Martin Luther King Jr.–Unbeliever?
MLK in his own writings:
1) Denies the deity, sonship, virgin birth and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
2) Calls the garden of Eden a myth in line with “other oriental religions” and says that science and the Bible are at odds.
3) Did King ever repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Apparently not. The following was spoken the night before he died. The speech is entitled, “I See The Promised Land” and was delivered April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He had not abandoned his heretical notions:
“As you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of general and panoramic view of the whole human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, ‘Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?’– I would take my mental flight by Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn’t stop there. I would move on by Greece, and take my mind to Mount Olympus. And I would see Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides and Aristophanes assembled around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality.”
I guess Christ was never enough for King. He will never be enough for men who favor the social gospel leading to Hell. Racial justice, equality for all – this is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ – it is a lie. It is in fact, not even logical.
Yet the push for social justice, racial equality supersedes biblical truth for many, and is far more important an endeavor to live and die for. The propagation of such popular thinking, and promotion of Martin Luther King Jr., is especially frightening when we see it coming from highly influential public preachers and bloggers.
Martin Luther King Jr. is not a man to be honored for his faith, but pitied.
I am ashamed that I never knew this about MLK (though I had heard someone say that he was a communist/socialist). I guess when someone is emblazoned in our culture as much as MLK, much of this stuff gets overlooked, or worse, swept under the rug.
Though I suppose there is no reason why our nation can’t/shouldn’t honor the man for what he did for civil rights. His brand of peaceful resistance was certainly preferable to Malcom X’s more aggressive stance. Though you’re right, he should not be honored as a Christian minister if he held to these heretical views.
“Racial justice, equality for all – this is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ – it is a lie. It is in fact, not even logical.”
I agree. Civil rights does not equal the Gospel. Period. Martin Luther King was clearly heterodox and the fact that his denomination did not excommunicate him for heresy speaks volumes.
I do have a question. As you assert that racial justice and equality for all are a “lie” and “not even logical”, what are your specific beliefs on what constitutes proper race relations in the spheres of both the secular government and the Church?
In essence, you have rightly concluded that Martin Luther King did not preach a biblical Gospel and I share these views. On the other hand, I am not clear on what your model for just and biblical race relations is. It would be very helpful if you would elaborate on that.
Only edit – you should have put a question mark in your title. Indeed, there’s no evidence of a true Christian, but we should not make declarations that this man is an unbeliever – you did it right in the body of the post saying “apparently …” and “I guess …”
I stand with you in declaring the errors of any “public messiahs”.
Have you considered that, judging from the dates, these may be academic papers written for grad school? One’s faith is not static and certainly mine has grown since my college days. Who is to say that he was not a Christian? You presented very early evidence, but ignored the body of evidence based upon his later (and most significant) work. In his ministry he spoke of Jesus in a very real and personal way, both as Lord and Savior. It’s time for Christians to stop being led by buzzwords (“Socialists and communists and liberals, oh my!”) and start being fair minded in their approach to issues and people.
Have you considered #3, a speech delivered the night before he died? That was a long time since his grad days.
Thanks for the enlightenment. I for one believe that sometimes you CAN accurately discern a person’s spiritual status by what they say. Jesus told us “by their fruits you will know them.” One of these “fruits” is certainly their doctrine! If someone denies Christ as revealed in God’s word, he is not a true believer. Simple. Now…if he did come to a saving knowledge of Christ at some point, there should be a repudiation of these earlier held heretical beliefs. And no, merely speaking of Jesus in personal terms and referring to Him as “savior” and “Lord” are not indicative of regeneration. MANY false teachers speak like that. His last speech again makes his profession suspect, as he pays homage to Greek philosophers, claiming that they “discussed the great and eternal issues of reality.” On his fly-by of history he honors the philosophy of pagans but makes no stop at the cross of Christ. Sometimes you can tell a lot about a person by what they DON’T say.
I think it’s a shame that you won’t allow dissenting views from other Christians (or any one else for that matter) to be posted on this comment thread.
I do in fact allow dissenting views. See comment policy for why your last post was not posted, and consider using your actual name, instead of hiding like a coward behind an anonymous, fictional alias, unless, of course, you don’t really believe what you say….