There’s a lot of cults on London where I live.
I’ve seen the Hari Krishnas, The Moonies, Falong Gong, Scientologists, evangelical Islamists telling us we need Shariah law and also one or two self style Messiah figures, around the streets of London.
In Israel, the Falong Gong, Hari Krishnas and Scientologists are there too, and a few other weird ones.
So when some folks tell me all religion is the same and there is a select bad bunch of a few, I tend to roll my eyes and shake my head. Its no surprise that Paul spoke about it a lot, as did Peter, and Jesus said himself, there would be false Messiahs, false prophets and false religions would deceive people. In this particular time and age stuff like this is increasing. The Black Hebrew Israelites are some of the very worst groups I think around. They are racist and stir up hate.
I first so these folks actually in Oxford Street in London. They might seems like a limited fringe group, but they seem extremely active on the internet and they seem to be growing. Among forums and Facebook groups, they seem to pop up quite often.
On the surface, BHI appear to be just some young black men who love the bible and have an interest in Israel and Jewish people and practices.
The group of 5 young black men preaching in Oxford Street had a cartoon showing that Jesus was a black man, and that traditional Christianity is worshiping an imposter.
I didn’t get a closer picture of these guys for obvious reasons. They are bigger then me and crazy.
I’m trying to help and encourage a friend who has got into very similar teaching to this. Let me tell you this. I am going to no mince words here, this teaching is a lie from the pit of hell that breaks families, churches and communities. If you ever see folks from this teaching in your congregation or bible study remove them straight away and pray for protection on you and your family.
When you delve into their teaching they think that they are a lost tribe of Israel, or, and heard this quite a few times that ordinary Ashkenazi (white European Jews) are imposters, and that they should be the ones living in Jerusalem. They also read out a passage from Revelation 3:9 to reinforce this. They are driven by extreme arrogance and pride, I think they could easily turn nasty.
Some of these people are frequent speakers in London, one of these is close to Stratford station and some are in cult/weirdo-magnet ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in Hyde Park.
There are real black Jews of course. BHI is nothing to do with them. I’ve met many of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, and be to some bars and restaurants owned by them. They are kind and gentle people.
Update 2018 – Back in 2014 I came across these people in a congregation in London called “Beit Nitzachon” this was once a Messianic Jewish congregation which I found out later their African Hebrew Group took it over and threw out the original leadership and preached their own peculiar gospel. The front row consisted of women with prayer shawls (which in traditional Judaism is a male garment) I walked out of their congregation part way when they were trashing the Trinity and several other heresies. This was sad. Later on, they got big into the Flat Earth Movement and got a new leader called Tony Kakouri who used to be part of former Waco death cult leader David Koresh’s church!!!!. I’ve spoken to several ex-members (real Jewish believers and those from a conventional Christian background) who have got free of it.
There is no doubt this a very dangerous cult indeed.