QUESTION OF THE DAY: Is playing the lottery a form of gambling?

Before we talk about the lottery, let’s clarify something about gambling. Specifically, that gambling is crosswise to God’s nature and the laws of prosperity.

In a gambling situation someone has to lose. In fact, in most cases, gambling depends on the majority of people losing and only a few being winners. It perpetrates the false idea that others have to lose, or be in lack, for someone to win and have abundance.

This is totally opposite of God’s plan. In God’s principle of sowing and reaping, everybody wins! God’s desire is that everyone be a winner. Not only is it God’s desire for everyone to be a winner, but He has also provided the plan for it. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

God truly wants to bless everyone, but it has to be done through the Word of God and spiritual law. He created this planet with more than enough for everyone to live prosperously. Even though man has managed to disrupt God’s plan through sin and greed, everyone who is willing to follow God’s principles can reverse it in his own life.

Brother Copeland does not feel the lottery is true gambling. Instead, he has stated that it’s simply another way of paying taxes to the government. So if people want to spend their money to support the government, they can.

That is not to say Brother Copeland endorses playing the lottery. It is not something God initiated as part of good government, nor is it part of His plan for personal prosperity. It’s a worldly attempt to get wealth, and isn’t the best way to spend one’s money.

There’s nothing left to chance by doing it God’s way as revealed in His Word through sowing and reaping. Only with God’s plan is there a way for everyone to win every time!

Source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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