For centuries, there were those in Christian churches who taught that all people descending from Africa were under the ‘curse of Ham’ based on Genesis 9:25. Eventually, with the Civil Rights movement the truth about that scripture came to the forefront when theologians actually paid attention to the fact that Canaan, Ham’s son, was the only one who was cursed by Noah, not Ham and all of his descendants as many had claimed.
This misconception was the basis for much of the hatred and church segregation against descendants of Africa that had been commonplace in North America and parts of Europe. For the most part, this teaching has been tossed out by most believers. However, there are still some within today’s church that still teach this. And one of them happens to be a ministry I’ve followed for years. I was shocked to come across this statement at their website that I’ve linked to for years here at my blog. The Apologetics Coordination Team at their deceptioninthechurch.com website has the following statement in their “Nimrod & Babel” article:
‘Ham and his descendants were cursed by God (Gen. 9:25) for Ham having looked at the nakedness of Noah (Gen. 9:22).’
I sent an email to them today to point out this misconception that really should have been totally tossed out by now. After all the unnecessary harm it has caused the church, including the false idea that descendants of Africa cannot be saved because of the curse, it’s time for all who call themselves Christian to get over this junk already. My prayer is they will update this misinformation.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20
For more info on the Curse of Ham, listen to this podcast by Ken Ham: The Curse of Ham–It’s Not True, December 15, 2007.
Harry A. Gaylord