Ebook: The Real Truth About Kwanzaa

Should Christians celebrate Kwanzaa?
Why not? Is it culturally necessary to do so?
Should churches host Kwanzaa ceremonies?

*SEE NEW POST December 2015* – Christians Beware: Kwanzaa was created pagan and is still pagan!

If anyone Googles Kwanzaa you will find tons of websites/articles and what have you that go into great pain to describe Kwanzaa as a non-religious cultural celebration. A celebration that the creator of Kwanzaa, Maulana Karenga has said to be for the African American and African to know Kwanzaa “which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” (Official Kwanzaa Website).

Where many public institutions and places are barring the mere mention of Jesus’ name for fear of violating the misunderstood separation-from church and state, Kwanzaa is being celebrated freely by many as non-religious. But what many do not know is that Kwanzaa is very religious in nature and contrary to the Christian faith.

I used to operate a website (The Truth About Kwanzaa) that freely shared many many years of research using books that the general public doesn’t have. Books written by Dr. Karenga himself that reveal his true intent on creating this deceptive holiday. Much of that information plus more is now found in this ebook that people can purchase from Amazon.com.  The title of the book is The Real Truth About Kwanzaa (formerly Kwanzaa: Contrary to Christianity)  and Amazon’s link also provides a free preview of Table of Contents, Foreword, Preface and part of Chapter 1.

Click here to purchase THE TRUTH ABOUT KWANZAA ebook for $4.99 or if not ready for purchase, feel free to browse free articles listed below by both myself and other writers who’ve written about Kwanzaa.

What’s covered in this book:

  1. Kwanzaa created because of Karenga’s hatred of religion
  2. Kwanzaa practices ancestor worship
  3. The connection between Kwanzaa and Socialism is explored
  4. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (The Nguzo Saba) are socialistic, humanist, and designed to lead one away from having a need for God.
  5. Kwanzaa encourages Black separatism
  6. Kwanzaa imitates many major religions of the world, Christianity, Judaism, and Ancient African religions.
  7. The Kwanzaa designed to replace Christmas originally.
  8. The fact that Karenga was raised in a Christian home by a father who was a Baptist preacher and how that influenced the way he’s designed Kwanzaa.
  9. Contradictions by Karenga comparing his reasons for creating Kwanzaa in the beginning to now.

Who could use this book?

  • Parents – to show schools that Kwanzaa is religious and contrary to their Christian beliefs, and their kids should opt out of Kwanzaa activities
  • Teachers – to help learn that since Kwanzaa is religious in nature, then other spiritual celebrations should also be allowed
  • Businesses – Info about Kwanzaa’s true purposes.
  • Christians to show how Kwanzaa contradicts the Christian faith

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Other articles on this blog about Kwanzaa:

Kwanzaa and Christianity – Unequally Yoked!

Critiquing the Kwanzaa movie: “The Black Candle” – a Christocentric perspective

Don’t let anyone fool you, Kwanzaa IS religious!

Kwanzaa: The New Christmas and Hanukkah

Is Kwanzaa a fraud?

Karenga – Still Hating on Christ and blaming the White man!

Why Kwanzaa? By Dr. Karenga (Video)

More Anti-Kwanzaa Authors (off-site)

42 Comments

  1. It is so sad to see a person claiming to be of God and Christ so full of hate and judgement. I think you set a poor example for tolerance and love this is not in the mannor of Jesus! He was patient and kind and full of love, Your way of speaking reminds me of the way the Klu Klux Klan burns crosses and say its for God. Let people find the right path by living well not by beating down others. This is not Christ like at all you are a hate monger and full of judgement. Use that energy to fight drug abuse and child abuse, and make a real change in the world.

  2. KWANZAA WAS INDEED INVENTED TO REPLACE CHRISTMAS
    OR TO OVERTHROW THE THINKING OF BLACKS WHO CELEBRATED IT!

    Kwanzaa the inside story from the FBI files requested and released as a result of the Freedom of Information Act

    As viewed by the FBI during the 1960’s
    Declassified files

    Karenga felt Christmas was a white man’s religion and Blacks should have no part in what he called a myth. Kwanzaa was created to supposedly fill a void felt in the black community. Why do this during the time of Christmas? Dr Karenga felt the white man had their mythical Christianity. The Jews had their mythical Hankkah and now the blacks will have their own special mythical Holy-Day, Kwanzaa!
    In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, God sovereign and deity, placed
    far above man. In Kwanzaa, the black man is God.

    Karenga has furthered this back-to-African maneuver by
    urging members of his organization to discard their American
    surnames. HE STATES, Only “slaves and dogs are named by their masters,” as he doles out Swahili names to his followers.

    Fueled by racism, an atheistic mentality, and the racial divide prevailing in the turbulent sixties, Karenga adopted the mindset that
    prevailed among most of the Black Nationalist organizations. Karenga felt even God must conform to the psychological needs of the Negro radicals.

    Karenga laments that “everyone but the Negro has a God that looks like him.” Therefore, he concludes, “it is essential that the Negro reject Christianity as it is a white man’s religion, and discard a belief in life after death, and start our own “mythology.”
    Karenga continues his rant, “Jesus said, ‘My blood will wash you white as snow.’ Who wants to be white but sick ‘Negroes,’ or worse yet–washed that way by the blood of a dead Jew. You know if Nadinola bleaching cream couldn’t do it, no dead Jew’s blood is going to do it.”

    As a paper gesture to establish a doctrinal footing for his U.S. Organization, Karenga included in his Articles of Incorporation the setting up of edifices for the practice, teaching, instruction, and promotion of a mythical African religion.
    Please note: Kwanzaa has no religious African roots

    Verbally, he preached an atheistic doctrine based on the premise that each man is HIS OWN GOD. He stated “Your house is the house of the Lord and guess who you are?”.
    It is interesting to note, in Kwanzaa we are worshiping self.

    IN HIS BOOK THE KWAIDA THEORY HE STATES ON PAGE 27
    “When messenger Muhammad taught that we are Gods and can make history and remake the world in our own image and interests, he set a good example.” p 27

    In some of his public appearances, Karenga has lashed
    out viciously at Christianity. His remarks have been sacrilegious
    and obscene and, on occasion, have not been well received by his audiences.

    Underlying these anti-religious preachments may very
    well be an effort to channel church contributions into the
    coffers of US Organization. In The Quotable Karenga, he suggests, “we must gear the money going from the church to the support of the revolution. Revolution cannot succeed without finance.”

    THE REVOLUTION STARTS WITHOUT THE FINANCES!
    TWO BLACK MILITANT GROUPS CLASH IN CLASS,
    SHOOT OUT OCCURS ON THE UCLA CAMPASS
    BETWEEN THE ‘US’ ORGANIZATIONS AND THE BLACK
    PANTHERS. TWO PANTHERS ARE KILLED BY THE ‘US’
    ORGANIZATIONS

    In 1969, two rival radical groups battled for control of the UCLA black studies program: the Black Panthers and the lesser-known US, or United Slaves, led by Karenga. Both groups were known around campus for carrying loaded guns.
    Perhaps inevitably, violence erupted. As David Horowitz recalls in Radical Son, Black Panther John Higgins was “murdered–along with Al ‘Bunchy’ Carter–on the UCLA campus by members of Ron Karenga’s organization.” The FBI infiltrated both groups after the shootout. The US groups turned to fighting “enemies within.” The result: two female members were tortured by their “comrades” in May 1970. Both alleged Karenga ordered, and participated in, their assaults.

    THE REVOLTION CONTINUES
    On May 9, 1970 he initiated the torture session that led to his
    imprisonment. The torture session was described in the L.A. Times on May 14, 1971. “The victims said they were living at Karenga’s home when Karenga accused them of trying to kill him by placing crystals in his food and water and in various areas of his house. When they denied it, allegedly they were beaten with an electrical cord and a hot soldering iron was put against the face and in the mouth of Miss Davis.

    Police were told that one of Miss Jones’ toes was placed in a small vise, which then was tightened by the men and one woman. The following day Karenga told the women that Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what he knew.” Another female member of (US) Miss Tamao, put detergent in their mouths; Smith turned a water hose full force on their faces, and Karenga, holding a gun, threatened to shoot both of them. The victims Deborah Jones and Gail Davis after being ordered to remove their clothing.” were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton.

    Karenga was convicted of two counts of felonious assault and one count of false imprisonment. He was sentenced on Sept. 17, 1971 to serve one to ten years in prison. After being released from prison in 1975, he remade himself as Maulana Ron Karenga.

    While claiming to have the unity of black people in mind, Karenga committed most of his crimes against blacks.

    KWANZAA finds its roots in the civil rights era of the 1960s. These were turbulent years for blacks. The rise of the Black militants, the Black Muslims, The Black Panthers, The Blackstone Rangers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the United Slaves Organization.

    The United Slaves Organization (aka U.S. Organization) is where Kwanzaa finds its origins. In 1966, in Southern California, Ron McKinley Everett (aka Dr. Maulana Karenga). originally intended Kwanzaa to be a black nationalist substitute for Christmas. In 1967, the year after Mr. Everett proposed this new holiday, he publicly espoused the view that “Jesus was psychotic” and Christianity was a white religion that blacks should shun.

    Kwanzaa is based on seven principles Everett felt were particularly important for the black community and which he felt represented African values. The whole concept of Kwanzaa is based on the same intellectual tradition championed by Louis Farrakhan and David Duke – racial separatism.

    He called these “Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles)” and chose Swahili words to name them: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). If Dr. Karenga doesn’t believe in God where are we to place our
    faith when celebrating Kwanzaa?

    Karenga stated, “The Nguzo Saba are in fact, the matrix and minimum set of values by which Black people must order their relations and live their lives, if they are to liberate themselves and begin to build a new world and a new people to inhabit it.” p. 40. Kwanzaa: origin, concepts, practice

    The 7 Principles were first set forth to create a mindset supposedly different than that of our White or Jewish counterparts. Prior to these
    new Seven Pinciples Karenga first put forth the Seven-fold path to Blackness: Think Black, Talk Black, Act Black, Create Black, Buy Black, Vote Black, Live Black…Over time these 7 principles were soon
    removed from the publics eye and the Seven-fold path became the Seven Principles.

    Each day of the Kwanzaa’s seven days (Dec. 26 – Jan 1) is dedicated to one of those principles, in the order given. The Kwanzaa ceremony Everett specifies requires 1) setting up a dedicated place in the home for the ceremony, 2) placing in the dedicated spot a specified set of artifacts and 3) going through a prescribed ritual ceremony each day.

    We notice he placed his man-made Celebration along side Christmas and
    Hanukkah. His reason at first was based on his desire for racial separatism. Karenga believes Christianity was a white man’s religion; the Jews had Hanukkah and now the Blacks have their own Holiday.

    Those who understand the true purpose of Kwanzaa understand that is was intended only for those of African ancestry. Notice the use of the following quote from Dr. Karenga who speaks of Whites as the “dominant society:”

    “…it was chosen to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” p. 21 Kwanzaa: origin, concepts, practice

    Today Kwanzaa is promoted as being a cultural celebration for people of all walks of life regardless of creed or color. However, reading his earlier books on Kwanzaa one can see Karenga’s hostility toward religions where praying and worshipping were condemned and Christian-Judeo beliefs referred to as “mythology”.

    Belief in God Condemned by Karenga

    Dr. Karenga’s hatred of God-fearing religions prompted him to create his own system of principles that apparently he hoped would steer men away from a belief in God which he felt was a weakness

    — An example of his opinion of religion is the following quote from his book, Kawaida Theory (1980):

    “Belief in spooks who threaten us if we don’t worship them and demand we turn over our destiny and daily lives must be categorized as spookism and condemned.” pg 27

    And also when he says of Christianity and Judaism in his list of negatives of religion:

    “…it is a simplistic and often erroneous answer to existential ignorance, fear, powerlessness and alienation. An example is the Hebrew myth of the six-day creation and the tower of Babel, or Christian myths of resurrection, heaven and hell;” Kawaida Theory, p 23.

    “…it often denies and diminishes human worth, capacity, potential and achievement. In Christian and Jewish mythology, humans are born in sin, cursed with mythical ancestors who’ve sinned and brought the wrath of an angry God on every generation’s head. … If a mythical being has done, does and will do everything, what’s our relevance and role in the world?”
    K.T. p 24.

    The good doctor continues by stating “… if persons want to fast or pray, read numbers, stare at stars, chant spookistic slogans or anything similar, they may, but it’s imperative that they not add these to or pretend they are a part of the principles and practices of Kwanzaa.” Kawaida Theory, p 15.

    It would be fair to say that Karenga intended to create a celebration that steered Blacks away from God, and to celebrate and honor man instead. He makes this clear when he makes the following statement in his book, Kawaida Theory:

    By creating Kwanzaa, Karenga sought to rectify the cultural and economic exploitation he felt was perpetrated against blacks during the months of October, November, and December(the Christmas season). During this season Karenga felt corporate America typically ignored the quality of life concerns of African-Americans, yet encouraged participation in the commercialism of Christmas. Additionally, he lamented,
    African-Americans did not observe a holiday that was specific to our needs. A review of the major holidays celebrated in the United States would reveal that not one related specifically to the growth and development of African-Americans.

  3. I keep hearing people say that Kwanzaa was not supposed to replace Christmas and was not designed to be a religious celebration. My question is then why is it celebrated at Christmas time? If it truly was something to celebrate the community then why not do it in June or July? I just found out that my daughter’s school is teaching the students about Kwanzaa, but no other holidays. I am going to go talk with the principal today.

    1. Good for you Brett! The first claim of Kwanzaa is that it’s not a religious holiday which is why many feel comfortable teaching it in schools rather than Christmas or Hanukkah. But it was created to be a spiritual alternative to Christmas – to Christianity altogether by its creator, Maulana Karenga! My ebook details the religious aspect of Kwanzaa and also see my blog article titled: “Don’t let anyone fool you, Kwanzaa IS religious!” Glad you’re speaking to the principal about it! If Kwanzaa is going to be taught, then they should include other spiritual celebrations as well!

  4. I just want to say thank you for proving to me how cultish some Christians can be. I suggest you read blaqfist’s comments again, and try to keep an open mind. I know it’s hard when you’re a fanatic, and not truly following God, but instead, following a religion that has been corrupted beyond imagination, and has it’s origins gleaned from the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Furthermore, while doing research on Kwanzaa (because I’m sick of the holidays based on pagan holidays and/or genocide masking as Christianity), I found your site, as well as The Official Kwanzaa website, which has a picture of a Kwanzaa candle holder (Kinara) with an interesting symbol. The symbol is a West African Adinkra symbol for the omniscience of God. I guess that kind of wrecks your “theory” on Kwanzaa being focused on “sinners” and not on God. I hope one day you realize what you are. And a good (God-loving) person is not it.

  5. Carlotta, I just bought and downloaded your Kwanzaa booklet. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve read enough of your material on your blog to know that it will be a very useful book to have in the culture wars.

    I hope you will use your literary talents to publish other booklets or books in the future as well. God has given you a platform and the intelligence and the ability to put difficult complex cutting-edge issues into an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand format. Example – Your article on ‘Jesus’ of Siberia and how you put his words in italics, put in bold the word FALSE, then showed the biblical reason exactly why what he was saying was wrong. Then you followed that with biblical information on how to recognize a false Jesus. In today’s unchurched world where few know anything about God’s Word but have instead enthusiastically fully embraced Kwanzaa crud, your abilities are needed! Best wishes on your e-booklet reaching as many as possible.

    1. Thank you once again F&WM! Yes I do have in fact plans on putting out more ebooklets. And eventually adding them to print as well. But getting Kwanzaa out the way was first on the agenda and now I do have some more coming up and will be based upon the activity I’ve seen on this blog.

      God has sent people like you my way not only to encourage me but also confirm what it is I need to do! God bless you and do feel free to offer any constructive criticism when needed after you read my book! :)

  6. I celebrate Christmas because although Dec. 25th may not be the exact date Jesus was born, he was indeed born and his birth should be celebrated. I believe the idea of Christmas has been distorted in several ways and becoming as a pagan holiday than the actual celebration of Jesus. -Christ-mas is not about breaking the bank for gifts, the title its self should never be replaced with ‘Happy Holidays’, and as Christians we should NOT teach our kids/youth that santa exists! Lastly, I do not believe there is anything wrong with giving gifts during the Christmas holiday because when Jesus was born He too received gifts (don’t break your wallet and don’t teach/believe that what Christmas is all about). Kwanza is WRONG!! I do not and will not like or take any part of any church who practices this holiday. I am highly taken back by those who claim to be in Jesus and in leadership who thinks this holiday should be practiced in God’s house/place of worship. They call forth spirits of their ancestors and have objects in front of them -idols- representing what gives them strength, unity and peace. We have all of those qualities from the Lord and NO ONE else. Yes there are good principles practiced within kwanza but as the devil is a deceiver and pulls you in to sin by looking good so are the principles in kwanza. We can as Christians learn good traits from our Savior. Light does not fellowship with darkness and if anyone who claims they love God practices kwanza because of the ‘good’ principles then they are fooling themselves. You shouldn’t even pick and choose what you like about kwanza and say ok well this part of it is ok for me to do. The Bible teaches us not to give a single foot hold to the devil. Deuteronomy 18:9-14
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    Avoid Wicked Customs

    9 “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spirits, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you.

    1. Excellent excellent excellent verses on the abomination of idol worshipping and you tied that beautifully into Kwanzaa loveGodinHeart! Thank you for your wonderful and insightful comments and I’m very happy that you see the spiritual abyss of celebrating Kwanzaa.

  7. Thx for da info…..My wife is looking into kwanzaa and wants me to do da same….i dunno much about it and I am tryna find out bcuz I need to be able to lead her…wit dat being said, i have never been afrocentric and um not bout to start….i will look up more evidence about this CULTure tho. Thx for da insight!

  8. God is a God of grace. Kwanzaa was created by those who had issues with the injustices and misunderstanding of sin that some who claimed to be Christian profess. The grave irony of the Jesus who came to save sinners and those who claimed that they represented Him who committed gross sins. With that being said, Kwanzaa is indeed a pagan holiday, but so are birthdays, but what about Jewish traditions which are not central to the bible but cultural in nature. is it a sin to celebrate MLK birthday, he is not Christ, yet people honor him. There is definately something wrong with the origins, but with all cultural activities not rooted in Christ are simply that ‘activities’. Unless one is worshipping the devil, I have made peace with honoring the past we have come from. Though I will not necessarily celebrate it formally, there is nothing wrong with honoring traditions of our past and family roots, God gave them to us. I think we need to give ppl grace, of course unless pagan in nature. I think it’s good ppl are exposing this but all ‘black liberation’ theology comes from an effort to ‘right’ something that was preceived as wrong and therefore ppl need to not sin but not judge and cut a ppl a little slack. Racism is a problem in the US, many blacks feel they have no connection to africa or their heritage, because America has taken it away. We did not have a land, and The Founder of Kwanzaa was trying to create a tradition..the principles in Kwanzaa(minus libation and any ancestor worship) are in the bible(coorperative economics, unity etc.. so ppl need realize why it was created, don’t celebrate it if it is offensive to you, but sinners created the internet, should we not use it.. dont celebrate it, but unless convicted dont talk about ppl who do… simply pray for them..

    1. Alli, to “simply pray” is not enough when it comes to aberrant teachings otherwise there would be no need for Paul to tell the Christians of Ephesus in the bible to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11).

      I knew it was extremely important to expose the dangerous teachings of Kwanzaa because of the people I’ve already seen affected by it, beginning first with my own sister. She along with others, denounced Christianity because the principles of Kwanzaa were taught to be the moral teachings designed for black people and to leave the white man’s religion of Christianity (and any other non-African themed religion).

      Prayer came first (and still goes on) and the exposing followed. What I exposed was that Karenga wasn’t only trying to heal the wounds of racism and create something to make black people feel better about themselves, but he always was trying to sneak his humanistic philosophy – a God hating philosophy into those very teachings. My book and many articles on this site go more into detail in how Karenga did that.

      So Alli, this site is not just talking about people, it’s purpose is to show people that black people do not NEED Kwanzaa and its principles because we have all that we need in Jesus Christ and His principles found in God’s Word, the bible. And to also teach black people to stay as far away as possible from the ungodliness of the Kwanzaa principles and celebrations.

      That is what we need to talk about.

  9. Your understand about Kwanzaa is as shallow as your understanding of the bible. Christianity (as African Americans know it) is the white mans slave making religion. The majority of black people in America are Christians and what has it done for you? I also live in Los Angeles and Churches and Liquor Stores are in abundance in the ghetto and our neighborhoods are a living hell. I am not here to bash you, but bashing Afrocentrism is the purpose of this site.

    I was a Christian, but grew out of it long ago.

    1. blaqfist, I won’t waste any more time debating you on these very tiring beliefs…that Christianity is a white man’s slave-making religion. It’s obvious your opinion of Christianity is based upon people who have worned the name Christian but yet have abused their position and rejected the true teachings of the bible. You need to focus on Jesus Christ, and the Word about Him found in the bible.

      In the resource section of this blog I have tons of resources (apologetics) for the serious bible student, or the person who truly wants answers regarding God as He relates to man. If you are interested, look those up or otherwise you have just seen your last posting on my site. You can write me privately through the contact form if want to continue your attacks without any substantive and supportive sourcing.

      Thanks for stopping by blaqfist!

  10. “Blaqfist, the emphasis in my writings about Kwanzaa isn’t about it being made up like Christmas, but WHY Kwanzaa was created. Christmas was invented to celebrate the manifestation of God into a man via the baby Jesus while Kwanzaa was invented to glorify sinful creatures…”

    Is that a joke? You don’t even know who created Christmas or when Christmas was created. How can you think something is so spiritually based, when no reference to it is made in the bible at all? Christmas was created to get you to spend money. Any vestiges of anything whatsoever spiritual are extremely hard to find in present day Christmas celebration.

    “Afrocentricism tends to paint a picture of a self-righteous people without any need of spiritual redemption through God. That is a major reason it is rejected by blacks such as myself who choose to live a christocentric lifestyle as opposed to afrocentric. One can’t do both.”

    You cannot be at all serious, no organization has a more bloody history of racism than white western European Christianity. You mentioned that you believe that Jesus (his real name was Yeshua) was Jewish. That I do agree, but the Jewish Hebrews of that time looked nothing like what most in America consider Jews today. Yeshua probably looked like Osama Bin Laden and most white Christian conservatives (like you) would reject him if the real Yeshua was on the scene today.

  11. For someone who runs a site and has allegedly done some research, you sure have to “get back” to me on every other issue…

    For the record there is nothing that would keep me from a siblings wedding, certainly not the fact that she has chosen to follow a belief system that endorses her culture.

    You keep making unsubstantiated claim after unsubstantiated claim.

    Kwanzaa is “made up”, I would agree, but no more “made up” than Christmas is!

    In fact Kwanzaa is more based in reality than Christmas is.

    Most biblical scholars agree that given the clues in the Bible there is no way possible Jesus was born in December.

    Where you aware that a considerable amount of stuff we associate with Christmas (Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and several of the most popular Christmas Carols) is non Christian in origin and actually started by Jews?

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself…

    1. You’re beating a dead horse here blaqfist. I don’t think you’ll find anywhere in my blog where I make a big deal of Christmas being the exact day that Christ was born. I spend a little bit of time explaining how it is ok to celebrate Christmas. But I have never proclaimed Christmas as a day that a Christian HAS to celebrate. I strongly disagree with you that Kwanzaa is more reality based than Christmas, but I won’t debate you anymore than just disagree with you because Christmas is not the point of emphasis on my blog. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the point.

      Are you for Christ or are you not? That is my question to you. The most enthusiastic Kwanzaa celebrants I’ve come across are either non-believers or weak Christians who seem to believe that believing in Jesus Christ is not enough. Their heritage has to be worshipped along with God. That is why I spend a lot of time writing about Kwanzaa because it is being presented more than just a celebration, but a way of life. That is when Kwanzaa begins treading upon God’s territory.

      1. Ms. Morrow I think you have completely missed the point. Kwanzaa and the values of the Nguzo Saba, the way that my church celebrates it/them, are indeed relative to our Christian experiences. Sure Karenga is no more Christian that Constantine just as Christmas as it WAS celebrated was no more Christian than Kwanzaa as Karenga interprets it.
        One thing that Dr. Karenga has always said (I’ve heard him say this personally) is that Kwanzaa is personal and particular.
        It is not cultic if we as a church don’t celebrate it in cultic fashion and if we can couch its values in those espoused in our Bible. In this same way we have taken pagan symbols and used them to celebrate the birth of the Savior at Christmas and His death and resurrection at Easter.
        I’m not sure why that is confusing or contradictory to you. WE don’t celebrate Maulana Karenga. He’s just a man, just as flawed as I/YOU are.
        Seriously we could look at the cultural contexts from which all “Christian” celebrations/holidays spring and therein we will find traces of paganism in its symbols and its original intent. I defy you to look at the Nguzo Saba and find something un-Christian about it.
        Your book is a hack job that reeks of either self-hatred /accomodationism/ confusion /lack of depth Or some combination.

        1. RDavis, I need to know if you have actually read my book or not before I proceed in answering you. If you have my book, I will refer you to specific pages.

        2. RDavis, since I haven’t heard back from you I assume you are making your comments based strictly upon emotion and opinion and not based upon anything you’ve researched. Doesn’t even appear that you’ve read my book which would have answered many of the statements you are making about me.

          First of all, I’ve written about Kwanzaa as a response to the scriptures that say:

          “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit[b]is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8-11″

          Not only are we to have anything to do with unfruitfulness, but exposing them as well. Kwanzaa has been exposed as a dark, cultic and unfruitful creation of man. My book is full of information of why this has been found to be such an event, along with many articles by myself and other other authors linked on my blog. Also, you would have found in my book the Nguzo Saba broken down by each principle in how each of those contradict the scriptures.

          So until you can come up with something more substantial than just an emotional diatribe regarding your feelings on Kwanzaa, our discussion will lay to rest right here.

  12. After reading the bio on Mrs. Morrow, all I have to say is WOW…

    I am not the best human being on the planet by a country mile, but I must say this; Mrs. Morrow is/should be the very last person to throw stones at anyone else. And to not attend your own sister’s wedding and additionally to refuse to be in her wedding party, all because she has a different religious perspective, is ridiculous.

    Religion has done nothing but divide the human family, to the point that we would behave is such a ridiculous manner. Religion is a personal matter Mrs. Morrow, a more adult/mature approach to this issue would simply be to say to each his/her own and keep it moving…

    Come on now…

    1. blaqfist, regarding my appearance at my sister’s wedding; I was protesting her wedding by this Karenga figure instead of a traditional minister. But my family did talk the young 24 something year old in going ahead and at least attending. My sister and I were close (and still very close) so it only made sense that I support her although I didn’t agree with her ideology at the time.

      And yes, religion does divide the family but Christ already warned us that would happen. I’ll supply the scripture verse on that later.

  13. The claim (from a Christian) that Kwanzaa is “made up” most assuredly has to be interpreted as pure satire. Christians (especially African American ones) are unbelievably naïve about the teachings of their own book (the Bible). Kwanzaa is no more “made up” than Christmas is. The word “Christmas” cannot even be found in the Bible. Nothing we typically associate with Christmas (Santa Clause, the Christmas tree, worship of nature, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman et al.) has any Biblically based substance. It seems that negros however, will stand up against anything whatsoever Afrocentric more than a white racist will.

    1. Blaqfist, the emphasis in my writings about Kwanzaa isn’t about it being made up like Christmas, but WHY Kwanzaa was created. Christmas was invented to celebrate the manifestation of God into a man via the baby Jesus while Kwanzaa was invented to glorify sinful creatures.

      Afrocentricism tends to paint a picture of a self-righteous people without any need of spiritual redemption through God. That is a major reason it is rejected by blacks such as myself who choose to live a christocentric lifestyle as opposed to afrocentric. One can’t do both.

  14. Carlotta…I can’t tell you how relieved I am to find this information.

    I am not black, but I have some Unitarian Universalist friends (of all races) who seem very taken in by this Kwanzaa. And while I deeply wish that I could show this very post to them all and say “look, it’s all a fraud” I’m afraid that your very identity as a Christian would render everything you have to say about Kwanzaa suspect. Isn’t that sad?

    I’ve been away from the Body of Christ for a number of years and I’m struggling to find my way back to it. But even for me, someone who grew up United Methodist and did learn that God loves all of His children no matter what culture or race or ethnicity they are, I can see that this Kwanzaa is very IDOLATROUS. It is edifying culture itself above God’s love and Amazing Grace. Seriously, it is. It should be obvious to everyone, but unfortunately it isn’t.

    God help those who are fooled by this.

    1. Tracie, glad this information is of help to you but yes, just the mere fact that my writings are christocentric turns many people off. They want the political or social-economic reasons of why one shouldn’t celebrate Kwanzaa but when it comes to the simple fact that it is an offense to God, they really could care less.

      I am very glad that you are wise enough to see how idolatrous Kwanzaa is and the fact that many blacks are placing their culture above God. I’ll keep praying for those few people whose hearts will be receptive to the real truth about Kwanzaa and turn away from it. Even though you may be struggling, I do see that your faith is very strong. Just stay in God’s word and you won’t go wrong!

  15. Carlotta,

    Thank you for your article. I am a black man (purposely not African American) and was always leary of kwanzaa. After listening to the video of Mr. Karenga, how could a genuine christian not recognize that this is clearly a holiday meant to benefit a particular race. Nothing wrong with celebrating your heritage, but how could a christian rubber stamp a holiday that is decidedly unbiblical with an unhealthy focus on race and self. Unfortunately, I feel many of my black brothers and sisters esteem “blackness” over what is biblical. If the principles of Kwanzaa conflict with christianity,Kwanzaa should be abhorred and completely rejected. Your article has enlightened me and I will make certain my children and family members will steer clear of such an unholy holiday. I encourage you to keep proclaiming the truth.

    1. Ken, I ask the same thing you do: how can any genuine Christian NOT recognize what’s wrong with Kwanzaa: the focus of one’s race has to run contrary to biblical principles and for Christians to jump on the Kwanzaa bandwagon are merely slap in the face to our Lord and Savior. The message Kwanzaa participants are giving is that Jesus is not enough.

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and yes, I will keep proclaiming the truth about Kwanzaa as it relates to the truth about Jesus Christ!

    2. I am sorry that you guys think just because you celebrate black heritage it somehow downplays your Christianity. People religioulsy celebrate St. Patricks day, Valentine’s and the list continues. As soon as someone decides to celebrate something that represents black culture it is wrong. How brain washed could one be. I feel Christmas conflicts with Christianity in the fact it was born out of a pagan holiday. Santa Claus??? Really?? That doesn’t steel from the story of Christ? Umoja (unity), what’s wrong with that? That is biblical. You can choose not to focus on race while every other race embraces culture, while we spit on our own. Idenitity Crisis

      1. Larry, Kwanzaa does little in celebrating culture as it is more on the worshiping of culture. No other holiday we celebrate unless it is specifically labeled a religious holiday where we are encouraged to practice principles daily. Kwanzaa is quasi-religious and that was the way Karenga intended it to be. You have a roll call of ancestors names as many of the African religions do in ancestor worship, a lighting of candles from a kinara that resembles the Jewish lighting of lights on the menorah in their religious celebration of Hanukkah, and in place of the 10 commandments you have the seven principles found in the Nguzo Saba. Too close to being a religious celebration so as a Christian, I kindly refrain because I have all that I need in celebrating Christ everyday! I’ve broken down the principles that will be made available in coming days in the form of an e-booklet that will show in detail why Kwanzaa must be avoided.

  16. I AM A CHRISTIAN THAT BELIEVES IN JESUS CHRIST. I ALSO CELEBRATE KWANZAA AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HOLIDAY. MS MORROW IS VERY MISINFORMED IF SHE BELIEVES THE INTENT OF KWANZAA IS TO REPLACE CHRISTIANITY IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

    1. John, misinformation is what has driven me to write about Kwanzaa. Who would have known that a year after creating Kwanzaa, Maulana Karenga it’s creator would be quoted calling Jesus Christ psychotic? Information like that is crucial in understanding the motivation in someone creating a pseudo-religion to draw black people away from what was considered a “white man’s” religion in Christianity.

      Not misinformed, hardly.

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