Were The First Christians Communists

By Daymond Duck

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:42-47).

Recently, a good friend asked me if the first Christians were Communists. He said, “The way they lived seems like Communism to me.”

If we only consider the fact that the first Christians had all things in common, we might think that true Christianity is like Communism. But that is not the case. And we would have to define the meaning of true Christianity.

Notice that the early Church continued stedfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship. Communism doesn’t follow the Apostles’ doctrine. The Apostles’ doctrine says Jesus was the Virgin Born Son of God, He died on a cross for the sins of the world, He is the only way to be saved, He is coming back to rule the world, and things like that. Communism doesn’t declare these things. 

Notice that the early Church continued stedfastly in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Communism doesn’t do that. Many Communists are atheists and prayer is never part of their lifestyle or something that continue in stedfastly. 

Notice that the early Church praised God and had favour with all the people.

Communism has a history of rejecting God and persecuting Christians and Jews. 

Concerning the early Church and Christians having all things in common, it was something they chose to do. Communism forces its will on people. The early Christians said, “Everything I have belongs to God.” But Communism says, “Everything you have belongs to the government.” The early Christians believed in giving. But Communism believes in taking. The Christian doctrine of giving is tithes and offerings not everything we have taken away from us.

I understand why my good friend asked the question, but there is a big difference between Christianity and Communism.


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Daymond & Rachel Duck