Harlem Pastor Stands Before His Congregation and Openly Denies the Deity of Christ

Apparently, the world has really lowered the bar, as far as what constitutes being “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers.”

At least, that’s the term used by Newsweek to describe Pastor Michael A. Walrond Jr.

Walrond is the Senior Pastor of Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church. He boasts a congregation of 10,000 members.

I don’t know what snapped in Walrond’s life to lead him so horribly astray, but he’s passing on his corrupt theology to the people of Harlem, so I can only pray there is some divine intervention in his life, soon.

“Pastor Mike,” as he’s called, recently caused a stir, when he stood before his congregation, and to a smattering of applause and a few random (almost confused) “Amens,” denied the deity of Jesus Christ.

There’s no other way to put it.

From The Christian Post:

“There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes,” he said in a viral clip posted to Facebook.

People take many paths to God, he argued, noting that he personally celebrates the paths others take in finding Him — even if that path does not involve faith in Jesus.

“And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally, I celebrate that,” Walrond said.

I can’t begin to express what a dangerous lie this is.

My first concern is that he’s lying to his congregation, and rather than call him out, many seem to be just accepting his words, even as they fly in the face of sound Biblical teaching.

The Aramaic Bible in Plain English spells it out in John 14:6 quite powerfully:

“Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Way and The Truth and The Life; no man comes to my Father but by me alone.”

That would seem to suggest that Walrond is in grave error.

If we are saved, we’re saved by the shed blood of Jesus. This, of course, is the Christian teaching, and I’m assuming Walrond fancies himself and his congregation “Christian,” since their church is named after a specific book in the Bible, First Corinthians.

What Walrond was preaching was the New Age heresy of Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Oprah Winfrey. It was not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I took a look into Walrond’s background, to see if there was any clue to just how he lost his way (assuming he ever found it).

First of all, he got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College. He attended the Duke University School of Divinity as a Martin Luther King, Jr. scholar, and got his Master of Divinity degree there, with a focus on Theology.

Also, from the National Action Network website:

Pastor Mike’s community and social justice initiatives include the Micah Clergy Roundtable of NYC, A.C.T. Social Justice Ministry, anti-“stop and frisk” campaign and helping to get the “New York City Living Wage” legislation passed through the City Council. In early 2014, Pastor Mike ran a spirited congressional campaign and many are eyeing him to enter the national stage sooner rather than later.  He is a board member of the National Action Network (NAN) and was appointed the first National Director of Ministers Division. He serves as a Trustee and adjunct faculty member of Chicago Theological Seminary and for over two years served as weekly columnist for the New York Amsterdam News. His work has been recognized by The Harlem Torch, Positive Community Magazine, The Amsterdam News, and he was named “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers” by Newsweek Magazine.

Social justice, liberal policies, and an eye on a political career. There’s the answer.

It’s near impossible to be Biblically sound and a politician, at the same time. At some point, you have to determine which role is more important to you. As we’ve seen with Christians in today’s political climate, many of them have to “compromise,” and compromise is the death of faith.

From what Walrond is preaching with such vigor, his faith didn’t just die.

He dug the hole, drug it out into the woods by the scruff of the neck, shot it, then kicked it in the hole and buried it.

Other pastors had some thoughts on Walrond’s sudden epiphany.

“The preacher on this video is both right and wrong: he’s right in that all roads do lead to God; but this God is both love and a consuming fire. If you meet Him on the Christ road of His love you live, but any other road, be it religion, philosophy, or a miscalculation of the Person of Christ, the lake of fire is waiting!” Bishop Robert E. Smith, Sr., founder of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries, Inc. and Word of Outreach Christian Center and Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, said.

He’s right. All roads certainly lead to God, but you’re either going to meet your Father in Heaven, or you’re going to stand before Him and be judged. What happens at the end of  your road is determined by how you live and who you follow while on your journey.

Sadly, Walrond is not alone in this dangerous, non-Biblical delusion.

Significant minorities of Christians who identified as Catholics, 28 percent, and mainline Protestants, 26 percent, indicated that they believe in a higher power or spiritual force which is not God as described in the Bible.

Thankfully, they’re still “minorities,” but I’ll say this: If you don’t follow Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation, you’re not a Christian. Period.

I mean, seriously. It’s right in the name: CHRISTian.

For Walrond, I can only hope he has a true revelation of Christ, one day, but until that time comes, he has no business as the leader of any congregation. He is harming souls, and someone needs to intervene.

 

 

 

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  • JASmius

    I think the passage you’re looking for is 1 John 2:18-23 [NASB]: “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.” Walrond may be “Pastor Mike,” and he may have a Masters degree in Divinity, but he does not have Jesus Christ, and he never has.

  • GotMyLoveGlassesOn

    Truth.

  • Polarbearpapa

    22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

    1 Corinthians 16

  • IllinoisPatriot

    “Masters degree in Divinity” – scoff…

    The only degree that matters or that applies is the degree to which a pastor’s teachings align with the Bible and the divine instruction and commands of Jesus Christ on how to get to His Father by way of His teachings.

    There is no degree given by Man that can infer holiness or divine truth upon a student – whether he passes his tests (defined by Man with answers determined by Man) or not. The anti-Christians apparently have figured out that if they can pervert the “schools of divinity”, they can pervert what is taught from the pulpits.

    We as Christians (even as laypeople) need to emulate the actions of Jesus when he drove the money-changers from the Temple and drive the false prophets from our pulpits and out of our churches. The alternative is that WE are abdicating the roles that Jesus Christ himself exemplified. We need to call out the false teachers and false prophets that are being foisted upon us by the state-approved “schools of divinity” just as we need to support our military pastors that are being told what they can teach or believe by the gaystapo backed by the power of the federal government (especially under Obama).

  • GotMyLoveGlassesOn

    I absolutely agree.

  • Post Master

    oh well, he is a FOOL ! let’s not waste time on this topic and move on. He doesnt deserve to be discussed all day long.

  • GotMyLoveGlassesOn

    It’s only 8am.

  • Karin Isbell

    We can only hope that his congregation will wake up sooner than later to his crass apostacy and will remove him from the pulpit. In the meantime, let’s pray for him to see the light.of Jesus Christ.

  • “It is the last hour”? Wasn’t that epistle written in the first century?

    Seems like the last hour has come and gone with no evidence of the Kingdom. I’d ask for my money back.

  • Rigo Fernandez

    I did not hear anything in the clip where he denies the deity of Christ. I agree with what he says, as far as the clip goes. I remember a story that made the rounds when I was a kid (true, or made up, I don’t know- irrelevant). It was about a missionary in Africa (in those days, all missionary stories seemed to have been in Africa). One day, the story said, one of the villagers approached the missionary and asked, “pastor, if you had not come to tell us about Jesus, would we still go to heaven, if we never heard about Jesus”? The pastor responded, “well, yes. God judges you on what you know, and how you follow what you know, about Him”. The villager was quiet a bit, then asked, “then why did you come”? I believe that is the point this pastor was making in his remarks on this very short clip.

  • I don’t judge other Christians based on what they believe, only on their treatment of other people, their behaviors, their fruit. So this whole story is just a silly giggle, so far as I am concerned.

  • Ken McCoy

    No one will get to the Father except through our righteous judge Jesus, Amen. Which is to say that He will judge all of us and He will decide our eternal destiny; can I get an amen? I have no doubt that some, even many, will gain His acceptance who died never having heard his name. (Ro. 2:12-16 et al.) I don’t know if that is what this pastor means, and if this clip is all you are going on neither do you, but I suggest that we be a little slower to judge him.

  • Carlos Santiago

    All paths do lead to God. Not all have a happy ending.

  • zbicyclist

    This is an old thread that runs through centuries of Christianity. Adoptionism, Arianism, Psilanthropism are examples.

  • Illithid

    Gee, with all these heretics running around throughout history leading people astray, you’d think a God who didn’t want his children led into damnation would step in and do something about it. Of course, whatever you believe, you’re a heretic to someone.

  • Lynne Douglas

    There are many clergy these days who are what I call “revisionists” — they twist Scripture around to suit their political views. The Bible does not need revising — it and God are
    never “out of date.” One local Episcopal priest has, from the pulpit, on a Sunday morning (!) gone so far as to brag about his brother who has a “husband.” Hymnals are being
    “revised” to exclude anything that sounds patriotic, as though loving and revering America is at odds with being Christian. More destructiveness courtesy of the Left…

  • tovlogos

    Regarding people who have never heard the Name…Jesus Romans 2:14, covers that:
    “13For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous. 14Indeed, when Gentiles,
    who do not have the Law, do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law, 15since they show
    that the work of the Law is written on their hearts,
    their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them.…”

    If you travel the world you will be hard pressed to find many people who have never heard the Name of the Son if God. No one is off the hook.
    If a person (not to mention “pastor”) can look at John 1:1; 14:7-15, and countless other passages, and not believe, then, as Susan said: ” For Walrond, I can only hope he has
    a true revelation of Christ”. Two most important words for the Bible student — exegesis, eisegesis. But when someone goes this far off course, it’s not just careless analysis,
    it’s spiritual blindness — since if we don’t believe in Jesus the Holy Spirit does not lead us to God — John 16:8 — then proper consistent exegesis is not is not possible.
    It makes sense that God tells us, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed…” John 20:29.

    There may be truth in what JASmius said: ” Walrond may be “Pastor Mike,” and he may have a Masters degree in Divinity, but he does not have Jesus Christ, and he never has.”
    Because presumably Walrond learned the above two most important words; therefore, the actual “Birth” offered in John 3:3, may not have been realized. This birth comes before
    John 3:5,16 which are so commonly quoted. Thus I read John 3:5 as indicating — one must become spiritual in order to receive the Spirit, which can only be given
    once one, in total abandon, receives Jesus with all his heart mind and soul. Otherwise the Spirit cannot be harnessed John 3: 8. And if the Holy does not indwell us
    we find ourselves in the untenable circumstance of Matthew 12:43-45.

  • rtgmath

    Sigh. I used to be a fundamentalist, believing in the eternal security of the believer because of the work of Christ and eternal hell for everyone else who didn’t believe as we Christians in the West did. Then I realized that meant pretty much only people from America’s or western churches or their missionary extensions. Everyone else believed wrong and was burnable trash.

    I believed in a god who thought he was so holy that torturing people forever was right and good for sins of ignorance and sins bounded by time. Tell a lie? It was worth burning forever. Worse was not believing on Jesus and all the essential doctrines. Grow up in a Muslim nation? Too bad! Even if they had no chance to understand the gospel, no chance to hear it or see it in action, “he that believers not is condemned.”

    God thus becomes a monster. What else do you call an inexorable force dedicated to your destruction, from which there is no hope of escape? For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, and if you don’t understand the message, you can’t escape the torture he has planned for you—he loves you that much!

    Is it any wonder the gospel doesn’t look like good news at all?

    And do Christians themselves demonstrate what “salvation” is really like? No. They are as greedy, sinful, hate-filled as anyone could be, all the while rejoicing in the destruction that will rain down on their enemies.

    So pardon me. Your gospel needs work.

  • it’s me

    This is hilariously stupid. No one is in ‘ GRAVE DANGER’ for not accepting Jesus Christ,.,the character from the bible.These are mythical characters that can’t and do not do anything in reality,.,bc these things that are not real, and have no power. This is just insane and delusional. Go home religion.,.,youre drunk again!!!

  • John Connor

    Silly old fαrt

  • rtgmath

    Wow. I think we have just seen you strain the limits of your intellectual abilities.

  • Can we discuss that translation of John 14? LOL

    That “living God” part is not in other translations.