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Christianity and Slavery in America
An FFT Editorial April, AD2017
Right now in the United States, there’s an assault taking place on Christianity and Judaism. Examples abound of blind hatred against men and women of faith and against the Scriptures. Christians need to be alert. Be alert to methods the enemy may use in an attempt to weaken your faith.
One group appears to be more aggressive than the rest… the homosexual lobby.
Recently, I’ve noticed one area of attack has been to state falsely that the bible authorizes and encourages the practice of slavery. This is libel. The men and women promulgating this slander do not understand scripture. Even a former President of the United States often gave voice to this outrageous fabrication.
Now as to the question… does the bible condone slavery? Nowhere in the bible, Old Testament or New Testament, does GOD condone slavery. In biblical times Slavery was an institution, a job class. God didn’t have a thing to do with the institution. As a matter of fact when GOD choose the Hebrew Nation to be his people he demanded justice for slaves. God chose a nation of slaves as his “chosen people” one of the reasons being… they had been slaves and knew the horror of the lash. Yahweh did not gather the Hebrew nation to himself and immediately overthrow all established institutions which an evil mankind had practiced for millennia. He accepted the Hebrews as they were, backward and stiff-necked, and shaped them into a people. All through the Old Testament wherever the institution of slavery is mentioned the WORD of GOD modifies the practice. Guidelines are set down to eliminate the harsh treatment slaves endured. And, where slavery is mentioned in the New Testament, the scriptures admonish slave owners who are Christians to treat their slaves justly under pain of judgment… to treat their slaves as if they were brothers. The free nation of Israel, the Hebrew nation, never practiced slavery---perhaps because of their own history---until they became corrupted by the greed and avarice of Roman Gentiles. In the Roman World slavery was a job… a social class. There were more slaves in the Roman Empire than free men.
Why did God allow slavery to exist?
God does not come down from on high, forcing mankind to be good. (Remember free will???) HE encourages; HE gives us laws that we are free to obey or to disobey; He gives us the Holy Spirit. Because of free will everything is available to us… every good thing or every evil thing… we can love and cherish or we can murder and rape. It is up to us.
The illustration on the left is a lithograph of Theodore D. Weld (1803 to 1895). While still a student young Weld accepted Jesus as his savior during a revival meeting and carried with him from that day forward… a burden for slavery. He was the man Democrats and other pro slavery voices HATED more than any other. For thirty years---prior to the Civil War---Christian Abolitionists such as Weld held up the torch of freedom for the world to see. When his voice was used up from speaking out against the evils of slavery, Theodore Weld wrote a book entitled, The Bible Against Slavery, which proved the misinformation being spread by slavers that the bible approved of slavery was a lie.
The modern haters justify their hatred for Christianity and their anti-Semite attitudes by falsely spreading the calumny that the bible approves of slavery. They are either deliberately lying, or, like that former President mentioned above; they simply do not understand the Scriptures.
If you want to truly understand what this campaign of HATE against the bible is all about… read: C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. Even though Lewis wrote fiction Screwtape is easy to understand. No Christian who understands the bible will miss the point. You can find excerpts of the Screwtape Letters for free on the Internet. Click on the illustration below for access to a free copy of the Letters:
The Psychology of Faith
There are two forces within Gods’ creation, one is the God force, Faith and the other is the dark force, Fear. Faith is the creative power of the cosmos. Fear is the means by which Satan seeks to enslave the human mind. Faith is the powerful side of the force, Fear is the weak dark side of the force. Fear is the means by which Satan weakens faith. One of the ways Satan accomplishes this is by getting men and women to give voice to their fears. Just as Faith comes by hearing yourself give voice to the Word of God over, and over, and over [“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. (Romans 10:17 KJV)] Fear also comes by hearing yourself give voice to your fears over, and over, and over. Fear comes by hearing and hearing by words filled with fear. Give voice to your Faith and not your Fears, [For we walk by Faith not by sight. (2 Chronicles 5-7)].
One of the first things that happened when Adam and Eve were escorted out of the Garden of Eden was that they lost control of their tongues. They began to give voice to their fears for the first time in their lives (they began to have fears for the first time in their lives). They had separated themselves from God by their disobedience, and fear came. They listened to Satan and fear is they way Satan operates. Fear destroys faith. Once out of the garden they began to speak their fears into existence, and in the second generation that fear led to murder.
We are all the descendents of Adam and Eve and like them we often loose control over our tongues. We look outside and it is sprinkling and immediately out of petty annoyance we say “Its pouring out!” “It’s raining cats and dogs!” We see someone we dislike often for reasons we do not understand ourselves and we say, “I can not stand that scum bag!” Someone annoys us on the freeway and we remark, “I hope that idiot crashes and burns to death!”. We have lost control of our tongue. When calamity befell Job (The Book of Job) one of the things he said was, [For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25 KJV)]. Obviously Job was operating in fear and not just in fear but in great fear. No doubt he had given voice to those fears over and over. Satan works by getting you to destroy your own faith by giving voice over and over to your fears.
How do you defeat Satan at his own game. Well, Jesus did it not by entering into discussion with him but by giving voice to the scriptures. You can defeat Satan at his own game by giving voice to your faith and not your fear. When it is sprinkling outside, say, “It is sprinkling outside.”. When someone cuts you off on the road, say to your companion, “I hope that gentleman does not have an accident, he is driving too fast.”. And always give voice to God’s Word over, and over, and over.
Have you heard of the Psychological concept of “Self Fulfilling Prophesy”? Satan has. He knows how the human spirit works. A Self Fulfilling Prophesy is when a person gives voice over and over to his fears. “I’ll never get anywhere in this job, this is a dead end job, only those with pull or influence get ahead here.” “I’m such a loser, everything happens to me, if they were giving away money for free, I’d be in the wrong line”. Do not allow Satan to defeat you like this. Give voice to your faith even if at first you do not believe it. Even if you do not believe it, God does. God’s word can never be a lie. So, give voice to your faith over and over and over until Faith comes. Regain control over your own tongue. Believe God, not the devil.
So then Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
One of the great Faith Teachers is Charles Cap. Charles has a powerful teaching ministry, Concepts of Faith. Charles Capp has taught this truth for years, how Adam and Eve lost control of their tongues when they managed to get themselves expelled from the Garden. Click on the live link below and learn from the master, Charles Capp. Check out his website and look over the teaching materials he offers, you will be blessed. www.conceptsoffaith.com