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Louis Farrakhan’s Jesus Is Not Our Jesus

Experts say don’t be misled by Nation of Islam’s Christian references—on Facebook or elsewhere.
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Louis Farrakhan’s Jesus Is Not Our Jesus
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More than 1 million Facebook users have watched Louis Farrakhan proclaim that the living Jesus will save him from death, and that he will pay a price for his former teachings as the leader of the Nation of Islam.

Yet what seemed to some Christian outsiders like a move toward biblical repentance was, according to expert observers, actually a common tactic in Farrakhan’s messaging: using Christian language to apply to the African American movement’s own theology.

“It sounds like, because he used Jesus, that he’s talking about the biblical Jesus,” said Atlanta preacher Damon Richardson, who was born and raised in the Nation of Islam but found Jesus—the Christian one—at 16.

“I’ve got pastors and friends who are sharing the video, saying, ‘Hallelujah, praise God for this conversion,’ and they are not doing the research.”

Farrakhan gave his remarks earlier this month at a Washington church where he has guest-preached for decades, ...

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