The Dangers of Marxism and Socialism

God or government: Who will we serve?

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The evil of socialism, marxism, statism, is not it’s calculable material inefficiency, but it’s INCALCULABLE damage to the soul. Central economic planning has given way to a new type of socialism achieved through a different means.

How? Through the extensive redistribution of incomes through taxation and the introduction of the welfare state. The “effects” of this type of socialism are brought about more slowly, indirectly, imperfectly, but are very much the same as if there were a direct government takeover. It is not revolutionary socialism, but socialism where freedom is lost by an almost imperceptible increases in degrees of servitude to the state.

 “The utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of wealth], and a community of goods, are as visionary and impracticable as those that vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.” -Sam Adams

The Bible regularly assumes and reinforces a system in which property belongs to individuals, not government.

Every human economic system bears the marks of sin. No system will ever be perfect until Christ returns. But, there are certain principles of economics and government that God has clearly and plainly laid out in his word that lead to life, and life more abundantly while we are here on earth.

Statism (marxism, communism, socialism) disregards the right of the individual to own personal property. Instead of recognizing individual rights, the government takes upon itself the right to own the means of production.  Your food, your clothing, and your shelter and everything else you are allowed to use comes as a gift from the state. Since the state owns the means of production, even your labor becomes the property of the state.

The constitution and declaration of independence does not say that the government is to educate us, feed us, provide us medical care, give us money in retirement, protect us from poverty, etc… The Biblical role of government is not to give us things. Governments are instituted to protect our God-given natural rights. In fact, whenever government gives us things, government has to violate the rights of some one else.

Throughout the Bible, one of God’s blessings is “increased productivity” from the Earth, and one of His curses on people who sin is that their productivity will be “hindered.”

Gen 3:17-19 “by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.”

Deut 28:18 “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, of your land, of the increase of your cattle and the young of your sheep.” (This is economic)

It’s not surprising that God created us with a strong internal desire to create, develop, and produce, things from the earth. Whether this happens in gardening, cooking, carpentry  car repairs, crafts, hobbies, inventions, producing manufactured products. When we are CREATIVE we are acting in a way that God made us to be.


When the wealth of a nation increases, it becomes much easier to do some of God’s other commands like, raise kids, spread the gospel at home and abroad, caring for those in need, building a church, etc. The assumption of private ownership of property, found in the Bible, puts the Bible in direct opposition to the communist system advocated by Karl Marx.

“The theory of the communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of private property” – Karl Marx

Who was Karl Marx?
Karl Marx is known as the father of Communism and Socialism. Systems of government that are responsible for nearly 100 million deaths in the last century. In his early youth, Karl Marx professed to be and lived as a Christian. His first written work is called The Union of the Faithful with Christ. Unfortunately there was a major shift in the thinking and writings of Marx in his early twenties.

He wrote in a poem,

“I wish to avenge myself against the one who rules above.”

He dreamt about ruining the world in another poem,

“Then I will be able to walk triumphantly, Like a god, through the ruins of their kingdom. Every word of mine is fire and action. My breast is equal to that of the Creator.”

His word’s “I shall build my throne overhead” is very similar to Isaiah 14:13

Isaiah 14:13-14 (AMP)
13 And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north.
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.

Marx authored a play entitled “Oulanem”. What is significant about Oulanem is that it is an inversion of “Emanuel”, the Hebrew name for “God with us”.

In his play, Marx does what the Devil does: his goal is to send the entire human race to damnation. The plot centers around a plan to drag all humanity down into the abyss with him, while he laughs. It’s probably the only drama in the world in which all the characters are aware of their own corruption, and flaunt it without conviction. There is no black and white, no good vs. evil. Here all the servants are servants of darkness, satanic, corrupt, and doomed.

The ending of Oulanem:

“If there is something which devours, I’ll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins – the world which bulks between me and the abyss, I will smash it to pieces with my enduring curses.  I’ll throw my arms around its harsh reality.  Embracing me, the world will dumbly pass away.”


A system that seeks to put a stop to what is good and productive in mankind. Statism and the welfare state are softer versions of communism, which makes them sometimes harder to discern. The most alarming change which major government control produces is a “psychological change”, an alteration in the character of people.

The evil of socialism, marxism, statism, is not it’s calculable material inefficiency, but it’s INCALCULABLE damage to the soul.

Centralized, authoritarian government planning is not only inefficient, but destroys the opportunity for the citizen to develop his own intelligence and personal responsibility. Marxism crushes all such development, and forces individuals to be a passive means or instrument of the state and it’s goals.

“Thus, after taking each individual by turns in its powerful hands and kneading him as it likes, the sovereign extends its arms over society as a whole; it covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it rarely forces one to act, but it constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each nation to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals of which government is the shepherd” -Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835)

Who do you trust to provide and meet your daily needs? Is it government, the state, or anything other than HIMAre you trusting your heavenly Father who is able to provide immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us? 

Will it be your prayer today to trust God to provide for your every need?