|Christians & Slavery|
The apostle Paul, however, has a vastly different perspective on slavery, and a deeply antagonistic spirit towards those who would seek to undermine it.
In I Timothy 6, Paul instructs slaves to obey their masters, especially their Christian masters. He asserts that anyone who teaches otherwise is an evil man:
'Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.'
Slave masters are not evil White men filled with sadistic hatred for their slaves (as the liberals would have us believe). Rather, they are Christian 'brethren,' 'faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit.'
The truths of Paul's words are supported by history. In American slavery, it was White masters who first gave the Christian faith to their pagan African slaves.
Paul anticipates the Marxist view that slave rebellion is godly because it helps the underclass produce a more egalitarian society. For this reason, his argument for the preservation of slavery is founded upon his assertion that 'godliness with contentment is great gain.'
Their are some who suppose that 'gain is godliness' (i.e. power and wealth redistribution towards the oppressed), but Paul condemns them. This mindset is the product of 'corrupt minds.'
In I Timothy 6 Paul delivers a stern rebuke to modern liberal churches and theologians who are determined to shame White Americans into condemning their ancestors.