The sermon elaborates upon the five types of slavery defined in the Bible, showing where the form of slavery in the South violated these principles. An analysis is given of the failure of Dabney to consistently apply these principles in his defense of Southern slavery. An emphasis is made that this failure brought about God's judgment upon the South and the North in the War Between the States.
Great Sermon! Thanks, I appreciate the careful distinction between Biblical vs. non-Biblical slavery. Americans need to absorb this.
Frederick Douglass noted: "... of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others." The complicity of so many otherwise godly men like Dabney in the "peculiar instituion" is indeed tragic and a reproach to the era.
Ref: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Li terature/Douglass/Autobiography
Let us take heed also, lest we fall. Every age has its besetting sins among Christians, it seems.
John M. Otis received a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Christian Education degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS in 1979. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel by Westminster Presbytery (PCA). In 1990, he transferred his membership from...