A Black Lives Matter activist is launching a Church for Black Men to directly focus on issues that affect black men and to address the idea of “black suffering.”
Jomo Kenyatta Johnson, a pastor and leader of the Savannah, Ga., chapter of BLM, wanted to create a denomination that can address issues that directly impact black men, The Philadelphia Tribune reported Friday.
“Most evangelical churches won’t speak on political issues because they are tax exempt or will cause division,” said Johnson. “Churches that don’t speak on Black suffering will not attract Black men that want to address Black suffering We want to address Black suffering so we can point to the truth on how the suffering can be alleviated.”
The first service will occur in Montgomery, Ala., in February, while Johnson also plans to roll out services in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., according to reports. The services will be held in homes, as the church will not be taking offerings from congregants and will not be tax exempt.
“The first would be self-identity. [And] for them to realize how valuable they are to God, that they don’t have to conform to American Christianity, that we can be unapologetically Black and spiritual at the same time,” Johnson said of what he hopes black men walk away with at the church.
Johnson will also be stepping down from his role with the Savannah chapter of Black Lives Matter and emphasized that his church is not a branch of the movement. He also wrote a satirical President Donald Trump version of the Bible to criticize the white evangelicals who supported Trump in his presidential campaign.
“What this Gospel does is the same thing Christian Trump supporters did during the election: take Jesus out in order to put Trump in,” the description reads.
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