A Bible Lesson for Black Lives Matter Times
October 1, 2020
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
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“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
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Black Lives Matter (BLM), founded by women who claim to be trained Marxists, is praised by prominent politicians, including the highest ranking Democrats in the U.S. Congress and Democratic governors and mayors, painted as a slogan on city streets and professional basketball courts, and taught in public schools. But BLM is not based on eternal truth and is therefore destined for judgment, regardless of how successful it might be in the short term.

America needs the Word of God, not Marxist propaganda which has never built anything good and righteous in its 175 year history but rather has left behind a heritage of mayhem, totalitarian enslavement, and death. “Revolutionary Marxism still holds the record for having deceived, enslaved, terrorized, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered more millions of people than any other ideology. The Leninist and Maoist interpreters of Karl Marx sacrificed
over 160 million civilians on the altar of global equality. And that’s the conservative estimate” (Christopher Haun, The Eight Spectres of Karl Marx in the 21st Century).

America needs to learn about Jesus Christ and the apostles and prophets more than about George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr.

The failure of churches over the past 100 years to preach and to teach God’s Word faithfully and without fear and to refute error has created widespread biblical illiteracy with the resulting lack of wisdom and spiritual and moral discernment. It has created a void in which every sort of error propagates.

The Word of God can bring true heart-level change of character, racial harmony, generational accord, economic wisdom, stability in home and government. It teaches mercy, forgiveness, kindness, peace, gentleness, goodness. It teaches true wisdom to mothers and fathers and youth and law enforcement personnel and political leaders.

It is the Word of God that has taught Samuel Armstrong, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and a great many other men and women love for their fellow man:

“I learned this lesson from General Samuel Chapman Armstrong [head of the school where Booker T. was educated], and resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
With God's help, I believe that I have completely rid myself of any ill feeling toward the Southern white man for any wrong that he may have inflicted upon my race. I am made to feel just as happy now when I am rendering service to Southern white men as when the service is rendered to a member of my own race. I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice” (Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, 1901).

“In the sight of God there is no color line, and we want to cultivate a spirit that will make us forget that there is such a line anyway” (
Up from Slavery, 1901).

“The man is unwise who does not cultivate in every manly way the friendship and goodwill of his next-door neighbor, whether he be black or white” (
Up from Slavery, 1901).

“Great men cultivate love ...
Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred” (Up from Slavery, 1901).

“Keep your hand in that of the Master, walk daily by His side, so that you may lead others into the realms of true happiness, where a religion of hate, (which poisons both body and soul) will be unknown, having in its place the ‘Golden Rule’ way, which is the ‘Jesus Way’ of life, will reign supreme” (George W. Carver, 1927).

Following are some of the great truths of God’s Word that are far wiser than Black Lives Matter doctrine or the
1619 movement. These are eternal truths. They can be ignored and denied, but they cannot be destroyed and they will not fail.

All men are created in God’s image, and all men have descended from the first man, Adam. There is only one “race” of men.

“So God created man in his
own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:26-28).

The Bible does not mention a sin of “racism,” but it does describe and condemn the sins of pride, malice, envy, murder, kidnapping, hateful and hating one another, and many others.

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness” (Mark 7:21-22).

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:29-32).

“These six
things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

All men are equally sinners before God and equally condemned.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“What then? are we better
than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:9-18).

The nations have been wicked since their origin in the days of Cain and his descendants. Every nation has been corrupted because its citizens are sinners. There has not been a truly righteous, just nation on earth since man’s fall, not even Israel in her heyday during the kingdom of David and Solomon. The Bible describes many ancient nations--such as Egypt, Elam, Edom, Hittites, Philistines, Canaanites, Phoenicia, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome--and all were unrighteous. All of them practiced slavery. There was no economic equality, no social equality, no equality in justice. America, too, is deeply imperfect, but it is superior to other nations in history in these things. To demand perfection of America is mindless utopianism that ignores the reality of the entire human history.

“And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one
was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew” (Genesis 4:17-25).

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11).

All men can be saved and changed, reconciled to God and reconciled to their fellow man. This is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only the gospel has the power to change men’s hearts and create a “new man.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Romans 3:21-22).

“Come unto me, all
ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

“Therefore if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Jesus Christ came to teach men the law of love, and that is the solution for all of man’s problems.

“These things I command you, that ye love one another” (John 15:17).

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if
there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10).

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Rage, robbery, rampage, and murder are evil in God’s eyes. There is no justification for these things in God’s Word. They are never righteous.

“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 10:13).

“Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15).

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that
is thy neighbour’s” (Exodus 20:17).

“Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith,
It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer” (Proverbs 28:24).

“A man that doeth violence to the blood of
any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him” (Proverbs 28:17).

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their
own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof” (Proverbs 1:10-19).

Anarchist movements are prophesied in the Bible and condemned.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. ... But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all
men, as theirs also was” (2 Timothy 3:1-4, 9).

There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men” (Proverbs 30:11-14).

The so-called “nuclear family” is a divine institution. It was created by God at the dawn of man’s history. It is composed of a man and a woman who are joined together in holy matrimony, committed to one another for life, plus the offspring of that couple. This institution has been recognized universally for the full length of man’s history until this present generation.

And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4-6).

There will be no utopia on this earth until Christ establishes His kingdom, and it will be a kingdom of truth and righteousness. It will be established by God’s almighty power.

“Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. ... He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. ... In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. ... Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight” (Psalm 72: 1-2, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14).

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:29-31).

Only those who are born again will see Christ’s kingdom.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).



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