MLK at the Lincoln Memorial

With the recent 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, many evangelical Christians have been celebrating his life. The Gospel Coalition hosted the MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop conference, lauding his life and work, and calling on the church to reflect on racial unity then and now.

Unorthodox Theology
Martin Luther King Jr’s theology was very liberal. In papers he wrote during his time at Crozer Theological Seminary he made his views clear. He said that the evidence for the Virgin Birth is “is too shallow to convince any objective thinker.” He stripped the doctrines of the divine sonship of Christ, the virgin birth and bodily resurrection of all literal meaning, saying, “we [could] argue with all degrees of logic that these doctrines are historically and [philosophically] untenable.” In another paper he wrote:

[A] supernatural plan of salvation, the Trinity, the substitutionary theory of the atonement, and the second coming of Christ are all quite prominent in fundamentalist thinking. Such are the views of the fundamentalist and they reveal that he is oppose[d] to theological adaption to social and cultural change. … Amid change all around he is willing to preserve certain ancient ideas even though they are contrary to science.

He did not believe these doctrines even though the Bible taught them. Instead he rejected them as superstition because they did not fit his notions of modern science. The doctrines he was rejecting are fundamental to Biblical Christianity.

After graduating from college, we do not see a radical change in King’s theology, or a repudiation of his former unorthodox views. Although he did not explicitly preach these liberal beliefs, his messages were still consistent with them. His message would fall under the banner of black liberation theology – he preached a form of Christianity that was reworked to apply to physical freedom of the slaves. The central theme of his Christianity was not Jesus Christ, the son of God coming to earth, it was the deliverance of the Israel from their slavery in Egypt. In his famous “mountaintop” speech, when he was listing the seminal events of history, he mentioned the Exodus, not Christ’s death and resurrection.

Liberation theology is a secularization of Christianity, using the Bible as a framework to speak to people’s longing for freedom. It is an abandonment of the message of the Bible. Instead of applying the full breath of scriptural to the hearers, it constructs a new theology to appeal to your worldly needs. This fits perfect with King’s denial of fundamental beliefs in the supernatural events scripture records. He didn’t need to believe them if he was just repurposing a few events from scripture to construct his own story of the world.

MLK at the University of Minnesota

Immoral Life
There is substantial evidence that Martin Luther King Jr.’s private life and character was unworthy of a minister of the Gospel, or even of a Christian. The FBI monitored him for many years, wrongly and unconstitutionally using their surveillance powers to get damaging information to discredit him for political purposes. This monitoring included following him on his travels around the country and placing recording devices in his hotel rooms. The FBI claimed to have evidence, both anecdotal and on audio recording of King committing adulteries on many occasions. They even went to the point of sending him an anonymous letter threatening him with the release of this information and encouraging him to commit suicide. The FBI records on King will remain sealed until at least 2027.

We do not have to take the word of the FBI to believe that MLK was not a man who lived a righteous life. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, a close friend of King’s, admitted as much in his book, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down. He wrote that even the night before his assassination, King had committed adultery with multiple women. The consensus among historians is that Martin Luther King Jr. was repeatedly unfaithful to his wife.

 

It is right to commend and remember King for what he got right, including the equality of all nationalities and non violent protests against injustice. But we must not ignore his failings. As with any other historical figure, we must be honest about King, complementing and emulating what he did well, and condemning him where he was wrong. Christians must not forget, in their rush to crown him their hero, that he lived a wicked life and denied the very basics of orthodox Christianity. It is deceptive and wrong for evangelical Christians to claim King as a brother in Christ, when all the evidence suggests that he was not.

MLK meets with President Lyndon Johnson

70 Comments

  1. Well, if he did not accept the divinity of Christ nor accepted Him as His savior, then MLK would probably be experiencing an eternal separation from God in a place called Hell.

      1. you idiot there is no heaven or hell it’s all here and now the bible is a lie all made up stories theres facts if you want the truth let’s start with there are no grave sights for ANYONE in thee bible no MOSES no SAMPSON no DAVIV OR GOLIATH no NOAH no ADAM OR EVE no JOHN THE BAPTIST no DECIPLES no MARY OR JOSEPH no JESUS no grave sights for anybody in the bible it’s all a lie do some research for yourself

        1. How do you know? Are you omnipotent?
          How do you know there is not a God? Are you omnipotent?

          God gave us who are now Christians faith, “not of our own selves it is the gift of God.”
          I do not take credit for knowing God. He allows us to know.

          You do not have to be an expert (like a scientist, a preacher, a pope, or king) to know
          if God exists or not. If you did not have any of the 5 senses, God would still let that
          person know Him if they wanted. You don’t have to be an adult. You can be a kid and your parents not Christians and you never meet another Christian and still come to Christ.

          The Truth is not hidden. People who live pre-historic style in the jungle are just as morally capable of determining right and wrong as any so-called civilized society.
          The same goes for knowing Jesus.
          God is real “democratic” that way.

    1. Are you sure beyond measure of doubt that such a place called hell exists. Yes the Bible may say so but are these really God’s own words or men’s interpretation of God?

      1. The existence of hell is clear from the words of Jesus concerning the narrow path. Matthew 7:13-14 ” Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

        The reference to destruction is talking about spiritual destruction (eternal spiritual death) in hell while the narrow gate that leads to life is referring to eternal life in heaven.

        If you do a study with an exhaustive concordance on the word hell, it is mentioned 54 times in the King James Version. Every word in the Bible is inspired by God. It is His word, not man’s. If you look at the original texts, you will find a similar number of times that hell is mentioned.

    2. Simple people … The Europeans STOLE / TWISTED / CREATED the stories in that FICTION BOOK called the BIBLE 2 control the masses!!!

      1. Making assertions with no evidence isn’t logical. We have thousands of manuscripts to refer to and many can be dated to very specific times. The Isaiah scroll is such great proof of the validity of the Bible. He prophesied that in Isaiah 53 of Jesus’s suffering on the cross to take away sins (Psalm 22 also prophesied this as well as others). That Isaiah scroll was dated (even by secular atheist scholars) to be in the 2nd century BC. So roughly 200 years or so before Jesus was crucified that particular scroll was written by a scribe who had another earlier version. I guess those people you say twisted stories to control the masses had a time machine, traveled back and edited that scroll. (Im not trying to be rude, just showing you the error in this thought).

        I would encourage you to do some research on how the Bible came to be. Also, we have thousands copies of manuscripts written over hundreds of years dating back to the first century AD. You can find many online as there is a big project going on by Dan Wallace (a Greek NT scholar) to make photo copies of all the manuscripts. This way when the claim that Scripture has become corrupt over the course of many years, it can easily be proven that’s not the case. Are there some textual variants? Sure, but we have so many copies and many early ones and can easily see if someone added something to it. Most variations are very minor and do not chnage the meaning of the text whatsoever. If you were to study this, you would come to the conclusion that the Bible is accurate. It has even lead to thousands of archaeological digs that uncovered ancient findings -too many to put in this message!

        For some reason, there is an emerging false accusation that Jesus never existed. Its crazy that many could be that ignorant. I am not sure if thats what you think. Just in case, look at a few Roman historians from the 1st century, such as Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus. For one thing, these are not Christians so there is no bias. But also these guys record Jesus being some sort of sorcerer which tells me they saw miracles they can’t explain. They also recorded Jesus being crucified and guess what else? The tomb was empty! They make the assertion (with no facts) that disciples must have stolen the body. 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. My question to you is ‘WHY?’ Many atheists or other religions know these facts I have given you as they dug deeper and saw that secular foes of Jesus recorded these things. Many times their statements are derogatory which shows no bias on the Christian faith, they were against it. These atheists often say “Well Jesus was just a cult leader.” I would love to know any man who could withstand just 10% of the pain he experienced without ever recanting, and never telling them to stop. “Like a lamb led to the slaughter he never opened His mouth.”

        Now, many times I find that objections are based on a false idea of what Christians believe. They think we go to church and try to be good so that we can avoid Hell and obtain God’s favor so we can go to Heaven. This faith is not moralism. Everyone has morals, but we break them all the time. Morals is another evidence of God as even the Bible affirms The Law is written on every man’s heart.

        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 funny how everyone screams “Justice for this and justice for that”, but we never say “Enact Justice on me for my crimes”. Its because we know deep down we are hypocrites and we know we have racked up debt that we cannot undo. But God’s plan to save sinners was that He would come in the flesh (as a man) in such a humble way. He wasn’t the rich king on a Chariot coming to conquer the world as many think of a king in this world. 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. Some think this is the worst part, and although that is intense physical pain, that wasn’t the worst part. He cries out to His Father in heaven, who for all eternity He as had perfect unity with, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” I can’t understand what Jesus was experiencing spiritually as he bore the sins of many and taking the punishment I deserve on Himself. 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. As Spurgeon once said “How can I continue to do the very thing that killed my best friend.” Although there is still sin that I fight to kill, I and other believers are under grace and will never experience the wrath of God. 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. Think of faith as confidence (con fide in the latin means “with 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. Paul and Peter both died for this message under Nero’s reign. 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.

    3. That’s not necessarily how it works. Lets use Hitler as an example. Hitler did some very bad things, like mass genocide, but that doesn’t mean he was send to hell. 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

  2. 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. had.

    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. In that context I don’t doubt that MLK Jr. was a follower of Christ in word and in deed. 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:

    “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really 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.”

    MLK Jr.’s submission was to God’s will and his faith was clearly in the Lord.

    Before today I had never heard that MLK Jr. wasn’t a Christian, although I heard of his infidelity towards his wife. I also recognize that even great men of God, such as David, failed in this way to be Godly. Even so, he was called a man after God’s own heart, David being a murderer and adulterer. Of course it’s because he repented before the Lord.

    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.’s faith was in the Lord and in eternity. 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. I don’t doubt Martin Luther King, Jr. was a born again Christian. Please watch and see what you think. God bless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhRQa6pQkoY

    1. Hi Jose,

      Thank you for thinking through this. Sadly, saying that you are following the Lord is not necessarily the same as actually following the Lord. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23
      “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
      When MLK said that he had seen the Promised Land, he was talking about things on earth. 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. MLK’s persistent and unrepentant adultery disqualifies him.

      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.

  3. Clearly very little study was done on King for this article. Aside from googling his career in academia (which he largely renounced in 1955), 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. You’re attacking an important figure in Christian History. 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.

    1. I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert on King and am not familiar with all of his writings and speeches. 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. If he actually did, please send me references and I’ll be happy to look at them.

      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:

      https://standpointmag.co.uk/issues/june-2019/the-troubling-legacy-of-martin-luther-king/

  4. This is a badly written, poorly researched, and summarily awful piece of work. Further, the author’s definition of Christianity seems to be rooted in the bastardized white American corruption of a religious tradition that began in North Africa and them spread to the uncivilized peoples if modern day Europe. 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.

    1. The definition is Christian used in this article is based in the Bible and nothing else. If there are factual errors please post them. Hurling insults doesn’t change the truth.

  5. 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. He spoke words on behalf of Jesus that do not match Jesus’ words in the Bible. 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 5:20-21). Perhaps then he might have repented.

  6. It appears you are attempting to bash a man of God. There wasn’t anything good mentioned about this man. If it wasn’t for God using this man, you wouldn’t be able to even experience a Black anything. Curious what is your Faith ?

  7. Joshua, your article is well-written. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first recipient of Planned Parenthood’s “Margaret Sanger Award.” She was the driving figure that gave birth to Planned Parenthood. She was also into eugenics and considered people of color “human weeds.”

    Thank you,
    Pastor Bill Fowler
    Church Without Walls

      1. Wow! I had no idea that MLK was in agreeance with the woman who founded Planned Parenthood. Thank you for sharing!

        He literally said “The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many UNWANTED CHILDREN. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to CONTROL. There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is NOT WANTED. That which should be a blessing becomes a CURSE for parent and child. There is nothing inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their poverty causes it.”

        Wow!

  8. Jose C. Not everyone who says Lord Lord will enter heaven. You can’t compare David to MLK. David loved the Lord and was chosen and Jesus bloodline came from David.MLK wasn’t chosen and never brought people closer to the Lord only his own teachings. It’s clear you only know how to quote scripture but have no possession of it. The way you die is the way you’re judged. If you die an adulterer you’ll be judged as one and God will have nothing to do with the carnal nature. Let me give you a detention of what God calls carnal nature. Being under the influence of the visible, the tangible and the temporal. There is no sin in heaven… Nothing is going to heaven that didn’t come from heaven

  9. Incidentally… talking of unrepentant adulterers who are self-proclaimed Christians… Paul tells us to have nothing to do with such people.

    1 Cor 5:11
    But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

    We should not praise such people… and we certainly should not vote for them.

  10. Mr. Horn,

    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.

    I’ve previously researched the personal faith of Dr. 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. While I myself don’t endorse a completely literal reading of every scripture, I do think that King’s apparent dismissal of the divinity of Christ as superstitious literalism casts serious doubts on his faith. The most surprising and concerning of all was his rejection of the resurrection of Christ because, like the Apostle, Paul himself stated, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17 NIV). 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. King’s faith and legacy.

    In speaking of Dr. King’s legacy, though, it appears that your skepticism about his faith potentially produced a cynical perception of King’s application of scriptures in his combat against injustice. In your article, you suggested that using the Bible as a framework to speak to people’s longing for freedom is “an abandonment of the message of the Bible”. 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. Now, I’m confident that you probably have great insights revolving around those questions, and I encourage you to lovingly engage them in robust discussions. But ultimately, unlike the divinity of Christ, the application of many scriptures- especially Old Testament (OT) stories- can be vast. I don’t know if there is always a single right way to view and practically apply the paradoxically unchanging, yet dynamic wisdom found in God’s word. 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 14). 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 14:10-11). So, when it comes to how Christians should deal with social injustice, it may help to consider how Dr. King’s robust use of scriptural themes revolving slavery and freedom, though disputable, benefited his struggle against injustice. 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. King’s legacy.

    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. And if he wasn’t really a Christian, it honestly wouldn’t be surprising if the accusations about his infidelity were really true. 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 3:23). And since only God knows the heart (Proverbs 21:2, Acts 15:8), 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. King’s faith, even while calling out the negative effects of a potentially less informed opinion of Dr. King’s faith. Secondly, Dr. King’s faith, as flawed as it may have been, provoked him to fight social injustice with a moral courage that was either criticized for not being violent enough or threatened with harm and death by those who attempted to intimidate him into silence. 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.

    1. Hi Benjamin,
      Thanks for your comment. I didn’t mean to imply that the scripture only has one singular message. 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.

      My point in the article wasn’t that everything Dr. 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. It misses the message of the Bible by making it purely about man and man’s physical needs on earth instead of being ultimately about God, what He is doing in the world, and how He commands men to treat one another. Like any heresy or false gospel, it contains a lot of truth. (Otherwise it wouldn’t deceive anyone).

      At this point I can’t say I am well studied enough to either support or disagree with the timing of certain points of Dr. King’s message and the tactics he used. But insofar as anyone advocates the equality of all mankind as created in the image of God, I entirely agree.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  11. 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. HOW CAN HE NOT SPEAK THE SSVING GRACE OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST and call himself a Christmas?
    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.

  12. In the end, God is the final judge and His judgement on Martin Luther King is a way above our humble pay scale. Martin Luther King’s moral courage was way beyond the the moral courage of many Christians in the south who used scripture to enslave black people. 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. By today’s standard King David would have been impeached and given the death sentence. 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. That’s enough for me to celebrate whether Christian or not! 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.

    1. 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.

  13. 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. White people have lied so much throughout recorded history that it is more reasonable to be a skeptic than a “believer”.

  14. Joshua Horn
    It is hard to believe anything our white American brothers say. After all it is STILL in the AMERICAN HISTORY BOOKS that COLIMBUS DISCOVERED AMERICA! AND THE FACT IS THAT’s A WHITE AMERICAN LIE! WILL WHITE AMERICA ADMIT CHRISTOPHER LYING COLUMBUS LIED? NO THEY WONT!

    So Joshua Horn, PLEASE STOP! ! Do your research on Christopher LYING Columbus and make this be YOUR NEWS for 2020!

    If Martin Lither King had an affair so what! Find out for me if Christopher LYING was sleeping with SHEEPS or what ever animal his crew slept with.

    Thanking you in advance for your research.

    PS: DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE DIRTY DERDD OF J EGAR HOOVER or the dirty FBI during Martin Lither King’s life time!

  15. This is from kinginstitute.stanford.edu: This is an excerpt from mlk speech on Easter, “Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have fit testimony that this earthly life is not the end, that death is just something of a turn in the road, that life moves down a continual moving river, and that death is just a little turn in the river, that this earthly life is merely an embryonic prelude to a new awakening”
    I believe mlk to be flawed, and his theology was twisted at 22-23 when he attended seminary and wrote the papers on the virgin birth of Jesus and the resurrection but I remember when I attended seminary so was mine until I learned the truth. 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!

  16. Joshua, Why would you be worried about offending people that are so emphatically hypocritical? We know for certain that Messiah strongly rebuked hypocrites in no uncertain terms. All humans both individuals and groups have themselves to blame. Whenever we point our finger at anyone we have three pointing back at us. Well over half of those killed in the civil war were Yankees. How much appreciation do you see them getting? All of the complaint against “white people” is the same as the Nazi complaint against the Jews.
    Well over 90% of the world’s social welfare spending is from the United States and Europe. The thanks and appreciation are underwhelming to say the least. I will say that any and all rejectors of the Word of God should not be heroes for God’s people. That includes a great many white men that also need to be accurately reported on. Our great weakness is in placing men where only Christ should be. Everyone who has mere humans as their heroes will be disappointed.

  17. First of all I read do not judge others. I also read that we will know followers of Jesus by the fruits they produce, and the fruits that MLK, Jr. produced were definately those of the Holy Spirit. Being liberal or conservative are not the marks of following Jesus, but they are as Jesus taught: loving God…loving others…and even loving yourself. I try to do those things, with God’s help, and leave the judging to God who judges all perfectly. I would suggest we all do the same as well.

  18. I love truth no matter who it is or what it is and I never believed he was a born-again Christian. You don’t cheat on your wife; you don’t fornicate with loose women who idolize you for your popularity, looks or money. God is his ultimate Judge…but denying the Virgin Birth and living in sin as he did is a scary thought for anyone, not just MLK.

  19. This Author DID do his research.

    I happen to have a 1965 paperback (just three years before MLK’s death) called “The White Problem in America”. The book is a compilation of essays written circa 1965 compiled by Ebony magazine.

    One of those Essays was written by MLK, entitled ironically enough: “The Un-Christian Christian”.

    I thought of transcribing the whole 7 page article but several in context quotes should suffice:

    MLK states:

    “I thought first of the many people who have been with us since the beginning of the struggle, who have fought with us , who have bled with us suffered with us and died with us, who have been the very apotheosis of the Christian faith, straight out of the pages of the Acts of the Apostles. THESE ARE THE TRUE SONS OF FAITH”. “They come from all walks of life. Some are church members, but many are not. Some were clergy of all faiths-Protestant, Catholic and Jewish”

    Here MLK, in the beginning of his essay gives us his definition of a ‘true’ Christian. Nothing about Repentance or Faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice for sin – which is our root problem. No, if you are in the civil rights fight in America, that’s what makes you a son of God – quite wrong scripturally. His essay title was called “The Un-Christian Christian” so I don’t know how he includes the Jewish faith as necessarily Christian – a bit of cognitive dissonance there.

    MLK states:

    “all men as sons of God”; “where millions of God’s children are being trampled over by the iron feet of oppression”; “It is surprising how seldom ministers and rabbis in the South or North have preached the truth of the biblical teaching on the brotherhood of man with courage and conviction”; “Where all men are brothers……to live as an heir and partner to the Kingdom of God”.

    Here MLK, misunderstands the biblical notion of being a Child of God that comes through repentance and faith in Christ the God-Man as our personal substitutionary sacrifice for sin by the finished work on the cross, MLK by-passes repentance and true faith and basically unbiblically calls all men ‘children of God’ God is not your father without repentance and faith i.e. our biggest need is that we have ALL sinned against God in a myriad of ways and taking away that SIN is our real need to have God as our Father otherwise Scripture says that the devil is our father by default through the original fall of man.

    MLK states:

    “The awful fact about the South is that Southerners are making the Marxist analysis of history more accurate than the Christian hope that men can be persuaded through teaching and preaching to live a new and better life”. “The wedding of Christ with the culture of the South may well prove to be the end of Christianity as a world religion”

    Here MLK in his complete misunderstanding of Christianity resigns it under Marxism of all Ideologies because history has shown how wonderful that has been under Stalin and in China etc. His myopic and theologically wrong view of Christian history is crystallized (on the admitted failure of the colonial era regarding slavery) is accentuated in his prediction. As if the whole history of Christianity has been seen to offer nothing good to civilization otherwise and is now somehow doomed forever – what a irresponsible and fanciful prediction. True Christianity will survive until Christ comes back and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. Theologically he talks a lot about teaching and preaching but nothing about becoming a new creature through authentic Repentance and Faith i.e. Regeneration to a new creation.

    Anyhow, I recommend anyone who wants to see firsthand how MLK did not begin to understand true Christianity just three years before his death should procure a copy of this book and read the essay in it’s entirety. This social Gospel which has been counterfeited as the true Gospel has done much harm to the witness of the True Church of God.

  20. Mr. Horn
    Though offended at first, I do appreciate your writing. It shows me that there is still much work to be done to bring the Gospel full circle.

    Personally, however, what I would give to bear witness to a moment in which you forsake the comforts white privilege–a birthright that has afforded you a rose colored lens through which you merely peer at struggle–in order to feel the lived reality of a man who was constantly on the brink of death in his Christ-driven quest to see marginalized people validated as human beings. Would you have it so that he simply served as a chaplain…facilitating the call to salvation as his people took their final breaths while hanging from trees? Was he supposed to hold an alter call at the Million Man March while the Christians in political power undermined the very foundation of Biblical human existentialism–that man and woman were created in the likeness and image God? While darkness pervaded through the hearts of Christian people who professed to be saved, was he supposed to offer them salvation again, or show them Jesus, a real life vessel who facilitates soul transformation?

    Salvation is not the end of this earthbound race. We still have to walk with Christ in Spirit and in Truth and Dr. King showed people how to do that. “Be not conformed unto this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may prove what is the perfect will of God.” There are many who profess belief in Christ whose souls I’m sure are saved, yet they never experience transformation of soul or mind and in that right, make Christ no more than an idol. I recommend you read: “What Jesus Meant” and “The Revolutionary Politics of Jesus.” This life is no one-dimensional experience…

    Furthermore, the Social Gospel is easily undermined by Fundamentalists as it requires a forfeit privilege in pursuit of social equity. When cupboards are overflowing, no such resource is foreign, and capitalism works in your favor… When your people aren’t disproportionately criminalized, imprisoned, and impoverished, with an inflated boldness can you proclaim that the glory is for the hereafter and not now. While I do not condone or excuse Dr. King’s philandering, I do encourage “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” Christ lived as a human to show us how to live as humankind. One can’t follow Jesus and not live according to His teachings and philosophies of life. Christ didn’t turn over money changing tables because he wanted everyone to go to heaven. While that was his existential goal, he also opposed capitalism and self-righteousness.

    Nothing better than reading the Bible in its entirety as opposed to being governed by sectoral doctrine.

    Peace be with you,

    Your sister in Christ who believes Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I agree wholeheartedly with your last line – all belief and practice must be based off of a personal study of the entire Bible.

      I believe in a gospel that effects every area of life. The scripture is sufficient for all of life and godliness, and the principles contained in it out to be used to reform every aspect of society.

      However, if a pastors ministry is only about things of this life, it is a waste of time (or worse, proclaiming a false gospel). If a generation’s entire attention is turned to injustices in this present life, all of that is meaningless if they are not converted by Christ and receive the promise of eternal life.

      God bless,
      Joshua Horn

      1. Whether or not Martin Luther King is in hell or heaven we are speculating about his life in reference to Jesus Christ and I think mlk should get some points for that.

    2. @Whitney Simpson
      What a disgusting response you gave. “White Privilege” is a myth created by the God hating atheist secular world. It appears you have bought into critical race theory hook, line, and sinker. Please, show the chapter and verse in the Bible that talks about “white privilege” and where it tells a specific type of person they need to repent for the way they were born. Such awful ignorance. Repent of that foolishness. There is one race, the human race. Everyone descended from Adam and Eve. That is what the Bible teaches. Unless you have evidence that someone has committed the sin of hatred towards someone because of the color of their skin you do NOT get to judge an entire group of people because of their color. In fact, even if you did find someone who hated someone for the color of their skin, why does that automatically make everyone else who may look like that person guilty of that person’s sin? It sounds to me like to are in a church that doesn’t teach the Bible correctly. They are more interested in conforming to the current events of the world rather than seeking and pleasing God. I would flee that church as soon as possible and find a teacher who understands what proper exegesis is. You are being lied to.

      Also, as for MLK, he denied that Jesus was God. In Jesus own words he said, unless you believe that I AM, you will die in your sins. Denying the deity of Christ is a DAMNABLE heresy. If he believed that when he died, Jesus own words condemn him.

  21. Our concerns, as true followers of Jesus, should not be whether a person goes to heaven or hell; Instead our focus should be in the word because that’s the way to find God. After finding him, we should continually read to build a stronger relationship with him. I encourage all of you to meditate on Jesus’ commandments because they in turn will help us enter the kingdom. As far as MLK….God told us about him and people like him in Jeremiah 23:25-32. Jesus was very clear about his return and his warning to us to stay away from wicked acts in Revelation 22:12-15. Remember, we can’t be responsible for others, but we must be careful of how we conduct ourselves and how we lead his sheep. May the spirit of truth be with you and guide you to the true lamb of God, who is the only way to the Father.

  22. You seem to forget that God doesn’t choose the perfect man for their are non. Saul was a murderer who refused the notion of a messiah he hated it. King David fornicated some believe he raped Bethsheba. God knows the hearts of man better than anyone. Yes Doctor King while young had beliefs that weren’t in accordance to what Jesus taught us. He was young and walked with science and used the human mind to try to rationalize the Bible. But you cannot rationalize the bible for it isn’t just a book you read. You can’t find a magic formula in it as if it were a science book. And MLK realized as he grew. He learned that it was only through faith and the belief in all mighty God and our lord and Savior Jesus Christ can the Bible truly be understood. Who are you to criticize him you who live in sin, does his sin out weight yours? He lived as a man of flesh and bone but he died a man of faith full in the glory of the lord. He saw the promise land for he had accepted the lord and in the end he died with Jesus in his heart. We shall all be judge and we shall all be found unworthy in the presence of the lord but it is through his grace that we shall be cleansed in fire and join him and God in the promised land Dr.King Saw.

    1. Please point me to where in his speeches or elsewhere it is recorded that Dr King renounced his previous belief and said that “it was only through faith and the belief in all mighty God and our lord and Savior Jesus Christ can the Bible truly be understood.” When did Dr. King repent like David did? How do you claim to know his heart when we see the fruits of unrestrained sin in his personal life?

  23. Wow. So many great responses here answering the fallacies of this article. I don’t know that I can offer any thing better without devoting too much time to my response, hitting at each erroneous point than to say this. I think it’s so sad that people continue to compare christian leaders with people like King David. King David had EIGHT WIVES and numerous concubines concurrently! Maybe the label that we place on adultery isn’t lining up with the Almighty’s. I hate the idea of anything other than one man being married to one woman and being absolutely monogamous til death do them apart. However, that’s not what we see with King David, so how does he end up being the measuring stick for any Christian living today? Or ANY bible champion from the Old Testament. So why keep trying to compare their morality against what is required of believers in Yeshua today?? This is OUR measuring stick>>> Mark 16:17-18 King James Version (KJV)
    17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

    18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

    Does this describe you? Check yourself to know whether you are in the faith.

  24. Joshua,
    I am a pastor and have been in ministry for over thirty years. I believe I hear your heart. However, I am interested to know why Dr. King was chosen out of all the people you could have chosen for comment or ridicule? As Christians, we are not called to judge or make speculations regarding things we have no clue about, particularly whom God has chosen to use. Without question, God chose Dr, King to accomplish the work that he ordained. There has been no other man like Dr. King nor will there be another. You must admit that you have never had the privilege to sit in on a Sunday church service to hear any message preached by Dr. King, so you have no idea as to how often or not that he lifted up the Majestic and exalted name of our precious Jesus. I am confident that he did it far more than you can imagine. The stage Dr. King found himself trusted upon necessitated the methodology and communication skills used differently than expected of the common Black Baptist Preacher. Had he played into the expected image of mainstream America always quoting scripture, I do not believe he would have been able to accomplish all that he did. Also, I would like to point out to you the fact that you have not lived long enough to realize that your salvation will not insulate you or anyone else from their facilities, weaknesses, or humanity regardless of title or position. Because no man or woman can live a life of consistent perfection, Christ has come to be our redeemer. God does not demand a perfect life. He demands perfect faith in his son Jesus. I read where you said that ministers should be held to higher standards. You are correct. However, that standard is the same for all believers and followers of Christ. God has no respect of person. You mentioned that Washington was a faithful believer. However, he was also a notorious and cruel slave owner! The great pastor and author of the famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Johnathan Edwards is remembered for the Great Awakening and called a Christian brother. However, he too like so many other so-called great ministers as you might regard was also a slave owner. Even today, in our nation’s churches Sunday is still the most segregated hour of the week. In many White Evangelical churches around the world, the name and gospel of Christ are being lifted, yet these same ministers are racist, bigots, liars, thieves, distorters of the truth, and fornicators. Will they make it to heaven? Neither of us knows if or when they repent and ask forgiveness. God alone knows all. I would just like to ad that I agree with you that those called and privileged to proclaim the gospel of Christ should live consecrated lives. However, I am a living witness that to do so has nothing to do with personal discipline or goodness, it is only by the power of the living God. Lastly, I would like to remind all those that had so much commentary regarding Dr. King’s alleged infidelities, his faults are no greater than our own. All sin is sin and abhorred in the sight of God. Even at our very best, we have all failed. None earn browny points with God. We have no righteousness. We are all only made right with God through faith in Christ. My final thought fro you Joshua is this. You mentioned that the focus on the present is a waste of time, and that Eternity should be the priority. Though that is undeniably true, Jesus and the apostle Paul consistently demonstrated the heart of the father by emphasizing caring for the poor, needy, and marginalized here in this present age.

    1. Mr. Scott, thanks for your comment. Dr. King was chosen as the subject of his article because we saw a growing movement among evangelicals around the 50th anniversary of his death to accept and exalt him in a way that wasn’t consistent with history or sound theology. This article doesn’t judge on something we don’t know about, its entire point is to present the facts of history as we know them to be.

      I certainly agree with you that no one can live a perfect life, that all Christians are called to high standards, and that it is the power of God that gives holy lives.

      I believe I said focusing “only” on the present is a waste of time. Christ, Paul and many other prophets and apostles spent a lot of time condemning injustice and caring for the needy (and so should we). But not one of them could be said to focus only on that, or focus on that at the expense of eternity.

      Thanks for your comment.

  25. Knowing the facts of history include that the founder of the FBI, J Edgar Hover, was a racist…and that like it or not, he did’t release any alleged evidence of King’s “unrepentant” infidelity when it could do him & his followers the most harm….while conducting COINTELPRO, murder of Black leaders in more “radical” movements, frame-ups against innocent Black leaders, etc…it’s likely that this “substantial evidence” of MLK’s infidelity is a frame up too. I looked at the “evidence” of arguments for and against King’s alleged infidelity, as well as his change in theological beliefs. One common thread of those in favor MLK being immoral were “facts” presented by the racist…and still very “good ol boy”…FBI, and Black people whom MLK had friction with, to include jealousy.

    I do know that one difference between Christians and sinners is consistency, while noting exceptions: sinners are consistent in doing wrong and being unrepentant, most of the time. Christians, while they stumble, are consistent in living the Christian life. Concerning MLK and any other person perceived as a “Black leader” in our society, I see consistently unreliable, “sources” with a history of lying against and even framing Black people, since the beginning of the 13 colonies.

    It reminds me of the so-called FBI stats on Black-on-Black crime that anti-Black racists love to mention: they don’t mention how these numbers are tabulated, the fact that the FBI admits that over scrutiny of one ethnic group (relative to another) can create a false narrative, that the FBI has systemic racism…and that criminals tend to victimize folks from their same cultural/ethnic background. I’m a Christian who understands advanced math & science and the numbers just don’t add up concerning MLK’s alleged sins.

    So, I have a vote of no confidence in any so-called evidence that MLK was living an immoral life, or that he continued to deny Christs’ divine nature.

    I see evidence of the misnomer “evangelical”, but the would take so long to respond to. I do know that being a Christian is not just living a moral life…but worshiping correctly too. Again, future long topic, but plenty of Bible to support that…especially when we compare the entire book of Acts and Christian doctrine to what modern day “Christians” claim is Christianity.

    1. Since this article was written, a lot more of the FBI files have been released which document very shocking claims. You can find a summary of them here. They seem based on solid evidence

      https://standpointmag.co.uk/issues/june-2019/the-troubling-legacy-of-martin-luther-king/

      As to why the FBI didn’t release that information, that’s a complicated question. It seems the FBI preferred to keep damaging information on hand to use at the right moment, rather than just releasing it publicly. They used it (wickedly) to try to manipulate him in to suicide. Perhaps they thought this would be more effective than just releasing it. But just because they didn’t publish it doesn’t mean that they didn’t have it.

      If you have any evidence that Dr. King’s theology did change please post it. I have seen this often claimed, but never proved.

  26. Mr. Horne.

    A November 9th poster claimed to quote the evidence that King’s Theology did change. You said that was not proof enough. I come from a huge family…some aunts, uncles who saw and heard Dr. King sing a different tune from the “evidence” that you’ve provided. However, my point is that there’s not enough evidence to assume MLK was as bad as you say. when one considers the severely racists, and Frankly, evil sources that most of this so-called evidence comes from.

    However, you implied that such information is not good enough to change your belief of Dr. King’s moral character. You believe sources that have a history of telling half-truths, lies, and strategic omissions to me and my ancestors since they were brought here in chains. You belief sources that have always tried to paint Black people in America…and Black leaders (both real and perceived) as spiritually and morally inferior to White people since the very existence of these sources. I do not believe these sources (to include the FBI). I’m prudent enough not to accept them as “gospel”, regardless of my own human frailties.

    Why the FBI did not release what they had was not as complicated as you assume, if one realizes the nature of the FBI as one of the sources described above….they didn’t have the evidence to do the harm they wanted.

    As a Christian who’s become seasoned in both doctrine and lifestyle, I’m not ignorant to the fact that Martin Luther King, did not exactly preach the complete gospel…when comparing Baptist theology to the Church that Jesus, the Christ, built (as described in book of Acts and the rest of the New Testament). I will say that such evidence is clear and that is one of his faults. Other than that, I take the moral character stuff with a few large grains of salt.

    You stated that one of your reasons for writing this thread against MLK’s moral character was due to what “evangelicals’ are doing with his legacy, relative to Christian based morality. I do not see the same zeal when it comes to White “Christian” persons of history whom many “evangelicals” memorialize. Based upon the close-to-zero credibility of the sources for you to draw this conclusion, the timing of your opinion post, and way it was presented…folks have a right to question your motives. I’ll be open-minded and give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not a racists. As a Christian, I must be a thorough examiner of people if I expect them to give me the benefit of the doubt when/if they examine me. However, I will say that what you wrote is CONSISTENT with a pattern of White people who say they are Christians, but who are just racists with Bibles at worst…or have a “converting the natives” attitude toward non-White folks…especially Black/African folks…at best…the more “friendly” type of racism I’m used to seeing and experiencing since my birth. The “converting the natives” attitude usually assumes that the morally inferior non-Whites must be taught that they or those who they look up too have one or more fatal flaws, even flaws that make them unChristian or inherently less moral than their White counterparts. When the word of truth is rightly divided, they will ignore that they too have looked at sources that traditionally have been hypocritical at best, like the pharisees.

    I see that most agreeing with you on this topic claim to take the scripture at face value…but then take these sources which have had racial bias in them since before any of us were born and elevate the sources to the same level of reverence of the Bible…especially when these sources speak ill of MLK…or any Black leader, for that matter.

    Well, my response is extremely too long, so I apologize for that and this will be my last response, as I see no further reasoning that can be done when even the definition of how one becomes a Christian is different for several people who have responded to your post. However, I will note some scripture on how I became a Christian:
    Hear the gospel: Romans 10: 17
    Believe the gospel: Hebrews 11: 6
    Repent of ones sins: Luke 13: 3, 5
    Confess belief in Christ as divinity, who died for us: Matthew 10: 32-33
    Be Baptized: Acts 2: 38

    Now: being faithful until death: Revelations 2: 10; is something that causes much debate, but there are at least 2 more scriptural references to back this one up.

    I can only hope that reasonable people…especially concerning Christians who want to create better race relations, will “consider the source”, as the saying goes.

    blessings,

    SB

    1. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate that you acknowledge that Dr. King’s message did not contain the whole gospel. I also hold that the FBI is a suspect source, though looking at the evidence from their archives I have come to the conclusion that the stories are very credible. One thing to remember is that this isn’t information distributed for the public by the FBI. That is not trustworthy, as it would not be surprising if they dealt in misinformation. These stories are coming from their internal records that have only now been released. Those they had no reason to falsify.

      Criticism of my motives doesn’t particularly bother me. People can falsely slander us as racists, but I’m not sure it’s worth any effort to try and disprove them, as it’s a charge that is nearly impossible to refute based on the standard that some like to apply.

      I do agree that many historical figures who are held by many to be solid Christians are anything but. If there are particular examples that you think we should post about, just let me know and we’ll consider it.

  27. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. We are all capable of unrighteous acts, I thought that’s why God made us human. I didn’t know that everyone was supposed to be never unwavering and faultless. Where did I miss that in my Bible studies? I do remember reading how one should never judge lest ye be judged because the only being who should pass judgement on another is God himself. I cannot avoid ad hominem here; I believe you are very self righteous and a pompous bigot. There are a multitude of ways to interpret King’s views and it is important to understand the context in which a thought was expressed before passing judgement which you have no right passing as a mortal. What makes you the gatekeeper to the domain of Heaven? What makes any man beyond redeemable? We are all filthy rags in the eyes of the Lord. Also, leaders should not be held to a higher standard in any regards that does not effect their capability to lead- in church or otherwise- we are all human and fall short of the grace of God. I hope you remember that it is the sick who need a doctor; it is the ones who struggle that need the love of Christ the most.

    1st Corinthians 13

    1. “one should never judge”
      “you are very self righteous and a pompous bigot”

      Thanks Lucky Lou, your comment put a smile on my face this evening.

    2. On a more serious note, I am not the one who judges or condemns anyone, I’ll leave that up to God. I do feel qualified to speak to Dr. King’s conduct, as I am not guilty of the things that he is credibly accused of. Please explain how I’m misinterpreting Dr. King’s views if you have any evidence that points to that actually being the case.

      Funny you should bring up 1 Corinthians. Chapter 6:9-11 comes to mind:

      “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

      God is the gatekeeper of the kingdom of heaven, and this passage shows how He keeps the gate. He cleanses sinners, and gives the Holy Spirit. We have a promise that the lives of believers will not be characterized by these sins, and we are given passage like this one so we can hold leaders (and others) accountable to that.

  28. Thank you, Whitney Simpson & Dave Scott. I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. Mr Horne, as far as your comments to Lucky Lou, I get that you were saying it put a smile on your face because you felt judged by him. However your article is certainly passing judgment and condemnation on a man that is no longer alive. That is not a Christian thing to do. He laid down his life to help us all. MLK did as much good for my race(white) as he did for blacks. If you can’t see that, I pray for your eyes, mind & heart to be opened.

    1. Just because someone did good in their life doesn’t mean that other areas of their life are not worthy of condemnation. If this article was condemning Thomas Jefferson for owning slaves, or Joseph Stalin for massacring his people, would you still be saying it’s wrong to pass judgment on someone who is dead? Evaluating and judging the past is fundamental to history.

      It’s easy to assert that something isn’t a Christian thing to do. If that is so, please demonstrate it from scripture.

      Thanks for your comment.

  29. Dear Joshua,
    Thank you for sharing factual information about MLK. I agree that sometimes people put him in a lofty place in Christian history. If he had professed more about Christ being the centrality of his life, I think the discussion would go a different way. I acknowledge your meek responses to criticisms in these threads of comments. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for desiring Christ to be the center of all, not human hands/minds.
    Blessings, Caleb

  30. God says that His people perish for lack of knowledge. Why are you closing your minds, assuming that the writer is racist? You must be interested in information, you can learn something you have formally not known. Why do you harden your hearts and close your eyes? I am a black woman. I trust God,no man. If MLK had an agenda other than what is in accordance to the Christian belief, shouldn’t we be made aware? Research these accusations for yourself. Research in depth, you may be afforded freedom from hidden lies of the devil , your enemy. You should want to teach your children truths. Are you uncomfortable confronting trues? Pray ask God For He certainly is a lover of truth. Don’t be so offended, God said that to you.

  31. Anyone who denies the Virgin birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a wolf among the sheep, a heretic. Study the Scriptures and you will find that a heretic will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.

    Freedom is found in Jesus Christ through the Spirit. Ye must be born again. Daniel was a slave in the Babylonian Kingdom, yet he had God’s favor upon him. This is freedom. Instead of pointing black people to the real Jesus Christ, MLK sold them a pipe dream. MLK did not want freedom to serve the God of the Bible, but for the flesh. Look at the blacks today: about 75% of the children are born of fornication. Theft and murder run rampant. Abominable. Yet, the only sin talked about is “racism”. You hypocrites! After God freed the Hebrew slaves from Egypt, they too didn’t want their freedom to serve God, but for the flesh. So God wanted to consume them all.

  32. My mother was born in 1950 (Jim Crow) Arkansas. In the 90’s she’d often tell me, ‘Integration destroyed the Black community.’ She said Black teachers actually LOVED and CARED for us. That we had our own, Black owned businesses, etc. These conversations were my first experiences at seeing the Civil Rights Movement as the FRAUD it really was.

    We all know what type of ‘Christian’ Dr. MLK REALLY was. That’s not as important to me as why he thought leading Black Lambs into the Den of White Wolves was scriptural.

    They always show the 1955 Montgomery bus Boycott as a Civil Rights Victory. But how was it a Victory for Black people? Allegedly, the bus company (Montgomery City Lines) was losing $30,000.00 a month during the Boycott, so they relented and allowed to Blacks back on the buses to sit wherever they chose. Wouldn’t the Victory for Blacks rather had been to continue Boycotting (FOREVER), keeping that $30,000.00 a month for yourselves, invest it to start YOUR OWN (Black City Lines) bus company instead?

    Dr. MLK had a strange Messianic complex. He actually compared himself to Moses in his ‘Mountain Top’ speech at the MASONIC TEMPLE (Church of God and Christ), on April 3, 1968. How dillusional! Moses DID NOT lead the children of Israel in a March around the Pyramids! He threatened to KILL Pharaoh’s firstborn son. And all the firstborn in Egypt, from the throne to the stables if Pharaoh continued to enslave GOD’S firstborn son.

    So, the Black Lives Matter movement is yet another FALSE movement Black people seem to be ever enamored with. Who knows why. I believe it might be that Black people are a lot like my Father. You see, my Mother was light, bright and d— near White. That’s why my Father loved her. Because he jes’ wanted good ol’ Massah to gives him a hug. Just like Black people did in MLK’s time and still to this very day.

  33. As Christians, we are called to preach the gospel of Jesus. If MLK (was a Christian and) preached Jesus, he would have made a true and lasting impact.
    The gospel is the power of God unto salvation.
    Everything else is the flailing of sinful man.

  34. There is scarcely a movement to make the world better that does not have its detractors. “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” Let’s each look into our hearts and become the Christians we are called to be. In our humble efforts we might find a new level of empathy for those who try to change the world. We might appreciate how ambiguous and challenging and unpredictable this work is. Something in this discussion calls to mind debates over how many angels fit on the head of a pin…rigorous but at the end of the day not where the thrust of God’s goodness lies. At the end of the day, God scoops each of us up in love to celebrate what we have been able to do to advance his presence and forgiving us all our shortcomings, all of them.

  35. My uncle worked for the FBI under Hoover. Early in his career, he was assigned to guard doors of a meeting in Atlanta at a large hotel. As King was leaving the conference room, he was blasting Andy Young for getting him a black prostitute instead of a white one.

  36. The problem with liberal Protestantism’s view of Jesus is that it cannot really distinguish him in any meaningful sense from great Christian saints such as Francis of Assisi or Seraphim of Sarov, or known miracle workers such as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (20th century), who were known to radiate holy auras from their faces, like Jesus did on Mt Tabor. We really should call him St. Jesus, since he is just another human son who intimately united himself to God and lived a truly holy life. No need to be baptized into his name, no need to address prayers to God through him, no need to call him Lord. Basically, the apostles all got it wrong, as did Jesus himself, when he declared that he longed for the Jewish people to shelter under his wings throughout many ages, though they would not. The liberals are very fond of Jesus, but ultimately they deny Him on a fundamental level.

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