I had heard of the Azusa Street revival and the story of Bishop C H Mason and his role within Pentecostalism and a movement towards racial reconciliation that eventually failed, and I had heard of William J. Seymour but never had I encountered as much detail as Ekaputra Tupamahu gave in one of his latest posts. I was not aware of the racist theology that was being advanced by many folks in the South (of course I know of their segregationist interpretation of Scripture) but not the anti-Judaic, white supremacist theology known as Anglo-British-Israelism. This theology represents the worst of all pseudo-sciences and part of the back of 19th century Western imperialism. It is remarkable that God could take a person, such as Mason, educated in that context, and preach and practice an anti-racist Christianity.
Thank you, Ekaputra, and please keep blogging, brother!
A few thoughts: perhaps it would be best if someone looked at the history of Dispensationalist theology, which developed during the late 1800s as a reaction to the cultural religion in the United Kingdom. Although some of its proponents today among are the largest enthusiasts of war, what if, and I am just thinking what if, Dispensationalism was a response to British Israelism, as an anticolonial, anti-racist corrective? It would explain Israel’s high place in Dispensational theology but not its modern popularity within the Bible Belt where British Israelism once held sway.
For man, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.
Truth and Peace,