“ He said therefore to the multitudes that went forth to be baptized by him: Ye offspring of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of penance; and do not begin to say, We have Abraham for our father. For I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.  For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the fire.” – [Luke 3:7-9]
“ For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you be Christ’s, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.” – [Galatians 3:27-29]
We here at Christos Culture have been having some run-ins lately with adherents of Christian Identity. Christian Identity, for those unaware, is a sect which believes that the Israelites were “white.” The exact meaning and nuance of that claim is of course, up for debate amongst themselves. Some simply assert that the Israelites are the ancestors of the modern Europeans, and others go so far as to say that the only true descendants of Adam are members of the “white” race. That, again, may include Middle Easterners such as Palestinians, Syrians and Persians, or it may be limited only to those of strictly pure, European ancestry. Salvation is through blood, and the Old Covenant made with Abraham and his seed is still in effect in a literal, genetic way, meaning that only those directly descended from Abraham are saved, or, maybe, it’s just any “Adamite”, i.e. any “white” person. This leads to another common belief, i.e. that non-Whites don’t possess souls. It’s up for grabs what other doctrines are espoused. Some Identity Christians believe in the “dual seedline theory,” a theory with Gnostic roots (cf. Gospel of Phillip 60,34 – 64,12) which essentially asserts that Cain is a bastard who was conceived by Eve via the rape of Satan, aka the serpent. The Jewish race, as they are known today, is supposedly the descendants of this illegitimate first murderer. This comes from both an interpretation of the word “beguiled” in Genesis 3 and Christ’s condemnation of the Sanhedrin as a “brood of vipers” whose “father was a murderer from the start” (cf. Jn. 8:44). Others believe, on the contrary, that modern day Jews and specifically the Jews of the Sanhedrin are a bastard race composed of Edomite and Canaanite blood. These bastards mixed in with the Israelites when they were assimilated (cf. Josephus’ Antiquities 13.9.1, Strabo 16.2.34) and became “fake Jews” who were the ones criticized and condemned in both the Gospel of John and the Apocalypse of John.
The root of the error of Christian Identity is the same root found in Protestantism in general. It isn’t really crucial to refute each and every claim and supposition of Christian Identity, nor with Protestantism. I simply need to ask where their authority derives from, and to prove their answer. Identity Christians, like most Protestants, beg the question when discussing Scripture. Identity Christians reject the authority of Sacred Tradition, and especially the authority of the Church. This is best exemplified in the Protestant beliefs of sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and sola fide (faith alone). Neither of these doctrines, ironically enough, can be proven definitively from Scripture. We read all throughout the New Testament of things not even found in the Old Testament books. A prime example is the idea of a “Chair of Moses” of which the Pharisees sat upon and were owed an assent of conscience in matters of teaching (cf. Mt. 23:2-3). Other such examples would be the mention of the binding of the fallen angels (cf. 1 Enoch) in both the writings of Saint Peter (cf. 2 Pt. 2:4) and Saint Jude (cf. Jude 1:6) which is only known from the oral tradition of the Jews and the Apocrypha, along with Saint Paul’s mention of the rock which gave water following the Israelites in the desert (cf. 1 Cor. 10:1-5) and the contending of Saint Michael the Archangel and Satan over the body of Moses (cf. Jude 1:9). Beyond mere mentions of things not present in the Old Testament, we also have exhortations given by Ss. Paul and Peter to adhere to the traditions passed down to us by the Apostles, including themselves. The brethren were told to “hold fast to the traditions” they had been taught, “whether by word or by epistle” (cf. 2 Thess. 2:14). Saint Timothy, who was a disciple of Saint Paul, was told explicitly that the Church was the “pillar and ground of the truth” (cf. 1 Timothy 3:15). Furthermore, Paul exhorts Timothy to teach what he has heard from Paul and “many witnesses” (cf. 2 Timothy 2:2). Peter, in one of his epistles, reminds the brethren that “no prophecy of Scripture is made by private interpretation” (cf. 2 Pt. 1:20-21) and that “the unlearned rend the scriptures to their own destruction” (cf. 2 Pt. 3:16). How fitting it is that the first Roman Pontiff was the one to explicitly condemn private interpretation and relying upon one’s own ideas in reference to scriptural exegesis. As to whether or not we are saved by faith in Christ alone, I feel it sufficient to simply state, in full, the words of Saint James:
“ What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?  And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:  And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?  So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.  But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.  Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?  And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.  Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?  And in like manner also Rahab the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?  For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.” – [James 2:14-26]
Protestants are at a loss when asked, “Where did we get the Bible from?” The only correct answer is the Catholic Church, but every single attempt is made to dodge this obvious conclusion. The assertion that “we’ve always had it” is blatantly false, and the books of the Old Testament and New Testament were written down by historical authors at different points in time, anyway. It is of course true that the books in the Holy Bible were always inspired, but we only know this because of the Church handing them down to us and telling us they are inspired. If I handed someone who has no knowledge of the canon Philemon and the Didache, which do you think he would conclude is probably Scripture? If I gave him First Clement and 3 John, do you really think he’d pick 3 John over First Clement? Or how about Jude over the Shepherd of Hermas? The canon was not a settled issue in the early Church, and various different Fathers and churchmen at different points believed various canonical and noncanonical books to be inspired or not inspired. A lot of people dissented to the Apocalypse of John, and some even believed the apocryphal Apocalypse of Peter to be inspired. The issue is compounded by the fact that Protestants have taken it upon themselves to chop up the canon and relegate certain Old Testament books to the Apocrypha, i.e. the deuterocanonical books. That’s not even to mention the fact that Luther, for example, called the Epistle of James an “epistle of straw” and didn’t believe the Apocalypse to be canon. How ironic it is that the Protestants, who accused and continue to accuse the Catholic Church of modifying Scripture, modified it themselves! Luther added the word “allein” (alone) to Romans 1:17 to support his theology of sola fide, which put Saint Paul in direct opposition to Saint James, as quoted above. Among Identity Christians, there has also been debate about the canonicity of books, such as the Book of Esther for sounding “too Jewish.” This is what happens when you give the power of interpretation to the laity. Everyone becomes their own Pope.
A strange belief amongst some Identity Christians (since they, like all Protestants, are a dogmaless sect), which can be noted in the comments of our recent podcast, is a sort of “racist Origenism”. In essence, the belief is that, if you belong to the White race, you will be saved no matter your actions. It’s not really a “once saved, always saved”, but rather a denial of Final Impenitence, i.e. that the sin against the Holy Ghost is unforgivable, and that men can repent in the hereafter. Firstly, this is in direct contradiction to their sola Scriptura, because we read in the New Testament that not all who say “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of God (cf. Mt. 7:21) and that we must “endure till the end” (cf. Mt. 24:13), that men who know the way of God but turn back to their old lives of sin are worse off than they were before (cf. 2 Pt. 2:20-22), not to mention Saint Paul exhorting us to go about our salvation in “fear and trembling” (cf. Phillipians 2:12). Saint Paul himself wasn’t even sure that he would be saved (cf. 1 Cor. 4:4; 1 Cor. 9:27)! This is a very dangerous heresy, as it threatens to give false assurance to one who may be cut off (see, e.g. Rom. 11:22; Heb. 10:26–29). There is no repentance for the Damned, because they feel no real sorrow for their sins outside of the unimaginable pain they suffer in Hell. Immediately upon death, one experiences the terror of the Judgement of God! It’s rather ironic, indeed, that one could imagine simply being born into a certain race to be a guarantee of salvation. What need is there even for faith if by my genes I am justified? It is not an escape from this to claim one simply receives no reward in Heaven, because such a belief is a blatant contradiction. If anything, that would be more akin to Limbo than Heaven. Limbo is the edge of Hell, so certainly that’s not salvation. In Heaven, we see God “face to face” (cf. 1 Cor. 13:12), and this is what we call the “beatific vision”. This is an absolute state of perfection, where our intellect is perfected and we become gods (cf. John falling down in worship of the angel in Rev. 22; also see Lk. 20:36) by participation and association, yet maintaining our distinct humanity and essence. To imagine that an unrepentant murderer or a rapist could enter such a state simply because of his race is blasphemy of the highest order, making the Saints akin to a Barrabas or a Jezebel. Only the perfect can enter heaven (cf. Mt. 5:20, 48; Hebrews 12:22-23).
These heretics are infamous for their lack of charity and opinionated bigotry. Attempting to convert one of these spiritual boomers out of their typically American pseudo-scientific lunacy is quite difficult. One of them, a man named William Finck, who runs the website Christogenea, has even taken it upon himself to translate the New Testament along his theological lines. A new Luther in the making, it seems, or rather, another strumpet for Satan to play his tunes and beguile the feebleminded into the pit. Wherever you find these heretics, go out of your way to discredit them and disprove their typically Protestant nonsense. Many a White man is taken in by their nice sounding ideas, especially those who have to deal with non-Whites in the world. It’s convenient to relegate all non-Whites to the status of animals, because animals cannot make moral decisions and therefore have no real moral responsibilities, either. This then logically proceeds to them having an equal status to say, horses or dogs, and as deserving of ethical and moral treatment. One comedic question, that is usually dodged, is, “If Negroes and mestizos aren’t human, can I eat them?” Answers ranging from “if you’re not a vegetarian” to near-Rabbinical answers of “it violates the dietary laws” (see Acts 10) are common. What a mess.
Remember that the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the God of us and everyone else too, brothers, and that we should do our best to convert all nations. May the Holy Ghost guide us into all truth. Amen.
“O Mary, Mother of mercy and Refuge of sinners, we beseech thee, be pleased to look with pitiful eyes upon poor heretics and schismatics. Thou who art the Seat of Wisdom, enlighten the minds that are miserably enfolded in the darkness of ignorance and sin, that they may clearly know that the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church is the one true Church of Jesus Christ, outside of which neither holiness nor salvation can be found. Finish the work of their conversion by obtaining for them the grace to accept all the truths of our Holy Faith, and to submit themselves to the supreme Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth; that so, being united with us in the sweet chains of divine charity, there may soon be only one fold under the same one shepherd; and may we all, O glorious Virgin, sing forever with exultation: Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, thou only hast destroyed all heresies in the whole world. Amen.”
Hail Christ the King, and Hail Victory!