On Race Part 3

D. Much is being made today of “white privilege.” 1. Caution is here needed since the dominance of Western Civilization in the world is at least partially owing to the Spirit of God in directing the gospel of Jesus Christ to regions of light-skinned people. 2. Some of the so-called “privilege” is owing to the effects of the gospel in subduing men’s minds to the love of God and of neighbor. 3. The real issue is not skin but sin. Men will answer to God for their hatred of Jesus Christ, His gospel, His sovereignty, for their unjust hatred of others and for any form of excusing ungodly conduct. 4. The buzzphrase, “white privilege” is a pushed component of a political doctrine called Critical Race Theory which is provably unbiblical and antiChrist. Its dogma includes: a. “Racism” is unconquerable and ubiquitous; it is the singular evil that underlies virtually everything wrong in our culture and “the stain that can never be removed.” b. “Systemic racism” and “unconscious bias” are built into western culture and cannot be remedied by anything less than a total dismantling of the system. c. “White privilege” is not only one of the main proofs of systemic racism; it is also a subtle but sinister injustice to other people groups. d. “Racism” describes a uniquely white pathology. Other groups are justified in the same pathology because it is their necessary reaction to the oppression they suffer. e. All white people are racists, whether they know it or not. f. “Whiteness” is therefore an evil that must be confessed and repudiated but without any guarantee of forgiveness. g. Members of privileged ethnic groups who deny being racists are guilty of perpetuating racism. 5. None of the above is compatible with Jesus Christ and Scripture, which declares all men equally under sin, the redeemed and the faithful are colorless societies, the gospel is for all humankind, grace is greater than all human dysfunction and difference, and harmonious coexistence in Christ is real and possible. a. Few things could disrupt the peace and harmony of a local church more grievously than to allow the fomenting of antiChrist political dogma such as the above within it. b. In the last century, other divisive antiChrist ideologies have also corrupted professing Christianity: self-esteem, psychotherapeutic methodologies, feminism, “toxic masculinity,” intersectional theory, LGBT advocacy, animal rights, etc. c. Unbiblical and unprofitable theories can gender strife, which must be marginalized or even forbidden. 2TI 2:14, 16, 23. d. NOTE: Satan delights in sowing discord (which God forbids among brethren, PRO 6:19) for he specializes in rending asunder what God brings together (a “divide and conquer” tactic). (1) Marriage pictures Christ, so Satan must destroy it. MAT 19:6. (2) Life by the union of sperm cell and an egg cell is from God, so Satan promotes abortion. (3) The assembly of saints is Satan’s great enemy (MAT 16:18), so Satan has many tactics to corrupt, divide, and forbid that. E. We are warned in Scripture about the dangers of another gospel or spirit that mimics and/or rivals the true gospel. GAL 1:6-7; 2CO 11:4 1. One such false gospel is the Social Justice Gospel. This “gospel” is anything but a uniter of men for it actually establishes a duality in law which divides men and promotes a “get even” doctrine as a method of racial reconciliation. 2. Heed the wisdom of Mr. Voddie Baucham (Answers In Genesis speaker and Dean of Theology at African Christian University, Zambia) as rendered in this published interview: Ultimately, “this religion is promising salvation, somewhere other than God,” Baucham cautioned. “And unfortunately, there are many Christians, who are sounding like they’re satisfied with this.” Baucham also drew a fine line between what Christians think of social justice and Biblical justice. “Social justice is about redistributing resources and opportunities,” Baucham explained. “Social justice is not the same as the biblical idea and the biblical concept of justice. You also need to understand that social justice is built on the back of critical theory. Which is all about the idea of, you know, hegemony and power structures.” He also made a distinction between individual racism and institutional racism, calling them “two competing worldviews” citing the different responses to George Floyd’s death. “One worldview that says racism is individual. It’s an individual heart issue. And that’s the world where we deal with the individual heart issue, with the message of the gospel,” Baucham asserted. “But then there’s another worldview that says, no, no, no, no. Regardless of individual heart issue, this is a structural and institutional issue.” Baucham pointed out the confusion it has caused because people automatically conclude that the case is evidence “of structural and institutional racism,” at the expense of what “the facts of the case are. And what that’s doing is it’s driving people apart,” he said. “Because we’re having two different conversations, that doesn’t make sense to each other.” While people have criticized Baucham’s views as not having empathy or compassion, Baucham brought up his tumultuous upbringing in California, including his run-in with the cops. “Me. Who grew up in drug-infested, gang-infested, Los Angeles, born in 1969. Grew up during the crack era. Grew up during the drug wars with a Buddhist mother. I wasn’t raised in Christianity. Never heard the gospel, until I got to university,” Baucham noted. “And so for people to try to marginalize me, because I don’t understand — I’ve been pulled over by the cops. I’ve been down on the sidewalk. Because I was sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time. I know these kinds of things happen. And yet, I still say, that these ideologies are poisonous,” he asserted. “I’m concerned about people,” he continued. I’m concerned about justice. I’m concerned about souls. And I am not willing to lay down my Bible and have anyone force me to agree with certain things, simply because, if I don’t, they will — you know, they will somehow label me and call me names.” (https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/voddie- baucham-warns-social-justice-is-not-the-same-as-biblical-justice.html? utm_source=ChristianHeadlines%20Daily) F. Definitionally, the controversies that too often divide a polychrome culture are not racism (The theory that distinctive human characteristics and abilities are determined by race) but racialism (Belief in the superiority of a particular race leading to prejudice and antagonism towards people of other races, esp. those in close proximity who may be felt as a threat to one's cultural and racial integrity or economic well-being). 1. That racialism is a reality is not to be denied; that it is one-sided is to be denied. 2. Racialism generally springs from the basest aspects of human nature: fear, hatred, envy, lust, superstition, ignorance, etc. But there is one cause of racialism that not only incorporates those base aspects, it gives a false scientific basis to justify them and to manufacture ungodly means of dealing with race: atheistic evolution. VI. In the era of “Cancel Culture” where a media-connected world tries to silence or eliminate any person or opinion that it deems to be socially unacceptable (and topples their statues, etc.), there are some figures that are curiously left unscathed: Darwin and the appliers of his theories. A. Charles Darwin was the 19th C. naturalist who, more than any other individual, promoted the idea of a godless universe which is the product of chance, man being one of those curious “chance” forms. His notable books are: 1. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of the Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. 2. The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. B. Darwin’s godless universe sought to explain anthropological matters through a naturalistic framework and arrived at patently racist and racialist conclusions with implications. 1. “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian [aborigine] and the gorilla.” (Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, p. 201) 2. “We civilised men, on the other hand, do our best to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment...Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.” (Ibid, p. 168) C. The rapid dissemination of Darwinian theory soon infected public eductation: “At the present time there exist upon the earth five races...the highest type of all, the Causcasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.” (George W. Hunter, A Civic Biology Presented in Problems, p. 196 [a public school textbook printed in 1916]) D. Later “scientists” had to acknowledge that Darwin threw gasoline on race problems: “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.” (Steven Jay Gould, Ontogeny and Philogeny, pp. 127-128) E. “In the early 1900s the eugenics movement became well established in the United States. The movement was well-funded by men like Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Kellogg. Eugenic societies, conferences, research institutions, and journals gave a façade of real science to the study of eugenics. This was further promoted by eugenic departments and courses at the university level. The American eugenics movement focused heavily on negative eugenics. Ten classes of social misfits were determined upon which programs of negative eugenics were applied. First, the feebleminded; second, the pauper class; third, the inebriate class or alcoholics; fourth, criminals of all descriptions including petty criminals and those jailed for nonpayment of fines; fifth, epileptics; sixth, the insane; seventh, the constitutionally weak class; eighth, those predisposed to specific diseases; ninth, the deformed; tenth, those with defective sense organs, that is, the deaf, blind, and mute. All of these traits were thought to be inheritable. Ten percent of the American population was thought to fit into these broad, ill-defined categories (sometimes known as the “submerged tenth”). Many of those people were forcibly institutionalized in asylums for the “feebleminded and epileptic.” Although not stated in the list, those of ‘races’ other than the Caucasian ‘race’ would also, by the mere fact of ethnic background, be placed into one or more of these categories. Unfortunately, the eugenics movement in the United States heavily influenced Hitler and his scientists and, in return, many eugenicists and eugenic publications supported the horrifying practices of Hitler’s Nazi regime. Negative eugenic practices were even sanctioned by the American government... The name most commonly associated with Planned Parenthood is that of its founder Margaret Sanger. Margaret was born in 1879, the 6th of 11 children in a poor family, in New York. She was initially quite committed to the Catholic faith but eventually became very cynical in part due to the influence of her “free thinking” father. Margaret married into money and eventually became an active member of the Socialist Party. She was attracted to the party’s fight for ‘women’s suffrage, sexual liberation, feminism, and birth control.’ ...In 1921 she organized the American Birth Control League. In 1922 she published the book The Pivot of Civilization which “unashamedly called for the elimination of ‘human weeds,’ for the cessation of charity, for the segregation of ‘morons, misfits, and the maladjusted’ and for the sterilization of ‘genetically inferior races.’ ” (Dr. Georgia Purdom, What About Eugenics and Planned Parenthood?, publ. 6-2-14 for Answers in Genesis) F. “Let’s look to Margaret Sanger’s own words. The motto of her journal The Rebel Woman was ‘No Gods and No Masters.’ The first issue denounced marriage as ‘a degenerate institution’ and modesty as ‘obscene prudery.’ She distributed leaflets recommending ‘herbal abortifacients.’ She explained her ‘Negro Project’ (targeting Southern blacks) with, ‘We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.’ Most telling is her quote, ‘The most merciful thing a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.’” (Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women for America, publ. 4-1-07 in Answers in Genesis) G. Ideas have consequences. Humanistic ideas have grave consequences. Darwin and Sanger should have been “cancelled” generations ago and we must reject oppositions of science falsely so called. 1TI 6:20 1. Remember that in order to justify inhumane treatment of a class of humans, it is necessary to dehumanize them. 2. Darwin, Sanger and their philosophical spawn and proteges provided the false “scientific” basis for racism and racialism by dehumanizing classes of humans.
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