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Haile Selassie urged Christian evangelism

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


On Thursday, April 21, the Ras Tafari community and others will lift up before our consciousness the auspicious visit to Jamaica of the late King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God, Negusa Nagast Haile Selassie I.

It was in 1966 that the emperor opened the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin with these words:

"The love shown in Christ by our God to mankind should constrain all of us who are followers and disciples of Christ to do all in our power to see to it that the message of salvation is carried to those of our fellows for whom Christ our Saviour was sacrificed but who have not had the benefit of hearing the Good News ... . Christians, let us arise and ... labour to lead our brothers and sisters to our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who only can give life in its fullest sense." (In Carl F.H. Henry and W. Stanley Mooneyhan (eds.) One Race, One Gospel, One Task, Vol. 1, 1967, 20-21 cited in Clinton Chisholm, Revelations on Ras Tafari, 2008, 54).

A careful reading of the selected speeches of HIM Haile Selassie puts him at serious odds with most Rastas regarding religion, Christianity, the Bible and the emperor's self-perception, as I document in my book along with other revelations re the origin and naming of the Ras Tafari movement, the emperor's names and titles, and more.