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The Truth About Blacks and the Curse of Cain
Heavenly Father has no concern for the origin of mortal human physical constitution or heritage seeing as all Christians have been purified by the Holy Ghost searing the impurity of their physical genealogy and changing their beings into the offspring of Jesus Christ—not only for the Black man and woman but for all men and women regardless of race!
There is no curse upon a child of Christ no matter what he or she may have been!
If there were a curse, revelation repudiated it! President Spencer W. Kimball and the Counsel of the Twelve received a revelation from God to extend the priesthood services to all men. How does this revelation repudiate a curse? It will be addressed heretofore.
Orson Hyde’s Black Lineage Logic and its Effect on the Church
It is true that some LDS Christians believed, and many still do believe, that African Blacks carry the mark of the curse of Cain through Ham and his wife Egyptus in the form of a high concentration of melanin.
It is also true that many other Christians held fast to that notion also for decades who made public apologizes for so doing. Officially the Church of Jesus Christ has never taught that Black Africans are the seed of Cain represented on the earth as Satan's seed or that they sat idly by in the war in heaven.
Unofficially, however, leaders and members have expressed these ideas since the beginning. Arguably the father of the idea, Orson Hyde used logic to deduce that slavery and bondage of the African Black is the result of actions before this life.
Hyde postulated that some of the children of God failed to perform valiantly in the pre-mortal world of spirits. Those less valiant ones were reserved to fill the lineage of Cain and eventually Ham concluded Hyde . Offensive? Yes. True? Plausibly, based on his limited logic, but no.
The fact that it is not a true teaching of Jesus Christ did not change the popular acceptance of the logic by members of the church and the teaching spread among church members. The teachings based on Hyde's postulate found their way into unofficial writings of the church and even missionary literature. Those teachings have been removed presently in all works associated with church literature.
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President Brigham Young refuted the possibility of this falsehood in his support of a first presidency message declaring that all who obtained the first estate of life did so with earnest.
This notice to the church from the presidency went in direct contradiction to Hyde's postulate that Blacks sat by and did not participate in the great battle for Jehovah. For many Christians, this is a non-issue since they do not believe in pre-mortal life However, for LDS Christians, it is a very poignant position to clarify since many people have been disillusioned by past statements of church leaders and the practice of banning Black men from officiating in priesthood ordinances because of a presumed curse.
No soul sat idly by in the war commenced in heaven; but all souls chose either to support the chosen Jesus Christ with His captain Michael or Lucifer and his cohort that rebelled with him. It is of great importance that all Christians know that no person ever born rejected Jehovah, not even Cain. All the strength of character that he used to fight God in mortality he used to support Jehovah in his premortal life.
Pratt meant well in his attempt to support the ban that President Young presented to the church regarding Blacks of African descent –free or not.
President Young announced that the Negro shall not receive the priesthood until God gives him revelation stating to do so. He was speaking to the territorial government as the governor, but the policy he issued became policy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nonetheless. The Church at that time was comprised of mostly White abolitionist.
Mormons historically did not support slavery or the mistreatment of any person or group simply because of appearance. The pronouncement from President Brigham Young, however, remained in effect until the Lord did open the Heavens and reveal that all worthy men are eligible to receive and function in the priesthood of God June 20, 1978.
Many attempts along the century-long journey to understand the origins of President Young's pronouncement have surfaced unprofitable. He made a declaration that became church policy. His declaration was based on the cultural situation at the time--including his dealings with Black LDS Christians.
A minority of historians suggest that William McCary's actions in Winter Quarters, Nebraska influenced Brigham Young's decision to initiate the priesthood ban. McCary was a bi-racial member of the church who claimed to have revelatory powers and supernatural gifts following his baptism.
He was excommunicated for apostasy in March 1847 for his assertions but continued to lobby followers to his cause and adding women to his version of plural marriage. According to some historians, the fact that McCary married White women elicited a negative reaction from the members at Winter Quarters towards all Blacks garnering support of the latter declarations by Brigham young and the ban on the priesthood.
Parley P. Pratt expressed the opinion weeks after McCray was excommunicated that McCray did mot have the right to have the priesthood because of his lineage through the loins of Ham whose son was cursed to the rights of the priesthood.
This view distinguished all those who went after McCray as lost souls. It is very likely McCray was the last straw that allowed Brigham Young to exercise his view as a matter of policy during a gubernatorial address.
It made sense to the people of that time in which slavery was a big issue and Mormons were thought to steal away the slaves of rightful owners to set them free. Some did steal them away as did some actually owned slaves.
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Source Scriptures Here
- Moses 5:22-41 - Cain's Curse
Adam and Eve bring forth children—Adam offers sacrifice and serves God—Cain and Abel are born—Cain rebels, loves Satan more than God, and becomes Perdition—Murder and wickedness spread—The gospel is preached from the beginning.
- Genesis 4:11-16 - Cain's Curse
Eve bears Cain and Abel—They offer sacrifices—Cain slays Abel and is cursed by the Lord, who also sets a mark upon him—The children of men multiply—Adam begets Seth, and Seth begets Enos.
- Abraham 1:21-27 - Egyptus Lineage Curse towards Priesthood
Abraham seeks the blessings of the patriarchal order—He is persecuted by false priests in Chaldea—Jehovah saves him—The origins and government of Egypt are reviewed.
- Genesis 9:18-25 - Canaan Cursing
Noah and his sons are commanded to multiply and fill the earth—They are given dominion over all forms of life—The death penalty is decreed for murder—God will not again destroy the earth by a flood—Canaan is cursed; Shem and Japheth are blessed.
Blacks in the Scriptures.
Darius Gray and Marvin Perkins have undertaken a cultural approach to refute the centuries-old attitudes and myths relating to Blacks in the scriptures and unofficial Mormon theological perspective. LDS have standard works including the Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants. Gray and Perkins use these records and their intellectual prowess in a collection of DVD's called Blacks in the Scriptures.
What is the Curse
IN Adam and Eve: The Dreary World of Mortality, under the heading New Hope in Cain, then Abel, then Seth: Cain and Abel, I give perspective on how Cain came to be the father of Satan's lies and cursed of the Lord. After the Great Deluge with Noah as the new Patriarch of the human race, the curse of Cain was perpetuated in a child of Ham who married one of the daughters of Cain's lineage--Ham that is.
There was a curse pronounced upon Cain, but it was not that his skin was black. His mark was a blessing so that those who saw him and his kind would not slay them. What was truly sinister about Cain is his worship of the devil. His children perpetuated it. There is no indication that his skin color or race became Black, but his soul and practices were definitely black.
Egyptus could have been no kin to Cain but preserved the curse in the land because she practiced the arts of Cain and taught them to her children after the Great Deluge, the children of Ham. There does not have to be any blood relation for that to occur. Either way, Egpytus was cursed.
There was a curse upon the descendants of Ham through Canaan, who was Ham's fourth son, for uncovering the nakedness of his father Noah. Without further information, it makes no sense for Noah to curse one of his grandsons.
Only Canaan was Cursed
Why not all the children of Ham? Why this particular son? Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut are also the children of Ham and there is no curse pronounced upon them. Also, the curse is not a skin color or race. It was to be servants to the children of Shem who would be blessed of the Lord.
Ham had a daughter named Egyptus who is said to have had a son named Pharaoh who was righteous but was forbidden from the priesthood because of his lineage from Ham, whose wife happened to also be Egyptus and she preserved the curse in the land.
If Egyptus preserved the curse in the land from Cain, which Abraham informs is not having rights to the priesthood; Noah describes as being a servant of servants and God himself describes as Cain being the ruler of Satan, accursed of men and cut off from God, then it is safe to conclude that Cain was banned from the priesthood and all of his children.
Linking all the scriptures together gives the correct perspective; whereas taking each individually does nothing but fan discord.
Brigham Young used that curse as a standard to put limitations on the priesthood banning Black people until God provided revelation to end such a practice.
What is not true is that Black people are a representation of Satan on the earth or evil from the beginning any more than other racial groups are. Only those who practice the lifestyles contrary to righteousness represent the Devil in mortality.
Every person that was evil from the beginning never had the privilege to come to earth and receive a body. I talk more about this in The Truth about Hell: Avoid it! referring to Satan demons and the sons of perdition.
The original curse logically, when combined with the tidbits of explanation throughout the scriptures is to be cut off from God, priesthood, gospel message and spirit.
Joseph Smith is said to have taught that Black people are the children of Ham. Ham's children could not have priesthood. Brigham Young had a reason to create the policy because it logically made sense based on the information given to him. The Lord never repudiated his decision to ban Blacks until over a century after his death. Apparently, it did not matter to God whether the venue was a governmental meeting instead of an ecclesiastical meeting where President Young announced the ban of priesthood on the Negro members of the church.
- Race and the Priesthood
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embraces the universal human family. God created many diverse races & ethnicities & esteems them all equally
Rodric29 as Voice on the Subject!
The subject of the curse of Cain continued through Ham is a cancerous sore blighting the face of Black LDS Christian psychology that will not disappear and must be slowly treated so that those who enter The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a current point of reference when the knowledge of the priesthood ban and its connection with the Hamitic curse is thrust upon them by some concerned relative or gloating rival.
It still cannot be determined if God disapproved of the ban without revelation from Him about it. It is evident that racism perpetuated the ban and the false teachings supporting it, however. In a message to the world on its official website,
Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form (Race and the Priesthood)
Any Question that about the stance of the church on Blacks and the priesthood is answered in this clear statement. However, detractors are waiting for this to be read from the pulpit.
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