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Is It Sinful to Gamble on Fantasy Sports? // Ask Pastor John

Is It Sinful to Gamble on Fantasy Sports? // Ask Pastor John


Gambling your cash– whether at an one-armed bandit or online with your dream group– is not simply foolish. It is wrong. Pastor John provides 7 reasons. Fantasy sporting activities betting is a multi-billion buck market in the UnitedStates And a boy, an audience to the podcast that wants to stay confidential, composed particularly to inquire about dream football betting. “HelloPastor John, thanks for the podcast! I’m a huge sporting activities follower, and also I definitely enjoy playing dream football as a pastime. I started playing one totally free period in an on the internet organization, however since late, I have actually been playing day-to-day dream sporting activities video games on DraftKings and also FanDuel, a type of betting which sets you back cash in entrance costs. The wagers I position are instead moderate at $20–$50 a week. I have actually not discovered a great deal of Christian sources on this subject. Is moderate on the internet sporting activities betting wicked? Episode1269: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/is-it-sinful-to-gamble-on-fantasy-sports. RelatedResources:. “ShouldChristians Save for Retirement?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdxUlJMn5Uw. “Do I Love Money? One Simple Test” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNK2iuAa4o4. ” Loving Money Is Suicide” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFHWCK8vXfc. “DoesScripture Forbid Entrepreneurs from Raising Big Money?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbm1hcmjnyw. AskPastor John Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKvMOJ1T8T4&list=PLFF7F6AE365 DA3564 Find various other current and also prominent Ask Pastor John episodes, http://desiringgod.org/ask-pastor-john.
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18 COMMENTS

SA SD - posted on October 28, 2018 11:11 pm

When you are comfortable with sin or folly you are subsequently deceived.

N M M - posted on October 28, 2018 11:43 pm

There are families and people ruined by gambling in general. Gamblers even encourage nongamblers to never even think of gambling.
That said God has the ability to build up what satan has torn down. And to save those who are addicted to gambling once they place all their faith and trust in Him and His Ability to help them to stop gambling.
For there are none righteous no not one. But while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (including those who gamble). To redeem us from our sins once we accept Him and allow Him and The Father and The Holy Spirit to continually work on as well as through us. Cleansing as well as continually purging us of all our sins. As we continually accept Him in repentance unto His Eternal Life and His Eternal Salvation.

The Last Sheep Podcast with Tristan Rawcliffe - posted on October 29, 2018 1:33 am

People can't really use the excuse that they are doing it for fun because there are many free fantasy leagues to join. I can see friend groups that all put down like 20$ each for the season and winner takes all at the end of the year but in terms of consistent gambling on fantasy I don't think Christians should be gambling like this

Chaosity - posted on October 29, 2018 1:41 am

Thank you!

Richard Ronk - posted on October 29, 2018 3:04 am

It's not a sin if you tithe! But don't ever tithe on gambling. God loves the tithes… and, he has 8 reasons to gamble on Christ! (All of these comments of mine were intended to poke fun at those who take themselves too seriously and who wish to pontificate about the number of angels that fit on the head of a pin? The true answers are obvious to even the most casual observers and the fact that the question was asked to begin with indicates that the inquirer has a number of problems in understanding the gospels.)

prabhakar rajarapu - posted on October 29, 2018 3:12 am

AMEN

Jay jay cruz - posted on October 29, 2018 6:56 am

Is it sin to trade stocks online?

Randall Stevens - posted on October 29, 2018 7:40 am

I just want to point out that the stock market/401k/investments would all be considered "gambling" and are just as immoral as walking into a casino and putting all your money on black.

Brandon Freihage - posted on October 29, 2018 8:06 am

We need to be careful with how we define what "gambling" is. There are players that make money on fantasy sports through hours of research and evaluating statistical data. To me it's not gambling if you know that the decisions you are making are profitable in the long run.

Poker is similar, I've played poker part time for the last year and a half and have made over $30,000, bought my first car, and have made plenty of friends enjoying it. Have I been convicted about playing in games I can't afford? Absolutely. But do I think it's "gambling" when over the long run you can prove the decisions you are making are profitable? Absolutely not. "Gambling" implies that you don't have an edge, and ppl have proven you can have an edge in certain venues with enough work.

Just my 2 cents, thank you pastor John for your insight

Anon viewer - posted on October 29, 2018 8:34 am

Wow this is very somber to listen to.

Russell Minnick - posted on October 29, 2018 2:28 pm

This came off as a pretty prooftexty pharisaical response to an otherwise nuanced question. Specially if one suggestion was to play the stock market instead. I get that the platform is "ask pastor john" cause he is a famous author, but in reality the only profitable word from this video was "he has to look in the SCRIPTURES himself."

William Branham sermons [ ENG Hindi URD ] - posted on October 29, 2018 2:41 pm

God bless you so much

David Heald Jr. - posted on October 29, 2018 7:14 pm

I would love to be able to give $50 every week to my church.

Cristian Martinez - posted on October 29, 2018 10:32 pm

Wow, this spoke to me so much more beyond the temptation to gamble on the occasional lotto ticket. It convicted me of how much time I spend in idleness either browsing YouTube and social media or buying and playing video games. I'll have to give an account of my time not just my resources. Thank you.

lost creek rambler - posted on October 30, 2018 2:52 am

Does Pastor John endorse Donald Trump?

lost creek rambler - posted on October 30, 2018 2:54 am

So, are claw machines at walmart a sin?

Fine Art by Matt Philleo - posted on October 30, 2018 6:48 pm

This all comes down to a matter of the heart. I think Pastor John was trying to encourage this guy to see WHY he is playing fantasy football. I play Fantasy Football as well, but not for money. We have a league from some people at our church. I invest a few minutes every week to make sure my players are set. Honestly, I didn't pray before I joined. Next season, I will–just to make sure it's something the Lord would want me to do. It's not that God doesn't want us to enjoy our lives, but seeing that time is not a replenishable resouce, we will have to give an account for every minute spent.

Pastor John made a good point that the money this man used for Fantasy Football could be used for the Kingdom of God. We don't know what the man's budget is or how much He gives to God already. But one thing we know–if we lay up treasures in heaven, they will be safe there.

The real question is: are we finding God valuable above all things and does what we are doing at any given moment, align with that truth or does it not? Only the Holy Spirit, through the Word, can show each person whether or not they are living according to that standard.

Mike Huntington - posted on November 2, 2018 3:23 pm

Wow… I really don't agree with John on this one. He brought up some good points for us to remember but he is WAY off on just straight branding this as sin. I personally don't gamble, but I do spend money on things that are not BASIC shelter, JUST enough cheap food to survive and 1 or 2 sets of clothing to keep me warm. Piper has an obvious biest with gambling and has clouded his better judgment. Using Piper's instructions, I would hope he is not spending ANY money or TIME on ANYTHING other then loving others, praying, and reading his bible. No entertainment at all, because according to Piper, it's sinful. $50 a week on something you enjoy has nothing to do with this man's love of Jesus…we have no idea how much money "he" makes. $50 to him could literally be very little…and perhaps he gives thousands to his church and the poor. Again…I sure hope Piper is living in a box and ALL his money is going to God. I love you Piper, but you need to be more careful with these absolutes.


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