Baptist Pastor Steven Anderson believes that the Bible is the word of God and feels that should be enough to satisfy any true believers of its merit, no matter what topic is being addressed, even slavery.
“The Bible is right about everything, no matter what the subject,” Anderson said in a sermon clip posted to his Youtube channel. “If it says something in conflict with what we believe, we need to change what we believe and get on the bible’s program.”
Pastor Anderson openly mocks the idea of any of his Christian audience members having a dissenting opinion about anything God has, supposedly, clearly explained for them.
“If I want to learn what is the right opinion to have about slavery, then here’s what I’m going to do,” Anderson explained, “I’m going to say, well let me figure out what the bible says about slavery and that’s what I believe.”
So, what does the Bible say about slavery, according to Pastor Anderson? Chiefly that biblical slavery isn’t so much about dominating people as property, as it is about giving criminals and the poor a way to work off their debts to society. In Anderson’s words, “going bankrupt isn’t biblical.” At least not the same way that owning another person is.
He goes on to make more ridiculous statements about the righteousness of slavery as told in the Bible, including remarking that the current practice of locking someone in prison for their crimes is somehow more inhumane and life-ruining than being enslaved.
The clip below carries on quite a bit before Pastor Anderson makes any attempt to justify or explain how anything as heinous as slavery could be allowed by the all-loving Christian God. Eventually he settles on the idea that, “it’s not that God is promoting slavery, it’s that God is making allowance for slavery in certain situations.” God doesn’t own slaves himself, but he’s okay with his followers doing it?
It probably helps to understand this perspective if you already consider yourself so far removed from “situations” that would warrant enslavement. Almost equally disturbing is how the audience just passively accepts this explanation, only offering up an occasional “amen” of agreement when Anderson mentions God. Guess they were just happy to have one less thing to worry about in regards to their blind faith in antiquated literature.
See the video below:
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