Ray Hagins verdict
Dr. Muhammad is a good and very
sincere Brother. I look at him and see myself all over again.
I was not about to invalidate that young brother's research in
front of all those people.
I don't do that. His presentation was ACCURATE (within the parameters
of his research),
and THAT'S why I said that I didn't disagree with one thing that
Dr. Muhammad did NOT prove that Islam was
Afrikan, he only proved that there were Afrikans who practiced
Islam! I do not disagree with that at all. But, I
was not about to damage the credibility of his scholarship before
from Ray Hagin's open letter to Saa Neter)
THE TESTIMONY OF PASTOR HAGINS' TRANSITION
FROM CHRISTIANITY TO AFRIKAN CONSCIOUSNESS
By Brother Ray Hagins
Hotep (Peace) Brothers & Sisters,
My (birth) name is Ray Hagins. My spiritual
name is Sa Ra Ankh Hotep
Maakheru Setep En Ra (which means "a son of God, who has
been chosen by God
to be a teacher of truth bringing (or giving) life and peace)."
serve as the Chief Elder and Pastor of The Afrikan Village (formerly
Ephesus Missionary Baptist) Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
Many people have asked me about how I made
the transition from a
Pentecostal minister (who was "sold out" for the so-called
gospel of Jesus
Christ) to Afrikan conscious minister and warrior for the liberation
Black Afrikan people. After sharing my testimony with another
suggested that I post the testimony of my transition into Afrikan
consciousness on the Internet in hopes of inspiring other brothers
sisters who may be at the point of coming into an Afrikan awareness
quantum deception of European philosophical and religious thought.
that my testimony will help to strengthen and inspire others who
are at the
crossroad of right knowledge.
In 1987 I was invited to a meeting of about
25 Black men (educators,
businessmen, community leaders, and 3 ministers) in my hometown
New Jersey. Although the meeting had not started, we were informally
talking about what needed to be done to enhance our community.
overheard one of the brothers say, "We need to get this European
of the minds of our people, and realize that the original Christ
I couldn't believe what I had just heard!
Immediately, everything in
me shut down and I went into "battle station" mode.
I mean, I IMMEDIATELY
went to "Def-Con 1" ("Def-Con" is a military
phrase, which means "Defense
Condition." Def-Con 5 is peacetime, Def-Con 4 is combat preparedness,
Def-Con 3 is combat readiness, Def-Con 2 is at combat station,
and Def-Con 1
means, "engage the enemy").
I stepped over to this brother and said,
"What do you mean Jesus' name
was Horace?" (I thought he was saying H-O-R-A-C-E.) He responded,
Horus. The first virgin-born, Christ-child was Horus of Egypt
and the first
record of his birth dates back to over 6,000 years B.C."
Well, I, (with my sincere, but ignorant
self), stood in the middle of
the floor and said, "Brothers, I am sorry to have to leave,
but ANYBODY who
refuses to accept who Jesus is a deceiver and is of the devil.
I rebuke you
in the name of Jesus and I plead the blood of Jesus in this place."
I said this because I honestly felt that I was in the midst of
agents.) Now, understand, these were Black men who were aware
of the truth
of our Afrikan history, and I saw my own (Black) brothers as agents
satan!!! Now, did Euro-Gentile Cultural Imperialism and Supremacy
"Christian" training) do a job on me or what?
I left that meeting and actually declared
war on these men. I misused
my radio show (and later my TV show) to blast these men. I felt
that it was
my "sacred duty" to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ
and warn as many
people as I could about these Black men (who I genuinely mis-perceived
agents of the devil. I did this for well over a year.
The 3rd Sunday in March of 1991, as I stood
up to preach at my church
in Paterson, NJ, just as I was about to read the text for the
was Romans 8:28, it seemed as though someone whispered in my right
people know God BEFORE Moses went up on the mountain?"
I actually turned around to see who was
there because it was just that
audible and clear. I told the congregation, "Y'all.wait a
question just popped into my head (then I told them what it was).
that significant for them, but it was VERY significant for me
because ALL of
my theology was based in Moses coming down off the mountain with
Commandments" (or "The Law"). I will never forget
that day because it was
the day that I began to THINK! I actually exercised my critical
faculties and scrutinized what I had been taught all my life.
I asked myself, "Did Moses have a
God-consciousness BEFORE talking
with God on the mountain?"
A few days later, during my devotions,
I stumbled across Acts 7:20-22,
which states: "In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding
nourished up in his father's house three months: And when he was
Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own
Moses was learned in ALL THE WISDOM OF THE EGYPTIANS, and was
words and in deeds."
I looked up the word "wisdom"
(as it was used in that particular
verse); it comes from the Greek word "sophia," which
means, "skill and
discretion in imparting the truth of God; the knowledge and practice
requisites for godly and upright living; supreme intelligence,
belongs to God; the wisdom of God as evidenced in forming and
counsels in the formation and government of the world and the
I said, WAIT A MINUTE!!! Moses got THIS from the Egyptians!!!
(NOTE: Throughout my theological training
I was taught that the
Egyptians were barbaric, ignorant, enemies of and cursed by God).
Several days later, as I was coming from
a meeting in downtown
Paterson, my car was parked in front of an old book store that
books called Bazaar Books. I had passed this store hundreds of
the years and NEVER had the slightest inclination to go inside;
particular day I was "moved" to go inside and browse
around. Of course, the
only area that really interested me was Religion & Philosophy.
I picked up a book entitled, "Osiris
& The Egyptian Resurrection"
(Part 1) by E.A. Wallis Budge. The idea of an Egyptian "RESURRECTION"
caught my attention. I opened the front cover to the preface and
across the following words:
"The central figure of the ancient
Egyptian Religion was Osiris, and
the chief fundamentals of his cult were the BELIEF IN HIS DIVINITY,
RESURRECTION, and absolute control of the destinies of the bodies
of men. The central point of each Osirian's Religion was his HOPE
RESURRECTION IN A TRANSFORMED BODY AND OF IMMORTALITY, WHICH COULD
REALIZED BY HIM THROUGH THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF OSIRIS.
I literally shouted out, "WHAT IS
THIS?" I immediately suffered what
we psychologists call "cognitive dissonance." I knew
that this was EXACTLY
what I had believed since I was a child and preached for almost
but the central figure of MY belief and message was a man called
Christ." What really bothered me was, according to what I
had been taught,
Jesus Christ was the ONLY person about whom such a message applied.
when I read that this belief system had been with the Nile Valley
for at least the last 15 to 20 thousand years.I really lost it!!!
any scholar of Christianity will tell you that Genesis 1:1 only
to 4,004 B.C.
Then, to top it off, I read about the Ancient
Afrikan TRINITY; which
consisted of Ausar, Aset, and Heru (which the Europeans renamed:
Isis and HORUS)!!! I came to find out that Horus was the "virgin
immaculately conceived" son of Osiris. This led me on a sincere
search for actual undeniable evidence for the truth.
The more I researched, the more I realized
that the entire program
that I had been indoctrinated into was a LIE. In 1993, I decided
the ministry that I was so popular in and knew so well. I simply
any longer, stand in front of my people and teach that which I
had found to
be a stolen, copied, plagiarized and European fabricated version
ancient concepts of Afrikan spirituality.
This was the most painful period of my
life. At one point I had
become so depressed about my believing in LIES that I even had
suicide. How could I have been so wrong??? I couldn't understand
actually experienced "the power of God" moving upon
me in mighty and awesome
ways in the past IF this was all a lie??? I felt betrayed, humiliated,
deceived, confused, unworthy, and like a complete failure.
Now, I wasn't feeling all this because
of the truths that I had come
to find out about. No! For these truths were UNDENIABLE EVIDENCES
DEMANDED AN UNDENIABLE and INEVITABLE VERDICT! That verdict was
that I had
been lied to! I was angry with all those who taught me these lies
parents, my teachers, my professors, etc.). The ONLY thing that
in this area was coming to the realization that the same dog that
bit my parents too! They were only teaching me what they had been
This, however, that doesn't apply to my
seminary professors. I met
with my the president of the seminary I graduated from, and asked
isn't this information a part of the curriculum and course requirements
a degree in Sacred Literature?" He said to me, "You
don't need to know
about that. Besides, it is not substantial data within the context
mission statement of this institution." He had just told
me, in a
politically correct way, that I had been trained in one of the
of all time and that I was supposed to perpetuate this LIE and
After several years of securing the proper
education of right
knowledge, I efficaciously returned to the pulpit in February
of 1998, when
I became the pastor of Ephesus Missionary Baptist Church in St.
is another discourse all by itself). Through an old wise man,
me in September of 1997 by asking me; "Son, if you young
folk, whose eyes
have been opened to the truth, abandon our people (who don't know
better), then what hope is there for us?" Then he said, "God
DID call you
to preach, but to preach the TRUTH!"
Hence, here I am.
My reason for sharing this testimony is
NOT to "convert" anyone to
African consciousness.but simply to let you know that since the
invasion and theft of our people from our Motherland, we Afrikans
born and raised in the LIE of European Religious and Cultural
and we think we are walking in the truth (because it is all that
The religion that we have been made to love (Christianity), was
us by European slave traders and the European "slave masters"
us. That alone should make EVERY Black man, woman and child be
about the slave master's religion.
There is a phrase that says you reap what
you sow. Well, that
certainly is true, because I have gone (and am going) through
the same kind
of attack that I viciously put on those brothers who compassionately
respected my ignorance in 1987. I wish that I could go back and
that I am so sorry for attacking their awareness with my ignorance.but
of them have passed on. So when I give the oath to the Ancestors,
remember them. They were the ones that God used to plant the seed
truth in me. Now, when I am attacked (by others who are sincerely
ignorant), I see my "old" self and where I came from.
That helps me to be
compassionate on my attackers. I realize that they are sincerely
what they think is the truth (just like I did).
Coming into a consciousness of your Afrikan
self can (and probably
will be) very painful for you. I must admit that it's very painful
called "an antichrist" or "a messenger of satan"
or "false prophet," etc.,
by your own people. It hurts being MISUNDERSTOOD by your family,
and loved ones, especially when they haven't done (nor are they
do) the research and/or learn what you have learned; but, yet
you are the
one who is "deceived" and don't know what you are talking
me, THAT HURTS!
Then there are those (Christians) who feel
that I "need to be stopped
for the sake of the gospel!" But I know that God has called
me and given me
this assignment. AND I CAN'T STOP! Even if it means loved ones
from me and calling me "crazy" (which has happened),
or even losing my
physical life. And, it's just THAT serious. The worse pain of
all is when
your family, friends, loved ones, and others who would misjudge
to do their own research to see for themselves the basis of your
or if what you are saying is true or not.
I have actually pulled books from the libraries
of other ministers,
turned to the proof or source of the information in question and
"Here, man. See for yourself." They would look away
and say, "I don't want
to see that." I have stood across the desks of several friends
pastors) and asked them, "Brother, why are you attacking
me when what I have
said is right here in the very commentary that you study by and
prepare your messages?" I understand that the reason they
didn't want to
"see" was because then they, too, would be compelled
to change, and that is
definitely NOT an option for most ministers who can be voted out
removed from their pulpits if they do not preach and uphold the
of that particular church or denomination.
Another problem that I was faced with was
the problem with my music
ministry. Over 90% of the songs that I wrote and used to sing,
sing them anymore. I began to realize that it's not really about
worshipping GOD! It's about worshipping "Jesus!" Even
the biblical text
states that Jesus said that NO ONE IS TO BE WORSHIPPED BUT GOD
("Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and HIM ONLY shalt
thou serve") (See
Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8).
Did you know that (according to the biblical
text) Jesus NEVER told
his disciples to go preach (or teach) about him! He told his disciples,
you go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand"
We have been programmed to give more attention to the so-called
(Jesus) than the giver (God) of the gift. Not only could I not
Euro-Gentile "program" anymore...I couldn't sing about
it either. Being
that I was a gospel recording artist and the State Minister of
Music for the
State of New Jersey Churches of God in Christ, this was REALLY
adjustment for me.
I painfully learned that my friends were
my friends as long as we were
in agreement "when it comes to Jesus." I have been told
many times, "The
bible says, how can two walk together except they agree."
understand why other ministers (who I thought were my friends)
our relationship as friends just because I learned something that
didn't know or agreed with??? What did that have to do with me
In closing, please understand, what God
reveals to you, is for YOU! I
made the mistake of trying to take others along with me to the
next level in
MY development. It doesn't work that way! Realize that if you
learn more, you may very well lose some of your closest friends.
want to take them to the next level with you, but realize that
God is taking
YOU there...not y'all there.
I pray that this testimony is helpful to
some brother or sister who is
making their transition to Afrikan consciousness. Stay strong,
Sisters, and always know that the Creator and the Ancestors are
(a.k.a. "Sa Ra")