Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FAITH QUESTIONS: Are blacks cursed?


FAITH QUESTION: My pastor recently taught that black people are cursed by God. Is this true?

I need to be very honest here: immediately find a new church to attend. Racism is a heinous sin that is incompatible with true Christianity. It is not simply that racism is something Christians should avoid. Rather, if one demeans or devalues another human being on the basis of color or ethnicity then that person’s very salvation is called into serious question. A true disciple of Christ can be a racist about as legitimately as he can be an abortion doctor.

All human beings are cursed because of our sinfulness. This includes blacks, but it also includes whites, Hispanics, indigenous peoples, and every other people group under the sun. Because we are all equally cursed, we all stand equally in need of Jesus’ salvation.

Frankly, your pastor will stand before God one day and be judged for his satanic, racist ideology that was authored in the darkest corners of hell. He is a false teacher, a pawn of Satan, and a heretic. By this teaching he has distorted the doctrine of humanity, the doctrine of the church, and even the doctrine of redemption. Scripture teaches that we are all created in the image of God (doctrine of humanity), the church is comprised of every tribe, nation, and tongue (the doctrine of the Church), and Christ is no respecter of persons who redeems all who accept him as Lord (doctrine of redemption). The center of the Gospel is the message of the love of Christ. Looking down on others, and elevating ourselves above others, is a mark of hatred and pride. These lead to death and hell, and are the very things Christ came to save us from.

Scripture teaches us that Christ came to call all peoples unto himself. The Old Testament declares, "Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him" (Daniel 7:14). The gospel is preached "to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people" (Revealtion 14:6). John's vision of heaven was one of "a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands" (Revelation 7:9). There is no room in Christianity for those who would deny the very center of the Gospel.

My African-American fellow believers are my brothers and sisters in Christ. We once stood equally guilty before God and equally deserved hell. Now we stand equally forgiven before God as equally loved children.

They are no longer cursed, but your pastor may very well still be…

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10 comments:

  1. Frankly, your pastor will stand before God one day and be judged for his satanic, racist ideology that was authored in the darkest corners of hell. He is a false teacher, a pawn of Satan, and a heretic.

    C'mon, Josh. Tell us how you really feel. :)

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  2. Josh, I am unclear on your position here. Can you clarify?

    It is hard to believe anyone can read the Word of God, and come away with the conclusion that some people are cursed because of their skin color. I am guessing that the Ethiopian official was blakc skinned, and yet he was one of the most dramatic examples of God's sovereign grace in the Bible.

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  3. Maybe I got a wee bit heated. :o)

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  4. Rightly so. It saddens me that a seeming absurd notion is still prevalent in the world. Even our corner of the world. Even in our churches.

    There are so many evils that have wormed their way into the Church, that such race nonsense seems ludicrous. Wanna talk about the fine line between grace and liberalism? Fine. Wanna talk about the fine line between separatism and legalism? Fine. But, "Is a black man cursed?" C'mon...

    Just proof, I suppose, that Satan is alive and well. He so craftily takes the focus away from real issues, and leaves us with racism. IN THE CHURCH.

    UGH!

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  5. I love it when you get overheated and righteous...especially when you are right!

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  6. I was just wondering if this pastor's teaching was some evil nugget from Mormonism, which used to teach something along those lines. Worth looking into.

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  9. I just looked at your friends, and didn't see a SINGLE muppet! What do you have against Muppets? It's not easy being green you know...

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  10. LOL Shawn. I felt my response was too snarky, so I deleted it and the original comment.

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