African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded number of impressive records deals a view of African American spiritual historical past from Africa and early the USA via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of at the present time. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tricky to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic debts, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes supplies a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs reviews at the paintings of Baptist girls. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal adventure. Mahalia Jackson recollects the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this elevated moment version contains new assets on girls, African missions, and the nice Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a basic advent in addition to old context and remark for every document.

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Now the Bible tells us that we are all, by nature, sinners; that we are slaves to sin and Satan, and that unless we are converted, or born again, we must be miserable for ever. Christ says, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God; and all that do not see the kingdom of God, must be in the kingdom of darkness. There are but two places where all go after death, white and black, rich and poor; those places are Heaven and Hell. Heaven is a place made for those who are born again, and who love God; and it is a place where they will be happy for ever.

That the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. And that all mankind were under the wrath and curse of God, and must have been for ever miserable, if they had been left to suffer what their sins deserved. It tells us that God, to save some of mankind, sent his Son into this world to die, in the room and stead of sinners; and that now God can save from eternal misery all that believe in his Son, and take him for their Saviour; and that all are called upon to repent, and believe in Jesus Christ.

If you are proud and stubborn and always finding fault, your master will think the fault lies wholly on your side; but if you are humble, and meek, and bear all things patiently, your master may think he is wrong; if he does not, his neighbours will be apt to see it, and will befriend you, and try to alter his conduct. If this does not do, you must cry to him, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and turneth them as the rivers of waters are turned. 2nd. The particular I would mention, is honesty and faithfulness.

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