If you’re talking about the Visa Lottery, you do know like 60% of African preachers here, are here because of that LOL. But I believe you’re referring to gambling. First, there Is no place In the Bible that it is mentioned that “gambling/lottery” Is a sin. However, there are some things that aren’t In the bible, but because of the law that has been reiterated In the New Testament, It makes certain things unacceptable to God. Because there Is no Biblical condemnation of gambling, that doesn’t make It proper or make it wrong.
There are some principles that we could use as a guide. I could speak from a personal standpoint, but like most “Christians” want to know, I’ll try to back it up with scripture. BTW, I’m not going to say whether it’s wrong or right, I’ll leave that your conviction of the spirit. The Bible talks about money in various contexts; Sears’s, greed, giving, tithes, and then love. The main scripture Ill draw into this is Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money. ” The scripture is self-explanatory, you can’t put anyone or thing above our jealous God. It even goes to the extent where He says we have to fully trust Him with all our provisions In Hebrew 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. ” The saying “too much of anything is a bad thing” can be applied to this as well, anything compulsive isn’t bound to end up well.
When we talk about gambling, it’s almost hard to hear about cases where people “casually” gamble, it steadily becomes an habit; it’s one of the most rapid growing forms of addiction in today’s society, and I don’t need to tell you that addiction/habit is a form of idolatry. If we were to even get technical, we’d take this way back to Eden; where after the bite of the fruit, the entirety of mankind changed. God said It upon man, that he was cursed, and that he will make every one of his profit “by the sweat of his brow,” which can be interpreted as not taking short cuts to amassing riches.
But of course, people will say but we’re under a new covenant (Which is) TRUE, but humans still work, and humans still die, (The only curse that the Blood of Jesus didn’t supersede per SE. ) However, Jesus did talk about covetousness, wickedness and theft being evil from man’s heart, and that it can be argued that gambling is an act of taking from the poor and ignorant. (Covetousness & wickedness) So, does that mean that we can gamble all night long, and God will still smile upon us, & call us “Good and faithful servant? ” Well, I’ll leave that one for you to decide.