By Ken Blue
The Word of God teaches that man has the freedom to prepare for and work at the occupation of his choosing. He is permitted to earn all the money possible, as long as he does it honestly. He also has a moral obligation to pay a living wage, if he has employees, to help the poor, and to save for his future. Two principles are taught: He has a right to do with what he earns, as he chooses; and a responsibility to help the poor. Perhaps, if families worked together to take care of each other, and the church cared for the poor, we would not be sliding into a communist dictatorship.
Cap•i•tal•ism n. “An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market.”
So•cial•ism n. 1.a. “A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole community. b. The theory or practice of those who support such a social system. 2. The building of the material base for communism under the dictatorship of the proletariat in Marxist-Leninist theory.”
Com•mu•nism n. 1. “A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members. 2. Communism.a. A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. b. The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.” The American Heritage Dictionary.
Remember, once a communist government is in place, the next order of business is to purge out all who disagree and are unprofitable to the state.
The following is from The Distributed Republic. It calculates the number killed under Stalin. “The figure comes from the book by Robert Conquest, The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties (Macmillan 1968). In his appendix on casualty figures, he reviews a number of estimates of those that were killed under Stalin, and calculates that the number of executions 1936 to 1938 was probably about 1,000,000; that from 1936 to 1950 about 12,000,000 died in the camps; and 3,500,000 died in the 1930-1936 collectivization. Overall, he concludes: “Thus we get a figure of 20 million dead, which is almost certainly too low and might require an increase of 50 percent or so, as the debit balance of the Stalin regime for twenty-three years.”
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.