By Machen White
The article states…”Pettit noted we honor King for his sacrifice for a just cause and praise him for the pivotal role he played in ending segregation. Pettit challenged the BJU family to pray for racial harmony as we are all one in Christ’s body.”
“Dr. King accomplished much in his short life here on earth,” said Pettit. “We believe his voice and leadership to nonviolently oppose the wrongs of the day while paving the way for racial equality and harmony should be respected and honored.”
On January 21, 2019, Dr. Pettit once again praised and honored the legacy of MLK:
“Dr. King said, ‘Life’s most persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ While many see this as a ‘day off,’ we see it as a ‘day on.’ It’s an opportunity to devote time to serve your community with a spirit of service towards your fellow human beings. This is continuing the legacy of Dr. King who spent his life working to better the lives of others.”
On January 16, 2020, BJU announced the school would be partnering with 11 different upstate organizations for students to perform community service on MLK day.
So why wouldn’t we want to honor a man like MLK?
As noted by the ACCC (American Council of Christian Churches) in its 2017 resolution:
[Martin Luther King] wrote: “doctrines such as a supernatural plan of salvation, the Trinity, the substitutionary theory of the atonement, and the second coming of Christ are all quite prominent in fundamentalist thinking. Such are the views of the fundamentalist, and they reveal that he is opposed to theological adaptation to social and cultural change. He sees a progressive scientific age as a retrogressive spiritual age. Amid change all around he is willing to preserve certain ancient ideas even though they are contrary to science.”
King continues…”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.” Concerning the virgin birth of Christ, MLK furthermore wrote: “we must admit that the evidence for the tenability of this doctrine is too shallow to convince the objective thinker.” In the early 1960s, MLK also said, “I do not believe in hell as a place of a literal burning fire.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist pastor. He was a false teacher. He did not spend his life “bettering the lives of others”, he spent his life condemning himself and his listeners through the preaching of a false gospel. As grateful as we are for his work in ending segregation we must view him as God does (2 Peter 2:1, 2 Jn. 10-11).
I urge all affiliated churches, camps, schools, and individuals to take to heart the warning of Revelation 2:14-16…
Never tolerate a policy of quiet tolerance.