Marvin wrote " Luther argued that "the Gospel does not make goods common, except in the case of those who do of their own free will what the apostles and disciples did in Acts IV. They did not demand, as do our insane peasants in their raging, that the goods of others -- of a Pilate and a Herod -- should be common, but only their own goods.
For nearly five centuries, many Protestants have followed Luther's distinction. It's good for Christians to be charitable by voluntarily selling property they don't need to help those in need. But kissing up to envy by instituting government-forced theft is sleeping with Satan. Communism always works out poorly in practice because people work hardest when they get to keep for themselves and their families most of what they have earned. Those who provide valuable goods and services deserve their profits, and government should not seize it. Government can tax it, but countries prosper the most when taxes are low.
Why, when the historical evidence is so clear, does communism periodically rear its exceptionally ugly head, sometimes in profile as "Christian socialism" and sometimes in full-monty flare?"