Ralph David Abernathy: ‘Jesus is the Greatest Changer in History’


He was a prominent leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, a Baptist minister, and a close friend and associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Following King’s assassination in 1968, he took up the leadership position of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Poor People’s Campaign and led the March on Washington, D.C. that had been planned for May 1968. At the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, he served as pastor of the largest black church in Montgomery, AL, and led the way in distributing flyers asking blacks to boycott Montgomery buses. For 13 years, from 1955 to 1968, he walked with King on his journey to tear down the walls of segregation and discrimination in the South. He endured bombings, beatings, jail time, confiscation of his family inheritance, and continual threats to march through the streets of the South proclaiming, “Let my people go.” He was with King on the night of his assassination and cradled him in his arms, as King took his last breath. After King’s death, he continued the civil rights work that had been started. During his lifetime, he was honored with more than 300 awards and citations, including five Honorary Doctorate Degrees. He died in 1990.

When asked by a college student how he came to know Jesus Christ as his Saviour, he said, “When I was a young boy, I went to the altar one Sunday morning in my father’s Baptist church and there I met Jesus Christ. And I’ve never been the same.” He said on another occasion, “Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history.” His name is Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and just as R.D.A., Sr. gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“For God so loved the world” means that if you are in the world, God loves you. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, God loves you.

God loves you more than you love yourself. He loves you so much so “that He gave His only begotten Son.” His only begotten son is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and for mine, He was buried, and on the third day, He rose from the dead.

“that whosoever believeth in Him”, whosoever means anybody of any race, any color, any belief system, or any socio-economic status can believe on Jesus Christ.

“should not perish, but have everlasting life.” if you believe on Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will not perish in hell, instead you will have everlasting life in heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!