The church should help those in need, but….

I made the statement, “If we choose to give to someone, then that is what being a Christian is all about. But the government has no right to take from you to give to me.”

Someone replied, “But the church doesn’t do what its supposed to do…”

My response:
Four things here:

1) Whether the church does what it should do (and does not do what it should not do) does not alleviate the government’s job to do what it should do (and not do what it should not do).

2) Whether the church is doing what it should really depends on what you call the church – I am convinced that most people in most local churches are not saved (or at best are immature because they are NOT sold out to be slaves to Christ) and so they do not tithe.

Those who love God obey God. They have pure and undefiled religion. They help those in need.

James 1:26-27
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Those are the ones who ARE helping the poor.

3) There are many who choose to not work. These are the ones we should not support.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15
10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

4) People must meet taken care of by their own family before the church is to care for them.

1 Timothy 5:8-16
8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. 13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. 14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan. 16 If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

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