BY: Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Act 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Act 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Act 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had a need.
Now, the Bible says this is what happened. But did Jesus direct the Apostles to teach people to do this? Did the Apostles require this of the people, or did they just do it on their own? I can’t find any evidence that the Apostles directed people to do this, nor does Paul’s writings support such a doctrine that I can see.
Sometimes a group of people will take a few verses out of the Bible and build a whole doctrine on it. And that’s how the spirit of error gets a foothold in the Body of Christ. That’s why we have so many denominations among Christians. And of course, denominations mean “divisions of “, and we certainly don’t need any more of that, do we? I don’t doubt that there are some whom the Lord calls to sell all their possessions and go into ministry unencumbered by material things.
This particular man I was speaking of said you have to listen to the counsel of others, that the Bible isn’t the ultimate authority, that it’s all about loving one another and listening to your conscience. He said many other religions such as Buddhists are closer to God because they do a better job of loving one another and treating each other with respect. Well, he’s right about one thing, the way you recognize God’s children is that they love one another. I’ll admit, many who say they are Christians aren’t very good at loving people. All of us could use some improvement in that area, including me. The divorce rate among Christians is as high or higher than non-Christians, and this should not be. But moving to a commune and wearing a ponytail and separating yourself from the rest of society is not the answer. And relying on your conscience to lead your right isn’t either. I know, because my conscience was seared, and nothing was wrong with me anymore. I only did what pleased the “Big 3”: me, myself, and I. Nothing I did seemed wrong in my own eyes, but boy, was I deceived. Nope, that’s not the way, either.