Farrakhan speaks to Christian ministers
LEROY BAYLOR Special to the AmNews | 5/27/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Since 1978, when Minister Louis Farrakhan set out to reestablish the Nation of Islam's "Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad," he has found a welcome environment in America's Black churches due in great part to his insightful delivery of Biblical scriptures. Farrakhan's May 17 appearance at the American Clergy Leadership Conference at Chicago's Life Center Church of God in Christ addressed the prophecies in Revelations and the clergy's duty to align with the mission of Jesus Christ, to stand for truth and to warn their congregations and the "wicked."
The Muslim leader began by affirming the Islamic belief in all of the prophets, with no distinction between them, and the acceptance of all of the scriptures that they brought. "God is not the author of confusion, He is the author of peace," Farrakhan said to the multiracial gathering. "God does not have many religions, He only has one. In the end, the book says there'll be one Lord, one faith and one baptism."
Farrakhan stressed the dutyofpastorstopreachan "unadulterated" gospel of Jesus Christ. He pointed to the failure of some clergy to warn their congregations of the seriousness of the times and how people will suffer. "How could you preach Jesus and not understand the time and what's going on around you?" he asked. "Why are you afraid to stand up in your pulpit and tell your people that the judgment of God is on the world and specifically on America?
"It doesn't make me feel good to tell America what's coming," he continued, "that death and destruction have entered America and most of us are not prepared for what God is bringing down...America is almost past praying for. And if the government of America under President Obama does not repent, you're living in a house that soon will be no more."
Farrakhan concluded his speech with a report on the positive experience of the Nation of Islam with Dianetics technology learned from the Church of Scientology. The Muslim organization has set a goal to have several thousand Dianetics auditors assist its membership and community residents to overcome psychological wounds from rape and abuse. Farrakhan said that Black people would not have made it in America without the church, its songs and the preached word.
However, he feels that the ability to transform lives and to heal deep psychological wounds requires the additional science found within Dianetics.
Farrakhan emphasized that he was not giving up his Muslim religion for the religion of Scientology. The technology, he said, would make individuals better members of whatever religion they currently practice.