Does Christianity demand socialism?
Should you sell everything you own to your church?
If you don’t are you going to drop dead?
In this episode Josh covers Acts 3 – 5. He discusses the principle of having everything in common and what the actions of the early church mean for the modern church. From there the discussion moves to Ananias and Sapphira. What does their story mean? Should we live in fear of our offering?
Things to consider:
- Socialism is the mandated principle of giving your goods to the government and the government distributes them. This is found no where in the bible at all. Nothing in Acts 4 compels the Christian to give to the government.
- The giving in the early church was voluntary not commanded. This is made very clear in Acts 5.
- Ananias and Sapphira points to a story in Leviticus that teaches about approaching God.
What does this mean for you?: Giving is an important part of the Christian faith and walk. The Old Testament view of scripture doesn’t undo that. In fact it empowers that. Giving is an act of the Holy Spirit not just a simple command. So when the Holy Spirit Compels you to give you should do so joyfully and sacrificially.
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Next Week’s Episode: Next week we dive into the story of Stephen. We discuss the first martyr and what his life means.