The Roots of Economic Freedom

Free market capitalism produces long-term economic growth. Socialism and middle-way economic interventionism by the state produce poverty and bureaucracy. If your goal is to keep poor people poor, generation after generation, you should promote socialism. But be sure to call it economic democracy in order to fool the voters.

The Bible is an anti-socialist document. Socialist propagandists for over four centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, but we have yet to see a single Bible commentary written by a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, where is the expository evidence?

When I say that the Bible mandates a moral and legal social order that inevitably produces free market capitalism, I have the evidence to back up my position. My critics — critics of capitalism — do not.[1]

Economics is not something we Christians have been very good at. We’ve very commonly been taken in by the arguments of socialists and advocates of the welfare state, which have really brought us undone.

Our slackness and negligence in economics has harmed us, and harmed our nations and cultures. Because we have been ambivalent, our enemies have taken their opportunities to press forward their agenda. That is why the West is in such a bad state.

Yes, some foolish and godless politicians have to take responsibility, but it is us who have been most negligent. For three centuries we fiddled, and the world has burnt. Now we are at the brink of a world economic disaster which won’t be averted.

But all that could be changed. It will change, when Christians apply themselves to a proper consideration of the Bible, and money. It means a proper consideration of private property, beginning with this: everything belongs to God. It means us growing in understanding in what are the Biblically ordained roles of individuals, of families, of the Church and of government.

Change is possible for the world, but it will not happen now without considerable, long-term pain, and without a complete turn-around in the Church’s attitude. Our partial seduction has come at a great cost to us, and our nations.

You want a really good understanding of Biblical, free-market capitalism? Then look up North is my expert of choice, with 40 volumes of economic, Biblical commentary. Begin with “Inherit the Earth.”  That’s nice and easy.

We must learn and grow. And then we can teach.

God is waiting for us to get our acts together, so He can give us a whole lot more responsibility in the nations of the world, leading to great economic freedom.

When we’re ready, He’ll pour it out. Are you ready?

[1] Gary North, “Capitalism and the Bible,” (see his website,

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