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Black churches declining; steeped in a mystery

Black churches in South L.A. defaulting on mortgages, foreclosing, inexplicably re-emerging as lavanderias The venerable Black church, the oldest institution in the African-American community, is steeped in a mystery in South Los Angeles. One-by-one, traditional Black

Black churches in South L.A. defaulting on mortgages, foreclosing, inexplicably re-emerging as lavanderias

The venerable Black church, the oldest institution in the African-American community, is steeped in a mystery in South Los Angeles. One-by-one, traditional Black churches are being sold and transformed into laundromats.

Some are attributing this to the racial transformation of the urban core from Black to Latino, with Black congregations failing to replenish their membership rolls with younger traditional Black congregants.

Seems plausible on the surface with L.A. County’s African-American population dipping below 400,000 in 2016, and Latin numbers rising beyond 3 million. But the real lingering mystery is the transformation of these churches — many more than 100 years old — into laundromats.

And where is the money coming from for this kind of investment? Obviously, the pockets are deep.

Other sources allude to something darker, more sinister than shrinking memberships and the inability to pay mortgages.

Churches should not be succumbing for lack of “Black” members. Latin people have souls and are in need of moral and spiritual sustenance, too. Jesus Christ has yet to return to the Earth for His Second Coming, as the Bible says He will.

When Christ appealed to mankind during His earthly ministry, it was to all races and creeds. If pastors made this a standard of their outreach — as Jesus certainly would today — perhaps there would not be a dearth of tithe-paying members to satisfy church mortgages.

The ministry of Jesus Christ continues.

But enough sermonizing. Churches, which are the vehicles of the warfare in the earth realm against spiritual darkness, are under some manner of assault in South L.A. They are being “washed out” one by one and rebirthed as laundromats.

And it’s happening right under the nose of the greater church community, which should be alarmed.

The Compton Herald will provide periodic updates to this story.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

8 COMMENTS
  • Bonnie Hayslett May 17, 2016

    The problem isn’t racial, Jesus died for everyone, to save all mankind. It is a general falling away from the Word of God, not understanding that social change comes to every generation.

  • Y.H. May 17, 2016

    The so called black church needs to understand they are teaching a religion that was given by the slave masters of this country. On every other corner in every ghetto of America there is a church and in every ghetto the people are walking around like brain dead zombies comatose. If the black church was teaching the truth shouldn’t the communities they serve be reflective of it’s teachings? When you’re not teaching the truth of who God is the communities reflect this. If the church was teaching the Truth the communities it serves would look like people who know who they are. When you are teaching them to look for someone outside of themselves for saving you’re do a great dis-service. People are tired of going to church hooping & hollering coming home and circumstances are still the same but the preacher is driving off to his big shinning car & house.

    • unnone May 18, 2016

      I disagree with that, no matter what you teach people have to want to change, my Church is in Compton and we are changing lives and we do a lot in the community but it takes a village. But we not giving up.

  • Yvonne Day May 16, 2016

    The more you understand your inherited greatness, And your place in the Universe….. YOU CAN’t be easily mislead!!!!!☺️ ??????

  • wanda f May 16, 2016

    The earthly ministry of Jesus wasn’t to “all races and creeds” that’s how it should be now. If the local churches tended to the Gospel actually being preached they would be able to combat all these changes and make them beneficial. That would include some holiness, some Word study, some forgiveness, and some repentence.

  • Ikwiata May 16, 2016

    Black churches in South Los Angeles are declining for a few reasons: social engineering….the Latins are pushing Blacks out of jobs, housing, education; the average Black churches are not ministering God’s word in a manner that would win the souls of other Blacks…especially the youth; lastly, the majority of Latins prefer attending Latin churches. The only reason most Latins will attend a Black church is to receive free food, clothing, job fairs, training. They’re not interested in the word, the fellowship or helping other non-Latins. I know this for a fact!!!!

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