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Biblical Application Of Acts 2: 44 & 45

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Bro. Curtis, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Bro. Curtis

    Bro. Curtis <img src =/curtis.gif>
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    Oct 25, 2001
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    I know a lot of "Christians" hate David Cloud, but I think he nailed this one.

    Does Acts 2 describe some sort of communism or communalism in the early churches?

    First, we observe that it was not coerced but was done of their own free will......

    Second, the situation in Acts 2 was a special one that necessitated a special practice. Many of the new converts from other parts of the world stayed in Jerusalem and needed assistance by the church.

    Third, there is no mention in the rest of the New Testament of any other church that practiced this.

    Fourth, wealthy believers are mentioned in the epistles and are not rebuked (e.g., Philemon). They are addressed in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and are not told to sell everything they have. They are told, rather, that God gives us things to enjoy but that we are also responsible to share what we have with others.

    Fifth, the Bible teaches the right to the private ownership of property. This was assumed in the Law of Moses, which forbad stealing and coveting that which belongs to another (Ex. 20:15, 17). ....


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  2. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2004
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    These are the scriptures hand picked by athiests and other non-believers to support their communist and socialist ideals.

    Sadly, some Christians will also try to use them to support their own view of socialism as well. But...

    Bible believing Christians don't buy it. All kinds of evil people try to use scripture to advance their evil causes.
  3. Marcia

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    May 12, 2004
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    It does not describe communism nor socialism, which are governmental or economic modes, merely what some believers voluntarily did for a short period of time because there were needs to be met.

    The text does not say they lived together, so it was definitely not a commune, either.

    42They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
    43Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
    44And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;
    45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
    46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.