A man who loved books met a friend who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “No, mine wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.”
This past week the United States commemorated the 50th anniversary of the famous civil rights march on Washington. And while as a citizen I applaud the courage of those who stood for equal rights, as a believer I cannot applaud the man who led it. Why, you ask? Because one thing is very clear – Martin Luther King, the civil rights activist, was no Martin Luther, the protestant reformer. Here are five reasons:
#1 False Name – Martin Luther King’s real name was Michael King. The switch to Martin Luther was done because it was felt that the name had more prominence to it, but King never legally changed his name.
#2 False Words – Martin Luther King committed plagiarism for both his doctoral dissertation and, “I Have A Dream” speech. One historian said, “King considered other men’s words like other men’s wives, free for the taking.”
#3 False Life – Martin Luther King, a married preacher, was one of the biggest moral hypocrites of his time – being a known womanize and adulterer. Jackie Kennedy despised the man, calling him the biggest phony she had ever met.
#4 False Doctrine – Martin Luther King was a Baptist in name only. When it came to the fundamentals of the faith he was a complete theological liberal – denying verbal inspiration, the virgin birth, salvation by grace alone, etc.
#5 False Patriot – Martin Luther King was a radical political leftist. Abroad he promoted socialism, pacifism, and appeasement to communism. At home, he rejected capitalism and championed a big, cradle-to-grave, welfare state.
The truth is, if Martin Luther King had lived in this day and age of aggressive tabloids and gossip websites we hardly would have heard of him. His career would have been over before it had gotten started. But liberals have a saying when it comes to the historical shortcomings of their idols and it goes like this, “When the truth collides with a legend, promote the legend.” And this is why you will hear nothing of the above from the mainstream media. But make no mistake about it – Hero? Yes! Saint? No! Bottom line? He was no Martin Luther.