Truths That Transform – Does the Bible Teach Socialism?

Truths That Transform – Does the Bible Teach Socialism?


D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
PRESENTS TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM. LET US ANSWER THE QUESTION
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SOCIALISM? PEOPLE’S CAPACITY FOR
SELF-SUPPORT HAS DECLINED DRAMATICALLY BECAUSE THESE
GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESTROY THE HEART OF
SELF-SUFFICIENCY. THIS IS TRUTHS
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THAT TRANSFORM, WE’RE LOOKING
AT SOCIALISM. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A
SELF-AVOWED SOCIALIST HAS WON DELEGATES FOR A MAJOR
PARTY’S NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. MANY AMERICANS CLEARLY DO
NOT UNDERSTAND THE DANGER. JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT
SOCIALISM IS WILLIAM J. MURRAY, CHAIRMAN OF
THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COALITION. HE’S THE SON OF THE LATE
ATHEIST FIREBRAND MADELYN MURRAY O’HAIR, AND HAS
WRITTEN A NEW BOOK ABOUT SOCIALISM, UTOPIAN
ROAD TO HELL. WELL BILL, THANKS FOR
JOINING US TODAY, IT’S GREAT TO
HAVE YOU WITH US. GREAT, GOOD TO
BE ON WITH YA. WELL, YOU HAVE AN
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND, AND STUDIED SOCIALISM,
YOU’VE GOT HISTORICAL INTERESTS, A WIDE BREADTH
OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT, BUT YOUR BOOK IS REALLY
ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY, THE PERSONAL
EFFECT OF SOCIALISM ON YOU, HOW DOES WELL, THE VERY BEGINNING
OF THE BOOK IN ORDER TO INTRODUCE WHY I’M SO
INTERESTED IN IT, AND I’M INTERESTED IN IT
BECAUSE I WAS A RED-DIAPER BABY, PEOPLE THINK OF MY
MOTHER AS THE ATHEIST FIREBRAND BUT IN REALITY
SHE WAS A DEDICATED MARXIST WHO ATTEMPTED TO
DEFECT TO THE SOVIET UNION IN 1960 AND IT WAS
ACTUALLY THROUGH THAT DEFECTION THAT DIDN’T WORK
AND HER FORCED RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES THAT SHE
ACCIDENTALLY DISCOVERED THE PRAYER IN SCHOOL
AND FILED THE LAWSUIT. NOW, SHE ALSO WANTED THE
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OUT OF THE SCHOOL, SHE
WANTED ANY REFERENCES TO CAPITALISM OUT OF
THE SCHOOL, SHE WANTED THE CONSTITUTION
OUT OF THE SCHOOL. AS SHE MADE MONEY BEING
AN ATHEIST THAT THOSE ATTITUDES CHANGED SOMEWHAT,
BUT THE REALITY WAS, I WAS RAISED IN A MARXIST
HOME AND UNDERSTOOD MARXISM BETTER THAN PROBABLY A LOT
OF YOUNG PEOPLE MY AGE BEING RAISED IN THE
SOVIET UNION AT THE TIME. YEAH, WHAT’S THE DEFINING
CHARACTERISTIC IN YOUR MIND THAT WHEN YOU SAY IT’S
SORT OF THE SINE QUA NON, THE THING THAT YOU HAVE
TO HAVE FOR IT TO BE MARXIST SOCIALISM,
WHAT IS THAT ONE THING? WELL, NUMBER ONE YOU HAVE
TO HAVE CENTRAL PLANNING BECAUSE GOD’S PLAN IS FREE
ENTERPRISE, GOD’S PLAN: I PRODUCE, I WORK HARD,
I PRODUCE SOMETHING, AND PRIMITIVELY I TRADE
THAT TO OTHER PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY NEED. TODAY WE USE MONEY AS AN
INTERMEDIARY ON THAT BUT THAT WAS GOD’S PLAN,
IT’S IN THE BIBLE, IT’S CLEAR IN THE
OLD TESTAMENT, THIS WAS GOD’S PLAN FOR
MANKIND AND ITS MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL. BUT IN THE SOCIALIST MODEL
SOMEBODY NOT ONLY DECIDES WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO
PRODUCE AND WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO PRODUCE IT, BUT
ALSO DECIDES WHAT YOU NEED. THE KEY PHRASE AND KARL
MARK USED IT WAS: FROM EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR
ABILITY TO EACH ACCORDING TO THEIR NEED. KEEP IN MIND, IT
DOESN’T SAY WANT. BERNIE SANDERS
ISN’T SAYING, “I’M GOING TO GIVE
YOU WHAT YOU WANT.” HE’S SAYING, I’M GOING TO
GIVE YOU THE HEALTHCARE THAT YOU NEED; I’M GOING
TO GIVE YOU THE EDUCATION THAT YOU NEED. IS EVERYBODY GOING TO GET
A 5 STAR COLLEGE EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
VIRGINIA OR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,
OF COURSE NOT, THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO
DECIDE WHO GETS THE FREE EDUCATION AND WHAT LEVEL
OF EDUCATION THEY’RE GONNA GET, IF AT ALL. WRAPPED UP IN THIS WHOLE
NOTION OF SOCIALISM AND ITS MARXIST COUSIN
COMMUNISM IS THIS UTOPIAN IDEAL, TELL US A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT WHERE DID THAT ORIGINATE AND HOW’S THAT
WORK ITSELF OUT TODAY? WELL, WE’VE SEEN OTHER
ASPECTS OF IT THAT PEOPLE DON’T IMMEDIATELY
THINK OF AS UTOPIANISM. GERMANY’S HITLER, HITLER’S
GERMANY WAS A UTOPIAN STATE, HE WAS ATTEMPTING
TO BUILD A THOUSAND YEAR REICH THAT WAS GOING TO
BE PERFECT FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE, ALL HE HAD TO DO
WAS TO STEAL FROM THE JEWS IN ORDER TO FINANCE, TO
TAKE OVER THE INDUSTRIES, YOU KNOW ETC. YOU HAD
MUSSOLINI, THE SAME THING, THESE THE FASCISM, THIS
IS JUST ANOTHER ASPECT OF UTOPIANISM, AND BY THE WAY
EVERYBODY SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT THE TRUE NAME
OF THE NAZI PARTY WAS THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY. THEN WE SAW THIS AGAIN
WE SAW IT IN FRANCE, WE SAW IT IN
ANCIENT CHINA, WE SAW IT WITH
THE PILGRIMS. PEOPLE FORGET THAT WHEN
THE PILGRIMS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES THEY
TRIED THIS FIRST, THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY
COULD FORM A NEW TESTAMENT TYPE OF GOVERNMENT THAT
THEY WERE GONNA BE SHARING, THERE WAS
NO PRIVATE PROPERTY, EVERYBODY WOULD JUST WORK
AS HARD AS THEY COULD AND ONLY TAKE WHAT THEY NEEDED,
THAT WAS BEFORE KARL MARX, THEY STARVED TO DEATH AND
HAD TO GO BACK TO THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. NOT TOO MANY HISTORIANS
THAT ARE ALL ABOUT AMERICA AND HOW GREAT AMERICA IS
WANT TO KIND OF REPORT THAT ANGLE OF IT, IT
DIDN’T WORK IN CHINA WHEN IT WAS TRIED, YOU GO BACK
TO SPARTA, SPARTA FAILED, AND THE PLAN THAT CAME OUT
EVEN PLATO IN HIS REPUBLIC AND LATER THE LAWS ADMITTED,
YES THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT SYSTEM BUT IT
PROBABLY WON’T WORK. WHAT ABOUT THE ATHEISTIC
CHARACTERISTIC OF SOCIALISM, IT’S NOT
JUST ATHEISTIC ITS ANTAGONISTICALLY
ATHEISTIC YES? IT IS FIRST OF ALL
ANTI-RELIGIOUS, BUT IT’S PARTICULARLY IN
ITS WESTERN FRAMEWORK ANTI-CHRISTIAN BECAUSE
CHRIST GAVE US FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL, WE HAVE
FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL THAT CAME THROUGH CHRIST. AND OUR RIGHTS
COME FROM GOD, WELL THIS IS A PROBLEM
WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH CENTRAL PLANNING AND YOU
NEED TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE AND YOU NEED TO TELL THEM
NOT ONLY WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE BUT WHAT THEY
ARE GOING TO DO. SO, THE CONCEPT OF GOD,
THE CONCEPT OF HAVING ANY AUTHORITY HIGHER THAN
GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE ELIMINATED PARTICULARLY
JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY. YEAH. SOME RECENT POLLS OF
SO-CALLED MILLENNIALS, 30 AND UNDER GENERALLY,
SHOW ABOUT 30-35% OF THEM PREFER SOCIALISM
TO CAPITALISM. YOU’VE SAID THAT
SOCIALISM, TRUE SOCIALISM, FULL ORBED SOCIALISM
WHEREVER ITS TRIED ALWAYS FAILS, WOULDN’T
CONFRONTING A YOUNG PERSON WITH THE EVIDENCE, THE
EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE OF THOSE FAILURES BE AT LEAST
PERSUASIVE IN HELPING THEM SEE THERE’S MORE TO
SOCIALISM THAN THEY MAY UNDERSTAND WHEN ALL THEY
HEAR ARE THE FINE SOUNDING IDEAS. NO. BECAUSE THEY’RE IN A
STATE OF MAGIC THOUGHT, JUST LIKE MY MOTHER WAS. THEY’RE SORT OF LIKE THE
PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE THAT NOBODY EVER WALKED ON
MOON, THAT THERE WAS A GIANT CONSPIRACY. YOU KNOW, THAT SOMEHOW, SOME
GROUP, SOME ORGANIZATION, SOME UNKNOWN BEHIND THE
SCENES THING HAS MANAGED TO FORCE SOCIALISM OR
COLLECTIVISM OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT
TO FAIL. AND IF ONLY IF IT
WERE DONE RIGHT, OR THE PEOPLE THAT TRIED
IT DIDN’T DO IT RIGHT, IF ONLY IT WERE DONE RIGHT
AND YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FAILED FRENCH REVOLUTION
AND KARL MARX SAYS, WELL I GOT THIS FIGURED OUT, I
KNOW HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK AND THEY TRIED IT IN
SOVIET UNION AND OF COURSE IT DIDN’T WORK AND THEN
THE CUBANS LOOKED AT IT AND IT WASN’T WORKING IN
RUSSIA THEY THOUGHT NO PROBLEM WE CAN MAKE IT WORK HERE,
AND THE CHINESE LOOKED AT IT AND SAID HEY. I MEAN WE’RE TALKING
ENTIRE SOCIETIES NOW, NOT YOUNG MILLENNIALS,
WE’RE TALKING ENTIRE SOCIETIES WATCHED
SOMETHING ELSE FAILING AND THEY TRIED IT ANYWAY. THEN POL POT CAME ALONG,
AND HE LOOKED AT THE WHOLE THING AND HE SAID LOOK,
THIS HASN’T WORKED ANYWHERE, EVERYBODY IS
STARVING ANYWHERE, I HAVE THE SOLUTION. WHAT THE MISTAKE THAT THEY
MADE IS THAT THEY DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH DOWN, THEY
KEPT PEOPLE AROUND THAT WERE EDUCATED AND THAT
WERE CORRUPTED WITH IDEAS OF FREE TRADE
AND CAPITALISM. AND ALL WE NEED TO DO
IS GET RID OF THOSE, SO HE MURDERED EVERYBODY
WITH A COLLEGE EDUCATION, HE MURDERED EVERYBODY
THAT WORE GLASSES, EVERYBODY THAT HAD ANY
KIND OF A COLLEGE DEGREE, EVERYBODY THAT SPOKE
A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, ANYBODY THAT HAD EVER
BEEN A POLICE OFFICER, ANYBODY THAT HAD EVER
BEEN AN ARMY OFFICER. HE MURDERED A THIRD
OF THE POPULATION, THINKING THAT IF HE
REDUCED IT TO THE CORE PROLETARIAT THEY COULD
BUILD THIS MARVELOUS SOCIETY. I READ SOMEONE SAY
RECENTLY THAT IF YOUNG PEOPLE REALIZE THAT AMAZON
WOULD BE OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT, UBER WOULD BE
OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, ALL THE
THINGS THAT THEY IDOLIZE IN THE CULTURE TODAY, IN A
TRUE SOCIALIST SYSTEM THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION IS ALL
OWNED BY COLLECTIVELY THAT IF THEY REALIZE THAT THEY
WOULDN’T LIKE IT BUT THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE
THAT WOULD BE MISSING ALTOGETHER. YES, GOOGLE
WOULD BE MISSING. EXACTLY. UBER WOULD BE MISSING. WHAT YOUNG FOLKS DON’T
UNDERSTAND IS THE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH
IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE INNOVATION COMES
FROM THE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH AND THEY ALL
WELL THAT’S NONSENSE. IS IT NONSENSE? REMEMBER THAT FIRST CELL
PHONE THAT WAS LIKE A BRICK, A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE
DON’T REMEMBER THAT. I MEAN ALL IT WAS WAS A
TELEPHONE AND YOU COULD DEFEND YOURSELF WITH IT. IN FACT MOTOROLA WHO MADE
IT, RAN COMMERCIALS OF IT SOMEBODY PICKING IT UP
BURNT OUT OF A FIRE AND IT STILL WORKED,
BUT HERE’S THE POINT WHEN THAT PHONE CAME OUT
IT COST ALMOST $1000, IT WAS JUST LITERALLY NOTHING
MORE THAN A TELEPHONE BUT THERE WERE PEOPLE
THAT WERE ABLE TO BUY IT BECAUSE THEY WANTED IT
AND NEEDED IT BECAUSE THEY SAW THE PRODUCTIVITY
ADVANTAGES OF IT, AND THAT GAVE THE PEOPLE THAT MANUFACTURED THAT PHONE, MONEY SO THEY COULD INNOVATE
AND PRODUCE MORE PHONES, CHEAPER PHONES, SMALLER
PHONES, UNTIL WE HAVE WHAT WE HAVE TODAY. WELL BILL, THANK YOU
FOR JOINING US SO MUCH, IT’S BEEN GREAT
HAVING YOU HERE. GREAT TO BE ON HERE. PLEASURE. DESPITE THE ABUNDANT
EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE OF THE DANGERS OF SOCIALISM,
IT PERSISTS. PART OF WHAT HAS
HELPED IT THRIVE, ESPECIALLY IN THE
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, IS THE MISTAKEN NOTION
THAT SOCIALISM IS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE. BUT AS DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY
EXPLAINS, IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. ALL THE PRINCIPLES OF THE
BIBLE POINT AWAY FROM STATE-INSTITUTED,
STATE-MANDATED SOCIALISM. LET US ANSWER THE QUESTION:
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SOCIALISM? NOW WHENEVER YOU HEAR
PEOPLE MAKE THAT CLAIM, THEY INVARIABLY WILL
APPEAL ONE PASSAGE AND THAT IS THE PASSAGE FROM
ACTS THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CHAPTER DEALING WITH
ANANIAS AND BARNABAS. BARNABAS, YOU RECALL,
SOLD A PIECE OF LAND AND BROUGHT AND GAVE
IT TO THE APOSTLES. AND THEN ANANIAS AND HIS
WIFE SOLD A PIECE OF LAND EMULATING THEM, BUT KEPT
BACK PART OF THE PRICE AND BROUGHT ONLY A PORTION
OF IT AND LIED ABOUT IT. BUT THEY SAY THAT THIS
PASSAGE CONTAINS WITHIN IT ALL OF THE BASIC
PRINCIPLES OF SOCIALISM. WELL I WOULD LIKE TO
SUBMIT TO YOU AS A THESIS THIS MORNING THAT NOT ONLY
DOES THIS PASSAGE NOT TEACH THE PRINCIPLES
OF SOCIALISM, BUT THAT IT COUNTERMANDS ALL
OF THE VARIOUS TENET, THE BASIC FUNDAMENTAL
TENETS OF SOCIALISM AND IS AN UNPARALLELED BROADSIDE
AGAINST THE SOCIALIST SHIP OF STATE. I DO NOT SEE HOW ONE COULD
HAVE A MORE EXPLICIT REPUDIATION OF SOCIALISM
THAN THAT IS FOUND IN THIS VERY PASSAGE. SO, WE WILL GO RIGHT
TO THE CITADEL OF THAT PASSAGE WHICH THE
PROPONENTS OF SOCIALISM CLAIM TO HAVE FOUND IN
THE BIBLE WHICH TEACHES SOCIALISM TO SEE IF INDEED
IT DOES, OR IF IT TEACHES, AS I PROPOSE, THE VERY
OPPOSITE OF SOCIALISM- ITS ANTITHESIS. WELL THE BASIC CONCEPT OF
SOCIALISM IS EITHER THAT THE STATE OWNS OR CONTROLS
PROPERTY OF THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION. THAT IS THAT SOCIALISM
BASICALLY DENIES THE CONCEPT OF
PRIVATE PROPERTY. WELL, WHAT DOES
THE BIBLE SAY? IN THE DECALOGUE ALONE,
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, I THINK WE HAVE THE
REPUDIATION OF THIS. THE COMMANDMENT, “THOU SHALT
NOT STEAL” (EXODUS 20:15), AS VIRTUALLY EVERY THEOLOGIAN
FOR TWENTY CENTURIES HAS DECLARED, IS A DIVINE
GUARANTEE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. I CANNOT STEAL SOMETHING FROM
YOU IF YOU DO NOT OWN IT. FURTHERMORE, IN THE DECALOGUE,
WE EVEN HAVE THE COMMAND, “THOU SHALT NOT COVET
THY NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE OR ANYTHING THAT IS THY
NEIGHBOR’S” (EXODUS 20:17). AGAIN, A CLEAR TEACHING
OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. BUT LET’S COME TO THIS
PASSAGE THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. IS PRIVATE PROPERTY
REPUDIATED OR IS IT TAUGHT? NOTICE WHAT PETER SAID
TO ANANIAS: “WHILE THIS PROPERTY REMAINED,
THIS LAND REMAINED, WAS IT NOT THINE OWN?”
(ACTS 5:4) IT IS DIFFICULT FOR ME
TO IMAGINE ANY CLEARER STATEMENT OF THE OWNERSHIP
OF PROPERTY THAN THAT! “WHILE IT REMAINED,
BEFORE YOU SOLD IT, WAS IT NOT YOUR OWN? DID YOU NOT OWN IT? COULD YOU NOT DO WITH
IT WHATEVER YOU WILL? AND EVEN AFTER YOU
SOLD IT, WAS NOT THE MONEY YOUR OWN?” SO WE SEE THAT THE BIBLE
CLEARLY TEACHES THE RIGHT OF PRIVATE PROPERTY,
BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN THE WHOLE WORLD UNTO MANKIND
AS A STEWARDSHIP, WHICH IS HIS TO USE
AND FOR WHICH HE IS RESPONSIBLE TO GOD. SECONDLY, WE NOTE THAT
THIS ACTION WAS VOLUNTARY. THEY DID NOT HAVE TO
SELL THEIR PROPERTY. THERE WAS NO COMMANDMENT
TO SELL THEIR PROPERTY. THERE WAS NO COMMANDMENT
TO GIVE THE FUNDS AWAY, IT WAS VOLUNTEERISM. NOW I CANNOT IMAGINE
ANYTHING THAT MILITATES MORE STRONGLY AGAINST
MODERN CONCEPTS OF SOCIALISM THAN
VOLUNTARISM. I HAVE NOT THE SLIGHTEST
OBJECTION TO ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE ANYWHERE WHO WANT
TO GET TOGETHER AND VOLUNTARILY ENGAGE IN ANY
FORM OF SOCIALISM THAT THEY CARE TO DO. IT IS THE FACT OF
ENFORCEMENT; IT IS THE FACT OF COERCION THAT LIES
AT THE VERY HEART OF EVERY SOCIALISTIC SCHEME
IN MODERN CENTURIES. THIRDLY, AND I DON’T KNOW
WHICH OF THESE PRINCIPLES INDEED MILITATES MORE
MIGHTILY AGAINST MODERN CONCEPTS OF SOCIALISM. THE MONEY, THEY SOLD THE
PROPERTY AND THEY BROUGHT THE MONEY AND LAID IT AT
THE FEET OF PONTIUS PILATE. WAS THAT CORRECT? THEY LAID IT AT
THE FEET OF CAESAR. IS THAT CORRECT? THEY BROUGHT IT TO THE
LOCAL TAX COLLECTOR. NO, WHAT DOES IT SAY. IT SAYS IT A NUMBER OF
TIMES: “THEY LAID IT AT THE APOSTLES’ FEET”
(ACTS 4:37). NOW I CAN THINK OF NOTHING
MORE PERFECTLY DESIGNED TO GIVE KARL MARX APOPLEXY
THAN THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE SHOULD SELL ALL OF THEIR
PROPERTY AND BRING THE MONEY AND GIVE
IT TO THE CHURCH. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WHICH
IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE WHOLE SPIRIT OF
MODERN SOCIALISM, IT IS PRECISELY THAT. AND YET, PEOPLE HAVE THE
INCREDIBLE TEMERITY TO SAY THAT THIS PASSAGE TEACHES
MODERN STATE SOCIALISM. NOTHING, INDEED, COULD BE
FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH THAN THAT. NO, THE BIBLE DOES
NOT TEACH SOCIALISM. AND THE ADVERSE EFFECTS
OF IT, IN THE LONG HAUL, ARE INCALCULABLE. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES IS
FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK, AND WE ARE
JETTISONING ALL OF THESE IN THE SOCIALISTIC STATE. AND THE SPIRITUAL EFFECTS
WILL BE THE WORST IN THE END. SOCIALISM RESULTS IN
MANY ADVERSE EFFECTS. IT HARMS FAMILIES,
CHURCHES, AND INDIVIDUALS- ESPECIALLY THOSE ON
THE RECEIVING END OF GOVERNMENT REDISTRIBUTION. ATTEMPTS TO CLAIM THAT THE
BIBLE ADVOCATES ANY FORM OF SOCIALISM CLEARLY FALL
APART UNDER CLOSER SCRUTINY. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOOD
INTENTIONS TO HELP THE DOWN-AND-OUT GO ASTRAY? WELL, OUR OWN JERRY NEWCOMBE
TAKES A CLOSER LOOK. IS POVERTY ON THE
RISE IN AMERICA? IN 2000, THE NATION SPENT
$20 BILLION FOR WELFARE TRANSFER PAYMENTS. BY 2014, THAT NUMBER HAD
QUADRUPLED TO $83 BILLION. NOW, NEARLY ONE OUT OF SIX
AMERICANS ARE RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS. SO IS GENUINE POVERTY
RISING AT AN ALARMING RATE? OR ARE MORE PEOPLE SIMPLY
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EASY-TO-GET FREEBIES? THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
REPORTED RECENTLY ON A GROUND-BREAKING WELFARE
REFORM IN THE STATE OF MAINE, SIGNED INTO LAW
BY GOVERNOR PAUL LEPAGE. GOVERNOR LEPAGE IS A
VERY DOWN-TO-EARTH, MATTER-OF-FACT, MANNER. AND HE THINKS ABLE-BODIED
PEOPLE WHO CAN WORK, SHOULD WORK. AND I THINK HE AND HIS
TEAM, HE’S GOT SOME OUTSTANDING PEOPLE WORKING
FOR HIM, JUST MADE THIS POLICY A REALITY. AND SOMETIMES THAT DOESN’T
GO OVER WELL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE-BODIED AND
DON’T WANT TO WORK EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN, BUT IT
WAS SUCCESSFUL IN MAINE. AS OF 2014, MAINE REQUIRES
THAT THOSE RECEIVING WELFARE WHO ARE ABLE-BODIED ADULTS
WITHOUT DEPENDENTS EITHER GET A JOB OR ENROLL IN
JOB-RETRAINING OR EVEN JUST VOLUNTEER SOME TIME. DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS-
AND YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FOOD STAMP BENEFITS. AND WHAT HAPPENED IN THE
FIRST 3 MONTHS WHEN THESE VERY MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS
WENT INTO EFFECT? REQUESTS TO CONTINUE
FOOD STAMP BENEFITS FROM ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT
DEPENDENT CHILDREN PLUMMETED BY 80%. AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO
ARE WRONGLY ON THE ROLLS WILL SIMPLY SAY, “WELL I
GUESS IT’S TIME FOR US TO QUIT APPLYING
FOR BENEFITS.” INSTITUTING BASELINE
REQUIREMENTS FOR WELFARE DESIGNED TO GET PEOPLE
WORKING IS BIBLICAL. WHILE IT’S VIRTUOUS TO
HELP THE TRULY NEEDY, THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS IN
SECOND THESSALONIANS, CREATING NEEDLESS
DEPENDENCY VIOLATES GOD’S DESIGN FOR MAN
AND DOES HARM. MOST LIBERAL INITIATIVES
FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR ON POVERTY UNDER
LYNDON JOHNSON ON WERE OSTENSIBLY CREATED
TO HELP THE POOR. BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVE
PENALTIES AGAINST WORK AND VERY STRONG PENALTIES
AGAINST MARRIAGE, IN FACT THEY PUSH THE
POOR FURTHER INTO A HOLE. AND THAT’S WHY WE CAN
HAVE SPENT OVER SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS ASSISTING
POOR PEOPLE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR ON
POVERTY BUT POVERTY HAS NOT GOTTEN ANY BETTER AT
ALL AND IN FACT PEOPLE’S CAPACITY FOR SELF-SUPPORT
HAS DECLINED DRAMATICALLY BECAUSE THESE GOVERNMENT
PROGRAMS DESTROY THE HEART OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY. ALL ABLE-BODIED AMERICANS
WHO WANT TO WORK SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND JOBS. AND THEY SHOULD TAKE THOSE
JOBS, AND IF THEY TAKE THOSE JOBS AND THEY’RE
AT THE BOTTOM RUNG OF THE LADDER, GUESS WHAT –
AMERICA IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY,
THEY CAN MOVE UP. THE HERITAGE STUDY NOTES
THAT IF WHAT THEY DID IN MAINE WERE TO BE APPLIED
IN THE OTHER 49 STATES, IT WOULD SAVE TAXPAYERS
ABOUT $10 BILLION A YEAR. NONETHELESS, CRITICS OF
WELFARE REFORM MAY WONDER IF IT SOMEHOW DEVIATES
FROM THE CHRISTIAN ETHIC. I DON’T THINK THAT THERE’S
ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE THAT IT TALKS ABOUT SOCIALISM
BEING A BETTER FORM OF GOVERNMENT. THERE IS REFERENCE IN
THE BIBLE THAT WE SHOULD CARE FOR THE POOR, BUT
THAT’S US, YOU AND ME, WE SHOULD MAKE DECISIONS
IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES TO CARE FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND
US THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE. NOW WHEN RONALD REAGAN WAS
PRESIDENT HE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE NATION
TO HAVE A SAFETY NET FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT TAKE
CARE OF THEMSELVES. AND THAT’S AN IMPORTANT
CONSIDERATION, BUT WE SHOULD NEVER CONFUSE
GOVERNMENT’S ROLE WITH WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IS OUR
ROLE, AND THAT’S TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES
AND TO TAKE CARE OF OUR BROTHERS. AS YOU’VE SEEN ON THIS
PROGRAM, SOCIALISM IS A DANGEROUS IDEOLOGY
THAT HARMS PEOPLE AND CONTRADICTS THE BIBLE. AND YET IT SEEMS TO
PERSIST- EVEN SOMETIMES UNDER THE BANNER OF
CHRISTIANITY- AND MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
ARE BUYING INTO IT. THAT’S WHY IT’S MORE
IMPORTANT THAN EVER FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE
TRUTH ABOUT SOCIALISM. WE HAVE TWO RESOURCES THAT
WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND IT AND SHARE
IT WITH OTHERS. MY VERY DEAR FRIEND
JENNIFER KENNEDY CASSIDY IS HERE TO TELL US MORE. JENNIFER, WELCOME! THANK YOU, FRANK. HOW COULD IT BE THAT
SOCIALISM IS GAINING A FOOTHOLD AMONG
AMERICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE? THAT A MAJOR PARTY
CANDIDATE COULD DECLARE HIMSELF A SOCIALIST
AND WIN DELEGATES? IT CAN ONLY HAPPEN BECAUSE
OF IGNORANCE- IGNORANCE OF HISTORY AND OF THE
BIBLICAL TEACHING. A RECENT SURVEY SHOWED
THAT MANY AMERICANS UNDER AGE 30 PREFERRED
SOCIALISM TO CAPITALISM! THIS SHOULD
FRIGHTEN ALL OF US. THAT’S WHY WE WANT TO
OFFER YOU RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND
THE TRUTH ABOUT SOCIALISM, AND TO SHARE
IT WITH OTHERS. IN A FEW WEEKS, WE’LL BE
AIRING A SPECIAL PROGRAM: THE PROBLEM OF SOCIALISM. AND WE WANT TO SEND YOU A
DVD OF THAT PROGRAM AS OUR THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROUS
DONATION TO THE ONGOING WORK OF THIS MINISTRY. WE NEED YOU TO HELP US GET
THE WORD OUT TO THE NATION THROUGH OUR NATIONAL
TELEVISION AND RADIO PLATFORMS, AS WELL AS VIA
THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA. YOUR GENEROUS DONATION
WILL HELP US DO JUST THAT. SIMPLY WRITE TO US AT: OR CALL TOLL FREE: OR GO ONLINE TO: WE ALSO WANT TO SHARE AN
EASY-TO-READ BOOK WITH YOU THAT SUMMARIZES THE
DANGERS OF SOCIALISM AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT IT BETTER THAN ANYTHING I’VE SEEN. IT’S CALLED TEN TRUTHS
ABOUT SOCIALISM, AND YOU’LL NOT ONLY WANT
TO READ IT FOR YOURSELF, BUT YOU’LL WANT TO SHARE
IT WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. PEOPLE UNDER AGE 30 NEED
THIS INFORMATION MORE THAN ANYBODY, SO ACT NOW TO
MAKE SURE YOU GET THIS BOOK SO YOU CAN PUT
IT INTO THEIR HANDS. TEN TRUTHS ABOUT SOCIALISM,
IT EXPLAINS HOW SOCIALISM’S FOUNDING FATHERS REJECTED
GOD, HOW SOCIALISM VIOLATES GOD’S LAW,
AND HOW SOCIALISM GOES HAND-IN-HAND WITH TYRANNY. THE BOOK, TEN TRUTHS
ABOUT SOCIALISM, IS YOURS AS OUR THANKS FOR
YOUR GENEROUS DONATION. AND YOU’LL ALSO WANT TO
GET A DVD COPY OF OUR UPCOMING SPECIAL, THE
PROBLEM OF SOCIALISM. SIMPLY WRITE TO US AT: OR CALL TOLL FREE: OR GO ONLINE TO: YOU’VE OFTEN HEARD
IT SAID THAT, “THE BIBLE IS NOT A TEXTBOOK
ON SCIENCE,” OR PERHAPS, “THE BIBLE IS NOT A
TEXTBOOK ON ECONOMICS.” WELL, AS DR. D. JAMES
KENNEDY ONCE OBSERVED, WHEN PEOPLE SAY THE BIBLE
IS NOT A TEXTBOOK ON ONE SUBJECT OR ANOTHER, YOU
MAY REST ASSURED THAT WHAT THEY ARE REALLY SAYING
IS THEY REJECT THE BROAD PRINCIPLES THAT THE BIBLE
LAYS DOWN ON A PARTICULAR DISCIPLINE. INDEED, THE BIBLE IS NOT A
TEXTBOOK ON ECONOMICS- BUT IN IT, GOD TEACHES US HIS
WILL AND HIS PRECEPTS. AND THE CLEAR SWEEP OF THE
BIBLE’S TEACHINGS PROVES SOCIALISM TO BE THEFT AND
IDOLATRY CLOAKED IN THE GUISE OF CHARITY
AND BENEVOLENCE. SOCIALISM TEACHES THAT
IT’S PROPER TO COVET ANOTHER MAN’S BELONGINGS,
AND DEMAND THAT SOME OF THEM BE GIVEN TO YOU. SOCIALISM TEACHES THAT THE
JOB OF THE STATE IS TO FORCIBLY TAKE FROM THOSE
WITH MEANS TO GIVE TO THOSE WITH LESSER MEANS. IN STARK CONTRAST, THE
BIBLE TEACHES THAT THEFT AND COVETING ARE
DEEPLY SINFUL, AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S
LEGITIMATE ROLE IS ONE OF PROTECTION RATHER THAN
IDOLATROUS PROVISION AND REDISTRIBUTION. SADLY, A GENERATION RAISED
TO FEEL ENTITLED SEES NOTHING WRONG WITH
DEMANDING OTHER PEOPLE’S BELONGINGS. YOU CAN CERTAINLY BLAME
OUR CURRENT POLITICAL SYSTEM FOR SUCH ATTITUDES-
BUT YOU CAN’T BLAME THEM ON THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE IS NOT A
TEXTBOOK ON ECONOMICS- BUT IT HAS PLENTY
TO SAY ABOUT IT. AND WHAT IT SAYS REVEALS
THAT SOCIALISM IS FLAWED, DECEPTIVE, AND WRONG. I’M FRANK WRIGHT. THANKS FOR JOINING US
THIS WEEK ON TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM, WE’LL
SEE YOU NEXT TIME! NEXT WEEK ON TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM. SOCIALISM IS ALIVE, THOUGH
NOT WELL, IN AMERICA. IF WE CONTINUE TO DO WHAT
DETROIT DID FOR 40 YEARS, GIVE PEOPLE THINGS
THEY DIDN’T WORK FOR, GIVE THEM SOCIAL PROGRAMS,
WE CAN EXPECT THIS TO HAPPEN ALL OVER AMERICA. THAT’S NEXT WEEK. TODAY’S PROGRAM IS
AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR YOUR GIFT TO THIS MINISTRY
OF ANY AMOUNT. PLEASE CALL, WRITE, OR LOG
ON TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY. THIS HAS BEEN A
PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES

One thought on “Truths That Transform – Does the Bible Teach Socialism?

  1. I loved Doctor Kennedy and appreciate these vids. One critique that I feel compelled to make however…..I am NOT a "Judeo"Christian. I will NEVER be a "judeo"Christian. I AM a Christian. A Christian……

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