Addendum to Previous Post


What is usually denounced as “communism”, “socialism” or “left wing” by conservative “christians”, is in reality the kind of compassionate, needs based practice of the very early church as described in Acts 2.

All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 

Sadly political dogma has too often replaced biblical example in the lives of professing believers. And decades of political indoctrination has undermined and compromised the gospel witness of many.

Instead of caring for the needy, the needy have been increasingly demonised, considered lazy, undeserving, and in someway responsible for their own difficulties. While those who are doing well are seen as either being “blessed” or deserving, and therefore entitled to hold onto, and increase, what they have, even if it means others going without.

3 thoughts on “Addendum to Previous Post

  1. From Acts 6 ~

    1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the [some] against … [some* others], because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

    2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not [rational] that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

    3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this responsibility.

    4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

    5 ¶ And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and [five more], and Nicolas … of Antioch [a proselyte to Judaism]:

    6 Whom they set before the apostles…

    7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

    8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles …

    ………

    * Who these are [in verse one… two groups] is translated variously in different versions.

    This passage shows that even after people had been filled with fear earlier, because of a couple of people who lied and faced dire consequence, the intensive learning after Pentecost in Jerusalem continued. And ministering to practical needs such as food — sharing — went on.

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