Debunking British Israelism Racists
by Lewis Loflin
British Israelism (BI) and Christian Identity for the most part are the same thing. It's a cult by every definition of the term and even in its mildest form is an utter rejection of reason and the Bible itself. This problem stems from how Christianity itself evolved from distorting the literal meaning of the Old Testament. BI simply takes it to new extremes.
Their main belief is Unitarian in that Jesus is a created being or a type of angel. Others claim Jesus and the devil are brothers. BI may differ from Identity in the question of Creation. Identity claims two, one for "mud people" (nonwhites) and another for whites. Much of this was borrowed from the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Adventists. (They do not endorse this belief!) Both BI and Identity are obsessed with prophecy and end-times nonsense. Both have infiltrated many Evangelical churches, most of whom don't support them.
Definition of a cult
The problem with Christian churches in general is they call all heretics "cult" while secular definitions tend to attack all religious faith. So, for the record, I use the following criteria for cult:
Here is the definition I will use from Princeton University at http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=cult:
S:(n) cult (followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader)
So who or what is WCG?
Herbert W Armstrong:
Deceased founder of the Worldwide Church of God (originally the Radio Church of God), the Plain Truth magazine and the World Tomorrow radio and TV programs. During his lifetime, Armstrong was the self-proclaimed "Apostle" of the "only true church on earth today." Herbert Armstrong was father of television and radio evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong.
Garner Ted Armstrong:
Radio and television evangelist, son of Herbert W Armstrong. Garner Ted Armstrong was former chief spokesman on the media outreaches of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG). He founded the Church of God, International (CGI) after being expelled from the WCG in 1978 during a leadership power struggle in that organization. He later founded the Intercontinental Church of God (ICG) and the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association after being expelled from the CGI in 1998 as a result of a highly-publicized sex scandal. Armstrong is the self-proclaimed "Ezekiel Watchman"... main prophetic spokesman for God on earth today. Died in fall 2003.
The identification of the descendants of Abraham is an important factor in understanding bible prophecy. The truth is that there are a great number of nations that are descended from Abraham and heir to the promises made by God to Abraham...The Tribal origin of these nations and also the identity of the English-Speaking people...
This could cover British Israelism or in America Christian Identity. (May not be the same.) The largest promoter of this nonsense is the mostly defunct churches of the Armstrong family and racist' hate groups. What separates them is their view of Jews. The basic idea is the white Americans and British are the lost Ten Tribes of Israel. The Jews/Israel of the Bible are my direct human ancestors (WASP) according to them. Think about that. The Bible tells us Abraham came from Ur, which is in present day Iraq. In other words, white Europeans are Semites related directly to the Arabs. Ishmael was the other son of Abraham and the traditional father of the Arabs. So the British are the half-brothers of the Saudis. When America and England invaded Iraq, we returned to our ancestral homeland. I don't think this is what they had in mind.
What to do about the Jews
Being blood-relations to Arabs is bad enough for the racists in their ranks, the idea of being related to Jews drives them even more insane. British Israelism as it started never claimed the Jews were not Israel, just the British (and later America) were one of the tribes of Israel.
But here it gets tricky. According to the Identity racists and some of the British Israelism types, the "Jews" we see today are imposters! They are converts from a 8th century Turkish tribe called the Khazars. (They fail to explain the fact the Jews from Muslim countries make up most of the population of Israel.) Jesus was wrong after all! His "brothers" the Jews really were not the children of Abraham! Any rational person would laugh at this nonsense. Now let's see how this relates to the real Israel, the Jews. What BI advocates is salvation by race, but how do they do away with and real Jews? They must prove the Jews are not the people of the Bible unless they want to claim Jews as blood brothers, totally unacceptable to those that are just racists. Thus they claim the European Jews are Turkish converts unrelated to the people of the Bible.
That is not a belief of classical British Israelism, but of Christian Identity, a well known hate group. The problem is the racists also claim the title and hijack parts of the belief. The non-racist' members fail to make it clear they are not anti-Semites, but if they do they lose members and are still stuck with Jewish relatives by race. For more on the actual views of non-racist British Israelism see Khazars and the Modern Jews by Steven M. Collins. To quote Steve,
Some maintain that the Khazars were non-Israelites who, en masse, accepted Judaism and became the forebears of the Ashkenazi Jews of Europe. This viewpoint tends to disenfranchise Ashkenazi Jews as "legitimate" Jews from the tribe of Judah, and it is historically inaccurate. This viewpoint assumes: (A) all Khazars were gentile, (B) all Khazars accepted Judaism and (C) no members of the house of Judah were already living among the Khazars. All three assumptions are incorrect...
Unlike the Identity racists, he acknowledges the Jews of Poland, etc. in fact do originate from Judah. He he keeps stressing Judah alone to separate the Jews from Israel. I don't agree with all of his conclusions. The other problem is Yiddish is mostly German. They didn't pick that up in Parthia or the Black Sea.
To quote a tract from one racist group,
The Sons of Abraham: Abraham had a number of sons and also the tribes by Lot, his nephew, were associated with him. Lot founded Moab and Ammon in what is now Jordan. Isaac had two sons Jacob and Esau, and the sons of Esau founded Edom and became the Edomites or Idumeans that partnered the trading system with the Phoenicians. They later became converted to Judaism by John Hyrcanus in the era of the Maccabees after 160 BC. They were absorbed into Judea and became the southern Jews as opposed to the Galileans (Israel).
This is a typical anti-Semitic lie from Christian Identity. The Phoenicians were to the north of Israel in modern Lebanon and shared a population with Israel of that time. To quote them, "Esau's descendents. Edom means "red" and the Edomites lived in the mountains to the east and south of the Dead Sea..." That is mostly modern Jordan. The claim "They were absorbed into Judea and became the southern Jews as opposed to the Galileans" is another attempt to split Israel and Judea into two races, claim Judea was not the same as Israel, etc. To perpetrate the lie that white, Anglo-Saxons are the people of the Northern Kingdom called Israel, he must discredit all Jews, the real Israel.
They have reduced Judah to Edomites, a constant claim of Christian Identity racists. Jews are thus false Israel. But let's look at the above map. Much of the population of Israel in the north had assimilated the people of Phoenicia, Ammon, and parts of Aram-Damascus. This is proven by the Bible itself in Judges 3:5-6:
"And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons..."
So much for the pure white race. When Assyria attacked from the northeast, most of the population fled into Judah. If for example Kentucky was attacked from West Virginia, where would you and your family flee to for safety? I'd flee to Tennessee to the south. To quote,
Despite the attempt by Assyrians to decapitate the Israelite kingdom by settling people on its eastern frontier with the Medes, archaeological evidence shows that many people fled south to Judah at this time, whose capital city, Jerusalem, now seems to have grown by over 500%. This also seems to have been a time when many northern traditions were incorporated within the region of Judah.
But we have a number of theological problems here. This is what the Bible has to say,
"Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation...(Duet. 23:7)
Even if Judah was just Edomites as the racists claim, then Jesus too was an Edomite. The Edomites are also Israel anyway. What does the Bible say in regards to Jesus?
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink...Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. (John 4:7-9 KJV)
What is their answer? To quote,
Judah was allowed to remain for a while because of its repentance but later it too went into captivity to the Babylonians. Judah was restored under Ezra and Nehemiah so that Messiah could be born and established in Judah from Bethlehem Ephratah and called from Egypt as the Son of God.
The Bible says no such thing. So it seems the Edomite Jews were kept around just so Jesus could be born in Judah? Of coarse Jesus was not a Jew and I'm sure they will find some reason why. But Jesus was Jewish, Jews are Israel, the Bible says so.
Who are Israelites in the New Testament use of the word? Does the New Testament make a difference between a "fleshly Jew" and a fleshly "Israelite"? In answer to these questions, the following parallels are submitted:
As the matter stands, Paul the Hebrew, the Benjamite, the Israelite, was a Jew. Jesus who "sprang out of Judah," and who was the "Lion of the tribe of Judah," was a Jew. Paul said "we Jews"-Gal. 2:15-and Jesus said "we Jews" John 4 22-so Jesus and Paul were Jews if their own words count any thing or have any meaning. The baseless assertions of Anglo-Israelists to the contrary, notwithstanding.
Seventh: They must prove that God chose the ten tribes over Judah. In Psa. 78:67-68 David says very specifically that God "refused the tabernacle of Joseph" and "chose not the tribe of Ephraim" but "chose the tribe of Judah." (WWW.BIBLE.CA) To quote,
Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
When did God change his mind and elect the British? If the Bible is so overwhelming in disproving this nonsense, how can they still believe it? They claim the Bible is a fraud! According to them all the bibles everyone uses today are based on frauds printed by the Rothchilds in the 1700s! One just can't make this stuff up. This is the point when fundamentalism is mental illness.
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