CHICAGO (Christian Examiner) – Black pastors have rejected and forsaken the younger generation in their churches, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said in his latest attack on black church leaders Sept. 29.
In another video posted on his Facebook page, which may have been recorded as early as Sept. 8, Farrakhan said young black men and women now believe they will not live to see 21 years of age, "but they are the ones that God wants because it is they and their fearlessness that makes them the ones that will inhabit the promised land."
"So how do we get it to the young? They don't trust the elders anymore, because the elders are like whores. We follow where the money is. The young are rejected by their elders. They see the pastors as pimps of their mothers and grandmothers and grandfathers. They have no respect for religion because religion has had no respect for them," Farrakhan said.
Known for his bombastic speech, Farrakhan said young people have developed a "culture" that is powerful, and so powerful that gangs now terrorize their communities.
"The elders are afraid now; the young people got the guns and they, the old guard – they call them the OG's – the OG's are afraid of the young G's because it's the young ones are the ones that will kill."
"What made Jesus say, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven?' Why would he have to tell his disciples, 'Don't stop the little children from coming?' If you notice, most of us as preachers, we don't look at our young people who don't have jobs, don't have money. So the young people are a forsaken group, but they are the ones who are now the number one killers of self," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan's open critique of black church leaders is not his first. Recently, he criticized black pastors who refused to host him for a gathering in Charleston, S.C. Those pastors refused to let Farrakhan speak in their churches after he invoked the Quran's law of retaliation on the government and whites when he said in Miami in July that "we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them know the pain of death we are feeling."
On Sept. 28, Farrakhan said in another Facebook video – one in a series of interview segments – that black leaders were talking behind closed doors about him and would lose their congregations if they didn't follow his movement.
"All of you know what you have done to me," Farrakhan said with his voice raised. "All of you know what you say behind the door to your followers concerning me. But it's my day now. Be careful, because the very people that I'm teaching that follow you will turn on you because they know that I'm a sincere man who is unafraid of this enemy, and I will speak the truth and die on it to see our people free. What about you?"
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classifies Farrakhan as a hate preacher and black separatist.
Farrakhan's post about the pastors Sept. 29 was accompanied by the descriptor:
"The young people don't want to hear hirelings. The young people want to hear Farrakhan!"