“Racism” as Spoken of in the Bible

By Willie Martin

While we are not concerned with “Universalism” herein we are concerned with “Racism” as spoken of in the Bible.

Now let us search the Scriptures to see whether they teach “racism.” We will let the Scriptures speak for themselves and we will not take them out of context. The first Scripture we are going to consider on race is 1 Peter 2:9: “But ye are a chosen *race,* a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

In the King James Version of the Bible, the translators used the word “generation” but it is better translated “race” and is correctly translated so in some Bibles. The idea of being “chosen” here means to separate from all other races. Also “an holy nation” means to set apart for Yahweh’s purpose of making Israel the only race in His eyes. “A “peculiar people” (#4047) means they were purchased in a peculiar manner (peculiar property) which other people are not. Also it was ONLY ISRAEL THAT WAS IN DARKNESS, so only Israel could be “called out of darkness.”

Next we will go to Numbers 23:9: “For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him; lo, the people shall DWELL ALONE, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” The idea that Israel shall dwell alone and not be counted among the other peoples means they shall ever be preserved as a distinct people separate from all others. Only today, with multi- culturalism, is the White Race of Israel being threatened with not dwelling alone. If Israel is ever completely mixed with the other races, then it would truly be “Universalism.” Balaam was predicting that the destiny of Israel was to be a distinct peculiar people, separate from the rest of the nations in government, religion, customs and divine protection.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary says: They never lost their reputation till they mingled among the heathen. Deuteronomy 32:8-9: “When the most High divided the nations their inheritance, when he SEPARATED the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.”

The “nations” spoken of in this verse are #1471, “goy.” The term “goy” usually means “heathen” but the word is used generally for the nations at large and can mean Israelites. Yahweh promised Abraham that He would make him many “goy.” It is believed that in this verse #1471, “goy” means Israelites, because these nations received “their inheritance.” It doesn’t say that the other races are going to inherit anything of the kingdom! That is only wishful thinking on the part of many Christians.

The next Scripture we are going to consider is Deuteronomy 14:2. With this reference we are, once again, going to prove that Holy Writ does teach “racism.” Deuteronomy 14:2: “For thou art an holy people unto Yahweh thy El, and Yahweh hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary, vol. 1, page 783, has this to say about the White Israelites and how they are to be a separate people from the other races of people: “Moses here tells the people of Israel…How God had dignified them, as a peculiar people, with three distinguishing privileges, which were their honor, and their figures of those spiritual blessings in heavenly things with which God has in Christ blessed us…Here is election: “The Lord hath chosen thee,” (verse 2) Not for their own merit, nor for any good works foreseen, but because He would magnify the riches of his power and grace among them. He did not choose them because they were by their own dedication and subjection a peculiar people to Him above other nations, but He chose them that they might be so by His grace; and thus were believers chosen, Ephesians 1:4…Here is adoption (verse 1): “You are the children of the Lord your God, formed by him into a people, owned by him as his people, nay, his family, a people near unto him, nearer than any other.” Israel is my first-born; not because He needed children, but because they were orphans, and needed a father. Every Israelite is indeed a child of God, a partaker of His nature and favor, his love and blessing, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us!”…Here is sanctification (verse 2) “Thou art a holy people, separated and set apart for God, devoted to his service designed for his praise, governed by a holy law, graced by a holy tabernacle, and the holy ordinances relating to it.”…The Lord has set them apart for Himself, and qualified them for His service and the employment of Him, and so made them holy unto Himself.

“For thou didst SEPARATE THEM (Israel) FROM AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, TO BE THINE INHERITANCE, as thou speakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.” (1 Kings 8:53) It is sometimes hard to find much in the various commentaries on this subject, but Matthew Poole’s Commentary On The Bible has the following to say about this verse, vol. 1, page 673: “They be thy people; for howsoever they may sin against thee, or suffer from men, yet still remember that they are thy peculiar people, and therefore do thou pity, and pardon, and save them…Thou didst SEPARATE THEM (Israel) to be thine inheritance; thou hast begun to build a work of great and glorious mercy tot hem; do not give occasion to thine enemies to think thou wast unable to finish it; or that thou art unstable in thy ways and counsels, or unkind to thine own children.”

Again, Exodus 33:16 teaches segregation. Scripture teaches total segregation forever. “For wherein shall it be known here that, I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be SEPARATED, I and thy people, FROM ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.” Matthew Poole’s

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