“Slavery is not objectionable if you have the right master. It’s the perfect scenario,” MacArthur concluded. “Everything you need is met and more in a caring, loving environment where God provides all that we need through Christ. That’s what it means to be a Christian.”
Notably, MacArthur is not the only influential evangelical leader who has spoken favorably about slavery in recent years. For example, author and Idaho megachurch pastor Douglas Wilson has spoken highly of American chattel slavery, even coauthoring a pamphlet titled “Southern Slavery: As It Was” in 1996.
Wilson, who refers to himself has a “paleo-confederate,” wrote in that pamphlet, “Slavery produced in the South a genuine affection between the races that we believe we can say has never existed in any nation before the [Civil] War or since.”
Discussion surrounding MacArthur’s video clip come on the same week that America celebrated Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America in 1865 when when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that all enslaved people in the state were free.