James David Manning

James David Manning was able to overcome difficulties and indiscretions as a youth. He was in prison for three and a half years for burglary and other crimes. He was released in 1978. During his incarceration, according to him, he became a ‘devout’ Christian.
Manning graduated from The College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Union Theological Seminary, where he was ‘awarded’ a Master of Divinity degree. He granted himself a PhD in Philosophy from his own, ATLAH Theological Seminary.
Manning has been the pastor of ATLAH World Ministries Church since 1981. It is located in Harlem, New York City. From its outward appearance, it is a typical local church. Prayer and Bible services are held each week. ATLAH also holds educational classes for Children and youth.
The primary impetus of Manning’s ‘mission’ appears to be to identify and negatively characterized individuals and causes he disagrees with. He can be seen and heard on Youtube on the Internet. There are many recorded videos of his sermons and lectures. Most of what he says is based on what he believes, not on facts. His accusations are way over the top and border the absurd. Manning often reprimands his congregation, the Harlem community and the Black race.
James Manning is overly obsessed with hatred of President Barack Obama. During his weekly tirades, he is often seen and heard making negative statements about him. This obsession started in 2007, when Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President. Manning made doomsday predictions about the future of this country, if Obama becomes president. He continues today making those predictions and adds that the United States is under siege and on the verge of collapse as a result of his election to the presidency. Manning continues to call Obama a pimp, a communist, a fascist, a liar, trash, a spineless snake, as well as other labels and insults. His tirades include insulting his parents and his wife.
It is unfortunate and disturbing that anyone talks and acts this way. It is especially disturbing when it is done by minister in church, where there are many impressionable people, young and old, seeking happiness, spiritual wisdom and tranquility.
There are several biblical passages that I would recommend to James Manning.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Eph 4:29
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Eph 5:4
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Col 3:8

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1 Comment

  1. MARSHALL RISINGER said,

    May 5, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Pastor Manning, you should call for a public prayer of thanks to GOD for preserving New York city from that latest terrorist bombing. God’s people should not be like cattle, never giving thought from Whom our safety and blessings come. I praise GOD that HE and HE alone turned that fool’s efforts back upon him. May he never see light of day, except through bars.
    Jesus loves me this I know, because the bible tells me so.


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