Dr. Ray Hagins Delivers a Stimulating Message of Discovery in the Lowcountry

Dr. Ray Hagins photographed during his expansive Afrikan-centered lecture at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Photo: Hakim Abdul-Ali

By Imam Hakim Abdul-Ali

Afrikan-centered scholar, lecturer and educator Dr. Ray Hagins visited the Lowcountry last weekend on June 30, 2018, and gave a thoroughly thought-provoking message entitled “Wanting to Last” to those who were attendance at his lecture. Dr. Hagins is founder, chief elder and spiritual leader of the Afrikan Village and Cultural Center, which is based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

The lecture, which was sponsored by the local Afrikan Village and Cultural Center branch, was held at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in North Charleston, It was delivered in Dr. Hagins’ typical upfront informative and articulated format as a sense of Afrikan awareness was permeating the air and good vibrations were on display everywhere in the hall.

Strongly anti-organized religion, Dr. Hagins is an outspoken, critical teacher in sharing his immense knowledge of studying worldwide religions, especially as they relate to Afrikan-centered academic, spiritual and philosophical institutions. This native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, with a lifelong connection to the Newark and Patterson, New Jersey areas, is a celebrated, controversial and an in demand orator, who revealed that he’s on this mission to inform Black folk everywhere of the necessities of learning what and how dangerous miseducation in all arenas among us (really) is all about.

From breaking down the fact that Christianity, e.g., as most Black think of it to be, but it is not what it is, Dr. Hagins challenged and asked the audience to go back further into their own thinking patterns and questioning modes when he revealed what the true origins of the Christian belief systems were about. He seemed to hold nothing back as he spoke of the European hoax of Christianity throughout the ages with countless verbally offered evidence to support his positions, as he unabashedly informed and uttered to the audience’s attentive ears and minds.

Before continuing on, I might add that this lecture was livestreamed to the nation on Dr. Hagins’ regular internet broadcasting channel. Also, the above mentioned point concerning Christianity may be viewed on YouTube under Dr. Ray Hagins’ “The Time of The Church is Over and Gone” video.

Having served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dr. Hagins informed me, prior to his scheduled 3p.m.-6 p.m. speech and in our one-on-one interview, that it was while he was in the military that he began to question certain things that were told to him and he had just accepted without much thought, especially religious things. This period affected him deeply causing him much spiritual consternation.

He said, “I read the Bible nine times through and the Old Testament eight times through, and I realized that a lot of things that I had been taught in my life simply weren’t in the Bible. That stirred up in me a desire to understand the sacred text in its proper context.” Things obviously didn’t quite add up as being truthful to him as he progressed as a student of discovery, research and learning while then being in and later continuing in the ministry.

The words truth and truthful play heavily in Dr. Hagins’ Afrikan-centered way of looking at things and understanding what Black people have to do in order to remove themselves from the yolk of indoctrination and hypocrisy. Just having written this thus far, as you read on, probably would scare the majority of some so-called African-American folk today from listening to where Dr. Hagins is coming from or leading to.

As I listened objectively to his lecture, there were certain things that I heard from Dr. Hagins that I vehemently disagreed with on, e.g., the denials that certain key religious figures even existed. But, on the other hand, Dr. Hagins laid the undeniable cases for some of his bold historical findings, and pronounced spiritual conclusions  with clear evidences for one and all to verify, or reject, with truthful intent.

Maybe, that’s why the Fellowship Hall was not filled to capacity with many other area Black folk, especially some of them who claim to be over-the-top religious folk, in hearing this cognitive psychologist speak to and about the numerous historical and grossly incorrect inaccuracies about Afrika, religion, history and spirituality. Dr. Hagins doesn’t beat around the bushes when he speaks, and he is very succinct in what he feels what miseducation and religion, in all of their persuasions, have done to the minds, wills, desires and souls of most comatose Black folk.

My interview with his sixty-five-year-old Afrikan spiritual activist was respectful, warm and cordial, even though we differ on some religious issues and spiritual concepts. I must admit, though, that the fact that we, coincidentally, both have longstanding past connections to the New Brunswick and Newark areas, in particular, made the interview process go smoother, and I found Dr. Hagins to be a sincere person and a very easy going brother to talk with.

From L-R: Afrikan Village coordinator Mr. Edward Bodkin, Mrs. Johanna Martin Carrington of the Jenkins Orphanage Board of Directors and Dr. Ray Hagins pose for a photo after Dr. Hagins’ lecture on June 30, 2018, at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Photo: Hakim Abdul-Ali

Though viewed by some as controversial because of some of his political stances, defiant religious opinions and in-your-face social views, Dr. Hagins, nonetheless, is a staunch believer in the Afikan-centered spiritual belief system of Maat or Ma’at. This belief system stands generally for the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.

In propagation of and in defense of his beliefs and teachings, some of Dr. Hagins’ more popular internet videos like “Living Without Thinking”, “The Council That Created Jesus”, “Where Did Negroes Come From”, “The False Teachings of the Apostle Paul”, “Mind Manipulation and the Battle for the Bible”, “Understanding Racism”, “Idiotic Concepts in Religion”, and “Undressing a Well Dressed Lie” speak volumes about what this gentleman feels, has to say and projects in his more than forty-plus years career as a pastor, researcher and teacher.

The topics in all of his videos, as it was in his lecture’s subject matter, are explosive to put it frankly, but the info delivered by this dedicated student should be the stuff that all clear thinkers in the Afrikan-American communities and elsewhere need to investigate, “if” they are to free themselves from mental flaws, religious half truths and psychological bondages. Dr. Ray Hagins challenges one and all to look at Afrikan spirituality in an entirely new light.

Those in attendance at his lecture were ardently enamored with what Dr. Hagins was relating to as he, in every part of his speech, challenged them to go and study for themselves, in order, to see if what he was saying was “the truth.” He spoke from where his truth was at on June 30 and that must have been in his heart. Everyone sensed that.

Special recognition has to be extended to the House of Heru for their dynamic opening drumming performances and also to the master of ceremonies, Edwin “The Chef” Wright, who along with the many others operating behind the scenes made Dr. Ray Hagins appearance in North Charleston last Saturday an Afrikan-conscious success.


  1. Henry Haywood on September 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    I would truly like a copy of this lecture of possible. Thank you.

  2. Michael Mayo Jr on October 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Hello, I am a freshly awakened service member with a baby on the way, in need of a place to continue my journey here where me and my family will be stationed. Are there any communities in Jacksonville FL? I would love to attend, thanks.
    Very Respectfully,
    Michael Mayo Jr

  3. Terrill on December 30, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    So wgere did the other races come from and what about the proven truth of bible like do not sleep with animal or do not kill meaning as a result u reap what u sow and man parish because of lack of knowledge and other verses in the b8ble that if u do not abey them u will reap bad results

  4. Jed Bonaparte. on March 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    There is a lot to write, but I’ll simply put it this way. Dr.Ray Hagins only trying to wake up Afrikan/
    American from that deep sleep Roman Catholic Church has trapped them in!
    I never knew nor heard of Dr. Ray Hagins before. But when misfortune striked and my prayers never answered through Jesus Christ I start to wonder why. That night in my dream I was told
    you will find the answer you are looking for. The following day I was on my Computer and I’s
    like something was pushing my fingers through the computer keys… All of a sudden there it
    was a name Dr.Ray Hagins entitled ” IS THE BIBLE FULL OF LIES? I couldn’t believe what
    I’m seeing, and with trembling fingers I click on it. And the truth was unveil to me! I realized
    then the reason why all my prayers went no where. THANK YOU DR.RAY HAGINS!!

  5. George R. Mangum Jr. on April 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I would like to know what bible to use so I may follow Dr.Hagin better.

  6. Lee Martin on April 26, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I would consider it an honor to meet you someday.You can look the world in its face and tell the truth. Thanks.

  7. John Clark on May 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I met Dr Hagins In Youngstown,Ohio in 1998 when he gave a lecture. Dr Hagins Established the Second Afrikan Village & Cultural Center with us. I am now 87 years young and Dr Ray Hagins is one of the Greatest Teachers that I have ever met.He has dedicated his Life to Wake Us Up.

  8. Barbara Biggs on May 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I have always known that our story was not history.And in time God would reveal his truth.I knew that my ancestors had given us a voice.That we would stop being white washed,and if it didn’t make sense then it wasn’t true.The greatest proof of white washing was Michael Jackson,it is so sad that he didn’t realize that he was created in God”s image .And when really stop and think about it. Why would God create. a man who wasn’t built to endure suffering. or pain?By the way God is not a religion Thank you King Hagins for except ing your truth as so many of us have. There is a shifting in the atmosphere!!!!!

  9. Rhonda S on July 5, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for legitimizing my questions and my thoughts dating back to when I was a small child. I was told not to ask β€œthose kind of questions.” I’m also no longer seen as a person to one of my very religious aunts. I am not looked upon as the Devil someone who needs to be saved.
    Thank you so much. I have passed your YouTube videos on to my son and daughter who also think along the same lines as I.

  10. Henry Gray on September 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I so thankful 4 docter Higgens

  11. Jack McDonald on November 15, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    This guy is a cultist. He could be compared with the likes of Swedenborg. There are many like him out there. They come and go, trying to spread there works like it’s something esoteric, it’s not. Don’t be confused. Don’t be lead astray. He may have good intentions but doggone he is all over the place. If your read this you’ve been warned.

  12. DAPHNE PORTER on January 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Where can I buy the true bible so I can follow dr. Hagins teaching on tbe truth and the name of the bible. Daphne porter

  13. Michael Howard on February 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I love the videos by Ray Hagins,I AM CONSCIOUS AND THE TRUTH HAS REALLY MADE ME FREE!!!!! I’ll NEVER
    Go back to religion or Christianity EVER😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  14. Samuel on March 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Dr Ray higens my poeple look at me like I just wan the lotto!!?

  15. Samuel on March 26, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    They ask ho is he were did he hear that. Yeye his nuts our poeple are so blind man!!!

  16. Samuel on March 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Oo I’m from south Africa Samuel October

  17. SEGA . INIA on April 28, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Vinaka vakalevu Big Thank You to you Dr Ray Hagins for the great awakening and your lazer beam ray of well researched knowlege that youve freely given us to make informed choices that will set us free from generations of western civilization crooked world dominance . The seed of Hope has now been sown in the villages of the friendly island of FIJi. Bula vinaka Dr RAY.

  18. Julia on June 14, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you so much for opening our eyes to the truth. Do you have any places of worship in the Newark NJ area? Do you take tours to Egypt?
    Thank you

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