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.
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