Jamal Bryant teams up with Louis Farrakhan, and not everyone is happy
By Michael Ortner | Fjt.com
Pastor Jamal Bryant, the leader of Baltimore-based Empowerment Temple Church, is hosting yet another event that he is calling a “history making moment.” Bryant will be joined by none other than Louis Farrakhan, the well-known face of leadership of the Nation of Islam. The broadcast, set to air on August 3, will be shown on “The Word Network.”
Bryant’s decision to make Farrakhan a featured guest on the program has left many Christians questioning his motives. While Empowerment’s pastor is known for inviting controversial religious figures into his church, 82-year-old Farrakhan seems to trouble the minds of some Christian viewers.
“Jamal finds himself in the company of and sponsoring false prophets. In recent past, persons in the name of Todd Hall, Brian Carn and Juanita Bynum. Who can forget Jamal standing by saying nothing while Juanita tells his congregation that she captured a picture of Jesus in the sanctuary on a cell phone?” writes the administrator of the blog, “Pimp Preacher.”
“So you nor I should really be surprised that he will be hosting Farrakhan who preaches another gospel not of Jesus Christ. Nor does Farrakhan know Jesus as Lord of His life,” the blog continues. “Now, I am not saying that persons who are not believers do not have a worthy contribution.
What I am saying is that a Christian Broadcasting Network should not be the place for speakers like Farrakhan. But Farrakhan has been invited to speak for years at many churches on the local level.”
After Tweeting about the Empowerment Encounter special to his 214,000 followers, Bryant was asked by one user, “What God are y’all talking about here?”
Other users jumped into the conversation, saying that Christians should not be concerned with the religious beliefs of the speakers as long as they are promoting the rights of African Americans and justice.
One user wrote, “Awesome combination. Can’t wait.”
The hash tag that Bryant is claiming to promote the event is “#justiceorelse.”
What do you think? Is sharing the stage with a Muslim a compromise or a step towards necessary unity in the black community?
‘Stalk them and kill them,’ Farrakhan says, calling for 10,000 volunteers to kill whites
By Gregory Tomlin | christianexaminer.com
MIAMI (Christian Examiner) – In a sermon reminiscent of the fiery rhetoric of an Islamic State preacher, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, now 82, said in Miami the time has come for 10,000 black volunteers to kill white Americans.
In the sermon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Farrakhan said he was looking for “10,000 in the midst of the million … 10,000 fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny” to retaliate against white Americans because of their alleged oppression of black people.
Farrakhan said the Quran calls for retaliation when “slaves” are oppressed.
“Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breath of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling,” Farrakhan said.
“Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children while white folks give the killer hamburgers,” Farrakhan said, referencing the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, who killed nine black church members at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 17.
“Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400 year old enemy. Death is sweet. The Quran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter.”
The content of Farrakhan’s sermon was published at his website Final Call, which promotes the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. That event will take place in October, the culmination of his national “Justice, or Else” tour.
According to the Nation of Islam paper, the anniversary march “will be no frolic, no picnic, no folly, but a serious demand for justice place before a government rife with injustice in police killings of blacks, Native Americans and others inside America.”
Farrakhan also pointed to the oppression of blacks by whites as the chief reason for unrest in America, but also pointed to the crisis of blacks killing other blacks through “fratricidal violence.”
“And the police, when they kill us, they put the lie out first and then back up the lie with the institutions of government of White Supremacy. And so even though we march and even though we fight against this injustice, it continues unabated.”
Farrakhan said whites, “like serpents,” are deceptive.
“They would like to charge us with radicalizing our people by telling the truth, but every time they kill a black man or beat up a black woman or unjustly stop us for traffic violations and then kill us, we are being radicalized. They are the ones who are radicalizing us. All we are doing is telling the truth of what they are doing,” Farrakhan said.