By Dr. Phil Stringer
Proverbs 1:14, “Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse.”
Pastor Tim LaHaye, in his book, The Battle for the Mind, (Revell, New Jersey) 1980,pp. 59-78, says that the five basic tenets of humanism are atheism, evolution, amorality, the autonomous man, and the socialist one-world view.
WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
Socialism refers to a broad spectrum of ideologies and political movements where property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the public. As an economic system, socialism is often characterized by state, worker, or community ownership of the means of production. Some socialists have championed the complete nationalization of the means of production, while social democrats have proposed selective nationalization of key industries within the framework of mixed economies.
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SOCIALISM?
Some argue that the Bible does, in fact, teach some form of socialism. Joseph Farah writes: “In a new book, ‘Red Letter Christians,’ Tony Campolo makes the case that Christians can fulfill their duty to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless by electing politicians who will make this the collective responsibility of the government and all taxpayers. When Christians reject the specifics of the Bible, they encourage socialism or some other politically run hybrid ‘middle way’ between capitalism and socialism. This is where politicians and bureaucrats make the big decisions about how people’s wealth will be allocated. Economic growth then slows or is reversed. Always”.
WHAT IS THE BIBLE’S REAL POSITION ON SOCIALISM?