"A vibrant open market economy, creating opportunities for all to prosper... Job creation and economic growth through an open-market policy with as little government interference as possible” (ACDP Policy Document: Economy)
It is correct that the ACDP supports the independence of business, private health care and the private ownership of property and property rights. However, from their 2019 Manifesto, the ACDP seems to support a system of taxation that is much higher than what the Bible teaches (any taxation as high as 10% is condemned as: “oppressive” 1 Samuel 8:10 - 18). They are not advocating any unique policies or means of alleviating the tax burden on taxpayers (including VAT). (They do however, mention tax incentives for those wanting to start small businesses). Also, they support the existence of state enterprises. “State-owned enterprises will be required to operate in open competition with private providers. They will ensure their continued existence by providing a superior service to the public.” (ACDP Manifesto 2018, Economy)
The ACDP claims that having a “social conscience” means that the government should fund schools, hospitals, social welfare grants and municipal “service delivery”. etc. (Although their Manifesto also states that they will support the existence of private Christian schools and homeschooling). However, Biblically it is not the government’s duty to fund such. The Bible is very clear that God has instituted civil government as “an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” (Romans 13:4). The civil government is called to be a minister of God’s justice: “to punish those who do wrong” (1 Peter 2:14).
The primary duties and responsibilities of civil government are the protection of law-abiding citizens and the punishment of law-breaking criminals. Psalm 101 reminds us that the duty of God-honouring rulers is to destroy the wicked, to root out evil and to protect the law abiding.
The only legitimate use of tax payers’ money is for law and order, justice and national defence. Everything else should be run by private enterprise and where necessary, churches or charities. Any state funding for more than justice and national defence is actually socialism. See Biblical Principles for Africa, Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible and Honest Money.