Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?
This unlikely group of Christians, pastor and church-planters mastered the art of card counting and marched into traditionally forbidden territory ~ casinos ~ to beat the house at it’s own game to the tune of millions of dollars.
According to Wikipedia: Holy Roller is a term in American English used to describe Pentecostal Christian churchgoers. The term is commonly used derisively, as if to describe people literally rolling on the floor or speaking in tongues in an uncontrolled manner.
This is NOT what this group “Church Team” is all about! Watch the film so you can find out exactly what they are all about! For more information about the film, check out the CFDb Film Page Link Below:
(We did also add a Parental Warning on this one for a couple of cuss words and a couple of objectionable images.)
The question or argument raised is about GAMBLING. The idea is that because it’s card counting, it’s not really gambling. According to the film they lose 48% of the time. The statistics for Blackjack in general must be MUCH higher as the house normally wins on a consistent basis, otherwise Casinos would not be able to remain in business.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Gambling has 2 definitions:
To play a game for money or property (bet, wager) (venture, hazard)
A risky undertaking
So…according to the dictionary, this still would be considered gambling. This leads to the final discussion:
What I struggle with mostly is the question:
How does playing BlackJack in a Casino Atmosphere glorify God?
Many verses come to my mind when thinking about this issue:
Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Proverbs 18:19 – A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Titus 2:14 – Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
I Thessalonians 5:21-23 – Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You can also purchase the Soundtrack or e-book here!
Here are 2 other interesting pages you may want to check out as well:
Is Gambling a Sin? – This site takes information from a lot of other different sites.
Where Card Counting Originated. – Posted by Shirley Ann Jennings in 2000.