A lottery is sinful because it sets an evil example. We are to “recompense to no man evil for evil, provide things honest in the sight of all men” (III John 1:11). Christians are to be the light of the world, not darkness. Continue reading
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
* 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. Continue reading