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Why do some Baptists believe stealing is not a sin

Why do some Baptists believe stealing is not a sin
Name: Not A Baptist
Add a little more detail (optional): Here in Kentucky where I live I have constant trouble with the Baptists next door to me stealing things and not denying they steal, only informing me that stealing is not a sin. I am Catholic so I am totally lost on this reasoning. Can you explain this belief or is it just this family. They are regular church goers so I assume it is what they are taught.


Mr. "Not a Baptist,"


True Baptist belief begins with the principle that God's Holy Word, the Bible, is the only and final authority for all belief and behavior, and that we all shall be judged in accord with that Biblical authority.  Indeed, God's Holy Word, the Bible, does teach that stealing is a wicked, evil sin in the sight of the Lord our God.  If this "Baptist" family claims that stealing is not a wicked, evil sin in the sight of the Lord our God, they stand in direct contradiction to God's Holy Word.  If they are actually being taught this false doctrine from their church (which may not actually be the case), then their church or some leadership in their church is teaching utterly false doctrine.  As God's own Word declares in Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."


With regard to these truths above, I would ask that you not think that every Baptist believes or behaves in the same manner as this family.  In fact, as a Baptist I view their behavior as completely ungodly and their attempt to excuse it through false doctrine as outright rebellion against the Lord our God.  I would also ask that you, because of the ungodly, rebellious testimony of this "Baptist" family, not reject the true gospel of God's grace for eternal salvation from sin through faith alone in our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.


I pray that this answer will be of help to you concerning the truth of God's Word.


Pastor Scott Markle

I am in agreement, though I will be brief-they are wrong, and apparently believe lying is alright as well. I recommend you contact the pastor of their church and advise him, kindly, of the situation, so he can deal with them in a proper, biblical manner. If they continue, I recommend the authorities be called.


And remember, being in a Baptist church doesn't make them Christians or really, Baptists, any more than standing in a garage makes one a car.

Not only are stealing and lying sin, but their theft reveals another sin they have -- covetousness. Yep, go to their pastor.

Going to a Baptist Church doesn't make them members, being a member of a church (any church) doesn't make them Christian (according to the Word of God), doing right won't get them to Heaven according to several verses such as Eph 2:8-9 " For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Dr James Ach
Jan 27 2013 12:46 PM

 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Eph 4:28


 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Rev 9:21


 Thou shalt not steal. Exod 20:15


 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Rom 13:9


And then of course if they insist, tell them they are acting just like the devil: " The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

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