The "Christian" Identity Church has incorrectly been called Christian
Fundamentalism. This "theology" is not Christian Fundamentalism which embraces
the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
This "church" takes the Word of God and distorts it in order for them to preach a gospel of racial
hatred primarily directed at Jews and Afro-Americans. My purpose with this
article is to warn Christians not to even associate with this group. This is
best done by a white gentile Christian as myself.
What Christian Identity Believes
A False Gospel of Wesley Swift (1) - Christian Identity
The "Doctrinal Statement" of Race Hatred
"Kingdom Identity Ministries is a Politically Incorrect Christian Identity outreach ministry to God's chosen race (true Israel, the White, European peoples). We proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom (government according to God's Law)
through books, tracts, tapes, videos, the American Institute of Theology Bible Correspondence Course, our international Herald of Truth Radio Broadcasts, a Prison Ministry, Biblical Counseling, Seminars, and other means.
The Elect Remnant, Christian Patriots, Nationalists, Reconstructionists, Racialists, and all seeking a higher level of understanding will learn Biblical solutions to personal and national problems, and be given keys to unlock hidden truth."
The "christian" identity movement is an off-shoot of an erroneous teaching propagated in the 19th century by British race patriots who believed that Anglo-Saxons are direct descendants of the 10 lost tribes of Israel. This is interesting since God never lost 10 tribes of Israel. He knows exactly who and where they are. There are Tribes of Israel that are not counted in the Book of Revelation, the Tribes of Dan and Ephraim (Rev 7:4-8). However, that exclusion has nothing to do with this erroneous teaching. This teaching was taught by illustrious personages such as John Ruskin and others and laid a philosophical justification for the expansion of the British Empire. Some of the more sordid practices used in expanding the British Empire included drug dealing in opium, trading in slaves and selling of armaments by the British East India Company and enforced by the British Navy.
The original intention of the teaching on the "10 Lost Tribes" was race-based. Not all who teach this error are racists. The teaching found it's way to the USA and is the lynchpin of the theology of the christian identity group.
The "Theology" of the "Christian" Identity Movement
These are the Scriptures they misuse, their statements from these Scriptures and my responses to each one.
Genesis 9:21-25 "And (Noah) he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren."
The identity teachers state that this scripture clearly teaches that the descendants of Ham, which include all Afro-Americans and black nations,
are cursed by the Patriarch and are consigned to be servants (or slaves) to the others. The teachings generally proceed on with perjoratives referencing
"mud races" etc.
Genesis 9:21-25 clearly teaches that both Ham and his son, Canaan, sinned. However, the patriarch, Noah, curses Canaan, not Ham. The descendants of Ham have included some of the mightiest empires in the ancient world including Egypt and Ethiopia. The descendants of Canaan were judged under this curse when the children of Israel were sent into the promised Land and ordered by God Almighty to put the inhabitants to the sword. This judgment of God was based upon the immoral and idolatrous practices of the people of Canaan at that time. (Deut 7:24-26).
The next misused scripture by identity teachers is: John 8:42-44 "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." This scripture, they claim, is proof that Jesus Himself told the Jews that they were the offspring of Satan.
Genesis 3:14-15 "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Identity teachers claim that this is the origin of the Jews, the seed of the serpent.
The seed of the serpent was a reference to the one who will follow after Jesus, proclaiming himself to be God (Dan 7:24-25). The Genesis scripture could in no way refer to the Jewish people since evil offspring were destroyed in the flood of Noah's day. Abraham was the progenitor of the Jews through whom God gave the child of promise, Isaac. To Isaac was born Jacob, later called Israel, from whom all Jews derive their identity.
As to God's warning to us regarding the Jews, the Holy Spirit speaks clearly through the Apostle to the gentiles, Paul (A Jew from the Tribe of Benjamin)
"And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either."
Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them,When I take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes."
Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
Revelation 7:9 "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Those who put Jesus to death 2000 years ago were all of us with our sins! Though He was killed, He lives today and offers us His salvation.
1Co 5:7 "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:"
Jesus freely offered Himself as our Blood atonement for the forgiveness of our sins and for our salvation. He says clearly:
I beseech each of you to come out from this movement that preaches hatred and death into the eternal life offered to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Please repent of your hatred and turn to the Author of Life, Jesus Christ.