In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.
he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.
Nobel Peace PrizeAt the age of thirty-five,Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html
Martin Luther King QuotesAmerica's legendary political leader, Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of great strength and wisdom. All his life, he espoused the principles of equality and peace. Martin Luther King won the Nobel peace prize for following non-violent practices to eradicate racial discrimination.
Death If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.
The Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice. But the absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood.
Nonviolent action, the Negro saw, was the way to supplement, not replace, the progress of change. It was the way to divest himself of passivity without arraying himself in vindictive force. Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait, 1964.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr., speech, Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1963.
To be a Negro in America is to hope against hope.
I have a Dream - Famous Speech on You TubeThe high point of ML King's accomplishments was the million person rally where he gave his famous speech, I have a Dream.
Articles about ML King http://www.martinlutherking.org/articles.html
Martin Luther King ConMartin Luther King had extensive writings on theology and social justice. So there cannot be any doubt as to what he believed. There has been almost universal acceptance of his teachings in the black community. However, among fundamental Christians, his teachings and writings have major conflicts with evangelical Bible thumpers.
Martin Luther King was very Pro Choice on Abortion, and even received an award from Planned Parenthood.
Martin Luther King Abortion
Martin Luther King, Jr. denied the most basic tenets of the Christian faith, virgin birth, Resurrection, Deity of Jesus - From perspective of Bible Fundamentalist
King's philosophy is rather reminiscent of the Catholic Liberation Theology in South America. After several hours of reading of him on the 'net, I told my husband that this man was not our brother in Christ. Someone who called himself "Reverend" and preached in churches was obviously not saved.
In his paper he went on to question, practically deny, each of these tenets of the Christian faith. How can you be a Christian and deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ? YOU CAN'T BE!
Martin Luther King wrote: First we must admit that the evidence for the tenability of this doctrine is to shallow to convince any objective thinker. To begin with, the earliest written documents in the New Testament make no mention of the virgin birth. Moreover, the Gospel of Mark, the most primitive and authentic of the four, gives not the slightest suggestion of the virgin birth. The effort to justify this doctrine on the grounds that it was predicted by the prophet Isaiah is immediately eliminated, for all New Testament scholars agree that the word virgin is not found in the Hebrew original, but only in the Greek text which is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for "young woman." How then did this doctrine arise? Jesus is Lord
A clue to this inquiry may be found in a sentence from St. Justin's First Apology. Here Justin states that the birth of Jesus is quite similar to the birth of the sons of Zeus. It was believed in Greek thought that an extraordinary person could only be explained by saying that he had a father who was more than human. It is probable that this Greek idea influenced Christian thought.
ML King on the resurrection--
The last doctrine in our discussion deals with the resurrection story. This doctrine, upon which the Easter Faith rests, symbolizes the ultimate Christian conviction: that Christ conquered death. From a literary, historical, and philosophical point of view this doctrine raises many questions. In fact the external evidence for the authenticity of this doctrine is found wanting. But here again the external evidence is not the most important thing, for it in itself fails to tell us precisely the thing we most want to know: What experiences of early Christians lead to the formulation of the doctrine?
The root of our inquiry is found in the fact that the early Christians had lived with Jesus. They had been captivated by the magnetic power of his personality. This basic experience led to the faith that he could never die. And so in the pre-scientific thought pattern of the first century, this inner faith took outward form. http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/king.htm
The "Reverend" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was no Christian. Period. He was an heretic. Below is a quote from Time Magazine (January 3, 1964)--King was Time Magazine's 1963 Man of the Year.
(King speaking) "I had doubts that religion was intellectually respectable." At Morehouse, King searched for "some intellectual basis for a social philosophy." He read and reread Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience," concluded that the ministry was the only framework in which he could properly position his growing ideas on social protest.
Martin Luther King was affiliated with 60 Communist Fronts. He openly incited violence under the banner of "nonviolence."
On this page is the photo taken Sept. 2, 1957 of King attending the Highlander Folk School which the Communist Party operated at Monteagle, Tennessee Identified in the picture is No. 1 King, No. 2, Abner Berry, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and writer for the "Daily Worker," No. 3, Aubrey Williams, Communist Party agent and president of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) a red front organizing blacks in southern states.
He repudiated the doctrine of the deity of Jesus, and he rejected the concept that the Lord was raised bodily from the dead. King disdained the New Testament affirmation of Christ's virgin birth, asserting that the early Christians devised a mythological story to account for the moral uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth. His theology has been profusely documented in The Christian News Encyclopedia.
Martin Luther King - Adultery - Marriage InfidelityA year before he died, Martin allegedly revealed a longstanding affair to Coretta. Source: "I May Not Get There With You", by Michael Dyson, p. 216.
King described his affairs as "a form of anxiety reduction." Martin said, "I'm away from home twenty-five to twenty-seven days a month."
Three relationships were more than one-night stands, and Martin grew especially close to one woman. The "relationship, rather than his marriage, increasingly became the emotional centerpiece of King's life, but it did not eliminate the incidental couplings that were a commonplace of King's travels."
Source: "Bearing the Cross", by David Garrow, p. 375.
Ralph Abernathy: "Martin and I were away more often than we were at home; and while this was no excuse for extramarital relations, it was a reason. Some men are better able to bear such deprivations than others, though all of us in SCLC headquarters had our weak moments. We all understood and believed in the biblical prohibition against sex outside of marriage. It was just that he had a particularly difficult time with that temptation.
Source: "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down"
According to his close associate Abernathy, King had three girls in succession the very night before he was killed (155). At least one was a white girl, and as King felt orgasm approaching he shouted "I'm not a Negro tonight!" (163)
Why did Abernathy spill the beans? Some have suggested jealousy (156). The FBI had tapes, not just of King's trysts, but of full-scale orgies in his hotel rooms. It appears that King and Abernathy sodomized each other.
Sermons of the Bible of Martin Luther and the Ninety-Five ThesesThe background to the Bible and Luther's Ninety-Five Theses centers on practices within the Catholic Church regarding baptism and absolution. Significantly, the ninety five Theses reject the validity of indulgences (remissions of temporal punishment due for sins which have already been forgiven). They also view with great cynicism the practice of indulgences being sold, and thus the penance for sin representing a financial transaction rather than genuine contrition. Luther's Theses argued that the sale of indulgences was a gross violation of the original intention of confession and penance, and that Christians were being falsely told that they could find absolution through the purchase of indulgences.
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