Does The Bible Promote Socialism Or Capitalism? Part II
By Donnie Swaggart and Justin Nicholson
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” —II John 7
As I begin the second part of my article, I want us to look at what the Bible says about inheritance of wealth and property. I want to quote from Evangelist John R. Rice’s book, False Doctrines.
In this book, Rice deals with socialism and communism and what the Bible says. He states, “Now, again the Bible has a clear word about inheritance. The scripture tells us that Abraham had flocks and herds and much riches, and he left it all to Isaac. He gave a settlement to Ishmael and sent him away.” So from this, we see that one’s hard-earned wealth, little or large, was to be passed down without anything taken away in the form of an inheritance or a death tax. However, U.S. presidents, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt, saw a chance to obtain money for the government. Through the years there have been changes made, but the inheritance tax still exists. While debating the validity of these laws, I do want you to understand that this idea actually came from Karl Marx. The Bible is for the passing down, from generation to generation, that which has been accumulated. Socialism wants to take it from you.
Simply put, socialism and communism are anti-Bible and anti-God. Socialism can never compete with capitalism. “No man will work as hard for the benefit of others as he will work for himself and his own wife and children. No man will work as hard for the state as he will work for his own family and his own church, for his wife, his children, and a good home and for security for the future” (Dr. John R. Rice).
The Bible tells us, “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). God’s Word will never let us down, and God’s Word tells us that capitalism is scriptural, and that is the position every believer should take.
Another point I would like to make is that in every socialistic nation of the world, the church struggles. There are few exceptions, but as a whole, socialism, and definitely communism, are two of the greatest hindrances to the gospel. As I often say, “Bad government hurts the work of God, and good government helps the work of God.” One of the strengths of the American church throughout our history is our capitalistic foundation. The more money a family can keep, the more tithe and offerings are given.
Romans 10:13-15 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed, and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? … How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
This passage plainly tells us that the people who send out the gospel are just as important as those who do the preaching; therefore, we must have a system in place that encourages people to succeed—as capitalism does. So please don’t be fooled by those in the upcoming election promoting socialism. Stand firm and vote according to the Bible.
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