By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Slavery of today equates to being held in bondage; losing one's power of resistance, surrendering to the power of another, being a slave to passion, lust, strong drink, ambition, or any other form of slavery. To whom you yield (or present) yourselves servant to obey, his servant (or slave) you are to whom you obey (Romans 6:16). (Comment)
Slavery of today is not only in the Biblical sense of being in bondage to sin but enslaved to other persons as well. An encyclopedia noted: The number of people who today are enslaved to a degree depends on how one defines the term.
There are at least 27 million people in the world who are permanently or temporarily under the complete control of another person, business or state, who maintains that control by violence or the threat of violence. They live in nearly every country of the world.
At some point in history slavery has plagued nearly every part of the world. From ancient Greece to modern times innumerable governments have sanctioned the complete control of certain persons for the benefit of other persons, usually under the guise of social, mercantile, and technological progress.
The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: For among my people are found wicked men: they lie in wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men (Jeremiah 5:26). They set traps to capture human victims to make them slaves.
Slavery of today to sin; is in like manner through the snare of the Devil. Scripture speaks of those who need to recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2:25-26). He sets a trap to lure one into carnal lusts and pleasures of a sinful nature.
There is an abundance of such through electronic devices that lure its victims towards acceptability through the carnal desires of man; an appetite that is never satisfied, continually seeking gratification, which is never obtained (Proverbs 23:35).
The apostle Paul knew what it was like to struggle against being enslaved by sin. He wrote: I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity (or slavery) to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:23-25).
Paul felt the force and power of the inbred corruption (that of the flesh) working, demanding obedience, in opposition to the law of God. Had it not been for the indwelling of God's Spirit, his struggle with such a dominating influence could have been vastly different.
Slavery of today, towards the sinfulness of man, is likened to Paul's struggle; of two opposing forces; that of flesh and spirit, sin and grace, combating each other for victory.
Man is more vulnerable today than ever before! The ungodly have flooded the market with sinful desires, lustful allurements, through electronic means that has brought such to the doorstep of every individual. Inroads have been laid, in many nations, that openly proclaim ungodly lifestyles that God's Word condemns.
Slavery of today has masterminded the concept of gravitation of one's mind towards the sinful nature of mankind. While they promise liberty, they are the servants (or slaves) of corruption (2 Peter 2:19).
This speaks not of Christian liberty but a sinful carnal liberty which man has amply supplied wih our modern day technology. It falsely gives liberty, from the law of God, to live in a manner of sin and wickedness contrary to the Word of God.
When one deviates from the Unadulterated Word of God there is a price to pay unless repentance comes into focus. It may not be exacted in this life; but will be in the one to come (Hebrews 9:27). Scripture reveals that Hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure, and of those who would descend into it (Isaiah 5:14).
If after one has escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are entangled (or enslaved) therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire (2 Peter 2:20-22). This is a harsh reality but does not mean one cannot escape such a condition. God's Word is plentiful in identifying the grace of God, and His forgiveness, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Slavery of today is in abundance, as previously noted, of at least 27 million people in the world who are permanently or temporarily under the complete control of another person by violence or the threat of violence.
Many are in the slavery of today towards sin that is being ushered in without shame or remorse (Jeremiah 6:15). God's Word gives warning against those which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness: because they have cast away the law of the Lord, and despised the word of the Lord (Isaiah 5:20-24).
The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. Being made free from sin, we become the servants of God, and have our fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22-23). Holiness is being set apart from the practice of sin to the practice of righteousness.
The blood of Jesus Christ (shed on the Cross of Calvary) cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God does not condone sin but does make a way of escape to the repentant in heart!
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