What Is Black Liberation Theology?

As we have seen for the past few months or so, there has been a wide scale levels of violence in the cities, as well as protests against racism and police brutality. At the forefront of this is a group called Black Lives Matter. It was founded shortly after the death of Travon Martin back in 2012. While the media likes to portray them as just people who want “racial justice”. Let’s be real about who they are. BLM is a marxist anti-christian, anti-american group who wants to tear it down from the core and bring about a socialist system. Their belief system completely runs counter to what the Bible says about justice and race/ethnic groups. However, there seems to be a growing number of people in the church, especially evangelicals, who have bought into their belief system, despite it not being of Christ. There has been a number of examples of this. Chick fil a CEO, Dan Cathy, recently said that

“White Christians need to repent of racism.”

Now, if you have done or said racist things, you definitely should repent. Racism is a sin of the heart and those guilty of it need to turn to God and repent. However, if you are not guilty of racism, you have no reason to repent of it right? Well according to these woke “Christians”, if you are white, you are automatically guilty of racism. It is pagan notion of sin, and it’s sad that people in the church fall for it. Another example is when Brandt Jean forgave Amber Guyger for killing his brother, Botham, many self professed “Christians”, were upset that he had the audacity to do what Jesus commanded of us.

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!Matthew 5:43-44

The reason why so many in the church have appeared to have bought into BLM beliefs, is because they have bought into a theology that professes to be the thing, but is far from it. I’m talking about Black Liberation Theology.

If you listened to my recent podcast episode, you would’ve heard me talk about this. I wanted to elaborate more on it because I think it is important for people, especially fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to know what it is so that they don’t get sucked into it. Also, I encourage you guys to listen to the Just Thinking Podcast, hosted by Darrell B. Harrison, and Virgil Walker, and what they have to say about this. Pastor John MacArthur wrote a book called Fool’s Gold. In a section of the book, it talks about miners going to California to mine for gold. In the process of mining, they are told to keep a close eye on what they find. Among the metals down in the mines, is something called pyrite. Pyrite is often referred to as “Fool’s Gold”. It looks like gold but with deep analysis and testing, it is not close to gold. The same thing applies to the Gospel. There are many theologies that claim to be the gospel, but when tested, it is a false gospel. This applies to Black Liberation Theology. Black Liberation Theology was founded by a man named James Cone. It is basically a Theology that seeks to free Black people from systemic subjugation using the gospel to push their views and views Christian Theology as Liberation Theology. James Cone describes it as such

“A rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the Gospel, which is Jesus Christ,”

It views race as a key factor of your identity. It splits people into two groups, oppressed and oppressors. Jesus is described as a “poor black man oppressed by rich white men”. Jesus is the great revolutionary that came to liberate people who were systematically oppressed and his purpose is fully enlightened by people of color because of their history of being oppressed. Now, it’s no question that Jesus is against oppression, the Bible is very clear about this. However, this theology is deeply flawed in every way.

First of all, the very essence of this belief system is skin color. To them, race is a way to salvation. When you fully embrace your blackness, you are saved. You must repent of your whiteness in order to embrace it. Jesus was also the driving force behind it. Everything about this is wrong. Color is not a way to salvation, to believe so is blasphemy. It is true that Jesus came to free the oppressed, but not in the way we think. Jesus reached those who were oppressed by standards, but He also reached those who were considered “Oppressors”. The common denominator is that they  and we were oppressed by sin. The purpose of Jesus coming into the world was to provide the way for our sins to be forgiven and that we can be seen righteous by God. Embracing “blackness” doesn’t do this. Repenting of “whiteness” does nothing. Calling Jesus “a poor black man oppressed by rich white men” completely undermines who He is, the Son of the living God. Also, black liberation theology is seeped with hatred with no forgiveness. Here’s a quote from James Cone on this.

First, let me say that reconciliation on white racist terms is impossible, since it would crush the dignity of black people. Under these conditions, blacks must treasure their hostility…

This is why people were angry at Brandt Jean for forgiving Amber Guyger. They claim that he is making room for white supremacy by doing this. They say this because they believe that he should’ve treasured hatred towards her, but he didn’t. To them, this is a grave sin, because he didn’t cave to the tribe. He has fully embraced whiteness. Supposed professed followers of Christ were angry that he obeyed God’s command. How absurd is this?

It is clear that this belief system is not of Christ, it is of Satan. When your belief system completely undermines the very essence of what Christ came on earth to do, and seeks to divide on the basis of color, you are doing Satan’s handy work. It is wicked. If you profess to be a follower of Christ, don’t fall for this. If you are one who openly embraces this, I’m sorry to be blunt, you are not Christian. The belief system of the Black liberation theology is of this world. As followers of Christ, we are called to be apart from this world.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2

You might think to yourselves, “your white, why are you sounding off on something for blacks”. Because it is leading them astray. We have a responsibility to test anything that claims to be of Christ. Now, this is not to say I’m perfect in my walk with Christ, I’m far from it. However, this doesn’t change the fact that we have the responsibility to call out anything that professes to be the thing but it actually isn’t.

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