Philemon (01) - Slaves
Philemon 1: Paul, prisoner of King Jesus and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved friend and co-laborer . . . (G Strawbridge, trans.)
2 Corinthians 4:5 NAS95 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
Galatians 1:10 NAS95 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Ephesians 6:5–6 NAS95 5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:8 NAS95 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.
1 Corinthians 7:21–23 NAS95 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free, rather do that. 22 For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
Mauritania is the world's last country to abolish slavery, and the country didn't make slavery a crime until 2007.
MAURITANIA IN WEST AFRICA
Population: 3.4 million
Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20%
Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000
Year slavery was abolished: 1981
Year slavery became a crime: 2007
Convictions against slave owners: One
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more