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Megachurch pastor says slavery should have been abolished only by “gospel gradualism,” not by force

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Anyone more than passingly familiar with the Bible is aware that it condones, or at least tolerates, slavery (see HERE). And history shows that many an opponent of abolition in the 19th century was known to quote the Good Book in defense of slavery.

But it’s shocking in the 21st century to read these words from Doug Wilson (above), a prominent preacher in our own day and age:

Christians must live or die by the Scriptures, as they stand. Compromise on what the Bible teaches about slavery is directly related to the current pressures to compromise on abortion and sodomy. Southern slavery was an example of the kind of sinful human situation that called for diligent obedience to St. Paul’s directives, on the part of both masters and slaves. Because this did not happen, and because of the way slavery ended, the federal government acquired the power to impose things on the states that it did not have before. Therefore, for all these reasons, radicalism is to be rejected by Christians.

Morgan Guyton, a pastor himself, has much more to say about Doug Wilson HERE:

[H]ere’s the hard truth. Wilson has made a choice to be consistent in his view of the Bible as a document whose teaching is absent of any cultural context. The biblical inerrantist position requires holding that what the Bible says to first century Jews and Gentiles must be implemented in exactly the same way today and not translated into a different contextual form.

If Paul says for ladies to wear hats in church, then they need to do that today even if uncovered hair had a different, explicitly erotic meaning in Roman culture that it doesn’t have today. If you allow context to be part of your biblical interpretation, then you’re sliding down the slippery slope into liberalism. As Wilson says: “Compromise on what the Bible teaches about slavery is directly related to the current pressures to compromise on abortion and sodomy.”

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