Christian Poker Games – Is it Ok For Fun?

Most Christians know that playing poker is wrong. But what if we just play poker for fun? Nobody is losing money so is that ok? The Bible says…

But among you there mustn’t be even a touch of sexual immorality, or of almost any impurity, or of greed, because they’re improper for God’s holy people. ~ Ephesians 5:3 NIV

Perhaps God can seem just like a killjoy. But His purpose is always best. If we look away from our own pleasure and see what characteristics we are demonstrating in even free poker games we see some alarming factors. Impurity such as lying, greed, pride and selfishness are still center stage even yet in a free of charge poker game. Should we practice sin for fun? Should we practice lying to each other? Should we practice deceiving each other? And yet that is just what we are doing even yet in a free of charge poker game. Let us say that poker is 100% skill, it still does not pass God’s Commandments. There is still deception, lying, greed and covetousness.

The bottom line is this. You can’t mess around with sin. You can’t nibble round the edges. God’s word says…

But placed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.[1]

The flesh is a word simply meaning the cravings of sin, our carnal nature. So we must not seek temptation, Christ never sought out temptation to display His power, and He avoided it at all costs. When He was tempted it had been for an objective to show God’s power over sin and Satan. Too many Christians are fighting sins and one reason they do not have victory is not for a lack of God’s power but it’s as they are making provision for sin. People who want to overcome cigarettes for example would promise God that they’d not smoke but leave a bunch of cigarettes within their bedroom. They wonder why they are tempted to smoke! We must demonstrate to God that people trust His promises by also taking steps of faith and removing everything that will bring temptation. Online poker accounts must be closed, watching poker on TV should no more be watched, any type of temptation that people have control over we must be rid of. Eliminating kinds of temptation are statements of faith to God saying, “Lord I trust that you will give me the victory as promised and here is my demonstration of trusting in you “.

Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. [2] If we are in the habit of playing poker, in just about any form then we must not merely remove the evil but we must also replace the evil habit with a great habit. There are lots of positive things we could do instead (study, pray, give others, spending some time with friends or family, browse the Bible, workout, help others, they’re just a couple suggestions).

It could be a difficult task for all of us to give us certain sins. The stark reality is some sins like poker may bring us worldly profit. It may seem like you are losing by giving up something that will give you additional money and power. Often it may appear to be you are losing out on a gain that might be yours. The truth however, is that those who want to hold on to this worldly profit are now actually those who lose. Jesus said…

For what profit could it be to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? [3]

We may have thought that we can’t afford to give up a certain sin, the stark reality is that people can’t afford not to give it up. If that you do not surrender your will to God and allow Him to supply you with the victory, you’ll exchange your soul for what exactly of this world. Trust me, you are not losing out on anything by giving up poker. In fact, you are actually gaining giving it up. It’s written…

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it’s certain we could carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with one of these we shall be content. But those who want to be rich fall under temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, which is why some have strayed from the faith within their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

However, you, O man of God, flee these exact things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-11 (NKJV)

The stark reality is previously, any even now we seem to be pretty all messed up predicated on God’s word. We’re both guilty of previously playing poker, deceiving others, lying, stealing and coveting. The book I gave you a while back entitled Steps to Christ says this…

“The closer you arrived at Jesus, the more faulty you will be in your eyes; for the vision is likely to be clearer, and your imperfections is likely to be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature.” [4]

When up against God’s truth, when up against the right life of Jesus, we see the amount of we need Him. Habits may be hard to break. We realize that God’s desire is for all of us to totally stop trying poker and gambling, and it could seem just like a big request. But could it be really a lot to ask when compared with what Jesus gave for all of us? I invite you to show to the book of Romans 8:12-14, it says…

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but it’s not to the sinful nature, to reside based on it. For if you reside based on the sinful nature, you’ll die; but when by the Spirit you add to death the misdeeds of the human body, you’ll live, because those people who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [5]

I have a mortgage. My entire house had been paid, every penny of it. I am simply in debt to the party who covered my house. Therefore I have an obligation to cover that debt. Romans chapter 8 verse 12 says we have an obligation. Only this debt is not one of an economic nature. This debt is a lot deeper. It was paid not with American dollars but with something better, with the blood of God’s only Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, Greater love has no one than this, than to set down one’s life for his friends. [6]

Indeed there is no greater love than Jesus for us. He paid it all, by laying down His life for us. The death that people deserved was laid on Him. Therefore we have this type of great obligation to reside no more for ourselves but also for Christ.


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