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Is Christian Participation in Slavery, Sex-Trafficking or Abortion A Distortion of the Gospel?

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Do we even have to answer this question? Unfortunately yes we do. This is what I would call a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Alert”:

“While slavery is a terrible sin against humanity, it is not distorting the message of salvation. In fact, a number of slave owners educated their slaves as to the true Gospel and they were subsequently saved as a result. Certainly that doesn’t justify slavery; but to equate those three particular examples as being one and the same regarding the need to call men to repent is illogical.” – Fred Buttler

When I read what Mr. Buttler wrote in his Pulpit and Pen article regarding slavery not distorting the Gospel message I was reminded of something I recently heard in a prayer meeting. 

World Life, our non-profit, shares a building with another Christian ministry, Called To Rescue, that focuses on rescuing victims of human trafficking. As they were giving us an update as to what we can be praying for related to their ministry one of the leaders shared this story,

“We rescue girls who tell us awful stories. What is most horrifying is that Christian men are involved. After having sex with these girls, these Christian men will often cry and tell the girl they are sorry. They will then give them Gospel tracts and share the Gospel with them.” 

I wonder if Mr. Buttler would say the same thing of human trafficking and how that doesn’t distort the Gospel in any way? After all, those johns are sharing the Gospel with their victims.

Friends, make no mistake that when God’s people participate in an injustice and/or ignore that injustice as if they have no duty before God to intervene, that is a terrible witness and a distortion of the true Gospel.

A more full context of my response above can be read here:

For the most part I try to stay away from responding to lies and slander about the abolitionist movement. I try to keep my hand to the plow and lead by example knowing that our transparency in what we say and do is maybe the best rebuttal to false accusations about what abolitionists believe and how they behave.

I do not believe there is any other movement out there that could be more transparent in publicly stating our hermeneutics, ecclesiology, soteriology, and theology.

There are countless abolitionist websites, blogs, social media pages, youtube channels, printed literature, conference recordings, public statements, recordings of abolitionists in just about every kind of public venue in action whether it be high schools, college campuses, abortion centers, church campuses, concerts and the like. Everything from secular events to church events you can see and hear abolitionists in action.

I run a Christian-Gospel-centered non-profit ministry that is unashamed to say that we support and work with the abolitionist movement often called “Abolish Human Abortion”. I am not exaggerating when I say that I am not aware of a more transparent movement and one that is open to criticism as we encourage everyone to be like the Bereans and test our beliefs and practices against the word of God.

I generally feel like for any honest person out there seeking the truth, they will compare all this evidence to what our critics say and quickly discern that the critics are almost always so wrong, it leaves you wondering how they can make such blatantly false and easily verifiably false statements? I say “almost always” because we as abolitionists do not make a claim that every one of us has always been perfect in our beliefs and behaviors. And we invite correction where it is needed. We want to follow the Truth. We want to quickly repent where we are wrong.

That being said, I am going to respond briefly to a portion of an anti-abolitionist article that recently came from “Pulpit and Pen” website that is a criticism of an AHA handout that abolitionists were distributing to many pastors at the “Shepherd’s Conference” last week in Glendale, CA.

Other abolitionists are responding to the entire Pen and Pulpit article, but I wanted to focus on one portion that is so ugly I had to respond. Fred Buttler the author here makes this statement,

“Three examples are provided of when the religious (you know, Christians who have loved theology over God and neighbor like the Ninevite hirelings attending the Shepherd’s Conference) were called to repent. First is when Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy regarding God’s law that exploited the Jews and enriched themselves. Next, when the Reformers called out the Rome Catholic Church and it’s unbiblical use of indulgences to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. And then, when Abolitionists, servants of Jesus, called churches in the pre-Civil War south to repentance for slavery. The first two examples are related, the third is a non sequitur.

The first two examples pertain directly to biblical theology and truth that distorts the means of salvation. In other words, what the scribes, Pharisees, and Rome Catholics did prevented men from experiencing salvation. Men’s eternal souls were at stake.

While slavery is a terrible sin against humanity, it is not distorting the message of salvation. In fact, a number of slave owners educated their slaves as to the true Gospel and they were subsequently saved as a result. Certainly that doesn’t justify slavery; but to equate those three particular examples as being one and the same regarding the need to call men to repent is illogical.” – Fred Buttler

When I read what Mr. Buttler, of Pulpit and Pen, said regarding slavery not distorting the Gospel message I was reminded of something I recently heard in a prayer meeting. World Life, our non-profit, shares a building with another Christian ministry, Called To Rescue, that focuses on rescuing victims of human trafficking. As they were giving us an update as to what we can be praying for related to their ministry one of the leaders shared this story,

“We rescue girls who tell us awful stories. What is most horrifying is that Christian men are involved. After having sex with these girls, these “Christian” men will often cry and tell the girl they are sorry. They will then give them Gospel tracts and share the Gospel with them.”

I wonder if Mr. Buttler would say the same thing of human trafficking and how that doesn’t distort the Gospel in any way? After all, those Johns are sharing the Gospel with their victims.

Friends, make no mistake that when God’s people participate in an injustice and/or ignore that injustice as if they have no duty before God to intervene, that is a terrible witness and a distortion of the true Gospel.

People, you ought to be very very careful about who you are listening to, or reading, and what they are saying.

There is a reason that at the end of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7), Jesus’s most profound and compelling teaching of all, He concludes with a solid warning to watch for wolves in in sheep’s clothing. They will distort the truth and twist the Scriptures. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits. And I would challenge anyone to compare the fruit you see from the people and ideas in this Pen and Pulpit article to that of the fruit of the abolitionist movement. And hold that up to the light of God’s word and see which is authentic and pure religion in God’s eyes.

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AUTHOR: Don Cooper
dcooper@worldlife.com
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