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Living in Slavery

June 01, 2016
Living in Slavery
The recently released 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are currently trapped in some form of slavery.

Slavery is when “a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception, with treatment akin to a farm animal.” This includes human trafficking, forced labor, the sale and exploitation of children, and forced or servile marriage. The Index ranks these nations based on “the proportion of the population that is estimated to be in modern slavery."

With its cult-like Communist state employing forced labor in prison camps, North Korea has the highest prevalence of slavery, followed by Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India, and Qatar. North Korea also forces women into marriages and commercial sexual exploitation in nearby countries. The countries with the highest absolute numbers of people in slavery are India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan.

Slavery is not only a sin, it is a product of a sinful world that cares little for others. But would you be surprised to know that many people living in slavery don't even know they are slaves?

Jesus once said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31, 32). The confused audience replied, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free?’ ” (verse 33). Notice Christ’s response: “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (verse 34).

Many are quick to ridicule slavery but overlook their own bondage created by their sin. It is the nature of sin to deceive one into thinking they are free when in fact they are entangled in a deadly trap. The Bible explains, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).

Comparing the time before the worldwide flood with the end of the world, Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man” (Luke 17:26). People before the flood were enslaved to sin but thought they were living a life of freedom. It is no different today.

Have you found the Truth that will set you free from the slavery of sin? Listen to Pastor Doug's “Bricks Without Straw” today.
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