IDENTITARIAN COMMENTARY ON EPHESIANS
There is no authority that can undermine Christ’s legitimacy or command. There is no government that can undo the obligations Christ has given us, nor override the natural world he created. No society, no will of the people, can contradict Christ’s will. Man cannot erase our religious, sexual, or racial identities because Christ created them in the beginning.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.” (2:1-2)
We should remember we live in the midst of spiritual war. There are two princes fighting for our souls. Humans cannot forge our own way. If we leave Christ, we fall under the control of the “ruler of the kingdom of the air.” We might think we’re escaping the tyranny of religion, but by leaving God we enter the tyranny of sin. Liberal “freedom” and “liberty” are merely enticing lies.
“you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.” (2:19)
Before Christ’s coming, the Gentiles were not part of God’s family. After Christ, Gentiles become co-heirs. Unification under God’s fathership should not be warped to mean the amalgamation of all ethnicities into a brown blob. Sons and daughters are not equal despite living under the same parents and in the same house.
There seems to be a modern pathology, or mental hang-up, in which unity is conflated with a commune. To be truly united, this pathology contends, a group of people must integrate in the most extreme and total ways. For Liberals and Cultural Marxists, it’s not enough for two races of people to be united under Christ while simultaneously retaining two separate continents or governments; to be united, these races must socially, geographically, and sexually admix in order to be seen as pleasing God. These people cannot conceive degrees of relationships, they cannot understand categories of unity. They must conflate all relationships with marriage.
Jews and Gentiles are united in a common family by converting to Christianity. Only through this common connection among Christians can people of different nations see each other’s humanity. Without God, there is genocide. With God, there is tempered exploitation.
“the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (2:16)
Jews and Gentiles are separate nations (or groups of nations) combined into one spiritual body, but they do not become one nation. The biological realities of ethnic and racial differences are not erased because of spiritual unity.
This is easy to understand on the individual level. A man and woman can be united within the Christian family, but their unity in Christ does not create equality. A Man cannot suddenly give birth to a child, and a woman does not have God’s permission to become an authority figure in the church. There are different degrees and categories of unity. Spiritual unity should not be conflated with physical, national, or sexual unity.
Leftists claim people of all ethnic groups must unite into a single intimate social group, but this claim, that we should ignore ethnic differences, rarely (if ever) manifests itself in a call for universal language. If God wants Christians to unite into one brown blob of racial unity, why is our first priority not the destruction of all language barriers?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (3:20)
We must lean on the power of God to save and sustain us. Over the last couple hundred years, the West has drifted from God and begun to embrace new understandings rooted in humanism and worldly logic. The world cannot exist without God, and any civilization unrooted in his truths is drifting to collapse. The West is in terrible shape, and our people are corrupt, but if God blesses our fight he is able to restore us.
“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (4:4-6)
There are differences between members of the same body. The feet are different than the hands, and the eyes are different than the teeth. What unites the members is being part of the same body. White people are not black people, and Asians are not Australian aborigines. What can unite the races is their participation within the spiritual body of Christ. “One God” does not eliminate the possibility of three distinct persons within God. One spiritual family does not eliminate the possibility of distinct racial groups within that family.
Paul wrote that within the “one faith” Christ had apportioned different amounts of grace. He was probably talking about gifts. Everyone has different gifts, and these different gifts produce inequality. Equality cannot exist while differences exist, because differences inspire value judgments. Equality is impossible, it has never existed and can never exist.
Compare this passage to Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” The united “one” Paul spoke of did not eliminate the real distinctions that exist within the “one:” different ethnic groups, socio-economic categories, and sexes. In Ephesians 4:4-6, Paul listed the things that unite us despite our identity differences.
“It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up… joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (4:11-16)
Christ created the differences that exist between Christians. He did not create all men equal, he created all men different. The Bible never speaks of “equality” (in the modern sense). Equality is illusionary and impossible to achieve because each person’s gifts differ, and this difference creates different identities and identity groups. Inevitably, differences produce jealousy, biases, and value differences.
If Christ gives different gifts to different people than why do we assume all men are equally capable of exercising authority? God did not establish his church as a democracy, he only gave a limited number of men the gift to be pastors (elders). If the gift of political authority is given only to some people, why do we assume everyone should have an equal say in the government of a group? Why do we establish “one person, one vote” if we know the number of people who should vote is limited by God’s discriminatory grace? The church is not a democracy, why should any society be a democracy? God created inequality when he created difference.
“you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts… they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” (4:17-19)
Paul ethnically stereotyped the Gentile nations as being futile in their thinking and overcome with lust and impurity. Racial stereotypes are logical and moral.
The twenty-first century West is overcome with impurity and lust. We are darkened in our understanding the farther we drift from God’s truth. We turned to humanism and secularism, and our journey has ended in “every kind of impurity:” sexual depravity, atheism, neo-paganism, homosexual “marriage,” the suicide of our civilization in the form of mass immigration, and the implosion of the family unit. The West deserves to die; but we, as white Westerners, must fight to save our people. It would be a moral failure if we gave up on our people and sunk into despair. With Gods help, perhaps we can battle back from this spiritual rot and save a remnant or more.
“each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” (4:25)
We speak lies every time we affirm “racial equality.” We comfort ourselves by thinking of the lie as “harmless” and “well-intended.” In reality, we’re cowards. We’re unwilling to tell the truth for fear of social repercussions. In this post-2016 era, after the rise of the Alt-Right, the information on race differences in intelligence, and other aspects of racial realism, are so easily accessed that no person who speaks about racial egalitarianism has an excuse for ignorance. No racial dialogue can occur inside the church until the truth of racial realism is acknowledged. To speak of racial equality in intelligence is simply blasphemy against the truth.
“live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (5:2)
Our lives should be ordered by the love we have for others. We should be inspired by love to help the religious and racial kin God gave us to serve. Identitarianism is about sacrificing our lives in the way God would have us sacrifice them.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place… of this you can be sure: no immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (5:5)
Servants should live as their master commands them. Soldiers should obey their general’s orders. Lord’s should follow their king. Children should honor their fathers. God has forbidden us from participating in the world’s corruptions. If we will be Christ followers, we should follow Christ’s commands.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (5:6-7)
God does not take sin lightly. He does not find it funny when we joke about coarse and impure things with our friends. He does not allow us to partner with those who live corrupt and godless lives. We should strive for purity and holiness if we want to retain our identity as sons of God.
“For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” (5:12)
Because of passages like this one, the early Americans often refused to openly talk about homosexuality. Old documents sometimes refer to the “the infamous sin against nature” instead of actually naming the abomination. But the West has fallen far, and now homosexuality is regarded as morally superior to heterosexuality in liberal social circles.
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church… Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” (5:24)
Authority often affects our identity. God has placed women under the authority of men “in everything.” This is biologically obvious. The man is a physical authority figure, and 99% of all human societies in history have acknowledged this. More importantly, gender inequality is God’s direct command through scripture.
How much longer will Christians warp the implications of Christian doctrine trying to mold it to liberalism? How much longer will we distort logic attempting to justify women becoming politicians despite God forbidding them authority in the church and home? God’s revealed authority structure helps define our identities.
I don’t think we need a direct command to assume God would not approve of female politicians. Perhaps there is room for situations in which women are thrust into political authority because of a power vacuum. There is precedent for this in the story of Deborah, but it’s clearly not normal, and it’s not God’s intention for this to be normalized.
“He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no man hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.” (5:28-29)
We should love our physical bodies. We shouldn’t hate the ties our physical bodies have with this world. Our genetic kin, our race and ethnic group, are connected to us through our physical bodies. We should love them as we love our wives.
“each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (5:33)
Possessing authority over another person does not destroy one’s love for them. Cultural Marxists talk about the oppressive “patriarchy” in which males dominate women to benefit themselves. They suggest domination destroys the possibility of love, and that loving domination is an oxymoron. On the contrary, God completely dominates us, and yet he loves us. Kings can love their people, masters can love their slaves, husbands can love their wives, and fathers can love their children. Sometimes, authoritarian domination is the only way to love someone. The Cultural Marxists confuse authority with exploitation. On the contrary, egalitarianism often leads to competition for superiority that leads to atrocity.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with promise” (6:1-2)
The hierarchical social order advocated in the Old Testament was not repudiated with the coming of Christ. Paul continually advocated the commands of the Old Testament as relevant to the Christian life. In this instance, he told children to obey the authority of their parents, and implied their parents authority was God’s will. Paul advocated an inequality of authority.
“Slaves, obey your masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” (6:5-6)
Slaves should obey their masters just as children should obey their parents. Modern Liberals claim slavery was repudiated by God, but, they argue, the first century Christians couldn’t abolish it until later centuries. If this is true, does it not follow that the inequality between parents and children should also be abolished if possible? If slavery was a “necessary evil” does that mean the parent child relationship is a “necessary evil?”
Perhaps all hierarchies are “necessary evils,” but God created our world with limitations. If he wanted us to abolish unequal authority structures he would have created a world in which they were unnecessary.
Paul encouraged Christians to think of slave masters as they think of Christ. Christian slaves should obey their masters as they obey Christ. If the ownership of slaves is truly an abominable sin, as modern Liberals assure us, then why did Paul compare Christ to a slave master? Slavery is discussed many times in the New Testament, and it was never condemned or repudiated (excepting “slavery to sin”).
“you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (6:8-9)
Paul could have commanded slave masters to free their slaves, but he didn’t. He could have encouraged them to free their slaves, but he didn’t. No apostle or New Testament writer ever suggested slavery was evil or should be fazed out of existence. Was Paul too cowardly to denounce the institution of slavery? He certainly wasn’t a coward in denouncing the Roman Empire’s idolatry.
The equality of justice God shows towards men (“no favoritism”) is not the abolition of physical inequality, but a deeper justice that bypasses social and physical conditions. The Marxists and liberals conflate the material conditions of a human with their spiritual condition; they seek to save man, and give him value, by making him socially equal. God, however, can give man value and salvation through whatever physical condition he finds him in. Whether a man is slave or free is irrelevant to God. Literally irrelevant, meaning God works outside of it or through it to achieve whatever end he wants. If God is beyond slavery why should we waste so much time and energy trying to abolish it? Slaves possess dignity through God regardless of their enslavement.
The Marxists and Liberals say they want to elevate man by making him socially, politically, and monetarily equal to his peers, but what they accomplish is to place the value of man in these physical qualities. They measure people (or groups of people) by their worldly condition or class. They seek to abolish poverty or social inequality because they see the impoverished person as worthless and having no value. Christians should serve the impoverished because we see God’s image in the impoverished person regardless of whether they remain in poverty forever.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” (6:10-12)
The Marxist and Liberal struggle is against flesh and blood. It is against the physical “oppressors” who preserve authority, inequality, and social tradition. They think in material terms, and fight for a material goal.
Christians should fight for something higher. We fight in the socio-political realm only in so much as that realm directly effects the spiritual conditions of our society. The good government is the one that makes it easier to be good. The only way to be good is to conform our lives to the religious identity God created us to embrace, and to serve the ethnos and neighbors God placed in our midst.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,” (6:14)
Christians fight for the truth. We fight for all truth, especially religious truth. The truth of racial realism is a religious duty. We cannot lie about race relations and expect to live in peace forever. Every lie we use to build the foundation of our society, churches, and families weakens those foundations. God’s reality will strike back.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (6:18)
It is counter cultural to pray in our materialist society. It is counter cultural to believe in the existence of spirits in our spiritually blind society. We must be counter cultural if we hope to topple the evil ideologies now controlling and destroying our civilization.