This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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“He who will not work, neither shall he eat.”

It has been said that the devil himself is happy to quote the Scriptures, so long as he can quote them in such a way as to further his own designs. Given the post-Reformation obsession with private interpretation, this is not a difficult strategy for him to accomplish. This kind of infernal manipulation seems to be the only explanation for the immense popularity of Paul’s statement to the Thessalonians: “He who will not work, neither shall he eat.”[1]

All that need be said of this matter is that there are countless Scriptures which instruct us on the attitude we are to have toward the poor, and this is not one of them. In fact, when taken in context, it has nothing at all to do with the poor. Paul is speaking to men who quite obviously are in no danger of starvation. Therefore, while his warning certainly speaks against sloth, it would be a malicious error to treat all Scriptures against sloth as if they pertained directly to the poor, as if the poor are the only beings capable of committing this sin.

[1] 2 Thess 3:10.

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