When the Bible encourages generosity to the needy, it is always talking about voluntary giving within the Church—not forced “contributions” through taxation.
One Sunday when I preached on how the Bible does not teach socialism, a woman said to me afterward, “I completely disagree with you.”
—“Wonderful! What do you disagree with?”
She said, “I believe we are our brother’s keeper.”
I said, “I completely agree with you. I believe we are, too. The difference with you and me is I believe we are our brother’s keeper, and you believe that the government is our brother’s keeper.”
Her mouth fell open, and she walked out without saying another word. That concept is the difference between Christianity and socialism.
Kennedy, D.J. and Newcombe, J. (2001). What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? [ebook]. Thomas Nelson, Inc, Nashville. Location 2084