else? If buying a dollar ticket bothers you, please don't try and put YOUR convictions on other folks. You could do much more harm than good. My friend Jim who has a strong heart for God, and who actually has a better heart than me, I must admit, got judged on something just like this, from somebody in the church. Now he won't go back to church. One person said the wrong thing and tried to do God's job. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
---Paul on 3/26/07

I have to pass on to you what God said to me about controversies, "Get use to them".
---catherine on 3/26/07

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