So according to a video posted online of Minister Louis Farrakhan on July 30th at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, DC, of his long time friend Rev Dr. Willie Wilson. He makes the statement that “I know that my redeemer liveth” which is a biblical reference to Job 19:5.
Then he goes on to say that “I know. I’m not guessing that my Jesus is alive. I know that my redeemer liveth and because he lives I know that I, too, will pass through the portal of death yet death will not afflict me.” He also apologizes for “teaching the wrong things” for so many years. Makes you think huh?
Even the Christian Post writes an article stating “Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan declares Jesus is his redeemer, says devil can’t have him.” So do you see how easy it might be for Christians to think he might have just accepted Jesus as his savior?
But The Nation of Islam believes:
1. We believe in the one God whose proper name is Allah.
2. We believe in the Holy Quran and in the scriptures of all the prophets of God.
3. We believe in the truth of the Bible, but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted so that mankind will not be snared by falsehoods that have been added to it.
4. We believe on Allah’s prophets and the scriptures they brought to the people.
5. We believe in the resurrection of the dead – not in physical resurrection – but in mental resurrection. We believe that the so-called Negroes are most in need of mental resurrection, therefore, they will be resurrected first.
(Taken from their Final Call newspaper [always last page in the back]).
And this isn’t the first time he has made such statements. (Just google “Farrakhan Jesus saves”). Don’t be fooled. He still teaches old NOI doctrine. But what he is doing is masking it under the names of Jesus and Christ. He’ll quote scriptures according to his distorted context.
When Farrakhan says things like he (Jesus) is still alive he is speaking to the fact that they teach that W.D. Fard Muhammad never died, and not the resurrection of Christ. As well as an even later doctrine that Elijah Muhammad never really died. Which also goes along with their Barnabas theory that Jesus never died on the cross but someone else was put their in his place. So their annual saviors day conventions have nothing to do with Jesus.
Take note also that the hebrew word used in Job 19:5 often times is translated to mean “kinsman redeemer” in the Old Testament. So you can see in his false context how Farrakhan takes “kinsman” to refer to Elijah Muhammad. And then also associated him as his redeemer.
Farrakhan tries to mask his doctrine using biblical imagery because he feels black people are so gullible about the bible that he needs to come on our level so that we can understand his version of the gospel.So Farrakhan is speaking of another Jesus and not Yeshua The Messiah of our scriptures. Click To TweetJust like some of the Masonic roots of NOI theology, masons also reference Jesus and Christ, but it has nothing to do with Yeshua/Jesus of the Bible. It’s just symbolism for them.
Here are some questions Christians might be asking when they see an article like the one posted by the Christian post:
Does Farrakhan know something about the Bible and Jesus that he is not fully telling his followers?
In his sickness and old age does he know every knee will bow, so now he speaks the truth?
Is this his way of redeeming himself from any falsehood he has spread during his lifetime?
Why is he even making such statements that seem to affirm Jesus Christ is his Lord and savior? Is he a closet Christian?
Answer: He is a master of rhetorical speaking.Basically Farrakhan can DJ with the Quran on one deck and a Bible on the other deck.Click To Tweet With his style of Islam setting the tempo.
Farrakhan has a lot of info about the Bible, but he doesn’t really know the Bible. That’s why we as Christians have to constantly stay students of the scriptures and not just spectators of our scriptures. This is the only way we can spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
We have to know how to see if a person teaching the Bible is applying sound hermeneutics (the principals and methods of interpreting biblical texts). And on a side note, I know members of the NOI that read the Bible more than a lot of Christian brothers I know, and that is a problem right there.
Grace and peace!