Black Clergy’s Misguided Worship Leadership

The Black Clergy’s Misguided Worship Leadership, This book is an incisive analysis showing why and how the black community’s worship of Jesus Christ, Christianity’s White male idol, is a subliminal, underlying cause of the high incarceration rates among young Black males. Citing cogent historical, educational, and behavioral reasons, Dr. Bell explains why the worship of the ancient Roman, Constantine- certified, white male idol Jesus Christ is misguided and afflicts black people with a deleterious white superiority syndrome. Dr Bell explains further how such worship spiritually emasculates and socially demeans black manhood and how many young black men intuitively react in ways that lead to high rates of delinquencies, violence, crime, and incarceration. In this book, Dr. Bell petitions the black clergy to stop this misguided worship and start teaching black people a new Christianity that espouses a “Worship only God, the source and sustainer of life” message and honors but does not worship prophet Jesus. Dr. Bell argues that this new Christianity will liberate black people from the damaging psychological effects of their white-male worshipping folkways. He also argues that the new Christianity will end the spiritual emasculation and disrespect imposed on young black men by the old Constantine-certified Christianity and will thus mediate downward the high rates of delinquencies, violence, and incarceration among young black men. Dr. Bell asserts that unless the black clergy takes the actions requested in his petition, black people will forever think of themselves as inferior to white people and many, angry young Black men will continue their plight and plunge toward incarceration.

ISBN: 978-1-4242-7806-2

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the black clergy's misguided worship leadershipThe Black Clergy’s Misguided Worship Leadership by Christopher C. Bell, Jr. Ed.D Trafford Publishing reviewed by Sandra Shwayder Sanchez “To be black and accept consciously or unconsciously the image of God as a white man is the highest possible form of self-negation and lack of self respect…” This book took great courage and deep insight to write. For readers interested in the causes and consequences of racism in our country, as well as for those interested in the history of the development of Christian doctrines and practice, this is an important and enlightening book. The author points out that Jesus the prophet who preached to not perpetuate hostility with anger but to love and forgive, who taught not to hoard but to share wealth, and not to abandon but to care about others, did not, in fact, found the Catholic church. It was the Roman Emperor Constantine who founded the one universal church of Rome, motivated by a desire to dominate the people of his empire. The author calls this “Constantine certified Christianity” and recommends a new form of Christianity that involves a concept of God that is not restricted to a race and gender specific anthropomorphic entity. Rather he recommends worship of God as the source and sustainer of all life—a universal source of life energy that we all share equally—so that we can all view ourselves and each other with equal respect, regardless of color or gender. He in no way disparages Jesus who would still be honored as a good and gifted teacher. The author also addresses how this business of worshipping a white male affects relationships between black men and women. Women of all colors will be inspired to consider how the worship of a male figure has affected their lives these past two millennia. For anyone concerned about how religion could and should better motivate everyone to be all that they can be and to make this a better world for all of us, equally, this is a must read—whatever your race, gender or ethnicity. RECOMMENDED The book may be purchased at Amazon or by going to


“Christopher C. Bell Jr. has written a bold, powerful, and courageous book that has been waiting for someone to write. The book demonstrates that only an Afrocentric approach that unlocks the potential of the African person can make an effective transformation in the lives of black people. No white Jesus can save black folk; we are essentially on our own.”
Molefi Kete Asante, Ph.D.
Author of “An Afrocentric Manifesto” Professor, Department of African American Studies, Temple University
“This book is about grass roots advocacy. . . . Dr. Bell argues forcefully that a white male Christ causes black males to suffer by devaluing their blackness and that ‘Prophet Jesus’ embodies the personality traits young black males can relate to in improving their lives. . .. His vision sits well with contemporary psychological research that stresses ‘implicit relational knowing’ in the realm he calls subliminal personality development.”
Michael J. Papantones, Ed.D.
Psychologist, Family Therapist
“This book is a defiant publication that states that white idols have afflicted blacks with a debilitating white superiority syndrome. . . . The evidence supporting the theories of this book is confirmed for the most part by both black and white experts alike. . . . All in all this is a provocative, insightful book that has been conceived to inspire thought and possible action. . . . But the black church will not change easily.”
Robert Fleming
author, editor, journalist, and book reviewer
“Dr. Bell, your book has hit on the truth, which is so obvious that we have all missed it. Of course the God and Jesus of Constantine’s Holy Roman Church are all about white men. And white men only. If you need to worship a God or something outside of your inner being then it should look like you. I can’t agree more with your hypothesis.”
Bonnie Lange
Publisher/Editor, Truth Seeker Company

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