Luther once remarked
I will not quarrel with anyone about it, but I think it would be more fitting if there were no more begging in Christendom under the New Testament than among the Jews under the Old Testament; I hold that the spiritual and temporal authorities would be discharging their duty properly if they did away with all the beggars sacks.
By providing for the needy so that begging becomes unnecessary. Take that, Tea People.
[On the topic of poverty and the responsibility of Church and State to its victims one could hardly do better than to consult Luther’s little volume titled Ordinance of a Common Chest, Luther’s Works, Volume 45, Page 162ff].