Allen, Richard – Educator, Minister – Founder of Black Church
The sources cited in defense of "the truth" is exceptional and compelling. This assault on black theology and prophetic proclamation is a matter every black preacher should be concerned about. Keep up the good work. You make me proud to be an A M E. Earl Harris, Pastor, Gtr. Allen A. Church, Dayton, Ohio. Richard Allen", I believe it to be insulting to Rev.
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Allen and to the gospel of Jesus Christ to compare him Rev. Allen , and his true Biblically based gospel message to the ego-filled rants of Mr. First of all Jeremiah Wright has absolutely no bibilcal basis whatever, to pronounce curses, invoking the holy name of God, on the United States. If anything, especially as a minister of God he should be leading his congregants in prayer for the nation and our leaders. This is in the Bible, Titus ,1Pet. At best Jeremiah Wright is making a mockery of the call of God for pastoral ministry.
Secondly, it is obvious his feelings are hurt from all of this exposure, and Jeremiah Wright is in dire need of prayer for humility and grace. Any UNSAVED soul can rant, and perform for the camera, but the minister of God should be above such behavior, especially an elder of the church, if he is truly called to such a position.
I feel for both Mr. Obama and Mr. Wright, but I really do believe Jeremiah Wright is in need of some serious alone time with God. Post a Comment. In his poem entitled "If", Rudyard Kipling seems to speak to the current controversy surrounding the misrepresentation about Dr.
Jeremiah Wright's sermon when he says " And while this wise counsel is usually a good course of action to take when people are being less than honest about who you are and what you've done and what you've said, there is also a time when someone must speak up on behalf of those who have been wronged. It is not dealing in lies, but it is issuing a response for future generations who will one day wonder what their fore parents thought about the important issues of the day. Rather than sit back quietly while the character and ministry of one of America's most prophetic voices is maligned, clergy and laity of the AME Church have been vocal in their support of Dr.
Bill Dickens. At least 3 notable responses have been making the email rounds that I'm aware of, and I'm sure that there are more. William Watley, Ph.
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Some may say that responding to such foolishness as Dr. Wright being compared to Adolph Hitler is a waste of time, but I would argue that the historical record demands that someone tell the other side of the story. Click here to hear Dr.
Wright's so-called controversial sermon for yourself and you be the judge of whether or not he went too far. In fact, the uproar about Dr.
Wright and the response by the community of faith within and without the AME Church, can be compared to an episode early in the life of the Black Christian Church in America, as it came under assault by the media of the day. In , the city of Philadelphia then the capital of the United States was besieged by an outbreak of the Yellow Fever.
This outbreak led to the deaths of 4 to 5, people of a population of just under 30,!
As President George Washington, the Congress, and almost all of the other citizens of Philadelphia fled the city, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and other free Blacks remained to care for the sick and dying. Allen and Jones had been convinced by Dr. Benjamin Rush a signer on the Declaration of Independence and a leading physician that Blacks could not become infected by the disease. Although, over Blacks lost their lives as a result of this erroneous information, the group nonetheless worked tirelessly and bravely in the face of death.
However, their thanks for placing their lives on the line was to come by way of an accusation by Matthew Carey, a s publisher in Philadelphia. Carey was a leading journalist in that day and wrote an account of the events during the Yellow Fever outbreak A short account of the malignant fever, lately prevalent in Philadelphia. His short pamphlet was so popular that it went through 4 printings. In the first 3 editions, he accused the Black nurses and grave diggers who stayed to help in the crises of stealing from the dead and inflating their prices to take advantage of the sick.
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While he was generous in his comments about Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, he was less than kind with the majority of Blacks that stayed behind. Even though by 4th edition, Carey had changed his story and corrected his error, the story had become a part of established myth and lore. The lie, in other words, had taken hold. And so Allen and Jones picked up the pen to set the historical record straight.
While some would have been content to just let the story fade away on its own, they decided it best to tell their side of the events. Allen and Jones were quick to point out that maybe Carey's memory was not clear on the events because he fled the city during the plague, even though he was designated to stay and help the sick! Yet, now upon his return, he was quick to point the finger at those who risked their lives to stay. They did not shy away from debate or intellectual discourse.
We should not shy away from intellectual and theological discourse and debate. We are faced with challenges from within and outside the institution. We are a people born of struggle. Challenge is not new to us. From our very foundation, we have learned how to function with passion and clarity. Thou saved them in the trying hour, Ministers and councils joined, and all stood ready to retain, That helpless Church of Thine. Bethel surrounded by her foes, but not in despair, Christ heard her supplicating cries; the God of Bethel heard.
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