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Brannon Howse: Tonight on the Worldview Weekend Hour, what was the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Was he truly surrounded by communists? Did he know it? And was he even warned by the president of the United States to separate from these communists before he brought down the entire Civil Rights Movement? What is the biblical answer to racism? Should men like John Piper and Matt Chandler be promoting Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who upheld a biblical worldview? Matt Chandler says that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the Word of God and had a love for the application of the Word of God. Tonight we’ll examine the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Worldview Weekend Hour begins right now.
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Brannon Howse: Welcome, I’m glad you’re with us. I’m Brannon Howse. It’s the Worldview Weekend Hour. We’re gonna look tonight at the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr. Let me simply say if you are someone who has tuned into this program or heard about this program and hopes to watch a program that will somehow justify your racism, then let me tell you you have come to the wrong program. Because not only is your racism disgusting, it's actually an attack on the Word of God and the God of the Bible, Himself.
We’re gonna look tonight, and perhaps in a second program, at some very important issues, historically and biblically. But first, let’s make it very clear. There is no biblical excuse whatsoever or justification for racism. In fact, there is only one race–the human race. We should only be talking about people groups, not races of people, but simply ‘people groups.’ For there is only one race.
How do we know this? Take your Bible, if you would, and go to Acts 17:25. Acts 17:26 says this – we’ll start at verse 25. “He, himself,” meaning God, “gives to all people life and breath and all things.” Now verse 26. “And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.
Now some translations put it this way. That he made man from one blood. From one blood. I highly recommend a book to you by my friend, Ken Ham, entitled One Race, One Blood. We actually produced a DVD several years ago that featured Ken Ham. “One Blood, the Biblical Answer to Racism.”
In fact, as I said, Acts 17:26 in other translations reads, “and He made all nations of men from one blood.” Did you know that there is virtually no difference between that of a Caucasian man and a black man? Ken Ham writes that the “racial” genetic – (he puts quotes around racial.) The “racial” genetic variation between human beings of a different race is a mere 0.012 percent. This is an excellent book that destroys racism–biblically and scientifically. I hope you’ll pick up a copy on Ken’s website there at Answers in Genesis. One Race, One Blood.
So, my friends, there is no justification or basis for racism. We have no tolerance for racism. But yet, we also have no tolerance for the communists and the Marxists who have highjacked the racial issues of our nation for their own agenda. My friends, the Marxists, the communists, the Muslims–they desire to hijack racial issues and then say that the source of all suffering and oppression is capitalism and Christianity. I have warned you about the Frankfurt School and their cultural Marxism many times that they brought to America in 1933. And they openly declared that the source of all suffering and oppression was Christianity and capitalism.
And so for many generations, the Marxists, the communists, the socialists have hijacked any issue they could. Oftentimes, movements that had a good purpose. And they hijacked those in order to further their agenda. One way is by hijacking the Civil Rights Movement, as well as hijacking issues that come up today between various people groups. And that needs to be exposed.
Today such agendas hide under names like ‘white privilege.’ And we did a whole one hour refuting white privilege last week that you’ll find now at wvwtv.com. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it I hope you’ll go and watch it at wvwtv.com. You can also watch it through our free radio and television app at wvwtv.com/app.
But white privilege is nothing more than the promotion of socialism, Marxism, communism. And we played undercover video clips from the fiftieth annual white privilege conference in Madison, Wisconsin where those promoting white privilege said that if you’re a Christian, you hold to Christian values, you’re a capitalist, you’re a racist. And so, please understand the goal has been by the globalists and the communists for a long time to hijack issues for their own agenda. Today, there’s a red green axis between the Marxists and the Muslims. And together they’re hijacking issues to divide America and Americans and to say that the source of all suffering and oppression is American’s constitutional republic. It’s Christianity. It's capitalism.
And so whether it’s white privilege or Black Lives Matter, these are very destructive movements. If you don’t believe me, then perhaps you should go read the writings of such conservative black Americans as Thomas Soul or Walter Williams, or perhaps my friend Star Parker. Star Parker is a black American lady who, at one time, was on welfare–and would get pregnant in order to increase her welfare, and then abort. And eventually she heard the glorious gospel–the true biblical gospel–not a social gospel, but the biblical gospel. And she became a new creation in Christ. And today, Star Parker warns about many of what she calls the ‘poverty pimps.’ She’s written a book about it with that in the title. She also has written a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation–how the government, and many within the government, largely the Democratic Party, has a desire to enslave black Americans through a welfare system. She is a black conservative American woman. I highly recommend you read some of her writings.
So if you don’t want to take my word for it, take the words of some wonderful conservative black Americans like Thomas Soul, Walter Williams, Star Parker, and the list could go on and on.
But it's vital that we understand that the communists and the globalists create friction between people groups and economic groups to try and prove that the source of all suffering and oppression is Christianity and capitalism. It's also important that you understand that their goal is what? Revolution. Their goal is revolution in America. Through the destruction of capitalism and through a Judeo-Christian worldview system of values upon which our constitutional republic is based. Thus, their goal is the destruction of our constitutional republic. Nothing less than a revolution. And they hijack racial issues–“racial issues” in order to achieve this purpose.
The globalists and the communists, they’re agitators who create a crisis, and then offer up communism and socialism as the solution. They create the crisis and then offer up as the savior themselves, the communists, and the globalists. Communists and globalists have for years and generations pitted one group against another. The haves against the have-nots in order to create a crisis. And then to offer up the solution. More socialism. Moving away from a constitutional republic. Moving away from capitalism to socialism.
Saul Alinsky, who was known as Saul the Red Alinsky, a Marxist, the communist agitator who wrote Rules for Radicals, openly said that change comes from the conflict. That change comes from the conflict. They deliberately create conflict in order to offer up the solution of the crisis they have created.
Now am I saying that there are not people who are racists? Indeed, there are. And those people should be condemned. But that’s sin. That is the issue of sin. And it needs to be addressed from the scriptures. But they take issues and the evil hearts of men and women, and they bait them in order to create division, to create a crisis, which they can then say is the source of what? Christianity and capitalism. That’s the source. So understand what we’re talking about.
So in this broadcast you’re gonna hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and you’re gonna hear from his own speeches where he indeed embraced socialism. Redistribution of wealth. And even nationalizing some industries.
Why does this matter? Because we have men, like John Piper, and Neo Calvinist Matt Chandler, telling evangelicals they need to follow the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr.. This broadcast really would not be necessary if it were not for the fact that many useful idiots within evangelicalism are now trying to portray a man and his worldview as being biblical. While we can agree with his war on racism, we cannot agree with his morality, nor can we agree with his solution. Socialism is not the solution to any racial injustice. Not at all. And yet who’s made this an issue? I believe it’s men like John Piper and Matt Chandler who are trying to say we need to follow the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr.
So let’s examine the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr. and let’s do it accurately with his own words and from the writings of those he called his close associates and best friend. Let’s watch this first clip by Matt Chandler on Martin Luther King, Jr..
Matt Chandler: I think probably one of the more polarizing characters as we think about American history, as we think about the civil rights movement, as we think about is Martin Luther King, Jr. For some, very much a hero. For others some questionable character traits that they would point to and say, I don’t know how we can champion this man or we could hear what this man said or look at what this man did and champion that view of these things. And yet I think it’s important for us to pay attention to what God accomplished through this man. An imperfect vessel who was used profoundly and powerfully by God and set for us a real picture of how a church can be involved in pushing back the darkness in the day and age in which it exists.
Brannon Howse: So did Martin Luther King, Jr. in his worldview set the pattern for the church today, the New Testament church in dealing with racial issues? In other words, is the solution to racial injustice socialism, or redistribution of wealth? Because that’s, according to his own writings and speeches and friends, exactly what Martin Luther King, Jr. was about: Democratic socialism.
Is this another perfect example of how the communists have co-opted the evangelicals to do their bidding? I believe it is. Watch this next clip from Matt Chandler.
Matt Chandler: And here came Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SLC and predominantly African American congregations, although there certainly were some white brothers and sisters who hopped in on this. And, man, they were used profoundly by God to reorder some social constructs and line them up more with what we see to be the heart of God in the Word of God. And so I think he’s an important historical figure, and I think he’s an important brother for us to look at and study in all his frailty and in all his strength.
Brannon Howse: Apparently Matt Chandler doesn’t know American history. Because he’s implying that God used Martin Luther King, Jr. in order to align society up more consistently with the Word of God. Well, what did Matt Chandler think was going on since 1866 with all the Republicans passing one civil rights bill after another? Again, as though all of this came about when Martin Luther King, Jr. formed his organization in 1957. No, this had been going on since 1866. Not only that, how can Matt Chandler say that God used Martin Luther King, Jr. to line the culture up with the Word of God when Martin Luther King, Jr. was promoting that which is contrary to the Word of God in the area of socialism? The Bible is very clear. Socialism is not biblical. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not be involved in ill-gotten gains, the Bible clearly teaches.
So again, I don’t think Matt Chandler really understands a lot. One of them is history. I think what Matt Chandler of the Village Church might want to come to understand is that he’s perhaps become the village idiot for the communist movement, as he promotes white privilege and other talking points of the communists. Watch this next clip.
Matt Chandler: So I want to learn from his love for the Word of God, his application of the Word of God in the time in which he was living. And want to live my life in a same way. To be bold and courageous and know that, man, there are gonna be people that misunderstand me and despise me because of standing on the Word of God. And so I’d encourage us to study the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. because he is a picture of standing up on the Word of God against the tide of what was considered normal in his day. But we can clearly see in the scriptures what was wicked from where we sit in 2018. So what is it in 2018 now? What is it in our day that’s clearly contrary to the Word of God? Clearly wicked. That would call us to be men and women of courage and standing in opposition against?
So did Martin Luther King, Jr. stand on the authority of the Word of God? Did Martin Luther King, Jr. believe in the miracles of Jesus? The deity of Jesus Christ? Aren’t these important issues? Aren’t these important questions? Or should we be afraid to ask these questions?
You see some people have emailed me after my radio program, many did, saying, ‘thank you so much for doing this broadcast. I had no idea about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his worldview.’ Well, the question is, do you want to know the truth? Do you want to know true history? Can we be thankful for some of the things Martin Luther King, Jr. called for? Yes. Was his solution to these problems, Democratic socialism–the undermining of the authority of the Word of God by denying key central Christian doctrines–acceptable? No. Should we be opposed to racial injustice as it’s called today? Absolutely. One Blood. The Biblical Answer to Racism. I highly recommend this book. One Blood. The Biblical Answer to Racism, by Ken Ham.
But we should not be afraid due to political correctness to ask important questions or to refute misinformation. Did Martin Luther King, Jr. stand on the authority and application of the Word of God, or did he actually, through liberation theology, undermine the Word of God? We’re gonna answer those questions tonight in this broadcast. But first, here is another neo Calvinist promoting Martin Luther King, Jr. and his worldview. Watch this clip of John Piper.
John Piper: [quote] I suppose for 20 years we have devoted Martin Luther King weekend to a focus on racial harmony and racial diversity at Bethlehem Baptist Church. They’ve continued it on even after I was finished as the lead pastor. Let me just say a word about what that means, why we do that.
When we do that, when we focus on racial harmony and racial diversity or ethnic harmony and ethnic diversity, we’re not focusing on the theological framework of Martin Luther King. We’re not focusing on the ideological or political framework of Martin Luther King. We’re not even focusing on the spiritual and moral framework of Martin Luther King. That’s not what’s going on.
We’re talking this moment in our cultural life as a focus point because Martin Luther King became in his life and in his death a flashpoint for a transformation that was needed in American culture. Needed in the American church that I was a part of in Greenville, South Carolina. Needed in human hearts like mine. He was the embodiment and the explosive moment that made crystal clear what has to change in the culture, in the church, in this person’s life, and I think millions of others like me. That’s the first meaning of doing it on that weekend.
And the second meaning is he became a voice. A voice of blood. Crying from the ground like Able’s blood. Crying from the ground for a thousand lynchpins. Ten thousand indignities. It was a voice representing blood from the ground.
So you take the transformation flashpoint and you take the voice and you say, this is a good moment for our church to think about these things. [end quote]
Brannon Howse: Now if the church wants to think on biblical issues related to racism, why don’t we go to the Word of God? Would you, as he’s done for 20 years, have MLK Sunday, would you have a day, a Sunday, for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama? Would you do that? Cause you would say, no, their worldview doesn’t line up with scripture.
Well, what exactly was the worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr. theologically? Let’s look at that. But first, let me ask you this question. John Piper acts as though the flashpoint, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the flashpoint that began a transformation. In the culture. These guys act as though the events that were being carried out in the civil rights arena since 1866 that include the passage of the thirteenth amendment, the fourteenth amendment, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, like these things didn’t even occur. In other words, they’re acting as though none of this started until Martin Luther King, Jr. came along, when the reality is there were men almost 100 years before Martin Luther King, Jr. came along who were working to make right the racial injustices in our nation. And these guys seemed to have forgotten the history. But they’re also seemingly making out a man whose worldview was not biblical in many areas as being the model to be followed by the New Testament church. As though somehow we cannot find devoted godly men–even godly conservative men from different people groups by which to exhort us from the Word of God to the solutions of the day.
So what was the theological worldview of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Look at this. Here’s a article from the San Francisco Gate. Writings show King as liberal a Christian rejecting literalism. In other words, King rejected the literal biblical interpretation of the Word of God. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, flew to San Francisco to ask Stanford Professor Cleburne Carson to examine and write about the box’s contents. She brought a box of contents to him with letters and things. It wasn’t known until these papers were released how consistently King had been developing the social gospel. By the way, let me just stop right there. The social gospel.
The social gospel was founded and started really by Walter Rauschenbusch, a Fabian socialist. Walter Rauschenbusch. I write about him in my books Grave Influence and Religious Trojan Horse. Walter Rauschenbusch, the father of the social gospel movement, was a Fabian socialist. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about his great respect for Walter Rauschenbusch.
The social gospel is not the biblical gospel. The social gospel is about changing people’s economic condition or state. It is not the biblical gospel of faith through Christ alone and repentance.
So the article states again, it wasn’t known until these papers were released how consistently King had been developing the social gospel, nor the extent to which King rejected a biblical literalism. King didn’t believe the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale was true, for example. Or that John the Baptist actually met Jesus. According to text detailed in the King papers book, King once referred to the Bible as mythological in quote, and also doubted whether Jesus was born to a virgin, Carson said.
King, “Wanted to develop an intellectually respectable form of Christianity that did not require people to simply abandon their rational critical abilities,” Caron said. The essential truth King saw, according to Carson, was the social gospel–“to see the Bible as a message of spiritual redemption and global social justice.”
So, my friends, how can Matt Chandler say that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the authority of the Word of God, loved the Word of God and applied the Word of God when we see from the writings of someone named Carson who examined these writings that were brought to him in a box by his wife, Coretta Scott King, this expert Carson says no, he rejected some of the essential Christian doctrines.
Now we’re gonna see that not only did he reject the central Christian doctrines, he was calling for socialism. In fact, listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his own words.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: We must also realize that the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.
Estimated that we spend $322,000.00 for each enemy we kill in Vietnam, while we spend on the so-called war on poverty in America only about $53.00 for each person classified as poor.
All labor has dignity. And you are doing another thing. You are reminding not only Memphis, but you are reminding the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.
America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. And the question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. And the real question is whether we have the will. [end quote]
Brannon Howse: My friends, you will never end poverty. Jesus himself said the poor will always be with you. Why is there poverty? Well, one reason is because of sin. We live in a sinful fallen world. And we also have people involved in sinful activities and behavior. Not that all poor people are poor because they’re involved in some kind of sinful behavior. Again, we live in a sinful fallen world where even the innocent people are the victims of consequences or the victims bear the consequences of other people’s sinful actions. For instance, sometimes and oftentimes children bear the consequences of the sin of their parents, regardless of what people group they come from. A single mother can bear the consequences of the father that up and walks off.
And so again, many people suffer economic consequences and other social consequences because of the sin of others. So we will always have poverty because we live in a sinful fallen world. Jesus said that himself. The poor will always be with you. But notice that Martin Luther King, Jr. says the solution to these problems is redistribution of wealth. He says it in those clips you saw–that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages. Well, my friends, what are you gonna have then? Mandatory incomes? My friends, there’s now a push by some states to make their minimum wage law around $15.00 an hour. What is happening in those states where they’re pushing for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage or cities are pushing for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage? Go look it up. Those companies are leaving. And if they’re not leaving, they’re getting rid of their employees by going to more automation.
You’re gonna quickly watch as people are pushing for workers at fast food restaurants to receive such high wages, you’re gonna see those fast food restaurants go to automation–where you put in your own order. So what they’re gonna do is eliminate jobs. The socialists, by demanding such high hourly wages that cannot be supported by basic economics 101 and free market capitalism, those businesses will have to eliminate employees in order to survive. And so what they’ll do is they’ll start to automate more. And so what will end up happening is people who can least afford it, poor people, will lose their jobs. Because socialism does not work.
So when Martin Luther King, Jr. said it’s a crime for people who live in this rich nation to receive starvation wages, the solution is not socialism. The solution might be entrepreneurship. Teaching a trade. A skill. A craft. But it’s certainly not socialism.
He then went on to talk about the haves and the have-nots. Typical Saul Alinsky language. Pitting one group against another. Well, what does he say is the solution? Listen to this clip of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his own words as he calls for restructuring the capitalist system toward a democratic socialism. Watch this.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: One day we must ask the question why are there 40 million poor people in America. And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society we’ll call upon to help the discouraged beggars in Life’s Marketplace. That one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. And you see my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question who owns the oil? You begin to ask the question who owns the iron ore? You begin to ask the question, why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that’s two-third water? These are words that must be said. [end quote]
Brannon Howse: Well, notice what he said there. We have 40 million poor people at the time he was giving this speech and he called for broader distribution of wealth. Redistribution of wealth. That’s socialism. He said we must question the capitalistic system. He said we must question the edifice that produces poor people. That such a system needs to be restructured. He’s calling for democratic socialism, folks.
And as you’re gonna see, even many radicals, like Cornell West and others, have said, hey, this guy was no saint. He was a radical. Now let’s honor his legacy by carrying out some of his socialistic ideals.
By the way, did you know that when he was alive his disapproval ratings were over 60 percent? His disapproval ratings were over 60 percent. Why? Because those who were actually listening to what he was saying knew that aside from his civil rights agenda, his solution to the problems would not work. Socialism will not solve racial problems. In fact, it’ll make them worse. The people who are the most hurt by the welfare system are minorities. Historically that’s true. The war on poverty only created more poverty. That’s why people like Star Parker, a black American conservative, has written the book Uncle Sam’s Plantation and said the welfare system–all it did was enslave more minorities. Socialism does not set people free from any people group. But historically, in America, socialism, through our welfare state system, has enslaved more minorities.
So while you can appreciate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stand for the civil rights movement, his solution was 100 percent wrong, unbiblical, unconstitutional and destructive to the very people he said he wanted to help. Now one reason might be because he was surrounded by communists–known communist party USA members. We’ll get to that. And he was warned about that by President Kennedy.
But also notice that Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘who owns the oil?’ ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ ‘Why do people have to pay a water bill when the world is two-thirds water?’ Well, first of all, again, that sounds like he’s calling for the nationalizing of things. You’ll find that in the Communist Manifesto. Who owns the oil? Well, those who spend the millions upon millions upon millions of dollars exploring for it. And then drilling for it. And then pulling it out of the ground. And then distributing it. And transporting it. And refining it. That’s what’s called capitalism. If there’s no motive for profit, there’s no motive for risk.
He asks, ‘who owns the iron ore?’ How about the people who own the land on which the iron ore is harvested? How about the people who own the trucks and the equipment and the millions of dollars of capitalism that’s been invested to bring that iron ore up out of the ground?
He asked, ‘why should someone have to pay a water bill when the world is two-thirds water?’ Because some businessmen got together and they put their capital, their money at risk, and they drilled. They bought land. And then they drilled. And they went looking for water. And then they discovered water. And then they pumped that water up out of the ground. And then they built pipes. And water pipelines. And they buried them. All throughout this nation. And they pumped that water to homes. So when you turn on a faucet you have running water so you don’t have to get up every day with buckets and go to the nearest creek or lake or river or stream. So you have the service of water.
And many cities, for years, had private companies that did this and they put their capital at risk. To this day there are some places you can go where the bridge you go over which cuts your trip down by 20 minutes was a bridge that was built by people who got together, took their capital, invested in that bridge, built that bridge, and in many cases took many, many years to get back their initial investment and then began to make a profit. You see, this guy is pushing what has failed and created more poverty and enslaved more people. Socialism.
Now look at this. Here is a screenshot of the Twitter feed from CNN. CNN in 2018, January 15, 2018, declared Martin Luther King, Jr. was a socialist before it was cool. He was a socialist before it was cool.
Here is the bio of Dr. Peter Dreier. I’m gonna read to you about Dr. Peter Dreier. But first you need to know his bio so you can understand who he is. He’s a distinguished professor of politics and the chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Okay. He also has gone on to do many other things. In fact, it says here he joined the Occidental faculty in January 1993 after serving for nine years as director of housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to Boston mayor, Ray Flynn. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1977 and has a BA from Syracuse University that he got in 1970. Now listen to what it says.
He writes frequently for the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, American Prospect and the Huffington Post. His articles have also been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, New Republic, Dissent, Washington Monthly, Progressive, The Ford, Common Wheel, Chronical of Higher Education and elsewhere.
So this guy obviously is rather credible, right? Look at all the places he writes for. Now look at this article from 2015 by Dr. Peter Dreier. What’s the headline at cnn.com? His article? It’s entitled, What is Democratic Socialism? American Style? And look who he lists among the democratic socialists. Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, he said in the article, King believed that America needed a “radical redistribution of economic and political power.” In fact, he told his staff, “there must be a better distribution of wealth. And maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
Here’s another article written by Dr. Peter Dreier. January 20, 2014. The headline, Martin Luther King Was a Radical Not a Saint. He writes this about King. He says, in 1966, King confided to his staff, “You can’t talk about solving the economic problems of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you’re messing with folks then. You’re messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water. Because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth. And maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
In his article, Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint, Dr. Peter Dreier says that accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo he observed that the United States could learn much from Scandinavian “democratic socialism.” He began talking openly about the need to confront “class issues” which he described as “the gulf between the haves and the have-nots.”
In the same article, Dr. Dreier writes that in a 1961 speech to the Negro American Labor Council, King proclaimed, “call it democracy or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.”
In the same article Dr. Dreier goes on to say that “he was initially reluctant to speak out against the war, (talking about the Vietnam War). The article says he understood that his fragile working alliance with LBJ would be undone if he challenged the president’s leadership on the war. Nevertheless, he made the break in April 1967 and a bold and prophetic speech at the Riverside Church in New York City entitled, ‘Beyond Vietnam, a Time to Break Silence.’ King called America the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
My friends, I have a friend, Captain Udel Myer, United States Marine retired, who was in Vietnam. He tells me how it is his opinion that Martin Luther King, Jr., along with men like Walter Cronkite, did a great deal of damage through information operations by talking against the purpose of the Vietnam War, which was to defeat communism. In past programs we have shown you the documented facts that the former Soviet Union spent millions upon millions upon millions of dollars in America to carry out an information operation in order to turn the hearts and minds of Americans against defeating the global spread of communism. And sadly, as we’re going to see, it appears as though the communists and communist party members infiltrated Dr. King’s civil rights movement and became some of his closest advisors surrounding him to the point that President John F. Kennedy warned Dr. King, in a conversation in the Rose Garden, that he must fire these known communists, and repeatedly Dr. King refused. Why?
I would think if Dr. King was greatly concerned about the advancement of the civil rights movement, he would not want to damage it by being surrounded by communists. In fact, it is reported that that’s exactly what President Kennedy told him. You’re going to greatly damage the civil rights movement if you don’t fire these guys and it comes out you’re surrounded by these kinda people. I have to ask the question, was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. really concerned about the civil rights movement as much as he was concerned about the advancement of democratic socialism? Which did he want more? The advancement of civil rights in America or the advancement of democratic socialism? That’s a fair question. Or have we become so politically correct in America we can no longer look at history accurately and ask honest questions and seek honest answers?
In his article, Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint, Peter Dreier says at King’s request, socialist activist Michael Harrington, author of The Other America, drafted a poor people’s manifesto that outlined his campaign goals. The campaign goals. He wanted to have a whole martial plan against poverty. So he was asking a known socialist to help write that plan.
Look at this screenshot. This comes from a website that archives a lot of Dr. King’s sermons. He preached a sermon in 1962. September 30, 1962 entitled, “Can a Christian be a Communist?” This is a sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30, 1962. The official description of the sermon says this. While insisting that no Christian can be a communist, King calls on his congregation to consider communism, “a necessary corrective for a Christianity that has been all too passive and a democracy that has been all too inert.” The official description describes the sermon as this as well. “King also admonishes individuals unwilling to commit to social justice.”
Here is an article by Cornell West. Many of you know who Cornell West is. A radical. From 2015. And his article is entitled, “The Radical King We Don’t Know.” And it is subtitled, “Does America Have the Capacity to Heed the Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. or Must America Sanitize King in Order to Evade and Avoid His Challenge?”
Cornell West admits, “the radical King was a democratic socialist.” And he also goes on to lay out what we’ve heard. And that was his 1966 speech to his staff where King explained “there must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
Here is an article, another one by Dr. Peter Dreier. This one is from 2017. Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint. So this was republished. And in that article he said, “he would be in the forefront of the battle for strong gun controls and to thwart the influence of the National Rifle Association” if he were alive today.
He went on to say that he would be “calling for dramatic cuts in the military budget to reinvest public dollars in jobs, education and healthcare.”
Now when we come back next week we’ll look at more of Dr. King’s worldview in regards to socialism. And we’ll also look at his personal lifestyle that was documented by his right-hand man and someone he called his best friend the night before he was killed– that man, his name Dr. Abernathy.
But before we go, look at this quote from 1961. This is in a speech from 1961 by William C. Sullivan, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said:
“…failing to recognize obvious communist propaganda in petitions, open letters, clemency appeals, pamphlets, etc., mistaken notions that clergymen can work with communists for peace, civil rights, ending racial discrimination, etc., without harming religion and strengthening communism.” [End quote]
What’s he warning about? He’s warning clergy, don’t think for one minute that you can advance the civil rights movement by working with communists? This is a ploy and it is a trap. Don’t do it.
He goes on to warn:
[Quote] Confusing the values of communism with those of Christianity. Confusing the social doctrines of Karl Marx with those of Jesus Christ. A tendency to reject or drastically dilute the supernatural content of religion in favor of a naturalistic form of humanism which can make it hard to logically take a strong stand against communism. Show tendency to join organizations without questioning their real sponsorship, direction, policies, etc. Making statements and drawing conclusions relative to foreign policy, economics and domestic policies which exceed their field of competence. [end quote]
And my friends, that’s exactly what I believe people like John Piper and Matt Chandler and others have done. They are making statements that exceed their field of competence and training and education. And so they’re upholding people and upholding movements like Black Lives Matter or White Privilege, which are really the tools of the communists and the globalists to undermine biblical Christianity and capitalism. Their goal is not to have the people groups get along, but to pit groups against each other economically and racially. But we know that the Bible says there is only one race, Acts 17:26. One race, one blood.
The following is a portion of the transcript from Brannon’s television program
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