Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.—Rom. 8.33

[Against Card-Playing.]
Excerpted from:
VOL. I.      SEPTEMBER, 1876.      No. 11.
A correspondent writes,—"In a late Number of the Christian Instructor, in reply to a query in regard to playing at cards for amusement: Was the reply sufficient? Is not the radical evil of card-playing the fact that it is an employment of the Lot—an appeal to the Almighty to decide a matter over which the players profess to have no control? Card-playing is a growing evil in this country; and while games, the issue of which depends on mental training, may not be sinful essentially, or become so when in excess, card-playing should never be classed with such. Man has no right to prostitute the lot, by calling on God in a divine ordinance merely to decide a matter of no importance, or merely for the purpose of amusement, no matter how much leisure he may have." Lev. 16:8. Prov. 16:33. [We think this is better instruction than that of the Christian Instructor, who censured only for a waste of time, not for the profanation of a divine ordinance—ED.]