Episode 223

How Too Many Christians Support Coveting and Stealing

I go solo in this episode to explain how political ideology can abuse the Bible's call to charity. This episode is based on notes that were originally for part of the Truthspresso Express series "Was Jesus a Socialist?"

After walking through the Sixth through the Tenth Commandment of the law, we see how coveting can be the most difficult command. Yet, too many Christians can support a backdoor to validate covetousness and stealing.

Putting government-enforced welfare schemes under the microscope of the Bible, we ask ourselves this question: Is it ever a morally virtuous and Christian thing to support threatening or initiating violence on someone who has not committed a crime?

We may think that coercive wealth distribution schemes are "doing God's work," but when we think deeply about it, does God ever command anyone to steal from people by the force of violence to provide for the poor? Perhaps the Christian doctrine of charity is that it is always lovingly and voluntary.

We also see how compromising a universal application of "Thou shalt not covet" and "Thou shalt not steal" can lead us to compromising all God's commands.

Scriptures Cited:

Exodus 20:13-17

Romans 7:7

Hebrews 13:5

Exodus 18:21-22

Amos 8:4-6

Proverbs 6:30-31

Jeremiah 22:16-17

Romans 2:21

Sources Consulted:

David Roach, "Bible doesn’t command wealth redistribution, presenters say at theological meeting," Baptist Press, December 13, 2012.

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Daniel Mynyk is a software developer with experience in the education, real estate, and manufacturing industries. He is a devout Christian and an affluent lay apologist, having taught adult Sunday School classes in theology and church history. Daniel has authored the book "Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing." He has also been a guest on the syndicated radio show Bob Enyart Live and popular podcasts such as Apologetics Live, Theology Throw Down, and The Rap Report with Andrew Rappaport. He runs the apologetic website TruthHub.org and hosts the weekly podcast Truthspresso. Daniel lives with his wife Chelsea their four kids.