The Biblical Story of Prophecy

Many of you have been inquiring about when my new book, The Biblical Story of Prophecy, will be ready.  This will be Book Six in the Covenant Heritage Series. It’s been a long time, but it’s almost here. Our printer says it should be about 3 or 4 weeks to delivery. I’m guessing it will be 4 weeks before we actually get it into our hands.  I will let you know as soon as the book is ready for distribution.

Worth the Wait

This new book, The Biblical Story of Prophecy, has been the result of several years of research. It’s been a project that has demanded maximum attention and as much time as we could give it while making a living and the normal activities of life. But we wanted to make sure that the subject itself and the writing of the book was approached correctly and carefully put together. Agree or disagree, I think it is going to offer substantial evidence toward a biblical theology of prophecy.

The Focus

Because of the many opinions and controversies surrounding the subject of prophecy, I wrestled with how exactly to try to put all the pieces together. Prophecy (eschatology) is a huge subject, so I had to answer the question, “What is my focus and where do I begin?”

The “last days” or “end times” prophecy centers on the (second) coming of Jesus Christ and particularly the time frame of that coming. If we can determine the time frame, we can answer many questions of this prophecy puzzle. And we can begin to address the major question of our present purpose and what we are supposed to be doing in respect to the Kingdom of God. We need that kind of perspective today!

The Approach

The prophecy puzzle, in regard to Jesus’ coming, must necessarily include three major pieces:

  • Old Testament prophecy,
  • Jesus’ teaching on prophecy, and
  • The Apostles’ teaching on prophecy.

Putting these three witnesses together in a comprehensive, unified and non-contradictory way gives us the most accurate conclusion on the matter.

I wanted to start with a clean slate and just approach biblical prophecy examining the evidence in a systematic fashion. Paying ruthless attention to applying accepted principles of interpretation in this book was paramount. The approach is, in a word, objective. But that will be for you to decide.

Revelation

Although not a commentary on the book of Revelation, I have tried to integrate it in the whole biblical context. The mistake many have made, in my opinion, is to treat Revelation as a separate text apart from the evidence of the rest of the Bible. I think you would agree that Revelation is complex and not easy to understand. I think The Biblical Story of Prophecy will help give a bird’s eye view of Revelation and take some of the mystery out of it.

With all that being said, let me invite you to take a sneak preview of The Biblical Story of Prophecy. Click here and fill in the little form on the right side of the page to receive the free download of the Introduction and first two chapters of Book Six. Please forward it on to others, too. And keep watching for more updates as to when this book will become available.

I’m excited for you to read it!

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Did Jesus Christ Break Down the Wall Between the Races?

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:

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

Johnson claims:

“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.

Christ’s Death

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).

Ephesians 2:14-15

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!

Historical Context

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.

Reality Context

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

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Did Christ Die For All Races?

The justification that Southern Baptist author David Johnson gives to try to verify that the Bible speaks against racism, claiming that “Christ gives” all races “ultimate unity,” is the presumption that “Christ died for all races.” Did Christ die for all races?

As I have stated before, the term “racism” is never defined, but only vaguely assumed. It has become a word of impression designed to imply that White people are evil, race-hating supremacists. Racism is a White race problem. That impression is nothing more than decades-long liberal, globalist, Marxist propaganda designed to deceive White people about the reality of race, goading them into false guilt. And the White people have become so intimidated, they now cower in the corner hoping that nobody finds out how they truly feel and think about race.

Brainwashed Christians

It’s not just the anti-White tolerance and diversity crowd that has bought into the lie of racial equality and integration, but also the so-called modern “Christian” leaders like Johnson and his fellow Southern Baptists. They are the worst and most dangerous of all because they are the respected and revered religious elite that are assumed by many to be telling the truth. And when they try to justify their self-righteous claims of racial integration by the Bible, they sound convincing. However, their arguments are obliterated into the wind when exposed as the products of the poorest of biblical exegesis.

False Justification

So, in the next point in his article, Johnson writes this about his statement “Christ died for all races”:

“The apostle Paul says that Christ died for all in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. Christ died for all the peoples of the world. The only hope any person of any race has for salvation is in Christ. Hebrews 9:12 says that Christ entered the ‘holy of holies’ with His own blood ‘once for all’ to make the sacrifice for our sins. If Christ died for all races, then we cannot discriminate one over another.”

Here Johnson cites two references. The first is II Corinthians 5:14-15:

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. “– II Corinthians 5:14-15

Jesus “died for all” is interpreted to mean He “died for all the peoples of the world.” Of course, the problem is that it doesn’t say that. It just says that Christ “died for all.”

The question is, in the context of II Corinthians, who is “all” referring to? Let’s back up to II Corinthians 3:1-18. In this passage, Paul considered himself as a servant “of a new covenant … of the Spirit” (verse 6) and compared “the old covenant” (verse 15) in Moses with the New Covenant. Paul taught and preached the gospel based on the New Covenant which was exclusively for “the house of Israel and house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-10) – not everybody on the planet!

Furthermore, Paul specifically identified the church in Corinth in his first letter as “brethren” and descendants of “our fathers” referring exclusively to the Israelites “in the wilderness” (I Corinthians 10:1-22) back in Moses’ time. The Corinthians were Israelites!

Paul wasn’t talking about Christ dying for every “human being” but for all Israelites.

Johnson then cites Hebrews 9:12:

 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” – Hebrews 9:12

Hey, Johnson! Look at the context! It’s about the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-13) and Christ Jesus entering into “the holy place” once for all in contrast to the Old Covenant sacrificial system of continually offering animal sacrifices (Hebrews 9:13-14) which was exclusively Israelite.

Jesus died “for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first [or Old] covenant…” (Hebrews 9:15) which pertained only to Israel – not to everybody on the planet!

False Theology

Are these “Christian” leaders so blind to their unbiblical and unproven assumptions that they cannot, or will not, see a very clear exclusive context? The result is false theology and dangerous conclusions that defy what God has revealed in the Bible. And that leads to a warped world view and a false gospel message. I can only pray that the sons and daughters of Israel can awaken to these false shepherds because the chances of these guys changing are pretty slim. They are out of touch with race reality and with the Bible.

By the way, I wonder where men like Johnson live? Do they live in White neighborhoods and send their children to White schools? I’ll bet they do! They need to “put up or shut up” and obey their own non-discriminatory practices. They are sanctimonious, self-righteous Pharisees. They make up their own culturally-pleasing rules for everybody else, but they have nothing to do with what the Bible says and means.

Next up:  “Christ breaks down the wall between races.”

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Does God Love All Races?

Today I will address the declaration by a prominent Southern Baptist:  “God loves all races.”  This is the continuing challenge of the article posted by David Johnson, “The Bible Speaks on Racism.” The belief that God loves all races is the extreme majority view of both Catholics and Protestants. Again, like the rest of Mr. Johnson’s declarations, this one is also based on a presumption of what the Bible says and means. Let’s examine what the Bible says and if it supports this all-inclusive view of whom God loves.

John 3:16

This verse cited by Mr. Johnson is perhaps the most referred to proof-text that God loves all races on the planet:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

The conclusion that this verse says God loves all races is based on the presumed meaning of “world.” It is believed that “world” means every “human being” on the planet. Is that the correct meaning? Is that what the Apostle John meant when he used the word “world”?

Mr. Johnson interprets “world” in this way:

“When the Bible says, ‘For God loves the world in this way …’ (John 3:16 CSB), it is talking about the people of the world of all races and nationalities. God did not just show His love to one ethnic group, but all. That is why John says later that He is the world’s Savior (1 John 4:14 CSB). – (Emphasis added.)

I John 4:14 says:

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Again his argument is that John used “world,” implying that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all races.

World

Naturally, we might assume this meaning of “world” is all-inclusive because of our modern-day view of the world as the planet and every “human” on it. But is that what John meant in the context of his writings and of a comprehensive biblical “world” view? Is that how the word “world” was understood in the first century?

I discuss the immediate context of John 3:16 as well as the broader biblical context in my book, God’s Covenant Creation (Book Four), chapter 11. I also review the meaning of “world” translated from the Greek word, kosmos. My conclusion, according to the evidence of the Bible, is that “world” is limited in scope, referring to the world of Israel or the world of Adam’s race.

The presumption by many that the word “world” used in John 3:16 or I John 4:14 is universal in scope and definition cannot be proved by the evidence and, in fact, is defeated by it.

Does God Love All Races?

It is inconceivable to the modern mind to believe that the God of the Bible doesn’t love every race on the planet. This idea is a very emotionally-held belief, but does it have any basis in the Scriptures? In respect to the truth that God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), consider a few Old Testament references as to who God loves:

Deuteronomy 7:8  But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he sware unto your fathers … [that is, of Israel].

Psalm 47:4             … the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.

Isaiah 63:7-9         I will mention the loving kindness of the Lord … and the great goodness toward the house of Israel … in his love and in his pity he redeemed them

Hosea 3:1              … according to the love of the Lord towards the children of Israel.

Hosea 11:1-4         When Israel was a child, then I loved him … I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love

Zephaniah 3:17    The Lord thy God in the midst of them [that is, Israel] is mighty, he will save, he will rejoice over them with joy, he will rest in his love

Malachi 1:2-3        … yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau …

The above states that God loves Israel, they physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. However, it’s objected, “But that’s the Old Testament. Now we are in the New Testament age.” I must ask, Is not the whole Bible the unified, consistent written word of God and is not the God of the Bible the same God Who does not change?

Did God only set His love on Israel in the Old Testament, but now in the New Testament open His love to all the other races? Based on what evidence?

Other Possibilities

If it cannot be demonstrated that John 3:16 and like verses about “the world” refers to all races, then are there other possible theological factors that would clearly be inclusive? How about the New Covenant? If you haven’t done so already, look up Jeremiah 31:31-33 and Hebrews 8:8-10. You will see that the New Covenant is strictly exclusive to Israel. The New Covenant is specifically for the house of Israel and the house of Judah. That’s it.

How about the “Gentiles”? Biblically speaking, the meaning of “Gentiles” in the New Testament means the dispersed house of Israel. I cover this in Discover the Story of Your Biblical Heritage, Book One.

Racially-inclusive theology concluding that God loves everybody on the planet is based on zero biblical evidence. Sorry, but the Bible does not say God loves every individual of every race. It actually says the opposite.

Next time, I will discuss the next declaration that “Christ died for all races.”  See you then!

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Are All Races Equally Fallen and Sinful?

I’m continuing to address the article by a Southern Baptist entitled “The Bible Speaks On Racism.”  Today I will challenge his second point allegedly claiming that all races are equally fallen and sinful. Here is the quote given by this author:

All races are fallen and sinful (Romans 3:10,23):  The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no race that can claim to be better than any other when it comes to the degree of sinfulness. Romans 3:10 says, ‘There is no one righteous, not even one’ (CSB). What applies to individuals is true of races as well. We are all equally fallen.”

So, rather than just accepting what most Catholics and Protestants assume to be true as stated above, I will examine the question, Are all races equally fallen and sinful?

Let’s Back Up

My last post addressed the false idea that God created all the races in His image and that all races came from Adam. This is not only impossible genetically, but it doesn’t match the genealogy found in the Bible from Genesis 5-11. Genesis 5:1 begins:

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.”

The word “generations” is translated from the Hebrew word toledah or the equivalent Greek word genesis (in the LXX or Septuagint). In my book God’s Covenant Creation (Book Four), I discuss the meanings of these two words. Both refer to lineage, begetting, birth, family, a race of people.

So, the idea of genealogy in any respect shows a specific family line generated from the original parents from the same DNA.

Let’s put this into the real, unaltered and observable experience common to all races. If a pure-breeding Caucasian male and female give birth to a child, that child will receive all the hereditary information from the parents exactly. They can only produce a Caucasian child. The same is true with two pure Negro parents. They can only produce a Negro child.

If White appearing parents produce a mixed looking child with dark complexion and black kinky hair, one of two things is true. Either one or both of the parents has some non-Caucasian genes somewhere in their ancestors or the female had sexual relations with a non-Caucasian. There are no other possibilities, including environmental pressures that could result in a mongrel child.

Consider this authoritative quote:

Every type of living being … has the faculty for reproducing its kind, which is really the ability to transmit all its characteristics to its offspring by heredity … the essentials, the basic features, the principles, the laws, are found to be identical in all organisms. We may therefore truth the thousand-fold experience that basic facts about heredity discovered in one organism are true for all.” – Understanding Heredity: An Introduction to Genetics, p. 4

In respect to Adam and Eve, all their DNA passed down intact as the genealogies record to Noah and his sons and to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The genetic code was unaltered. They were all the race of Adam.

The Fall of Adam

Now we can apply the fall of Adam in which he disobeyed God’s command not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2). The consequence of that disobedience was separation from his Creator (death). Hence, all in Adam, that is, his entire race (descendants) inherited that tendency to rebel against God’s laws.

These laws were apparently known to Abraham (Genesis 18:19) prior to the declared written law that God gave to the people of Israel. The written Law was given to make Israel aware of their sin whenever they violated the Law (Romans 7:7-13). Sin is biblically defined as the transgression of the Law (I John 3:4). Only those under the Law can transgress the law.

The consequences of the fall of Adam extended to those of his race – his descendants.

Are All Races Equally Fallen and Sinful?

The Southern Baptist author interprets Romans 3:10 (“There is no one righteous, not even one”) under the assumption that “all” means all races. All races are fallen, he says, because all individuals of all races sin. That’s the assumption. But is it true that “all,” in the context of Romans, refers to everybody on the planet?

In my book, The Foundation & Fulfillment of the Old & New Covenant Scriptures (Book Three), I discuss the recipients of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. That is the context of Romans 3:10. I show that there were only two categories of people he was writing to: Judeans of the house of Judah and the so-called “Gentiles” of the house of Israel. The church in Rome was comprised only of Israelites. Romans 3:10 therefore means “all” Israelites. It does not mean all races. Only Israel sinned, which makes sense since only they were given the Law (Deuteronomy 4:1-2,5-8; Psalm 147:19-20). They sinned because they were under the covenant of Law.

Other races outside of Adamic Israel were not given the Law and, therefore, are not under that covenant of Law. In that respect, the other races did not “sin.”

Furthermore, Romans 3:10-12 is taken from Psalm 14:1-3 in the Old Testament:

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good. The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

This is a psalm of David who was king over all Israel. He was referring to “the sons of men.” The word translated “men” is from the Hebrew word adam. This word does not refer to all races. It appears that David is referring to those of Adamic Israel who were the unrighteous in contrast to “the righteous generation” (v. 5). Hence, both David and Paul were referring to Adamic Israel in the context – not all races.

Conclusion

I have shown conclusively in the Covenant Heritage Series that the Adamic race is one race among other races. Biblically, genetically and historically, the Adamic race through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is comprised of the White race of Northwestern Europe stock and their racially unmixed descendants. They are the covenant race. And they are the fallen and sinful race, biblically speaking.

What must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt by the majority of “Christians” who insist on racial equality and inclusion is that all races and sub-types originated from Adam. I submit that they cannot do so. Hence, all other non-Adamic races cannot be classified as fallen and sinful biblically speaking.

Next week we will tackle the premise that “God loves all races.”

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Is The Bible Racist?

A friend and colleague of mine recently sent me an article written by a Southern Baptist about what he believes the Bible teaches about “racism.” Most Protestants and Catholics teach the same thing. The title of the article is “The Bible Speaks on Racism.”1 In the article, the author lists “seven biblical reasons why racism is wrong.” Beginning today, I want to address each of these reasons for why it is believed and taught that racism is not biblical. Their teaching is contrary to what the Bible actually says. Is the Bible racist?

Today’s response addresses the first reason given:  1. God created all the races (Genesis 1:27).

What is Racism?

Although I will respond to this common interpretation of this first reason, I am a bit handicapped because the author never defines “racism” or “racist.” Southern Baptist leadership has been quite vocal about “eradicating racism,” especially as a reaction and attempt to correct their history of supporting slavery. But these terms, “racism” and “racist” are never defined by those who seem to know what they mean and arbitrarily discuss. Like many in both the religious and secular worlds, these terms have taken on an assumed idea but are never really defined. What is racism?

As I discuss in the Introduction of Book Five, The Greatest Deception of Our Time, racism is a term of impression designed to condemn. It is a tactic used primarily to keep White people in their place – cowering down in a corner in dread fear of its negative consequences. The charge of racism is directed toward White people. In the religious world system, racism is the greatest of all “sins.”

However, racism is not specifically defined nor can the religious authorities point to a law of God that has been transgressed. Here is the biblical definition of “sin.”

Sin is the transgression of the Law.” – I John 3:4

Below is the most modern definition for “racism”:

Definition of racism: A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race…”2 Since the terms “racism” and “racist” were invented in the 1930s the definition has changed over a period of time.

The Origin of the Races

Let’s get into the first reason that this Southern Baptist author supplies to prove the Bible is not racist and “why racism is wrong.”

“Every person from every race is created in the image of God. Races were not accidental or the result of sin. They are an expression of God Himself. He built diversity into the very DNA of mankind. If God created all races, then we must show value and respect for all races.”

Where does the Bible say “every race is created in the image of God”? Here is what Genesis 1:27 says:

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

God created Adam – male and female. How does this translate into all races? Here is their reasoning. Because Adam is the first “human” created, he is the father of all the races. The problem is that this is a presumption. It’s presumed that Adam was the first father of the “human race” (that is, all races) and there were no other races in existence at the time of God’s creation of Adam.

Is that a true, certain and correct presumption? In order to verify the statement that “God created all the races” from Adam, and thus they were created in God’s image, the presumption must first be proved true beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Can this be proven by the law of nature explained and repeated in Genesis 1: “kind after kind”?
  • Does the rest of the context of the Bible from Genesis 5 through Revelation support such a presumption as fact?

I answer both of these questions in Book Four, God’s Covenant Creation.

The DNA Argument

Then the author states his reasoning why all races originated with Adam:

“He built diversity into the very DNA of mankind.”

Where does the Bible say that? Once again, it’s a presumption that must be proven true.

The theory is that Adam contained all the genetic information of all the races. Then, by the process of “natural selection” through environmental changes acting upon all the genetic codes, all the variety of races was produced.

So the question is, Has this ever been proven to be true, correct and certain? As I discuss in God’s Covenant Creation, this is a theory that has never been proven or demonstrated by genetic science. Furthermore, it has been disproved as a Communist theory called Lysenkoism (see God’s Covenant Creationchapters 4 and 5).

In short, there is no biblical or scientific justification to believe that God created in Adam all the DNA of all the races.

Hence, the author’s first reason to suggest that the Bible opposes “racism” (whatever that means) because God created all the races from Adam only, is not just suspect, but is based on unproven presumptions.

Next time I will address the second reason: 2. All races are fallen and sinful.

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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1  www.bpnews.net/48542/firstperson-the-bible-speaks-on-racism

2 www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism

 

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Necessity of Separation

The Kingdom of God can be manifested in the establishment of righteousness and justice. But in order to do so, among other requirements which I have already discussed in the last four articles, there must be separation. Lawful order and peace can be realized only through obedience of God’s true Covenant People in practicing separation. Racial and cultural separation is the remedy that refuses to submit to the ongoing destructive scheme to integrate all races and their religions and cultures. Separation refuses to back down in the face of popular political and religious tolerance and diversity.

Separation is Reality

Racial and cultural separation is everywhere but it is not admitted by the political and media cartel. White people fled to the newly created suburbs after the Federal and State governments forced racial integration and opened the flood gates to non-White immigration after the mid-1960s.  They banded together to create safe neighborhoods and places outside larger cities. They created racially homogeneous schools for their children to attend. Racial and cultural diversity and integration simply was not compatible with, nor tolerated by, White people. It was about survival.

For White people, their “White Flight” has moved them out even further beyond the suburbs to whole regions within America and other White lands.

Other races and sub-types also prefer to live and congregate among their own kind. Why? It’s the law of nature.

Separation is Biblical

Separation is not only the law of nature, but God requires it of His Covenant People.

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 32:8-9

This statement by Moses recounted the incident at the Tower of Babel when God confused “the language of the whole earth” [land] and scattered the families of the sons of Noah (Genesis11:1-9; 10:1-32).

From that time, God began to separate the descendants of Shem (Genesis 11:10-26) and further separated and called Abram (Abraham) and his physical descendants through Isaac and Jacob to be His holy (separated) Covenant People.

Later in history, God separated that people called Israel out of Egypt to make a national covenant with them (Exodus-Deuteronomy). They were to become God’s “own possession among all the peoples” (Exodus 19:5) and His inheritance.

God gave them the land of Canaan by order of annihilating the inhabitants of that land (although they didn’t complete the job). They were to be separated from all others in order to serve the God of their fathers and obey His laws. Separation was required to manifest God’s Kingdom among them with all its order, peace and prosperity.

To the Israelite believers in the Corinthian church, Paul admonished:

“Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – II Corinthians 6:16-18

God’s command then – be separate!  God’s command today – be separate!

Separation Begins in Local Assemblies

The reality is, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to practice separation in the midst of racial and cultural integration. How then can we return to being a separate people?

I suggest it begins in the gathering of newly formed local churches. Many who now understand the covenant gospel truth are desperately lonely because they are without like-minded fellowship. I don’t know the answer to solve this situation. Yet I cannot believe that God does not have other people in nearby areas who are also seeking the same kind of fellowship. One thing to consider: God required Israel to move out of Egypt to become separate. It may require moving to a place where there is already an assembly of like-minded Israelites.

How to find them? Let’s at least begin to ask God to help us know how to find them. Maybe it requires starting to teach those who you know about the covenant faith and the true identity of God’s holy people. I have always hoped that my books would be used to help others do just that.

All I know is that new local churches must be created. Could you be the one that God uses as a catalyst to start something in your area?

One of the projects we would like to do is create a DVD teaching series based on my Covenant Heritage Series of books that would be used by others to help teach their family and friends, as well as in small study groups. It’s a huge project, as you can imagine, to do a professional job. Perhaps I will talk more about this project later.

In the meantime, bring the matter of separation before God and let Him lead you as to what you should and could do. With God, all things are possible!

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Do We Have Any Biblical Churches Today?

Without the power of God working in and through the local churches in Christ Jesus there will be no real and substantial correction of the deep and numerous issues of our time. The matrix of wickedness is so vast and its end result so devastating that few (including myself) can comprehend. But it won’t be through politics or the courts that barely scratch the surface of this needed correction, but only through God’s ordained local assemblies. But, do we have any biblical churches today?

The Question that Needs to be Answered

If we have here in America and in European lands many churches and “Christian” Bibles, Christian schools and seminaries, literature, TV and radio stations, why then are we going in reverse toward a multicultural “anything goes” pagan society? Where is the effective righteous influence of all these “churches”? Yes, they try to help individuals and families in their time of need. But the reality is that the personal “ministry” of churches is like pouring water into a bucket with holes in it. Many marriages are still falling apart, families in disarray, and our nations are being destroyed. It’s all pastors can do to just keep the plates spinning. I remember when I was a pastor how it was: Just trying to keep up week by week, but easily losing perspective and on the edge of burnout. I knew something was wrong!

The Power of God

I explored many different avenues and answers of church ministry. I remember the time following John Wimber and the Vineyard Church movement I was seeking the power of God. But it all ended in a crash for me.

I knew what the Bible said about the importance of the church. In Ephesians, for example, it was clear to me that the power of God resided by His presence in the local church. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesians:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might  which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:18-23

And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21

Power in and through the church in supremacy above all “religious” and civil authorities. If, of course, Jesus Christ is truly the Head, there is no greater power on this planet than the local assembly.

But alas, the church has been and continues to be powerless. Why?

The Church Defined

The church is said to be made up of believers who have received Jesus Christ by grace through faith and are regenerated by God’s Spirit. In the Name of Jesus they have been justified, redeemed and forgiven of their sins. Okay, that’s pretty basic.

So, what’s wrong? Is that all there is? No.

The biblical church must be defined more specifically, especially in this tolerance and diversity culture. I contend that there are only a handful of true churches today. Most out there are not biblical churches, and hence, no power of God is available to them. Why? Because their membership does not meet the test of who the church is comprised of.

The New Covenant Biblical Church

The churches of the New Testament were the churches of the New Covenant inaugurated by the blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). The only parties to the New Covenant are the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-10). They, and only they, comprise the biblical churches.

In Ephesians 2:11-21, Paul discusses two groups of people as the church. In the context of the New Covenant and the prophecies of this reuniting of both houses, this is what Paul was referring to.

I have 10 commentaries on Ephesians in my library and not one of them gets this right.

Nothing has changed. The biblical church is still comprised of the redeemed physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

So, if this is correct, do we have any biblical churches today? No. The established, approved churches of every denomination are comprised of racial admixtures. They are, in fact, mongrelized assemblies. And there is nothing I or anyone else can do to turn a mongrelized assembly into a biblical church.

Hence, if there is no church, there is no power of God available. It’s just that simple.

I know for many it’s a tough pill to swallow. But the truth is the truth and you must decide what you are going to do about it. Either seek out the truth from the evidence of the Bible or go along to get along.

For me, God has only given me a limited time on this planet. It’s up to me to choose to follow the truth or not.

How about you?

 

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

 

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God’s Ordained Order of Authority

One of the most significant underlying causes of our very disordered and chaotic world system is the disdain and rejection of God’s ordained order of authority. Even in the Godhead there is an order of authority – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself declared that “I and the Father are one” (John 10:20) and yet He also said, “The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).

Jesus the Christ was one in divine essence and purpose, but subordinate to the Father in authority in respect to doing the Father’s will. So it is in every God-ordained order in all creation. Without knowledge, understanding and obedience to proper biblical order, there is a breakdown and destruction of justice, security, and peace.

Personal Order Before God

God’s ordained order of authority begins with you and me. Since God is the Creator and we are the creation, He is naturally the One in supreme authority over us. Hence the prohibition, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). No other gods – no other authority except the Lord God as revealed to His holy Covenant People in the Bible. He is the Master and each of us is His servant.

To be fully submitted to God, therefore, is to be in His ordained authority structure in every area of life. But, of course, from the time of Adam on, we have been inclined to go our own way in rebellion to His order. The consequences, therefore, are anything but abiding personal peace, joy and life itself.

Family Order Before God

Individually, we can mask our rebellion pretty well with outward religious and high-sounding philanthropic pursuits. But the rub comes when we are confronted with God’s ordained family order. Let’s begin with marriage between husband and wife. While the Bible states that the Christian husband and wife are equal heirs “of the grace of life” (I Peter 3:7), they are not equal in authority. There is no mistaking the many direct and indirect ways this biblical principle is established: “… The husband is the head of the wife” and wives are to be subject to “their husbands in everything” and to “respect” them (Ephesians 5:23-24,33). Of course, that relationship is often abused and misunderstood. But the order of the marriage is for each one’s mutual benefit – for their own good.

God’s ordained order of authority in marriage is little accepted or practiced today. Men are ignorant about what it means to be in a position of authority as a husband as a firm, but gentle, shepherd for his wife. And wives naturally test the man to find out if there is any way she can be an alpha-female. The feminist equality movement has only added fuel to the fire. Marriage equality in regard to authority is the source of so much suffering, disruption and heartache in broken relationships.

A biblically practiced union between husband and wife is really the foundation for the rest of the sons and daughters in the family. For the children, God’s command is “obey your parents in the Lord…” (Ephesians 6;1) with respect and honor. Why should they do that when mom and dad are out of order? But when God’s ordained order of authority is practiced, the family is at peace and enjoyment of happiness no matter what trials may come.

Church Order Before God

The local church is absolutely critical to God’s Kingdom order. Just like the family, there must be order there too. God’s ordained order of authority is clear for the church. Men should be taking responsibility for ruling and teaching in the church. There are also overseers or elders who are ordained by God (I Timothy 3:1-10) to rule in spiritual oversight of the flock (I Peter 5:1-3). The other men are to “be subject” to them (I Peter 5:5).

There is an authority of gifts to be exercised among the men: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). However this is not the case with the women. “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (I Timothy 2:12). God has not given women the authority to teach men. In addition, the church assembly must have orderly meetings (I Corinthians 14).

It cannot be overstated that order within the local church is vital if the power of God is to be manifested in and through it. And throughout Ephesians 1-2 consider the unlimited power of each local assembly.

Racial Order Before God

Here is where God’s ordained order really blows apart today. What can be more controversial and cause greater offense than to suggest that not all races are created equal?

Would it be possible, however, that the reason there is so much racial strife and disorder is because the majority have rejected what God has already ordained? There is a well-accepted, but false belief that all races originated from Adam. I have forthrightly challenged that presumption in the Covenant Heritage Series, Book Four (God’s Covenant Creation) – biblically, historically and scientifically. Few are the brave souls who are willing to investigate the other side of the story. Many refuse to consider it because their minds have been so thoroughly saturated with the political and religious racial equality and integration movement. Yet, most don’t submit to it when it comes to what neighborhoods they choose to live in or where they send their children to school. The Civil Rights Movement was designed to force equality and integration, but it’s not working. More than ever, people still choose to live in a segregated society.

The fact of the matter is that when God’s ordained Adamic covenant family takes their proper role in authority, there is racial order. Let’s face it. The racial problem is getting worse and will not be resolved anytime soon. But when God is obeyed, racial order will be re-established.

That’s why correctly understanding what the Bible says and means must be pursued by men and women of integrity. The answers to our problems are in God’s written Word and manifested when God’s ordained order of authority is embraced and obeyed in every area of our relationships.

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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Deadly Presumptions

If I were to reduce all the symptomatic problems and fundamental issues of our time down to one thing it would be this. Almost all of what people think the Bible says and means is based on deadly presumptions. Even the most exalted biblical scholars of today approach interpretation of the written Word based on unproven assumptions. As a result, what they presume the Bible says and means is fundamentally and completely wrong. Thus, their “world view” or understanding is so completely false that they cannot see the nature and remedies of the ongoing, unresolvable, destructive and deadly problems that surround us. And worse, many religious “experts” convincingly support and promote ongoing, destructive policies and behavior such as flooding our land with foreign “refugees” and all manner of distribution of wealth, for example. And look at the consequences today.

Problems

Name a problem or issue of our day and you can trace it back to those presumptions which have resulted in a misunderstanding of what God has revealed:

  • Failing monetary system
  • Failing welfare system
  • Oppressive “income” tax
  • The “Just Us” justice system
  • Racial strife and violence
  • Unrestrained and unlawful immigration
  • Sexual perversion of every kind

And the list goes on. This is a short list, but even so, the destructive consequences are apparent for those with eyes to see.

Deadly Presumptions

How did things get so out of control? Unproven, fundamental deadly presumptions.

In my last article, I discussed that the identity of God’s Covenant People is paramount to beginning to effectively address the problems and issues of our day. As long as the presumption that the Jews are God’s chosen people is maintained, we will continue on our destructive course.

Here are more unproven presumptions:

  • All races came from Adam
  • All races originated from the families of Noah’s three sons
  • Abraham was a Jew
  • “Jews” means Israel and “Gentiles” means everyone else on the planet
  • The New Covenant is for everyone
  • All people of every race have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
  • God loves every person on the planet
  • The laws of God are no longer relevant because they have been “nailed to the cross”
  • Anybody can become a “spiritual Israelite”

I submit that unless these presumptions are proven beyond a reasonable doubt, they are false. Therefore, any attempt to interpret the Bible by them will be false. They are deadly presumptions.

Ultimately no attempt to correct and remedy the massive problems we face today will work. They may work temporarily and to a point, but the fundamental reasons or causes of the problems will never be permanently solved until these presumptions are either proven or discarded.

Presumptions must be recognized. If they are not proven to be true, they must be completely discarded. Otherwise, what God has said according to the Scripture will be completely misconstrued. Believing presumed “truths” that are actually lies leads to disorder and every possible wickedness – all as a result of deadly presumptions.

Private Interpretation

I was talking to a friend of mine recently and we were discussing the New Covenant. Although it was undisputed that the New Covenant was only for the house of Israel and the house of Judah, he simply dismissed it saying, “I choose to believe that it is open to everyone.” I choose to believe? Based on what? In this case, it was his unproven presumption that all races must be equal and loved in God’s sight.

This, and every other unproven assumption, is nothing less than private or personal interpretation.

“… no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation” (II Peter 1:20).

The Apostle Peter went on to write that in such a case, there were “false prophets” and “false teachers … who introduce destructive heresies…” (II Peter 2:1).

Presumptive, personal interpretations result in destruction. And that is what we are witnessing today right before our eyes. But this is not new. This has been going on for centuries and millennia – since the gospel was first preached by Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the first century.

You would think that with all the modern-day scholarship available that they would have gotten it right by now. But there is more confusion now than ever.

Throughout the Covenant Heritage Series I have been diligent to apply the basic rules of interpretation and let the Bible speak for itself. My goal is to teach how to do this for yourself. You don’t have to be dependent on hoping the “experts” are telling you the truth. Knowing what the Bible says and means is not that difficult!

Every presumption must be scrutinized and proven to be true, correct and certain or discarded.

Either we begin to interpret the Bible correctly or allow unproven deadly presumptions to dictate our course.

By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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