LISTEN: The Mossi States, a New Christian Orientation, and African Religion (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #13 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Since it is hard to separate Black American history and Black Church history I am combining the two because they are so intertwined. As many of you know, the church and religion has played and continues to play a big role in the African American community. Yet, many of us who grew up in the traditional black church do not have an understanding of how our faith evolved under the duress of slavery and discrimination to be and to represent what it does today. The purpose of this broadcast is to provide that background knowledge while also pointing out the dividing line between what is just tradition and true faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Scripture verse for today is James 2:26 which reads: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, “Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens.” He said, “Just as there are types and models of churches, there are also types of individuals and titles represented in the church. Names and titles are worthy of review and discussion for at least two reasons. First, names and titles can have both positive and negative impacts on behaviors, perceptions, and expectations within the church community. A person will behave in their personal and corporate lives according to what he or she thinks he or she is supposed to be. Secondly, names and titles need to be examined as to which are of biblical origin and the impacts of their use and misuse. This is critical because one reacts to the labels and behaves in conformity to what one believes the labels mean and connote. I believe that the extra biblical and non-biblical meanings given to several of the terms commonly used already have and continue to impede the overall impact and influence of the church community.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts: From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin, The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier, and The Black Church In The U.S. by William A. Banks. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books from our website,

Our first topic for today is a continuation of our look at the earliest African states from the book, “From Slavery to Freedom” by John Hope Franklin. We are going to look at the Mossi states.

Our second topic for today is “Christianity: A New Orientation Toward Existence, Part 1” from The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier.

Our third and final topic for today is from “The Black Church in the U.S.: Its Origin, Growth, Contributions, and Outlook” by William A. Banks // AFRICAN RELIGION (PART 2)

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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