GAMBLING

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

THE BIBLE SAYS…

PROVERBS 13:11

“Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

PROVERBS 16:33

“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof [is] of the LORD.”

PROVERBS 28:22

“He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”

ECCLESIASTES 5:10

“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

MATTHEW 6:24

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

MARK 8:36

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

EPHESIANS 4:28

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL: We seek first the Kingdom of God and His rightrousness.

“But 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

WE RECOGNIZE THAT GAMBLING CAN BE ADDICTIVE: We want to be free.

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”  1 Corinthians 6:12

WE LOVE AND SERVE GOD: We use money, but we are not the servants of it.

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:13

WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS BLESSING TO BE A CHEERFUL GIVER: We love to give to others.

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

WE BELIEVE THAT COVETOUSNESS IS A SIN: The accumulation of worldly things does not bring contentment.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15

WE DO NOT TRUST IN EARTHLY RICHES: True riches come from God.

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN: Our Heavenly treasures are enduring.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEAVEN: Eternity with Christ is our blessed hope.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34