The Salvation Army's Position on Gambling
The Salvation Army believes that gambling engages its participants and promoters in an exercise of greed contrary to biblical moral teaching. Gambling at best wastes personal resources, and at worst afflicts millions through a lifestyle of compulsive behaviors and destructive influences. We believe gambling is wrong, regardless of any perceived benefit of entertainment, charity, or personal gain, even when its destructive influences may not be seen on an individual basis.
The Salvation Army prohibits gambling in its programs, properties, and fund-raising activities. Its officers and soldiers personally vow not to gamble. The Army urges all individuals and institutions to recognize the moral and social costs of gambling in the United States.
Official sanction and public acceptance of gambling is, in the opinion of The Salvation Army, contrary to the Christian principles to which we subscribe.
*Note: The Columbia encyclopedia defines gambling as the "betting of money or valuables on, and often participation in, games of chance..." Some examples of gambling include casino games, state lotteries, and betting on sports.
Recommended for approval by the Commissioners' Conference October 2003
Approved by International Headquarters November 2004