Acquiring Material Wealth
| The eighth
commandment protects not only the right of ownership but also governs the
means of acquiring ownership and possessions. A person may have wealth
because of his labors, through purchases and investments, by inheritance,
or even by receiving gifts. All these are honorable means of gaining
But all devious methods of acquisition are forbidden to a follower of God. Gambling is wrong because it is an attempt to circumvent God's approved ways of having. It is the effort to gain something for nothing. It results from the lusts for possessions without the toil. Its presence has demonstrated repeatedly that it discourages work, thrift, industry, proper stewardship and even promotes immorality.