IDENTITARIAN COMMENTARY ON 1 TIMOTHY
Paul didn’t urge Timothy to “engage in nice dialogue” with the false teachers, he told him to command them not to speak about certain things. The ability to command someone suggests a hierarchical relationship and inequality.
Paul had a strong sense of truth opposing falsehood. Woman are especially prone to sacrificing truth for peace, but lasting peace can only be achieved when built on a foundation of truth. In the post-WWII era, the West has sacrificed the truth of racial and religious inequality in an effort to create peaceful multicultural and multiracial societies. This effort has backfired as racial and religious integration is now devolving into ethnic conflict and populism.
“We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for the lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulturers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers” (1:9-10)
Capital punishment, government, and just war are required because many people are not righteous. Paul was a realist, he knew many humans are just evil. God created law and government so the righteous wouldn’t be destroyed by the wicked (Romans 9).
Martin Luther King Jr. was a lawbreaker, rebel, and sexual pervert. He encouraged the rise of a chaotic movement that sought the destruction of peaceful order in Southern American society. As a result, his race inherited social dysfunction and a collapse in their business ownership rates after the fall of segregation.
The modern West can’t get much more “irreligious” than it presently is. Today, belief in God and all religion is declining. People are increasingly advocating for euthanasia, which might fall under the category of “those who kill their fathers and mothers.” There is no doubt the West is adulterous and perverted considering the rates of divorce and remarriage and homosexual “marriage.”
“Slave traders” is elsewhere translated “kidnappers.” Some ancients would forcibly enslave free people and sell them for profit. This is a kind of theft. This kind of activity is still fairly common in the sex slave business; “enslavers” kidnap female tourists and sell them in other countries.
Paul was obviously not condemning all slavery because he addressed Christian masters and slaves in 1 Timothy 6 without suggesting slavery should be abolished. American slavery would probably not fall under Paul’s condemnation because most African slaves were sold to white traders as war captives.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man… The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1:12-14)
Paul saw his relationship with Christ as being one of reliance and hierarchy. Paul was lost in his sin and Jesus gave him strength and faith before making him a servant.
“Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.” (1:20)
Hymenaeus and Alexander were thrown out of the in-group and relabeled as part of the out-group. Paul excluded them from salvation because of their behavior, and took specific authoritative actions to remove them from the church. This is incomprehensible among modern liberal Christians who see inclusivity and tolerance as the highest values.
“[pray] for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (2:2)
Paul didn’t advocate the overthrow of “kings and those in authority” as liberals and Marxists did in the French Revolution and Mao’s China. Paul told Christians to pray for stability so they could live wholesome lives. Paul would never advocate the beheading of a king in order to establish “democratic society” or Marxist utopia. Paul was no revolutionist.
“I want men everywhere to life up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who process to worship God.” (2:8-9)
Paul wanted woman to act like woman and men to act like men. Woman were given special regulations based on their sex. Paul discriminated between men and woman. Noticing differences is not a sin, it’s absolutely necessary for us to understand God’s will for us and our societies.
“A women should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” (2:11-15)
This is probably the most “sexist” passage in the Bible. Paul flatly stated that God wants men to rule over woman and woman to submit to men’s authority. Woman shouldn’t teach men in the church; they should be taught by men. Furthermore, woman’s primary role is to produce children. In other words, a woman’s place is in the home.
Some feminist Christians have argued that the Bible’s commands about gender roles were written exclusively for the cultural context in which they circulated. Paul’s comments in 1 Timothy 2 can’t be read like this because he cited the creation order (men first, woman second) as the basis for his “sexist” directions. Paul assumed God designed distinct authority imbalances as part of creation from the very first man and woman to those Christians living thousands of years later in the first century Roman Empire. There is no reason to assume God’s created design has changed in the last 2,000 years.
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” (3:1-7)
This passage is among the clearest Biblical descriptions of what God expects from rulers and authority figures. Considering 2:11-17, we know Paul was talking specifically about men in authority positions rather than woman. Modern churches consider themselves “tolerant,” “progressive,” and “equality oriented” when they ordain female pastors or leaders. In reality, they’re just rebelling against God.
In this authors feeling, Paul’s requirement that an overseer lead a family is suggestive of something defective in the Catholic celibacy requirement for priests. Paul seems to have thought that having a family is an indication of a man’s leadership ability, but Catholic overseers are actually forbidden to have families.
Recent converts should not be held up as teachers or leaders. I’ve personally found myself in several situations in which recent converts were allowed to teach Bible classes and assert personal opinions of dubious soundness over more experienced lifelong Christians. Paul rejected this thinking. While new converts should be heard, they shouldn’t be given places of special authority or privilege. They are not equal to older converts in spiritual understanding (generally speaking).
Paul suggested that a desire for authority is noble. The desire for an authority position is not evil, and faithful men should recognize it as their duty to embrace these obligations. Personally, I’ve encountered several situations in which woman were thrust into authority positions because suitable men were unwilling to take the job. This is undesirable, and it puts woman in dangerous spiritual situations.
“In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” (3:11)
Young men should look for wives who will support their authority and help them lead.
“He [Christ] appeared in a body.” (3:16) “Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (4:2-4)
Gnosticism was rejected by the early church. The body is not evil, sex is not evil, this world is not evil, and pursuing the necessities of life is not evil. Christianity is not a world-denying religion. The fact that Jesus came into the created world and took on flesh is proof that the creation is good (as God said in Genesis). Paul wrote that everything created by God in the physical world was good, and the things of the world should be received with thanksgiving.
“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” (5:1-2)
God created things like age, family, gender, and talents to create hierarchies in the world. Hierarchies are not bad, and they shouldn’t be overthrown or leveled. They are necessary for the functioning of human society.
Christians should discriminate between people. We should treat people differently based on physical differences like age, gender, and race. In this passage, Paul said older men shouldn’t be rebuked harshly because they were fatherly figures. Paul’s words necessitate discrimination.
“But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” (5:4)
We have a duty to our biological family. This has been obvious to everyone in world history, but in the modern West family is regarded as a sexual accident. It’s interesting that Paul talked about extended family (grandchildren). Extended family includes people outside one’s nuclear relations, and it expands out to include one’s entire ethnos (nation/race). God has placed Christians in physical biological families, and we have a duty to them that is not erased by our entry into the Christian family.
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (5:8)
In 5:8, Paul specifically wrote about the Christian duty to extended family. He took it for granted that we should provide for our households, but argued that extended family is also important.
Race/ethnicity is just an extended family. Members of a race are always more closely genetically related to a member of their own race than to a member of another race. If a black mother gives birth to a half white child, she’s more closely genetically related to a random pure black child than she is to her own half-breed kid. Such is the strength of racial connections.
“No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.” (5:9-10)
Paul defined a faithful and noble woman in this passage. What should a woman be? A child raiser, faithful to her husband, hospitable, and a servant to others. An ideal woman is not a childless career woman or Facebook feminist.
“As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.” (5:11)
Young woman should be looking to get married and have children, and they shouldn’t be supported by the church. Paul implied that young woman should look to enter or create a home.
“If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.” (5:16)
Christians shouldn’t just provide unlimited aid to all who claim to need it. We should look for alternative ways to support people. Welfare is not a person’s right, and it’s not our duty to provide it when other options are available. We should use wisdom and discernment when distributing our God given resources.
“I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.” (5:21)
Paul wasn’t saying Christians shouldn’t discriminate; that would be nonsensical considering all the things he previously wrote about discriminating between sexes and age groups. Paul seems to have been directing Timothy to use discrimination without making exceptions due to affection. It’s easy for men to give in to woman who beg them for exceptions. God has given men a nature that favors woman, and is inclined to be less harsh towards them. Paul might have been asking Timothy to check this tendency and enforce restrictions on aid meant for widows.
“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves. These are the things you are to teach and insist on.” (6:1-2)
This passage supports Christian masters owning slaves, and encourages slaves to accept and embrace their slave identity. No verse in the New Testament, or Old, suggests slavery is evil or should be abolished. Slavery has been a fact of life for all of human history, and the first century Christians accepted it as such. There are more slaves in the modern twenty-first century world than at any other time in history.
“and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (6:5-10)
Christians should fight against the money temptation. Mammon is constantly seeking our loyalty. The modern world is corrupted by corporate and banking interests that care only for money. These are among the forces pushing late capitalistic debauchery as a way to turn the world’s populations into deracinated consumers.
The way of the cross is not financially lucrative. Jesus and Paul were both poor. Are we better than our master and his apostles? Christians should take risks and fight for what we believe in.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (6:17-19)
Our corrupt elites have sold their souls for earthly money, but their long-term investments are non-existent. Our souls are secure, and our investments are locked in heavenly vaults to be enjoyed for eternity. The Rothschild’s are impoverished compared to the lowest Christian.