Can a Christian be a socialist? Christ told us not to be socialists. But we are. The Bible admonishes us against any government welfare.
- Abraham delivered us from Babylon, when Nimrod was a mighty provider instead of the Lord. Genesis 10:9.
- Moses delivered us from Pharoah.
- Christ delivered us from Roman Empire’s martial law.
They set their followers free from socialist government. Now it is your turn.
After they were free, the entire community took care of themselves without a central government. There was no central government for the first 10 books of the Bible. Then, Saul was elected as king. This election was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to First Samuel 12:17.
There is a reason that the Declaration of Independence says we are all created equal. We were warned about having a top-down government. First Samuel 8:10-17 warned us that a central government would tax, tax, tax, tax, tax and tax, until we cry out to the Lord. And the Lord will not hear us in that day. First Samuel 8:18
“18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.”
- Christian: one who obeys the commands of Christ.
- Socialist: one who receives benefits of forced wealth distribution (taken by force, fear and violence). Note: this does NOT include one who receives voluntary charity (given out of love of neighbor).
U.S. HISTORY of freedom seeking
The Mayflower Pilgrims set themselves free from King James and his government published Bible. They risked 88 days at sea to live free or die.
To counter those rumors that the “general welfare” clause in the proposed Constitution would authorize any kind of welfare, James Madison, in Federalist Paper #41, explained its clear intent. He stated that it “is an absurdity” to claim that the General Welfare clause confounds or misleads, because this introductory clause is followed by enumeration of specific particulars that explain and qualify the meaning of phrase “general welfare”. That’s right! Your Constitution was ratified under the assurance that it would never be interpreted to provide welfare to individuals. This was also true when Samuel Adams told the greedy anti-freedom freeloaders (speech at the Pennsylvania State House, August 1, 1776) to “crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.”
In the U.S., wagon trains of freemen headed west to set themselves free from government. When their areas became federal territories, they wrote their State constitutions in order to free themselves from federal jurisdiction. Their huddled masses yearned to breathe free.
Throughout history, new freedom finders had to learn how to take care of themselves. They had to voluntarily help the orphans and widows, heal the sick, feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, shelter the homeless, provide for old age, etc. They had to establish justice, punish criminals, and provide for the common defense. These are your natural duties, even without a government.
Soon, it will be your turn.
By the way, they used a non-government “monetary system” of gold and silver. I recommend a book, Miracle on Main Street, by F. Tupper Saussy.
YOUR DUTY TO YOUR FELLOW MAN
You have a duty to help out your neighbor. It is one of the definitions of the word “Religion”. Religion is how you take care of the needy of society. (see Webster’s first edition definition of religion. Second meaning. Religion is the performance of your duty to God and to your fellow man.)
You cannot be set free until you learn how to take care of your neighbor as you would want them to take care of you. The Golden rule is not just a wise saying, it comes from Christ himself in Matthew 7:12.
Become a self-sufficient community. At Pentecost all of the Christians had to immediately start taking care of one another.
If your social welfare is coming from socialist men who exercise authority, (“exercise lordship” in the KJV, rule over others) to call themselves benefactors, then YOU are not going to be free.
You are not operating according to the perfect law of liberty (that takes care of widows and orphans, James 1:25,27, to keep yourself unspotted from the world). Nor are you operating according to a system of faith, hope and charity. You are using a system of force, fear and violence. And you are not following the commands of Christ.
If you are coveting your neighbors’ wealth through men who exercise authority over others, you are doing the opposite of what Christ said to do. Christ himself said we are not to be that way (Luke 22:26). But, you are that way. Christ kept warning us over and over again. Peter, James and Paul, all said it. Mark chapter 7 tells us that Corban (forced sacrifices) nullify the word of God. And even the pagan empires knew that forced redistribution of wealth would turn people into perfect savages. *
Christ continues in Luke 22 verse 26, and tells us to have a bottom-up government — implied: where we choose which servant will administer our voluntary donations (sacrifices) in a “daily ministration” (mentioned in Acts 6) to the needy of society, in a welfare system of love-your-neighbor. Not a top-down government to force our sacrifices (socialism). And certainly not a government where you get to elect your new masters.
Second Thessalonians 3:10: “if any would not work, neither should he eat.” These words are in your Bible. Second Thessalonians 3:6-14 tells us not to associate with freeloaders. This does not prohibit charity for the needy. It prohibits able-bodied socialists who refuse to work.
You are to administer your charity in a way that strengthens the disadvantaged.
You are NOT born again if you keep doing evil (John 3:18-21, for example). The Bible warned you. Just because a fallen “church” wants you to repeat a chant, is not going to get you into heaven. You cannot keep repeating the deeds of the Nicolaitans and claim to be born again. You cannot repeat the error of Balaam and claim to be born again.
If you exercise authority through an agency of socialist government that uses force to take from your neighbors, then you are doing evil, you cannot be born again. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wealth. You have no right to live comfortably at your neighbors’ expense.
If you covet your neighbors’ wealth to educate your children, provide health care, provide senior care, or even pave the roads (Read Madison’s veto of infrastructure appropriations bill.), then you are not Christian. You are not born again.
A Christian is one who obeys the commands of Christ.
Repent and sin no more. Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all his righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
* Before the Pax Romana, and before the Roman bread and circuses, and before the Caesars, and before the Colosseum, the pagan Roman Empire knew that Socialism was morally bankrupt. They knew that socialists would revert into perfect savages. Why don’t we know this today?
About 2150 years ago, Historian Polybius wrote The Histories of the Roman Empire, Book 6, section 9:
“But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.”
Even Abraham Lincoln told us the same thing, September 11, 1858:
“Accustomed to trampling on the rights of others you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”