We started on this poignant topic that has been creeping into our country via social media, a subject that has evaded the church nowadays! I’ve already written the first of three sequels on this topic, and will delve into this on the Wake Up Everybody Show on Dove radio. Stay tuned! This diabolical doctrine that is fundamentally incongruent and misleading in it’s philosophical dogmas, and theories is obviously detrimental to the core.
Leading a sizable group of our young people to a Christ-less Hell so much so that it is abundantly conspicuous. How can we remain mum and quiet, doing NEXT TO NOTHING in reaching the Millennials? Christianity is Jesus, and Jesus is Christianity! He’s the FACE OF THE FRANCHISE, if I can borrow from professional sports. And so the emphasis must be on Him, and on Him ALONE!! There is only one real objective and purpose in all the universe, which is God’s purpose!
You are either a part of it, or will be parted from it. God’s purpose is the ONLY ONE! One of the most subtle and subjective presuppositions of the AfroCentric, and Spirituality movement is the denial of the historicity of Jesus Christ. This fallacious teaching is obviously laughable to the vast majority of church congregants, yet an error that a lot of our young people believe and adhere to. Can I tell you that the historicity of Jesus is more true than that of Herod the Great, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Siddhartha Gautama, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sir Lynden Pindling and more.
The reality is that if none of these historical figures cannot be denied, and it is incontrovertible. How much more the historicity of Jesus Christ that is ironclad and axiomatically detailed!! 2 Peter 1:16-18, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. “ The apostle Peter here emphasized the reality of Jesus, that is axiomatic and incontrovertible! He was not some invention or aberration of any well planned organization seeking to enslave humanity.
The historicity of Jesus is the question if Jesus of Nazareth can be regarded as a historical figure. Virtually all New Testament scholars and Near East historians, applying the standard criteria of historical critical investigation, find that the historicity of Jesus is ironclad certain! The AfroCentric community salivate over utter ignorance and intellectual suicide in it’s straining at a gnat, in trying to deny the inevitable. Well, the Synoptic Gospels are the primary sources of historical information about Jesus and the religious movement He founded. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all recount the life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of a Jew named Jesus who spoke Aramaic.
The fourth Gospel, John differs greatly from the Synoptic Gospels. Then we have the Acts of the Apostles, which historians often study to connect the dots, as it relates to the first century Church in it’s infancy and the Lord Jesus Christ. Well, you might be saying Keith Evans, what about secular documentations to prove Jesus’ existence? Josephus comes to mind no doubt. Non-Christian sources such as the first century Jewish historian Flavious Josephus. In Josephus’ books, the Antiquities of the Jews, written around AD 93 to 94, Josephus twice refers to the biblical JESUS.
Another Non-Christian historian named Tacitus, in his Annals written around AD 115, describes Nero’s persecution of the Christians following the fire of Rome. He writes that the founder of the sect was named “ Christus “ ( the Christian title for Jesus); that He was executed under Pontius Pilate. The Mishnah (AD 200) mentions Jesus, but as a sorcerer or magician. Thallus (AD 52); Mara Bar-Serapion (AD 70); Phlegon (AD 80-140); Pliny the Younger (AD 61-113); Suetonius (AD 69-140); Lucian of Samosata (AD 115-200). These are all historians, philosophers, and statesmen that mentioned the historical figure Jesus of Nazareth. And keep in mind that most, if not all of them predates the Council of Nicea in AD325. So how could the skeptics suggest that the council was about inventing Someone who already was, and is a well-known person? Bart Erhman, a well known agnostic is grossly misquoted on numerous occasions, as to denying the historicity of Jesus Christ. Bart Erhman may be an agnostic or atheist, but he believes in a real historical person by the name of Jesus, who walked the earth 2,000 years ago, as he himself concludes in his writings. Ah Millennials and Centennials, I love you guys. I love my AfroCentric brothers and sisters.
Christianity is not a white man’s religion, nor an invention to ensnare the most uninformed among us. Grassroots Christianity, I dare say flowed naturally within Africa before it graced Europe. The tenuous joust between both philosophical beliefs are a paradigm of Satan’s weak, and fragile attempt to inhibit God’s people from witnessing to our young people thinking that it’s a losing cause. To deny the historical Jesus is tantamount to denying the existence of any other reputable historical figure. It is very much so peeving and disconcerting to see so many falling for this nonsense!
The Church must be undaunted and intrepid to fight the good fight of faith against ALL heresies. John 2:18-19, “ Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” The spirits of Antichrist is controlling all of the aforementioned false teachings that deny the historicity of Jesus, including AfroCentric spirituality.
John in his writings talks about the last days and the plethora of false teachings that are accrued! The teaching of Gnosticism, which denied Jesus’ humanity and Deity, respectively speaking, are dealt with in John’s love letters. There were two schools of thought in Gnosticism, which comes from the root word Gnosis; meaning knowledge, which are Docetism and Cerinthus.
Gnostics believed that they uniquely possessed a special kind of elite knowledge above all humans. Both were rebuked and eschewed by the Apostle John, and so should it be with the Church today. Another thing is the false teaching that Jesus was a plagiarism of false messiahs such as Attis, Mithra, Dionysus and others. It’s called Zeitgeist, which is the spirit of the time! Of course, all of these can be debunked handily!! With so much to write on, I’ll continue with a part 3 of this teaching. Please, please if you have questions and comments write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.