Episode 266

Was Jesus a Socialist? (part 9)

In this episode of Truthspresso I chat about Jesus and socialism.

A coworker a while ago made the claim to me that Jesus was a socialist. I have certainly heard this claim before, but I figured I would address it.

In part 9 we look at the claim that Jesus taught against property rights and owning wealth because He said in Luke 14:33 that one must give up all he has to be His disciple. We also examine Jesus' instructions for inviting guests to feasts in the context of Gentiles coming for salvation.

A look at some Christian socialist articles and blog posts reveal that "sinners" in their minds can only be the "privileged" who directly or indirectly exert power over others.

Sources Cited:

Mike Rivage-Seul, "Bernie Reminds Us that Christianity Is Communism & Jesus Was a Communist!" Mike Rivage-Seul's Blog, April 21, 2017.

Karl Kautsky, Foundations of Christianity, (London: Forgotten Books, 1908), 367.

Herb Montgomery, "Political Jesus," Renewed Heart Ministries, May 18, 2018.

Scriptures Referenced:

Luke 14:12-14,15-24,28-30,33

Luke 15:1-2,10

Matthew 8:11-12

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Daniel Mynyk

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.