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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 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

Posted 4/12/13 at 3:26 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

The Jonestown Guyana Tragedy No One Wants to Talk About

A Case Study in How False Christianity and Politics Destroyed Many Lives

The Rev. Jim Jones (left) was an integral part of the Democratic Party political machinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through him and other ministers, especially in the African American communities, the party was able to construct an impregnable culture in the region based upon Marxist ideology. Political figures include the late San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Congresswoman Nancy Peolsi, former SF Mayor Willie Brown and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein.
Although an atheist, Rev. Jim Jones captivated the souls of many, especially of the black community. His full gospel message drew thousands!

An extremely familiar phrase we hear quite frequently is some version of “drinking the Kool-Aid,” which references the unfortunate incident in which over 900 people perished in Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978. The entire group of people either committed suicide by willfully drinking the cyanide-laced drink or gave the deadly potion to their children. It was at the command of their leader—Rev. Jim Jones—the one who the members of the Peoples Temple cult so devotedly followed that led to the greatest American tragedy prior to the 9-11 Attack. This reference describes how one might blindly follow another person or belief without thought or question, foolishly accepting or believing in the individual to the point of forsaking all truth and reason. This is the Rev. Jim Jones legacy and his story is practically faded by only a few years and probably for good reason, because the full story would identify very powerful and influential leaders today!

Although many people might speak of the Kool-Aid reference, nearly a generation has passed without any knowledge of where it came from! Under normal circumstances, one might see how the media, politicians and even our lawmakers would be imposing increasingly stricter laws and regulations to “protect” unsuspecting victims of religious groups. In spite of Constitutional guarantees, the political class would be seeking a way to circumvent those protections (i.e. “the right to keep and bear arms”). However, the 1st Amendment—the “freedom of religion” clause—may never be attacked the way the 2nd Amendment is. Why? Not because the politicians are so reverent, nor are they so pious. Perhaps it is because of the risk of exposing the close relationship between the politicians and irresponsible church leaders. A close and honest study of the Jonestown Tragedy would name some very prominent as being major beneficiaries of Rev. Jim Jones’ abuse of those who trusted him. The men, women and children who died in the massive suicide in the South American jungle were victims well before that day—they were also victims of the political class!

The story of Rev. Jim Jones is an excellent case study of how and entire group of people can be easily manipulated into doing practically anything... from voting against their own interests to mass suicide!

This is the one group of people that has been allowed to sink into the obscurity of history, because to remember them would do more to question the politician’s sincerity than practically anything else! (Perhaps churches and faith-based organizations would be in greater peril today if the Democratic Party power legacy today had not treaded through California!) Just as destructive as guns in the hands of the wrong people, so is the power to manipulate the minds of those most vulnerable solely for purpose of political gain! Those specifically in mind are the members of The People’s Temple who died in Jonestown, Guyana and those left stateside. Yes, those were terrifying times for the San Francisco Bay area… but let us not forget those 909 souls—of which 303 of them were children—who died of cyanide poisoning. This does not include Rev. Jones’ ordering his henchmen to gun down Congressman Leo Ryan and four others at the airstrip near Jonestown as they were preparing to leave! But how does this tie to Feinstein and Pelosi? Here’s how…

During the mid and late seventies, both politicians were part of the all-powerful political machine that was ruled and controlled by an ultra-liberal faction of the Democratic Party during the mid and late seventies. This group controlled the Bay Area and demanded unwavering loyalty from anyone who sought political office. George Moscone, Willie Brown, Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi were some of the leaders of this group. Pelosi had become the state Democratic Party chairman for northern California came from the city of San Francisco. However, one name is usually stricken from the record whenever this group is mentioned— Rev. Jim Jones! Yes, the same and very Rev. Jim Jones of Jonestown, Guyana infamy!

It is the same Rev. Jones who convinced nearly 1000 of his People’s Temple congregation to leave California and live in a communal village in the South American country of Guyana he named Jonestown, but many people did not know about his strong political ties to the Democratic Party. As surely as the main-stream media is determined to associate Christians and conservatives with practically all of the gun violence we have experienced, they have been just as successful in diverting any notion of the left’s association with Rev. Jones or any other radical extremist! Even more so is the mystical connection between the politician and the preacher as they worked in concert to manipulate the People’s Temple church members. The matter of the pastor/leader of a church congregation first acquiring and ultimately abusing members to the degree of cultic fashion is no strange thing, especially when it comes to the Democratic Party’s unholy alliance with many of our predominantly minority churches! Shortly after the Jonestown tragedy, journalist Robert Lindsay wrote in the New York Times an article titled "How Rev. Jim Jones Gained His Power Over His Followers." He observed...

By the mid-seventies to the time of Jones' death, he was one of the most powerful persons in California when it came to politics. His Peoples Temple locations stretched the length of the state.

"Of particular interest to politicians was the Temple's ability to produce 2,000 people for work or attendance in San Francisco with only six hours' notice."

Rev. Jones’ ability to mobilize so many people, so quickly… who were willing to do practically anything he instructed them to do for the Democratic Party was one of the most cost-effective political machinery strategies ever! Having started his California church in Ukiah, Rev. Jones expanded his influence throughout the state with churches in at least six other major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento! His influence in the black community apparently raised the ire of many of the African American leaders including the Nation of Islam. However, this process is neither new nor unique. The marriage between the Democratic Party and the black church had become a well-recognized tradition, from the Northeast to the Deep South, with the western states being even more influenced! It has been obvious that the politicians had become more interested in the political benefits than the well-being of the church members.

Therefore, this provokes an interesting question: at what point did Pelosi, Feinstein and other Democratic Party stalwarts begin to reject Rev. Jim Jones’ ideology and his quest for power, or did they? None of the Democratic Party leadership appeared to care how Rev. Jones handled the members as long as he produced voters and campaign workers! To benefit them, Rev. Jones commanded The People’s Temple members to work tirelessly with robotic devotion. Corey Buscher, former press secretary to the late Mayor George Moscone stated that Rev. Jones “made his followers available to support progressive Democrat candidates.” He also recognized that Rev. Jones “offered thousands of ‘foot soldiers’ willing to walk precincts and get out the vote… an offer no politician in his right mind could refuse.” Another political power broker had stated that “If you were having a rally for a presidential candidate, you need to fill up the crowd, you could always get busloads from Jim Jones’ church.”

The Democratic Party of San Francisco often referred to The People’s Temple as “a ready-made volunteer workforce.” However, there became an increasing reports and complaints the abuse of members by Rev. Jones and Temple leaders—mentally, physically and sexually. As members were practically “forced” to campaign and even vote for the candidates, they were closely monitored and were required to provide proof of their assignment completion. Many of them were formerly homeless, hungry and poor—subject to control and manipulation; but as long as they performed for the Democratic Party, nothing was actually brought to light!

Rev. Jones’ contributions to the Democratic Party power structure was so great that he was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission— of which he soon became the Chairman of as he also began to frighten many members of the party itself! As he began to cultivate his power, and make demands and payment for mobilizing the Temple members, no one was able to deny him. He had even became a powerful influence within the Jimmy Carter administration, including the president’s wife, Rosalynn. Rev. Jones even met privately with Vice president Walter Mondale aboard his campaign plane! In spite of Rev. Jim Jones’ power to manipulate and control masses of people, that matter was not of any real concern for the Democratic Party because they benefitted from it all!

This and other images haunt the minds of many of those who remember how tragic those and other events were; unfortunately, today's generation has practically no knowledge of the event.

Only until Rev. Jim Jones’ own paranoia and threat of exposure by the media and concerned relatives did the political class begin to withdraw from him, but on the most part simply remained quiet. He had started building Jonestown in 1970, with the dream of creating a “socialistic paradise” far away from serious scrutiny. Even then, California State Assemblyman Willie Brown was a staunch defender of Rev. Jones, and with that political muscle, Jones was able to stave off much of the opposition from the media and political arenas. Governor Jerry Brown was also a staunch defender.

On November 18th, 1978 of the 909 members who migrated to Jonestown, Guyana, nearly 70% of them were black and perished over there—an interesting demographical statistic! In addition, over 200 of the cult victims were children, in which most of the deaths were by cyanide poisoning as it was given to them by their own parents in a grape-flavored punch. It is clear that the people were led to destruction by a maniacal pastor in search of more power than the Bay Area Democratic Party political machine was willing to grant to him. Instead, the majority of the party leadership ran and hid—quite possibly for one of two reasons—or maybe even both!

Today, the state of California, though beautiful and teaming with resources, is an economic disaster in the hands of the Democratic Party. Laden with debt and cities in bankruptcy, the dream to create a socialistic paradise has become an economic nightmare! However, it makes one wonder if Rev. Jim Jones would have left the United States—even in spite of the accusations—if he would have been able to see how the party he helped build was so successful today!

Posted 2/12/13 at 10:54 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

A Tale of Two Citizens

One Loves America, While the Other Despises It!

The lives of President Barak Obama and Dr. Ben Carson share some childhood similarities, but each one's world view is vastly different.


Posted 2/4/13 at 7:59 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson

Where Is the NAACP?

Immigration Policies Being Crafted Without Any Critical Analysis

Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images
Five members of the "Gang of Eight" are strongly pushing for a compresensive immigration policy without considering the impact it would have on current minority citizens, especially how it would affect voter representation and employment. Pictured are Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Richard Durbin (D-IL). Not shown are Senators Michael Bennet D- CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

As leading political forces from both sides of the aisle converge to present America with another form of illegal immigrant amnesty in order to absorb the second wave of those who are in this country illegally, the question of “How will such an influx of people from one indigenous part of the world affect the current representation of minority citizens of the United States” has not been asked, nor even under consideration. Totally absent from the discussion is an unrepresented group of Americans who will be adversely affected the most-the African American community! FULL POST

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