I didn’t want to write this post. It’s about the most unpopular thing I could do. But after this week’s “Come, Follow Me” lesson, I couldn’t not write this.
Please read to the end before you destroy me when I say:
BLM is Anti-Christ.
For me to be able to make this claim, let’s first talk about what an Anti-Christ is.
What is an Anti-Christ?
Korihor is the only person in the Book of Mormon with the explicit title of “Anti-Christ.” (Alma 30:6)
The Come, Follow Me manual for that chapter specifies that:
An Anti-Christ is “one who would assume the guise of Christ but in reality would be opposed to Christ (1 John 2:18–22; 4:3–6; 2 John 1:7). In a broader sense it is anyone or anything that counterfeits the true gospel or plan of salvation and that openly or secretly is set up in opposition to Christ” (Bible Dictionary, “Antichrist”).
It goes on to quote this line that has had strong hold in my mind:
Sister Julie B. Beck, former Relief Society General President, taught, “Any doctrine or principle [we] hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ” (“Teaching the Doctrine of the Family,” Ensign,Mar. 2011, 15).Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families
The line that “[anything] that is antifamily is also anti-Christ” has swirled around my soul for months and months, ever since I read it.
Okay, now let’s talk about:
How BLM is Anti-Christ
What I am not suggesting
Let’s get this out of the way:
I am not suggesting that everyone who has used the Black Lives Matter slogan, posted with the hashtag, or participated in a BLM protest is Anti-Christ.
I am not even saying that everything about the Black Lives Matter movement is evil or even wrong! It is good that racism is being called out, and the movement has inspired positive change and good conversations about race and personal experiences.
I am not talking about the movement, and I am certainly not saying anything about the statement that proposes “black lives matter.” Of course they do!
I am calling out the organization called Black Lives Matter.
Until about a month ago, I didn’t even realize there was an organization called Black Lives Matter (BLM) until I heard about various friends and celebrities soliciting and reporting donations to the organization. In the last several weeks, regular people, celebrities, companies, and even local governments have pledged donations of some millions of dollars to BLM.
There’s been some question about the distribution of those funds, but the facts have been so unclear that I don’t know how to call it.
What is clear is what they say about themselves. These are screenshots, taken July 6th, 2020, from BLM’s own mission statement on their website. I encourage you to read them all.
There are many things in this mission statement that sound good, and even are good. But there are many false teachings mingled throughout and particularly hidden toward the end.
There is one paragraph that raises special concern for me. Right after claiming that they are “family-friendly,” BLM’s mission statement reads:
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
There are things about this statement that sound good. It sounds right to “[support] each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” It sounds child-focused.
Indeed, we all ought to love and care for one another. The story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that the commandment to love our neighbor applies to everyone around us.
But this half truth masks the evil motive ahead of it: to
“disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”
The doctrine of the family
However, we know that the nuclear family (meaning, a husband and wife and their children) is central to God’s plan.
From comeuntochrist.org, we learn:
“God made it pretty clear that families are important when he created Adam and Eve. The Holy Bible calls them “man and . . . wife” (Genesis 2:25), and the first commandment God gave them was to have children (see Genesis 1:28).”comeuntochrist.org
Indeed, our ordained apostles still stand by this statement declared over 20 years ago in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World:”
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.
The family described here is plainly the same as the nuclear family. According to this statement, the nuclear family is part of God’s plan, and all of His children are intended to live in families.
If the Proclamation is true, then BLM, according to its own mission statement, is certainly anti-family, anti-God’s plan, and, therefore, anti-Christ.
If you don’t know if the Proclamation is true, it is critical that you find out for yourself. A testimony of spiritual things only comes from God. (Moroni 10:4-5)
Other issues with the statement
Let us further dissect just the phrase, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”
For one, the statement uses the words “prescribed” and “requirement” when describing the nuclear family. It paints a very oppressive, restrictive picture of the family.
Who else talks like this about God’s plan?
Consider these statements from Korihor:
13 O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come;
24 Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage..Alma 30:13, 24 (emphasis added)
In every era, Satan will try to make true doctrine and the Lord’s commandments seem oppressive. But the Lord offers truth to give us peace, and His commandments will keep us free from sin.
With simple logic, the proposal that the nuclear family is “western-prescribed” is ludicrous. The nuclear family is outlined in the oldest book known to man, the Bible, which is, in origin, a eastern book. Plus, the nuclear family is still the standard for most cultures all over the world today and has been throughout history.
Where are the dads?
Finally, I am troubled by the subtle trick of language in the last bit of the paragraph:
“We disrupt the… nuclear family… by supporting each other as extended families and “villages”… to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Why does the second item not read “fathers?” In fact, despite many mentions of mothers, women, and even “trans women” in the mission statement, the word “father” does not appear even once.
I worry that this institution, and many entities in our culture, are erasing the role of fathers in society.
Why is this an issue?
Well, we could talk about the statistics that show that a father present in the home makes the biggest difference than any other single factor when determining success by nearly any standard. (Focus on the Family)
But I see it more important to prioritize the doctrine.
According to the Family Proclamation, “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”
Fatherhood is not disposable to our society because it is essential to our human race. Our God is our Father: “It is significant that of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father.” (“Father, Consider Your Ways,” Ensign, 2002)
Fatherhood, like motherhood, is next to godhood. It is a part of becoming like God. Becoming like Him is the purpose of our existence: “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39)
You might say it is good to focus on mothers and women. They have more needs, you might say. I think women in this world do have many needs, and Satan is surely attacking us ferociously as well. But I feel that one of the worst things he has done to us is convince us we don’t need men. We both need each other, and our children need us both, too. (See “United in Accomplishing God’s Work,” Joy D. Jones)
Other attributes of an Anti-Christ
There is a lot more I could say about identifying BLM as an Anti-Christ, but I feel satisfied having issued a warning and explained some major points. Here are some other attributes of Korihor that I selected that I encourage reading more about and considering with regard to BLM’s mission statement:
- He mingles truth with false teachings (Alma 30:25)
- He preaches against the prophecies of Jesus (Alma 30:6, 14)
- He denies consequences and says “there is no crime” (Alma 30:17)
- He claims that others are “bound” and “in bondage” (Alma 30:13, 24)
- He teaches others to turn away from the “foolish traditions of their fathers” (Alma 30:14)
- He rejects the atonement and claims that “ye see a remission of your sins” (Alma 30:16-17)
- He seems to target women (Alma 30:18)
- He makes others lift their heads (Alma 30:18)
Why do I say this
I have really hesitated to make the claim that BLM is Anti-Christ.
But any defamation or discrimination I receive for having posted this is worth my clean conscience that I have done my part to share with my fellow saints what I have discovered. Let us not forget that we are waging a spiritual war here on earth, and we need discerning, high-quality intelligence about the Enemy’s plan. (See “War in Heaven,” Gospel Topics)
I feel it my duty as a warrior of Christ to raise the alarm when I believe an attack has been initiated.
I think there are many who would hesitate to promote or donate their money to BLM if they knew what I have just shared with you about it.
At risk of undermining myself, I recommend you play devil’s advocate when reading this and anything that tells you what to think. I encourage you to read Alma 30 and BLM’s mission statement on your own and see what parts I didn’t include, because the list is just too long to include everything. Do your own research to see what things might help paint a more full picture of this. As always, leave a respectful comment pointing out additional or opposing points.
What have I missed?
You tell me. What am I not considering, either in argument for or against BLM, the organization? What other things have you identified as Anti-Christ? Why?
4 thoughts on “BLM Is Anti-Christ”
Love all your thoughts! Great work on this one.
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I disagree with your interpretation of that particular statement from BLM. Lots of people have interpreted it that way, but I don’t think it really means that – which, first of all, suggests that it needs a rewrite for clarity. Second, I think this article https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/ from David Brooks puts the whole issue in a different context. At least in his view, the nuclear family is not simply parents+children. It’s “parents+children and nobody else,” as opposed to the multigenerational families we see in *so many* cultures past and present, or even the open-door neighborhoods of the past, where children came and went as they pleased, and eggs and sugar were freely shared from house to house. It includes the unhelpful idea that we must “keep up with the Joneses” – if we are not living in a family of mom+dad+2.5 kids, we won’t be happy or successful until we get there (or outside observers start making assumptions: teenage pregnancy, children out of wedlock, bad marriage, bad person, etc.). That idea and the accompanying social pressures and prejudiced, I believe, is the Western-prescribed requirement referred to by BLM. I could be wrong – I’m no BLM expert, and (as I mentioned at the beginning) I think that statement is poorly worded and needs to be rewritten. But I do feel that these discussions about BLM have the effect (in large part because of the way they are presented) of giving people a reason to sit back on their couches and defend the (dangerous and unethical) status quo of institutional racism. A better discussion would be “why I don’t support BLM and what I’m doing instead to fight institutional racism.” (Speaking of which, one action I am taking is finding podcasts and YouTube channels from persons of color and women to follow, because I realized all but maybe two of my subscriptions were to white men.)
Agreed on some points, disagreed on others. I’d just like to note that I worry that our culture has decided to demonize the nuclear family and redefine it as, like you said, “and nobody else.” While some may interpret it that way (like in that article), I wish to add two things:
a) It doesn’t make much sense for it to mean “and nobody else;” a family does not exist in a vacuum. Of course parents have their own families they came from too, extended families exist, and extended family bonds and strong community friendships are good. (But children should be primarily raised by their parents.)
b) Even if a “nuclear family” is somehow inseparable with “and nobody else,” let’s not toss the baby out with the bathwater! Clearly, the BLM mission statement also wishes to eliminate other nuclear family ideals like involvement of a father at all.
Regardless, thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your courage and for being a warrior!
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