Some in the religious left who embrace ideas like wealth redistribution under the guise of social justice.  Many liberal churches in the 60s & 70s embraced liberation theology which embraces Marxist ideals and wraps them around the Cross.

So that begs the question is communism biblical?  Is Christianity and Communism compatible?  D.B. Kuiper (1886-1966) who served as a Christian Reformed pastor, later becoming President of Calvin Theological Seminary, tackled this question in his book, The Glorious Body of Christ.

The members of the church at Jerusalem had all material things in common. It hardly needs to be said that this communism was something quite different from the communism for which so may clamor today. It was communism among Christians only. It was local in its scope, there being no evidence in the New Testament that it was practiced in any church other than that at Jerusalem. Even in the Jerusalem church it was a temporary arrangement. There was nothing compulsory about it, for when a member of the church sold a possession and pretended to give the whole price to the church, although actually he gave but part, Peter said to him: “Whiles it remained was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?” (Acts 5:4). And the spirit behind this communism was radically different from that which often comes to expression in present-day communism. Someone has aptly said: “The Christians at Jerusalem said, ‘All mine is thine’; communists today say, ‘All thine is mine.’” (pg. 150-151).

One represents love and self-sacrifice, the other greed and entitlement.  There is nothing about involuntary wealth redistribution that is biblical or godly.  It is simply state-sanctioned theft.

HT: Noah Braymen

  1. This seems to be somewhat of a straw man. There is a lot of breathing room between laissez-faire capitalism and communism. In fact, I’d argue that the reason true communism never gained much of a following in the U.S., in contrast to just about every European country, was FDR’s New Deal. FDR saved capitalism in the 1930’s and Obama is trying to save capitalism now. I’m rooting for him.

    1. @Al, You and I clearly have different ideas of what it means to save capitalism.

      You don’t save capitalism by leading us into socialism.

      The point of the post wasn’t really addressed to what Obama is doing now, but rather what the religious left has advocated for years.

      And, World War II brought us out of the Depression, not the New Deal.

  2. Being a Christian and a socialist (wanting a moneyless economy) I believe Jesus would want us to feed, clothe and house those in need. The capitalist system has failed at this and so have Christians. I believe doing away with money would solve many of the world’s problems.

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