Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Religious Cults of the Urban North

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MT. SINAI HOLY CHURCH OF AMERICA, INC.

TESTIMONY OF J. H.1

MY wife and I were Baptists. My wife got zealous because she said she wanted to get nearer to the holy spirit and so she joined with Mt. Olive. That put my wife a step higher in Christianity than I was. This was not so good. So I studied and interviewed the holy people in order to even up things. One thing I noticed. Before my wife went into Mt. Sinai, she was always ill. She couldn’t have children. She always got very sick when she was pregnant, and we would lose the child and we would be about to lose her. So she was pregnant along about the time she went into the holiness church. She knew she was due to get ill but she said she had the holiness now, and she was going to have the faith to keep her from getting ill. She said she wasn’t going to have no doctor, she wasn’t going to no hospital, nothing like that. And sure enough she didn’t go to no hospital, and the only time she had the doctor was round about the time to have the baby, and she had the baby, and everything was all right. And for sixteen years after she joined Mt. Sinai, until she died, she was never sick. Well, I interviewed the holy people. Because of the strictness of some of their rules I didn’t agree with everything, but I got ready to join. And I was with them for ten years. And there was a funny thing with me. I worked for a company where I got paid on the first and the fifteenth of the month. But in order to draw a full month’s pay I always had to dose up on Feenamint, Black Draught, or something like that. But ten years ago, through faith on account of the faith of my wife, I got the faith also, and if you were to go up in my closet now, I guess you would find the remains of that bottle of medicine where I left off at that time, and I haven’t needed any ever since.


ORIGIN

Although the members of the Philadelphia branch of the Mt. Sinai Holy Church frequently refer to it as Mt. Sinai, the branch name is really Mt. Olive. The Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc. is composed of many such branches throughout the United States.

1 Additional testimonies of the various cult members are to be found in Appendix A.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction xvii
  • Author’s Note to the Paperback Edition xxiii
  • I - Negro Religious Cults in the Urban North 1
  • II - Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc 13
  • III - United House of Prayer for All People 22
  • IV - Church of God (Black Jews) 31
  • V - Moorish Science Temple of America 41
  • VI - Father Divine Peace Mission Movement 52
  • VII - Comparative Study 68
  • VIII - Why the Cults Attract 76
  • IX - The Cult as a Functional Institution 87
  • X - The Negro and His Religion 96
  • XI - Summary of Findings 107
  • Appendix A - Selected Case Materials 111
  • Bibliography 123
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