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Letter to a White Separatist

By Larry Pratt
November 01, 1998

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We are separated by our theologies, and I would argue that yours does not emerge exclusively from the Scriptures. The Christian Identity position you espouse depends on non-Biblical ideas that end up contradicting the Scriptures.

The Bible teaches a six, 24-hour day creation of the world in which there were no humans and no death before Adam. There was no human or humanoid existence before Adam and the Fall. With Adam came sin and death, even as with Christ came redemption and life (Rom. 5:14-19; see also 1 Cor. 15:22). There is only one human race, from which God made all men. Paul made this point in his sermon to the Athenians when he told them that, "He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth. . ." (Ac. 17:26). John begins his gospel by telling us that those who believe do so "not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (Jn. 1:13). In Paul's letter to the Galatians, he tells them that, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28).

The cross has taken away the wall of separation having abolished in Christ's flesh the enmity so as to create in himself one new man from the two, namely the Jews and all the rest of us (see Eph. 2:15). The church of Jesus Christ is the universal church because the gospel of Christ "is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).

The church of Jesus Christ is the Israel of God (Gal. 6:16), but this Israel is not racial or ethnic. It never was, even though Old Testament Jews sinfully fell into that belief. Covenant membership was always open to those outside Israel if they would take the covenant sign on themselves (circumcision in the Old Testament, see Ex. 12: 44; baptism in the New, see Col. 2:11-12). Non-Israelites were included in the covenant. For example, Moses' second wife was from Cush. Rahab and Ruth were not Israelites, yet they are recorded in the genealogy of Christ. On other occasions non-Israelites were excluded. Is there a contradiction? No. Inclusion was based on conversion. The kingdom is based on faith, not race. Proselytes, those not of Jewish blood, are mentioned in the New Testament, e.g., Acts 2:10. The apostle Philip brought the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch (Ac. 8:27-39) who, history records, brought the gospel to Ethiopia and the Sudan.

I have seen the transforming power of the gospel in countries around the world. Communism was defeated in Guatemala because of the gospel. I saw Indians who before coming to Christ displayed all the evidences of the work of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21. After professing Christ, they became new creations (Cor. 5:17) and their lives reflected that with the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Thus were many of the men of the self-defense patrols who had been armed in the early 1980's by President Rios Montt, a powerful Christian leader.

Similarly in the Philippines, the Communist insurgency was overturned when the people armed and organized themselves in self-defense militias (the Alsa Masa, it was called). The leadership of this movement came primarily from the Christian community, and it was Christian officers in the army who supported these people.

In South Africa, I have seen the same transforming power of the gospel in Zululand. Many Zulus have come to Christ, and they are the ones living in peace and prosperity. Their pagan neighbors are still enslaved in all the works of the flesh that Paul describes in Galatians 5. They live side by side and the contrast is readily apparent. God is a lot more powerful than his creation, including our race. He uses his Spirit to give us eternal life, and this does not depend on whether our parents were from a particular race. In any case, the races all come from one blood, as the Bible clearly teaches. Paul warned the Corinthians: "Do not be unequally yoked together with nonbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14) The warning is not regarding race. It pertains to mixing spiritual opposites; that is the Biblical doctrine of separation. The apostate Jews of the Old Testament and, among others, the Christian Identity adherents of our day, view the Kingdom of God as racially bound. God does not agree. May God give you the eyes to see the wonderful transforming power that he offers through his grace that is freely extended to all who will take of it. Consider Jesus' offer to the Samaritan woman. She was not "racially pure," but he offered the living water of life to her, and she accepted. She is in heaven right now along with one of the thieves hanging next to Jesus on the cross.

How interesting it is to consider another significance of the episode with the Samaritan woman. Samaritans were not racially pure, and for that they were despised by the Jews of the day. The Samaritans had lost their racial purity when they were carted away by the Assyrians — something God allowed because of their sinfulness. Well, the same thing happened to the Jews. In A. D. 70 the temple was burned and all the genealogical records of Israel were destroyed with the building. Can you trace your blood line back to Adam the way Christ could? At least you should be able to trace each of your generations to Abraham if you are of ethnic Israel and are going to depend on racial purity. If you cannot do this, you cannot be sure that the "wrong" blood has not spoiled your bloodline. Where does that leave you? Scripture answers this. None of us can be saved — or excluded — by our blood. The only blood that counts is that of Jesus which was shed on the cross. If we depend on anything else than his shed blood to cover us, then we are saying that we are saved by something other than, or in addition to, grace.

I am enclosing some material on skin color from a book by Dr. Gary Parker entitled Creation: Facts of Life. He shows that we all have the same basic skin-color agent, melanin, just different amounts of it. He shows how the races come from the one blood that Paul talked about.

America is not in decline because of so-called "race mixing," but because Christians have not been salt and light. We have not been faithful ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the result has been the rise of anti-Christian philosophies. Spiritual purity, not racial purity, is the way to push back the gates of Hell. Christ's triumphant church from all races has been redeemed. I look forward to worshipping God alongside people of all races: "For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev. 5:9-10). We don't even have to wait until we are in heaven to have this interracial worship service. And from this service will come the church that reigns on earth.

I implore you to come to this true church of Jesus Christ and accept the free offer of grace paid for by his blood and made effective by his resurrection from the dead.


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Larry Pratt

Larry Pratt, Executive Director, Gun Owners of America (150,000 membership), has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. Gun Owners of America can be contacted at (800)-417-1486, web site http://www.gunowners.org.

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