Acts 4
34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

From my commentary:
Unfortunately, this generosity of the early Christians soon began to be abused.

The key here is that it was abused. Which means it was no longer operating as intended. That is what happens when people no longer operate in the Spirit.

Later the Apostle Paul taught regarding who should be helped and how they should be helped. Paul’s directions were that:

· The church must discern who the truly needy are (1 Timothy 5:3).

· If one can work to support himself, he is not truly needy and must provide for his own needs (2 Thessalonians 3:10-121 Timothy 5:81 Thessalonians 4:11).

· If family can support a needy person, the church should not support them (1 Timothy 5:3-4).

· Those who are supported by the church must make some return to the church body (1 Timothy 5:510).

· It is right for the church to examine moral conduct before giving support (1 Timothy 5:9-13).

· The support of the church should be for the most basic necessities of living (1 Timothy 6:8).