What has happened in the last seven months to the United States of America and other countries globally has no historical precedent: lock-downs, shutdown of businesses, economic collapse, mandatory decrees of all manner of restrictions, mask wearing, testing, the promise of fast-tract vaccinations, and the threats of another 2nd wave of the virus pandemic (or whatever they come up with) which is predicted to be far worse than the first wave.
Why? One simple reason: the assumed existence of a virus – Covid-19.
Still Waiting for an Answer
The medical gods, along with political/media compliance at the behest of international and private organizations behind the scenes and out of public view, have convinced the majority of the population that there is a lethal, dreaded “virus.” But to date, “science” has not ever isolated this virus. In other words, there is no scientific proof at all that this virus even exists. None.
If they have not isolated this virus, how can they create a vaccine purported to give immunity against this virus?
My point is this. The destruction of the economies of countries, killing small businesses, and people now unemployed figure into untold present and future devastation and the altering of fundamental law and order – all because of an assumption. But once an unproved assumption is believed to be the truth, everything that follows is a lie, and destruction of lives and families and nations follows without calculation.
If one begins with an unproven assumption and that is believed as a truth, it will follow a set course or path of trajectory with intended or unintended consequences. The “virus” theory set a path to mandatory lock-downs and restrictions of all types.
If you go to a gun range to “sight-in” your rifle, for example, you aim at a target to find out if your front and rear sights are set correctly. If they are not, you will miss the target and have to adjust your sights until they are correct and you hit the intended target. Incorrectly set sights will thrown off the trajectory of the bullet from the beginning and miss the intended target. Incorrectly set sights, until you figure out whether or not they are correct, can be likened to an untested assumption.
Assumed Premises of the Bible
For many years as a pastor and missionary, I had preached and taught a few big lies which I believed were the truth because I assumed several major premises about what I thought the Bible said. I am talking about certain theological assumptions upon which much of modern Catholic and Protestant doctrine is based and consequential errant interpretation about what the Bible actually says and means.
There are two unproven assumptions that permeate the popular Christian theology narrative and have set a course to interpret the Bible in light of those assumptions resulting in a belief system that is called the “inclusive, universal gospel.” These assumptions are:
(1) Adam was the father of all racial types and subtypes, and
(2) Jews and Gentiles represent Israel and all other non-Israelites living on the planet, respectively.
These serve as starting points that create a path or trajectory of misunderstanding that throws the meaning of the Bible and who it is intended for way off course. One not only ends up with wrong teaching, but the potential destructive consequences can be observed.
One Tragic Example
One recent, tragic example involved the execution of a White five year old boy as he was sitting on his bike on the front porch of his house. The next-door neighbor, a Negro, decided to walk over with a gun and shoot the boy in the head killing him instantly. In an interview with the boy’s father (Austin), he couldn’t understand why this happened and what could have been the reason for this brazen, unconscionable act of first-degree murder. Apparently, the family had been on good terms with the adult Negro male.
Austin said he has no idea why Sessoms [the Negro] would do something so heinous to his child and had hosted the suspect for dinner just days before his son's murder. "The Lord says to love our neighbor," Austin said. "I have plenty of food to go around. I just wanted to be nice." Austin described an easy relationship with Sessoms, saying that the two would even sit on Austin's front porch and drink beer. "There wasn't anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever, for him to have to a reason to do this," Austin added. "Everybody just loved Cannon [Austin’s son]. He lit up the room," Austin said.1
Austin was certainly a well-meaning man, but did you notice something he said? “The Lord says to love our neighbor.” Yes, the Bible teaches “love your neighbor as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39). But the question is, what does “neighbor” mean? Apparently, Austin and his family believed that “neighbor” applied to their next-door neighbor who was a Negro. Was that a correct application of a biblical command?
Biblically speaking, in both the Old and New Testaments, this command was solely in the context of your Israelite neighbor. It was not necessarily to your neighbor who happens to live next door. This command was only for racial Israelites for each other.
I am not suggesting that we become purposely mean to a non-Adamic person who may happen to live next door, but could it be that the misapplication of this command and this family’s attempt to obey it as they were taught, led to a horrible, senseless result? Where did this false, but now commonly assumed belief based upon a misunderstand of the meaning of “neighbor” come from?
It came from unproven and untested primary assumptions believed as the truth. If you start with wrong assumptions, you end up with errant theology that creates a path of potential tragic consequences. These assumptions allow for and promote racial integration. Do we not see the results of that today? What if we took to heart and obeyed the biblical command of separation to the best of our ability?
A Ray of Hope?
I have made it a part of my practice to peruse what I call the scholarly consensus of opinion of popular, accepted “Christianity.” I like to keep my finger on the pulse of what is being taught in the mainstream. One book I am reading is called The Story Re-Told, A Biblical-Theological Introduction To The New Testament authored by G.K Beale (Westminster Theological Seminary) and Benjamin L. Gladd (Reformed Theological Seminary). It is a primer for beginning seminary students on the New Testament. What piqued my interest was a particular set of statements from the Introduction:
We are convinced that the New Testament stands in continuity with the Old Testament. The books of the New Testament were not written within a vacuum. Israel’s story is the church’s story.
I thought to myself, Wow. This looks interesting. Sure sounds like they are on the right course and I certainly would be in agreement with those statements. Could they actually be saying that the Bible is really about one people – the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Can it be true? Is the consensus of opinion beginning to change? Are the theological titans of Christian theology today seeing a unified, consistent message and application concluding that the Bible is one book about one racial family of people?
Well, I had to find out. I hate to leave you hanging here, but I’ll have to take that up in the next post as I get into the details of that book for you. Stay tuned.
Lawrence Blanchard, ND, M.Div
Next Up: Destructive Theological Assumptions - Part 2