Martin Luther King Jr. said and fought for some things that any right-thinking Christian should applaud.
There are, however, two and only two kinds of people in this world. Those from every nation, tribe, kindred and tongue who have been born dead in the first man Adam (that would be everybody except Jesus Christ), and those who have born again from this death in Adam to new and everlasting life in the man born God, Jesus of Nazareth.
God does not differentiate His created moral agents by which paint job He gave us OR how many or what great things we accomplish… or not. Those who are His are in Christ and those who are not, are not.
If I am to take the ancient Christian Scriptures seriously, as understood by centuries of Church history, including William Wilberforce and Hannah Moore, King’s denial of literally every defining Gospel doctrine, the life of serial unrepentant immorality and substantial plagiarism of his doctoral thesis would, if he were anyone else, force me to conclude that whatever else he may have been, “Christian” is not one of them.
If we say that someone can do and say things that are just SO good as to warrant them salvation despite their rejection of the whole of the saving gospel in both belief and the love of and pursuit of biblical holiness, we are right then under Paul’s anathema to the church at Galatia.
Every Christian struggles with sin and nobody’s theology is perfect, including mine. That was not King though. There is simply no reason to debate this fact, as the information is readily available. All of it is easy to find if one wants to. If you don’t want to, that’s on you. No, I will not do your research for you.
This is not hyper-fundamentalist, ultra-right-wing, legalistic crackpottery. It is vanilla biblical Christianity before the dawn of the postmodern western church age and the unshakeable conviction of the historical Christian Church.
[Contributed by Greg Smith]