Episode 4

Published on:

4th Feb 2023

Christian Perspectives on the Lottery, Gambling, and Cryptocurrency | Ep. #4

In this episode, we examine whether or not Christians can buy cryptocurrency, purchase lottery tickets, or participate in sports betting. We also discuss blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX scandal, gambling, the Super Bowl, the debt ceiling, affirmative action, the importance of work, and much more. Finally, we answer the question: how are Christians to guard against so many temptations to "easy money?"



(00:00) - Introduction

(03:00) - Definition of "Blockchain"

(07:02) - Definition of "Cryptocurrency"

(11:55) - The rise and fall of FTX

(18:05) - The temptation of "easy money"

(20:51) - Should a church accept donated lottery winnings?

(24:45) - "The ends justify the means"

(26:04) - Is the lottery immoral?

(30:50) - Consequences of gambling go far beyond money

(36:00) - The difference between investing in stocks vs. gambling

(41:05) - Sobering statistics about sports betting

(45:23) - Wealth gained hastily will dwindle

(50:52) - The Christian's reward is in heaven

(53:00) - The prevalence of sports betting

(55:32) - Billions spent on Super Bowl betting

(01:00:54) - Nothing is morally neutral

(01:04:54) - The necessity of work

(01:09:02) - Affirmative action

(01:12:08) - Summarizing our discussion

(01:13:50) - Guarding against the temptation to easy money

(01:18:07) - The temptation of a "trendy" church

(01:22:30) - Conclusion


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The Rev. Nathan Stomberg is an Anglican priest. The Rev. Mark Galloway is a retired Anglican priest. Cory Dupont is a Subdeacon at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, RI.

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The Rev. Nathan Stomberg

The Rev. Nathan Stomberg is the Rector and President of Holy Communion Anglican Church in East Greenwich, RI. Nathan is a loving husband to his wife, holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, works full-time as a Project Manager, is an avid distance runner, and enjoys writing about current events through the lens of a Christian worldview.