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1 Timothy 6

(6:1-4) Slaves ("servants" in the KJV) should treat their masters "worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed." This is especially true when both slave and owner are Christians. Anyone that teaches otherwise is a proud know-nothing. Should we serve God alone?
Does God approve of slavery?
What the Bible says about slavery

(6:1) "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed."

(6:2) "They that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort."

(6:3-4) "If any man teach otherwise ... He is proud, knowing nothing."

(6:5) "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth ... from such withdraw thyself."
Stay away from those who discuss important matters -- especially if they disagree with Paul.

(6:7-10) On money and gambling

(6:7) "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out."

(6:8) "Having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

(6:9) "They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition."

(6:10) "The love of money is the root of all evil."
Is money good or bad?
Does the bible condemn gambling?

(6:14) "Keep this commandment ... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Paul (or whoever wrote this) expected Jesus to return within his lifetime.

(6:16)
"Dwelling in the light ... whom no man hath seen."
Does God dwell in darkness or in light?
Can God be seen?

(6:17-18) Buffet Rule Bible verse
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ... ready to distribute."

(6:20a)
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings."
Should believers discuss their faith with non-believers?

(6:20b) "Science falsely so called"
This verse is often used by believers to justify the rejection of any idea, scientific or otherwise, that contradicts the bible.

6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Slaves, honor your masters.
Let as many servants [slaves] as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 6:1

If your master is a believer, serve him.
They that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. 6:2a

Obey all of the commandments in First Timothy.
These things teach and exhort. 6:2b
Keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 6:14

Shun those who teach anything that disagrees with the commandments in First Timothy.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:3-5

If you have food and clothes, be content.
Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:8

Avoid wealth.
They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things. 6:9-10

a href="../ejat/fortune.html#follow">Follow righteousness.
Follow after righteousness. 6:11a

Follow after godliness.
Follow after ... godliness. 6:11b

Keep the faith.
Follow after ... faith. 6:11c

Walk in love.
Follow after ... love. 6:11d

Be patient with everybody.
Follow after ... patience. 6:11e

Be meek.
Follow after ... meekness. 6:11f

Fight the good fight of faith.
Fight the good fight of faith. 6:12a

Hold on to eternal life.
Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:12b

Tell the rich not to put their trust in their riches.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 6:17

Rich people should do good by distributing their wealth among others.
That they [the rich] do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute. 6:18

Avoid profane and vain babblings.
Avoiding profane and vain babblings. 6:20a

Avoid the opposition of science (falsely so called).
Avoiding ... oppositions of science falsely so called. 6:20b

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Instructions for Slaves On Wealth
Dwindling in Unbelief
Happy Blasphemy Day! (1 Timothy 6:1)
The Christopher Hitchens / Douglas Wilson debate (6:1)
What does God look like (according to the Bible? (6:16)

Why does God hate amputees?
Why does God love slavery?