Pastors Report - 28 Dec 2018
aWarpedViewOfRace

A Warped View of Race...

"Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live." (Adolf Hitler - Chapter 11, Mein Kampf)

Darwin Based:

The rise of Hitler — and his anti-Semitic, white-supremacist dogma — was a multi-faceted process. One exceedingly significant aspect that was used to give credence to his warped ideas was the publication of "The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin some decades earlier in November 1859. This work gave Hitler the excuse he needed to wage war, among other things — i.e. by applying the theory of the survival of the fittest to nation states, he was able to justify the rise of Germany — as the Aryan race — and the destruction of inferior "bad blood" both in and around the nation that might pollute it. As he maintained:

"... If, in the world of our contemporary parliamentary corruption, it (the Nazi party) attends more and more to the deepest meaning of its struggle and feels itself and conducts itself as the pure embodiment of the values of race and personality, it will, in consequence of an almost mathematical law, some day bear victory from its struggle. Just as Germany must inevitably win its rightful place on this earth, should it be led and organized on similar principles.

"A State which, in the epoch of race poisoning, dedicates itself to the cherishing of its best racial elements, must some day be master of the world. Let the adherents of our movement never forget this, should ever the greatness of the sacrifice lead them to a fearful comparison with the possible triumph." (The Conclusion of Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler)

Phrenology:

Another idea that took root in the Nazi party to justify its murderous racist actions was Phrenology. From the Greek: phrēn, "mind"; and logos, "knowledge", Phrenology is primarily focused on measurements of the shape of the human skull, based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. The distinguishing feature of phrenology is the idea that the sizes of brain areas were meaningful and could be inferred by examining the skull — or bumps on the skull — of an individual.

Though not accepted today within most scientific and psychiatric circles, during the early 20th century, a revival of interest in phrenology occurred coupled with studies of evolution, criminology and anthropology. Bouts, a Belgium Roman Catholic priest, developed a view on evolution, using the skull shapes of prehistoric man, which he considered still prevalent in criminals and savages. It was only a small step from this to the German compulsory sterilization laws designed to prevent those with defective or ‘inferior’ genes from contaminating the Aryan gene pool. And the way these groups were judged ‘inferior’ — including Gypsies and persons who had Negroid or mongoloid features — was via a set of racist phrenology tests.

History Rhymes:

Mark Twain is attributed with the very profound observation that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme". Looking at the above emphasis on Darwinian evolution and Phrenology as used by Hitler to persecute the Jews of his day, we would do well to ask whether there is anything comparable that might lend itself to "justifying" Ephraim and Manasseh receiving somewhat similar treatment this time around. Regardless of how vocal right-wing thugs may become, to have such far-right thinking become acceptable to the average citizen of Europe, a more plausible means of justification is required. It happened in Hitler's Germany.... do not be surprised should something similar take place today, as the god of this world hasn't finished with modern day Israel yet.

An area from which such plausible justification might arise, is the current "nature/nurture" debate about many subjects for which there has never been any question previously. People today are attempting to justify what God labels as sin, such as homosexuality, gender dysphoria, theft, anger, murder, alcoholism and so on .... using their genetic makeup. It is no longer "the devil made me do it" it seems, but "I could not help myself because it's in my DNA" or " I was always like this, from birth". And just as Hitler took a flawed theory of biology (evolution) and a dubious theory of psychology (phrenology) and using them justified militarism and the Jewish holocaust in his time, we need to be alert to what may come from the current preoccupation with the DNA genome as we once again find ourselves sinking steadily "into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science" (Winston Churchill 18 June 1940).

A Nazi Takeover:

Just from a cursory reading of the news it has become startlingly obvious that the world is on a knife-edge as far as the financial situation is concerned, with experts expecting a momentous crash at any given moment. Europe is doing its utmost to make Britain's Brexit as painful as possible, no doubt as a warning to other EU nations, knowing the shortfall in billions of pounds that will result. Many realise that there's a trade war between the US and China, but nearly a dozen other nations have had tariffs imposed ... negatively affected by the "America First" campaign. Modern day Israel is failing in the popularity stakes!

Hitler blamed the Jews for the financial problems of his day. It seems more than likely that the only viable solution to preserving the euro and Germany's hard-won prosperity within the looming financial chaos — likely blamed on the UK and US — appears to be that of far greater political union — to form a true United States of Europe — even if the underlying differences between the nations remain unchanged, like iron and clay. We know from prophecy that this union will indeed briefly happen, but it will need extensive help from the Vatican. This driving role of the Roman Catholic Church we have already seen in action during the 1980s when the Solidarity movement in Poland — under the direction of pope John Paul II via the staunchly Catholic Lech Walesa — began bringing the Catholic nations of the Western USSR back to their historical European roots.

As the prophesied final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire begins to emerge, another aspect we must also never forget is its ultimate right-wing nature. As Daniel reminds us, the final Beast Power is to be, "exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet" (Daniel 7:19). A recognition of its dictatorial make-up — and the increasing satanic broadcast that produces it — is why The Plain Truth, in December 1963 was able to use the term "Nazi" for what is prophesied when it predicted: "So long as present German prosperity continuesthe Nazi takeover will not be possible! But—should any severe threat to that hard-won prosperity come—the picture will change — VIOLENTLY in Germany."

Human Reason:

Whatever form the coming dictatorial Beast Power may ultimately take, being right-wing it is very likely that race will once again be an issue in some way. In many European nations the influx of multiple thousands of Muslim migrants is a horrendous problem and is already causing outbreaks of racial violence in some areas. Hardly a day goes by when we don't read of stabbings, gun crime, terrorist activities — all involving racial issues to a major degree. The US has plans for a massive wall to keep out the influx of migrants from Mexico and central America. In the Brexit negotiations, a 'cap' on the number of migrants allowed into the UK each year is a major sticking point. Yes, immigration — worldwide — is a political "hot potato".

It is therefore vital that we in God's Church remain totally clear as to what God's view is about the subject of race as we move into the days ahead. The problem is, the liberal media — such as the BBC here in the UK — is just as out of step with God's thinking on the subject as the Nazi skinheads are. Most in the liberal western world thumb their noses at God's clear will in this area by advocating the complete unfettered mixing of the races — until the world would have no distinct races at all! But that is certainly not what God designed.

God's will is that the races should be preserved, otherwise He would never have created mankind with that potential in the first place. As God is The One who made the races, we should NOT be working against God — stubbornly maintaining our own "right" to choose right and wrong as we arrogantly determine — marrying whoever WE choose, (Genesis 6:2) and so polluting the distinction God created. Whether black, white or yellow, interracial marriage is therefore against His will. The problem has nothing to do with superior races. Merely recognising that there are races — equal before God — is NOT racism. It's simply reality! And that reality also implies who God indicates we should or should not marry. If God had wanted mankind to all be "coffee coloured people by the score" ( as the song goes) — then He would have made us that way. But He didn't. So although interracial couples exist within the Church — having married before coming to a knowledge of The Truth — part of "The Way" God expects us to conduct ourselves once attending Church is to be subject to God's will in this area, as Mr Armstrong explained in his sermon on Interracial Marriage.

Scriptural Evidence:

Although the greatest evidence of God's Will for the nations to remain as separate races is the very existence of the races in the first place, this clear principle can be seen loud and clear within scripture as well. As Mr Armstrong points out, Rebecca was of a different religion but Abraham had his servant choose her for Isaac because of her race:

  • "And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
  • But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. (Genesis 24:3-4)

That God loves variety can be clearly witnessed in His astounding creation. But He has also created "blocks" on inter-species reproduction, and has given us distinct boundaries to adhere to, which can be clearly seen in laws such as: "You shall keep My statues. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you"(Leviticus 19:19 NKJV)

Over and over again within scripture God preserves marriage and the family — within which distinct racial groups are also preserved. This family separateness is even down to the point that we should not "join house to house, [or] lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth" (Isaiah 5:8) For the aim is clearly to have: "every man under HIS vine and under HIS fig tree (Micah 4:4) when the Millennium comes. Every indication is that this will be achieved by implementing the Jubilee — dividing and maintaining the land according to the individual families within distinct tribal boundaries. This fits within the way God organises the Gentile nations also:

  • "By these (major racial/family groups) were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations." (Genesis 10:5)

In Amos 9:9 we're given the assurance that God knows the whereabouts of Israel, although they've been sifted throughout the nations, and will bring them back again to their inheritance. Only by doing this can Jesus Christ fulfil His promise to His twelve apostles that they will "sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Matthew 19:28)

Change of Heart

Will it ever be possible to achieve peace between nations — across the racial divide? Racial segregation has been tried for centuries — producing such edifices as Hadrian's wall and the great Wall of China — culminating in apartheid in South Africa last century and also parts of America ... but it certainly did not bring peace. Genocide and ethnic cleansing is sadly not unusual in this dog-eat-dog world today. What is needed is a total change of heart, along with the laws of God being implemented in His coming millennial rule.

  • "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh."(Ezekiel 36:26)

Israel of old was admonished dozens of times to "love the stranger"...as they had been strangers in the land of Egypt, and even Abraham found himself as a stranger when God commanded him to move to Canaan. But without the Holy Spirit, it's only something humans can aspire to, but never really achieve.

Nations at Peace:

The Bible most certainly indicates that God wants separateness between the races, even down to a family tribal level — and those distinct races are destined to enjoy peace, probably for the very first time. And that will come from those that teach them The Way:

  • In the days to come the mountain of the LORD's house will be the highest of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it.
  • Many nations will go and say, "Come, let's go up to the LORD's mountain, to the house of Jacob's God so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in God's paths." Instruction will come from Zion; the LORD's word from Jerusalem.
  • God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war.(Isaiah 2:2-4 CEB)

ALL nations will go to Zion! Differing racial groups will find themselves mixing socially, but will not intermarry! They will be able to enjoy each other's strengths and God-given talents. Even old enemies will then cooperate:

  • "In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
  • In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
  • Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance." (Isaiah 19:23-25)

Though He clearly designed the races to remain separate — for their own good- there is absolutely no playing favourites with God, for as He has said through His apostles:

  • "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)
  • "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (1Corinthians 12:13)
  • "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." (Galatians 3:28)

Unlike the right-wing Nazis, it is this loving unity that we must learn today — while at the same time, unlike the misguided western liberals, avoiding interracial marriage. This correct balance is God's Way. And it will be The Way we will need to teach — a Way that will ultimately bring about international love, harmony, mutual respect and racial peace for a thousand years:

  • Then judgement shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
  • And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
  • And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; (Isaiah 32:16-18)