ALL THINGS COMMON

Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

All things common would be a misinterpretation; if its meaning were to be taken out of text, to push a socialistic agenda.  Scripture reveals: All that believed were together and had all things common.  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted (distributed) them to all men, as every man had need (Acts 2:44-45).

A Bible commentary noted: It was a practice exercised for a brief time by the early church but was voluntarily and it did not last.  Such communal life was not taught by the Apostles; rather they taught to be good stewards of that which God has entrusted to His people and to share willingly and cheerfully.  This agenda did not suggest a socialistic or communistic agenda, because it resulted from a spiritual unity among the people and was a voluntary act!


All Things Common
Socialism and Communism

Some interesting quotes concerning socialism and communism; a cousin to socialism: The theory of communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property (Karl Marx).  Communism has nothing to do with love.  Communism is an excellent hammer which we use to destroy our enemy (Mao Tse-tung).

What is a communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings (Ebenezer Elliot).  The communist is a socialist in a violent hurry (G. W. Gough).  Socialism requires that government become your God (Rafael Cruz).  

Warning Signs

We are seeing warning signs coming into foreplay, in many lands, as a power grab to enslave towards a socialistic and communistic agenda come into focus.  Fought for democracy is slowly crumbling as global socialism is pursued by those who desire to rule rather than leadership being voted in by a democratic society.

Many voices are coming forth with words that are deceiving and empowering towards acceptance of socialistic agenda that borderlines on communism.  All things common may be appetizing to those who enjoy free handouts by the government; to take away from the rich to give to the poor, a Robin Hood mentality, but it does not fit in with the free-enterprise system of democracy for those willing to work for gain.

World Domination  

Freedom is not missed until it vanishes away and enslavement comes into focus.  Many (especially the young) are beginning to fold under influences seeking to change democracy into a socialistic agenda.  One report stated: World domination is an exercising of control to dominate; not just within a certain sphere, but global domination involving economic, military and geopolitical areas of control.

Words such as a new world order, the great reset, and build back better give reference to global domination, a superiority of rule, setting standards for what is or is not allowed.  World domination is a global conquest, a power structure, either achieved or aspired to, in which the dominant player rules over all.

Reeducation of the
Masses

All things common is sharing of cultural values and expectations.  There is an onrush to give emphasis towards such a goal but first those who would oppose have to be dealt with; leading to reeducation of the masses towards acceptance; and it this fails, denial of certain privileges to those who will not accept the agenda being offered.

Redistribution of wealth; along with other persuasive methods, are being put forth to enhance the socialistic agenda; until the trap is set and freedom once held slowly crumbles, with a socialism style government taking its place.

Freebie's but Icing on 
the Cake

All things common; previously mentioned as being exercised by the early church, is a scary term if mobilized as an incentive towards a socialistic style government.  Such promises much to those who have little; to seduce them towards acceptance through freebie's offered that are only icing on the cake; not its entire makeup.

Modern day technology enhances socialistic agenda at the touch of a button.  People can easily be influenced by social and mainstream news media; that is able to put whatever slant needed to promote acceptability.  The all things common promise is not the answer; if it is gained through mandatory means, rather than voluntarily as in the early church.

Makeup of Churches

All things common is becoming the makeup of many churches as they break away from tradition, and Bible based teachings, to enhance secular lifestyles.  A Sunday school commentary noted: Our nation is suffering from the corrosive immoral breath of today; with secularism, humanism, materialism, liberalism, and commercialism devastating our resources of security.  The church has forfeited its power because of worldliness.

Those words introduce the fact that the Unadulterated Word of God is being ignored; no longer promulgated as before!  The church is blending in with its secular cousin; who desires to make all things common as man ordains it, not the Biblical standings of yesteryear!

Looking to Government to
Fulfill One's Needs

Scripture reveals: There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men (Ecclesiastes 6:1).  A Bible commentary noted: Solomon was speaking of the evil of covetousness; which is abominable to the Lord, contrary to His nature and will, and a breach of law which forbids it; an evil under the sun, for there was nothing of this kind above it.

Socialism has its own form of covetousness, and greed, by those who seek to dominate.  Individuals who promote such a concept do not want the people to look to God who sustains; but rather to government (the big brother concept) to fulfill its needs (an all things common solution).  Socialism has an agenda to dominate; to erase any productive reasoning of one's own (capitalism), with one becoming a slave to the system (socialism), rather than individual reasoning and productive.

One man noted: Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal rights in self-understanding and self-discipline (Lewis Mumford).  The all things common ideology is dangerous; for it seeks to dominate rather than produce free-thinking and productive.

Strength and Hope
Perished

Scripture reveals: My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord (Lamentations 3:18).  Those words came in reference to a time when Israel suffered loss of that which it once enjoyed.  The people were carried away captive; no longer having true peace, to a foreign land, in an enemy's country, with no peace of soul as before.

If enslaved by the powers to come; outside God's realm, one could fall into such a mode of despair.  All things common are not desirable when one loses basic freedoms to possess such.  Promises of socialism are empty words in that delivery never materializes.

The Israelite's had lost their freedom, because of their withdrawal from God, and serving other gods of the pagan nations round about them.  We are seeing this happening, in many lands, as God of the past is no longer God of the future because of having cast Him aside for other gods.

Justice Cannot Sleep
Forever

Thomas Jefferson stated: God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. 

This is reflected in the previous Scripture mentioned:  My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord (Lamentation 3:18).  When one withdraws, or allows themselves to be withdrawn from the very source of one's strength, therein lays a problem of dissolving one's only hope, which opens the door towards self-destruction of that which was formerly enjoyed.

Socialism Replacing
Spirituality  

Secularism is replacing spiritually in many churches.  All things common is no longer a notion in the stability of churches to worship as one sees fit; but are becoming controlled by governmental invention of a socialistic nature to govern what is being proclaimed.  There is an encroachment on the enforcement of the Unadulterated Word of God, which has been instituted by many who have a slanted view of what "Thus Saith the Lord!: 

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated: Brethren our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.  Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

Reaping What One
Sows

A social gospel is being introduction that enhances worldliness (with a all things common doctrine) being presented in regards to acceptance of the previously unacceptable.  Paul Harvey, a radio commentator, stated: They said that churches were old fashioned, they must modernize, liberalize, rationalize, and compromise.  Now we are gagging, choking, strangling on the forbidden fruit.  They mean well, but their intentions are paving the road to Hell.   

There has been a tendency by many to go along with this modern day trend; rather than stand for the truths of yesteryear based on the Word of God.  The stripping away of those truths are costly to those that entertain or promulgate such a notion; for one day all will have to give an account to God as to what they have allowed to take place in their life; unless repentance and change of heart comes into focus.

Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).  A Bible commentary noted: Mocked means to be outwitted, or outfoxed.  To disobey God's commands and then escape divine punishment would be to outwit God.  Reap is a term which means to to be recompensed!

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