With the big lottery drawing tonight, I remembered a CoG lottery winner of about 10 years ago ( Ohio as I remember ) the story I heard was that he wanted to give a big donation to Hdq’s and that a church executive took a plane to receive the money. My question is; have you heard the story? Did it really happen? Do you know what the donation amount was? Is it theologically acceptable to take this kind of money? What are the ethics involved?
Terry Wiles [01/13/2016 12:20 PM]
Why is it always to headquarters. 🙂 Send it my way I’ll use it for building the Kingdom.
Steven J. Toole [01/13/2016 12:34 PM]
Andrew Jackson “Jack” Whittaker, Jr. (born c. 1947 in Jumping Branch, West Virginia) is the winner of a 2002 lottery jackpot. When he won US$314.9 million in the Powerball multi-state lottery it was, at the time, the largest jackpot ever won by a single winning ticket in the history of American lottery. After winning the lottery, he had several brushes with the law, as well as personal tragedies.
Whittaker was the 55-year-old president of Diversified Enterprises Construction, a contracting firm in Putnam County, West Virginia, when he chose the winning numbers for the December 25, 2002 drawing. Whittaker already had a net worth of over US$17 million before his Powerball windfall. Whittaker purchased the winning Powerball ticket at a supermarket in Hurricane, West Virginia, where he had stopped for a deli breakfast sandwich and to get fuel for his vehicle.
The jackpot that day was a US$314.9 million annuity or US$170.5 million cash. Whittaker chose the cash option of US$113,386,407 and received a check for approximately US$83 million after tax withholdings.
Whittaker pledged 10% of his winnings to Christian charities—including several churches affiliated with the Church of God—in southern West Virginia. One of the beneficiary congregations constructed a multimillion-dollar church in Hurricane. He also donated $14 million to establish the Jack Whittaker Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides food and clothing to low-income families in rural West Virginia. Moreover, for the deli manager who served the biscuits at the convenience store where he purchased the winning ticket, he purchased a $123,000 house and a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, and gave her a check for $44,000.
Ricky Grimsley [01/13/2016 12:56 PM]
I dont see how there would be any ethics involved. What scriptures would you use to say gambling is a sin. Whats the difference in blowing 500 $ on chance to more or blowing 500 on something else you dont need. We could all be better stewards.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 1:31 PM]
interesting WHY Jim Price posted this question at this time?
Jim Price [01/13/2016 1:52 PM]
In case you are wondering I have never bought a lottery ticket. In general I believe gambling to be a sin. But I do see attitudes changing within the church.
Ricky Grimsley [01/13/2016 1:57 PM]
Why is it a sin?
Sandy Inman [01/13/2016 1:58 PM]
According to the Luther Catechism – translated by Gornitzka – lotteries are stealing because the money is taken from poor people and given to people who have not worked for it. Just sayin’
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 2:03 PM]
Ricky Grimsley because Luther said so Henry Volk confirms http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/should-christians-play-the-lottery/
Ricky Grimsley [01/13/2016 2:08 PM]
Well common sense would tell you that lottery isnt stealing.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 2:09 PM]
Since some here claim GOD dont know the future, He can play the lottery too and it will be all fair 🙂
Ricky Grimsley [01/13/2016 2:11 PM]
He wouldnt have to play He could make the numbers be whatever he wanted with a word.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 2:13 PM]
Claiming God is not ALL-knowing makes him not all-powerful as well. Cannot be all-powerful without the power of all-knowing…
Ricky Grimsley [01/13/2016 2:26 PM]
God knows all that can be known and has all power that can be had. Most of our differences in this area are what the words mean. Its like saying God is unchangeable. Obviously he has essence and character yesterday, today, and forever. But if you take that to mean he can never change in any way then you are in error. He lowered himself and became a man on a specific day. He repents and gets angry based on information.
James L Alldredge [01/13/2016 2:39 PM]
Ethically, unless you ask each person who gives what the source of their gift is regardless of amount given you cannot say for certain you have never accepted money from gambling or other “sinful” pursuits. Gambling itself, like alcohol and drugs has a high risk of addiction for some personality types, which can lead to severe personal, familial and social damage. While I cannot condemn someone for buying a lottery ticket, it does prey upon the desire to be rich which according to scripture is the source of many evils. In addition gambling may fall under the Romans 14 prohibition against putting a stumbling block in front of those with weaker consciences. Full disclosure, I have participated in occasional work related pools for fantasy football and other strategic “lottery/raffle” style contests, so I am clearly not throwing any stones. Although primarily for entertainment and bragging rights I cannot say I ever felt any conviction from the Spirit. I am not one who is prone to this particular temptation so I would not be able to speak for those who are…
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 2:40 PM]
well many churches now have BINGO nights – so #BINGO
Timothy D McCune [01/13/2016 4:24 PM]
put up scripture and verse where it says buying a lottery ticket is a sin, saying because luther said so. Or because this person thinks so or that person is not good enough.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 4:25 PM]
So Timothy D McCune now you think you know the Bible better than Luther?
Charles Page [01/13/2016 4:26 PM]
seems like something TL Lowery would have done!!!
Timothy D McCune [01/13/2016 4:30 PM]
I think if Luther did not provide scripture to back himself up and if you or no one on here can then that should settle it. I do not condone blowing all of ones paycheck on gambling and putting the welfare of his or her family at risk. But i would not call someone a sinner for buying a 2 dollar lottery ticket once every 6 months or so.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 4:33 PM]
would you call a sinner if it was every 3 months or so? – this argument is so weak
James L Alldredge [01/13/2016 4:33 PM]
The issue is not necessarily about sin, but rather the abuse of liberty, “all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.” “The desire to be rich is a snare…”, “the love of money is the root of all evil…” The Spirit filled believer is governed by 3 laws; the law of faith (whatsoever is not of faith is sin), the law of love (owe no man anything except to love one another), and the law of conscience (why do you destroy your brother for whom Christ died). Even if my conscience is clear, I am still bound by the weaker conscience of my brother
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 4:34 PM]
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.
Timothy D McCune [01/13/2016 4:46 PM]
I have worked with my hands at one job or another since i was 13 iam 44 years old now, i have worked at my present place of emploment for 17years i have done all manner of jobs. Landscaping, roofing, working with horses pool maint: etc…… so Brother I know what it means to gather my increase by laboring for it, just dont be so high and mighty and call me a sinner for buying a single lottery ticket.
John Kissinger [01/13/2016 4:50 PM]
Where did I call you a sinner? Just discussing the issue at hand
Timothy D McCune [01/13/2016 4:53 PM]
Maybe its because i said every 6 months and you responded with, would you call a sinner if it was every 3 months or so. It really does not matter im not here to get into petty arguments.