What we believe and teach
- Bondservants and masters -
must labor, working with their hands what is good, so that they may supply
their own needs and the needs of their own families, and may have something
to share with those in need. Lazy people, therefore, must be admonished and
exhorted to work in quietness and to eat their own bread.
must be obedient to those who are their masters according to the flesh, with
fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice,
as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from
the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.
Bondservants must not talk back to their masters and they must not steal from
them, but they must show all good fidelity, that the doctrine of God may be
honored. Those bondservants who are disloyal and deceitful will be punished
by God in His own time.
must give their bondservants what is just and fair, and they must give up
threatening. Those masters who are unjust and keep back by fraud the wages of
their bondservants sin and they will be punished by God in His own time.