A NEGRO GOD
By D. M. PANTON
We pass on the most startling fact concerning an Antichrist now in the world that we have ever encountered in our life.
A Vicar (personally known to the Editor) has a very attractive daughter who professed conversion in the Keswick Convention at the age of fifteen, and who for seven years gave satisfactory evidence of having been born again: the great-granddaughter of one of the greatest students of prophecy in the nineteenth century. For five years now she has worshipped a Negro God Father Divine - and says she has never been so happy in her life. Her father is heartbroken. Even more astounding, it was the wife of a Methodist Minister (personally known to the Editor), himself a spiritualist, who won the girl to the worship of Father Divine. It is reported that Father Divine has more than 50,000,000 worshippers throughout the world.
The tragedy and the fearful danger which this case reveals makes it wise for us to study this Antichrist. First, we have Father Divines claim to the Godhead. (1) I am unfolding the mystery of my actual supernatural, omnipotent, and omniscient presence. Be conscious of God; not only the Son, but God Himself.* (2) As God, I am universal. There is no comparison with any mortal man on the face of the earth. (3) The body of God: that is what I am talking about. God Himself (not someone else) shall be with them and be their God; no longer something just imaginary, but a living reality. I am doing away with the first imaginary heaven now, that was not a heaven in reality. From your imagination I have brought you into the recognization and realization of the personification of your God. The word is made flesh and dwells among you. (4) The first Adam was of the earth, earthy, and the second Adam was the Lord from heaven. So it was a greater unfoldment of my Deity in the second than in the first one: I reproduced the perfect expression of God. (5) Many people ask me, when did I begin my work? As a Deity, God is without the beginning of days, and without the end of life. (6) My spirit is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. One and all can see and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God Almighty is here personified.
* All the quotations in this article are taken from the official organ of the sect, The New Day, dated January 3rd and January 10th 1948. Two lengthy interviews between Father Divine and the Vicars daughter are recorded in these issues.
The response of his worshippers could not be more explicit. A Mr. Joy, a Baptist minister, says:- Thank you, Father, God Almighty. One of his staff says:- Born into the Royal Household of God, we become subject to His holy attributes, characteristics and disposition, and reproduce the virtues of God Almighty. As we imbibe his healing words, we become a new creature, for truly his words are Spirit and Life. For thy mercy to the children of men, Almighty God, we humbly thank thee. His wife, Mrs. Divine, says:- It is such a blessing to be in this holy, beautiful atmosphere, where we can worship you in the beauty of holiness. O God, our Father, we do thank you for coming and bringing your holy body and transmitting to us all your beautiful attributes. He has united us together from all parts of the world, from all nations, languages, tongues, and people from all religions.
It inevitably follows that Father Divine claims to be the sole giver of salvation. (1) God in the midst of you is mighty to save. But convincing you God is actually present is the great essential and the only hope of your redemption. (2) Lots of people are convinced that my doctrine is right, and it is the only hope of their salvation as well as the salvation of others. (3) As one of those addressing him said:- I ask you, Father, to cleanse me and make me realize, make me know, that you are my Creator, my God, and my salvation.
So also Father Divines aim is to establish a universal kingdom. We shall have a Righteous Government and none shall lack in Gods abundance, and God shall reign, for this truly is Christs administration - his own government in the name of the Lord of lords and King of kings. So he says again:- We shall have a righteous government from shore to shore and from land to land: all the kindreds of the earth shall be united together, and there shall be no division among them. So once more:- I am going to have a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle, and as it is right here under my personal jurisdiction so shall it be all over this wide extended plane, and all humanity shall live in joy, peace, and contentment. So a desire which the Antichrist will alone be able to fulfil - a world-religion, with all men worshipping him (Rev. 13: 8) - is already the dream of Father Divine.
Not a great deal seems known of the history of Father
Divine. This negros
name is George Baker, and in 1899 he
was a Sunday School teacher in a Baptist chapel, which was visited by an
evangelist named Samuel Morris. This
evangelist was thrown out of the Church because he taught that his body was
Gods body and that therefore he was God, on the ground that ye are the
There is one extremely important fact, a fact, which we need
to bear carefully in mind, that is revealed in Father
Divine. Our Lord said:-
shall arise false christs and false prophets (Matt. 24:
24): that is, christs;- either a returned Christ, or a fresh Christ;
but pure falsehoods. Father Divine says
that our Lord ascended into heaven, but has returned to earth, and
that he (Father Divine) is
Christ. Exactly so our Lord foretold:- Many shall come in my name, saying, I AM the
Christ; and shall lead many astray (Matt.
24: 5). So Father
Divine says:- Other planets
could have been blessed and redeemed before I condescended to descend to this
planet and prepare me a body in the body called Mary in the name of Jesus. Throughout Father Divine claims to teach what
Christ taught. As
you know, I preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded by Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John. In the
words of Mrs. Divine:- The Blessed Babe was born in
A Universal Religion
A recent writer (Thomas F. Cooke) has revealed how in Mahatma Gandhi were the religious deceits which will probably be the attractions to win the world to Antichrist. He says (Guardian, Mar. 5, 1948):- Mahatma Gandhi has gathered up all that is highest in all the teachings of the religions of the world - Christianity included - and woven them together into a humanistic pantheistic system based on soul force. Whereas in the past Christianity has had to meet a large variety of irreconcilable religions, each of comparatively low moral and ethical standards, in the future Christianity will have to face a united religious system of equal moral and ethical status and having as its head Mahatma Gandhi, as the incarnation of the Father, who has offered himself, with Guru Baba Nanak, Mohammed, Jesus of Nazareth, Zoroaster, Buddha, Confucius, Krishna Vishnu as great teachers, or even incarnations of the Christ, each bringing in the highest of their messages to mankind. Thus will be brought into shape a universal religion, which will fool the votaries of all creeds, and which will enthrone the Antichrist on the altar of the world.