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White Supremist Theology

The Question:

What is wrong with "White Supremist" Theology?

The Answer:

White Supremists believe a lot of theology that they maintain is Biblical. For example, some believe in a "Phineas Priesthood" that one joins when he or she kills a human being of color. A recent article in our local paper entitled "Furrow not the first to link God, gunfire: Some say Bible gives supremacy credence", RTWN, New River Valley Edition on August 13, 1999, contains a serious Biblical error in this thinking, which seems to support the contention that Phineas was awarded an eternal priesthood because of an interracial matter. I quote:

"Hoskin’s fictional priesthood is named for an Old Testament figure who deflected God’s wrath by killing an interracial couple."

A careful reading of Numbers 25 reveals that the problem being addressed had nothing to do with race and everything to do with religion. The whole problem was idolatry:

Numbers 1:1-3 (NIV) "While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them."

After God punished the Israelites for this sin, Zimri had the effrontery to parade his Moabite wife (and implied Baal worshipper) before Israel. Phineas, who was of the priestly line of Aaron, Moses’ brother, impaled both Zimri and Cozbi, his idolatrous Midianite wife. Midians were subsets of the nation of Moab.

Who were the Moabites? They were of the same racial stock as Israel, offspring of the incestuous relationship of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and one of his daughters (Genesis 19:36-37). As stated, the issue was religion, not race.

Recall that Ruth was a Moabitess, and was accepted in Israel because she accepted the religious beliefs of her mother-in-law, Naomi, and rejected the traditional Moabite gods (Ruth 1:15-18). She also was included in the godly line that led to the birth of Jesus and is mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy (Matthew 1:5).

Furthermore, there is no Biblical support for the White Supremist theory that white men are the "lost tribes of Israel" and inherit the promises that God once gave to the nation of Israel. To receive the benefits of the covenants God made with ancient Israel through Abraham, Moses and others, one has to be born a Jew, or convert to Judaism. The only Biblical covenant that non-Jews or Gentiles are able to enter is the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood. Therefore, the REAL priesthood of Phineas is not open to a Gentile of any race.

The premise of some white supremacists that "Blacks and other people of color … [are] the results of God’s first attempts at creating human beings" is, in effect, calling God stupid. To attempt to create human beings, to fail, and to leave the results of that failure around to contend with God’s "successes" shows a faulty thinking process and a complete lack of logic and understanding of God and His Word. Of course there is no scriptural backing for this assertion either.

The article referenced above also stated that white supremacists believe that "Jews [are] … declared the offspring of a sexual liaison between Eve and Satan". They promote the belief Eve had sex with satan and produced Cain, who they say is the father of all non-white races. This is someone’s fevered hope that the non-Biblical doctrine of white supremacy has some scriptural credence. It does not.

Some have twisted the account of Adam and Eve’s fall in Genesis to be involved with sexual misconduct, and that the "eating of the fruit of Knowledge of Good and Evil" is a euphemism for sexual intercourse, possibly with satan. It is not.

God created man and woman and the sexual means of propagating the species ("Be fruitful and increase in number") BEFORE the Fall in Genesis chapter 3:

Genesis 1:27-28 (NIV) "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

The Bible is also very clear that the begetting of Cain and Abel occurred after the fall and was the result of intercourse between Adam and Eve:

Genesis 4:1-2 (NIV) Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man." Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.

Much ado is also made by white supremacists about the "mark of Cain" which they avow is racial differentiation, i.e. skin color. However the Bible says nothing about changing the color of Cain’s skin. This single "mark", somehow distinguishable from Cain’s normal skin color, was something visible God gave to Cain at CAIN’S request to keep him from being killed as an act of vengeance. (Genesis 4:10-16).

Many scholars think that this mark was some sort of scar or discoloration in Cain’s forehead (cf. Ezekiel 9:4, Revelation 13:17; 14:9,11; 20:4). There is no Scriptural reason to believe this mark was passed on to his descendants. At any rate, all of Cain’s descendants died in the flood.

According to the Bible, all flesh was destroyed in the flood, except for the family of Noah. All of today’s races, then, according to the Bible, come from the seed of Noah, none are from the seed of Cain. Noah’s merit in being saved was not due to skin color either. God tells Noah:

Genesis 7:1,5 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation."… And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.

"Righteous" means to be in right standing with God, without fault before Him. Noah’s righteousness is clearly portrayed as obedience to God and has nothing to do with race.

Some white supremacists also claim that Blacks and other persons of color are descendants of Ham – Canaanites destined for slavery to the Jews because of Ham's encounter with his drunken, naked father (see Genesis 9:20-27). The "Table of Nations" in Genesis 10, however, only refers to the Semitic nations that lived in the Mediterranean area and all seem to be of the same racial stock.

Genesis chapter 11 tells us that the races of the world, along with differences in language, originated with the judgement of God regarding their exalted hearts that resulted in the building of the Tower of Babel. In this account, all men were equally judged, with no mention being made of supremacy due to skin color.

There is NOTHING in Scripture to support racial supremacy of any skin color, white, black, yellow, red, or any of the shades of pink and tan in between. The Bible is very clear that God does NOT look upon the outward appearance, but upon the heart (I Samuel 16:7, James 2:1-11, Revelation 2:23). We are also told that God has made of ONE blood all the races of men (Acts 17:26 KJV), and that all races are on equal footing in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:12; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28). As Peter so clearly articulated after his vision of clean and unclean foods:

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right."

People who pervert and twist Scripture to fit their own personal biases reveal a lack of fear of God and a spirit of rebellion. They should not be confused with TRUE Christians who seek after God’s heart and love all men and women, regardless of race, national origin, social status or wealth. As James said:

"Have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? … If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. " (James 2:4,8-9 NIV)

What is wrong with White Supremist Theology? It's not Biblical and leads people into the sin of racism.

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