What Does the Bible Have to Say About Welfare Reform?

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Published on: September 26, 2015

Which Scripture is for welfare reform? The answer is II Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat.

An example of welfare reform: This same verse was used by the Pilgrims after almost starving to death their first two winters in America because their money lenders had imposed community owned property on them.

Only 26 acres were planted in 1621 and 60 acres in 1622. Finally, Pilgrims applied this scripture, assigned private property to every family, which included previously idle “distinguished business men”, who now worked their own land for their food.  Because of this free enterprise, 184 acres were planted in 1623!

It is reported that Liberation theology, as well as today’s Deists, teach Christianity started in communism and use Acts 2:44 to supposedly support their teaching: And all that believed were together and had all things in common.

Does the Bible teach that? No, it was a free will offering not imposed on them by government or anyone else. Verse 45 says, and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them all, as any had need. The believers owned property from which they gave to meet the needs of those Jews, who were now believers, and who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost but hadn’t planned to stay longer than the usual celebration. It was because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, (related earlier in Acts 2) they stayed longer than planned; therefore, had material needs.

How does the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 also refute this? We are told Ananias sold a piece of property and brought part of the proceeds to the apostles but lied about the selling price. In v. 4 Peter asked, While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own. And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? This verse shows ownership of private property.

What other Scripture clearly refutes socialism? Psalm 128:2 says, “A man enjoys the fruit of HIS labor, not other people enjoying the fruit of his labor without his consent. [Has the “salt'” been adequately educated on Biblical economics to be “salty”? Matt. 5:13 ]

Explain how the often heard media comment, just below this scenario, promotes socialism, not capitalism:

  • Scenario: The ABC Company donated X amount of money to ‘such and such’ community charity.
  • Media reports that action as, “The ABC Company has given money back to the community in giving X amount of money to ‘such and such’ charity.”
  • Answer: This implies money gained from selling goods and/or services from honest labor, was stolen from the community and is now being given back (instead of donated) by the company. Socialists believe, because the company earned profit, it is stealing and someone else supposedly had to do without, explained Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

This denies the business, by free enterprise, provided not only goods and services to the community but jobs, too!

Is civil government to be involved in welfare and give to those in need? No! It is not theirs to give. Romans 13 states the purpose of government is to protect the good and punish the wicked. It is NOT to be a provider! When civil government provides personal needs of its people, it assumes total control of the providing entities. Once it controls such entities, the government, not the people, controls the supply and criteria for recipients. This brings socialism/communism/tyranny.

It has many names but all mean the same, loss of freedoms as well as unmet personal needs formerly supplied by honest labor and/or free will charity.

With total government control, citizens must do or not do, say or not say, what government demands in order to be eligible for provisions!                                

The following profound statements by Dr. Adrian Rogers, give a clear and simple summary of the above:    

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what the work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

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