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The Sin of Socialism (1)- The Seditious Spirit of Socialism

Sunday I had the privilege of preaching a message on a topic you probably have not heard addressed from the pulpit – the sin of socialism (You can hear this message in its entirety at the following link: http://lstones.org/crown-point-messages/529-sunday-cp-september-13-2009-dr-ron-johnson-jr.html). This administration is guilty of attempting the greatest grab of governmental power in the history of our great nation. And this power grab, contrary to the rhetoric, is totally un-American. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, explained in Federalist Paper No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.” Our founding fathers  understood the inherent problems that occur when the federal govenment is given too much authority.

The role of civil government is very limited: to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens (Romans 13:4; I Peter 2:14). God also created two other institutions; namely, the family and the Church. Each of these spheres has been given jurisdictional authority by God. When one sphere encroaches upon another, you have the seeds of tyranny and oppression.

This is why the current government power grab is sinful. The government is stepping into areas in which it has no legitimate authority. Let me be quick to add that this tendency is not limited to the Obama administration. Conservative columnist, Walter Williams, reports, “It’s not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well. Republicans and right-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to farmers, banks, airlines and other failing businesses. Democrats and left-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to poor people, cities and artists. Both agree on taking one American’s earnings to give to another; they simply differ on the recipients. This kind of congressional activity constitutes at least two-thirds of the federal budget.” 

Let that sink in. Two-thirds of our runaway federal budget involves the redistribution of your wealth, through unjust taxation, to fund a government program created for the benefit of someone else! If you or I did that on a personal level, we’d be jailed for theft!

Simply put, when the federal government oversteps its God-given and Constitutionally-defined authority and begins to encroach into sphere authority reserved for the family and the Church, it has committed a serious sin. It now becomes the job of the Church to speak out against this injustice and to hold the government accountable.

More to come on this vitally important topic…. 

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