Does Acts 2:42-47 Teach Socialism?

Does Acts 2:42-47 Teach Socialism? I answered that question on the this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:
  1. Acts 2:42-47 is a description of the very first gathering of believers who understood what the finished work of Christ had accomplished.
  2. This is the first time a group of believers had been assembled together, led by the Spirit of God, and lived with a kingdom ethic in their love for one another.
  3. The first church was not responding to imposed law from a ruling elite but was voluntarily loving and providing for one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Acts 2:42-47 tells the story of a kingdom people, living with a kingdom ethic to the glory of their King, and following the sacrificial example of their leader, who is Jesus.
  5. The fact that our government has to care for the poor, the widow, and the orphan is a judgment on the Church…or it is a judgment on people who choose to live irresponsible lives and do not want to work.
  6. It is not loving to fund an irresponsible lifestyle.
  7. Socialism and communism compel individuals to share wealth through government-enforced demands and control.
  8. People who are able to work but who will not work should be left to their hunger so their stomach can “work” for them by compelling them to work so they don’t hunger.
  9. We should not force people to be generous, celebrate greed or enable irresponsibility.
  10.  Acts 2:42-47 does not support socialism. Scripture does support generous, selfless, others-centered living.
Scripture:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common… Acts 2:44

and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Acts 2:45

at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 2 Corinthians 8:14-15

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10

Other Resources:

What Does It Mean to Be in Biblical Community?

Should A Christian Give Money To The Man On The Corner?

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Should My Elders Pray Over Me If I Am Sick?

Should My Elders Pray Over Me If I Am Sick? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. James 5:13-15 is saying that you want godly people to pray for you when you are sick.
  2. In Scripture, oil is representative of the Holy Spirit.
  3. All sickness is because of the fall, but not all sickness is because of some specific sin.
  4. In verse 15 the word “sick” means weary, fatigued, afflicted, faint of heart.
  5. It is heresy to say the Lord heals every physical sickness on earth if you “pray the prayer of faith.”
  6. Often God uses the prayers of the saints to heal our attitude of despair instead of our physical healing.
  7. When you are sick you are not commanded to call for those with the gift of healing but for those who are spiritually mature so they can strengthen your heart even though you are sick.
  8. When you are suffering or sick from soul fatigue or physical sickness, surround yourself with godly people.
  9. The focus of James 5:13-15 is prayer and the encouragement of the saints.

Scripture:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:13-15

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” James 5:13

“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord…” James 5:14

“Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it…” Psalm 141:5

“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord…” Ephesians 5:19

“…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:15

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:15

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

Other Resources:
Is It Okay to Be Angry at God?

If I Have Enough Faith Will God Heal Me?

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Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church?

Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

  1. You can be a Christian and not be part of a local church, but you will not become like Christ in the way God intends through the means of grace that God intends until you are part of a local body.
  2. You do not go to church: you become a part of a church.
  3. The Church is a source of sanctification, protection, and a source of glory to Him.

Verses:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…” Romans 12:10

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12

“…for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

 “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18

“…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Other Resources:

How Do I Become a Christian?

Why Did Todd Wagner Write the Book “Come & See”?

What Does the Bible Say About Covenant Membership And Church Discipline?

Is it Okay to Be Angry at God?

Is it Okay to Be Angry at God? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Other Resources:

1. Where Did Evil Originate From If Everything God Created, Including Satan, Is Good?

2. What Do I Do When I Don’t Feel Close To God?

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How Do I Become a Christian?

How Do I Become a Christian? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

1. Christianity is not a propositional statement that you agree with. It is a personal relationship you enter into.

2. Many people miss heaven by the 18 inches between the head and the heart.

3. There must be a moment in which we personally embrace and trust in the provision of Jesus’ death on the cross for us.

4. The person who says Jesus is the Good Shepherd begins to follow Him.

5. Jesus did not die for 70 or 80 percent of our sins so that we might try to complete His finished work.

6. Christ alone is the means for salvation. You become more Christ-like by abiding with Him and yielding to His Spirit.

Scripture:

“…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;…” Romans 10:9

“…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:10

“The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that
no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,…” Romans 5:1

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment,
but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

“…and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:4

“…who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ
our Lord,…” Romans 1:4

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

“We are saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith which saves is never alone.” – Martin Luther

“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:17

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance,…” Luke 3:6

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

Additional Resources:
How Do I Know If I Am Saved?

Can I Lose My Salvation?

What Is A Fully Devoted Follower of Christ?

Diagnostic Question #1:
“Are you at a point in your spiritual life that if you were to die today you know you would go to heaven?”

Diagnostic Question #2:
“On a scale of 1 to 10 how sure are you?”

What Does It Mean in Ephesians 6:18 to Pray at All Times in the Spirit?

What Does It Mean in Ephesians 6:18 to Pray at All Times in the Spirit? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. When you live out of a heart to know and apply God’s word, you are, in a sense, praying at all times in the spirit.
  2. Remain (abide) with Jesus.
  3. In addition to being on your knees prayerfully, you’re also to be walking on your feet prayerfully every day.
  4. You don’t need to be in the activity of prayer 24/7, but when awake each day, live a life fully devoted to Jesus, always yielding to the Spirit and in humble submission to and dependence on the Lord.

Scripture:

“pray without ceasing;…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” Psalm 1:1

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it…” Joshua 1:8

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,…” Ephesians 5:18

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;…” Colossians 4:2

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“…For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalm 127:2

“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4

“The Armor of God” For more detail please read Ephesians 6:10-17

Other Resources:

What Is The Gift Of Tongues?

Are Tongues A Private Prayer Language?

What Is A Fully Devoted Follower Of Christ?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. We should never hide behind our love for God as an intentional means to dishonor our parents.
  2. Our ultimate devotion should be to Jesus, but we are not to stop honoring our father and mother.
  3. If our parents’ counsel isn’t informed by God’s Word, it might look like we hate their counsel. You should always follow the counsel of Jesus.
  4. Never sacrifice your devotion to Jesus.
  5. If your parents are not in the Lord, honor them and don’t speak evil of them, but serve your King.

Scripture:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26


“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,…” 2 Corinthians 5:18

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,…” Exodus 20:7

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12

“He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:17

“And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?’” Matthew 15:3

“But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God, he is not to honor his father or his mother…” Matthew 15:5-6

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:37

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

Other Resources:

  1. Is Watermark Community Church a Cult?
  2. How Do I Respond To My Parents Who Don’t Support My Faith?”
  3. What Is A Fully Devoted Follower of Christ?

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Should Anyone Else Know What I Give?

Should Anyone Else Know What I Give? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles

  1. Our motivation in giving should never be that people would know how generous we are.
  2. There is a difference between wanting to be held accountable and wanting to be seen and famous in the world’s eye.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be 

honored by others.” “Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”   Matthew 6:2-4

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed  by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”   Matthew 6:1

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,…”   1 Timothy 6:18

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,…”   Hebrews 10:24

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account.”   Hebrews 13:17

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”   Ephesians 2:10

“…But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,…”   1 Thessalonians 4:10

“His master said to him, ’Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”   Matthew 25:23

“My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.”   James 2:1

Other Resources:

  1. Should I Share My Financial Details With Others?
  2. What Is An Easy Way To Memorize Scripture
  3. MoneyWise Ministry


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Should I Share My Financial Details With Others?

Should I Share My Financial Details With Others? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. When there is something we want, it always makes us better when we invite others in.
  2. You should share your financial details with others who are wise and who fear the Lord.
  3. It is easy to believe the lie that more money is the key to more happiness.
  4. The question to ask is not “how much money do you have?” Rather ask, “how much does money have you?”
  5. Your financial advisor having the same faith as you is exponentially more important than them having the same funds as you.
  6. Materialism is not typically the function of an amount, it is an attitude of the heart.
  7. Jesus talked about money more than matters of faith and prayer because He knew our hearts could get wrapped up in money.
  8. If there is something Jesus talked about a lot that we are not willing to discuss with others, that is a problem.

Scripture:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

“For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 24:6

“But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin
and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19

“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,” 1 Timothy 6:18

“storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” 1 Timothy 6:19

“He who separates himself seeks his own desire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom.” Proverbs 18:1

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of
many things…” Matthew 25:23

Other Resources:
Is Watermark Community Church a Cult?
What Does It Mean to Be in Biblical Community?

Moneywise Curriculum (Watermark Ministry)


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Is Watermark Community Church a Cult?

Is Watermark Community Church a Cult? I answered this question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick

Shownotes:

Principles:
1. When someone asks a question, it is always good for us to be clear on what is being asked.
2. If something is true, no amount of scrutiny will affect it.
3. If we are truly following Jesus Christ, our lives should look extreme to the world around us.
4. Many churches today talk about Jesus, but do not live in such a way that is radically different from the world around them.

Typically in a human cult you will see:
1. A human leader trying to grab for power.
2. Members being exploited sexually.
3. A leader draining members financially to live an exorbitant lifestyle.

Verses:
“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in
righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of
regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:5

“…for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom
I am foremost of all.” 1 Timothy 1:15

“…He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say,
‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one
comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2

“…but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being
made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we
might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your
sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they
are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take
refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

“For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind,
it is for you.” 2 Corinthians 5:13

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from
fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

“or the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one
died for all, therefore all died;” 2 Corinthians 5:14

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion
of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Other Resources:
1. List of Attributes of Cults to Avoid
2. What is a Fully Devoted Follower of Christ? 
3. What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family
in Luke 14:26? – (Coming Soon)

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