There is no Scripture that ever said "thou shall not gamble." The bible NEVER mentions gambling. Yet it's a Disfellowshiping sin. Witnesses use twisted logic like....."it's greedy and selfish"...that's it!!! An Elder working 6 days a week when he's already rich is greedy and selfish so where is the Watchtower Police? This is total nonsense.
Witnesses Ban gambling using no Scriptures only stupid logic...it's greedy! What?
But petty gambling among friends such as a poker party is harmless fun and should not be treated in the same manner as something as serious as buying a (that's right!) LOTTERY TICKET!
The elders do well not to involve themselves in what individuals do with regard to petty gambling solely for entertainment . They may need to give counsel if this becomes a cause of stumbling for others or affects the spirituality of the individual or the congregation.
So if it's the PRINCIPLE involved, what determines "petty". If I can afford to risk $500 (say, a day's pay) on a roll of the dice, is that "petty" for me, but not for you if you get government financial assistance? Who decides?
Governing Body has an interesting problem. Masterbation is out because it leads to fornication. But petty gambling is in because it does not lead to problem gambling? Interesting. I think they might be wrong.
Bethel brothers have gotten in trouble for playing poker with cookies......but I'm thinking based on WHAT scriptures is this a sin, such thin poor reasoning.
The elders do well not to involve themselves in what individuals do with regard to petty gambling solely for entertainment.
A relief to lots of old ones in the U.K. who play 'Penny Bingo' at Tuesday Clubs etc.
This comment was even made. Not even keep score!!!!!!!!!
*** w02 11/1 p. 31 Questions From Readers ***Christians who enjoy board or card games as recreation would be better advised to keep a penciled score or to play the game simply for fun without keeping score.
That would be like telling all jws that because a few jws have trouble with alcohol, that all jws should all never drink again............Fat chance.
I never could figure out why buying a $1 lottery ticket was considered greedy or wrong. There are many brothers who are greedy when they go to a restaurant with an all you can eat buffet...plate after plate of greasy chicken, spaghetti or desserts...and this seems OK.
I knew a sister that would gamble but she thoroughly enjoyed the fact that her non-Witness husband HAD won some lottery money. I guess she had an out and could say it wasn't her money. Now and days, I buy lottery tickets all the time and have won $1,200 and I am sure I have won more than I have lost. However, I am old enough and responsible enough to only play with what I can afford to lose.
I never could figure out why buying a $1 lottery ticket was considered greedy or wrong.
Because that $1 could have gone toward The World-Wide Work, instead of supporting the Government who would spend it furthering their evil agenda, such as education!
They only complain if you don't donate the winnings to them..