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

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?"// CHAPTERS //(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// REFERENCES //With A New CEO, An Adult Has Arrived To Clean Up The FTX MessLawyer Overseeing FTX Fallout: ‘Never In My Career Have I Seen Such A Complete Failure’ | The Daily WireInterview: Fallen crypto CEO Sam Bankman-Fried opens up about FTX, Alameda Research, and his regrets – VoxA Simple Explanation on how Blockchain WorksWhat Is Bitcoin? How to Mine, Buy, and Use ItAmericans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization (AP)Monday, May 16, 2022 – AlbertMohler.comEvangelicals and Super Bowl BettingMonday, February 14, 2022 – AlbertMohler.comHow Colleges and Universities Caesarized Campus Life// LINKS //SUBCRIBE to this podcast: Listen to Lively Faith VISIT the Lively Faith Website: Lively Faith website SUBSCRIBE to the Lively Faith YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@livelyfaithCopyright 2022 Lively Faith & the Rev. Nathan Stomberg #LivelyFaith #Podcasts #Listenable
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