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Project 1619

A staff meeting at the New York Times was recently leaked to the media.  The content of this meeting revealed a new focus entitled Project 1619.  The goal of this journalism plan is to expose America’s Original Sin which began 400 years ago.  According to progressives, this unforgivable sin was the arrival of slaves from Africa, purchased by the wealthy in the state of Virginia to do hard labor.  Based upon the initial piece, America’s founding fathers are under attack along with the spiritual heritage of this country.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me, John 14:6.

Nikole Hannah-Jones had the honor of writing the first article to implement Project 1619.  According to the New York Times Magazine, Project 1619 aims to reframe this country’s history.  Hannah-Jones uses a theory of Erik Homburger Erikson on the psychological development of human beings to prove her point.  Unfortunately, Nikole disregards the work of William Wilberforce who was instrumental in ending Great Britain’s ties to the slave trade.  If you are a parent of children, curriculum for Project 1619 is coming soon to a public school near you.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come, John 16:13.

Fortunately, this attack on history is not being ignored.  Groups such as Steeling the Mind of America hold an annual conference hosted by Compass International.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of this event.  One of my favorite books is Steeling the Mind of America Volume 2.  Author John Ankerberg relies on famous historians to educate readers of America’s spiritual founding.  The only way to defeat Project 1619 is to follow in the footsteps of the Bereans, Acts 17:11, testing everything that you hear and read with the Bible.  When you do, Christians will be able to expose the falsehoods of Project 1619’s narrow minded look at history.

by Jay Mankus

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My Ultimate Appeal

The 2006 film Amazing Grace details the life of William Wilberforce.  Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to stop the Atlantic slave trade.  Despite battling health issues, Wilberforce persisted through initial failed attempts to persuade fellow politicians.  Before his death in 1833, Wilberforce was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament.

“The Bible is my ultimate appeal… slavery is contrary to the example and precepts of our body and merciful Redeemer, and of his apostles… Slavery then is a national sin,” Angelina Grimke.

Fourteen years before the Civil War began, a woman from the south felt compelled to make an appeal to Christian women who also lived in the south.  Using the Bible as her main point of reference, Angelina Grimke wrote letters to persuade other believers.  One of these letters is on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.  Excerpts from the quote above can be found within a display on the Bible’s impact on ending slavery.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery, Galatians 5:1.

The apostle Paul makes a similar appeal during the first century.  However, the context of the passage above refers to spiritual slavery.  Some churches, denominations and leaders used fear, legalism and peer pressure to make followers conform to their demands.  A group known as the Judaizers began to infiltrate the church at Galatia.  This sect held on to Jewish rituals, adding circumcision to salvation by forcing members to comply.  This practice goes against free will as God doesn’t force individuals to do anything.  Rather, God gives people the choice to accept or reject Jesus.  Any teaching that strays from this is a form of slavery according to Paul.  Just as Angelina Grimke makes her ultimate appeal, God longs for souls who hunger and thirst for the Bible to avoid falling prey to ungodly beliefs.

by Jay Mankus

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