Gambling Is A Sin!
Unreasonable (a needful MP3 sermon by Brother Lester Roloff | More MP3 sermons)

"No one in the history of mankind has ever developed or operated a casino out of a burning desire to improve the lot of humanity." —Chuck Gardner, Former Nevada Deputy Attorney General

All across America gambling has been legalized.  From race horses to state lotteries.  From gambling casinos to online gambling.  It is an abomination to God!  Gambling is wrong because coveteousness is a sin!  Gambling also goes hand-in-hand with prostitution, illegal drugs, alcohol, and organized crime.  Hence the appropriate name for Las Vegas...SIN CITY!

"Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children." —2nd Peter 2:14

The Evils of Gambling 

Gambling is a sin—specifically casino gambling and gambling which requires no honest labor. The suicide rate amongst gamblers is 150% higher than average. Herbert Jenkins, former president of the International Association of Police Chiefs, said ... "For every dollar received in gambling taxes, government spends ten-dollars fighting problems directly related to legalized gambling--prostitution, embezzlement, bad checks, police corruption, racketeers and mobsters sworn to the gambling community and bring with them other businesses.

Former FBI director, Clarence Kelly, declared that "legalized gambling would not help eliminate corruption; but rather would develop a new class of gamblers who would switch to the illegal games as their addiction grows." Wake up America! It is sinfully covetous to desire to get money without labor. 

People nowadays are in love with themselves more than ever before! "Pride goeth before destruction..." the Bible teaches in Proverb 16:18. America is headed for certain destruction! Sin always undermines the integrity of ANY nation!  We are approaching closer to the last days! Men and women are becoming more and more complacent about everything.  U.S. debt is increasingly skyrocketing! The debt-bomb is ticking. Our stock markets are mirages of false value waiting to crumble to nothing. Our congress members lack the moral courage to do what is right in government. How much longer can this wayward country stay on it's reckless course?

Look anywhere in this country where gambling casinos are open for business and you will find whores, whoremongers, booze, nudity, illegal drugs, and every other form of debauchery imaginable. They are houses of sin!

"The house always wins" is a popular saying when it comes to any type of gambling (stock market included). So true! Don't you understand that gambling casinos, race tracks and lotteries are all designing to make millions of dollars for the greedy owners. They do NOT care who they hurt. All they care about is wine, women and song. All they want is to get rich! 

"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." 1st Timothy 6:9

Sin never satisfies!  If you play with the devil's fire, then you WILL get burned eventually. Don't be a fool with your hard-earned money. What you don't see behind all the glowing neon lights is the little small room in the back of the casino where you can sign away your car, your home or anything else of value in a gambling bet. A fool and his money are soon departed!

A Gambler's Famous Last Words

Gambling by it's very nature can become VERY addictive because it involves greed, a very powerful lust indeed. The vice of greed is not easily broken. Only through the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ and a renewal of our thinking can we escape such pollutions of the world. 

Don't be a fool friend, stay as far away as you can from any type of gambling. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10)—don't you think He could make you rich if He wanted to? Of course He could. 

The world is filled with all sorts of wicked people doing evil things to get rich, corrupting the planet with their filth and vermin. From Britney Spear's whorishness to the creeps who invented the evil Girls Gone Wild videos, they are all working for the devil. 

God will not be mocked! Galatians 6:7 promises punishment to the evil doers, and rewards to the righteous. Madonna, MTV, Walt Disney and all the hordes of Hollyweird will reap the eternal fires of Hell if they do not repent of their wicked sins. 

Please read Sin City! Also, Mardi Gras is Evil. 

Covetousness is a sin! Gambling feeds off the sin of greed! We are supposed to be content with what God has given us...

"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

WARNING: Beware Of Online Gambling!

The Devil's gang will stop at nothing to get rich, even if it means cutting your throat! All of the gambling websites and casinos have the same things in common—they show you the neon lights and synthetic glamour upfront; but their backyard is filled with dead men's bones. What most online gamblers DON'T look at is the legal notice deceitfully hidden at the bottom of the webpage. Well, I read it for you, and here's what it says ...

"You are fully aware that there is a risk of losing money when gambling by means of the Service and that you are fully responsible for any such loss." —SOURCE

ALL gambling casinos, whether online or in Las Vegas, deceitfully want to make you feel like you're going to a party to have a good time ... lots of fun ... time with friends ... pretty bright lights; BUT, the down-to-earth truth is that they are a bunch of cut-throat, God-hating, thugs who will do what they have to do to collect any money you owe them. The whole concept of online gambling is immoral. When you first go to many of the casino websites, they ask you in a pop up message if you want to install the casino software. I mean, they'll install a gambling casino right on your computer for you! Talk about the Devil coming into your home! 

The gambling industry in the United States alone generates more annual revenues, than the Hollywood movie industry, music industry and video game industry sales combined. Americans spend over $54 billion on gambling annually. Revenues in online gaming business rose from only $800 million to over $2 billion in 1999! By year 2008, it is estimated that online gambling industry will top over $18 billion in revenues! SOURCE

It's a KNOWN FACT that the house ALWAYS WINS, as you can see in the dollar amounts above. "We don't consider what we're doing illegal," says Calvin Ayre, who has become a billionaire from a business that is against the law in the United States: Internet gambling. 

"You won't find it in the stock listings, but one business that has emerged as a huge moneymaker is Internet gambling - a pastime of millions of Americans."

SOURCE (read more)

Casinos use sophisticated mathematical algorithms in their gambling software to ensure that only a small percentage of the total money taken in is ever returned to the gamblers who win. In the end, the Casinos can't suffer a loss. A few gamblers will win money, most will lose money--but the casino gets filthy rich!!! I don't know about you, but there's something inside of me that really gets upset at creeps who act like their my friends, when in reality I mean nothing more to them than a dollar sign. I hate and detest gambling casinos! 

You'd have to be a complete ignoramus to gamble online! For Calvin Ayre to amass over a billion dollars with his immoral online gambling business, a whole LOT of people had to LOSE! Many people are stupid. I say this kindly, but truthfully. I can't help but ponder at the insanity of so many people today. I mean, think about it--people voluntarily murder their own children through abortion, voluntarily destroy their own health with tobacco, voluntarily go into massive financial debt, voluntarily deface their own bodies with tattoos, voluntarily believe the fable of evolution, etc, et cetera. Mankind truly is his own worst enemy. 

David Robertson, former chairman of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, states, "Statistics prove that teen-age Internet gambling is the fastest growing addiction of the day, akin to drug and alcohol abuse in the 1930s. It's pernicious, it's evil, it's certainly one that feeds on those who are the weakest members of society — and that's the young and the poor." SOURCE

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, states, "Teenagers have a problem gambling rate of 10%-17%, a rate 2 to 3 times higher than the general population." SOURCE

A 2002 regional survey by the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems (DCGP) found that more than 30% of all high school students gamble periodically. And the evidence indicates that gambling is a problem not only among older teens in high school, but among younger students as well. The study found that 43% of eighth-grade boys and 19% of eighth grade girls gamble. —SOURCE

According to Dr. Howard J. Shaffer, Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Addiction Studies, "Today, there are more children experiencing adverse symptoms from gambling than from drugs...and the problem is growing." —SOURCE

Gambling and Suicide

Citizen Magazine published an alarming account of gambling addiction and suicide in the July of 2002 issue. Written by Jeff Hooten, this Citizen story describes the destructive nature of addiction in the lives of two men. There are over 15 million people that struggle with gambling as an addiction. Suicide attempts for pathological gamblers are higher than any other addiction. One out of every five will attempt suicide. Read The Fever on Citizen Magazine's web-site.

Gambler's Suicide Reveals Casino's Bottom Line

Solomon Bell's suicide was, of course, unspeakably tragic-but hardly remarkable. Last week the Detroit police sergeant, despondent over massive gambling losses, pulled out his service pistol and killed himself at a blackjack table in one of the city's new casinos.

The tragedy was unremarkable in that it is merely a microcosm of how the gambling industry functions on a daily basis. On this day alone, casino operators enriched themselves by almost $20,000 at the victim's expense. Sergeant Bell's family, friends, and the Detroit community are impoverished beyond measure.

To the gambling mercenaries, such public relations indelicacies are merely part of the price to be paid for this form of "harmless entertainment." That's why the MotorCity Casino refused to shut down even temporarily in the face of this tragedy. In fact, within hours gamblers were allowed back into the area where the suicide occurred, blood-stained carpet notwithstanding.

Explained a casino spokesman: "It's not like Bell died some honorable kind of death. He chose to kill himself. We saw absolutely no reason to close down our business and deprive our patrons the use of our fourth floor."

Such crass and heartless reasoning might shock you. It shouldn't. This is precisely how casinos function-how they must function. Even the most jaded of gambling executives would go mad were they to come to grips with the depth of pain and devastation engendered by their venomous product.

Casinos instead attempt to delude with claims that they benefit communities by creating jobs, tourism and economic development. It is an elaborate smokescreen; casinos operate solely for the purpose of parting people from their money. Former Nevada deputy attorney general Chuck Gardner put it succinctly: "No one in the history of mankind has ever developed or operated a casino out of a burning desire to improve the lot of humanity."

"It's not like Bell died some honorable kind of death. He chose to kill himself. We saw absolutely no reason to close down our business and deprive our patrons the use of our fourth floor." —MotorCity Casino Spokesman

A Few Gambling suicides:

Richard Hagstrom was a 57-year-old insurance adjuster whose gambling habit started to catch up with him … He was running into money problems, and it had become the source of arguments between him and his wife, Charlyn. …police found her body in her bedroom. Someone had beaten her to death. … Richard Hagstrom was the authorities’ only suspect. … He shot himself in his brother’s farmhouse … Richard had accumulated overwhelming gambling debts…

On Linda Raasch’s dining room table lay a foreclosure notice and several letters demanding payment on overdue bills. Her electricity was about to be shut off. In the garage, Raasch’s car was running, the windows rolled down. She was inside, poisoned by carbon monoxide. She liked to play video poker machines, and she usually played just three quarters at a time. The quarters added up.

"Suicide attempts among pathological gamblers are higher than for any of the addictions and second only to suicide attempt rates among individuals with major affective disorders, schizophrenia and a few major hereditary disorders," researcher Rachel Volberg said.

A 16-year-old slit his wrists after losing $6,000 - four years of newspaper delivery earnings - on the lottery in a single day.

The Canadian Press has learned that Alberta recorded gambling in the files of 10 percent of suicide victims in 2001, while Nova Scotia investigators found it was a factor in 6.3 per cent of suicides in the last two years. … Alberta medical investigator Dennis Caufield says gambling-related suicides increased after addictive VLTs were installed in 1992. "Absolutely, without a doubt," he said in an interview. "It's a frightening thing … To me, it's quite bizarre that people become so consumed by this need [to gamble] that they feel the only way to stop it is to take their own life." -SOURCE (Read about more gambling suicides)

Gambling casinos are some of the coldest, deadest, most selfish, cut-throat places on earth.  Would to God they were all shut down forever!!!  Someday, when Jesus returns, He WILL do just that--SHUT THEM DOWN!

Covetousness is a Sin!

It is a sin when we covet materialistic things. It is rare in America to hear a sermon against being covetous. America's slogan should be changed to "In Goods We Trust" or "In Greed We Trust." They are certainly appropriate slogans for such a materialistic and spoiled nation. We surely don't trust in God anymore. While children die of starvation in third world nations, we Americans pay billions of dollars a year to watch people "play" in professional sports. 

Players get paid millions of dollars for kicking some pigskin across a field through some plumbing on the other end. When a nation can afford to pay athletes ridiculous 7-digit salaries to "play" ball for a living, you know your nation is spoiled! When a nation spends billions of dollars on it's "pet" animals while steel industry retirees lose their pensions and veterans beg on the streets of our cities to survive, our priorities are wrong as a country. 

American has forgotten it's military veterans! America is indifferent about the starving children around the world. I realize that many people do give to hunger charities, but much of that money gets eaten up in outrageous salaries and other lucrative expenses. How much of that money actually gets to the starving people? Why are they still starving? Why aren't we teaching them how to care for themselves? 

It's because of evils in government, the greed of the rich. The World Bank has actually been taking over the world's nations for decades now. The result has been skyrocketing costs and economic devastation for many nations. They're cut-throat thugs. The United Nations pretends like they care about starving people; but the poor continue to starve. Isn't it amazing how politicians are always talking about the poor, but the poor never really get helped? 

The poor are always poor--while rich businessmen, televangelists, and politicians get richer. I'm so sick of lying politicians and televangelists who lie through their treacherous teeth about helping the less fortunate. Proverb 30:14 proclaims, "There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

America has neglected it's own poor as well! Americans gamble away BILLIONS of dollars annually!  In fact, The gambling industry of today in the U.S. alone is a 50 billion dollar industry! It is not an industry restricted to the realms of the States, but a worldwide phenomenon that has had gamblers in almost every corner of the world gambling in casinos, hotels and most recently on the internet. And we have the gall to call ourselves a generous nation? Woe unto America! 

America has neglected it's elderly in nursing homes across America, not to mention the outrageous artificially inflated costs of their necessary medical drugs. America is complacent! We blame the politicians but we keep voting for them. The honest truth is that if 90% of the country failed to vote, the government would care less. Some New World Order puppet will always win. The U.S. government has been taken over by criminals! Don't believe me? Maybe you'll believe Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

Living to make money is a fool's game which brings misery, "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" (1st Timothy 6:10). Perhaps you argue that you only gamble for fun and not to make money. To that I would say that you're not a very good liar. Everyone who gambles hopes to make more money or they wouldn't be gambling in the first place. Once again, carefully consider what the Word of God warns ...

"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."  —1st Timothy 6:10

Most people nowadays will do just about anything to get money. This is exactly what God is saying in 1st Timothy 6:10.  It's the "love" of money that is so evil. What is the "love of money"? Money is just paper with ink on it, so we know that money in itself isn't evil.  Rather, it's what money can do—it buys us things and pleasure! So the Word of God is actually warning that the love of THINGS AND PLEASURE is the root of all evil. This is covetousness. 

We read in 2nd Thessalonians 212, "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." We are commanded in the Word of God NOT to love this world ... "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." God has blessed mankind with the privilege of enjoying the pleasures and things of this world; BUT, He sets divine limits and establishes moral Laws for us to obey. Greed and covetousness are the sins which causes us to cross those moral lines. It is a constant battle in a land as plenteous as America not to become covetous. 

As Christians, we are commanded NOT to be covetous of this world, "Let your conversation be without covetousness..." (Hebrews 13:5). It's a disturbing paradox! ... Covetousness is the ROOT of all other sins; yet, it is not recognized for the villain it is and few preachers preach against it. A long time before abortion became legal, our nation stopped recognizing the evils of covetousness. People became HARDENED by the deceitfulness of sin as Hebrews 3:13 warns.

2,500 Online Gambling Casinos Lure College Teens Into Debt

Online predators are going after teens for everything from sex to their money. According to the following article, there's “2,500 Internet-based casinos that lure teenagers with offers of free tuition and other prizes. It is creating what some call an epidemic of gambling — and debt -- on campuses everywhere.” The Boston Globe reports...

For many on campuses, trouble is in the cards

By Bella English, Globe Staff | August 22, 2006

Mike Zakarian is president of the student government at Emmanuel College and co-captain of the baseball team. He hopes to go to graduate school in education. But he's also a whiz at online poker. He's so good that, at age 21, he won $12,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where last month he took home $15,500 more.

Zakarian started playing Texas Hold 'Em with friends in high school, and moved on to Internet poker in college. He'd win $50 here, $100 there, and lose only occasionally, he says. His first big score came at the end of his sophomore year: He put down $40 to enter an online tournament, and won $4,000.

His earnings have helped pay his tuition and afforded him nice vacations. But Zakarian hasn't always been cavalier about the game. ``There were times when I could feel myself inside losing control," he says, ``and I left it for a couple of months until I felt better. I just didn't want to get caught up in it and lose everything I'd won."

Zakarian was among five Bostonians, none older than 31, who participated in the 2006 World Series of Poker -- sponsored by, a site popular with young players -- after they won online tournaments. Two of the 10 players who made it to the final table were recent college graduates, and they took home about $2 million each.

How are college students getting so good at a game that once was the dominion of older men? The answer lies online, in the 2,500 Internet-based casinos that lure teenagers with offers of free tuition and other prizes. It is creating what some call an epidemic of gambling -- and debt -- on campuses everywhere.

Online gambling has spread through high school and college campuses, ensnaring young men who hope to beat the odds. Sometimes they do. More often they don't. Greg Hogan, who was president of his class at Lehigh University, robbed a bank last December to pay a $5,000 debt amassed in online poker. Hogan, 20, will serve at least 22 months in prison.

``I can tell you it is a problem," says Laurajane Fitzsimons , an addiction specialist with the counseling center at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. ``College is a time when students have freedom from their parents and access to credit cards and money, but they don't really understand the ramifications of gambling."

Even those who don't cut classes to sit in front of their computer, she says, report that gambling is on their mind ``all the time," making it difficult for them to focus on school work. The college has trained resident advisers to look out for students holed up in their rooms. At freshman orientation, officials discuss the dangers of alcohol, drugs -- and gambling.

The Massachusetts Council on Gambling held a program last spring with the state Department of Public Health about gambling on campuses, and it attracted administrators from 40 schools. ``A lot of them are starting to realize they need to have policies around it like alcohol and drugs," says council spokeswoman Margot Cahoon.

The appeal of online gambling on campus is obvious: It's just a click away. There's no group to organize, no snacks to serve, no drinks to pour. You don't have to get dressed. You don't have to make small talk. You don't have to go home, because you're already there.

Online casinos lure new players by allowing them to practice with ``play money" and then ``giving" them real money to get started. ``Come grab your $888 Welcome Bonus today!" promotes one company in an unsolicited e-mail sent out nationwide. Says another: ``Complete with . . . state-of-the-art graphics, a knowledgeable and helpful 24/7 phone and live chat support team, fast payouts and a payout rate of over 97%." It also offers $300 free, ``just for trying our casino."

What they don't mention is people like the recent Harvard graduate who gambled away $35,000 online.

SOURCE: Online poker is creating what some call an epidemic of gambling on campuses - The Boston Globe

Only in America will you read about college students paying their tuition by means of online gambling. It's insane! Billy Sunday (1862-1935) preached against drinking, dancing and gambling for good reason. There was no television back then. Dancing was popular before television was invented, which often led to adultery since there is touching involved in dancing. Billy Sunday wasn't even preaching against the raunchy sensual dancing that has become popular since the 1960's. Sunday was preaching against any dancing between unmarried couples in public.

Booze was a menace in the old days just as it still is today. Booze got Noah drunk, which led to a permanent rift in the family between Ham and Noah. Booze caused Lot to commit incest with his daughters. David got Uriah drunk in an attempt to deceive him. Booze has always been associated with evil. You can't name one good thing that anyone ever did while drunk, and neither can I. Booze is synonymous with gambling.

State Lotteries are Evil

Hot Dice

Photo to Left: An advertisement icon from New York's state lottery page.

It's a shame that the deliberate DEINDUSTRIALIZATION of the United States by congress and the corporations

The lottery is nothing more than organized white-collar crime and a voluntary tax on the stupid. Many children have gone hungry because of wasted money on lottery tickets. Gambling money is "blood money!" I won't be a part of it. I have never bought a lottery ticket and don't ever plan to. Many children have been left outside in the car while their parents went inside some casino to gamble. God hates gambling! The Bible teaches honest labor. There is nothing in the Bible about spending your life looking for a way out or working for a living. As gambling becomes increasingly popular in America, the appreciation for an honest day's work is deteriorating. 

I lived in Illinois (Illinoid) for most of my life and I believe that the lottery is a multi-billion dollar scam. Lottery organizers originally promised back in 1972 that the money from the lottery would be used to better the public school system. Chicago has some of the worst schools in America! Illinois has had plenty of dishonest governors, mayors and other crooked leaders who have ripped off the public time and time again. Chicago in particular is one of the most corrupt cities in the United States. It's just one big money-siphoning scam after another--everything from ghost payrolls, to the Hired Truck Program. So while public schools get worse and the students continue to fail in Illinois, where is the $1,500,000,000 of lottery revenue per year going? Probably where all the rest of the money is going ... in the politicians and lawyers pockets!

Lotteries are prone to scams ...

Lottery is susceptible to fraud, despite the high degree of scrutiny offered by the organisers. One method involved is to tamper with the machine used for the number selection. By rigging a machine, it is theoretically easy to win a lottery. This act is often done in connivance with an employee of the lottery firm. Methods used vary; loaded balls where select balls are made to popup making it either lighter or heavier than the rest. Many other ingenious methods too have been employed.

Some advance fee fraud scams on the internet are based on lotteries. The modus operandi of this fraud is that the trickster sends spam to all email users in their database congratulating them on their recent lottery win. Then they proceed to announce that in order to release funds they must part with a certain amount (as tax/fees) as per the rules or risk forfeiture.

Another form of lottery scam involves the selling of "systems" which purport to improve a player's chances of selecting the winning numbers in a Lotto game. These scams are generally based on the buyer's (and perhaps the seller's) misunderstanding of probability and random numbers. SOURCE

State lotteries are synonymous with Las Vegas gambling. The official website for Massachusetts's state lottery advertises gambling trips to Caesar's Palace in Vegas--so people can gamble some more! All of the state lottery websites I visited are as covetous as can be; yet they sinfully attempt to justify their gambling with the educational system. It is a sad commentary on the American people, that we care so little about our own children, that we have to turn to gambling to raise the money to educate them!!! Woe unto America! The states try to entice people to gamble by using the same tactics that con-artists use—showing pictures of new homes, vacation getaways, flashy advertisements and talk of becoming a millionaire. It's a disgrace. 

According to a study by graduate student Thomas Garnett, published by the Buckeye Institute in Dayton, Ohio—pouring lottery proceeds into education actually caused state spending on schools to shrink. The study demonstrated that after Ohio's 1974 promise to devote all lottery winnings to public schools, state spending on education dropped from 42 percent of its total budget in 1973 to 29 percent in 1994. Education funded by lottery? I think not! 

Lottery ads are, sadly, targeted most aggressively at people lacking the financial education to know how many daily tickets are too many. Less than one-quarter of the population buys nearly three-quarters of all the tickets. Players get hammered by a 50% loss of capital on every ticket, every day of the year. The net result for 99.99% of the players is mounting losses, which can demolish hopes of a comfortable financial life. For context, here's some simple math: A 50% payback rate will turn $20 million wagered daily in the state lottery into fewer than two cents within 30 days.

Thirty-nine states have lotteries. Meanwhile, Las Vegas and other gambling centers have convinced America that visiting their city is good clean fun for the whole family. What's behind all this "wholesome" gambling, of course, is governmental and corporate greed. And all this legalizing and sanitizing of gambling has had many ill effects on our society. When gambling is so accessible, obviously there are more gamblers—and more people with gambling problems. 

Casinos have become so "family friendly" that it's hard to distinguish them anymore from Disneyland. So children are exposed to gambling at a ridiculously young age, and the casinos have an unlimited supply of future players. State lotteries--which brought in $38 billion in 2003—were called the "numbers racket" in the mobster days, and similarly prey on the dreams of the poor.

You can't lose if you don't play!

Gambling: A Scam Against The 'Little Guy'

By Ellen Ratner | July 26, 2002

In the year 2000, the American people – mostly the little guys – sunk some $866 billion into "it," most of which was lost. The dollars thrown into this rat hole in 2001 is likely to be even closer to the $1 trillion dollar mark. Maybe in 2002 we'll break $1 trillion.

So what's the deal? Enron? WorldCom? Global Crossing? Guess again.

It's called gambling, and it's an even bigger scam than cooking the corporate books. Unlike a ruined 401(k), one doesn't have to wait until retirement to find out that the till is empty – because casinos, state lotteries, the ponies and illegal betting all take their cut in the here and now. State governments, organized crime bookies and "the gaming industry" (which is what legalized gambling prefers to call itself, much as the military refers to civilian casualties as "collateral damage") provide millions of fools a chance to part with their money. Commercialized gambling (non-Indian) is conducted at 429 casinos in 11 states; only two states in the Union – Utah and Hawaii – actually prohibit all forms of gambling, and 38 states have lotteries. Added to this are the Indian casinos – 198 tribes are running 326 gambling holes in 28 states. And here's a real eye opener – betting websites are thought to number some 34,000! Today on the Internet, you can lose the kids' college funds, the grocery money or this month's rent from the comfort of your own living room. Going to hell has never been more convenient! Needless to say, none of the foregoing stats include illegal gambling, which just adds gazillions to the overall total "wagered."

Forget about statistics. How many of you have waited in line at the convenience store while some Joe or Josephine Six Pack orders up lottery and scratch tickets like a kid in a candy store? In fact, just outside that store, have you noticed the increasingly familiar sight of some poor shmo frantically rubbing a scratch ticket hoping for the big score? In the old days, the trash outside these places consisted of empty bottles and cigarette butts; today, it's heaps of losing scratch tickets.

Essentially, the government is now in the same business that used to be the exclusive province of the Mafia. How did this happen?

Mostly it happened because the politicians and the "gaming industry" made a pretty sure bet – they bet that a public dumb enough to shell out cold cash for a Powerball Lottery where the odds of winning can be 100,000,000 to 1 would also buy the phony argument that the proceeds of state sponsored scams actually go to benefit "the kids" in the form of aid to schools and so forth. In fact, as every state legislator knows, lottery proceeds often wind up in a state's general fund. In other words, it's a just a form of taxation.

But is this fair? Most people – even my Republican friends – concede that some degree of progressivity is appropriate to raise government revenue. The more one makes, the more one pays in taxes. But how many Mercedes owners, how many guys and gals wearing Armani suits have you seen standing in line to buy a lottery ticket? The dirty secret is that state sponsored gambling in particular preys upon the working poor, the people whose circumstances lead them to hope that with a single scratch, all of their problems with inadequate health care, housing and social services will vanish.

And for those "players" who aren't poor, gambling creates a bad ethic – the vain hope that they can get something for nothing. Gambling destroys the connection between success in life and the real means of achieving it – hard work.

Gambling's other sick legacy is its encouragement of pathological behavior. Gambling addicts – those who need the perpetual exhilaration of a bet – constitute 2.5 percent of all gamblers, although they account for 15 percent of all bets placed. In other words, the gambling lords depend upon their addicts just like the tobacco companies and drug pushers depend on theirs.

Washington loves to talk endlessly about protecting "the little guy." But there's a deafening silence on the subject of gambling. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. The "gaming industry" and local politicians make sure that Washington won't see the problem. Many of my conservative friends, who love to talk about Democrats and moral decline, never mention anything about gambling. That's because Republicans, like Democrats, are up to their necks in gambling money – both private, state and Native American.

Ellen Ratner is the White House correspondent and bureau chief for the Talk Radio News service. She is also Washington bureau chief and political editor for Talkers Magazine. In addition, Ratner is a news analyst at the Fox News Channel. —SOURCE


I have met so many people in my lifetime who spent every waking moment of the day trying to figure a way out of working for a living. It's not God's way! God blesses hard work, not shady deals and sinful schemes. If you do prosper financially from your own cheating, evil or conniving... then you are in trouble with the Lord. Money should not be an issue for the Christian!

The great Dr. Jack Hyles taught that there are two ways to be rich:

1. Have all you want
2. Want all you have

If you want all you have, then you are rich indeed for you already have it. What a truth! It's called being "content." God commands us to be content in Hebrews 13:5. Listen to some words of wisdom by evangelist Billy Sunday ...

"Listen, 1905, Kansas City voted out 250 saloons, 200 gambling houses and 60 houses of prostitution. They worried if they voted out the saloon they would ruin their economy but that wasn't the case. Next year bank deposits increased $1,700,000. Court costs went down $25,000. And new starts, building starts, new businesses, new homes went up 209%. Now before they voted out the saloon they were getting ready to add a new addition to the jail, but after the saloon's closed the jail doors swang idle on their hinges and even the poor house began to empty. The next year was 1906 and 600 children between the ages of 12-18 entered school for the first time in their life, because they didn't have to stay home and support a drunken father." —Billy Sunday

I hope you will take these words of wisdom to heart and avoid the evils of gambling. Billy Sunday preached much against gambling, booze and dancing in his day. Today, people laugh at Billy Sunday's message. Frank Sinatra mocked Billy Sunday in his sinful song, Chicago; but Billy Sunday is now walking streets of gold in Heaven, while Sinatra is tragically burning in Hell. Thank God for great preachers like Billy Sunday and Jack Hyles!

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