Although we strongly reject the many false teachings of Rome, the Bible teaches that the furtherance of Christian love and compassion is sorely needed in our world and is a core duty of all believers.The Pope refers extensively to the Good Samaritan in Luke10:30-37. Indeed, Christ teaches us in this passage that we are to show genuine compassion for even those who are of different beliefs,cultures, and so forth. Sometimes we only find time and means to help those in our own churches, and immediate circles,and these should be a priority. In Galatians:6:10, Paul tells us: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” But we should notice clearly that Paul did not limit it to those in the church. He says to “do good unto all men”(emphasis ours).
Lest one should be comforted by the Pope’s words, it soon becomes clear that his teaching on compassion, objective truth, immutable moral values, and so forth, is far different than what is taught in the Word of God. The Pope inserts the government as the instrument of provision in a grand utopian, socialist scheme. Instead of individuals being free to work hard and enjoy the fruit of their labor, the Pope believes that government should be the great leveler in taking from one set of citizens to give to others, which it deems more worthy.
In contradistinction to the Pope, the Scriptures teach responsible capitalism. The very premise of the Eighth Commandment, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus:20:15), is that a man has a right to own property, and no one has the right to take it away from him. The Psalmist tells us: “For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee” (Psalm:128:2).
This is not a call to selfishness. Paul tells the Ephesians that a man should “labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians:4:28). The individual is tocare for his family, but then be full of compassion and mercy in helping others. This is not the role of government. Indeed, throughout history, Christians have given sacrificially to provide food, clothing, shelter, freshwater, hospitals, and so forth, to relieve suffering and misery. And we need to be doing that today.