PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books #121: “100 Most Influential Black Christians in History”

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Black History Month edition episode #121. Today we are celebrating the life of Daniel Payne from the book “100 Most Influential Black Christians in History” compiled and edited by the editors of BCNN1.

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Daniel Payne
Bishop, educator and author

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” (1 John 5:1)

“When God has a work to be executed he also chooses the man to execute it. He also qualifies the workman for the work.”

Throughout the 19th century, pro-slavery arguments hinged on the idea that African-Americans lacked the capacity to be fully equal American citizens. Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne worked his entire life to disprove that theory.

Payne became the premier bishop of the AME Church and was in some ways the most influential African-American Christian in the 19th century. He worked as a teacher, a minister, wrote the first history of the AME Church, and founded Wilberforce University, the first black owned and operated institution of higher learning in the country.

For half a century, Daniel Payne worked to make Africans fit for America. Payne lived in a time when the black race was on trial. Throughout the 19th century, pro-slavery arguments hinged on the idea that African-Americans lacked the capacity to be fully equal American citizens.

Payne was born in 1811 to Methodist parents in Charleston, SC. Payne’s family was part of the “Brown Society” elite, so distrusted by Denmark Veseyas he planned his rebellion. As a boy, Payne studied by candlelight. He taught himself mathematics, physical science, and classical languages. In 1829, he opened his first school, but six years later, South Carolina forbade the education of blacks, so it closed. Payne fled to the North to pursue an education with the Methodist Episcopalians. They were willing to offer it on the condition that he join their field mission in Liberia. He declined and instead joined a Lutheran Seminary, although his failing eyesight forced him to drop out. He joined the AME church in 1841.

In April, 1865, as the Union flag was raised over Fort Sumter, South Carolina, nine missionaries sailed into Charleston Harbor. Bishop Daniel Payne led this group, returning home for the first time in thirty years. That night in Charleston’s Bethel Church, Payne and his fellows, including a minister named R.H. Cain (who later represented Charleston in the U.S. House of Representatives), held services for the first time in more than 40 years. Within a month, they had organized, established the relevant committees and associations, and sent missionaries off to the southern countryside. A year later, the church had already drawn some fifty thousand congregants throughout the South.

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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

May God bless you until next time.