Gambling

There are many good reasons why Christians have traditionally had reservations against gambling. It is an activity which enriches the few at the expense of the many; it encourages a belief in ‘luck’ rather than God; it has often been associated with ‘swindlers’ and other criminals.

Most Christian denominations recognise that gambling is no ordinary activity – in view of the risk of addiction, serious financial loss and impact on families and communities. But if individuals choose to gamble, they should be aware of the facts and gamble responsibly.

The context of gambling is changing. With the advent of the National Lottery, more people view gambling as a leisure activity or entertainment. Advertising is now legal and the Internet has enabled online gaming.


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  • Download the Public Issues Calendar for 2016

    The Public Issues Calendar dates are available for download. Click the link below to access the important dates to put in your diary for this year. Calendar dates 2016

  • Questioning the role of gambling in the UK jpit-socialissues-homepage

    The Gambling Act 2005 has enabled a fast and continuing liberalisation of gambling, and gambling advertising in the UK. Faith groups, including our three denominations, have highlighted deep concerns about the danger posed by the normalisation of gambling in society. But there are now several ‘secular’ groups which are raising similar questions. Some of these have expressed the view that Government policy ...

  • Beckly Lecture 2014 – Audio now available Philip Graf

    This year’s Beckly Lecture took place on Tuesday 1 July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, alongside the Methodist Conference. Philip Graf CBE, Chair of the Gambling Commission delivered the lecture entitled ‘Gambling: Sin, Vice or Legitimate Leisure Activity? Challenges for thoughtful Christians’. You can listen to a recording of the lecture here. The evening was ...

  • Methodist Conference Beckly Lecture 2014 – tickets now available!

    The Beckly Lecture 2014 – Gambling: Sin, Vice or Legitimate Leisure Activity?   Challenges for thoughtful Christians Philip Graf CBE, Chair of the Gambling Commission   Chaired by Revd Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London Methodist District The Hampton Suite, Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, B40 1PP Tuesday 1 July at 8pm Gambling opportunities are all around us – and the industry is ...

  • Response to Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits

    See the Response to Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits made by the Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches Gambling Act 2005: Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits The Response of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church. Background Our three denominations represent around half ...

  • Consultation Response on Sports Betting Advertising featuring under 25s

    The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church recently responded to the Committee of Advertising Practice’s consultation on betting websites featuring individuals under the age of 25. See why our churches do not think the current rules should be relaxed to allow the use of under 25s on sports ...

  • First signs of a rethink on dangerous gaming machines jpit-socialissues-homepage

    A recent Government statement suggests that critics who have been warning of the normalisation of gambling in the United Kingdom are getting their message across. While the Government has announced no specific measures to reverse the dangerous trends of recent years, it endorses what charities, churches and campaigning groups have been saying: gambling is not just another leisure activity but dangerous ...

  • Green light for more hard gambling on the high street

    Giving the go-ahead for more gaming machines on the high street threatens to trigger a surge in problem gambling, say Church groups as parliament reveals its report into gambling. The report recommends scrapping the upper limit of four high-risk B2 machines betting shops can have on their premises. It then expects local authorities to apply limits ...