Selling your soul to the devil to win the LOTTO! Several months ago, a
multiple state LOTTO jackpot had rolled over to a whopping $330 million
dollars. That night, 4 people had winning tickets, each winning ticket worth
apx $82 million dollars. One of those winning tickets belonged to Elwood
"Bunky" Bartlett from Dundalk, Maryland. What makes Bartlett's winning
ticket unique is that he said he made a bargain with the multiple gods
associated with his Wiccan beliefs: "You let me win the lottery and I'll
teach," referring to the fact he taught Wicca at a New Age bookstore. So did
this man make a deal with the devil to win the LOTTO?
Let me say right up front that the LOTTO is one of the biggest money scams
there is. It is a modern day version of the old "numbers" game that
organized crime used to run in local neighborhoods. 20 years ago when I was
going through my legal problems stemming from insider trading, I was being
held without bond at the Federal detention center in downtown Chicago (the
Metropolitan Correctional Center) at the same time many members of the
Chicago mafia were there after a major crackdown on organized crime.
I remember talking one night to the infamous mob hitman Harry Aleman about
the Illinois lottery, and he was lamenting the fact that he and many people
in his world actually went to prison over the years for "running numbers."
Yet, now the state took over the business and they advertised on billboards,
on TV and radio, encouraging people to gamble away their money.
In nearly 2 decades of ministry, I can tell you without any hesitation that
a huge percentage of people I have dealt with in bondage to gambling,
weren't betting in casinos, or on sports, or at the horse track, but on the
lottery! The states love to make you believe that you are helping out the
education system or other important areas that need funding. They advertise
that the money they make from the lottery is helping to keep your taxes
lower and the state's economy healthy. ALL BIG FAT LIES!
The states have now been in the gambling business long enough that we know
all of their claims are false. The education system is no better, in most
states it is worse. Various taxes aren't going down, they are gong up. Most
states' economies are not in the black, they are in the red. The lottery
being some sort of financial answer has proved to be a lie sold to the
public by lazy politicians with no conscience. In the wake of that lie are
the very real and destroyed lives of millions of people!
As for Bartlett. The odds of having a winning ticket were apx 1 in 176
MILLION! These "multiple gods" he made a deal with had no more to do with
him winning than someone who rubs a rabbit foot for good luck. The fact is
there is only one God, the God of the Bible. These multiple gods of Wicca
are no more real than allah, the false god of the Mormon cult, or Mickey
Mouse. THEY ARE ALL SIMPLY THE CREATION OF SOMEONE'S IMAGINATION! It was
nothing more than mere chance that Bartlett won.
Sadly, with the better percentage of 2 full generations now that have never
even been to church, as people get into their 30s, 40s, and 50s they begin
to realize that there has to be more to life than just working and paying
bills, more than just partying and having a good time. It is in these years
that many people begin to explore the spiritual side of their lives. Having
little or no connection with the church during their life, these people
become easy targets for false religions like Wicca and Islam, cults like
Mormonism and Scientology, and all of the various New Age philosophies that
are out there.
God created us to have an eternal connection to Him. Our sin broke that
connection, creating a spiritual hole that most men will seek to fill. There
is only one way that hole can be filled and that is by coming back into an
everlasting relationship with God your Creator through faith in Jesus
Christ. All of the cults and false religions and worldly philosophies
attempt to fill that hole, but can't. Faith in Jesus is God's one and only
plan for man to be reconciled back to their Creator.
That is why it is so critical for those who know the Lord to follow the
admonition of our Lord and be about our Father's business. While some have
been called to serve Him in far off lands, I have made the case often that
the greatest mission field in the year 2008 is right in your back yard,
LITERALLY! Most need go no further than next door, or to the adjoining
cubicle at work, or to the desk next to you at school, or to the person on
the treadmill next to you at the gym, to find someone who needs to know
I love you and care about you so much. When I read about people like
Bartlett I have to laugh at how foolish people are to buy into a lie like
Wicca. This man has bought the lie to the extent he is out teaching other
people their lies. He is now firmly convinced his imaginary gods helped him
win and he will even become a more passionate spokesman for and teacher of
those lies. I also feel great pity for this man since I know he is following
the lies of Wicca literally to the depths of hell for all eternity.
I can only encourage you today that if you have a personal relationship with
Jesus, you know and posses the Truth. If someone can be so passionate about
a lie to teach others, how much more passionate should we be about the Truth
and out teaching others? Sharing our faith is not an option, it is a
commandment God has given to all who know Him. In these last days of human
history, now more than ever we need to be in the marketplace, sharing the
hope we have in Jesus Christ with the lost and hurting who will die and go
to hell unless they come to know the Lord by faith.
I pray today that Bartlett will come to a place in his life where he
denounces the lies of Wicca and turns his heart and life to Jesus. I pray
that the money he was blessed with, not by some non-existent god but by THE
GOD OF THE BIBLE, will be used to bring help to the hurting and hope to the
lost through Jesus Christ. May the Lord supernaturally visit this man and to
all who are lost and speak to their hearts that Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH,
and the LIFE, and that nobody comes to the Father except thru faith in Him!