"let Freedom Ring"...

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  1. AAA

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    GOD bless Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    It has been 40 years since he gave his life for our cause....

    Do any of you remember where you were when you heard that he had passed?

    Any comments?

    As a Baptist what was his statement of faith?
    Did he believe in O.S.A.S.?

    May GOD bless all of you as we remember Brother KING!!!
     
  2. Dale-c

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    What cause was that?
    I am not old enough to remember but I thought his cause was more political than anything else.
     
  3. Joe

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    You mean slavery?
     
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    He was a great man. But I would not profer him the title "brother" based on his doctrine which was the social gospel, and his back-room behavior which was ungodly. If I have that wrong, please inform me. And I'm not saying he was not saved - I'll let God decide that - I'm just saying that I wouldn't give him the title.
     
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    I think I was in 4th grade in 1980 when I first learned about him... lol
     
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    Amen! :thumbs:
     
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    Having this country take a good look at itself and live up to its creed written in its constitution. We were hypocrite's sending men who had to ride in the back of a bus or were less than thrid class citizens to fight for demacracy in Vietnam. I think Brother Martin held up the mirror so America could see who it really was. Was he perfect, none of us are. Was he a tool used by God, I believe he was.
     
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    He didn't "give" his life-----he was assasinated

    There's only been one person to "give" His life---and that's the Lord Jesus Christ

    His was a social gospel that can not satisfy eternal needs

    I was at my Paw-Paw's in New Roads, Louisiana----and was 9 years old---but I remember it like it were yesterday---"Breaking News with CBS & anchorman Walter Cronkite"---I remember seeing him(Cronkite) on television with the disturbing news break
     
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    On that day in 1968 I was an young navy enlistee in school in Millington, Tn. I had met and was dating a girl from West Memphis, Arkansas. That evening I caught the bus to the downtown bus depot and had to walk about 10 blocks thru town to catch the bus that took me to West Memphis. I was in no way ever threatened or harassed, felt more like completely ingored, but I have never been as scared nor felt as alone in my life. I know very little about Dr King other that what the news carried at the time...... and lots of rumors..... As I have been a federal employee most of my life I have never minded having an extra paid holliday.... I could come up with a list of 300 or so as deserving men and only work three and a half days a year and be happy. Dr King got the Holiday because he was the most significantly recognized leader in the equal rights movement, and he got martyred.

    Think it similar to JFK who was a good president in great times...... who because he was assasinated became known as a great president in good times. I suppose that if we could have a great knowledge of his life (MLK not JFK), we might be able to come to a greater ability to judge his character. But from the outside looking in...... only having very favorable or very negative inputs..... and not really knowing the man behind the reports, we can only hope that he was convinced of the only thing in life that really matters and that is the Gospel!
     
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    No offence intended, but is it right to ak God to bless people whose life on earth is over? They are surely beyond our prayers, one way or the other.

    I don't remember what where I was when I heard that he had died.


    I tried doing a google search for "Martin Luther King's beliefs", and all I got was a Wikipedia entry that said:
    Martin Luther King Jr was a black Christian who believed that god (sic) made black and white people all equally.
    Not really detailed enough to find out whether he believed in the perseverance of the saints, or "Once Saved, Always saved". :laugh:

    Like others, I wondered which "our cause" you meant. On this forum, we are (or should be) all baptists, but I didn't think Martin Luther King was assassinated for being a baptist.
     
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    But you were born in 1952 :laugh:
     
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    Bro. David

    I googled up the subject and this is what I found----to all who idolize Mr. King---I ask you to take the following sites with "a grain of salt"---and with an air of Godly wisdom and understanding

    www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/mlk_jr.htm

    www.teachthefacts.org/2005/legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr.html

    I was raised by Christian parents who were skillful in teaching me the spiritual and moral absolutes of the Lord Jesus Christ---very God in human flesh---and I had and still have no problem with people of different color than myself---so therefore there is not one ounce of prejudice of anyone of any other color---black, white, red, yellow
     
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    The second link didn't work but I have seen the first link before. I believe MLK is the toughest man to find truth on because there are very few who view him without bias. I know a lot of the rumors turned out to be started by Herbert Hoover who made his life's mission to destroy the guy. Then there was the KKK and other white supremist groups who bombed his house and harassed him daily with phone calls.

    Then there is the other extreme, there are some who thought so much of him that they moved to be a holiday in his name. Kind of hard to tell who to believe. I do know he wrote several books and I would say you would tell more about his true beliefs if you read his books or sermon's. I recall reading one of his books, Strength to Love, where he made some profound observations regarding how much easier it is to hate than to love. I don't recall if he revealed his view on OSAS.
     
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    Is it possible that many folks here don't know anything about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr? I find that astounding. BTW, he was a Baptist minister who was a major figure in the black human rights movement. Always nonviolent. If you want to hear a great speech, maybe the best one I've ever heard) go here:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1732754907698549493

    I would say he was the American equivalent of Mahatma Ghandi.
     
  15. David Lamb

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    I know some very basic facts about him. But remember, not everyone on the BB is American. I wonder how much is known about William Wilberforce (for example) by the "non-Brits" on the board?
     
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    I would hope that "we" are very familiar with him.
     
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    I share Dr. King's birthday, although I am over 20 years younger. I was a junior in HS when he was killed. I don't remember what time of day I heard about his death. I have read the posts on this thread, and I don't think we should allow any personal weakesses Dr. King had to tarnish the good that he accomplished. We have all done things we are not proud of.

    My father once told me about a very enjoyable experience he had sitting alone with Dr. King backstage at a Baptist World Alliance meeting. My father was in charge of the music for the meeting. They talked for a long time while the program did not require his presence on the platform. Dad said he was very impressed with Dr. King. That's good enough for me.

    Tim Reynolds
     

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