Does Christ Advocate Slavery?

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Hi M____,
Thank you for your question.
Telling people to submit to their masters even if they are perverse, is very good advise. It in no way “advocates slavery.” What we should learn from verses like this and from the fact that the apostle Paul sent Onesimus back to his believing master, is that God does not want His people getting involved in trying to change a world which is doomed.
This world and every nation in it is in total opposition to God’s Words. Words like “love thine enemies” are utterly despised by the government of every nation on earth. We are Christ’s ambassadors. As such we are not to get involved with the affairs of this age. So Paul is simply advising us all to do just that when he made the statements you quote. We are not to try to change or save a doomed system. If we can remain aloof of the affairs of this age, then in God’s own time, we will be in a position to really make a change in this world:

Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.


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