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Gambling with One’s Life. 1 Timothy 6:10. I. The root of gambling. “Love of money” is the root of gambling. The love of money is one aspect of the “lust of the flesh (1 John 2:16).” The word used by John means an inordinate desire for something—goes beyond the normal.

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I the root of gambling
I. The root of gambling

  • “Love of money” is the root of gambling.

  • The love of money is one aspect of the “lust of the flesh (1 John 2:16).”

  • The word used by John means an inordinate desire for something—goes beyond the normal.

  • Desire to get more and more is often caused by a lack of faith concerning the future (Matt. 6:25-34).



Ii the ravages of gambling gambling s love of money leads to evil outcomes
II. The ravages of gambling—gambling’s love of money leads to evil outcomes.

  • The word “evil” used by John applies to the ravages of gambling.

  • Examples of the ravages of gambling are numerous.


  • Gambling creates no new wealth. leads to evil outcomes.

  • Gambling depresses legitimate business, siphoning off money from the regular business community.

  • Gambling increases welfare costs.

  • Gambling increases crime.

  • Gambling corrupts government.


  • Gambling victimizes the poor. leads to evil outcomes.

  • Gambling is a sophisticated form of legalized stealing (Eph. 4:28).

  • Gambling produces the wrong attitudes toward work—promotes the idea that a person can live by his wits and luck without making any contribution to society.


  • Gambling contradicts social responsibilities. leads to evil outcomes.

  • Gambling revenues violate all the sound theories of taxation.

  • As a source of state revenue, gambling has a consistent record of failure.

  • Gambling is socially disintegrating, politically corrupt and morally dangerous.


Iii the results of gambling
III. The results of gambling leads to evil outcomes.

  • Wandering from the faith

  • “Wandering from” means to be led astray.

  • Two possibilities:a. Led astray by someone else’s influenceb. Led astray by the lure of gambling itself


  • Wounding of pains leads to evil outcomes.

  • “Pierced themselves” means “to put on a spit” to be roasted over an open fire.

  • Results from one’s own doing.

  • They pierce themselves through with many sorrows and griefs.



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