Socialism vs. The Early Church

For every “real” there is a counterfeit.  Socialism is a demonic counterfeit of what we see in the book of Acts, when the early church had all their possessions in common and gave to everyone who lacked.  That church was a living organism, led, governed and protected by the person of the Holy Spirit.  Because He knows and reveals the hearts of all, no one was able to manipulate or exploit – think Ananias and Sapphira!  Even the best government system with the most sincere people cannot do that.  

The Bible clearly commands us to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans, but 2 Thessalonians 3:10 tells us that “Anyone who does not want to work for a living should go hungry.” 

Socialism violates the spiritual principle of free will and the law of sowing and reaping.  Our heavenly Father and healthy earthly fathers know how to encourage growth and maturity by keeping privilege connected with responsibility.  Socialism, on the other hand, is counterproductive to the maturation process, often producing laziness, lethargy and an entitlement mentality. 

Even a casual glance at dictatorships or communist countries teach us that giving government excessive power to do “good” also gives it that same power to do evil, opening the door to oppression and persecution.  

Any counterfeit, including socialism, only exists where there is a void of the real thing.  Darkness is no more than the absence of light.  This trend toward socialism will only shift when God’s sons begin to proactively steward the earth, with wisdom and compassion, from our heavenly position of authority. 

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