In recent days, there has been a lot of international news about Brazil’s Socialist Party presidential candidate, Marina Silva. Much of it has focused on her “evangelical” background and how she seems to have the votes of the young people and evangelicals locked up. When I saw how the press has intertwined her “evangelicalism” with her being a socialist, it raised a red flag with me–no pun intended. These ongoing attempts by lieberals, the globalists, and their puppets in the mainstream media to push the idea Christianity is compatible with socialism has inspired me to point out why Jesus was not a socialist, which by default will highlight why no true child of God would be a socialist.
Lieberals/socialists often justify their worldview and criticize genuine Christianity with the false argument that Jesus Christ was a socialist or communist. To back this up, they tend to point to Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16). Then, like Candida Moss in the YouTube video below, they will claim that Jesus said you can’t go to heaven unless you give away all your earthly goods to the poor.
Jesus was making several points in that parable, but the idea that one only gets to heaven by giving their possessions to the poor was nowhere near one of the points he made. Jesus and his apostles taught heaven was obtained by grace, not by works like giving to the poor. In his parables, Jesus taught it was wrong to be callous toward the poor or to trust in material things, but had no problem with people possessing earthly goods with the proper perspective on those goods. Let’s look at some comparisons:
► Socialism teaches that all religion must be suppressed and that all allegiances and devotion must be to the state and its leaders, whereas Jesus and his apostles taught that he is part of the one Godhead that should be worshiped (John 3:13-18) and governments should be God’s tools to reward the morally good and punish the morally evil (John 19:10-11).
► Socialism not only suppresses religion, but denies God’s existence, whereas Jesus preached that God was real and that he was God in the flesh (John 5:18).
► Socialism is based on envying others’ possessions and coveting them, whereas Jesus said covetousness is an evil which defiles people (Mark 7:20-23).
► Socialism teaches it’s okay to forcibly take what belongs to others without probable or justifiable cause and give it to others who haven’t earned it whereas Jesus taught that theft is an evil which defiles people (Mark 7:20-23).
► Socialism is based on the belief the government should own everything and should dictate what employers should pay their workers, whereas Jesus taught that private ownership was good and that employers should determine in contractual negotiations directly with their workers as to what they should be paid (parable of the vineyard laborers, Matthew 20:1-15, esp. v. 15; parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30).
► Socialists have persecuted or killed millions just for confessing belief in Jesus Christ, whereas Jesus hates it when people persecute and murder innocent people, especially his believers (Matt. 19:16-19; Acts 9:1-5).
The Bible reveals that when liberals claim Jesus was socialist or a communist, they are simply speaking their native language known as “lying.” That’s why I call them lieberals.
Harry A. Gaylord