Volume 9, Issue 1: Stauron
An Interracial Cross
The pagan temptation is to glorify either spirit or matter, one to the exclusion of the other. They lack biblical, Incarnational balance. Gnostics are wedded to spiritual things primarily and denigrate the physical creation as inferior. In reverse of this, religious white racialists (Identity, Aryan Nations, etc.) glorify flesh to the exclusion of the spiritual realm. It's almost a reversal of Paul, "we do not wrestle against spiritual wickedness, but against flesh and blood!" They turn almost every struggle and remedy into a material battle. The Fall of man, the resulting antithesis, the redeeming covenants, and Christ's atonement are forced into exclusively material categories. They are just Gnostics in reverse, and equally pagan.
For example, an Aryan Nations' confession of faith explains that "We believe that there are literal children of Satan in the world today. These children are the descendants of Cain, who was the result of Eve's original sin, her physical seduction by Satan." The resulting antithesis follows exclusively fleshly lines as well. The children of Adam were not the only race on earth. An evil nonAdamic line existed alongside Adam's white line. Cain rebelled and joined this bad crowd, and so the Aryan's say, "the Canaanite Jew is the natural enemy of our Aryan Race. . . . The Jew is like a destroying virus that attacks our racial body to destroy our Aryan culture and the purity of our Race."
When the Aryan God wanted to redeem his people (only Adam's gang had original sin), he made an exclusively ethnic covenant with Adam's line through Abraham. This racial line, namely, "the true, literal children of the Bible are the twelve tribes of Israel, now scattered throughout the world and now known as the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Teutonic, Scandinavian peoples of the earth." The Abrahamic covenant was exclusively ethnic (Hmmm, where's Hal Lindsay now?) Christ's mission, they say, was to redeem physical Israel alone and certainly not some international, interracial conglomeration of spiritual Israel. The racialists' physical, ethnic antithesis prohibits such a crossover. As one writer put it, "Be assured that under the New Covenant, God is still working with, and has a plan for, the physical remnant of Israel [i.e., Aryans]." And, "since the Bible is a story about the Adamic family, specifically through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel, we would expect it's specific application would generally be applicable only to Adamic Israelites in general." I see, generally general in a specific sense?
White racialists usually try to prove an Aryan cross by arguing that "redemption" and "adoption" (Rom. 9:4) can apply only to those who were once owned by God, namely, ethnic Israel (Aryans). And second, they attempt to squeeze through all sorts of twisted hoops to prove that "gentiles" often means Israel.
Their arguments from the notions of redemption and adoption can only work if pre-Adamic or nonAdamic races exist (see "Exegetica" this issue). This is the linchpin to their entire system. If Adam is truly the head of the human race, and we fell in Adam, then all races can be redeemed again. We were all owned in Adam and can be redeemed.
Once the nonAdamic plank is removed, all the verses focusing on the internationality of the cross arrive with renewed vigor. Internationality is one of the prime glories of the New Covenant. As Paul tells us, "you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision made in the flesh by hands--that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promises, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:11-13).
And instead of being limited to pasty Aryan types, Scripture sings of Christ: "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" (Rev. 5:9,10). Similarly, the Spirit spoke to the nations at Pentecost. We read in Acts 2 that "devout men of every nation under heaven" heard the disciples in their own tongues declaring the "wonderful works of God." Cretans and Arabs, Mesopotamians and Egyptians, Lybians and Asians all heard the message, and many repented. Peter described this international outpouring as that which was promised by Joel, "That I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh" (Acts 2:17).
So many of the Old Testament prophets spoke of the international scope of the New Covenant that even the white racialists have to make some allowance. They recognize that Isaiah 56 testifies that "Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, .. . Even them I will bring to My holy mountain." In order to allow for this sort of counterexample, these folks have to make some subcategory of salvation. They suggest that people can be saved without being redeemed through Christ, which in the end means that they think Christ isn't necessary for salvation. Case closed.
You have to get the antithesis right. Scripture teaches us that the divine antithesis is spiritual not ethnic. It is that deep spiritual division between faith and anti-faith. Non-Christians always try to deny or shift such divisions. Leftists try to force the line between classes or species. Racialists try to force the line between ethnic groups. The real contrast is between Christ's beautifully international cross and their cheap rebellions.