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Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. Ralph Abernathy , who was present at the assassination, testified to the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that King and his entourage stayed at Room so often that it was known as the "King-Abernathy suite.
Play it real pretty. King was fatally shot by James Earl Ray at p. The bullet entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder. After emergency chest surgery, King died at St. Joseph's Hospital at p. National Historical Park. The assassination led to a nationwide wave of race riots in Washington, D. Kennedy was on his way to Indianapolis for a campaign rally when he was informed of King's death. He gave a short, improvised speech to the gathering of supporters informing them of the tragedy and urging them to continue King's ideal of nonviolence. The plan to set up a shantytown in Washington, D. Criticism of King's plan was subdued in the wake of his death, and the SCLC received an unprecedented wave of donations for the purpose of carrying it out.
The campaign officially began in Memphis, on May 2, at the hotel where King was murdered. President Lyndon B. Johnson tried to quell the riots by making several telephone calls to civil rights leaders, mayors and governors across the United States and told politicians that they should warn the police against the unwarranted use of force. In that sermon, King made a request that at his funeral no mention of his awards and honors be made, but that it be said that he tried to "feed the hungry", "clothe the naked", "be right on the [Vietnam] war question", and "love and serve humanity. Two months after King's death, James Earl Ray —who was on the loose from a previous prison escape—was captured at London Heathrow Airport while trying to leave England on a false Canadian passport.
He was using the alias Ramon George Sneyd on his way to white-ruled Rhodesia. He confessed to the assassination on March 10, , though he recanted this confession three days later. He was sentenced to a year prison term. Ray's lawyers maintained he was a scapegoat similar to the way that John F. Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is seen by conspiracy theorists. Jerry Ray said that he had assisted his brother on one such robbery. Those suspecting a conspiracy in the assassination point to the two successive ballistics tests which proved that a rifle similar to Ray's Remington Gamemaster had been the murder weapon.
Those tests did not implicate Ray's specific rifle. They said that it came from behind thick shrubbery near the boarding house—which had been cut away in the days following the assassination—and not from the boarding house window. Two years later, King's widow Coretta Scott King and the couple's children won a wrongful death claim against Loyd Jowers and "other unknown co-conspirators. The jury of six whites and six blacks found in favor of the King family, finding Jowers to be complicit in a conspiracy against King and that government agencies were party to the assassination.
Pepper represented the King family in the trial. In , the U. Department of Justice completed the investigation into Jowers' claims but did not find evidence to support allegations about conspiracy. The investigation report recommended no further investigation unless some new reliable facts are presented. He stated, "It wasn't a racist thing; he thought Martin Luther King was connected with communism, and he wanted to get him out of the way. Pepper's claims that the government killed King. The fact is there were saboteurs to disrupt the march. And within our own organization, we found a very key person who was on the government payroll. So infiltration within, saboteurs from without and the press attacks. I will never believe that James Earl Ray had the motive, the money and the mobility to have done it himself.
Our government was very involved in setting the stage for and I think the escape route for James Earl Ray. King's legacy includes influences on the Black Consciousness Movement and civil rights movement in South Africa. King influenced Irish politician and activist John Hume. Hume, the former leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party , cited King's legacy as quintessential to the Northern Irish civil rights movement and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement , calling him "one of my great heroes of the century. Inspired by King's vision, it undertakes a range of activities across the UK as it seeks to "build cultures of peace. In , Newcastle University unveiled a bronze statue of King to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his honorary doctorate ceremony.
King has become a national icon in the history of American liberalism and American progressivism. This legislation was seen as a tribute to King's struggle in his final years to combat residential discrimination in the U. Her purpose was to help them understand King's death as it related to racism, something they little understood as they lived in a predominantly white community. King's wife Coretta Scott King followed in her husband's footsteps and was active in matters of social justice and civil rights until her death in The same year that Martin Luther King was assassinated, she established the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to preserving his legacy and the work of championing nonviolent conflict resolution and tolerance worldwide.
Even within the King family, members disagree about his religious and political views about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. King's widow Coretta publicly said that she believed her husband would have supported gay rights. On February 4, , at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, in speaking about how he wished to be remembered after his death, King stated:. I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. Beginning in , cities such as St. Louis, Missouri , and states established annual holidays to honor King. Following President George H.
Bush 's proclamation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of King's birthday. Day was officially observed in all fifty U. Utah previously celebrated the holiday at the same time but under the name Human Rights Day. As a Christian minister, King's main influence was Jesus Christ and the Christian gospels, which he would almost always quote in his religious meetings, speeches at church, and in public discourses. King's faith was strongly based in Jesus' commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself , loving God above all, and loving your enemies, praying for them and blessing them.
His nonviolent thought was also based in the injunction to turn the other cheek in the Sermon on the Mount , and Jesus' teaching of putting the sword back into its place Matthew In another sermon, he stated:. Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment. You know, actually all that I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry. I have no other ambitions in life but to achieve excellence in the Christian ministry.
I don't plan to run for any political office. I don't plan to do anything but remain a preacher. And what I'm doing in this struggle, along with many others, grows out of my feeling that the preacher must be concerned about the whole man. King's private writings show that he rejected biblical literalism ; he described the Bible as "mythological," doubted that Jesus was born of a virgin and did not believe that the story of Jonah and the whale was true. The sermons argued for man's need for God's love and criticized the racial injustices of Western civilization. World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion.
We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built. Veteran African-American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin was King's first regular advisor on nonviolence. Rustin had applied nonviolence with the Journey of Reconciliation campaign in the s,  and Wofford had been promoting Gandhism to Southern blacks since the early s. King had initially known little about Gandhi and rarely used the term "nonviolence" during his early years of activism in the early s.
King initially believed in and practiced self-defense, even obtaining guns in his household as a means of defense against possible attackers. The pacifists guided King by showing him the alternative of nonviolent resistance , arguing that this would be a better means to accomplish his goals of civil rights than self-defense. King then vowed to no longer personally use arms. In the aftermath of the boycott, King wrote Stride Toward Freedom , which included the chapter Pilgrimage to Nonviolence.
King outlined his understanding of nonviolence, which seeks to win an opponent to friendship, rather than to humiliate or defeat him. The chapter draws from an address by Wofford, with Rustin and Stanley Levison also providing guidance and ghostwriting. King was inspired by Gandhi and his success with nonviolent activism, and as a theology student, King described Gandhi as being one of the "individuals who greatly reveal the working of the Spirit of God".
In a radio address made during his final evening in India, King reflected, "Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity. King's admiration of Gandhi's nonviolence did not diminish in later years. He went so far as to hold up his example when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in , hailing the "successful precedent" of using nonviolence "in a magnificent way by Mohandas K.
Gandhi to challenge the might of the British Empire He struggled only with the weapons of truth, soul force, non-injury and courage. Another influence for King's nonviolent method was Henry David Thoreau 's essay On Civil Disobedience and its theme of refusing to cooperate with an evil system. Even after renouncing his personal use of guns, King had a complex relationship with the phenomenon of self-defense in the movement. He publicly discouraged it as a widespread practice, but acknowledged that it was sometimes necessary. King was criticized by other black leaders during the course of his participation in the civil rights movement. This included opposition by more militant thinkers such as Nation of Islam member Malcolm X. King was an avid supporter of Native American rights.
Native Americans were also active supporters of King's civil rights movement which included the active participation of Native Americans. Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population.
Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or to feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. King assisted Native American people in south Alabama in the late s. The South had many egregious racial problems: In this case, light-complexioned Native children were allowed to ride school buses to previously all white schools, while dark-skinned Native children from the same band were barred from riding the same buses.
He promptly responded and through his intervention the problem was quickly resolved. He put into words his belief that one must not use force in this struggle "but match the violence of his opponents with his suffering. During the March on Washington there was a sizable Native American contingent, including many from South Dakota, and many from the Navajo nation. King was a major inspiration along with the civil rights movement which inspired the Native American rights movement of the s and many of its leaders.
Inspired by Dr. King, who was advancing the civil rights agenda of equality under the laws of this country, we thought that we could also use the laws to advance our Indianship, to live as tribes in our territories governed by our own laws under the principles of tribal sovereignty that had been with us ever since We believed that we could fight for a policy of self-determination that was consistent with U. They both have weaknesses And I'm not inextricably bound to either party. Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats.
The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right-wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right-wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights. Although King never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October he said that he had not decided whether he would vote for Adlai Stevenson II or Dwight D. Eisenhower at the presidential election , but that "In the past, I always voted the Democratic ticket. Kennedy : "I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement.
My father did, but I never made one. In , King urged his supporters "and all people of goodwill" to vote against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater for president, saying that his election "would be a tragedy, and certainly suicidal almost, for the nation and the world. King supported the ideals of social democracy and democratic socialism , although he was reluctant to speak directly of this support due to the anti-communist sentiment being projected throughout the United States at the time, and the association of socialism with communism.
King believed that capitalism could not adequately provide the necessities of many American people, particularly the African-American community. King stated that black Americans, as well as other disadvantaged Americans, should be compensated for historical wrongs. In an interview conducted for Playboy in , he said that granting black Americans only equality could not realistically close the economic gap between them and whites.
He posited that "the money spent would be more than amply justified by the benefits that would accrue to the nation through a spectacular decline in school dropouts, family breakups, crime rates, illegitimacy, swollen relief rolls, rioting and other social evils. He stated, "It should benefit the disadvantaged of all races. Actress Nichelle Nichols planned to leave the science-fiction television series Star Trek in after its first season , wanting to return to musical theater.
King explained that her character signified a future of greater racial harmony and cooperation. Keep doing what you're doing, you are our inspiration. And I thanked him and I told him I was leaving the show. All the smile came off his face. And he said, 'Don't you understand for the first time we're seen as we should be seen. You don't have a black role.
You have an equal role. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover personally ordered surveillance of King, with the intent to undermine his power as a civil rights leader. Kennedy to proceed with wiretapping of King's phone lines, purportedly due to his association with Stanley Levison. The Bureau placed wiretaps on the home and office phone lines of both Levison and King, and bugged King's rooms in hotels as he traveled across the country. In a secret operation code-named " Minaret ", the National Security Agency monitored the communications of leading Americans, including King, who were critical of the U.
For years, Hoover had been suspicious of potential influence of communists in social movements such as labor unions and civil rights. Due to the relationship between King and Stanley Levison, the FBI feared Levison was working as an "agent of influence" over King, in spite of its own reports in that Levison had left the Party and was no longer associated in business dealings with them. Despite the extensive surveillance conducted, by the FBI had acknowledged that it had not obtained any evidence that King himself or the SCLC were actually involved with any communist organizations. For his part, King adamantly denied having any connections to communism. In a Playboy interview, he stated that "there are as many Communists in this freedom movement as there are Eskimos in Florida.
The attempts to prove that King was a communist was related to the feeling of many segregationists that blacks in the South were content with the status quo, but had been stirred up by "communists" and "outside agitators. King said that "the Negro revolution is a genuine revolution, born from the same womb that produces all massive social upheavals—the womb of intolerable conditions and unendurable situations. CIA files declassified in revealed that the agency was investigating possible links between King and Communism after a Washington Post article dated November 4, , claimed he was invited to the Soviet Union and that Ralph Abernathy, as spokesman for King, refused to comment on the source of the invitation.
The FBI having concluded that King was dangerous due to communist infiltration, attempts to discredit King began through revelations regarding his private life. FBI surveillance of King, some of it since made public, attempted to demonstrate that he also had numerous extramarital affairs. Johnson once said that King was a "hypocritical preacher". In his autobiography And the Walls Came Tumbling Down , Ralph Abernathy stated that King had a "weakness for women", although they "all understood and believed in the biblical prohibition against sex outside of marriage. It was just that he had a particularly difficult time with that temptation. Abernathy criticized the media for sensationalizing the statements he wrote about King's affairs,  such as the allegation that he admitted in his book that King had a sexual affair the night before he was assassinated.
In his book Bearing the Cross , David Garrow wrote about a number of extramarital affairs, including one woman King saw almost daily. According to Garrow, "that relationship The FBI distributed reports regarding such affairs to the executive branch, friendly reporters, potential coalition partners and funding sources of the SCLC, and King's family. The American public, the church organizations that have been helping—Protestants, Catholics and Jews will know you for what you are—an evil beast. So will others who have backed you.
You are done. King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significant [ sic ]. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy fraudulent self is bared to the nation. The letter was accompanied by a tape recording—excerpted from FBI wiretaps—of several of King's extramarital liaisons. King to resign from the SCLC. In May , FBI files emerged alleging that King "looked on, laughed and offered advice" as one of his friends raped a woman. His biographer, David Garrow , wrote that "the suggestion King records at Stanford University states that he came to the opposite conclusion of Garrow saying "None of this is new.
Garrow is talking about a recently added summary of a transcript of a recording from the Willard Hotel that others, including Mrs. King, have said they did not hear Martin's voice on it. The added summary was four layers removed from the actual recording. This supposedly new information comes from an anonymous source in a single paragraph in an FBI report. You have to ask how could anyone conclude King looked at a rape from an audio recording in a room where he was not present. I have read scores of reports talking about the scurrilous activities of my husband but once again, there was nothing at all incriminating on the tape.
It was a social event with people laughing and telling dirty jokes. But I did not hear Martin's voice on it, and there was nothing about sex or anything else resembling the lies J. Edgar and the FBI were spreading. A fire station was located across from the Lorraine Motel, next to the boarding house in which James Earl Ray was staying. Police officers were stationed in the fire station to keep King under surveillance. Marrell McCollough, an undercover police officer, was the first person to administer first aid to King. King was awarded at least fifty honorary degrees from colleges and universities. You have it all or you are not free. There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face not only in the United States of America but all over the world today.
That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war. The citation read:. He gazed upon the great wall of segregation and saw that the power of love could bring it down. From the pain and exhaustion of his fight to fulfill the promises of our founding fathers for our humblest citizens, he wrung his eloquent statement of his dream for America. He made our nation stronger because he made it better. His dream sustains us yet. King and his wife were also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Among the planned designs are images from King's "I Have a Dream" speech and the concert by opera singer Marian Anderson.
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Oates and Schuman state that King passed the exam in the spring of before graduating from the eleventh grade and then being enrolled in Morehouse that fall. Manheimer states that King graduated from the eleventh grade, then applied and took the entrance exam before going to Connecticut, but did not find out he had passed until August when he was admitted. White states he took and passed the exam upon his return from Connecticut in Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN X. Board of Education.
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Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all Emmett Till. Medgar Evers. Harry and Harriette Moore. The civil rights movement had lost more than its fair share of heroes by But when Dr. The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the s and s for Black Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. It was a stormy night and the weather was bad but the turnout was not. People had gathered to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. King knew that storms pass and that joy comes in On Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day, the entire nation pauses in remembrance of a civil rights hero. MLK Day was designed to honor the activist and minister assassinated in , The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. According to FBI informants, Levison had been an influential member of the Day, 50 years on from his assassination in In the Bible many witnesses saw Christ after he was resurrected. So, in history, we know Jesus walked on this earth, he was crucified as the Bible says and as the bible accurately predicted many times over the course of thousands of years in the Old testament.
Many times their statements are derogatory which shows no bias on the Christian faith, they were against it. Now, many times I find that objections are based on a false idea of what Christians believe. This faith is not moralism. Everyone has morals, but we break them all the time. So what do we believe as Christians? We believe we are a weak people, full of sin, guilty before a Holy Holy Holy God, and His righteous wrath for our wickedness must be satisfied because God is not like a worldly judge who may sweep things under the rug sometimes.
God is a perfect Judge and everyone we have wronged including God Himself has accumulated a debt we cannot pay. Its because we know deep down we are hypocrites and we know we have racked up debt that we cannot undo. He came as a baby born from a virgin, he grew up and not once sinned although He was tempted in every way we are and then some. He claimed to be God and proved it by miracles that even the unbelieving secular Roman historians cant explain away.
He also made the bold statement that He can forgive sins. They took Jesus by night but He knew they were coming. People like me and you mocked Him, spit on him, ripped his beard out, humiliated him by stripping his clothes off, crowned him with painful thorns to mock his kingship, whipped him to the point of exposing His ribs, never begging for His life. Then the nailed him to the cross among other law breakers as if he was guilty of sin.
An innocent man, and perfect Holy God, suffering unimaginably. Jesus felt the righteous wrath of God. Jesus laid down His life for sinners in order to save them. He atoned for every sinner who will has turned to him by faith and who will turn to Him by faith. This is called grace. We deserve wrath for our sins. The second we think we are pretty good, the more we need to focus on the holiness of God. We will always see we are a wretch when compared to God. So all though we deserve wrath, Jesus who was a perfect sacrifice in every way stepped in the place of sinners who will repent and took that wrath. It the most selfless act and for centuries Christians have given up their own lives to share this Good News Gospel with the world.
Now when I sin, its a burden and I hate it because he has changed my heart with his Gospel by the power of His Spirit. Grace is a gift. Salvation is a gift of God. This is why Christians worship Jesus. He is God and what a gift He has given, and what a cost He paid. He took our sins on Himself and gave us His righteousness. We did nothing to earn it or deserve it. You can receive this gift just by faith.
Its not just about believing if its true, its about having confidence in his finished work on the cross, and his resurrection. I pray that if you find yourself on your knees one day crushed by your own sins, you will remember the Good News of Jesus Christ and will place your faith in him and that you will find peace unimaginable, clarity in this fallen world, and joy in the Lord that is unlike any fleeting pleasure the world could offer.
This joy and love towards God will produce obedience to the point you would rather die than to recant. As they are in the presence of the Lord now and forever, I can assure you they do not regret giving their lives. Turn to Christ today and live. Lets use Hitler as an example. No one can know where someone goes in the afterlife heaven, hell, or purgatory because it is completely determined between God and the person.
Before Hitler took his life out of fear, he could have confessed to God that he was truly sorry for the actions that he did. Although very unlikely, it could have happened. So, taking that into consideration, MLK, being as persistent as he was with racial segregation and for the good of all people, could have had a change in heart before he was assassinated. Nobody will everrrr knowwwww. A Christian would never take their life. If you truly believe that you are a child of God and you claim to love God and understand the purpose of life, suicide would not be a consideration. The question to keep in mind is, if you died today how certain are you that you would go to heaven? And why? Seriously no he will experience separation from God!
End of that story. No he was fully God he was born of a virgin and he brought salvation to sinners. Whether Martin Luther King liked it or not I could care less. MLK was a follower of Jesus Christ. He lived it He breathed it He died for it. No man has greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. How can you be so blind?
May God open your eyes. Hell will be populated with people who had right doctrine but never did a thing with it. Get real. Colin Amey. Colin, works cannot save you at all my guy. That is damnable doctrine. Sadly, this author only found what he was looking for because it took me only minutes to research evidence of what kind of faith Martin Luther King, Jr. I find that if many of us were judged by our childhood and early life we would also be found lacking in faith in word and in deed, but it is how we finish that should more accurately define us. When he was older, although like all of us imperfect, he spoke of his hope being in eternity and in the Lord.
He famously said:. Like anybody, I would like to live — a long life; longevity has its place. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. I also recognize that even great men of God, such as David, failed in this way to be Godly. God tells us that man looks at the outward but He looks at our hearts. Jesus says that if we confess Him before men He will confess us before His Father. Listen the video below and judge for yourself.
In the audio to the following video MLK Jr. He clearly proclaims how he returned to the teaching of his father in the following video and talks about the Lord helping him, quotes Jesus from the NT and then names Him. Please watch and see what you think. God bless. Thank you for thinking through this. Sadly, saying that you are following the Lord is not necessarily the same as actually following the Lord. Away from me, you evildoers!
Jesus calls us to look forward to his heavenly kingdom and to rejoice whenever we are persecuted for His sake on earth. David repented quickly. That seems to be very different from MLK, and sadly that is the difference between receiving forgiveness and not receiving it. Jesus said that we will know them by their fruits, and he was not talking simply about their deeds but their character. I watched the video, and it was clear that he was only aware of the sins of others. He uses many of the right words, but does not seem to truly focussed on the kingdom of God, but rather on earth. Clearly very little study was done on King for this article. Aside from googling his career in academia which he largely renounced in , and some searching in his potential infidelities stories of which are denied by key figures in his life and are largely largely untenable as question of motive plays heavily in them , it seems the author does not have any familiarity with King or his faith.
Do better. At least read a book or two of a dissenting opinion to get a full picture. I would not doubt that unconscious bias at best, or outright racism at worst, played as a key motivator in the research and undertaking of this project. But I stand by everything written in this article. Before falsely accusing me of racism, at least post some evidence not just just assertions. I looked for evidence that King renounced his heretic beliefs and found nothing. On the issue of his immorality a lot more evidence has come to light since this article was published. Everything I wrote was true, and it was far worse than we said.
You can find details in this article:. This is a badly written, poorly researched, and summarily awful piece of work. Further, this same bastardized Christianity evolved from people who committed genocide on Indigenous populations, instituted chattel slavery, raped and violated enslaved women, and who continue to advance racist theology. The definition is Christian used in this article is based in the Bible and nothing else. If there are factual errors please post them. Thank you for raising these issues. It does seem likely from the evidence that he was an unrepentant adulterer, which separates him from David, and puts him sadly in the category of those that Jesus condemned.
I reviewed the YouTube sermon that was suggested, and I detect an awareness of the sin of others, but not of his own. His fake Jesus does not call him to repent and instead gives him false assurance. Do not forget that there are those to whom Jesus will say despite prophesying in His name and casting our demons , get away from me, I never knew you. It is with much heaviness that I come to this conclusion, but those around him must bear some blame. They should have presented his sins to him and then to the church and he should have been disciplined 1 Tim Perhaps then he might have repented.
It appears you are attempting to bash a man of God. Curious what is your Faith? Joshua, your article is well-written. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thanks, you bring up a good point. Thank you for sharing! There is nothing inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their poverty causes it. Jose C. Not everyone who says Lord Lord will enter heaven. David loved the Lord and was chosen and Jesus bloodline came from David. Let me give you a detention of what God calls carnal nature. Being under the influence of the visible, the tangible and the temporal. Incidentally… talking of unrepentant adulterers who are self-proclaimed Christians… Paul tells us to have nothing to do with such people.
Do not even eat with such people. Thank you for taking the time to write so eloquently on a subject upon which I believe far too many Christian may not be well-informed. I would like to share a few thoughts with you that I hope you will find constructive and insightful. King myself and was shocked to discover, as you have carefully articulated, that Dr. King had expressed very skeptical sentiments about foundational biblical beliefs in a paper he wrote while at Crozer Theological Seminary. This belief is the very backbone of the Christian faith and should provoke concern when treated disputably.
This is why I think that, by bringing this issue to light, your article has provided the opportunity for a more sober reflection on Dr. In speaking of Dr. This claim prompts questions about 1 why you believe the Bible, as complex a work as it is, only has one message, 2 what you believe that message is, and 3 how you think it should be practically applied to engage injustice in the world. But ultimately, unlike the divinity of Christ, the application of many scriptures- especially Old Testament OT stories- can be vast. I think this partly why Paul encouraged the Roman church to not argue over disputable matters when they were fighting over how Christians should deal with foods sacrificed to idols Romans Paul himself even uses OT scriptures as a framework to speak to the wrongness of Christians treating each other with contempt on that disputable matter Romans So, when it comes to how Christians should deal with social injustice, it may help to consider how Dr.
This may not have been your intention, but to deploy appropriate concerns about his lack of solid doctrine to undermine his application of scripture for advocacy has the effect of promoting a contemptuous and cynical view of Dr. In summary, going back to the question of whether or not Dr. King was saved, I, like you, am very doubtful for the previously-stated reason above. However, that being said, I encourage you to consider a couple things about this. The first is that every human being is just as fallible as Dr. King Romans And since only God knows the heart Proverbs , Acts , I would encourage all Christians to reserve the final judgment to God and make no accusations about the intentions of those who would disagree with the position you and I take on Dr.
Secondly, Dr. In fact, it is shameful to admit as a Christian that this same moral courage was not present in the many other church leaders who, for all their better doctrine, chose to remain silent about the very issues Dr. King was willing to fight and die for. You and many others may not want to view him as a hero,- and understandably so. But I hope you reserve grace and understanding for our brothers and sisters who, despite his shortcomings, wish to still celebrate his influential legacy.
Hi Benjamin, Thanks for your comment. The point of scripture is for God to bring Himself glory by revealing Himself to man. The central message is the sinfulness of man, and how Christ became flesh and was crucified to save a people for Himself. But it is still valid to apply the scriptures to many different areas of life and practice — to society, law, science, personal conduct, philosophy, etc, etc. King or liberation theology said is wrong, or that every application of scripture was invalid, but that there was a fundamental flaw with the theological framework. Like any heresy or false gospel, it contains a lot of truth. But insofar as anyone advocates the equality of all mankind as created in the image of God, I entirely agree. As to whether or not Dr.
King was a Christian can only be conjecture on our part. The evidence can be surmised from his life and his words. As a African American man it pains me to know an very famous influential African American man struggled consistently in the flesh. He allowed sin to reign in his members but it appears to be fact. Yet that does not disqualify him as a Christian! The damaging argument to his life as a Christian is he never gave the plan of Salvation Romans and Ephesians during his most influential times. He never or rarely mention the name that is above all names.
We in the African American community can be angry, insult our foes, cry foul but the blame is on Martin Luther King for not making it clear crystal clear on Jesus Christ being the only Begotten Son of God and whosoever shall believe shall be save. In the end, God is the final judge and His judgement on Martin Luther King is a way above our humble pay scale. According to your doctrine this places George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the same class of eternal judgment as they were deist.
However, their celebration in American history and whether they went to hell is rarely questioned. Oh yah, I forgot, they are white. Principals of scripture are almost always more powerful than the person speaking. We are all flawed. He gave his life for a lot of Christian black people. He ripped down the walls of segregation and changed the history of justice in America. God judges the heart as he did for King David. Just in case if you are wondering, I am a born again Christian who believes in the fundamental teachings of the Bible.
Thomas Jefferson was clearly not a believer based on his writings. Those who claim that he was so are in error. I do not believe there is evidence that Washington was a diest. Instead there is some evidence that he was a faithful Christian. One big difference between Dr King and these men is that they were not pastors, Those who claim to be ministers of the gospel ought to be held to a higher standard. Your point? Khazars are not original Jews. They are converts and Constatine and Rome used the cross to conquer the world not live like Jesus instructed. Joshua Horn It is hard to believe anything our white American brothers say.
If Martin Lither King had an affair so what! This is from kinginstitute. I follow Jesus in my life. But I admire mlk for his unmitigated courage, and I am glad salvation rest with Christ and not man. For some, not you, on the internet have sent mlk to eternal damnation. I am thankful our salvation rests in the mighty hands of God almighty! Joshua, Why would you be worried about offending people that are so emphatically hypocritical?In high school, King became known for his public-speaking ability, with a voice which had louis armstrong - biography into an orotund baritone. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily Martin Luther King Jr.: Fair And Change The World the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. He gave his life for Fanduel And Draftkings: Asymmetric Information: Case Study lot of Martin Luther King Jr.: Fair And Change The World black people. For Martin Luther King Jr. The group acquiesced to presidential pressure and influence, and the event ultimately took on a far less strident tone. King's doctoral degree,' an action Martin Luther King Jr.: Fair And Change The World the panel said would serve Martin Luther King Jr.: Fair And Change The World purpose. Jackson, Thomas F.