Daniel P. Barron

No one can serve two masters.

Friday, May 22, 2020 

Someone compares mothers to "mammon,"i and calls slavery bad.


What about your parents and God? Isn’t that technically serving more than one master? What about teachers? Government leaders? Bosses?

We are commanded to honor our parents,ii And we are commanded to submit to the governing authorities.iii And slaves are instructed to submit to their masters.iv Serving these masters is in response to a good conscience from obeying Scripture. Love God; lovev and hatevi those He puts you under; serve Him by serving them.vii And be thankful.viii Matthew 6:24 is talking about the relationship between serving God or money.ix


Wait "slaves?" Slavery is bad.

Slavery is not inherently bad.


Yes, yes it is. You can’t own another human being and command them to do your bidding. That’s disgusting and horrific.

Scripture does not forbid slavery, and even instructs in what is the proper way to own slaves and to be a slave.


So, to clarify, you support slavery?

I am not against slavery.


If someone were to kidnap you, take you away from your friends and family, chain you and force you to do manual labor to the point of exhaustion under the threat of being whipped and/or physically beaten you’d be.. behind that?

No. Kidnapping is not good.x


So if you were born into that kind of life it would be okay?

No matter what my state or status, I should be content.

  1. Matthew 6:

    24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

  2. Matthew 19:

    17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

    18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

    Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

  3. Romans 13:

    1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.

  4. 1 Peter 2:

    18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

  5. Galatians 5:

    13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

  6. Luke 14:

    26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

  7. Matthew 25:

    37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

  8. Ephesians 5:

    20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

  9. possessions, etc.

  10. Deuteronomy 24:

    7 “If a man is found kidnapping any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and mistreats him or sells him, then that kidnapper shall die; and you shall put away the evil from among you.

    1 Timothy 1:

    10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

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