In this post, I will respond to David Johnson’s article, “The Bible Speaks on Racism,” and his declaration that Jesus “broke down the wall of separation” between the races. The implication is, of course, that there should no longer be separation between the races. We should all be integrated together on the basis of Johnson’s previous assumptions already addressed, namely:
- God created all races (from Adam),
- All races are fallen and sinful,
- God loves all races, and
- Christ died for all races.
If the above can be proven biblically true, then Johnson is correct. But as I have demonstrated, none of the above declarations are true. A more thorough analysis can be found in the Covenant Heritage Series.
Back to today’s response to Johnson’s wall of separation idea, let’s find out what he said and the Bible citation he provides.
Johnson and the Bible
“Jesus not only broke down the wall of separation between us and God with His death on the cross, but the wall that separates us from one another. He broke down the barriers of hatred and division by giving us peace with God and peace with one another. This was not just true for Jew and Gentile but for all races.”
The Scripture citation he used is Ephesians 2:14-15:
“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace…”
Let’s examine what Johnson said first.
I have already shown that Jesus Christ did not die for all races. He died to affect a New Covenant for the house of Israel and the house of Judah. He died as the sacrificial Lamb of God to take the transgressions of His people committed under the first (or Mosaic) covenant (Hebrews 9:15).
Jesus did not die for all races. Thus, there is no wall of separation between the races in respect to the Bible. In other words, this idea of separation based on the death of Jesus Christ is irrelevant.
There is, however, a wall of natural separation between the races that has always and forever will be. More on that later.
To prove his point that Christ’s death broke down the wall of separation between the races, Johnson cited Ephesians 2:14-15 (see above).
Yes, Jesus Christ “broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,” but between whom? Like the rest of the unsubstantiated assumptions Johnson has made, the context of Ephesians is never applied to interpret Ephesians 2:14-15.
Is “both” in verse 14 referring to “Jews” and “Gentiles,” that is, Israel (modern-day “Jews”) and everybody else (all races) on the planet? That’s the Judeo-Christian assumption. Or does “both” refer to other parties?
The New Covenant Context
Let’s apply the principle of interpretation of Ephesians 2:14-15 in respect to the context of the New Covenant.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” – Jeremiah 31:31-33 (Hebrews 8:8-10)
Would it be reasonable to logically conclude that the “both” of Ephesians 2:14-15 refers to both kingdoms of divided Israel – the house of Israel and the house of Judah? Makes sense to me!
This conclusion also fits the historical context of the house of Israel being divorced and sent away into exile and declared “Not My people” (Hosea 1:9). Were they not therefore “excluded from the commonwealth of Israel” and the ones “far off” (Ephesians 2:12-13)? Yes!
Was not the house of Israel once joined to the house of Judah under kings David and Solomon, and yet later they became enemies? But in Christ Jesus they were now reconciled “into one new man…” (Ephesians 2:15)? Yes!
Foundation & Fulfillment of the Old & New Covenant Scriptures, Book Three, chapter 15, goes into this in more detail.
Bottom line, Johnson’s interpretation, like most Catholic and Protestant theology, is based on unproven assumptions. And the implication that Christ has broken down the wall of separation between the races is false.
This Ephesians passage has nothing to do with the other races.
Apart from correct biblical theology, look at the reality of racial behavior. Generally speaking, each race or sub-type gravitates to be with their own. It’s the way it has always been and always will be. Oh, but that’s racist. No, that’s reality! It’s the natural law and order of life.
Modern Judeo-Christianity has bought into the modern cultural lie of tolerance and diversity. It’s popular to cast the sanctimonious religious hue to justify this cultural lie. But those who promote racial integration and inclusion not only have a false biblical theology (another gospel and another Jesus), but they advocate eastern religions, especially Hinduism. Hinduism teaches tolerance – dharma – with its multitude of gods. All are equal, all to be respected and tolerated.
Pseudo “Christian” leaders are hypocritical, for they will not sacrifice their own lives or their families to promote their integration theories.
Worse, their insistence on racial and cultural integration as “biblical” is actually opposed to the gospel of the Kingdom.
Next article I will examine Johnson’s claim, “We are one in Christ.”
By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv