Were the Apostles Communists?

From wikipedia  Christian Communism regards Acts 2 & Acts 4 as evidence that the first Christians lived in a communist society.

Acts 2:44-45, "44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need."

Acts 4:32-35, "32Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. ... 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. 35 They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need."

NOTEs / Response:

Acts 2 – does NOT say “they would sell all their possessions”

Acts 4 – they leave out verse 33 – the heart of the paragraph

33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all

When you read this paragraph with verse 33 back in, it takes on a whole other meaning.  When the apostles walked on / in the Lord's path, they showed the world the love of Jesus.  Through that worldly display, and through God's healing grace, people wanted to help - they were not forced to help.

Do you think the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) would encourage the Chinese people to proclaim the resurrection of Chirst and to be thankful for the Grace of God, in order to have a better Communist state?

Does Christ's Great Commission Tell Us This?

Matthew 10:13,~14  revised for Communism

13If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.  strike them down and take their possessions so you can distribute to each as any had need.

The proponents for Christian Communism base their claims on incomplete, or misunderstood teachings from the Bible.  They have a preconcieved notion of their communist world view, then went looking for verses in the Bible to support them.  Then taking taking verses out of context, or removing integral portions, they claim Jesus was a Communist.

The other aspect is their anit-Capitalist proclivity.  Proposing an "Anti" anything position puts opposition in the "Pro" position.  Instead we must understand the premise and not participate in it or realign the propsition. 

If we substitute "Free Market" for "Capitalism,"  how could one be Anti-Free-Market?

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