Morecraft: Non-Christians Should Be Slaves to Christians

Morecraft: Non-Christians Should Be Slaves to Christians June 23, 2014

Christian Reconstructionist minister Joe Morecraft of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Georgia gave a sermon recently bluntly saying that non-Christians should be slaves to Christians, based on a passage in Proverbs. Vyckie Garrison has the details:

Based on Proverbs 11:29, Morecraft makes a case for Biblically justified enslavement of a man who does not “trust in Christ” since slavery is the only way to “keep a fool under wraps.”

The dominionist pastor interprets the Proverb to predict that in a Christian theocracy, an unbeliever will “lose his family, his property, and his freedom,” and “his energies, talents and life will not be used as he himself pleases, but in the service of wise people who work hard to benefit the community.”

“Put him in somebody’s service where they can watch over him and make him do right even though he doesn’t want to do it.”

According to Pastor Morecraft, the consequences of being a “foolish person who is unwilling to live by the Word of God” is to “become a slave of somebody who is godly and who is wise.”

The church has now pulled the video from Youtube, though I’m not sure why. It’s not like it’s any worse than Morecraft’s other views, including advocating stoning for gay people and women who aren’t virgins on their wedding day (but not men, of course).

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  • eric

    Someone missed the day in junior high English class when their teacher gave the definition of a “proverb.”

  • sh3baproject

    as long as god approves it, its totally moral and not cruel.

  • steve oberski

    This guy obviously did not get the memo that sez that the bible not only does not condone slavery, without the bible, biblically mandated slavery would never have been abolished, and furthermore biblical slavery is not real slavery, it’s more like an employer/employee relationship with a really bad benefits package.

    I’m so confused now, sure hope that heddle shows up to explain this to all the simple minded fools that read that big book literally and also nobody that goes to his church reads it that way, nosiree sir.

  • colnago80

    Re steve oberski

    Ah come on, you know that the good professor will break out his patented no true Scotsman shtick in response.

  • Saw the headline and thought, “ah, someone opining that I ought to be someone’s chattel for a reason other than my sex”. But no.

    an unbeliever will “lose his family, his property, and his freedom,” and “his energies, talents and life will not be used as he himself pleases, but in the service of wise people who work hard to benefit the community.”

    In this guy’s world, I already come under the category of chattel–his family, his property–and only men are people who can be either Christians or unbelievers. Okay, carry on.

  • steve oberski


    It’s even worse than that.

    Only men are people. Full stop.

    And I suspect it’s only white men.

  • All this will do, if people like him ever conquer the US, is encourage people to lie. Large numbers of people will just pretend they’ve been born again before the slave hunters can catch them. Of course if this bazoop ever came to power a lot of the people he’d enslave would probably be people who share some of his ideas, but not enough of them to make them “true Christians.”

  • smrnda

    I’m a high achieving non-Christian, and as far as my talents being used by *wiser people* there is little evidence that Christians are *wise people* and a lot of evidence against it. This guy is fantasizing about enslaving people who are far smarter and more talented than himself and putting us back in the dark ages.

  • Alverant

    Was this saved before it was taken off YouTube? This pastor is a disgusting human being.

  • It’s on the OT, doesn’t that mean that he should enslave himself to a wise Jew?

  • abb3w

    The video may have been pulled from YouTube; however, the Chalcedon Presbyterian Church’s “SermonAudio” web pages still have a sermon by Morecraft from the end of March on Proverbs 11:29-31 (and Luke 5:1-11) on its website. While I haven’t listened to it to see if this is the one, it seems a likely suspect; anyone have the time to confirm it?

  • It’s about damn time! People who don’t follow God properly really should be slaves to those that do. I’m sure I can find a good master for minister Morecraft. He will know what it is to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

  • And yet, somehow, it is us persecuting the Christians.

  • My parents point out some Muslims committing violence and it’s “Islam is a religion of violence!” I point out things like this and it’s “Not true Christians!”. I tell them I just accept that a person is a Christian if they tell me so and I have no reason to think that these people are not Christians and it gets less and less logical. Even worse this mental habit gets applied to politics and other sorts of group behavior by the same sorts of folks.

    Between stuff like this and how women or other outsiders are treated by much of religion I’m wondering just how crazy things will get as the more regressive parts of our country become more and more isolated.

  • brucemartin

    As Proverbs was written before Christianity, why wouldn’t this mean that Pastor Morecraft needs to be the slave of Orthodox Jews?

    Or, as the verse says the foolish shall serve the wise, why doesn’t this mean that Pastor Morecraft should tithe 10% of his cash to the National Science Foundation?

  • Abdul Alhazred

    There plenty of hideous pro-slavery stuff in the Bible (both Testaments), but this proverb isn’t one.

    Joe Morecraft’s interpretation is highly idiosyncratic.

  • dingojack

    Anyone care to translate* what Proverb 11:29 actually says into English?

    “עֹוכֵ֣ר בֵּ֭יתֹו יִנְחַל־ר֑וּחַ וְעֶ֥בֶד אֱ֝וִ֗יל לַחֲכַם־לֵֽב׃”



    * I tried Google Translate, it was much help (what a surprise!)

    Hmmm having done a quick online search I’ve found the King James seems to be fairly accurate, But I’d still like to know the literal translation.

    It seems that the wise of heart will get to have an idiot as a servant. No news on what the wise of brain will get vis a vis hired help.

  • dingojack

    *wasn’t much help* – (sigh) proof-reading fail.

    :s Dingo

  • Michael Heath

    Proverbs 11:29 (RSV):

    29 He who troubles his household will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

    The entire chapter’s pretty funny. The author/editors assert a perfect model of karma that always happens, e.g.,

    23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

    I think I figured out how untrue this version of actual reality by time I was about, oh. . . 12 or so.


    16 A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches. 17 A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. 18 A wicked man earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. 19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. 20 Men of perverse mind are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight. 21 Be assured, an evil man will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will be delivered. 22 Like a gold ring in a swine’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. 23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

    Perhaps the Bible’s asserting violent men are good. I’m fairly confident there are other passages somewhere else that assert the opposite.

  • Randomfactor

    Hey, I’d definitely sign up to be his galley slave in that event. Cooking for him would be an honor. Try the chocolate pie, I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your bodyservant.

  • @2:

    As long as it’s approved by GOD, people like Morecraft give not a fuck if it’s cruel, in fact it’s pretty obvious that they get orgazmik at the thought of hurting people with whom they–er, I mean, GOD–disagree.


    Brony; have you considered getting a divorce?

  • sh3baproject

    @21 they also masturbate to the thought of being able to control people, despite their opposition to jerking it.

  • busterggi

    Proverbs: 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart..

    I do not see Jesus in that verse, is he mentioned after Hitler or Ronald McDonald?