Vanguards of a Missionary Uprising
The marginalization of Christianity. The Church is widely perceived as irrelevant, and open
hostility to anything Christian is increasing.
The rise of false religious teachings. New Age, the occult, Satanism and other religions,
including new expressions of pre-Christian paganism, are increasing.
Mental illnesses are occurring in record numbers, including clinical depression. Suicide is
the second- largest killer of 15-29 year olds. Gruesome crimes and killings are also on the
rise as many lack a moral foundation to their worldview.83
White liberals‘ false mission demobilizes through spiritual destruction. Built upon this same
European liberal heresy, black liberation theology brings the same result. For instance, in the
1890s, a white Virginian seminary student named Sparks W. Melton began a journey that
significantly increased liberalism‘s demobilizing effect upon African Americans. His journey
coincided with Bowen and the Student Volunteer Movement‘s ineffective calls for reaching and
sending African Americans to uplift Africa.
Melton‘s journey began when he ventured north and attended Pennsylvania‘s Crozer
Seminary.84 He later became Norfolk‘s most influential pastor for 40 years in its most prominent
Baptist church. As a Crozer trustee in 1942, Melton arranged a full tuition scholarship for an
African-American student, Samuel D. Proctor, in contrast to many fundamentalist schools that
remained segregated.85 By the time Proctor accepted this scholarship, Melton and Crozer
Seminary supported evolution and taught libera l theology, both of which Proctor soon
championed. Proctor‘s influence radically impacted HBCUs, our nation, and the world. Yet
Melton and Proctor‘s liberal legacies demobilized blacks worldwide and still undermine Christ‘s
Commission to this day. This history sets the stage for African-American demobilization today.
In the next two chapters, I use the lives of these men to illustrate how white liberalism
became a devastating hidden hurdle to African-American involvement in missions. In Chapter
12, I challenge you to defend sound doctrine when establishing your vanguard ministry upon
God‘s Word. I contrast the lives of two African-American leaders from Norfolk who went in
opposite doctrinal directions. One chose the broader path to fame that white libe ralism offered.
Accepting evolution‘s theory, he championed this white false teaching at HBCUs. I will
challenge you to take the narrower, less popular path to defend the Bible‘s authority, proclaim
the true Gospel and mobilize for Christ‘s real mission.