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Dr. Melvin Johnson

Dr. Melvin L. Johnson is the pastor of the Heart of Christ Community Church in Brazoria, TX. and is the author of the books Overcoming Racism Through the Gospel and From Heaven to You.

Posted 11/6/14 at 11:38 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Why So Much Division Within the Body of Christ?

For the Body of Christ, do we not have the same Father who created us in His own image? Have we not all confessed the same Savior and live by that profession of faith? Do we not feed spiritually from the same Bible as the source for living and for life itself; and though diverse do we still not cherish the many and various versions of the inspired Word of God? Do not even the many and various versions of the Holy Book still lead us to the same essential truths! The same holy blood that was shed at Calvary for one, is it not the same blood shed for all? On the most part, we assemble ourselves together on the same day, and for the most part for that same and very sacred moment, seeking the opportunity for those intimate and personal as well as corporate moments of praise and worship to our God! Do we not sing basically the same songs of worship and praise? Do we not all hold to the truth that there is one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism! If these things are a resounding “YES” to all, then why are we so at-odds over some of the most basic and fundamental teachings that the Bible offers?

We observe and practice the Holy Communion, though globally-dispersed, we all obediently and willfully succumb to the quiet, peaceful request of Christ himself, “This do in remembrance of me!” Yes, we are all our father’s children, and are eager to “Let or lights so shine!” Do we all not rejoice and express and shed tears of gratitude for the perfect work of Christ in our own wretched lives, spiritually transfused to us through the first sinner Adam, but transformed within us a new nature by the second Adam, Jesus? Are we not filled and guided by the same Holy Spirit, whose indwelling presence brings us all into the spirit of unity, brotherhood and fellowship? He is that presence we may not hear during the heat of battle, but certainly audible in the quite of the night as we lie in the bed of reflection of our day’s events. Do we not share that same presence? Most importantly, do we all not express in some shape, form or fashion our devotion and undying love for our Savior Jesus, the Anointed One of God? If so, then why does it seem that we and God’s word are so often in opposition? FULL POST

Posted 2/13/14 at 8:56 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Who Is the Ventriloquist Dummy?

Preacher's Attack Language On Sen. Tim Scott Not Original

Sources: FOX News and Sen. Scott's home page
The Rev. William Barber III, who also serves as president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has attacked South Carolina's U.S. Senator Tim Scott by calling him a "ventriloquist dummy" because he is a conservative Republican.

The Reverend William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, has recently vilified South Carolina’s Senator Tim Scott as being merely a ventriloquist’s dummy because he is black and does not meet the aspirations of the organization. Rev. Barber snipe at Sen. Scott as other black conservatives is not original.

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy… the extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be a senator and claims he’s the first black senator since reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C. and articulates the agenda of the TEA Party.”

But let us take a serious look into who is actually repeating what has been spoken before. Rev. Barber himself did not utter an original thought when he attacked Sen. Scott and black conservatives. If we would go back to the July 9, 2005 speech at the NAACP National Convention, then board chairman Julian Bond said this in criticizing black conservatives:

They've [enemies of justice and fair play] had a collection of black hustlers and hucksters on their payrolls for more than twenty years, promoting them as a new generation of black leaders. They can't deal with the leaders we choose for ourselves? So they manufacture, promote and hire new ones… like ventriloquists' dummies, they speak in their puppet master's voice, but we can see his lips move and we can hear his money talk.[i] FULL POST

Posted 10/26/13 at 12:06 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

My Personal Encounter with Evolutionary Theory

Should Be Judged by Its Historical Impact Upon Humanity and the World

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species was written to provide a "scientific" means for justifying the racial inferiority of blacks and superiority of the white race.

I cannot and never will be able to accept Darwinism because as a black man who understands why Charles Darwin wrote “The Origin of Species…” in the first place and the basic nature of the arguments that stem from the discussions. In fact, the actual title of this book continues with “… By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” The truth is that Darwin wrote this book and the subsequent book The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex as a means to explain through a biological format why black people in particular could and should be maintained as slaves. What does “Favored Races” mean? The term race refers only to humans, and there have been no voices in any of the hearings that I am aware of who have pressed this point. FULL POST

Posted 10/19/13 at 12:01 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Leaving Great Wealth Behind

What Does the Bible Say About the Wealthy's Family Inheritance?

Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have created the "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" that is supposed to be dedicated towards giving to charitable organizations that seek to improve the condition of humanity. Is this effort from a Biblical perspective or man's?

As we continue to endure the tumultuous ebb and flow of our economy and listen to the arguments over whose moral duty it is to “promote the general welfare,” there has arisen a movement that surpasses the desires of the most generous of benefactors the world has ever known—the billionaire club’s move to leave the greater part of their wealth to charitable organizations instead of their children. Over 100 of the world’s most wealthiest individuals and families have signed “The Giving Pledge” which dedicates the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

Several articles have been written about billionaires who are planning to commit to this effort, and it would be interesting to consider the impact they could make upon the world. One article, "15 Tycoons Who Won't Leave Their Fortunes to Their Kids" gives a spectrum of various opinions why. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda are leading a movement to convince the world’s wealthiest to leave their fortunes to highly-selective charities and organizations by taking this pledge in the form of a signed document. In light of this monumental trend, several things come to mind. FULL POST

Posted 10/6/13 at 5:16 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Is Immigration More About the Money Than Christian Principle?

Are pastors truly concerned about the plight of the illegal immigrants that big business has taken advantage of, or have they simply sold out? (Picture source: The Omega Letter Ministry)

A message to the preacher…

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1 Timothy 6:7-11

Apostle Paul’s persuasive argument in warning to Timothy about the perilous allure of money—even if the church leader believed he was totally devoted to Christ and the church itself—the true motivation still could be rooted in it. In the case of our current immigration debate, one has every right to be somewhat suspicious of why there has been an influx of pastoral leaders across the nation. Recent statements and activities from a portion of them seem shallow and uncompassionate, as clear messages of economic prosperity and political gain overshadow any notion of caring for ay people the way Christ expects us to? FULL POST

Posted 8/31/13 at 3:02 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Understanding the Race Cult Mentality- Part 3 of 3

Helping Black People Break Free of the Racial Bondage Through Establishing Relationships

Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory recently made a drastic political change by leaving what he called the Democratic Party plantation and joining the Republican Party. He realized that the Party did not reflect his Christian beliefs.

Through the analysis of the factors that affect much of the way many within the black community may believe, the task at hand is to seek solutions to the problems that plague it. The ultimate goal is to bring the individual to the point of self-realization—recognizing through one’s own essence something of great significance—in this case that the world is not the way one has been led to believe.

When Louisiana State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory made his courageous switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, it was much more than a political event. It was about a man who finally realized that he had spent much of his life thinking and believing in an ideology that was in radical conflict with his beliefs and principles. Sen. Guillory had been delivered from the bondage of the race-cult mentality! Even greater news tells that many other blacks in particular are beginning to see that they have been purposefully misled and even lied to in order for one political party to have and maintain power!

The way one perceives his or her world and environment has great impact upon how they will live their lives and interact with others. So, in order to overcome the drawbacks of the race-cult mentality, what is the remedy? Is there a process? FULL POST

Posted 8/21/13 at 7:47 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Understanding the Race Cult Mentality- Part 2 of 3

Four Characteristics That Suggest A Race-Cult Mentality in the Black Community

Can a cultic mindset that is based upon race be a source of so much violence we are experiencing in Philadelphia and many parts of America? It is quite clear the although it is driven by a political class, the societal backlash has been devastating.

In the first lesson of this discussion (Part 1), we addressed the regions of the mind. This lesson examines the characteristic and behaviors of one possessed of the Race-Cult mentality. Dr. Milton Rokeach’s explanation of the cult-influenced mind provides us credible insight in formulating effective strategies in overcoming the mental obstacles and winning the individual to freedom. Recognize that the cult member is a victim, and the greatest service one could render is to be God’s instrument of deliverance. The barriers that have been created for the benefit of a certain group of elitist must be overcome. Also recognize that the race-cult member is not necessarily free, but even one who professes Jesus Christ as Savior can acquire the race-cult mindset if he allows the color of the skin to become more important than the will of God.

The freedom in question lies in one’s ability to exercise his will in accordance to the Christian walk. As Jesus clearly stated in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed”. Can one be free indeed if race (whether black, white, brown, etc.) predisposes the new life in Christ? Is it possible for nearly an entire population of a race of people become so uniform in thinking and belief that it even has the power to circumvent even the religious system so many of them profess? FULL POST

Posted 8/15/13 at 12:14 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Understanding the Race-Cult Mentality- Part 1 of 3

How Black Leaders Keep the Black Community in Bondage

Crying racism keeps blacks in a perpetual state of paranoia. Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, NAACP President Todd Jealous, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge and even U.S. President Barrack Obama have benefitted from the race-cult mindset that has rendered the black community dependent and helpless.

To be easily-manipulated means to be taken advantage of with very little effort, and in light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy and other current events involving racial disparity, what America and the entire world is witnessing within the black community is just that— the effects of a system that is so well managed and maintained that even its subjects now willfully practice a form of self-depreciation. This is a Race-Cult system that has been formed and perfected over the past fifty or so years. Those who are unwittingly caught up in it are normally born into it, and live under pressures comparable to those of what many usually view as cult members. FULL POST

Posted 7/26/13 at 12:15 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Cashing In On the New Crop of Misery

Media, Black Leaders and Organizations Cashing In On Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Cotton production in the South was a major reason slavery was justified. Although cotton and other agricultural products no longer depend upon black labor, new cash crops stemming from black misery and anxiety are making many people wealthy and famous.

So many times, the present-day dilemmas that plague the black community in America is described as them still living on a modern-day plantation. There yet exists a monolithic, tightly controlled and rigidly-guided mindset that predictably produces the same thing, over-and-over again, year-in, year-out. We see a mass of dissatisfied people driven on the most part to believe that America is a hostile and unaccommodating place for them, with not chance to eacape the perils of racism, poverty and disenfranchisement. This is why an increasing number of observers make the comparison of black America today with black America prior to Emancipation in 1863. FULL POST

Posted 7/5/13 at 5:52 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Spiritualizing The Immigration Issue

Photo: Flickr/Jorge Elías - Creative Commons

Conservative Christian Leaders Using Scriptures to Promote Amnesty

If one were to simply throw open the Bible and with closed eyes plot the index finger on a verse, and decide that this is what God is saying to us today, it would be just as good as what we are hearing from many of our evangelical church leaders today in addressing the illegal immigration dilemma. Suddenly, our immigration laws—although many have not been enforced—are the object of ridicule by those who are supposed to encourage obedience to them! In addition, if one desired to paralyze the debate within the Body of Christ, simply encapsulate the argument (whether appropriate or not) in Biblical Scriptures.

Under such terms as “social justice”, and handling the plight of the illegal immigrant “humanely” and “with compassion,” it is evident that this sudden transformation is being driven by more (or something other than) an act of spiritual repentance. In fact, certain evidence suggests that even our most conservative ministers and pastors have begun to adopt the language of the Christo-Marxists who have managed to combine the message of the cross with socialism! FULL POST

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