I believe that addiction is a sin. If you are addicted to gambling, or gambling has negatively affected your life or your ability to provide for yourself or your family, then yes, it is a sin and you need to seek help to break the addiction. If it is merely an opportunity to socialize and support an organization and is not having negative effects on your life or finances, then I don't think there is anything wrong with it.
---Rambo on 1/13/22|
I attend my weekly church services. I give my tithes and offering. Otherwise, I serve God in spirit and truth, putting him first in my life. However, I have a monthly bingo game event for the senior citizens in my small community. Each person pay an entrance fee. This entrance fee goes toward utilities, food, and other needed items. No gifts nor money is exchanged. We all have fun. Thats what its all about. No one leaves angry. The fee is $10 per person. My home can accommodate around 15 people. Should be rob these elderly people of having fun? Prove to me that this is a sin and I will gladly stop these activities immediately.
---B_Gramm on 1/5/22|
For once, I think StrongAxe, Nicole Lacey, and I actually agree on something.
---ObamasBoy on 10/20/17|
Gambling is not TAKING someone's money. The person gives it WILLINGLY. Nothing in the Bible prohibits gambling. The apostles cast lots to see who would replace Judas. Gambling iisn't the sin, just circumstances surrounding it.
We make choices that affect outcomes, sometimes financially. That's part of life. It becomes a problem if one takes unnecessary risks for unrealistic possibilities (e.g. gambling away life savings, etc.).
With Bingo, typically people go to spend a few hours of fellowship, which costs considerably less than a movie. They might win, but it's unlikely, and that's OK. It only becomes a problem if they go there primarily to win, and are devastated if they don't, and may cheat to do so.
---StrongAxe on 10/19/17|
How is bingo worse than going to a movie?
At least you can leave the bingo table with money. After a movie you have gained nothing and maybe wasted time.
---Nicole_Lacey on 10/19/17|
ANYTHING is gambling when there is money involved. Take for example an obviously good pasttime - crossword puzzle. A boy is doing a puzzle and his buddy came and said "Hey, I've got 2 copies of the exact puzzle. Let's try to solve it at the same time. I'll put in $10 and you put in $10. Whoever completes it first gets the $20". This time, it becomes gambling because there's betting involved. And it is a sin because you're taking away someone's money to do it!
---ESTRELLA on 10/19/17|
Gambling is not a sin for a Christian UNLESS you are trying to make a living from it (I think). For me, gambling is NOTHING more than entertainment. Just like going to a football game or other sporting event. If we are truly trying to be "not of this world" we would not go to such events just like we wouldn't want to be seen gambling.
I have yet to see any Biblical basis against gambling. The writers of such tracts ALWAYS tell us what they THINK people's motivations are for gambling, none of which are mine!
And they ALWAYS use vague texts to "prove" their point. It doesn't even make any sense and only stupid people would believe this propaganda!
---WaPa on 8/15/09|
Sag, are loteries sinfull? ther you admitt to play loteries, for "good causes" and here you condemn church bingo for gor good causes. dont you think its a bit double minded that? now as a missionary, i know that the ask and you shall receive does not work, and many mission comitees of churches are working themslef in a frantic only to provide for their missionaries dailly food. so by any means (as long as it is not illegal) they should continue, and to the workers of this kind of commitee i say KEEP UP the WORK, God bless you.
---andy3996 on 7/6/09|
It all depends. If you play BINGO or poker at church and play for money or things, it is gambling (which is a sin). If you do it for fun, without reward, it might be okay. Rule of thumb, if it looks like sin, smells like sin, and acts like sin - it probably is sin. Christians are told to come away from such things (even the appearance of them).
---Leslie on 6/27/09|
I agree with your last blog post.
I don't like games, like BINGO, when they are used as a type of fundraiser for some churches. The same goes for other things at church: sales, bookstores, car washes, etc. where a certain amount will be given to foreign missions, etc.
Giving is up to each individual, but I prefer to have a church offering for things like foreign missions.
---Sag on 6/24/09|
I don't care for church book stores, bingo nights, coffee bars, donut sales, or really any other paid commercial activity at the church regardless of who keeps the profits.
I think of Jesus kicking out the money changers, I think that he was making a point with that one.
---TIMOTHY on 6/23/09|
saq....Wheel of Fortune is one of my favorite programs also. I was just joking about watching it in church. My sister had a problem gambling and lives in the Vegas area. She used to borrow money from me, but I would not do it anymore because of the gambling. She said, "Well, I don't gamble anymore. I just play bingo!" LOL
---SusieB on 6/20/09|
No. Some people think it's a sin. And some people think it's not. Some people play bingo and gamble in church . . . how can it be a sin? They say it's a sin. But they all gamble. They do it, themselves. Did you know that? I've known that, a long time ago. That's what I can't understand > they say it's a sin, then they gamble, and play bingo. Isn't that true?
---Frances_franc4747 on 6/20/09|
A "church" is just a building,some are "store front" .Sure maybe blessed, prayed over, sprinkled with holy water..still no holier than your kitchen!
God doesn't live in man made temples!
Don't violate your conscience tho,if you think it's bad, don't go!
The key to this and all other activities is "balance"
If you row with one oar,you will just go in circles!
---1st_cliff on 6/20/09|
I probably would watch "Wheel Of Fortune" at church, but there is just one problem. After the June 12, 2009 switch to DIGITAL broadcasting, my ANALOG handheld TV stopped working. I paid a lot of money for that thing. Darn!
Anyway, I watch "Wheel Of Fortune" on my laptop PC, at my home, and at McDonald's resaurants now. I sure wish that I could win the money and prizes that those lucky contestants get. Life isn't fair at times.
I use my time at church to focus on the Lord.
---Sag on 6/20/09|
\\ Cluny gave an orthodox Catholic response to the question.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09
What is the Catholic response? I thought they were the main churches having bingo games and car raffles to raise money.\\
Most parishes I've heard of are getting away from such as a means of supporting the parish.
In any case, those who would frequent these games were NOT members of the Catholic parish.
Think about the implications.
---Cluny on 6/19/09|
At Church or outside of church it is a sin. We Christian got to do better, and change our way of thinking/actions. Why would you want to mix the things of the world with what we call holy? You can't be luke warm.
---BlessedinNC on 6/19/09|
saq...You watching Wheel of Fortune at church?
---SusieB on 6/19/09|
Cluny gave an orthodox Catholic response to the question.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09
What is the Catholic response? I thought they were the main churches having bingo games and car raffles to raise money.
I don't see it as a problem as long as people only spend a small amount of money, which is used to fund a good cause.
It is no different than any other game like bowling, which is a favorite Baptist passtime. It is entertainment, and only the prize makes it different, and perhaps more exciting.
The churches I attend play Bunko, a dice game, but have no prizes or cost.
---obewan on 6/19/09|
\\Why would anyone play bingo or poker in a church? Is this what the church is for? How are you glorifying the Lord with these activities?
---SusieB on 6/18/09\\
The same way you glorify the Lord by posting on computer blogs, SusieB.
---Cluny on 6/19/09|
I see nothing wrong with these games. I play cards, watch game shows on TV, and so do many other folks. My daily favorite is "Wheel Of Fortune".
However, some people may have a problem with gaming. It may just be harmless fum to some people. Others may become addicted and make it into an IDOL. Only the person playing the game can decide for themselves.
---Sag on 6/19/09|
Why would anyone play bingo or poker in a church? Is this what the church is for? How are you glorifying the Lord with these activities?
---SusieB on 6/18/09|
Depends on why you are playing the game.Ask yourself this question. If gambling,I think it is wrong(not necessarily a sin) to gamble,period. And certainly I would not do that at church. Just for fun.It may be ok.
I would prefer to play cards and bingo at home. Personal choice. Nothing wrong with Christians enjoying themselves. Its how we do things and the motives behind them. God knows every heart and intent,anyway.
---Robyn on 6/18/09|
Cluny gave an orthodox Catholic response to the question. I basically agree. Anyway, bingo and poker aren't mentioned in the Bible one way or another with regard to their sinfulness so the question is merely academic.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09|
Most things don't divide neatly into sins and non-sins.
For some people, such is simply an occasion for socializing and the financial forfeits are no more than a night at the movies.
But then there are some people for whom gambling is a dangerous snare and maybe addiction.
I certainly don't approve of it as a means of supporting a church or any other institution, including the state.
---Cluny on 6/18/09|