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Post gluttony or gambling excellentposter
Do you know of any pastor who has ever lost his credentials because of sins of gluttony or gambling?
Or for that matter has a member ever been disfellowship for the same sins?
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8/14/23 6:29 pm


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Post FLRon
Are those even considered to be sinful today? If so, I can’t believe they would rank high enough on the CoG “sin scale” to warrant the penalties you referenced. Short of divorce/remarriage or sexual abuse I can’t think of too many things a credentialed CoG minister could do to lose his paperwork.
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These offenses are listed in our Practical Commitments. Please note the words, "must refrain".

Therefore, a Christian must totally abstain from all alcoholic beverages and other habit-forming and mood-altering chemical substances and refrain from the use of tobacco in any form, marijuana and all other addictive substances, and further, must refrain from any activity (such as gambling or gluttony) which defiles the body as the temple of God or which dominates and enslaves the spirit that has been made free in Christ (Proverbs 20:1; 23:20-35; Isaiah 28:7; 1 Corinthians 3:17; 5:11; 6:10; 2 Corinthians 7:1; James 1:21).

Sounds like high-level sins to me...
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Post Quiet Wyatt
My impression, after over 25 years as a CoG minister, with 33 years in the CoG total, is that the practical commitments have by and large been considered impractical to preach or teach on.

That said, my sense is that smoking marijuana or tobacco, using hard drugs, and drinking to excess might get a CoG minister in trouble.

Gluttony though? Not a chance that would ever be enforced. How could they, anyway? Have people testify that they saw a CoG minister eating too much? How would they determine the limit? Obesity alone is not a good way to determine gluttony. Someone can drink two or three sugary sodas or sweet teas daily in addition to a regular diet and become obese over time.

While I would be 100% in favor of something in our PCs stating members and ministers are encouraged to regularly exercise and eat a healthy diet so that they can serve God and others best, I don’t see how the present statement against gluttony (while true) would practically be enforceable, due to the subjectivity of defining gluttony.
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Post Quiet Wyatt
As far as gambling goes, when state offices and local churches publicly hold raffles, it becomes quite obvious that gambling is no longer considered a sin in the CoG, at least by the leadership. [Insert Acts Pun Here]
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Post Great thought excellentposter
Some great insight here. Thank you! Friendly Face
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8/16/23 9:54 am


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Post cake walk? Mat
When I was a student in Mrs. Slay's fifth grade class at George R. Stuart School (in the Holy City), the school had a "cake walk" as a fund raiser. I remember being told it was a sin because it was gambling. This was followed by a dance contest (the twist), after which fire and brimstone fell on the city.

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Post Quiet Wyatt
I’m not talking about a cake walk. I have been *expected* by the state youth director to participate (by selling tickets) in raffling off things like entertainment centers worth thousands of dollars, and have been laughed at and mocked when I objected that the CoG is against gambling. The government defines raffles as gambling.

The CoG Practical Commitments are simply not enforced consistently, and likely never have been.
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Quiet Wyatt wrote:
I’m not talking about a cake walk. I have been *expected* by the state youth director to participate (by selling tickets) in raffling off things like entertainment centers worth thousands of dollars, and have been laughed at and mocked when I objected that the CoG is against gambling. The government defines raffles as gambling.

The CoG Practical Commitments are simply not enforced consistently, and likely never have been.


I was not making light of you stand - and I agree, that we let the "nose of the camel under the tent" with such practices. I stand against the state lottery(s) as wrong for Christians, as I would against play Blackjack or other games in a casino.

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Post Old Time Country Preacher
Hey, the ole timer got delivert from gluttony. Me an momma was eatin 4-5 shoney's hot fudge cakes a day. Well, we both got real convicted about it an went down to no more than one of em a day. Acts-pert Poster
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Old Time Country Preacher wrote:
Hey, the ole timer got delivert from gluttony. Me an momma was eatin 4-5 shoney's hot fudge cakes a day. Well, we both got real convicted about it an went down to no more than one of em a day.


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Post Cojak
Some very good underlying points in this thread. Going strictly by the book, with human formed guidelines and teachings, is VERY HARD. Smile

BTW I do not believe OTCP was ever convicted nor changed, just my opinion. Very Happy Very Happy
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Post skinnybishop
Years ago, I had a member donate a beautiful Henry .22 rifle to the church, for us to raffle off, to raise money for a mission project.

One of our deacons had a fit, saying that we were gambling, etc.

I never could understand what the problem was. The rifle was freely donated. There was no "get rich quick" or "unfair gain, at the expense of others". All of the proceeds went to the mission project.


We haven't done it again, not because I think it was wrong....But rather, to keep from offending our brother.

I still don't understand it.

The same guy has no problem with silent auctions, and hosts them all the time.

What is the difference between buying a ticket and putting in a bid?
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8/20/23 3:58 pm


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Post excellentposter
"What is the difference between buying a ticket and putting in a bid?"

Maybe it's the fear of a "slippery Slope". ????
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Post How should gambling preachers be disciplined according to the Minutes? caviator
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