For full reports and exact statements of the denomination's position on a particular issue, the reader should look to the references provided.

Position

Pastors and church councils are urged to expose all destructive influences on people's lives that seek to trivialize or render irrelevant the providence of God. They must also caution against the impact of materialism, take decisive action to combat the evil of gambling, and minister compassionately to persons addicted to or victimized by lotteries.

History

In 1990 Classis Illiana overtured synod to adopt a statement on gambling. Synod responded by appointing a study committee to consider the issue. When that committee reported in 1992, almost all of its recommendations were adopted. Synod 1992 withheld action on Classis Illiana's request that its 1990 statement on gambling be referred to the churches for study and reflection.

References to Agendas and Acts of Synod

Agenda for Synod 1990, pp. 452-56
Acts of Synod 1990, pp. 609-13, 629, 653, 706, 717
Agenda for Synod 1991, pp. 213-14
Acts of Synod 1991, p. 827
Agenda for Synod 1992, pp. 257-68
Acts of Synod 1992, pp. 559-60, 639-40, 655-57
Agenda for Synod 1993, p. 65