The words “Martin Luther King is Dead!” were emblazoned upon the pages of the newspapers of our land. These were the words which began every news bulletin on radio and television the evening of April 4, 1968.
We are in total agreement with one of the Grand Rapids ministers who stated in the prefatory remarks to his sermon that “We deplore the murder of any man.” Martin Luther King was murdered. We know not the motive of the man who murdered Martin Luther King nor do we know the murderer. We do know that according to the determinate counsel of God this self-appointed leader in America was killed. It was as one of my fifth-grade students stated the issue: “God killed Martin Luther King.”
God said to the whole world, “I am the King.” The world did not nor would they hear the speech of God.
Who was the man, Martin Luther King? You will be able to read about Martin Luther King in the newspapers, news periodicals, and other magazines of the world. He will be eulogized. Biographies will soon be available, I am sure, so that those who wish to read about him, can do so.
He was ostensibly a preacher of the Word of God. He was an intelligent man and was a gripping orator. He lived passionately and was possessed with an enthusiastic and ambitious drive to eradicate through what he called, non-violent methods the blight of poverty and social maladies which afflict his colored and white brothers. He was the mediator for his people. He was their “messiah.”
Martin Luther King was a dreamer. He said it himself. He was possessed with a vision — the post-millennial dream of a time when all men and all races will sit down together in brotherhood. He believed and preached the universal brotherhood of all men. He was a modernist and a social, reformer. He believed in the necessity to reconstruct the American society to conform with the basic ideals of democracy.
Martin Luther King was not a Christian. Oh yes, he said he was a Christian and many others have said that he was a Christian but he was not a Christian in the Scriptural sense of that word. O yes, he was a “Christian” in that broad sense of the term but this is not Christianity. He was a pagan. He was anti-Christian. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?’’ John 2:22a. Never have I nor anyone else heard him in all of his public utterances as a “minister” preach the Word of the Cross. Martin Luther King was certainly a moralist but this is not Christianity. Christianity is founded on the high spiritual plane of the Truth of the Word of God. The Christian must confess that God is alone great and that he is nothing — less than nothing,
As a preacher of non-violence Martin Luther King did not preach the Gospel of our Lord and Christ that “the meek shall inherit the earth.” His boycotts, and marches always ended in violence, bloodshed, arson, looting, and annihilation of civil order. He justified civil disobedience on the grounds that his was a nonviolent protest. He had a just cause.
In his frequently quoted speech of Wednesday, April 3, Martin Luther King spoke words which indicate as a last testament his basic aim in life. He had been to “the top of the mountain.” He was the “Moses” of his people. From the snow-capped heights of “Nebo” he had looked into and seen the “promised land.” He shouted with golden tongue and with fiery oratory that he might not enter in with his people. Then with eyes blazing he roared that he had seen the vision of the glory that shall be. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Martin Luther King was not interested in his campaigns in the kingdom of God. He did not preach the coming of a heavenly and eternal kingdom of peace — a kingdom with a glory which eye hath not seen and ear hath not heard. He preached a kingdom which is earthly. He preached about a land which would provide in the here and now equal opportunity for all the oppressed and particularly such equal opportunity for those whose skin is black. He preached a kingdom which is the fabrication of the fertile brain of man.
Martin Luther King was not interested in the message of the Gospel. He had not seen the promised land but be had only seen what seemed to him and to all his blood brothers (black and white) to be the eventual fulfillment of the dream of all men who wish to re-erect the Tower of Babel. The utopian dream of all who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of his people was the dream of Martin Luther King.
The true preacher of the Gospel preaches the truth which Jesus preached. “My kingdom is not of this world.” “I go to prepare a place for you.” “Go and sin no more.” He is not concerned with housing developments, with sanitation department strikes. He is concerned with repentance with freedom from sin.
Martin Luther King was a modernist and was a social gospeller. He did not preach the Word of the Cross. His life is not to be emulated by young people in the churches of the Reformation. Children of the Reformation follow not the ”reformer’ Martin Luther King! The tune which he piped will lead to the mountain of destruction. It is disturbing when Christian institutions and colleges, including my alma mater, permit and sponsor marches to commemorate the life and death of Martin Luther King. He is not a reformer who must be honored by the Christian institutions of our land. When Jew, Roman Catholic, and far out Protestant: all join in eulogizing and honoring a man, one can be very sure that he does not walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther King did not die for Christian principles. He was not a martyr for the cause of Christianity. His principles were the principles of all those who love not the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Have we been deceived by the piper’s song?
At a time like this it is vitally important for each one of us to search the Word of Cod for direction in our thinking and in our action as disciples of Christ. We must not conform to the world. When I thought about all these things I was reminded of the words of Joshua when he proclaimed: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”
“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt: and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-15
Strangers and pilgrims, who are travelling to the promised land, lift up your heads and believe that all these things must come to pass. Place your trust in Jehovah who is preached by the true preacher of the Gospel, and not in the vain hope of the false prophet, who preaches a utopia here on earth. Ally not yourself with men, movements, and with organizations which are incompatible with the truth of the Word of God and the true preaching of the Gospel. Testify against the lie.
A king is dead!
The King of kings and the Lord of lords liveth and abideth forever. He reigns over all. He has all these things in His hand and all things happen according to His time schedule. Towering o’er the wrecks of time stands the Cross of Christ who liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Jehovah is God! Him will we serve!
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Hallelujah.