Christian socialist, Ronald J. Sider attempts to justify a socialist-style Welfare State by pointing to “the biblical materials that describe the ideal monarch.” Where does Scripture describe the “ideal monarch”? Sider says, “Both the royal psalms and the messianic prophecies shed light on this ideal ruler.” Sider then covers some typical Old Testament passages used by social-gospelers to make a connection between the king and “justice” for the poor. These include Psalm 72, Isaiah 11:1-4, 32:1-8, Jeremiah 22:15-16, and Ezekiel 34:23-24 among others. In my book, God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel, I respond to each of these mishandled passages and much, much more. In this article I will focus on just one of these favorite passages for Christian Socialists, Ezekiel 34:23-24.
Howard Dean, former Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, an active liberal pundit and politician, has just proven that you don’t have to be an Einstein to graduate from Albert Einstein College. A recent video of him reveals the Left’s plans for European-style Socialism in the U.S. – no surprise here. But the justification he gives for it is anemic, logically speaking. His intellectual argument is so weak, one is left with the impression that Liberalism has little to commend it beyond emotional sappery and government force.
A reader posted a link to my article “Is Socialism Biblical?” on his Facebook page. It provoked common knee-jerk reactions. Here is a very common reaction to American Vision’s work on applying the Bible to all of life, and my articles on Biblical economics in particular: This shouldn’t be causing division. It also shouldn’t be […]