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I’m at a retreat where I’m a guest speaker so this will be quick.

I heard there’s a shooting near Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs and it looks like there’s not a lot of clear information yet but I already see on social media the pro-abortionists already are heating up the blame game rhetoric against the pro-life cause.  I think its unfounded.  Why? Two reasons.

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Slave The Hidden Truth about Your Identity in Christ  by John MacArthur

How does your favorite Bible version translate doulos?  Does it translate the Greek term doulos as “servants” or “slave?”  In this book by John MacArthur rightfully argues that doulos has been often mistranslated as servant rather than slave and how this has huge implications for our understanding of the Gospel and our relationship with God.  “Slave” is an important motif in the pages of Scripture.  The book does a good job expositing the passages referring to our relationship with God as slaves and God as our Master.  Like other works by MacArthur, he does a good job drawing out implications from the passages of Scripture.  The book shares insights concerning the institution of slavery during the Roman Empire (since it is the backdrop of New Testament) and also slavery in light of the Old Testament as antecedent theology.  No doubt today the term “slave” has a lot of cultural baggage today in America, with imagery of the American enslavement of Blacks prior to the Civil War.  John MacArthur condemns the racial slavery of the U.S. while making the distinction between slavery during the days of the New Testament and slavery in the U.S.  In thirteen chapters, MacArthur demonstrate biblically that the slavery motif in Scripture points us to the Gospel (we are once slave of sin, now purchased to be a slave of Christ), Lordship salvation (as opposed to cheap grace theology) and also the doctrine of Sovereign grace.  I was pleasantly surprised to see MacArthur connecting the dots to Calvinism.  While the New Testament teaches the idea that it is a joy and a privilege to be a slave to Christ, towards the end of the book MacArthur also notes how God extends His grace and mercy further: our identity in Christ as believers include being adopted as sons, and also citizens of heaven.  A marvelous devotional read.  I have only one minor concern:  At times throughout the book, especially in the beginning MacArthur makes it sounds like there’s a large conspiracy of people intentionally trying to hide the concept of “slave” with “servant.”  I don’t think much of it is intentional; moreover, the extent of the conspiracy seems over-stretched and it left me perplexed seeing how his footnotes and an appendix titled “Voices from Church History” suggests others throughout church have seen “slave” in the New Testament and rightfully understood it’s implication.

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Nothing like reading during Spring break!

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A book I finished reading like last night…

This is why I recommend this super-short booklet.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: SLAVERY AND CHRISTIANITY, BY JOHN ROBBINS

In the history of the United States, there is no war that is bloodier for America, than the American Civil War from 1861-1865.  One of many issues and controversy surrounding this conflict was the issue of Slavery.  Today, the issue of Christianity and slavery is still bought up, and usually done in light of slavery that existed in the South. From both sides, arguments were given that attempted to justify their position by appealing to the Bible.  For anyone interested in the subject, host of books can be recommended.  Indispensable to this, is John Robbin’s latest work, “Slavery and Christianity”.

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(CAPTION: REFERENCE TO PHILEMON?)

“Slavery and Christianity” is actually a commentary on the Book of Philemon, in the New Testament.  One of Paul’s shortest epistles, this book in the Bible has always been referenced as having a dramatic impact for the abolition movement.  John Robbins pointed out early in his commentary of how people often misjudge something that is short as being insignificant.  Interestingly enough, “Slavery and Christianity” is also short, coming in at 49 pages, yet it is powerful.  Having read several commentaries on Philemon, in my estimation “Slavery and Christianity” was the best one among them.  Many people are cautious with the works of John Robbins in controversy today, but the quality of “Slavery and Christianity” is what you would expect from a Reformed and Presuppositional teacher of the Word of God: logically sharp, fascinating insight from the Biblical text, lay-man friendly and more importantly, spiritually edifying.

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            “Slavery and Christianity” commentary on Philemon draws out the social and political ramification of God’s Word, specifically as it touches on the institution on slavery.  There is no doubt, that this new book would cause a stir among some pro-Southern Slavery theologians existing even today.  For those who have always heard that Philemon advances the abolition’s cause but would like to see exactly how the argument from Biblical references goes, “Slavery and Christianity” is highly recommended.

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**POSTSCRIPT: As I read this and was writing this, I know there are those out there from a theonomic perspective, that supports and defend the Southern conception of Slavery who read this xanga from time to time, feel free to respond, but I want to let you know that I think its a hard position to defend. Also, I”m going to try to find Dabney’s book articulating your perspective.  I don’t think that by being Theonomic you have to buy into Southern Slavery by the way.  Southern Slavery undermind free-market economics as well, a defining plank in Christian Reconstructionism***

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