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There is a lot of talk of triumph for conservatism these days, but the truth is this country has not seen a genuine biblical conservative in the major parties for several decades (honestly, not even Reagan in practice). The problem is this: at the heart of conservatism lies a great compromise with the nastiest of moral enemies: […]
In a genuine effort for many preachers in America to defend the Gospel against the popular and deceptive “prosperity” preaching, there has come to be a great imbalance in understanding the distinction between contentment and complacency as it pertains to living out the Christian life. This over-correction is in some ways worse than the thing […]
“Christian Socialism” developed in the mid- to late-1800s and promoted moderate forms of socialism at first. But even these proponents made the redistribution of property central to their pleas. For example, Edward H. Rogers, a carpenter, Methodist lay preacher, and member of the “Christian Labor Union” of Boston (1870s-80s), preached this way: “The church, he declared, ought to demand that wealth be managed for the common good of the people.… He asserted that the fulfillment of God’s will ‘on earth, as in heaven’ involved the equitable distribution of the products of labor.”
A reader recently sent us an email regarding socialism and the Bible. His friend, he says, contends that socialism is biblical. I hear this all the time. Having just completed the manuscript for my refutation of some modern Christian Socialists – Ronald Sider, Tony Campolo, and Jim Wallis – I felt the unction to reply to this claim.