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Bring It On: Gambling Addiction

Is playing poker with fake money for fun a sin? I have had an addiction to gambling for years. I have even lied to my adult children about it. Will God forgive me and give me a second chance? Read Transcript


WE HAVE SOME E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM GREG,

WHO WANTS TO KNOW, "IS

PLAYING POKER FOR PRETEND

MONEY A SIN?"

Pat: HEAVENS NO.

POKER IS A GAME.

IT IS A GAME OF SKILL.

IT IS A GAME -- THERE IS A

CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LUCK

INVOLVED, BUT IT IS ALSO

SKILL.

IT'S A GAME, BUT I DON'T

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PLAY

FOR FOR FUN BECAUSE IT

DOESN'T TAKE YOU LONG BEFORE

YOU PLAY FOR THE REAL

THING.

I PLAYED WHEN I WAS YOUNGER,

AND LET ME TELL YOU, IT IS

AN ADDICTION.

I SPENT ALL NIGHT LOSING MY

MONEY.

Terry: THE ADDICTION IS

YOU'RE GOING TO WIN SOME OF

IT BACK THE NEXT HAND

AROUND?

Pat: GAMBLING IS --

THERE IS A RUSH.

I MEAN, ALL ADDICTIONS COME

ABOUT BECAUSE OF SOME KIND

OF A RUSH.

THAT'S WHAT DRUGS, ALCOHOL,

ETC., DO.

YOU WIN A BIG POT, YAY, BUT

YOU'RE THERE PRAYING TO DRAW

AN INSIDE STRAIGHT, AND

THERE IS A BIG PILE OF MONEY

IN THE MIDDLE.

AND IF YOU WIN, IT'S A

RUSH.

AND IF YOU LOSE IT'S A

RUSH.

Terry: REALLY?

IF YOU LOSE, IT'S A RUSH?

Pat: OF COURSE, LIKE

GOING DOWN A HILL OR A

ROLLERCOASTER.

IF YOU LOSE, YOU DIE.

THEN THE IDIOTS THINK I'M

GOING TO HIT ON THE NEXT

ONE, AND THEN I'M GOING TO

DOUBLE UP AND HIT THE

DEALER.

BY THE WAY, THESE THINGS ARE

FIXED FOR THE HOUSE.

THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS.

Terry: THAT'S WHAT I

SAY.

IF YOU AND I WERE WINNING,

THE HOUSE WOULDN'T BE SO LIT

UP.

MARIA SAYS, "IN ORDER TO

ESCAPE THE PRESSURES OF

LIFE, I WOULD RUN TO THE

CASINOS AND GAMBLE.

I HAVE DONE THIS FOR ABOUT

10 YEARS, WHICH CAUSED ME TO

LOSE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF

MONEY.

TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I LIED

TO MY ADULT CHILDREN ABOUT

IT.

I'M IN MY 60s, AND I NEED

TO START OVER.

I'VE ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE ME

AND TAKE THIS OBSESSION AWAY

FROM ME.

WILL GOD FORGIVE ME AND GIVE

ME A CHANCE TO LEAVE AN

HERITANCE TO MY CHILDREN AND

GRANDCHILDREN.

I WOULD HATE TO LEAVE THEM

NOTHING."

Pat: BILL BRANDON SAID

HE LOST, LIKE, $7 MILLION.

IT IS AN ADDICTION.

WILL GOD FORGIVE IT?

DRUG ADDICTION?

YES.

SEX ADDICTION?

YES.

AND HE'LL GIVE YOU A FRESH

START.

BUT IF YOU KEEP THROWING

YOUR MONEY AWAY -- AND IT'S

SO EASY TO DO.

AGAIN, IT'S THAT RUSH, MAYBE

THIS NEXT TIME I'LL HIT.

Terry: WHEN YOU HAVE AN

ADDICTION, YOU SORT OF NEED

HELP WITH THAT.

ISN'T THERE A GAMBLERS'

ANONYMOUS?

Pat: OF COURSE THERE

IS.

BUT IT IS AN OBSESSION.

I HATE TO SEE THIS LOTTERY

BUSINESS.

THE CHANCES OF WINNING THE

LOTTERY, IS LIKE THE SAME

CHANCE YOU HAVE OF BEING HIT

BY A METEOR.

IT IS VERY JUST SLIM.

AND YET PEOPLE IN THESE

STORES ARE PUTTING DOWN

THEIR $5 AND $10 TO GET

THESE LITTLE TICKETS.

IT IS TERRIBLE.

Terry: THIS IS MICHELLE

WHO SAYS, "I HAVE THREE

TEENAGED BOYS AND NOW TWO OF

THEM ARE QUESTIONING THE

BIBLE.

THIS SCARES ME.

THEY TELL ME IF THE BIBLE IS

TRUTH, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO

EXPLAIN DINOSAURS.

EVEN MY HUSBAND IS AGREEING

WITH THEM.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN THINGS TO

THEM THAT THE BIBLE DOESN'T

COVER.

I'M SO AFRAID THEY'RE

WALKING AWAY FROM GOD.

MY BIGGEST FEAR IS NOT

HAVING MY HUSBAND AND

CHILDREN NEXT WITH ME IN

HEAVEN."

Pat: BISHOP USHER, GOD

BLESS HIM, WASN'T INSPIRED

BY THE LORD WHEN HE SAID IT

ALL TOOK 6,000 YEARS.

YOU GO BACK IN TIME, AND

YOU'VE GOT RADIO CARBON AND

YOU'VE GOT THE CARCASSES OF

DINOSAURS FROZEN IN TIME,

OUT IN THE COLD, AS YOU

KNOW.

THEY HAD THAT BIG -- WHAT

WAS IT, THE FIERCE ONE --

Terry: THE

TYRANNOSAURUS?

Pat: YEAH, THE

TYRANNOSAURSUS.

AND THERE WAS A TIME THESE

GIANT REPTILES WERE ON THE

EARTH, AND IT WAS BEFORE THE

TIME OF THE BIBLE.

SO DON'T TRY TO COVER IT UP

AND MAKE LIKE EVERYTHING WAS

6,000 YEARS.

THAT'S NOT THE BIBLE.

THAT'S BISHOP USHER.

SO IF YOU FIGHT SCIENCE,

YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR

CHILDREN.

I BELIEVE IN TELLING THEM

THE WAY IT WAS.

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