Chalcedon Pastor: There is a place for slavery in godly cultures

Chalcedon Pastor: There is a place for slavery in godly cultures April 7, 2013

by Vyckie Garrison

In a recently posted YouTube sermon, The pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, Dr. Joe Morecraft says in a Biblical society, the godly must own “the fool who despises God’s wisdom” because it’s the only way to keep those with a “slave mentality” from ruining other people’s families.

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.”

Pastor Joe Morecraft’s theocratic vision of building a Christian nation is one more reason why freedom-loving Americans must vigilantly guard our cherished Separation of Church and State.

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  • madame

    The separation of church and state was originally decreed in order to protect the church and faith. Kings and rulers were vested with authority over the church, which meant that they believed they had authority over people’s souls and dictated what form of worship was acceptable.
    (from Wikipedia, doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, M.Luther)
    “Luther’s articulation of the parameters of civil government was a monumental step in the development of the separation of church and state. He argued for a clear distinction between two separate spheres: civil and spiritual. This is known as the Doctrine of the two kingdoms. The civil sphere deals with man’s physical life in society as he interacts with other human beings; in this, man is subject to human governments. The spiritual sphere deals with man’s soul, which is eternal, and which is subject only to God. The Doctrine of the two kingdoms is articulated by Luther in these terms:
    God has ordained the two governments: the spiritual, which by the Holy Spirit under Christ makes Christians and pious people; and the secular, which restrains the unchristian and wicked so that they are obliged to keep the peace outwardly…The laws of worldly government extend no farther than to life and property and what is external upon earth. For over the soul God can and will let no one rule but himself. Therefore, where temporal power presumes to prescribe laws for the soul, it encroaches upon God’s government and only misleads and destroys souls. We desire to make this so clear that every one shall grasp it, and that the princes and bishops may see what fools they are when they seek to coerce the people with their laws and commandments into believing one thing or another. ”

    The separation of church and state logically protects the state from a theocracy (christian/muslim) that would force a religion on everyone.

  • seculargal

    Hmmm…Martin Luther is not exactly what I who I would quote in this insistence. He wrote “The Doctrine of Two Kingdoms” in 1528, then in 1543 he wrote “On the Jews & Their Lies” in which he laid out the blue print that The Third Reich used to subjugate, enslave, torture & exterminate millions of Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Political Dissenters, Communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses…etc.

    From Wikipedia: “In the first ten sections of the treatise, Luther expounds, at considerable length, upon his views concerning Jews and Judaism and how these compare against Christians and Christianity. Following this exposition, Section XI of the treatise advises Christians to carry out seven remedial actions. These are
    for Jewish synagogues and schools to be burned to the ground, and the remnants buried out of sight;
    for houses owned by Jews to be likewise razed, and the owners made to live in agricultural outbuildings;
    for their religious writings to be taken away;
    for rabbis to be forbidden to preach, and to be executed if they do;
    for safe conduct on the roads to be abolished for Jews;
    for usury to be prohibited, and for all silver and gold to be removed and “put aside for safekeeping”; and
    for the Jewish population to be put to work as agricultural slave laborers.”

    NONE of that sounds like separation of Church & State to me, in fact, I think Martin Luther would whole heartedly agree with Dr. Morecraft.

    The full text of Martin Luther’s “On the Jews & Their Lies” can be found here:

  • saraquill

    I hope federal law enforcers are keeping an eye on this man and his congregation. What sort of human being would speak of causing so much physical and psychological harm on millions or more?

    I also have a very strong feeling that this man’s idea of “godly” is extremely narrow and only applies to his inner circle. This makes the implications of his statements even more unfathomable.

  • Persephone

    And this is why I’m a member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, The money goes to fight any encroachment on government be religious zealots. They were a significant part of the Dover board of education case, among many others.

  • Persephone

    It was Luther’s teachings that led to the extreme patriarchy of Protestantism, and to the mass witch trials of the 17th century.

  • I’m a member of Americans United also and his insistence that basic rights and protection of the law don’t apply to certain people. And when he says that it is permissible to enslave the fool because he hates Christ, does he realize that many people would include HIM in that statement? It’s not so glorious when you’re the target, is it?

  • Sorry, I forgot to finish my sentence: And his insistence that basic rights and protection under the law don’t apply to certain people makes me shudder.

  • Nea

    I love how in his reality only Christians work hard and benefit society. *eyeroll*

  • SAO

    Notice the assumption that if you don’t believe in God, you only act in complete self-interest and that if you do believe in God, you act in the interests of the community. In my experience, belief in God is not highly correlated to helping your fellow man.

  • The_L

    It’s utterly disgusting to hear this man talk about slavery as if it were something that could seriously be condoned in modern society. Slavery was abolished for a REASON.

  • gimpi

    OK, folks, it’s time to re-up those Americans United and ACLU dues. Here’s a reminder of why it’s so important to have organizations working hard to prevent this kind of thing from gaining traction. You may think the ideas he proposes are unthinkable in the modern world, but in the last few years, several concepts I would have called insane have been put out by “mainstream” folks. Legitimate rape, anyone?

  • moe

    Actually he is a Dominionist. There was (and apparently still is) a movement in evangelical Christianity called Dominion Now, Kingdom Now, Christian Reconstructionism and New Apostolic Reformation, among other names whose idea of a “Christian America” is fascist. According to the movenent’s founder, R. J. Rushdooney in his book “Institutes for Biblical Law”, slavery of unbelivers is only one “biiblical” solution. “Capital punishment” ( execution) is also part of their plan for those who do not obey them.

  • vyckiegarrison

    Pastor Morecraft’s “biblical slavery” video has been removed from YouTube. Guess he couldn’t handle the “persecution”?