I think the best way to approach this might be from the perspective of the
7th and 9th commandments.
In the 7th commandment we learn that “we should fear and love God so that
we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them with bad
products or deals, but help him to improve and protect his property and
In the 9th commandment we learn that “we should fear and love God so that we
may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or obtain
it by a show ‹of justice and› right, or any other means, but help and be of
service to him in keeping it.”
(both taken from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions electronic edition)
Now, this is where the danger lies with gambling in general, and in using
games of chance to raise money: addiction to gambling is a serious problem
which has drastic effects on a person’s possessions and family. With that
said, where the line is drawn can be difficult. The best approach to this
would be to ask the following:
“Are we doing something which shows our love for our neighbor?”
“Are we being honest with our neighbor?”
“Are we trying to take advantage of our neighbor and deprive him or her of
something he or she would not normally give?”
Matthew Lorfeld, Pastor
Messiah Lutheran Church
La Crescent, MN
So Youtube suddenly decided that it’s ok for 20 minute vids after all. So here you go, this is last week’s Friday episode as this week’s Friday episode, come a day early, compliments to tubeyou.
If we look at the context we see that the people were coming to John confessing their sins. Contrast that with Jesus who confesses no sin. There we see Jesus being baptized into his vocation. For there he identified with sinners. That is, his baptism points to his cross where he will be baptized with the wrath of God. In his baptism he is identified as the one who is take the place of sinners, suffering hell in their place on the cross. It is the great exchange Luther speaks of: Jesus takes on all your unrighteousness and gives you his righteousness. It for this purpose that the Father sent the son, and in Jesus’ obedience the Father is pleased.
For your baptism this means you have been baptized into his death and resurrection. Your old self is crucified and put to death with Jesus on the cross and buried, and you are raised a new creation. Though Jesus died once and your baptism saves you. Yet your life is now one of dying to the old self daily, so the new man may emerge in you daily also. The holy life is one of repentance, not perfection.
Pastor Gary Hall
First, God DID NOT create sin. God is Good (Mark 10:18). It is completely foreign to His being to create anything that is not good. We are told at the conclusion of every day of creation that “it was good.” At the conclusion of the 6th day, God proclaimed that everything which He had made was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). On the 7th day, after all had been completed, He rested (Genesis 2:2). He rested, not because He was tired, but because all was finished, perfectly complete.
Evil is nothing. It is the absence of good. Just as darkness is nothing. It is the absence of light.
Second, love is not love if it has no choice to love (1 Corinthians 13). True love does not coerce nor is it coerced. With God allowing this choice – to love or not to love – it does not figure that He created sin. He is good. His Word who created everything is good. What He created by His Word is good. What made things not good was Adam & Eve abandoning what is good for another thing – the lie of the Serpent.
Think of it this way: a husband and wife determine to have children. Do they have them knowing they will be perfect? Absolutely not, otherwise they’d never have them. Yet, they still have children. Why? Because even before they were, the parents loved them. Because of that love they procreate and thus receive from God a recipient of their love. God created Adam and Eve because He loved them, and even though He knew they would fall into sin, He created them anyway. It is His love, that in the end, overcomes all that Adam and Eve did. He provided salvation in the Second Adam, Jesus Christ.
Also, since God created the Serpent, who throughout the Bible is clearly known to be Satan, it still does not figure that God created sin. Satan, who is the fallen archangel, Lucifer, was indeed created by God, but out of jealously, he rebelled against God. Part of that rebellion was Satan taking on the form of a serpent in order to deceive Eve. However, even though Lucifer had fallen, sin had yet to enter creation. That would come through man, who would abandon the Word of God, the very thing that made all things and revealed everything to be good. They would abandon the True Word for the lie of the serpent. There is only one good Word, one Word that brings and sustains life, all others are lies and thus bring death.
Rev. Dustin L. Anderson, Pastor
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Marseilles, IL