XXXVIII. Of Christian men’s good which are not common
THE riches and goods of Christians are not common, as touching the right, title, and possession of the same, as certain Anabaptists do falsely boast; notwithstanding every man ought of such things as he possesseth liberally to give alms to the poor, according to his ability.
Here is something I used to be “Anabaptist” about. I believed for a time that Christian living was communal living, if done properly. I believed that all Christians ought to be working for the common good of fellow Christians. The communes of early CC days were utopian days for sure. I don’t quite know how that got planted in my head, but it stuck for a great many years. Of course, I did not like the idea, but I figured it was correct. When I was much younger, I figured I did not even need a job. God would provide miraculously every day, and I could just serve people. That worked for a short while, until the people I was living with told me to get a job or get out.
There are churches that require that you report your gross income to the bean counters. 10% would be monitored to the strictest standards. I don’t understand that at all. There are times when I can do above 10%, and times I can barely scrape together $20. But I never understood the idea that 10% tithe carried over to the NT Church, when all the other requirements stopped. To me, it is kind of like speaking in tongues. You must also get bit by snakes and heal the sick. Right?
Anyway, second to the last article, so have fun!