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Christianity and Socialism

Watch Christianity and Socialism
July 7, 2019
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Power Point with Jack Graham

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  • Take your Bibles and turn to Genesis chapter 1. I'm
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  • going to be preaching on the subject Christianity and
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  • socialism. And I don't know in all these years that I've
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  • preached a message quite like this one. But today I'm
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  • delivering a message on one of the important conversations and
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  • confrontations, really, in our culture, and that regards
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  • socialism. We must always stand for the principles which made
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  • America a great nation. We're grateful for the world that God
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  • has made, and for the many nations of the world. And many
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  • of you are watching online from all over the globe. [John 3:16]
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  • "God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son", and
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  • God loves you. So, we love the world and the people in it! But
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  • we have extreme affection, a love of country. Because God has
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  • blessed our nation and has blessed us to be able to call
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  • ourselves Americans. So, we are always called to build and
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  • rebuild America upon the unshakable foundations upon
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  • which our freedoms have stood and stands to this very day.
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  • [Psalm 11:3] "If the foundations be destroyed," the Bible says,
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  • "what will the righteous do?" There is a war going on in,
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  • around, and within America; it is a battle for the soul of our
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  • nation. This battle is raging all around us; it is a fight for
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  • our faith, a fight for our families, a fight for our
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  • future! Our battles include the sanctity of life, the sacredness
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  • of biblical marriage, sexual identity, religious freedom,
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  • including also the freedom of speech. There are battles
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  • regarding economic freedom and work, and the right to work and
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  • prosper within our country. Yes, there is a war! And what kind of
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  • war is it? What is at stake here? Francis Schaeffer, about
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  • thirty years ago made this statement: "We as
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  • Bible-believing Christians are locked in a battle. This is not
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  • a friendly gentleman's discussion. It is a life and
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  • death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness
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  • and those who claim the name of Christ." Where is the clear
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  • voice speaking to the crucial issues of the day with
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  • distinctively biblical answers? I want to be a clear voice
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  • today. I want you as God's people to be a clear and
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  • compelling, distinctively biblical voice in our
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  • generation. We must raise the voices of righteousness, of
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  • reason! And may we never sin with our silence in the face of
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  • evil! They say silence is golden; sometimes silence is
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  • just plain yellow! Courage, conviction and compassion. So,
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  • the issue that is a growing concern in America is that of
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  • socialism. The President said in his State of the Union address
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  • that "America will never be a Socialist nation." There were
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  • cheers that evening when the president made that statement. A
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  • few sat in silence because there's another element in the
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  • country that believes that socialism... a brand of
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  • democratic socialism or otherwise, is what America needs
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  • today. And so, what is at stake? This is a conflict... a
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  • confrontation between a way of life, world-view, a philosophy
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  • of politics, but more than partisan politics, democrats and
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  • republicans, we always want to view issues through the lens of
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  • Scripture. What does the Bible say? What does God say? So, the
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  • first thing we should do in taking on the issue of socialism
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  • as compared to Christianity... What does Christianity say to
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  • inform us on socialism? We need to define our terms. So, in
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  • defining the term socialism, is a political and philosophical
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  • economic system in which there is government ownership of the
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  • means of production and the primary focus on providing
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  • equality. Socialism favors large government and government
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  • control of social services, and much more. In socialism the
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  • government is all important and is involved in every aspect of
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  • its peoples' lives, people that it rules. Contrast this to
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  • capitalism. Most Americans have historically favored capitalism.
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  • So, what is capitalism? It is the economic system in which
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  • there is private ownership... private ownership of property
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  • and goods, and the means of production, and privately
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  • owned... private ownership. And in capitalism there is a limited
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  • role for the presence and the force of government in peoples'
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  • individual lives. So economically and philosophically
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  • there is capitalism, there is socialism. Well, what does the
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  • Christian faith say? What does the Bible tell us about this
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  • issue? You say, "Well, it's money; it doesn't matter." Well,
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  • Jesus had more to say about money and ownership and the use
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  • of possessions that anyone else in the Bible. The Bible is full
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  • of truth regarding how we are to live our lives every day: how we
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  • are to earn money, spend money, save money and give money...
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  • through and through. So, money and economics is a spiritual
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  • issue. And it's certainly a national issue in our times. A
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  • recent USA Today report said that four in ten Americans
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  • embrace some form of socialism. Forty-three per cent! You say,
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  • "Is this a problem?" Okay, judge yourself. Forty-three percent of
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  • Americans now say socialism would be a good thing for the
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  • country. Fifty-one percent believes socialism would be a
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  • bad thing for the country. So, there it is! The gap is closing
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  • between the traditional views of economy and capitalism in the
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  • United States as compared to socialism. And more and more
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  • Americans, especially left-leaning Americans, are
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  • adopting Marxists philosophies, especially among young people.
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  • And this often taught in elitist universities... secular
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  • universities, and sometimes in so-called Christian
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  • universities. But a recent poll of millennials... here come the
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  • millennials... ages 21 to 35. A recent poll of millennials found
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  • that a majority... 58 percent of millennials would prefer to live
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  • in a socialist nation than a capitalist nation! Now that's
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  • interesting, of course. When you probe a little deeper and ask
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  • more questions, only 33 percent of those surveyed of the
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  • millennials could actually define socialism! "Oh dude, man!
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  • Party hard! It's social!" [laughter] But legitimate... but
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  • some, to be fair, some young people see capitalism...
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  • corporate America as being greedy, without compassion,
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  • without concern, and we have to admit that there is a lot greed
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  • in peoples' lives. I would say, there is greed, whether it is
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  • socialistic system or a capitalistic system. Greed is in
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  • the heart of every human being. But here's the thing: young
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  • people under thirty have not seen in their lifetime
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  • particularly the devastating effects of Soviet-style
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  • repression and oppression through socialism and its big
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  • bad brother, Communism. This is post Cold War. And a generation
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  • has arisen that either does not study history, know history,
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  • understand history or care. Socialism is fundamentally at
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  • odds with the Christian world view. And seeks to suppress all
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  • peoples in support of the state. No one... And here's the big,
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  • bold statement I'm going to make, and then I'm going to
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  • attempt to show you why in a few minutes. But no one serious
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  • about their Christian faith can be serious about supporting
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  • socialism! [applause] And here's why... here's why I say, and
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  • make that statement: Number one, secular... socialism is totally
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  • secular and is predicated on atheism. That is a fact! Our
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  • faith in Jesus Christ is built on the Word of God, the
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  • revelation of God... that God exists, that we believe in the
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  • resurrection of Christ, and with that faith, comes freedom to
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  • live an abundant life with liberty! But Karl Marx, the
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  • father of scientific socialism, considered religion of all
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  • kinds, and specifically Christianity, as the opiate of
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  • the masses. You're on drugs if you believe in God. Marx, again,
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  • the philosopher of socialism, founder of Soviet State-style
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  • governments, believed Charles Darwin's theories of evolution
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  • to explain the presence of life on earth: that man is just an
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  • advancing animal. And, of course, if we are just animals,
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  • everyone and anyone can be disposable based on the need of
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  • the state. But what does the Bible say? Genesis chapter 1. I
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  • asked you to turn to it later verses, 27 and 28.
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  • You can learn so much about the world view of the Christian
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  • faith by reading your Bible, of course, and beginning in Genesis
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  • it's all foundational to the Scripture. Verse 27 of Genesis
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  • 1: 27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
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  • he created him; male and female he created them. 28) And God
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  • blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply
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  • and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the
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  • fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over
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  • every living thing that moves on the earth." Later, it went on to
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  • tell them in Genesis chapter 2 that they were to possess the
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  • land, the garden that was given, and till the soil. The first man
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  • Adam was a farmer. And they were given property to possess and
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  • property in which to produce goods. And that became
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  • foundational to the Judeo-Christian ethic, Old
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  • Testament, New Testament morality. That God is! That God
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  • exists! That He has created us and made us in His own image!
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  • But the philosophical views of the socialists, like Marx and
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  • his disciples, say that God is not needed for anything because
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  • God does not exist! In fact, God... the idea of God is
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  • harmful and must be forcefully if necessary, removed from
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  • society. I'm telling you at the very core of this philosophy,
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  • and yes, this political economic system is atheism. You say,
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  • "Well, that was then. That's old-style socialism, communism."
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  • It would be a catastrophic miscalculation to think that
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  • socialist hostility towards religion and Christianity
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  • specifically has changed in any way since the days of Karl Marx.
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  • Socialist countries today are secular in nature. Often
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  • repressing and oppressing people of faith, all faith! And
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  • particularly are determined to root out Christianity. Name me
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  • one socialist style country, Communist or otherwise, that is
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  • open to faith without a oppression and suppression of
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  • that faith. It is at the very root, this thing called
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  • socialism, agnostic and even atheistic. Secondly, I want to
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  • say the danger of socialism is... Socialism leads to misery,
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  • poverty, disease and death. Whereas the Bible teaches that
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  • Christ brings freedom and value and creativity and innovation
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  • and service and liberty and life abundant! Again, just look
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  • what's happened around the world where socialism and soviet style
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  • and socialist style and communist bred nations exist...
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  • death, misery, despair exist. It's an economic failure as well
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  • as spiritual failure. Margret Thatcher, the great prime
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  • minister of Britain a number of years ago: she said, "The
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  • trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other
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  • peoples' money." It's a failure economically because it
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  • undermines not only the value and dignity and worth of the
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  • individual, but it undermines the value and dignity of work,
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  • the freedom to prosper, to create. There's so much
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  • complacency in socialism. And many do not work. In America
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  • socialism has produced a welfare state of sorts. And that will
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  • not work for the future of America. It's not working now!
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  • In 1958 it was recorded in the Congressional Record these words
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  • written by a man named Jerald Smith. These words Have been
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  • quoted by a number of... of speakers and preachers,
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  • including my dear friend now in heaven, Dr. Adrian Rodgers. I
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  • first heard Adrian repeat this a number of years ago. I want you
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  • to hear it today. So, in the record of Congress, 1958: "You
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  • cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the
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  • wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working
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  • for another person must work for without receiving. The
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  • government cannot give to anybody... everybody anything
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  • that the government does not first take from somebody else.
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  • When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to
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  • work because the other half is going to take care of them, and
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  • when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to
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  • work because someone else is going to get what they've worked
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  • for, that, my friend, is the end of a nation." [applause] You
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  • say, "Is that the Bible?" No, it's not the Bible, but here's
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  • what the Bible says. In 1 Thessalonians the Bible says, [2
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  • Thessalonians 3:10] "If a man won't work, neither shall he
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  • eat." Every healthy person should work! And that includes
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  • senior adults in so-called retirement. The goal of your
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  • life is not to get to the beach and better your tan! Or lower
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  • your golf score when you quit working! The goal of your life
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  • is to honor God, glorify God by working hard your entire life
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  • and serving Him with what He has given to us for His
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  • glory! That's the goal of your work life, [applause] and it
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  • never stops!
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  • [Music]
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  • From the origin of life to
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  • capital punishment, same-sex relationships and much much
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  • more, culture's views often differ drastically from what the
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  • Bible says about truth. And it is critical that Christians be
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  • able to engage our culture appropriately over such divisive
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  • cultural issues like abortion, even alcohol and to do it with
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  • wisdom, love and grace. I want to help you do that by sending
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  • you my book, "Culture Wise." Tackling seven hotly-debated
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  • topics "Culture Wise" will equip you to think and speak
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  • biblically about the issues that we're facing today. My prayer is
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  • that as you grow confident in God's truth that you will grow
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  • in your compassion towards people who so desperately need
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  • Wise". And thank you for helping reach more people around the
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  • world with the message of Jesus.
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  • Now let me say the Bible does
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  • not endorse any one political system. I mean, Christianity
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  • thrived in the midst of imperialism, Roman imperialism.
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  • The Jewish nations survived against monarchies and all the
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  • rest. The Christian faith will survive, but we have a
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  • responsibility in the culture to speak to our issues and to have
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  • the kind of government that reflects our virtues and our
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  • values. We do not... the Bible does not, I must honestly say,
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  • endorse capitalism, as well as socialism. It leans toward
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  • clearly capitalistic style government. But the point is,
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  • what the Bible does teach us is freedom! The great freedom that
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  • we have in Christ, in the church, and God help us, in the
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  • nation. The Bible does endorse freedom and private ownership
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  • and the value and worth of the soul and the work of mankind. It
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  • values a free enterprise market system that decentralizes
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  • economic power! That's clear! Socialism supresses the poor and
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  • steals from the rich, and legislates theft, and elevates
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  • envy. Socialism is stealing! It is stealing from people who have
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  • earned what they have worked to earn, and giving it to people
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  • who have not earned what they have been given. Socialism
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  • focuses on the government and the state. "Why would you need
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  • God if you have government?" It turns government into your big
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  • brother and it violates the commandments of God. By contrast
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  • the Bible teaches the dignity of the individual, the worth of the
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  • soul, the right of ownership, the privilege and the blessing
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  • of work, and that the Christian faith could have the freedom and
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  • the fight to take our message to the world, and to give people
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  • not a handout, but to give them Christ and His love. Just think
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  • of all of the Gospel that has been preached in America!
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  • Churches that have been built! Missions that have started.
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  • Ministries that have begun because hardworking people like
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  • you have earned enough money, however large or small it would
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  • be, have earned enough money to invest it in the work of Jesus
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  • Christ! And think of the missionaries that have been sent
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  • around the world from America! God's churches in this country,
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  • working in a free enterprise system and using our money to
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  • fulfill The Great Commission. May God help us to be the people
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  • God has called us to be! I close with this: Rodney Stark is an
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  • historian and he quotes a Chinese leader from... this is a
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  • recent quote. Because you know China, of course, is on the move
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  • economically and otherwise in the world. But listen to what
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  • this Chinese senior leader said about America. "One of the
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  • things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the
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  • success... in fact, the preeminence of the West over all
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  • the world. We studied everything we could from historical,
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  • political, economic and cultural perspective. At first, we
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  • thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we have.
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  • Then we thought it was because you had the best political
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  • system. Next, we focused on your economic system. But in the past
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  • 20 years we have realized that the heart of your culture is
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  • your religion, Christianity. That is why the West is so
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  • powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and
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  • cultural life was what made possible the emergence of
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  • capitalism, and then the successful transition to
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  • democratic politics. We don't have any doubt about this!" And
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  • neither do I! It is the Christian faith [applause] that
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  • brought about the greatness of this nation, and our way of
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  • life. And what is at stake in the days ahead in all of these
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  • battles in this spiritual war, and yes, You think politics is
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  • involved in spiritual battles? What do the Scriptures say?
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  • [Ephesians 6:12] "We wrestle not against flesh and blood but
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  • against principalities and powers and rulers in the dark
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  • places." That's talking about government! That's talking about
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  • politics! So, there's the battle! And me... we... May we
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  • like the men and women who have gone before us, fighting
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  • physical battles for the sake of freedom. May we be willing to
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  • stand for truth and righteousness, and to fight the
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  • good fight of faith! And trust in a God who will bless us
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  • according to His own will and ways. May God bless America.
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  • [applause] And may God return us to the values which made our
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  • nation great!
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  • [Music]
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  • There is a spiritual war going on all
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  • around us and within America, it's a battle for the soul of
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  • our nation. Our battles include the sanctity of life, the
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  • sacredness of biblical marriage, sexual identity, religious
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  • freedom and yes economic freedom and the right to prosper within
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  • a nation. My prayer is that just like the men and women who have
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  • fought physical battles for the sake of freedom, that we would
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  • be willing to stand for truth and righteousness and to fight
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  • the good fight of faith and may we return to the values which
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  • make America a great nation. Every generation must be willing
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  • to stand for truth and live for righteousness, to be a prophetic
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  • voice and a pastoral voice to our world. And we all love
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  • freedom and those of us who do love freedom should respond to
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  • this call. Now to help you respond to the call and navigate
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  • some of our culture's most controversial issues with grace
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  • and compassion, allow me to send you my book: CULTURE WISE -
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