Chalcedon Pastor Claims There Is ‘a Place for Slavery in Godly Cultures’


In a recently posted You Tube sermon, the pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, Dr. Joe Morecraft says in a Biblical society, the godly must own “the fool who despises God’s wisdom” because it’s the only way to keep those with a “slave mentality” from ruining other people’s families.

Based on Proverbs 11:29, Morecraft makes a case for Biblically justified enslavement of a man who does not “trust in Christ” since slavery is the only way to “keep a fool under wraps.”

The dominionist pastor interprets the Proverb to predict that in a Christian theocracy, an unbeliever will “lose his family, his property, and his freedom,” and “his energies, talents and life will not be used as he himself pleases, but in the service of wise people who work hard to benefit the community.”

“Put him in somebody’s service where they can watch over him and make him do right even though he doesn’t want to do it.”

According to Pastor Morecraft, the consequences of being a “foolish person who is unwilling to live by the Word of God” is to “become a slave of somebody who is godly and who is wise.”

Pastor Joe Morecraft’s theocratic vision of building a Christian nation is one more reason why freedom-loving Americans must vigilantly guard our cherished Separation of Church and State.

Vyckie Garrison was once a prominent member of the Quiverfull community, a rapidly growing Christian fundamentalist movement that bans birth control and encourages huge, “Biblical families” such as the Duggar Family of TLCs “19 and Counting” fame. Garrison edited and published a Christian “pro-life, pro-family” newspaper for 16+ years in northeast Nebraska while home-churching, home birthing, and home schooling seven children. She made waves when she left the Quiverfull movement, divorced her husband, and began speaking out against the Dominionist world view.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000183431851 Enrique Elizondo

    Repulsive white Christian Culture

    • John Hutcheson

      Ethnicity has nothing to do with it, the majority of Caucasians see this guy for the kook he is. The there is Uganda and the “Kill the Gays” law exported by US evangelicals.
      The problem is the dogma.

  • http://twitter.com/diannkirby Osupport

    Okay, NOW I understand why ‘Christians’ can oftentimes be so heartless and cruel. They must subscribe to the teachings of this Pastor.

    • John Hutcheson

      No, but their are too many like him. The real problems are ignorance and dogma. The are lots of secular people working hard to get these kooks under control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612761832 Eddie Keator

    OMG — I’m a slave… I have pierced both of my ears.

    Wonder how he justifies his whaleness… I mean that man hasn’t missed a donut, much less a meal. Clearly this religi-turd’s obesity is sure proof of gluttony.

  • http://twitter.com/jhante jhante

    Wrong wrong wrong. Assuming there was a Jesus, this is not what he would have wanted his followers to say and do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    “Inherit wind.” Pffft, okay, that made me think of, you know, wiiind, and snicker because sometimes I’m ten years old.

    Don’t you love it when the religious say “Hey, I didn’t say it, the bible did.” You heartily agree with it, so don’t try to distance yourself from it by saying it didn’t come from you. Oh, and if my husband with his pierced ear is a slave, why can’t I make him do anything I want? :-p

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Alan-Dresser/1417280902 David Alan Dresser

    This disgusting individual is one of the justified reasons that good people have to control the urge to do violence. If this is Christianity, Christians should run away screaming.

  • Anthony Jeffries

    The video’s set to Private now…that figures. Anyone save it or still have it in their cache?

  • http://www.facebook.com/anomalous4 Ccw Occupytheworld Sparks

    People like this give Christianity AND mental illness a bad name.

    • Origami_Isopod

      Yeah, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with a religion that preaches submission, does it? Let’s No True Xtian™ all over the place and pretend that xtianity is nothing but LURVE.

      Also? He ain’t mentally ill. He’s evil.

  • TristanVick

    In the words of Robert G. Ingersoll:

    “Pious ignorance always regards intelligence as a kind of blasphemy.”

    For this idiotic pastor, you could just change the word blasphemy for slavery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Knight/1699736268 Steve Knight

    Well since the proverb he quotes is a Jewish proverb how can he say not following Jesus gets you punished by a proverb not written for a christian? Lets have him sell himself into slavery and let us know how great it is.

  • Ian Greer

    Looks like the coward didn’t have courage to his convictions and hid the video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tahni-Danielle/100001811068244 Tahni Danielle

    Slave-owners and their families always go to hell, always. The wife, the kids, the whole lot spend the afterlife charring, and they deserve it.