My Favorite Martin Luther King Quotes

. . . are the ones that no one likes to cite. Here’s a sampling:

The apostle John, however, warns us against such wolves in sheep’s clothing:

  • “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins,” (John 8:24).
  • “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also,” (1 John 2:22-23).
  • “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already,” (1 John 4:1-3).
  • “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God,” (1 John 4:15).

About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to My Favorite Martin Luther King Quotes

  1. Andreas says:

    Please read a Martin Luther King biography. He was indeed a skeptic during his seminary years (the seminary was liberal), but then he had a powerful personal experience with Christ that changed his life. He then did believe in the resurrection and deity of Christ. You could quote many of us who were atheist before being Christians with similar statements.

    • B Treece says:


      Thanks for dropping by and offering that pointer. I have read a great deal of King’s sermons (after his supposed conversion), but, no, I have not read a biography.

      Still, from what’s available at the King Institute, it’s not hard to find his views on Christ during this period. For instance, in “Advice for Living,” dated October 1957, he writes:

      The significance of Jesus lay, not in His color, but in His unique God-consciousness and His willingness to surrender His will to God’s will. He was the Son of God, not because of His external biological make-up, but because of His internal spiritual commitment.

      In other words, MLK didn’t believe in the essential divinity of Jesus Christ. In historical-theological terms, he was an Arian. Jesus warned the Jews in John 8:24, “Unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

      I praise God for those whom He saves out of darkness into His marvelous light! We learn who those people are by their faith-filled grasp of the gospel. It doesn’t appear that Dr. King was one of them.

      We can thank the Lord for Dr. King’s work for the rights of African-Americans – and we all should! – but that doesn’t mean he was a Christian. Just because someone shows up at the judgment saying, “Lord, Lord, didn’t I do a lot of good things in Your name?” doesn’t mean they knew Jesus at all. Their faith in the gospel is the only true marker.


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