IDENTITARIAN COMMENTARY ON ROMANS
The epistle of Paul to the Romans was written to a European church within a European capital. The New Testament, including ‘Romans,’ was originally written in the European language of Greek. The structure, emphasis, and linguistic nature of the New Testament suggest it was written for a primarily European audience. Perhaps God was laying the foundation for a Euro-centric church.
“concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” (1:3)
God gave Jesus a particular ethnic identity. Jesus was not a rootless bloodless globalist, he belonged to a fleshly bloodline and ethnos. Because Jesus was identified by his ancestry, modern Christians should respect our own ancestral identities. Our flesh is defined and shaped by the DNA we inherit from our ethnic kin. Jesus was a human with real genetic ancestors.
“by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:” (1:5)
Paul assumed “nations” (“ethnos”) exist as a plurality. He did not act as though distinct national/ethnic identities had been erased with the coming of Christ (as many liberal Christians do).
“Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.” (1:13)
Paul supported ethnic distinctions between Jews and Gentiles. He acknowledged differences and used them. Paul would not have used ethnic descriptors to describe groups if ethnic identity had been repudiated by Christ.
“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” (1:14)
Paul called non-Greeks “barbarians,” and he may have suggested they were less intelligent than the Greeks. He drew a distinction between Greeks and barbarians as two separate categories of people. Their differences had not been erased by Christ’s coming.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (1:16)
The Jews benefited from ethnic favoritism by receiving the gospel first. God created an ethnic or “racial” distinction between Jews and non-Jews in his process of bringing the gospel to man. God created separate ethnic identities; they cannot be evil if God created them.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” (1:18)
God’s wrath did not disappear after the Old Testament. God still pours out his anger on evil people in the contemporary world.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made” (1:20)
The earthly creation was designed to reflect God’s nature. Genetic differences between ethnic groups were created by God, and they reflect a part of his divine will.
“and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (1:23-25)
Christianity is an exclusivist religion. Paganism is rejected and interpreted as a foolish corrupt perversion of the true religion. God rejects religious pluralism.
“God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (1:26-27)
Homosexuality is a “dishonorable passion” that violates our God given sexual identities. Verses 26 and 27 of Romans 1 very carefully explain the natural roles men and women, as separate identities, should assume, and how homosexuality violates those roles. Any behavior that violates our genetic or religious identity is debased. American society is so deeply debased that it celebrates “dishonorable passion” as if it were marriage.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (1:28)
Denying our God given identities will lead to our becoming reprobates. We must accept and operate as God created us to be. We must become who we are if we hope to gain wisdom and virtue. We must develop our abilities as the identity God created us to belong to.
“without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:” (1:31)
Modern people who seek the erasure of their own Euroethnic kin through mass immigration, affirmative action, and miscegenation have lost the natural affection God created us to have for our ethnic brothers and sisters. The Cultural Marxists and social justice warriors are unmerciful in their reckless disregard for the plight of poor Euro-Americans whose communities, jobs, and safety are jeopardized by mass Third World invasion.
“who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (1:32)
Paul affirmed the Old Testament’s use of capital punishment for those who proudly commit moral abomination or encourage its practice. For Paul, Christianity was not a pacifist religion. Paul endorsed the spirit of just execution.
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” (2:1)
It is important we avoid judging and condemning the misguided social justice warriors and Cultural Marxists simply because they disagree with us on metapolitical issues. Their passion is our passion, however misguided it might be. Their errors have often been our errors before we discovered the truth. Many are misguided, but some are just evil.
“tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:” (2:9-10)
Paul cursed the religious “other.” The wicked can not be included in the kingdom of Heaven. The kingdom is exclusive rather than inclusive. God’s religious enemies will suffer “tribulation” and “anguish.” The religious “other” will be destroyed.
Once again, Paul separated ethnic groups and pronounced them different. The Jews were not the gentiles, and they would be punished first for their sins. Ethnic identity was never erased by Christ.
“for there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” (2:11-13)
This passage is often used to argue God does not see race or ethnicity but rather judges everyone the same. However, Paul wrote it to convey the exact opposite meaning. He said that because God is just he will judge the ethnos who had the law (Jews) differently than races who never had it (Gentiles).
“For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written. For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?” (2:24-26)
Paul distinguished between ethnic groups when he talked directly to Jews and reprimanded them for not keeping God’s law well enough to set a good example for the Gentiles. Paul employed ethnic stereotypes and group shaming to tell the ethnic Jews they had failed in their God given obligations.
“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God” (3:1-3)
Paul asked a rhetorical question: “was there/is there a benefit to Jewish ethnicity?” He answered in the affirmative. The Jewish ethnos was given the unique privilege of God’s oracles. God chose to grant special privileges to one ethnic group over other ethnic groups. God discriminated based on ethnicity. Some of the Jews may have rejected the privilege God gave them, but it did not nullify his favor.
“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;… for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (3:9-12, 23)
If the Bible endorses any equality whatsoever, it is man’s equal depravity and need for God. All nations and men are sinful. The liberal idea that man can be perfected enough to bring utopia through human logic is not a biblical idea. Man is fallen and unable to recover himself without God’s mercy.
“Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” (3:29-30)
God is the God of all ethnos. He created ethnic groups as distinct identity groups, each was meant to serve him. God does not want the abolishment of his created ethnic differences. He wants each nation to follow him.
When Paul asserted that “God is one” he was attacking the concept of religious pluralism. In ancient times, each ethnos possessed their own national gods. Paul argued that if there is only one God then all the ethnic groups should worship him. His argument was not that all nations should amalgamate into one group (a new Tower of Babel), but that all nations had to abandon part of their sovereignty (religious sovereignty) to Christ (the universal divine monarch).
“Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: and the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.” (4:9-12)
Paul argued that salvation does not require one to become Jewish because Abraham was not a Jew (he was ethnically Babylonian), and he was righteous before circumcision. The Gentile ethnic groups need not destroy their ethnic identity and become circumcised Jews. They should retain their own ethnic heritage.
“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,” (4:16)
It is our faith that binds us to Abraham and makes Christians his children and co-ethnics. The family of God is not a family of blood, and it does not eliminate our biological ethnic identity any more than listening to rap music and speaking Ebonics makes one an African American.
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.” (4:18)
Abraham is the father of “many nations” rather than just one. If Christians were expected to abandon their distinct ethnic identities to become part of the Christian family there would be no fulfillment of this prophesy with the conversion of the Gentiles. The Bible acknowledges the existence of different nations and makes distinctions between them. It discusses them in plurality.
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:” (4:19)
When confronted with hard research demonstrating ethnic differences in intelligence and the impossibility of integration between diverse people groups, many Christian adopt the attitude that God will miraculously overcome these problems so that we can create a paradise of ethnic pluralism within the church. They might point to a verse like Romans 4:19 to prove God will overcome biology, genetics, and human psychology if we have faith. The difference, however, is that God specifically promised the overcoming of biology in Abraham’s situation while he never promised to miraculously fix our racial conflicts. Rebelling against God’s created design is only permissible when God tells us to rebel. Why would God help humans overthrow his established ethnic distinctions?
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (for until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (5:12-14)
One man’s sin impacted his entire race. We are more than atomized individuals pulling ourselves up or down by “our bootstraps.” Human beings are members of groups and races, and the actions of our ancestors (Adam, for example) have a huge role in defining who we are. The Bible does not endorse individualism.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (5:19)
The actions of a single member of a tribe or group can have profound implications for so many people. We must not think we have liberty and freedom to do as we please.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (6:16-18) “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (6:20-22)
Man is never free. He is either the slave of God or the slave of Satan. Pure human freedom is a mirage. No matter what we choose, we cannot be our own masters. God affirmed hierarchy and servitude. Equality and liberty are not possible. The only question is which master pays the best wages.
“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” (7:1-3)
Marriage is permanent. It is only broken when one spouse dies. It is adultery to marry another person while one’s original spouse is alive. There are many modern Christian couples living in adultery because they do not care about God’s mandate for marriage. The devolution of Western Civilization continues under the banner of “liberty” and gender “equality.” Often, these values are excuses for defying God’s revealed will for marriage.
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (7:22-25)
The first step toward liberation from sin is to create cognitive dissonance between one’s body and mind. Only when one begins this war with the body can one start to move towards God and the perfection of one’s self. The path to saving our civilization begins with convincing our people that the liberal worldview is flawed. Even if they cannot fully escape the negative lifestyle aspects that have been instilled in them by post-Christian society, they can at least begin to struggle against it within themselves. Eventually, maybe in later generations, our people can break free of the present corruption. Rebellion against sin begins in the mind.
“that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (8:4-5)
The twenty-first century world teaches people to let their flesh dominate their spirit. Christianity teaches the opposite. We are more than animals. The spirit should dominate the flesh. Only when the spirit is in authority can the relationship between the two centers of our existence remain properly ordered.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (8:9) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (8:14) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (8:16)
Paul was exclusionist. Those who do not possess the spirit of Christ do not belong to Christ; they cannot be Christians. They become the “other.” We must not be more inclusive than God.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (8:11)
Criticism against Christianity from the right usually centers on its otherworldlyness and “world denying” qualities. However, Paul never denied the importance or reality of the flesh and physical world, he wanted to see it renewed through a relationship with Christ and his spirit. Among the earliest heresies condemned by the Church was Gnosticism. It claimed the flesh and material world were evil, and that God could not come in the flesh. Gnosticism is condemned in the Bible, and the early Christians adamantly proclaimed that Jesus possessed an earthly physical body.
The “world denying” qualities often associated with Christianity (universalism, investment in the afterlife, etc.) could also be used to criticize Islam. Together, Islam and Christianity are the largest religions in the world. Both religious traditions have created civilizations that produced massive and powerful empires. The “world deniers” have had a greater impact on world history than any “world affirming” ideology or religion.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (8:18)
Christians are living in a dark time. Our identity and worldview are hated, but we can have courage through suffering because we know our reward will be like that of the prophets (who were also hated and rejected).
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (8:22-23)
God will redeem our bodies and creation. Christians are not world deniers; we affirm and celebrate the created world as God’s divine project.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (8:29-31)
God predestined some while excluding others. God is exclusionist. He is not an egalitarian who bestows equal blessings and privileges upon all people. God did not create human equality. God does not treat everyone the same. No two people are endowed with equal gifts, circumstances, DNA, or talents.
“As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (8:36)
God is often the God of bloodshed and violence. He often allows, or encourages, his Christians to die brutal deaths for him. God has called many Christians in the Middle East, especially those under Islamic State rule, to be slaughtered for him. God is not a therapeutic grandfather.
“that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.” (9:2-5)
Paul revealed his deep sense of ethnic loyalty and pride. He felt sorrow that his kinsmen, members of his own ethnicity, rejected Christ. He acknowledged that most of God’s historical work “belonged” to the Jewish ethnos.
Christians are permitted and encouraged by God to have a special relationship with our own ethnic group. The Apostle Paul was proud of his ethnic identity and had a special concern for his ethnic brothers and sisters “according to the flesh.” Paul felt deep sorrow that some of those who possessed the blood of Israel were not true spiritual sons of God.
Paul divided ethnic loyalty from the “ethnicity” of Christ. He endorsed the idea that we can simultaneously embrace our Christian and ethnic identities as parts of who we are. Our ethnic identity should help guide how we serve God, and in what capacities.
“(for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)" (9:11)
God does not give everyone an equal chance. He elects some people to his purposes while neglecting others. With God, there is no equal opportunity. God does not allow people to “try out,” he chooses before our works, right or wrong, have be done.
“it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.” (9:12)
God creates hierarchy and inequality.
“For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” (9:17)
God seeks to show his power and authority over man. God is not egalitarian. He was willing to raise up a wicked ruler so he could devastate an entire ethnic group (Egyptians) and glorify himself and his favored ethnos (Israel). Sometimes, history is a zero sum game.
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (9:20)
God’s authority is absolute. We have no equality with him. He created us, and he can dominate our lives against our will. We must accept servitude.
“and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory” (9:23)
God is exclusionist. Some vessels (people) receive his glory and blessings. Other people (vessels of wrath) receive his anger and he destroys them. We should not treat people equally if God does not treat people equally.
“Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” (9:27)
The number of good people included by God among the saved are always a “remnant.” Few there be who find the narrow gate that leads to life. God excludes people from his mercy. The mob is headed for damnation. The majority of humans are evil. Democracy rules through the tyranny of the wicked majority. A tyrant may be good or evil, but we can be certain the majority is always evil.
“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.” (9:30-31)
Paul talked about the Gentiles and Jews as separate ethnic identities. He did not deny the existence of ethnic differences.
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” (10:2)
Cultural Marxist and liberal modern Christians often have incredible zeal. Their worship services are consumed with passionate emotion, and their efforts toward Marxist egalitarian society are relentless. Their zeal is vain, however, because it’s not rooted in a knowledge of God’s created order nor his revealed word. Racial egalitarianism might sound like a noble goal, but because of God’s created genetic differences it remains impossible. Defending homosexual “love” might seem beautiful, but God condemned it as perverted and mentally confused. We cannot have mindless zeal unchecked by knowledge.
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (10:12-13)
Paul never denyed the existence of ethnicity or ethnic differences as many modern Christians claim. Paul’s point was that anyone may be saved and loved by God regardless of their ethnic identity. Obviously, Paul could not be denying the existence of ethnicity only a few passages after he discussed his ethnic Jewish heritage and loyalty to his people. Ethnicity is a biological reality God created. Why would God design ethnicity and write it into human DNA if he only intended to abolish it and force Christians to pretend it did not exist?
Paul’s statements should be read as a defense of Gentile ethnic identity. The early Judaizing teachers taught that Gentiles had to be circumcised and convert to Judaism to be saved. Paul rejected this idea and defended the Gentile’s obligation to retain their separate identity and still earn God’s affection. Paul did not believe in ethnic integration and erasure.
“But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.” (10:21)
Paul affirmed Isaiah’s negative ethnic stereotype about the Isrealites. Isaiah condemned the Israelite ethnos as “disobedient” and “gainsaying” people. Ethnic stereotypes were used throughout the Bible, and we should use them today.
God stereotyped ethnic groups and treated the ethnic Israelites on a racial level. God had a relationship with the whole collective ethnic group. He is not just an individualistic God who ignores ethnic identities.
I have heard people claim Christians should not judge people by race and ethnicity because God does not notice these things; or, “God is colorblind.” To the contrary, the Bible is filled with instances in which God judged groups of people based on their ethnicity. God cannot be colorblind because he created color.
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.” (11:1)
Paul was an Israelite. He plainly claimed his ethnic identity as a part of himself. When we become Christians we should not renounce our ethnos and cease being a member of a genetic racial group. Paul proudly recounted his ancestral identity as he proclaimed himself the “seed of Abraham.”
“God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,” (11:2)
The Isrealites were still God’s people. God chose them even when he knew they would reject his messiah and drift into rebellion. We too should be loyal to our people, whatever ethnic group we belong to, regardless of their behavior. We should work to redeem them for God. They are, after all, our people.
Elijah stereotyped the people of Israel. He made intercession against them to God. God did not rebuke him for the stereotype; he showed him there was still hope.
“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded” (11:7)
The “called out,” “remnant,” or “elected” are not called out of their ethnic group. God chooses those elected to represent their ethnos before him. Paul said the ethnos of Israel was redeemed through a remnant of its people. God acknowledged ethnic groups, not just individuals.
God is not above blinding people from the truth. His election without works might be regarded as “unfair,” but God acknowledges no “right to equal opportunity.”
“(according as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.” (11:8)
God treats people unequally. He blinds some and elects others. Only the chosen spiritual elite come to God. Narrow is the way.
“I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.” (11:11)
Paul appears to have held the opinion that the conversation of the Gentile ethnic groups was meant to stir up jealousy-to-action among the ethnic Jews. Paul thought in terms of ethnic salvation. Israel as an ethnic body needed to return to God. Humans are not individuals groping alone, we are members of corporate ethnic identities.
“Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?” (11:12)
Paul’s argument assumed the world would benefit uniquely by having the Israelite ethnic group convert to Christ. He was thinking collectively rather than individually.
“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office” (11:13)
Paul described his mission as “the apostle to the Gentiles” signaling his acknowledgment of an ethnic separation between Israel and other nations. He defined his ministry through ethnic labels.
“if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.” (11:14)
Paul recognized his ethnic identity when he said that Israel was his “own flesh.” He showed a genetic flesh and blood connection to other Jews that he did not share with Gentiles. Paul never renounced his Jewish ethnic identity when he became a Christian. We retain our fleshly ethnic identity after conversion to Christ.
Paul wanted to use the Gentiles as a tool to convert his own ethnic people. He hoped to provoke emulation among his co-ethnics and cause them to convert. Paul’s actions were undertaken with a constant consideration of what would benefit his own ethnic kin.
“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?” (11:15-24)
Paul was Israel-centric when he wrote this passage. He embraced an ethnocentric perspective of salvation. Paul argued that the Gentile ethnic groups had been grafted to a religious tree that was naturally Israelite. He argued the Gentiles should fear God because if God ousted the natural branches (i.e. Jews) he would also oust the grafted Gentile ethnics if they deserved to be broken off.
Paul claimed God’s religion belonged to the Isrealites (“their own olive tree”). The Gentile ethnic groups who joined the church were merely “grafted in.” The purged Jews, however, were still the “natural branches.” The Israelites were the chosen and privileged ethnos. God affirms valid ethno-centrism.
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (11:26)
Paul made a prediction based on ethnic identity. He said the ethnic Israelites and the ethnic Gentiles play different roles in history. He talked about the salvation of a race of people, Israel, rather than just individuals from that race. “All Israel shall be saved.”
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” (11:29)
God will not revoke his calling and election of the Israelite ethnic group. However, God’s calling of Israel is his own calling, and he will accomplish it. Many modern evangelicals have an absurd view of Jews in which they feel it necessary to help them protect their modern nation state (Zionism). Modern Jews have rejected Christ, and they have been severed from God’s “olive tree.” Christians should view them negatively.
“For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” (11:32)
Paul continually used the word “all” to refer to groups of people. He used stereotypes to lump people into larger ethnic and religious identity groups.
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (12:4-5)
Paul talked about how diversity of talents benefited the whole community of believers. He did not mention ethnic nor religious pluralism as contributive benefits. He praised prophesy, exhortation, material wealth, rulership, and teaching as healthy diversity that strengthened the local church. Noticeably, Paul made no claim about racial diversity being a blessing. All of Paul’s diversity can be found within a single ethnic group.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” (12:10)
Christians should “prefer one another” to those outside the church. The Christian community is exclusionary in that some people are “in” and some people are “out.” As Christians, we should be biased towards our own people before we look to help those outside our faith. The “other” should be secondary to our in-group.
“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (12:14)
Christians should be above cursing our poor enemies. Ignoring the vile untruth of our enemies is a sign of inner strength. We have bigger enemies than our petty critics.
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (12:18)
War and conflict is unnecessary and destructive the majority of the time. WWI and WWII are case studies in the senselessness of many intra-racial wars. In those two conflicts, Euroethnic people destroyed ourselves and our civilization. However, sometimes it is impossible to live at peace with all men. We must be willing to use force and violence to protect the people we love. Some people are evil and filled with hate. They must be stopped. God created men to defend our families and friends.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” (12:19-20)
It is almost always in one’s best interest to help one’s enemies. By doing so one can squelch their anger and create stability for one’s society and loved ones. Sometimes, we can convert them through our kindness. However, there are times and limits to our ability to do this. Namely, when loving our enemies entails destroying our friends and family. When aid becomes a zero-sum game, God expects us to care for our own people first. We should never destroy the wife and children we can see to help the stranger we cannot see (or have a relationship with). Pathological altruism towards the “other” is not righteous, it represents the destruction of social order for the selfish “feel good” of nihilistic morality.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” (13:1-2)
God does not oppose “oppressive” political structures or expect us to work for their overthrow. The civil rights movement of the 1960s were rebellions against higher powers that maintained social order in America (especially the South). The civil rights movement and modern Black Lives Matter movement are about resistance, the exact thing Paul condemned in Romans. The 1960 South was governed by a hierarchy of Christian leaders who supported God’s biblical ethics and sought “law and order.” There can be little question they were established by God, and that they generally sought to do his will. The civil rights overthrow of that government represented rebellion against God. Paul clearly stated that those who resist receive damnation. Martin Luther King Jr. is probably going to Hell.
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:” (13:3)
It is good and right for us to fear the power of government. We should honor this fear and respect those who inspire it.
Many within the Alt-Right refer to our modern political system as “anarcho-tyranny” because the post-1960s U.S. government (USG) seems to support social chaos rather than punish wrongdoers. Our government often encourages immorality and social upheaval while persecuting those who defend traditional morality. The modern USG is almost an inversion of Paul’s idea of government. Our twenty-first century Western system praises the revolutionary and spreads cultural and economic dissolution through free trade, demographic displacement, and cultural revolution among the middle class folks trying to do the right thing.
“for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (13:4)
Paul endorsed capital punishment. The New Testament does not support pacifism. Paul stated that God expects governments to use physical violence to maintain peace. God does, in fact, provide the power for government to take revenge on evil people.
“For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” (13:6-7)
Christians must respect hierarchy and inequality by paying taxes. God never endorsed political egalitarianism.
God wants Christians to pay taxes so that the government can “continually” enforce social order through the use of the sword (i.e. physical and capital violence). The New Testament writers understood that social stability is maintained by violent hierarchy. Christians should respect the hierarchy and organization that exists in natural society. We should give “honor to whom honor is do” rather than constantly seeking “social justice” revolution. Revolution and agitation are disordered acts of devolution.
“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (13:9)
We should order our lives through the proper relationship with government, but also through personal morality and love for each other. Love is the ultimate ordering factor in our lives. If we learn to love those around us we will attract order and harmony.
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (13:10)
If we want social order and right relationships with our neighbors we must acknowledge inconvenient social truths like race differences in intelligence. We are not loving the people around us by ignoring important socio-political facts and letting society fester in dysfunction because we are too uncomfortable to speak the truth.
“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” (13:13)
The Left encourages dishonesty and debauchery, the opposite of what Paul called for. The Left forces people to lie to themselves about fundamental truths like inequality between groups and people. It also encourages sexual revolution and anarchy. The Left manufactures strife and envy by creating coalitions of grievance groups to overthrow the status quo.
“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.” (14:1-6)
Although Paul was specifically talking about the differences between individual Christians, many of the differences he discussed relate to ethnic and cultural differences in the way people groups practice the Christian religion. We should not try to force one particular form of Christianity on all ethnic groups. Each should have their own unique identity. Food and feast days are common areas of divergence between ethnos.
Cultural Marxist Christians cannot tolerate the idea of differences between groups of people. In their obsession with equality, they want to create a new Tower of Babel to destroy true diversity.
“for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (14:17)
The Kingdom of God is not an egalitarian social justice utopia. The Kingdom of God is within us as a Christian people. Christianity is neither the Marxist nor liberal “equality and freedom” revolution.
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” (15:1-3)
Humans do not exist as atomized individuals. We are members of religious, ethnic, and community identities. We musy live for other people. We cannot be “free.” We should not champion “liberty.” Freedom from sin is the only freedom we possess as slaves of Christ.
“that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (15:6)
We should not act as individuals. We must submerge our individualism in a collective identity.
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:” (15:8)
Jesus’ ministry was to the ethnic Jews. Jesus’ actions were directed towards those of his own ethnic group. Jesus did not hate the ethnic “other” because his actions were ethnically discriminatory.
“and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.” (15:9-11)
The Gentiles were intended to come into true religion even in the ethno-nationalist Old Testament. The ethnic status quo God originally created was not overturned by the universal gospel.
“And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.” (15:12)
Jesus’ “right to the throne” was based on his blood connection to David and Jesse. Without this genetic ancestry, Jesus could not have been the messiah.
The Bible constantly talks in terms of monarchy, inequality, and hierarchy. Monarchy necessitates the importance of blood descent in defining a person’s identity. Jesus did not come to establish a “Democracy of God.” We have no “rights” in God’s kingdom. We do not vote nor are we equal.
“For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,” (15:18)
Paul continually talked about the “Gentiles” as a separate and distinct ethnic class. Ethnicity exists.
The Gentiles were to be obedient in word and deed. They had no right to define their actions. They were not equal decision making partners.
“It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.” (15:27)
Paul said the ethnic Gentiles owed a debt to the ethnic Jews because the Jews brought them the gospel. In a similar way, people of African, Asian, and Amerindian descent owe a debt of gratitude to Euroethnics for bringing them the gospel. African Americans should be paying reparations to white Americans for helping save their ancestors from barbaric paganism. Being sold into American slavery was the greatest blessing black slaves ever experienced.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (16:17)
God wants us to exclude those who teach or behave badly from the church. The church is exclusionary rather than inclusive. We should avoid people who have been excluded.
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (16:18)
How many social justice warrior Christians deceive people into accepting their perverse gospel with fair speeches about “love” and acceptance? The church hierarchies around the world are increasingly accepting heresy about our God given sexual identities in the name of “love” (#LoveWins). They want to make a prosperous peace with the world by accepting abominations with fair words. The wicked will succeed in deceiving the “simple” people who are naïve because of low intelligence or willful ignorance.
“Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.” (16:21)
Paul constantly mentioned his “kinsmen.” Apparently, he wanted to mark and honor the ethnic identity he shared with these people. Ethnic identity was important to Paul.
“but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” (16:26)
The commandments of God being made known to all nations assumes that nations, literally “ethnos,” exist as God accepted manifestations of human social organization. Nowhere does the Bible suggest that different nations have been abolished and incorporated into a new single nation, or that genetic distinctions between them have been eliminated.