A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel
– by Joel McDurmon
God owns everything. The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Ps. 24:1), and God delegated ownership and dominion of His property to man (Gen 1:26–28).
God sanctioned the protection of private property in His law — the Ten Commandments — by including a prohibition of theft. Jesus and the Apostles upheld this law.
The biblical witness is clear: God believes in private property, and He not only desires us but commands us to live by that rule as well. Socialists believe that private property is a bad idea, and that governments should own most or all property and distribute it as government experts, scientists, politicians, or voters see fit.
Under socialism, the State puts itself in the place of God and says: “The earth is the State’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.”
Fundamental conflict separates the rival religious systems of private property and socialism. Choosing one, you reject the other. Either God commands and judges man, or man commands and judges man.
God Versus Socialism illustrates the war of worldviews in the economic and political realm, and argues the necessity and superiority of choosing God over humanism’s false god, socialism, in all its many forms.
About the Author: Joel McDurmon, M.Div., Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He is the author of: Manifested in the Flesh: How the Historical Evidence of Jesus Refutes Modern Mystics and Skeptics, The Return of the Village Atheist, and Zeitgeist Refuted: Is Jesus an Astrological Myth? He also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website, joining their staff in June of 2008.
Specifications: 235 pages