* The typical gambler, according to John Goodman of Focus on the Family, is a male in his thirties without any financial resources. He is deeply in debt to banks, loan companies, credit card companies, friends, business associates, and his family. He is behind in mortgage payments, car payments, utility payments, and has no life or disability insurance, or hospitalization coverage.

* A study of financial liabilities accumulated by gamblers found that the typical addict is from $53,000 to $92,000 in debt. The average compulsive gambler’s debts exceed $80,000.

* About $500 billion are wagered every year legally in America; add in illegal gambling and estimates go up to one trillion dollars. Ten percent of all money earned by people in America is gambled away!

* Ten percent of all new gamblers will become addicts. Each started out saying, I can quit at any time.” Psychiatrists and psychologists say gambling is as addictive as alcohol. In fact, compulsive gamblers are harder to rehabilitate than alcoholics. Professionals describe a typical gambler as “immature, hostile, passive, dependent, rebellious, obsessive, masochistic, magical in his thinking, and prone to act out his impulses.”

* Gamblers have confessed to robbing children’s piggy banks to play. Others have sold themselves into prostitution for a night’s wagers.

Paul warns, ‘…they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money  is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” -1 Timothy 6:9, 10

Smithville church of Christ

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