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“[I]t’s clear in the Scriptures that God never condoned a socialist-type system. It has been contrived by well-intentioned but unrealistic people in the best cases, and by evil, power-hungry demagogues in the worst. God ‘wired’ us to function best in a merit-based system.”
“[T]he biblical story of Jesus miraculously feeding some 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread… is the biggest reason why [some] people think Jesus was a socialist… [But] Jesus asked his disciple Philip a very capitalist question [John 6:1-15]: ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?‘… [T]hen Jesus… created new wealth [food, in this case] without stealing a crumb from anyone — which is the opposite of what socialists do… [W]hat about Jesus’s Parable of the Good Samaritan? [Luke 10:25-37]… Doesn’t that make the case for government welfare programs and redistribution?… Actually, no. The Good Samaritan story makes the case for helping a needy person voluntarily out of love and compassion. The parable does not suggest that it was the duty of a distant politician to use other people’s money to help the man in need. Jesus praised private, voluntary charity because it was evidence of where one’s heart was. Voting to rob Peter and pay Paul, by contrast, is often evidence not of a charitable impulse but of motivations of which Jesus disapproved… It is illogical to assume that because he wanted to help the poor, he would embrace a nanny state… Socialists suggest that Jesus had a problem with money… They point to his driving of the money changers from the Temple [John 2:13-22], a house of worship. They fail [actually, they intentionally refuse] to notice that he never drove a money changer from a market or a bank… Jesus cautioned against allowing one’s character to fall prey to the harmful temptations that often accompany money. Similarly, he favored eating but not gluttony, sleep but not sloth, fasting but not starving, drinking but not drunkenness. The apostle Paul, drew out this point. Paul didn’t claim that money was the root of all evil in the famous and often-misquoted passage from 1 Timothy. Here’s what Paul actually said: ‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.’ Four times in the New Testament, the term ‘filthy lucre‘ [used only in the old King James version ] is used in the context of money. In every instance, it references theft or dishonesty, as in loot or ill-gotten gain. Jesus never employs it to castigate wealth per se, [and certainly not] wealth creators [i.e. capitalists]. In fact, in the few parables that deal with economic matters, Jesus never even hints that he would endorse socialist schemes. His Parable of the Talents exalts wealth creation. His Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard is an endorsement of property rights, voluntary contract, free-market wages, and supply and demand.”
“[T]he Apostle [Paul in 2Cor 8:13-15 )… was looking for [willful, UNforced] *giving* to the degree that it would create ‘fairness’ between the Corinthian and Jerusalemite believers. If we are not careful, we will miss Paul’s point. He was not promoting equality of outcome such that no believer would own more than another. That is a distinctly modern idea and quite at odds with the fact that the Bible never says that it is inherently evil to be wealthy and never mandates that we all have the same level of riches. Scripture assumes that in the church there will always be some who are wealthy and some who are not (e.g., see 1 Tim. 6:17–19 ). We sin not in being rich or poor but in showing partiality to the rich or poor ( Ex. 23:1–9 ).”
The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist
Disabled Professor: Nazi Euthanasia Program No Different Than Push to Euthanize People Today
According to The Nazis Themselves, They Absolutely Were Socialists
Before They Were Anything Else
Hitler’s Nazis Supported Abortion, Gun Control, And Speech Codes.
That Agenda Describes The Modern Left
At every level, the beliefs and goals of the white supremacist, alt-right, Nazi movement directly oppose conservatism.
Why Socialism Is Totalitarian
‘Progressive’ = the New Nazi
Democratic Socialists, National Socialists and the ties that bind.
What Does the Bible Say About Socialism?
Was Jesus a socialist?
Short answer: No. Not even close.
[For a satirical version of that answer, see here .]
[Speaking of satire…]
Compassionate Christian Votes For Government To Steal Money From His Neighbor And Give It To The Poor
Christians Face Clear Choice Between Party That’s A Hypocritical Mockery Of Their Faith And One That’s Openly Hostile To It
Man Bravely Abandons Unpopular Christian Belief To Affirm Extremely Popular Cultural Belief
“Does the Bible really say to withhold food from the hungry?
Was the Early Church Socialist/Communist?
Short answer: Not even close.
Why Socialism/Communism is Compelled to Destroy Christianity
God’s Plan For Helping the Poor
The Poor Must FIRST Be Willing To Help Themselves
“Socialism is that which remains of the spiritual structure of mankind if the link with God is lost.“
“Christian” Socialists and Other Enemies of Mankind
Note to Bernie Sanders: The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist
He commands us to take care of the poor, but His commands don’t apply to governments — they belong to individuals, families, churches, and synagogues.
Karl Marx and Charles Spurgeon’s Epic Struggle for Souls
“These 19th-century evangelists preached messages that could not have been more different — and they lived in the same city at the same time. No greater scam has been perpetrated on so many for so long than the lie that socialism, once adopted, will reorganize society along the lines of a utopia for all. Such political solutions have always failed, and this one has nothing but a history of catastrophic failure. As Spurgeon so eloquently put it, ‘To attempt national regeneration without personal regeneration is to dream of erecting a house without separate bricks.‘”
Christians Cannot Be Both Followers of Christ and Socialists
“Given [socialism’s] dismal track record with [and inherent, definitional opposition to] religion… [socialism, a.k.a. Marxism] will [never] be able to sacrifice its true nature — implacable hostility to religious faith — in order to take on the self-emptying love and gentleness, non-violence, and patient forbearance that so sharply distinguish… Christianity from what [“Christian” socialists] argue is [Christianity’s] rightful heir… [Even Pope] John Paul II [a product of Marxism himself] chose to denounce Marxism for its fundamental incompatibility with [Christianity] — on intellectual and theological grounds… not [just] for the countless examples of its real-world barbarism. Marxism could not be a partner to Christianity, [JPII] taught, because it was [inherently, definitionally, and] implacably hostile to God, and to the Christian understanding of man… The reason that Marxism is ‘systematically atheistic’ [i.e. anti-Christian] is given by Marx himself… [in his] denial of individual free will… shut[ting] the door fast against the Holy Spirit’s working in each person’s heart… [Liberal “Christian” socialists] want to meld Christianity and Marxism, but attempting to do so will require changing one or the other so fundamentally — forcing so ‘radical a sacrifice‘ of their essential teachings — that the [inherent, definitional reality of one or the other is utterly ignored].”
“[M]any ‘Christians’, eager to accommodate the spirit of the age [i.e. liberalism/socialism/Marxism], are… try[ing] to baptize the ‘race/class/gender’ [i.e. liberal/socialist/Marxist] dialectic that captured our [college] campuses. But [liberalism/socialism/Marxism] is no more compatible with genuine Christianity than polygamy or human sacrifice. [Liberalism/socialism/Marxism] is alien to [true Christians] and what we believe [because liberalism is alien to Christ and His word, the Bible]. Not because Marx was Jewish but because he was anti-Jewish. He rejected divine transcendence, and inalienable human dignity — the two greatest legacies which our gentile ancestors received as gifts of the Jews. Efforts to tart up Christian faith in the hope of attracting [fellow liberals] whose minds are [infected with] Marxist [logical fallacies and historical fakeries] are doomed to ludicrous [philosophical, self-contradictory] failure.“
What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force?
What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him?
[That last quote was from a bona fide black American hero .]
A ‘Wealth Tax’ is a Morally Evil Policy Proposition
Why Limited Government is Integral to Biblical Understandings of Governance and Social Justice
“The scriptures emphasize limited models of government to protect our natural, God-given rights. Limited government broadens the path to flourishing by liberating each person to use his resources to best serve himself and others. Governments that extend beyond the protection of person and property into the provision of positive rights — such as medical care, education or a job — can only do so at the expense of other rights. Moreover, states do not create wealth. They are only capable of taking and transferring wealth. The more we expect the state to provide positive rights, the more we limit the people’s broader abilities to help create opportunities for others. This is especially damaging to the poorest among us, for whom we are called to care. As Christians, we should want everyone to have a job, shelter, food and medical care. Yet a good understanding of economics, history and human nature helps us understand that the state cannot fulfill many of our desires, no matter how much we might wish it could.“
Expert: Christians face being driven out of health care by socialized medicine
‘Medicare-for-all’ plan likely would demand abortion, euthanasia
The Biblical Case for Limited Government and Low Taxes
Another Biblical Case for Limited Government
Yet Another Biblical Case for Limited Government