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The Lazy Poor in America

Pt. 2

 

by 

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

 

 

A few days ago, I received an unsigned e-mail rebuking me for my message "The Lazy Poor in America." Out of curiosity, I searched the e-mail address and discovered it came from the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance.  Here's what their website states @ http://www.dallaschristians.org/About.htm :

 

The Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance (DACPA) was founded by grassroots Christians with a mission to live the radical love, compassion and justice of Jesus and to promote these values in religious and public discourse . DACPA uses Matthew 25, a chapter of the Bible in which Jesus reminds us that we are judged by how we treat the hungry, the stranger, and the prisoners, as a guide to fulfilling this mission.

 

Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?" And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:37-40)

Also, check out their events @ http://www.dallaschristians.org/Events.htmNow, here is the e-mail from the Dallas Area Progressive Alliance...

 

From:    Matthew 25 <matthew-25@earthlink.net
To:        karenpansler@netzero.com
Subject: The Lazy Poor
    Date:  Thu, Sep 27, 2012 07:26 AM

Came upon your blog and all I could think was, "Get behind me, Satan!" You clearly do not know who the poor are. They clean up after you, serve you, do backbreaking work to put food on your table, and yet you distort the Gospel to suit your perverse ideology. Paul was clearly talking about the followers of Jesus carrying their own weight when visiting a congregation. I notice that you really don't mention at all the teachings of Jesus which are counter to all that you will find in that essay. “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or 
rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of 
the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14)Nothing about lazy poor here. “Blessed are you who are poor,  for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled…But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:20-21, 24)The word in Luke for poor is from the Greek for "destitute." Jesus throughout the Gospels makes no distinction between "deserving/undeserving" or "productive/lazy." In fact, in the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, the one who labors less is still deserving of as much as the one who labors longer, because their needs are the same. Your words are as a warning from John 12:6, you are like Judas who "did not care about 
the poor."

Pray for repentance and conversion.

 

And here is my reply...

                 

From:     karenpansler@netzero.com

To:          matthew-25@earthlink.net

Subject: Re: The Lazy Poor

Date:     Tue, Oct 02, 2012 10:58 AM

 

Dear Unsigned,

 

I rarely receive unsigned email. So, I searched your e-mail address and discovered you are the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance. According to your website @ http://www.dallaschristians.org/About.htm you base your ministry on Matthew 25: 37-40. These verses do not apply to ALL poor; they apply to Christ's disciples and followers who were poor because of persecution for His Name's sake, or circumstances beyond their control.

 

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

Matthew Henry comments:

 

I was hungry, that is, my disciples and followers were so, either by the persecutions of enemies for well-doing, or by the common dispensations of Providence; for in these things there is one event to the righteous and wicked: and you gave them meat. Note, First, Providence so variously orders and disposes of the circumstances of his people in this world, as that while some are in a condition to give relief, others need it. It is no new thing for those that are feasted with the dainties of heaven to be hungry and thirsty, and to want daily food; for those that are at home in God, to be strangers in a strange land; for those that have put on Christ, to want clothes to keep them warm; for those that have healthful souls, to have sickly bodies; and for those to be in prison, that Christ has made free. 

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfmAuthorID=4&contentID=1620& ;commInfo=5&topic=Matthew

 

(1) You clearly do not know who the poor are. They clean up after you, serve you, do backbreaking work to put food on your table, and yet you distort the Gospel to suit your perverse ideology. Paul was clearly talking about the followers of Jesus carrying their own weight when visiting a congregation.

 

My message "The Lazy Poor" clearly talks about those who refuse to work - the lazy poor.

 

And Paul was not talking about the followers of Jesus carrying their own weight when visiting a congregation. Have you not read the following Scriptures?

 

Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea. Acts 11:29

 

Distributing to the necessity of saints. Romans 12:13

 

For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. Romans 15:26

 

The Gospel exhorts us to love in knowledge and judgment: "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ" (Philippians 1:9, 10). Christians must be a discerning people; they must use sound judgment.

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And 2 Corinthians 8 talks about not being a burden to others:

 

13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be an equality.

 

Matthew Henry comments:

 

In this and the following chapter Paul is exhorting and directing the Corinthians about a particular work of charity-to relieve the necessities of the poor saints at Jerusalem and in Judea, according to the good example of the churches in Macedonia, Rom. 15:26. The Christians at Jerusalem, through war, famine, and persecution, had become poor, many of them had fallen into decay, and perhaps most of them were but poor when they first embraced Christianity; for Christ said, "The poor receive the gospel. Now Paul, though he was the apostle of the Gentiles, had a fonder regard, and kind concern, for those among the Jews who were converted to the Christian faith; and, though many of them had not so much affection to the Gentile converts as they ought to have had, yet the apostle would have the Gentiles to be kind to them, and stirred them up to contribute liberally for their relief. Upon this subject he is very copious, and writes very affectingly. In this eighth chapter he acquaints the Corinthians with, and commends, the good example of the Macedonians in this work of charity, and that Titus was sent to Corinth to collect their bounty (v. 1-6). He the proceeds to urge this duty with several cogent arguments (v. 715), and commends the persons who were employed in this affair (v. 1624).

 

But as in works of charity there should be an equitable proportion observed, that the burden should not lie too heavy on some, while others are wholly eased, so all should think themselves concerned to supply those who are in want. This is illustrated by the instance of gathering and distributing manna in the wilderness, concerning which (as we may read, Ex. 16) it was the duty of every family, and all in the family, to gather what they could, which, when it was gathered, was put into some common receptacle for each family, whence the master of the family distributed to every one as he had occasion, to some more than they were able, through age and infirmity, to gather up; to others less than they gathered, because they did not need so much: and thus he that had gathered much (more than he had occasion for) had nothing over, when a communication was made to him that had gathered little, who by this method had no lack. Note, Such is the condition of men in this world that we mutually depend on one another, and should help one another. Those who have ever so much of this world have no more than food and raiment; and those who have but a little of this world seldom want these; nor, indeed, should those who have abundance suffer others to want, but be ready to afford supply.
http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1759&am p;commInfo=5&topic=2%20Corinthians

 

(2) I notice that you really don't mention at all the teachings of Jesus which are counter to all that you will find in that essay. “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14)Nothing about lazy poor here.

 

As for the parable of the great feast in Luke 14:12- 14, Matthew Henry comments:

 

2. "Be forward to relieve the poor (v. 13, 14): When thou makest a feast, instead of furnishing thyself with what is rare and nice, get thy table spread with a competency of plain and wholesome meat, which will not be so costly, and invite the poor and maimed, such as have nothing to live upon, nor are able to work for their living. These are objects of charity; they want necessaries; furnish them, and they will recompense thee with their prayers; they will commend thy provisions, which the rich, it may be, will despise. They will go away, and thank God for thee, when the rich will go away and reproach thee. http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfmAuthorID=4&contentID=1655& ;commInfo=5&topic=Luke

 

(3) Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled…But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:20-21, 24)The word in Luke for poor is from the Greek for "destitute." 

 

There is more to the Bible than the Gospels and you must look to the entire Bible to correctly understand Scriptures. We will discuss Jesus' actions later, however, the early church demanded that every man fulfill his duty of work. Paul writes in his second letter to the Thessalonians: "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (3:10). Paul didnt suggest it, he commanded it. This echoes Old Testament Scriptures such as "The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour" (Proverbs 21:25) and "Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger" (Proverbs 19:15). And Proverbs 24 warns laziness causes poverty:

 

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

And the New Testament warns the lazy...

 

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (I Timothy 5:8).

 

"The Lazy Poor" does not condemn the lame, the blind, the orphan or any other person who is unable to work. There is a difference between those who cannot work (sick, injured, orphans, aged, infirm, handicapped, those needing temporary help through no fault of their own, and so forth) and those who are lazy and refuse to work. Truthfully, many of the so-called "poor" spend their money on cigarettes, booze, gambling, drugs, cell phones, costly cable/satellite television packages, and other extravagances. Christians have no Biblical duty to provide the lazy poor with necessities so they can spend their money on extravagances and sinful habits.

 

And you cite Luke 6: 20, 21. This is addressed to Jesus' disciples and suffering saints.

 

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

 

Matthew Henry comments:

 

I. Blessings pronounced upon suffering saints, as happy people, though the world pities them (v. 20): He lifted up his eyes upon his disciples, not only the twelve, but the whole company of them (v. 17), and directed his discourse to them; for, when he had healed the sick in the plain, he went up again to the mountain, to preach. There he sat, as one having authority; thither they come to him (Mt. 5:1), and to them he directed his discourse, to them he applied it, and taught them to apply it to themselves. When he had laid it down for a truth, Blessed are the poor in spirit, he added, Blessed are ye poor. All believers, that take the precepts of the gospel to themselves, and live by them may take the promises of the gospel to themselves and live upon them. And the application, as it is here, seems especially designed to encourage the disciples, with reference to the hardships and difficulties they were likely to meet with, in following Christ.

 

1. "You are poor, you have left all to follow me, are content to live upon alms with me, are never to expect any worldly preferment in my service. You must work hard, and fare hard, as poor people do; but you are blessed in your poverty, it shall be no prejudice at all to your happiness; nay, you are blessed for it, all your losses shall be abundantly made up to you, for yours is the kingdom of God, all the comforts and graces of his kingdom here and all the glories and joys of his kingdom hereafter; yours it shall be, nay, yours it is. Christs poor are rich in faith, Jam. 2:5. http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfmAuthorID=4&contentID=|
1647&commInfo=5&topic=Luke

 

The poor are those who suffer because they follow Christ. James 2:5 declares: "Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...?"

 

But you must read on to verse 22...

 

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

 

Read the entire chapter of Luke 6.

 

(4) Jesus throughout the Gospels makes no distinction between "deserving/undeserving" or "productive/lazy." In fact, in the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, the one who labors less is still deserving of as much as the one who labors longer, because their needs are the same.

 

The parable of the laborers in the vineyard illustrates "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen" (Matthew 20:16). It has nothing to do with "their needs are the same."

 

Matthew Henry comments:

 

Now this seems to be the principal scope of this parable, to show that the Jews should be first called into the vineyard, and many of them should come at the call; but, at length, the gospel should be preached to the Gentiles, and they should receive it, and be admitted to equal privileges and advantages with the Jews; should be fellow-citizens with the saints, which the Jews, even those of them that believed, would be very much disgusted at, but without reason. 
http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=1615&am p;commInfo=5&topic=Matthew

 

I suggest you read the entire commentary on these Scriptures.

 

And since you narrow your focus to the Gospels, let's look at Jesus' actions...

 

Jesus repeatedly said: "Follow me." So, if we follow Jesus through the Scriptures, clearly even though the disciples had a money bag, neither Jesus nor His disciples ever went about feeding the poor, including the lazy. Unquestionably, Jesus could have done so as evidenced by feeding the multitudes more than once. In other words, Jesus Christ could have miraculously fed all the poor and hungry.

 

In fact, John 6 records Jesus rebuking the people for seeking Him for bread:

 

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

 

Clearly, Jesus reproved the multitude for following Him because he fed them on several occasions. Jesus made it very clear that His ministry did not consist of handouts. His ministry was concerned with their spiritual needs, not their physical needs.

 

Moreover, Jesus did not set up church welfare programs. In fact, as stated in "The Lazy Poor," the early church set up qualifications for those receiving charity. In his first letter to Timothy addressing the Churchs duty to support widows, the apostle Paul explains the Church should give money to deserving widows only because families should be the primary provider (5:8-16). In other words, if the widow has family, they should provide for her, not the church: "If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed" (5:16).

 

Finally, the Great Commission is not to go into all the world and feed the lazy. The Great Commission is a spiritual mission....

Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:15

 

We are called to give the world the living bread - the Bread of life.

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

I am that bread of life.

 

Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven,
that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

 

I am the living bread which come down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread,
he shall live forever:
and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
which I will give for the life of the world.
John 6:47-51

 

The Great Commission is to preach repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. True faith will result in good fruit: obedience to the faith, or righteousness and holiness. To pervert the Gospel into a socialist doctrine of humanitarian good works is a false gospel.

 

Jesus did not come as a social reformer.

 

Jesus came as our Redeemer.

 

Jesus came as our Saviour.

 

Jesus did not die on the cross to feed lazy neighbors and lazy nations!

 

Jesus died on the cross to redeem our sins!

 

Jesus died so that we may be reconciled to God. The true message of the Gospel is salvation, not social reformation. Jesus came to save us from our sins, that we may be saved from eternal damnation and spend eternity in the holy presence of the Lord God.

 

Clearly, Jesus proclaimed the Gospel: "Ye must be born again" (John 3:7). We must become new creatures in Christ. We must be saved and sanctified by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This will transform our lives. This will transform our communities. This will transform the world.

 

In other words, it is not social reform that will transform the world - it is spiritual transformation. To illustrate, if a great true revival took place in the world today and men and women were born again, their hearts and lives would be transformed. By the power of the Holy Spirit they would be new creatures in Christ. Consequently, society would be transformed: drunkards would drink no more, drug addicts would be set free, broken marriages would be healed, the lazy would work and we would witness other glorious transformations by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

A gospel of good works without preaching salvation and sanctification is a false gospel. In fact, it is a loveless gospel. For if you truly love others you will earnestly preach Jesus' words: "Ye must be born again."

 

My prayer is that you will carry out the Great Commission...

 

Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15

 

Lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit will transform the world!

 

Faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour,

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
Liberty Advocate
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/
 

 

 

And the reply from the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance...  

 

 

  From:      Matthew 25 <matthew-25@earthlink.net

  To:          Karen Pansler <karenpansler@netzero.com>

  Subject: The Lazy Poor

  Date:      Wed, Oct 03, 2012 01:34 PM  

              

I do not know who "Matthew Henry" is, but he is clearly one of the false prophets that Jesus warned his followers repeatedly about. There is nothing in Matthew 25:31-45, directed at the NATIONS (peoples), limiting it to "believers and non-believers." If anything, Jesus would be directing these to the Jews and no one else. You provide no verses from the KJV that support your contention that God only cares about the believing over the non-believing poor. Such is blasphemy which distorts the word of God. Believers and non-believer limitations are always trotted out by those who have no real interest in following Jesus's teachings--his denunciations of those who are greedy and who serve wealth, the link with the accumulation of wealth and the reason why there are poor. His mission in Luke was to spread "good news to the poor," with no destinction. Jesus' ministry is an extension of that of the Hebrew prophets he came to fulfill. Why do you ignore the more than 2000 references to those living in poverty? Why is your emphasis on seeing Jesus in Paul's context rather than vice versa? That is still the question. How dare you judge that the poor are all lazy, which is the implication of your post (implied)? That is a judgment left to God to make. No mention of the lazy rich anywhere that I could find. I take the parable of the laborers in the vineyard literally--the amount of work did not matter, only that the basic needs of all be fulfilled, and as a follower of Jesus, his words are paramount over those of any other person. (Not to mention his description of the lillies of the field who do not toil yet are still blessed by God.)

Instead of false prophets, our organization relies upon a wealth of religious scholars and theologians, speakers of Aramaic, Hebrew, and ancient Greek. Archeologists. All followers of Christ. The translations you use are atypical and, to a certain extent, very bizarre in places. What is your theological training that you would make such outrageous statements, leading Christians to believe that they are right to judge which of those in poverty to care for, to lead them for a concern for a just society?

This is the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, not what you cited from John: "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.A)">  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,B)"> baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,C)"> 20 and TEACHING THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. And surely I am with youE)"> always, to the very end of the age.” Why do you ignore the preponderance of Jesus' teachings found in Matthew, Mark and Luke? Why do you create a jesus in your own image, adding your obsession with the "lazy poor"?

I would strongly advise you to heed Christ's warnings against the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23-24, and concern yourself with the weightier matters of the law, "justice, mercy and faith," without conditions, if you are truly concerned with entering the Kingdom of God. Do not be as Judas who "did not care about the poor" (John 12:4-6) as your words demonstrate.

   

 

And here is my final reply...

 

From: karenpansler@netzero.com

To:  matthew-25@earthlink.net

Subject:  Re: The Lazy Poor

Date:  Fri, Oct 05, 2012 10:18 AM

 

FINAL REPLY: Because you really don't want to know the Truth, but merely desire to argue socialist "progressive" theology, I will only briefly address a few of your statements.

 

First, if you would have taken a few seconds to search "Matthew Henry" you would have learned he was a great 17th century minister and Bible scholar.  His commentaries have been revered and quoted for hundreds of years; and are still quoted today. Unlike modern "theologians," Henry did not interpret the Bible in the context of the current social/political thinking...indoctrination of political correctness. He stayed true to the plain meaning of the Bible.

 

Second, as for Matthew 25:31-45, Jesus clearly states in Matthew 25:40...

 

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

Note the words "my brethren." Who are Jesus' brethren? Jesus defines "my brethren" in Matthew 12:46-50...

 

46 While he yet talked to the people, behold his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

 

"My brethren" are those who do the will of my Father...true believers.

 

And Jesus states in Mark 9:41...

 

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

 

Third, you purposely ignore these statements in "The Lazy Poor in America" making it very clear that the message is about the lazy poor, not the working poor...

 

My dear friend, this parable of the slothful sons illustrates the wickedness of those who demand to share in the harvest when they refuse to labor in the field. Rewarding the lazy with the fruits of those who labor is not only absurd; rewarding the lazy with the fruits of those who labor is unjust! But that is exactly what is happening in America today. America is an asylum for all who refuse to labor. 

 

The immigrants of yesteryear were not a social, political, and economic burden to American taxpayers. Today the lazy poor oppress hardworking Americans. Immigrants come to America for handouts, and we hand it over even though they refuse to live and work for their own good; and refuse to live and work for the good of our nation.

 

And it's not just the lazy immigrants who want a handout. America is an asylum for all who refuse to labor, including Americans. And, unfortunately, laziness among the poor is publicly encouraged by the government and the Church.

 

The slothful live off their wits instead of their work. And they have outwitted us into letting us do the work, and they live off of us through government welfare and church handouts. And while the financial and social burdens get heavier and heavier for the hardworking American, the moral burden gets lighter and lighter for the freeloader. The lazy poor force their moral responsibilities and duties onto those who work. The lazy poor oppress hardworking Americans.

 

Look, my dear friend, wise men simply do not tolerate the idle living off the labor of the workers. It is time for Christians to reevaluate their charity to the poor. They must evaluate charity according to Biblical principles and give to the deserving poor only. So, who are the deserving poor?

 

Are you distorting my message out of ignorance or out of malice?

 

Fourth, why do you focus solely on Matthew, Mark and Luke and ignore the Gospel of John? And why do you ignore the other 63 books of the Bible? The Bible is a conditional covenant; and you must look to the entire Bible to properly interpret each Scripture.

 

Fifth, as for the lilies of the field in Matthew 6:28, Matthew Henry comments:

 

[2.] Consider how free from care the lilies are: they toil not as men do, to earn clothing; as servants, to earn their liveries; neither do they spin, as women do, to make clothing. It does not follow that we must therefore neglect, or do carelessly, the proper business of this life; it is the praise of the virtuous woman, that she lays her hand to the spindle, makes fine linen and sells it, Prov. 31:19

 

24. Idleness tempts God, instead of trusting him; but he that provides for inferior creatures, without their labour, will much more provide for us, by blessing our labour, which he has made our duty. And if we should, through sickness, be unable to toil and spin, God can furnish us with what is necessary for us.
http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=
4&contentID=1601&commInfo=5&topic=Matthew

 

Sixth, the Great Commission is in both Mark 16:15 (I quoted Mark, not John) and Matthew 28:18-20. Don't you understand the synoptic Gospels?

 

Seventh, as for Matthew 23 omitting the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; it is only just that hardworking Americans should not have to bear the social burden of the lazy in America and around the world. The Bible says we must not be a respecter of persons: we must not favor the poor over the rich. We must use righteous judgment:

 

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment:
thou shalt not respect the person of the poor,
nor honour the person of the mighty:
but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
 Leviticus 19:15

 

To favor the poor and give them what they do not rightfully deserve is unrighteous judgment.

 

Righteous judgment declares the lazy must not be rewarded for their idleness. This is unjust enrichment and an offense against public justice.

 

Eighth, why do you willfully ignore John 6 where Jesus rebukes the people for seeking Him for bread?

 

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

 

To corrupt Biblical charity into the man-made socialist doctrine of redistribution of wealth is "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9).

 

Ninth, the first duty a man owes is to support his family, and that he support it so that the church and state will not be burdened. This is the foundation of good character and good government. This is the foundation of a righteous nation.

 

Estelle Avery Sharpe writes about the lazy in Character Building:

 

To have family, and then leave the community to support it, is thieving because no equivalent is rendered. No shiftless, lazy man or family is honest. No shiftless, lazy man or family can be independent. They are the subjects of those who support them, whether these be separate individuals or the community. To be master of one's self, to be a man, one must be independent in money matters. Only he who is industrious and saving can look any man in the face and say, "I, too, am a man. I am my own master...I am free." But the lazy man who is dependent upon others is a slave to their wishes, their commands.

Foundation Stones of Success ... - Page 282 - Google Books Result
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Estelle Avery Sharpe - 1910 - PhilosophyEstelle Avery Sharpe ... No shiftless, lazy man or family can be independent. ... But the lazy man who is dependent upon others is a slave to their wishes, their ...

 

Tenth, why are you oppressing and enslaving the lazy poor? If you truly love the lazy, you will seek their best interests - dignity and independence. If we truly love the lazy, we will admonish them to become productive citizens.

 

Eleventh, again, Jesus did not come as a social reformer. His mission was to save us from our sins. He died on the cross as our Redeemer. Salvation is free to ALL- rich and poor - who repent and truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. If you truly believe, the fruit of that belief will be righteousness and holiness.

 

Finally...

 

More important, why do you willfully ignore Jesus' stern rebuke of the slothful servant in the parable of the talents?

 

Thou wicked and slothful servant...take therefore the talent from him, 

and give it unto him which hath ten talents...

and cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness

there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

Matthew 25:26-30

 

Irrefutably, Jesus condemns the lazy.

 

Faithfully serving our Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour,

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
Liberty Advocate
http://www.libertyadvocate.com/