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Then they wonder why they are tempted to smoke! I believe that this whole subject is a gray area… Have you ever heard of Doyle Brunson,, Ons of the worlds best professional tournament players.. September 16, at 6: Therefore be zealous and repent. Moderation is the key as with so many things. From beginner to expert, you must play and practice.
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Romans chapter 8 verse 12 says we have an obligation. Only this debt is not one of a financial nature. This debt is much deeper. Indeed there is no greater love than Jesus for us. He paid it all, by laying down His life for us. The death that we deserved was laid on Him. Therefore we have such a great obligation to live no longer for ourselves but for Christ.
We have an obligation, let us take a stand for Him and forsake our past life. I invite you right now to ask God for help, for His forgiveness in this area and thank Him for His power to overcome.
Ask Him to help you gain the victory in all areas of your life where you may be struggling with sin. I invite you pray to Him now and may God bless you as you choose to follow Him. Before commenting on this article we encourage you to read the comments and answers provided. Some individuals have argued that bluffing is not lying, this has been sufficiently proved a false argument from the Bible and the dictionary.
In addition other arguments regarding comparing poker to business, sports etc have also been answered from the Bible. We also encourage you to listen to this powerful testimony of an ex-professional poker player. Check it out if you would like to continue the dialogue. I enjoyed this article about playing poker. I was trying to find an article to help a person I know that is a compulsive gambler and says it is OK because there is nothing in the Bible that says gambling is a sin Eva.
You are saying that when someone sells an item to someone for money that is just as ethical as when someone bluffs someone out of money at a poker table? I think logically we can both see there they are quite different.
When I buy a table from a carpenter, I pay him money for his time and effort and the materials he used. In return, I receive a new table. It is a mutually beneficial and fair agreement. But in poker, one deceives someone to take all their money and the other receives nothing but an empty wallet.
I think we can agree that the results are not mutually beneficial. Now considering your last statement, when you state that because everyone already knows that deception and bluffing can occur at a poker table in fact it is part of the game , then it is not lying. Let me kindly share yet another example that we can agree with when we consider such a statement.
They come into the meeting knowing that the other individual could lie. And then the meeting ends. Lying is a sin no matter what, there is no stipulation in the Ten Commandment stating otherwise. And a foreknowledge of danger does not negate the sin. And when they meet one does murder the other.
Does God just overlook such a sin? Let us therefore consider if bluffing is a sin…. Synonyms include fraud, front, humbug, jiving, lie, pretense, pretext, ruse, sham, show, stall, subterfuge, trick.
Synonyms include fraud and also to lie. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Jesus says my son, I still love you. He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
The only way to inherit eternal life is to confess and forsake such a sin. Attempting to justify such an action will result in eternal loss. But humbling yourself before Jesus at the cross, confessing your sin to Him and forsaking such a sinful action such will result in you receiving complete mercy and forgiveness.
I read your article but I think you are assuming to much about the heart of the grambler. If I place a two dollar bit at the race track where I might win 5 bucks and no one is bluffing or lying is that a sin?
I would have to say no. Also, I am sure that there was gambling during the NT era so why is it not mentioned in the bible. Lastly, in your last paragraph it seems that you would list drinking as a sin. I would say be drunk is a sin but not drinking. I am sure that the water Jesus turned to wine was alcoholic. I am think that gambling or drinking in excess is sinful. Moderation is the key as with so many things. Hi Kenall, Thanks for the comment.
Actually the Bible amazingly does covers both the topics of drinking and gambling in the same passage in the New Testament in Mark And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. So verse 24 records New Testament gambling, it was done by those who crucified Jesus Christ. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness? For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth , finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. Regarding alcohol I actually am in the process of writing an article in regards to this subject and will post the link here, however for a quick answer we saw in Mark The word wine in the Bible can refer both to alcoholic or non-alcoholic grape juice. This article goes into an in-depth study of New Testament Bible passages such as the one you mentioned.
I hope these verses are beneficial to your walk with Jesus and your additional comments or questions are welcome. Let us put away these actions and be transformed by His grace. I have completed an in-depth study on the subject of alcohol and the Christian and it can be found at the following link….
The Christian And Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much? I enjoy it for the family time, not the winning, but winning always helps. By the sound of it, family game nights should be off limits as well…even Monopoly has you coveting Park Place and hoards of hotels. Hi Mattie, Thanks for the comment and you have a good question. If we desire to become like the humble King of the universe in character, we shall not seek the highest position, we will not participate in anything that leads us to develop pride or the love of the world, or even tempts us to do so.
The only safe course is to shun such and something perfectly harmless should be substituted in their place. May the Lord continue to bless you and guide you. So i think it may not be harmful just as golf tourney are not. Hi Gene, Interesting points and thanks for the comment but if we want to go to heaven we must ask what does God say?
You see beloved, God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.
The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority —not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord. The actions of men who do not know God will never justify anyone in sin. Satan is whispering in your ear attempting to hold you fast in the ways of deceiving others at the poker table and hoping that you are still on the path to heaven. But Jesus in His mercy and love is speaking to you through the Bible, attempting to save you from sin.
He loves you with an everlasting love, He died on a cruel cross to forgive you of all sin. His door of mercy is still open, but you must choose to follow Him and lay off this sin. If I can gain the victory over poker, so can you. I appeal to you my friend, follow Jesus not sinful erring man, your eternal destiny is at stake.
And what if while playing poker online, a christian plays christian songs and sing along with, is that a worthy manner? Hi Mish, Good questions. Nobody is losing money so is that ok? Regarding your second question. In Leviticus 10, Nadab and Abihu the sons of Aaron performed an act of worship by presenting incense before God Leviticus But while worshiping, they were also in an act of disobedience offering profane fire.
May the Lord bless you as you choose to do so. Glory be to God! Ok if that is all true then should we even engage in the sports of Baseball , basket ball or football where stealing becomes a big part of the game.. I believe that this whole subject is a gray area… Have you ever heard of Doyle Brunson,, Ons of the worlds best professional tournament players.. Christian,, Read his story on how many people he led to the lord and Danny Robinson another christian,,, unfortunately people really do not understand the game and really understand the strategic moves in a tournament,, If poker tournaments are bad then in the same light so are fishing tournaments, golf tournaments and or any tournament or competition that pits skill against skill for an entry fee and awards prizes to the winner..
Bluffing is lying, and we should not ask the question, if it is bad, there is no doubt. It is one of the commandments, God warns that all liars will not make it to heaven Revelation If we would see this as God sees it we would fear to sin. No one leaves a basketball game with less money in their pocket.
However if they did bet in a competition, this is not something Christ would have us do, it is something Christ Himself would never do. For they have a name to live but are dead. By their example, they lead others to think that they may commit the same actions and yet inherit the kingdom of God. But such is a fatal deception. It is a class of people who claim to witness in the name of Christ.
It is therefore not Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, Hindus who are making this statement. And why with tears in His eyes does Jesus say I never knew you?
That those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the only safe pattern to follow. Abundant grace and mercy is offered to all who will humble themselves as little children at the feet of Jesus. Whatever may have been your past experience, however discouraging your present circumstances, if you will come to Jesus just as you are, weak, helpless, and despairing, our compassionate Saviour will meet you a great way off, and will throw about you His arms of love and His robe of righteousness.
He presents us to the Father clothed in the white raiment of His own character. This Christ will do for you, on one condition. Dear Will, Like most of what you comment on. I too have always loved competitive sports. When we play or participate in sports in any way or form, we exhalt ourselves above others. There is always the spirit of us against them. One of my favorite writers said , regarding volleyball at a christian school in Australia, it would be appropriate if no one kept score.
But what fun would that be? The carnal nature of the world is to win often at any cost. Hi Dennis, Thank you for the great insight into competitive sports and the temptation to exalt self. Regarding your question about sports I actually wrote a short article on the topic which hopefully would answer your question.
The article regarding competitive sports and Christian character can be found here. May the Lord bless you as you follow Him! Hi Akeem, I am very unfamiliar with the forex market and how it works.
I can provide some safe generic counsel but perhaps you will have to study this topic in more detail yourself. Some of our youth bid fair to be hastened on to ruin, because of this feverish grasping for riches.
This desire for gain opens the door of the heart to the temptations of the enemy. And the temptations that come are of such an alluring nature, that there are some who cannot resist them.
I stay clear of the stock markets, it is the safest path for we do not know what the future brings. Yet I would not say that is wrong to save money, it is wise to be economical and save for emergencies.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The Christian and Poker — What should we do? But before we do so, let us ask God for help as we study His word. So what does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? The Bible says… Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Interestingly enough, Satan in the Garden of Eden first perfected deception. It is written… You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. This commandment is repeated throughout the New Testament, Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
How about just a little poker? What if this is my primary source of income? Just because we are good at making money through a sinful act does not make it right. Jesus said… No one can serve two masters.
But what if we just play poker for fun? Jesus said… For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? It is written… Now godliness with contentment is great gain. White  Romans 8: September 22, at 2: February 10, at 6: December 14, at 2: There are rules, strategies, odds and different match hints, all summarized so you have more chances to win the game and enjoy. As a way to get hold of the game and invest in real cash, you could even play with it for free.
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