Enjoy This Discussion on The Black Church!

Enjoy This Discussion on The Black Church! Voices of the Black Church Panel Discussion put on by the Word Network!

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H-A-T-E-R-S! This H-A-T-E-R-S Freestyle is a Must See!

I found this clip and believe it or not I was so blessed by these 2 young people! There are just a couple of seconds that may cause some concern for some of the Saints, but I love what these young people have put together! They put together this project on Haters, and in the midst of doing so they released some very powerful statements! One of their statements is that if one is doing anything positive, that one will have haters! The second statement was that you ain’t nothing if you don’t have the haters! Boy that will preach! Just in case any of you having a problem with a preacher promoting this song I would just want to share a few nuggets with you.

In the Holy Writ there are what I call Biblical Haters such as Cain, Joseph’s Brothers, Saul, The Scribes, The Pharisees, The Sadducees, and so many others who always had problems with the favor that God had bestowed on another individual! Why should there be any haters at all? God has uniquely endowed each of us with so much promise, and so many gifts that one should be so busy with their God Given Assignments that one should scarcely have the time to hate on anyone else! It hurts sometimes to have some hate on you without a cause, but I am letting you know that H-A-T-E-R-S come with any trip into favorable territory!

Have you encountered any haters on your journey, and if not should you ask yourself some serious questions about why not? Isn’t it also amazing that H-A-T-E-R-S sometimes belong to the same Church, Choir, Usher Board, Ministerial Alliance, Jurisdiction, Assembly, Reformation, Denomination, Fellowship, District, or Outreach Ministry that you belong to? H-A-T-E-R-S! I came up with an acronym for H-A-T-E-R-S which was Having Attitudes Towards Excellence Residing Somewhere Else, or Having Attitudes Towards Excellence Residing in Someone Else! Why are there so many H-A-T-E-R-S in this day, particularly amongst much of the online community, The Black Church, and for that matter The Black Community?

I wanted to back this post up with some scriptures from The Holy Writ!

St. Luke Chapter 6 verse 25-Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. -Wow I guess this means that we should check ourselves out when all that we hear are niceties

2nd Timothy 3 Verse 12-Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. -Any trip into favorable territory by a true believer will be accompanied by persecution!

Psalm 23 verse 5-Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. -God can make it happen for you despite your H-A-T-E-R-S surrounding you one every side!

1st John 3 verse 13-Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. Don’t be surprised if you have Haters without a cause!

Well you get the drift, H-A-T-E-R-S will be a part of the life of any true believer, but remember that right in the midst of so many Haters that God is busy preparing a banquet for you just so all of your H-A-T-E-R-S can see it!

The Black Church Experience is Definitely Unique!

The Black Church Experience is Definitely Unique! I am totally convinced that God is a God that transcends color, race, and ethnicity. Christians are all endeavoring to make it to Heaven, where there will be no racism, or elitism . Yet, here on this earth there is just something about the ambiance of the Black Church Experience! We are a highly spiritual people, and we are a highly emotional people. Sometimes we are a tad bit too far in either direction, but I relish the flavor of The Black Church Experience which is just Unique!

Reflections on The Black Church!

Pastor Stephen F. Smith gives this powerful summary on the importance, the relevance, and the history of The Black Church!
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The Black Church

I couldn’t have predicted the response that I received after I posted a comment on the Black Church. The term Black Church has been used to describe the African American Church, which is the most revered institution in the black community. It is indeed quite sad that anyone would have to call his or her church a black church, or a white church.

I will proudly submit to you that the God of the Bible transcends color, and either God is Lord of All Born-Again Believers that follow his precepts, his ways and his word, or he is not Lord at all. The scriptures state that God is not a respecter of persons, so that would mean that God would not be enamored by the race or ethnicity of any believer. Yet, it is still surprising to me that to just mention the term black church causes such an uproar.

I am the descendant of a people that were brought to this nation in the hulls of slave ships. I am not asking for an apology from anyone, but I am asking many of you that come to this blog and others to consider the following point of view. We shouldn’t have to call a church a Black church.

However; one would be remiss to not note that there has not been widespread reconciliation in our houses of worship. The African American People are less than 7 generations up from being banned from reading, writing, and even worshipping God.

While American pulpits and choirstands have proclaimed that God is love for hundreds of years, systemic and institutional racism has prevailed in our nation and even in our churches. While the slaveowners studied the Holy Writ, they brutally assaulted many of the initial African American slaves. Where there prayer meetings before lynchings? Why was the mainstream church silent for so long on such a horrible practice as slavery? The Black Church was basically all that people of color possessed.

Blacks had been lingering at the bottom of the American social caste chart for years. One of the commandments of Jesus was to love one’s neighbor as one would love himself. Is it a sin for an African American to savor the fragrance of an African American Worship Service? I submit to you that it is not a sin for one to enjoy his or her church’s flavor of worship.

Our church has had a proud legacy, and I am not ashamed about loving the ambiance of The Black Church. There have been many efforts to integrate churches throughout our land, yet 11 AM on Sunday Mornings is still the most segregated hour on the clock.

If one would pay attention to our television ministries and our megachurches, there are many preachers of other races that pastor or oversee thousands of members of color. Yet, this is not true in the inverse. If one would follow all of the major African American ministries in our land that have black pastors, one would not find an overwhelming “percentage” of other races in the congregation. This is why there has been a so called black church.

Our modes of worship are different and that is not a discredit to any race. Are we really committed to reconciliation in our houses of worship? There was a previous pastor of a large mainstream church in Memphis,Tennessee that once stated-I can’t wait to get to heaven, so I can go on the Negro side of heaven and hear one of those great Negro spirituals. Will there be subdivisions in heaven? Was he reciting what others secretly believe?

Prayerfully, the houses of worship in our land will learn to work together on common ground. We are all aspiring to make it to a place called heaven where there will be no segregation, busing, or separations by ethnicities. One could surmise that racism has sometimes even crept into the House of Grace.

The enemy must love to see the church separated by lines of color. Let’s eradicate this problem. If we ever plan on seeing the Christ that we all preach about, we had better get started!

Respectfully Submitted,

Pastor Stephen F. Smith

Sure House Church, Inc.

What’s The Mission of The Black Church?

What’s The Mission of The Black Church? Are we too concerned with The Gospel of Success?

Dr. Claud Anderson

Dr. Claud Anderson has spoke in many African American Churches accross this country about the need for African American Economic Uplift! The African American Church or The Black Church has been instrumental in years past of aiding The Economic Uplift of those whom it served. What can we do to continue this rich tradition and aiding a people who are usually in financial straits overall?