By Donald Willis

The Bible nowhere mentions gambling. Thus, many Twentieth-Century Christians ponder the “right or wrong” of such activity. Today’s young people do not accept the positions of those who preceded, but must examine every point to their own satisfaction. This is fine, except that it manifests somewhat of a “gnostic” attitude and a disrespect for the older saints.

Gambling is a recognized evolvement of society. It is truly big business. People participate in gambling from childhood throughout adulthood; from pitching pennies, flipping for cokes, Bridge, racing, and/or the casino. The Christian will examine the evidence and determine the rightness prior to engaging therein!

Gambling is Wrong!

Gambling is wrong because it is against the righteous principles of God (cf. 1 John 1:5ff). Gambling is the wagering of material goods for the purpose of multiplying them.

Gambling is covetousness, a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). It is idolatry; i.e., an inordinate desire for money. The desire for gain is often addictive. The gambler has no intention to work in order to obtain his goals (Ephesians 4:28), but seeks to gain through wagering.

Gambling violates the law of labor and exchange. God ordained that man earn his living by the sweat of his brow in earnest enterprise (Genesis 3:17-19; Ephesians 6:5-9). Paul commands, “. . . if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Why would civil law be opposed to gambling if there was nothing wrong with it? Civil law often approves wrong activity, but generally opposes gambling! Vice, prostitution, and family neglect go hand-in-hand with gambling! Jesus said, “. . . by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).


Gamblers do not love God, have little concern for their fellow man, and disrespect the laws of God and man. No Christian will engage in this unholy activity!

Truth Magazine XIX: 47, p. 749
October 9, 1975