Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. et al



Dr. King wasn't just another John Q and/or Jane Doe pew warmer. He was an ordained Christian minister whose rules of conduct, and whose duties and responsibilities, are spelled out in what are commonly known as the pastoral epistles of Titus, 1Timothy, 2Timothy, and to some extent 1Peter.

1 Ordained Christian ministers are, first and foremost, bought and paid for.

2Tim 2:24-26 . . And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

The Greek word translated "servant" in that passage basically identifies slaves; both voluntary and involuntary.

Social injustice is a worthy cause; but it's not the cause to which Christ calls his ministers. If perchance someone reading this is considering preparing for "the ministry" be forewarned that in order to serve Christ faithfully, effectively, and loyally; you'll have to accept the status of a slave; i.e. you cannot be Christ's minister as a free agent. Should you choose to go off on your own agenda as Dr. King did, you'll be charged with dereliction of duty and branded a deserter. (cf. John 15:4-11)

2 Christ's ordained ministers are shepherds whose responsibility is the care of Christ's sheep-- not the world's sheep nor the world's problems. In other words: it is Christ's expectations that his ministers be congregational leaders rather than social leaders.

1Pet 5:1-4 . . To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

3 Christ's ordained ministers are troops deployed under orders.

2Tim 2:4 . . As Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.

A soldier's primary responsibility is to accomplish the mission assigned by their commanders. They don't give themselves leave to abandon their posts to go off on their own personal agenda doing other stuff. Desertion and dereliction of duty are courts martial offenses.

4 Christ expects his ministers to preach, not for the benefit of the world, rather, for the benefit of a congregation.

Eph 4:11-12 . . He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.

5 Christian men, ordained to serve Christ have no business using their pulpits for any other purpose than what Christ expects.

1Tim 4:13 . . Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

2Tim 4:1-5 . . In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-- with great patience and careful instruction.

. . . For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

. . . But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

6 While the world admires Dr. King as a civil rights hero and a crusader against social injustice, the Bible depicts him as a subordinate who shamefully neglected the duties of his ministry as per the apostles' charge.

1Cor 14:37 . . If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of The Lord.

1Thess 4:1-2 . .We beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by The Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by The Lord Jesus.

Therefore Christian ministers that fail to comply with the apostles' instructions, are failing to comply with Christ's. It's a domino effect all the way to the top.

Luke 10:16 . .Whoever listens to you; listens to me. Whoever rejects you; rejects me. And whoever rejects me; rejects the one who sent me.

7 People are easily fooled into believing that King was a successful minister because they're inadequately catechized; i.e. they're unaware that the Bible contains specific instructions for ordained Christian ministers; and failure to comply with those instructions leads to unsatisfactory performance ratings.

2Tim 2:5 . . If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.

Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is essentially criminal; it's the active, professed refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws of the state, and/or demands, orders, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power; i.e. non compliance with constituted law and order.

Henry David Thoreau insisted that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice.

At first glance, Thoreau's ideas make good sense. However; it's important to take into account that Thoreau was a secular humanist indifferent to the dictates of a supreme being whose commandments, laws, rules, statutes, and edicts take priority over all other forms of government.

Thoreau's concept of civil disobedience foments anarchy which, according to Rom 13:1-5 and 1Pet 2:13-15, is strictly forbidden for Christ's followers.

Dr. King's civil disobedience wasn't scriptural; it was secular, i.e. patterned after Thoreau's philosophy with just enough religion thrown in to give the impression that King was on a mission from God.

I've heard it said that nobody is a complete failure when they can serve as a bad example. Well; that's certainly true of Dr. King. Were I a seminary professor; I'd very definitely use Dr. King not as role model; but as an excellent example of the kind of minister that every man ordained to serve Jesus Christ should not be.

I truly believe that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had stayed in church and complied with the Bible's instructions for ordained Christian ministers as per the epistles of Titus, 1Timothy, 2Timothy, and to some extent 1Peter instead of getting involved in political activism, social justice, and/or civil disobedience, he could have served Christ another thirty-five years instead of getting himself assassinated when he was only 39 years old.

Was Dr. King a martyr? Well, if he was, it certainly wasn't in a cause for Christ. No, it was for a worldly cause. Dr. King marginalized his pastoral responsibilities. He put duty to the color of his skin first, and duty to Christ second. That was a very bad move for an ordained Christian minister.

Moral of the story is: nobody is twisting anybody's arm to commit to ordination; but once the commitment is made: then they'd do well to hold fast, stay the course, and not get distracted.

Luke 9:62 . . No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.




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