IDENTITARIAN COMMENTARY ON 1, 2, & 3 JOHN
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands," (1:1)
John opened his first epistle with an attack on the Gnostic idea that Jesus was not flesh and blood. John told his readers he saw Jesus with his eyes and touched him with his hands. If God was capable of becoming flesh the material world is not evil. Christianity is a world affirming religion.
"If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another," (1:6-7)
Christianity is an exclusive religion composed only of members who walk in the light. There can not be true fellowship between those who walk in darkness and those who walk in the light of righteousness. Christianity creates an in-group and out-group.
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1:8-9)
Many modern people want to repudiate the idea of sin as "repressive" and "oppressive," but humans are depraved creatures prone to failure. A functioning society should not ignore this truth. Any concept of humans as naturally good contradicts a biblical worldview. Humans are evil, but with God’s help we can rise above our wickedness. Only through outside help can humanity find salvation. The Bible is not humanistic.
"Whoever says 'I know him' but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him," (2:4)
There are many twenty-first century liberals who claim to be Christians, even Christian thought leaders, who do not keep Christ's commandments. They advocate divorce and immorality. Many claim there is salvation outside an exclusive connection with Christ.
"By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." (2:5-6)
We should imitate Jesus in our lives. Jesus lived a moral life, he taught the truth, he shunned materialism, he violently purged holy places, and he gave his life for his people. Today, our task is much the same. We must avoid corruption from our decadent culture, teach the truth (about morality, race realism, and God given identity), purge our lands of ungodliness, defend our loved ones from Third World thuggery, and sacrifice our lives for the good of our people.
"Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes." (2:10-11)
Do we love our religious and ethnic brothers and sisters when we disregard their well-being because we are too busy morally signaling against racism? Many of our people are willing to destroy the neighborhoods, schools, and job opportunities of their ethnic kin by advocating mass Third World immigration into our country. If love is doing unto other as we would have them do unto us then we have failed as a society to love our neighbors. We have hated our poor brothers by flooding them with violent races of people while the richer among us have escaped for richer suburbs or gated communities.
Monetarily richer moral signalers are walking in darkness. They are walking in the darkness of their lies about race, social cohesion, and equality. They only care about their personal image and reputation. The modern West has no idea where it is going. It is a dying society without direction or identity. The West is lost.
We should be careful not to hate the ethnic "other." The violent darker ethnic groups are still humans regardless of their moral failings and low IQs. Our identity must be founded upon more than hatred of the "other." Our love must be stronger than their inadequacy. God gives mercy to those who grant mercy. We must order our world according to love. We must create a world that includes both us and them in the best possible scenario while still loving our own people first.
"I am writing to you, little children… I am writing to you, fathers… I am writing to you, young men" (2:14)
John's words appear to have been addressed to three generations of males. Perhaps he addressed the males because these groups would eventually become community leaders (men having authority over women).
John praised the young men for "overcoming the evil one." This is a difficult objective in the twenty-first century West. With so many distractions and opportunities for sin (especially sexual immorality and apathy), young men are subjected to incredible temptation. If we overcome the evil one, however, we can take our place among fathers and leaders.
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." (2:15-17)
The world's standards are not our standards. Pride and fleshly desires should not dominate us. Only Christians can truly draw strength from beyond the world. We are independent of the world's values. We can operate freely within this earthly sphere because we have not fully invested ourselves in it. Others fret about their legacy, reputation, and pleasure, but our Lord is beyond these things, and our treasures are safely stored in heaven. Only Christians are free. We know another world exists and is coming.
The more we are invested in the world as a permanent entity the more we cannot love God or each other. A Christian's power comes from the spirit. Christ's bread, the source of his strength, was not physical bread. "Man shall not live by bread alone."
"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us." (2:19)
The Christian community has an "in" and an "out." Some people are part of the in-group while others belong to the out-group. The church is not an inclusive community; it is exclusive, and membership within it depends on one's spirit. In the twenty-first century many antichrists have attempted to remain within the church. How many of our institutional hierarchies have been contaminated with people teaching abominations like LGBT "marriage?"
"no lie is of the truth." (2:21)
The racial equality lie is not of the truth. The lie that diversity creates strength is not of the truth. The lies of religious pluralism are not of the truth. As Christians, we should be the first within our society to expose the lies circulating around us. The truth is our identity.
"No one who denies the Son has the Father." (2:23)
Christianity is the only religion that leads to salvation. Christ, the Son, is the only way to approach God. Religious pluralism leads to syncretism and tolerance of spiritual lies.
"Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you." (2:24)
John told his readers to abide in the truth of what they were taught from the beginning. In the twenty-first century West, Christian thought leaders have introduced numerous theological innovations and adjustments to historical doctrines and worldview perspectives. Thousands of years of consensus have been swept away. Slavery, for example, long legitimized within scripture and tradition, has been declared an "abomination," while homosexual intercourse, long declared an abomination, has been declared a loving expression of affection. John's words should call us back to the origin.
“this is the promise that he [God] made to us—eternal life.” (2:25)
Christians should be the bravest people. We, above all others, have the assurance of real life after death, and physical evidence (Jesus’ resurrection) to prove God will keep his promise.
“everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (3:3)
It can be very difficult to purify ourselves in a world that encourages and celebrates impurity while condemning and belittling those who strive to remain pure. The twenty-first century West is a cesspool of “on demand” sin. Almost anyone facing the slightest temptation often finds it easier to accomplish their sins than resist them. We must purify ourselves. The first step in escaping this evil socio-political system is rebelling against it within our minds and bodies. Our modern world of consumption and impulse hates nothing more than fasting, moral discipline, and prayer.
“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” (3:4)
The current social and political leaders encourage lawlessness. They call it the moral high ground. The elite have anointed homosexuals and Black Lives Matter thugs the moral soul of America and the West. Revolution against truth and traditional morality has become a religious activity. Neo-Reactionaries call this “anarcho-tyranny:” the maintenance of lawlessness to maintain the power of the ruling class.
“Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil,” (3:7-8)
There are only two possible sides to fight for: Jesus or Satan. You are either with him or against him. You are either a slave to good or a slave to evil. You are with the in-group or you are with the out-group.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (3:8)
In the end, there will be no religious pluralism or moral confusion. Christ will triumph and destroy the works of Satan. Jesus will bring homogeneity.
“Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” (3:13)
We are the counter-culture. Today, Christians are reviled by the mainstream culture. We are even despised by large sections of the Alt-Right. They hate us, but God is on our side. He will make our efforts valuable and permanent.
“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.” (3:14)
All our social and political efforts should arise from love. Culture arises from faith, hope, and love. Good art must contain these things. Hatred never developed any culture or society. Hatred is chaos and lawlessness. No lasting expression of the human spirit can be maintained by anarchy or hate.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (3:16)
Civilization arises from self-sacrifice. The church, a society, arose from Christ’s blood. It arose from violence saturated with sacrifice. Triumph in sacrifice is a lasting archetype. All our actions should radiate from a need to sacrifice for others. Our individualism is something to be given for the good of our brothers and sisters. Martyrdom is our goal.
“if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?” (3:17)
The “world’s goods” are temporarily given to us by God. We have no “right” to them. If our brother is in need (our actual brother/neighbor; not a random stranger on the other side of the world) we are obligated to give up what we have. We are obligated to work to produce a store of these goods to give away to others.
Material possessions produce comfort, and comfort leads to less sacrifice and suffering. Less sacrifice and suffering leads to decadence and social decay. We must remain a virile people, always possessing a kind of barbaric struggle within us, to push forward into inner strength and purity.
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (3:18)
We are not loving by telling lies. We are not loving by spreading the delusions of racial egalitarianism, equality, multiculturalism, and diversity. We are not loving by ignoring the social implications of IQ differences between the races. We are not loving by ignoring the criminal character of many of those of African and Latino descent. Love is truth.
“this is [God’s] commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (3:23)
This should be the foundation of our civilization.
“by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.” (3:24)
Man is not merely a material creature. His full needs are not met through economic calculations or systems. “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Economics will not make an ethnos strong and lasting. Man has a spirit that must be nurtured.
“do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (4:1)
How many false prophets are allowed to corrupt the minds of the faithful today? How many church hierarchies are filled with Cultural Marxist Christians preaching a gospel centered on social progress defined by liberalism? How many of them have ordained women authority figures or bless homosexual “marriage” contrary to Biblical revelation.
“every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,” (4:2)
John repudiated the Gnostics. According to the apostle, those who taught the world affirming fleshly incarnation of Christ were teachers associated with God. Those who said God could not incarnate because the physical world was evil (Jesus was merely a phantasm or something else) were spirits against God.
“he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (4:4)
Christians are marked by the Spirit within them. We should be above the world and its petty concerns. We alone can stand against the world because we have God dwelling within us.
“By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (4:6)
Christians are beholden to a Spirit of truth rather than a spirit of error. Identitarians and the Alt-Right are fighting for truth: race differences in intelligence, social capital against diversity, and the necessity of hierarchy and inequality.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” (4:9)
We can only find life through Christ. There is no other religion through which life can be attained. Why would an ethnos encourage or allow religions of death to confuse its people and destroy spiritual homogeneity? We should reject religious pluralism.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (4:10)
Contrary to the claims of enlightenment liberalism, man is depraved and incapable of directing his own steps. Man’s salvation can only be found in outside revelation. Humanism is hubris, and its acceptance will lead to delusional social and moral decay. The coming of God’s son was an act of love on God’s part. Man did not bring God down to save him, God lovingly volunteered to save man.
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (4:12)
Because it is difficult for us to love God directly (we do not see him) our love for him is manifested in our love for others: kin, neighbors, brothers and sisters in Christ, etc. How we love is of utmost importance. A society that does not think about how to love is a society already losing its unity. Economics cannot replace love as the soul of a nation. If we want our ethnic group to be a temple of God we must love our people and sacrifice for them.
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” (4:15)
God’s church has an in-group (those who confess Christ as the Son of God) and an out-group (those who deny him). This necessary confession removes Muslims from the in-group. All religions that deny Christianity’s basic truth should be excluded from our society. God has never endorsed religious pluralism.
By believing in the Christian confession we abide in God and make ourselves and our actions immortally invested in a supreme deity. Our lives have no consequence unless our treasures are secured within the world’s creator.
“we may have confidence for the day of judgment,” (4:17)
The Day of Judgment is a blessing. Because of its threat, countless people have chosen to shun evil and choose good because they fear God’s retribution. The concept of morality might lose all meaning if the Day of Judgment did not exist.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (4:20)
John’s words might be restated: “If anyone says ‘I love non-white immigrants and refugees,’ and hates his ethnic brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love the non-white immigrant or refugee whom he has not seen.”
We love our ethnic brothers by protecting their jobs from Third World invasion, stopping fresh floods of criminal minority thuggery, and abolishing affirmative action reverse-racism. We cannot love non-whites if it means hating our ethnic brother. Love is often a zero-sum-game.
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (5:4)
Faith in a God who dominates the material and non-material world raises Christians above the values of the faithless people of our world. A person can only rise above the world by connecting themselves to an outside force.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (5:12)
There is no salvation in any religion but Christianity. There is no need for religious pluralism when all other religions lead to the everlasting damnation of the soul. Why would we freely allow the members of our society to be corrupted and damned by the unrestricted spread of demonic religious ideas?
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,” (5:13)
John wrote exclusively to those who were included within the church. He was excluding those who did not believe Jesus to be the Son of God.
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.” (5:16)
There is a common myth among many low church evangelicals that all sins are equal. Allegedly, cursing is equivalent to murder and both will get one damned equally. John repudiated this idea. Some sins are worse than others.
John suggested salvation is a community issue. A person’s forgiveness can be affected by the prayers of the people he is surrounded by. Salvation is not purely an individualistic activity. Confession is important because it brings other people into a social salvation process.
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (5:19)
The current value system that dominates the world has been manufactured by the Devil. It is satanic and backwards. It is blinded by its lack of faith in forces outside the material dimension. Until Christ returns, man will continue to be dominated by this satanic value system and worldview that represents only the small closed vision of the faithless. Christians are God’s agents in enemy territory. We have the ability to affect this world for the good, but without God’s intervention we can never hope to dominate it permanently. The whole psychological immune system of this social world has been hardwired to destroy us.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (5:21)
The purpose of all Identitarian and Alt-Right activities should be the creation of a society in which it is easier to be good; a society in which God’s organization of humanity is respected and encouraged. The creation of an ethno-national state can become an idol if it is sought in godless ways and for godless purposes. We must remember our priorities.
“The elder to the elect lady and her children,” (1:1)
The identity of the “elect lady” is unknown. The title possibly refers to a specific congregation of believers (the bride of Christ and her member children). Some have claimed this elect lady was a leader in the early church. Considering Paul’s position against female authority in the church, it seems unreasonable to make this argument; especially when there is no certainty the “elect lady” is a specific person.
“I love in truth,” (1:1-6)
The words “love” and “truth” are both used five times in the first six verses of John’s second epistle. Love and truth are not incompatible. On the contrary, they are necessary components of a healthy spiritual life. Telling the truth about race differences in intelligence and the negative effects of racial and religious diversity is not “hatred.” If we truly love our fellow human beings we must tell these hard truths.
The truth is opposed to lies, and if Jesus is the truth than any ideology or religious paradigm that stands against him is deception. The truth is exclusive. If something is true than opposing ideas are false.
“many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.” (1:7)
John specifically repudiated the world denying Gnostic concept that Christ did not come in a worldly fleshly human body. Christianity affirms the goodness of the created material world. Christianity is not world denying.
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God.” (1:9)
The Cultural Marxists and Liberal Christians have “gone on ahead” of Christ’s teachings. These modern thinkers have proclaimed new heights of holiness and created new sins like slavery, racism, ethno-centrism, and inequality. The Bible writers continually embraced the institution of slavery in both the Old and New Testaments, but the abolitionists and their modern descendants have proclaimed themselves holier than the Bible. We can not allow ourselves to be drawn into a destructive holiness spiral that descends into going ahead of God’s teachings.
“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” (1:10-11)
We cannot give quarter to those who teach evil religious concepts. The Apostle John told the ancient Christians to avoid being polite to these kinds of people. There is no place for religious pluralism among us. Christianity is an exclusive religion that rejects those who teach differing spiritual lies. We must embrace a barbaric rejection of anti-Christian teachings. We must have the faith to defend the truth in both our personal and corporate lives.
“I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (1:12)
Technology can be an amazing tool to bring like minded people together, but we must not assume it can take the place of real physical interaction. Even hand written letters are no replacement for flesh and blood contact. Humans were created with physical bodies rather than digital ones. God created us to talk face to face and form joyful community.
One of the Alt-Right and Identitarian movement’s greatest problems is that our connections are digital and deracinated. We have no geographical territory or breathing community. We must find a way to come together into the real world. In the current socio-political climate it is a difficult task, but we have the energy and intelligence to innovate community.
“The children of your elect sister greet you.” (1:13)
Again, this “elect sister” may be a congregation from which John is writing. It almost certainly does not suggest a woman with authority in the early church.
The concept of “elect” suggests some people or groups are elected while others are not. God is not egalitarian, and his people are the few among the many. Christianity is exclusive.
“Whom I love in truth.” (1:1)
Truth and love produce true love. The lies and deceptions of racial egalitarianism are not love. They are personal social cowardice. The concept of “truth” plays a huge part in John’s third epistle (specifically, the truth of the gospel). Christianity is rooted in truth, and our worldview must represent the truth about God’s creation and revelation.
“they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.” (1:7)
John used the language of exclusion and ethnic difference to communicate his point. He talked about the Gentiles as the “other.” He regarded it as a point of honor that those who spread the name of Christ had done so without leaning for assistance on the “other.” The in-group had completed its job.
“Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.” (1:9)
John asserted his position of authority and condemned by name those who would not submit. The church is not egalitarian. Christians are not equal. God has given some Christians power over others.
“I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us.” (1:10)
John was not afraid to talk tough and condemn those who were spreading lies and rumors. Christians should not be afraid to violate the rules of politeness and become offensive. Jesus was offensive. Our lord often “trolled” his opponents and incited them to harden their hearts. The prophets spoke inflammatory rhetoric against their own wicked nation. John called a false teacher’s words “wicked nonsense.” We must be strong.
“I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.” (1:13)
John reiterated in his third epistle what he said in his second: it’s better to talk in person than over messages. We need to be people of physical community. We should meet in the flesh. We should meet face to face.