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Why Did the Pentecostal Believers Sell Their Possessions?

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Steveng, I told you before, I do not hate you, I don't know you, I disagree what you teach. While condemning all denominations you also condemn the gathering of believers who are everywhere. You even warn others that they are creations of satan, so that they can leave where they gather. You in fact are trying to destroy the gathering of believers no matter where they meet. Don't you understand that in every church there is wheat and tares?
Satan creates nothing, he tempts people, and they are the ones who sin just like you do. They do the desires of their father. That happens everywhere, in peoples homes, church, work etc. Stop persecuting the Church 'the gathering of believers. Every day you put another blog condemning the Church.
---Mark_V. on 1/30/13


Mark_V.: "Steveng, you got me all wrong."

No, I absolutely have not. You speak with hatred in your heart and those that agree with you. You twist people's posts as you twist verses in the bible. You acknowledge those who agree with you and condemn those who don't. If Jesus were on these blogs, you would condemn him also because he does not conform to your way of thinking. Your heart is hard and the only way to soften it is a true repentence to God in the name of Jesus.
---Steveng on 1/29/13


Scott1: "Awesome, but on this blog when you say //would your worldly denominations sell ... // you come across as HATEFUL, not loving."

Then you have called Christ as being hateful, having no love in him for he said the same thing to the young man.

Matthew 19:17-29
---Steveng on 1/29/13


My possessions are few and necessary and as a technical writer/ part time teacher/ and news reporter, I'm able to give over half my income to the needy. I'm not boasting, I'm just defending myself from your false accusations and put you to shame.
---Steveng on 1/28/13

Awesome, but on this blog when you say //would your worldly denominations sell ... // you come across as HATEFUL, not loving. 1st Corinthians 13 and John 3:17.
---Scott1 on 1/29/13


Steveng, you got me all wrong. When I asked, "what are you doing for others?" was because all you do is condemn all Churches. True believers gather in many denominations, not even you know who they are, yet you condemn all, saying they are created by satan. They are not created by satan, but by sinful man, who twist some part of the Word of God as you do.
This denominations exist by permission of God for a reason.
You don't know who is saved and who is not, yet condemn all. You posted another blog yesterday, to condemn them again, you keep pounding on the Church like the antichrist,
"These many antichrist "went out from us" (1 John 2:19). You have condemned the Church for over five years.
---Mark_V. on 1/29/13




steven, I admire you for your simple lifestyle. I too have given much away because God has given me much. God has allowed me to give to others. If you or any other on the blogs knew me I would not tell what I am going to tell. I bought a vehicle for a couple at church because their 20 yr old vehicle just quit running. Just to see their face when I handed them the keys was a joy to my heart. I love giving and I don't receive very well. God bless you
---shira4368 on 1/28/13


Mark_V., it seems you have falsely accused me and others of not doing anything Christian. I have invited you, and others, numerous times to my corner of the world to talk to my neighbors, the people I hang around with, the homeless people, and the poor and needy and ask them what I do for them. I could "tell" you that I do what you have listed, but would you believe what I say? No, you will still condemn me.

As for my possessions, I lead a very unusually simple lifestyle. My possessions are few and necessary and as a technical writer/ part time teacher/ and news reporter, I'm able to give over half my income to the needy. I'm not boasting, I'm just defending myself from your false accusations and put you to shame.
---Steveng on 1/28/13


Steveng, stop looking at what others do, and look at yourself. Have you sold everything you have and given to the poor? Do you go and feed the hungry, or help to feed them? Do you go to the hospitals and be there for those who are dying? When God judges you, it will not be about what others did, but what you yourself did. Stop condemning everyone, start helping.
My Church is very small and has no valubles in it, so it has nothing to give you but the Truth. Stop by and we will help you with the Truth.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/13


Would your worldly denominational churches give up all its possessions to give to the poor?
---Steveng on 1/27/13


During his earthly ministry Jesus taught Israel multiple times to trade in your earthly possessions and concerns for heavenly treasures. In fact, it was a tenet of the teachings of Jesus that as long as believers would seek the kingdom and righteousness they would not have to worry about physical needs or possessions. After teaching the disciples to take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, neither for the body, what ye shall put on (Luke 12:22), Jesus says:

Sell that ye have, and give alms, provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. Luke 12:33
---michael_e on 1/26/13




Times were hard, people were having a hard time feeding themselves.
So those who had sold what they had so they they could live, and they shared with others

According to the writings of paul, there were many collection taken up for the saints especially those in Jerusalem
---francis on 1/22/13


Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common, 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Do people who believe Acts 2 for their salvation comply with selling their possessions?
---michael_e on 1/22/13


the full blown image Jubliee of Christ returning in power. Cool
---Scott1 on 1/21/13
Ultra-cool!
---Phil on 1/22/13


ok, talking about two different jubliees. I was thinking the Law jubliee in which Israel would return land and forgive debts every 50 years. You had the full blown image Jubliee of Christ returning in power. Cool
---Scott1 on 1/21/13


Yeah but there is no evidence that the year of jubilee actually happened.
---Scott1 on 1/21/13

It did not, and these all died in faith, and are asleep awaiting resurrection at His coming. Then all the just and faithful of Israel's dead shall come forth from the tombs to life for the age, and reign with Him over the nations on earth.
---Phil on 1/21/13


//These believers did not sell their own allotments, and they would forfeit them in the jubilee. This showed their faith in the coming of the kingdom.// Phil

Yeah but there is no evidence that the year of jubilee actually happened.
---Scott1 on 1/21/13


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Each Israelite had an allotment according to the law [Num 36:7 Ps 78:55] , which could not be permanently disposed of, but came back to him at the jubilee [Num 36:4]. Those who had bought allotments would lose them when the kingdom would be set up, for then there will be the great jubilee, when each allotment will be returned to its true tenant.

These believers did not sell their own allotments, and they would forfeit them in the jubilee. This showed their faith in the coming of the kingdom.

Almost all land in Israel was held in common and allotted each year. But there were a few parcels of ground, such as the garden of Gethsemane, the titles of which were held by individuals. Judas bought one of these.
---Phil on 1/20/13


They wanted to store their treasure in heaven. Jesus said, Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." We are not to be engrossed in the things of the world. To a rich young man, Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.
---bike on 1/20/13


Yes! With all respect to you thankyou!
bro.WillieC. It was their love agape between them. A family, community. We study this at church I used to go, they too, great on help the barrio.
---ELENA on 1/19/13


Isn't the basic communist ideology?
---1st_cliff on 1/19/13


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Acts 2:40-47 > they were in fellowship together, and with this in common they also sold what they had and had material things also in common . . . like if you get married and share all, spiritually and emotionally and materially so you can be together in every way possible because you love each other (c:

Jesus had prayed, in John chapter 17, "that they may be made perfect in one," in John 17:23. So, their becoming one was because Jesus prayed this and our Father was answering His prayer.

So, it was not merely because of some religious rule or policy. It came as a natural result of being with our Father and family with one another.
---willie_c: on 1/19/13


So none would be without seems right, but the question is whether it would be possible to gather that money from their income instead?

Or was it better to also limit what they owned
---Peter on 1/19/13


Micha,
The scripture tell us:
Acts2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

In other words, they sold their possessions and then distributed the wealth so that no one was lacking. This type of "socialism" is biblical if all are willing to work.

In the book of Ruth we see a great example of how God provided for the poor through biblical laws. The land owners were to leave the corners of the field for the poor to reap (glean). Also see Lev 19:10, Deut 24:21 Ruth 2:2

The scriptures also teach us:
2Thes3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
---trey on 1/19/13


"Why Did the Pentecostal Believers Sell Their Possessions?"
To supply the need of the needy among them. And because of this selfless act "There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need." ESV
The NIV puts it this way. "There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need." Act 4:34,356
---joseph on 1/19/13


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maybe he just felt "capital" today.
---Shira4368 on 1/18/13


//Why are you capitalizing every word?//
Why did the pentecostal believers sell their possessions?
Does that make it easier for you?
---micha8489 on 1/18/13


Hi micha8489
They sold their possessions so that none in the community of faith would go without having their needs met. Acts 2:45
---pg1 on 1/18/13


Why are you capitalizing every word?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 1/18/13


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