Paul seems to endorse slavery in 1 Timothy 6:1-5, but, Alistair Begg demonstrates that Paul's overarching concern was that God would be glorified and the Gospel would be attractive. Similarly, in modern culture, true servants of Christ will respect their bosses, work hard, and maintain a godly attitude, regardless of their circumstances or treatment. By these means, God is glorified and others may be drawn to Christ.
1Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants1 regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.
Teach and urge these things. 3If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound2 words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
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