After Jahi put the name out there in the comment section and forwarded me an email, I thought I’d check out this Hagins guy and see what he was all about. It turns out that Hagins isn’t just some guy – he’s a Master Teacher and Conscious Preacher who preaches a challenging message about engaging God, the Bible, and the Christian Faith with “new eyes.”
My seminary journey at Virginia Union and and self-imposed aggressive reading schedule since school has blessed me to be exposed to a healthy portion of what Hagins preaches. He proclaims a challenging and unsettling word that many “sunday morning church folk” would choke on rather quickly. Hagins speaks on the origins of the Bible, Constatine’s impact on the Faith, the Kemetic influence of the scriptures (especially the Old Testament), and many other intriguing topics.
However, I am most impressed with the spirit in which he teaches. After reading about his transition to Afrikan Consciousness, I could tell that he doesn’t teach from a self-righteous posture nor does he engage “sunday morning church folk” in a reckless way as if to attack the presuppositions that they sincerely believe. Like a surgeon, he carefully dissects the theological foundation of his students with the ultimate goal of sewing them back up in a manner that promotes healing.
As a third generation preacher who engages God primarily through the lens of Black Liberation Theology, I recognize that the great mission of any conscious Afrikan servant/leader is to creatively locate strategies, techniques, and opportunities to awaken the sincere sleep-walkers in the sanctuaries and mobilize the giant called The Black Church down the avenues of social justice. Those who hurl “their truths” in insulting ways toward those in the sanctuaries will find that their assault only inspires those in the church to fortify & strengthen the walls against their vicious attacks.
Hagins preaches his “truth” in a way that attracts and even if the hearers disagree, they will at least listen.
Solvivaz Nation is bringing Dr. Ray Hagins to Baltimore for a special lecture on Saturday, January 12, 2008 7 – 10PM at St. Martin Church (2118 Madison Avenue, Baltimore 21217). Hagins will be speaking on the topic “Religion vs. Spirituality.” See the flyer below for more details. To get your tickets visit Reality Speaks Bookstore. I’ve also posted a youtube video for you to get a taste of Hagins’ presentation.