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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Christians are Jesus’ Slaves, Not His Servants

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I got to thinking about being slaves of Christ. A believer’s true position in Christ has been diluted by the Bible translators’ choice of the word servant and bond-servant for the Greek word doulos. That word has consistently been translated as servant, when it really means slave. Doesn’t that change the flavor of service to the Lord? Being a servant indicates that we can and do serve Him at our own will and pleasure, and slave means we submit our will to an alien will and then the matter is out of our hands.

The Bible is clear in its description that believers are slaves, not servants.  In every case where the word doulos is used it means slave, and the New Testament uses it 130 times. We are not servants of Christ, we’re his slaves.


I am reading the Bible through and I notice that a well-known phenomenon that will happen at the end of days also happened from the beginning. In the end, Revelation tells us the antichrist will place a mark on the hand or forehead of all who worship him. (Revelation 13:15-17). The mark allows people to buy and sell, but its reason for being is not the economy, it is a mark of allegiance and worship of the beast. That the mark allows a person to also participate in the economy is a by-product of its placement on the person.

Jesus also sends an angel to place a mark on the forehead of His 144,000 who evangelize the world. (Revelation 7:3-4).

Who brands his slaves? The master. Who puts a mark of ownership on his slaves? The master. Jesus is the ultimate Master and we are His ultimate slaves. That He puts a mark on us should not be surprising.

— Elizabeth Prata, The End Time, Being Slaves of Christ, August 26, 2020

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    sounds weird and scary once a person has left the cult. had the displeasure of sitting thru many sermons with this exact theme. i know realize the pastor was really trying to get us to be his slaves in a roundabout way. thanks to you for sharing and shining the spotlight on this silliness.

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    I would bet that this woman is an apologist for American slavery – that it wasnt so bad, heck, maybe it was good.

    Reason 3,476 why I am glad I am not an evangelical Christian – I don’t want to be a slave.

    I am so done with all these people who believe in the evangelical eschatology narratives. It is fun to watch the expression of someone who didn’t grow up with this as you try to explain it.

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    Yulya Sevelova

    The idea of slavery today doesn’t sit well with most Americans. If you’re used to freedom, Prata’s book will most likely irritate you. Never heard of her. Back when Christian bookstores were more numerous, I’d go into one to see what the latest set of crazy times were about. Aeons ago, I would look for self-help books. For the most part,it was all nouthetic-style content,bad advice all around. I’m glad to have learned to take everything with a grain or three of salt,lol.

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    Bob Bancroft

    Pretend Christians pretend to be slaves, to fool themselves and others that everything they do is God’s will or “What Would Jesus Do? Back when the Viet Nam war was raging and the draft was happening, I asked a “Campus Crusade saved” friend what he was going to do about the draft. He said that if was drafted, it would be God’s will. I told him that I was pretty sure that neither God nor Jesus was in charge of that war. Pretending to be a slave allows for no struggling, no moral qualms, no need to actually atone to the actual victims of your sins.

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