The word lottery means: “a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance.” A lottery is a means of gambling, and gambling is wrong, dead wrong. Regardless of the form it takes (lottery, bingo, raffle, buying chances, pitching pennies, etc.), gambling is sinful. It violates every principle of truth. In spite of arguments made to say the profits will be used for education or some other good work, it remains a dishonest and damnable venture. Continue reading “Would Jesus Endorse A Lottery? by Garland M. Robinson”
David wrote, “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4).
Hands. Those who draw near to God must have “clean hands.” What monarch would have servants with filthy hands to wait at his table (cf, Mt. 15:2)? Clean hands refers to outward, practical holiness (Job 9:30; Psa. 18:20; Isa. 58:711). To wash in water with Pilate is nothing (Mt. 27:24), but to wash in innocency is all-important (Psa. 26:6). Continue reading “The Great Physician’s Final Check-Up”
The train blew its whistle and wove its way along the winding rails to the home town of a brother in Hungary. A communist custom agent came through checking all baggage. The sack of Bibles sat at our brother’s feet. By his side lay his own personal Bible with notes and sermon outlines. The custom agent looked at the sack first. He opened it and thumbed through the pages of the Bibles and began to sail them out the window of the speeding train. Continue reading “Forgive Me For Keeping Your Bible”