GALATIONS ON RACE
by James N. Jester
June 2, 2019
Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
“But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So that thou art no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” ASV
In the News
President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security released about 5,000 border crossers and illegal aliens over Memorial Day weekend into the United States.
From May 22 to May 27, DHS released 5,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities in the interior of the U.S. For the last six days, the data finds, DHS officials released almost 1,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into the country every day.
The catch and release process often entails federal immigration officials busing border crossers into nearby border cities and dropping them off with the hope they show up for their immigration and asylum hearings. The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens are never deported from the country once they are released into the U.S.
Today, there are anywhere between 11 and 22 million illegal aliens living across the country — the majority of which are concentrated in states like California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.
In the last week, about 2,000 of the 5,000 border crossers and illegal aliens released into the U.S. went to El Paso, Texas. Another 1,500 were dropped off in Phoenix, Arizona, while 1,000 were left in San Antonio, Texas, and 500 were left in San Diego, California.
In the last five months, DHS has released 190,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the U.S. The majority have been released in San Antonio, which has been forced to absorb 72,000 foreign nationals, and El Paso, which has had to take 67,000 since December 21, 2018.
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan recently admitted to Congress that “100 percent” of adult border crossers arriving at the southern border with children are being released into the U.S. and eventually being given work permits.
At current catch and release rates, by the end of the year, DHS will have freed more than 455,000 border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities — in addition to the projected half a million illegal aliens who are expected to successfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border this year, undetected by federal officials.
Every year, the U.S. admits about 1.2 million legal immigrants with the overwhelming majority, nearly 70 percent, coming through the process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign nationals to the country. The mass inflow of legal immigrants is in addition to the hundreds of illegal aliens who are added to the U.S. population annually.
… John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News.
As much as I appreciate the good things Trump is doing, it perplexes me how this kind of thing can take place without him putting a stop to it.
To the Sermon
In the last sermon, I barely touched on the Druids as they relate to the British church with which the Apostle Paul was a part. This history helps us to understand the religious and political climate of Paul’s day. So, I want to provide more of this interesting history.
From the book: “Celt, Druid and Culdee” (1973) by Isabel Hill Elder:
“Druidism – Philosophy and Religion
The truth about the Druids, to be found amongst fragments of literature and in folk-memory, is that they were men of culture, well-educated, equitable and impartial in the administration of justice. These ancient leaders of thought and instruction in our islands had lofty beliefs as to the character of the one God, Creator and Preserver, and of man's high origin and destiny. There is reason to believe that this doctrine included the need for atonement of sin and the resurrection of the body.
The three grand articles enjoined by the Druids were to:
Reverence the Deity
Abstain from evil
The name ‘Druid’ likely comes from Druthin, which means a ‘servant of Truth.’
The motto of the Druidic Order, ‘The Truth Against the World’ was the principle on which Druidism was based and by which it offered itself to be judged.
The Bards (poets of oral tradition) of Britain, whose office it was to cultivate the art of music and poetry as well as literature is referred to by Strabo as hymn-makers. They were responsible for the temple music and for the conduct of the musical part of the temple services. On these occasions, they wore white robes – from this custom has descended the English Church custom of clothing the choristers in white surplices.
Referring to Stonehenge, Hecataeus, a Greek writer, 320 B.C., says the people living in these islands worshipped in a beautiful temple, whose minstrels hymned with their golden harps the praise of the God they adored, and whose priesthood was regular descent from father to son.
The ceremonial dress of the Arch-druid was extremely gorgeous, no metal but gold being used on any part of it. The Cymric Cross was wrought in gold down the length of the back of the robe; he wore a gold tiara and a breastplate of the same precious metal. A breastplate was found in an excavated cist at Stonehenge, on the skeleton of an important Briton. Five similar breastplates have been found in Britain and Ireland.
It is very generally believed that the Celts were nature worshippers, that they gave Divine honors to rivers, mountains and woods. It is entirely a mistake to believe that they did so. They were nature lovers – never nature worshippers; neither had they a multitude of gods and goddesses, as is often affirmed. The gods and goddesses were mere mascots, and even their descendants’ mascots and charms have lost none of their popularity.
In the Christian era, St. Patrick used the shamrock to instruct the people in the doctrine of the Trinity, and in earlier days, the Druids used the Oak for the same purpose. They sought a tree having two principal arms springing laterally from the upright stem, roughly in the form of a cross. Upon the right branch, they cut the name ‘Hesus’; upon the middle or upright stem Taranis; upon the left branch Belenis; over this they cut the name of God – Thau. The Hebrew prophets, it will be noted, referred to their expected Messiah as ‘The Branch.’
The indisputable fact is that the Druids proclaimed to the universe, ‘The Lord our God is One!’ WHEN CHRISTIANITY PREACHED JESUS AS GOD, DRUIDISM HAD THE MOST FAMILIAR NAME OF ITS OWN DEITY PRESENTED TO IT!
In the ancient British tongue, ‘Jesus’ had never assumed its Greek, Latin or Hebrew form, but remains the pure Druidic Yesu. It is significant that the ancient Briton never changed the name of the God he and his forefathers worshipped, nor has he ever worshipped but one God.
The Latin equivalent for ‘Druids’ is the word ‘Magi’, and was frequently used by early Irish and Welsh writers. It is quite possible that the ‘Magi’ of New Testament fame who “departed into their own country another way” (Matt. 2:12), visited Britain on their return journey to the East.
Upon the introduction of Christianity, the Druids were called upon, not so much to reverse their ancient faith, as to ‘lay it down for a fuller and more perfect revelation.’ No country can show a more rapid and natural merging of a native religion into Christianity, than that which was witnessed in Britain in the first century A.D. The readiness with which the Druids accepted Christianity, the facilities with which their places of worship and colleges were turned to Christian uses, the willingness of the people to accept the new religion are facts which the modern historian has either overlooked or ignored.
Origin of Culdee
Professor John Colgan, celebrated Hagiologist and Typographer, translates another form of the term, Culdrich (‘quidam advanae'), as ‘certain strangers’ in identifying a group of Christian refugees who immigrated to Ireland from the East. His research suggested that they were Jewish disciples who came from Jerusalem in A.D. 37. [Note: Should be ‘Judean’ disciples with Joseph and Mary.]
Culdee, which is identical in Chaldean, simply means Celt and is best thought of as a sort of ‘traveling name’, as one might use on a religious pilgrimage. Because of its general adoption by Arabic speakers during the time of the Aramaic language in Syria, Khalid is ‘Friend of God’, a nickname of Abraham who traveled from the Ur of the Chaldee.
According to Jamison, as quoted by Elder, there is a general tradition in the Highlands of Scotland that the name ‘Culdee’ was given to the first Christians of Britain and that they succeeded the Druids as the tribal ministers of religion.
It is highly possible that the Didache was the earliest Liturgy used among the Celtic Christians in Britain.” [End Quote by Elder.]
Note: The Didache or Teaching (longer title, “The Teaching of the Lord, by the Twelve Apostles, to the Gentiles”). The word Didache comes from the same root word as ‘Disciple’, meaning a discipline or teaching.
The Didache is the Sub-Apostolic collection of books and literature by the early church fathers. The Sub-apostolic Age is usually held to extend from the death of John, the last surviving apostle (about 100 AD), to the death of Polycarp, John’s aged disciple (155-56 AD).
After church last week, we went out for lunch, which we often do as a time of fellowship (or communion) with our racial brethren. One of the waitresses noticed the service dog with our group and so a discussion of dog breeds developed. I thought to myself, that people naturally will discuss breeding among animals; but if one were to discuss the subject within the human realm, it would usually be rejected as ‘not relevant’ or not the same. But of course, it is the same because it is about life and genetics and that is common to all living organisms. And so, we continue in this series to examine Paul’s statements that relate to race.
In our Scripture reading of Galatians, we saw that, “God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a woman of our race, which makes Him an exclusive kinsman Redeemer. He did not redeem all races. Thayer defines ‘adoption’ as: “that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations.”
Then our Scripture further says, “…and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal. 4:7). What a wonderful thought, that we are literally sons and daughters; and therefore heirs through our God. This is a racial relationship.
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
Whether written to the Northern Galatians or to the Southern Galatians we are not sure; but from the writings of post-apostolic days onward, most early church historians considered Paul’s epistle to the Galatians to have been addressed to the Christians in France (Gaul) rather than to Galatia in Asia Minor. This was the view of Archbishop Ussher. The date of Paul’s writing is not clear, but it could not have been written before the second missionary journey.
Earlier in this series, it was pointed out that Paul continued to identify himself with jewry and sometimes failed to make a clear distinction between jews and Israel, an error that yet continues today in the judeo churches. Yet we know the apostle was a Christian and referred to Judaism as outdated.
“For you heard my manner of life when I was in Judaism, that I persecuted the church of God with surpassing zeal, and ravaged it. And I progressed in Judaism beyond many contemporaries in my race, being much more a zealot of the traditions of my fathers.” – Gal. 1:13-14, MKJV
Paul acknowledges that his life in Judaism was in the past. He had tried to destroy the Christian church and had even surpassed most of the jews in their evil efforts. But his encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus changed his life. Though it changed his life, yet some of the earlier indoctrination lingered for years to come. Even here in Galatians he shows clearly that he did not properly distinguish between the jews of his day and the Israelites of old, for he attributed his spirited activities in Judaism to being zealous for “the traditions of my fathers.”
Apparently, Paul was not aware that his ancestral traditions were not jewish, but Israelitish. Paul simply did not have the understanding of the racial change that had taken place among the Israelites. Jesus knew it fully; John the Baptist knew it; the Apostle John knew it: but Paul did not understand until after his jail time in Caesarea. Christian Identity makes it clear: jews are not Israel.
The Spiritual Plane
In Galatians chapter three, Paul deals with faith, “Therefore know that those of faith, these are the sons of Abraham” (Gal. 3:7, MKJV). Paul’s main purpose here is to emphasize to the Galatians not to go back under the Law again. His main job was to convince them that “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law” (Gal. 3:13). Therefore, his main thrust to these ‘Gentiles’ (not of Israelite tradition) was on faith. The Apostle’s forte was faith or belief, not racial purity, at least not this early in his ministry.
In verses 16 through the end of this third chapter, Paul contrasts the promises given to Abraham with the Law given to Moses. He flatly states that the promises were for Abraham and his seed (descendants). Then he emphasized that the word is not plural (seeds), but rather is singular (seed), meaning ‘Christ’ (anointed descendants); as Paul said back in Romans 9:7, “In Isaac shall your Seed be called” (a quote of Gen. 21:12). This is the singular Seed and they are the Anointed (Christos) – a singular Seed but many descendants.
One is hard pressed to make ‘Seed’ refer to Jesus Christ (a singular), especially in light of Genesis 22:17 where God says to Abraham:
“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”
The seed in this context is certainly plural. The blessings here are not the blessings of Christ (Jesus) but the blessings of the White offspring of Abraham to the whole Earth. Other Scriptures also confirm this, such as:
“To show mercy towards our fathers, And to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware unto Abraham our father.” – Lk. 1:72-73
Brother Ramsey comments on Galatians 3:16:
“In Galatians 3:16 & 29, the same word, christos, is used. The word simply means, ‘anointed.’ The concordances erroneously present terms like, Christ, The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
This is saying that ‘christ’ is a surname of Jesus. This stays in peoples’ minds as if it were a truth, because we have been taught to think that way simply from usage. This is far from right. When we see the expression ‘Jesus Christ’, it is hard to imagine why the Apostle Paul chose to leave Iesou [Jesus] out in some passages whereas he chose to put it in others, without having some reason for doing so.
In both Gal 3:16 and Gal 3:29 the word Iesou is not there:
Gal 3:16, …and to thy seed which is Christ.
Gal 3:29, And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
In these two critical verses, we have something else that is anointed! What can it be? What is the subject? Is it not the seed of Abraham, in their generations, according to the original promise? Hence Gal. 3:16 reads ‘and to thy seed which is anointed’ and Gal. 3:29 reads ‘and if ye be an anointed (people) then ye are Abraham’s seed.’” – E.G. Ramsey, God Made a Racial Choice, p. 174
Dr. Ramsey also brings up this point:
“In the Old Testament, we find promises that are made to Abraham, which carry through to Abraham’s seed, through Isaac. That is, they are made to the people of Israel. The question that arises is, If the promises were made to Jesus, as being that promised ‘seed’ of Galatians 3:16, does this mean that Jesus is Israel? As a matter of fact, as He had no earthly father, He could not be the actual ‘seed’ (sperma) of Abraham, or of any other man. However, He was of Israel [and hence an Israelite] by virtue of the fact that He was born of Mary, who was a princess of Judah. The teaching that Jesus was the promised seed of Gal. 3:16 is seen to be false when the verse is carefully translated directly from the Greek: ‘Now to the Abraham and to the seed of him, the promises were spoken. He says not, and to the seeds as of many, but as of one, and to the seed of thee which is anointed.’
Galatians 3:29 supports this translation – a careful translation: ‘But if you are belonging to an anointed [people], then you are of the seed belonging to Abraham, and heirs according to promise.’
Note well that it is ‘you’, not Jesus who is Abraham’s seed. ‘You’ here is emphatic and plural.
In the AV verses we find interesting words like, Abraham and his seed, promises, as of one, Christ and heirs according to the promise. Each of these phrases in the Greek presents a different picture from what is presented by most churches.
In Scripture, Jesus is, among other things:
The Redeemer of Israel
The Savior of Israel
The King of Israel
Through Him were all things created, but He is not his own creation [other than by bringing about His incarnation by His Own Will]! Jesus is the Eternal Son of God, not a created being. If the seed of Jesus were now spiritual Israel, then Jesus would have to be His own redeemer. But in fact, Jesus has no ‘seed.’” – E. G. Ramsey, God Made a Racial Choice, p. 175-176
After a discourse on the whys and wherefores of the Law, Paul states:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Gal. 3:28-29
Paul’s approach to a place in the family of God is entirely spiritual. Spiritually, Paul could contend that “there is neither jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female.” Even though all else are “one in Christ Jesus,” spiritually, there yet remain, in fact, jews and Greeks, slaves and free men, males and females. As long as physical life continues, the laws of God are in effect. Though one in Christ, the woman is still in subjection to her husband, the slave is still in hire to the free man, and there are still jews, Greeks, Asians, Negroes and all else with whom the physical seed of Adam/Abraham are forbidden to mingle.
It is unfortunate that today’s preachers and teachers do not understand that Paul was speaking entirely on the spiritual plane here. We have all heard that it is all right for anyone to marry into another race “as long as they are a Christian” because Paul says we are one in Christ. If this is true reasoning, then a male can marry anyone, even another male (as long as he is a Christian). How absurd and disgusting! That the Apostle made spiritual applications relevant to the spiritual plane, in no way abrogates the clear Word of God for the physical plane.
We must keep reminding ourselves that Paul’s ministry was to teach spiritual concepts to Gentiles – those not of Israel in the religious sense. These had either never known the God of the Old Testament patriarchs; or, if they were of Israel, they had totally forgotten their heritage of the patriarchs and had been steeped in paganism for many centuries. If he had written to Israelites who had retained the teachings of the Old Testament and those spiritual capacities were intact, his writings would have been entirely different. Paul was teaching spiritual concepts, not teaching a new physical law in opposition to God’s law. Judeo churches and ‘Paul bashers’ need to take note of this.
In chapter 4, Paul continues his discourse on the Law and he says:
“…God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption [the placing] of sons.” – Gal. 4:4-5
Implied within this statement are those people not under the law, which Paul had spoken about in his letter to the Romans:
“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. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves.” – Rom. 2:12-14
So there are those under the law and those not under the law that Paul has in mind. Were they regenerated Israelites or converted Gentiles? He is covering both bases of those he considers his brethren. He is becoming “all things to all men” in order to win some. Then he says:
“And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So that thou art no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” – Gal. 4:6-7, ASV
Yet, these to whom Paul wrote were wanting to put themselves under the law of the bondwoman, Hagar, who was born according to the flesh, rather than accept their position as sons of the free woman, Sarah, born through the promise.
Who are these sons, heirs and children of the promise? Speaking to Abraham, God says,
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” – Gen. 17:7
Dr. Ramsey says regarding this:
“If Jesus is the one seed, then all generations between Abraham and Jesus have been dis-inherited from the covenant! If we say that this promise was made only to Abraham and to ‘Christ’, then it could not have been also confirmed to Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants. But it was in fact confirmed to Isaac and Jacob; thus, it includes those living between Abraham and Jesus and to Jacob’s descendants after the time of Jesus.
Romans 15:8, ‘Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.’ Scripture says the promises were made to The Fathers and not ‘Jesus Christ.’ We are not told that Jesus came to confirm the promises made to Himself, are we? The fulfillment must be taken the way it is stated in Scripture. It is fulfilled in the seed of the Fathers. Looking again at Galatians 3:16, ‘now unto Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds as of many, but as of one, and to thy seed which is Christ,’ we can see by this statement that there is a limitation of the promise to just one party, namely ‘the fathers.’ Being of Israel, Jesus would be of that party. Here we have to ask a very simple question, and that is, if ‘christ’ (an anointed) means ‘Jesus Christ’ would this not mean, that since Jesus is God manifested in the flesh, He would be making a covenant with Himself? What purpose would there be for God to make a covenant with Himself? Sincere seekers are misled by this translation, which puts a capital ‘C’ in christ, because it tries to say that the seed of Abraham is now the seed of Jesus. There is no ‘in their generations’ when taken this way.” – Ibid, p. 177
Finally, Paul identifies the Galatians: “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise” (Gal. 4:28). This agrees with Paul’s statement in Romans 9:10, “And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac.”
The one here is Isaac, not Jesus. If we accept the meaning that it is the seed of Abraham through Isaac that is anointed, does Scripture make better sense? Do not both Testaments then agree? This is important in properly understanding the Bible’s intent.
Paul further goes on to discourage the Galatians from placing themselves under the old system of the Law and asks:
“Howbeit what saith the scripture? ‘Cast out the handmaid and her son: for the son of the handmaid shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman’ [quote from Gen. 21:10]. Wherefore, brethren, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the freewoman.” – Gal. 4:30-31
Paul’s heavy emphasis in the spiritual plane is reason enough why he accepts these converted Gentiles as co-equals in Christ. We wish every Israelite today would receive his spiritual regeneration and be one in the Anointed (people of God). It is tragic to see the children of God die on the vine for lack of true Christian teaching from the pulpits of American churches.
As a final enticement to these Gentiles to come into the family of God, Paul says:
“For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” – Gal. 6:15-16 ASV
This rule of a ‘new creature’ (in the Spirit) is how we live and prosper as the ‘Israel of God.’ This is the true oneness of God’s elect. “For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me” (Isa. 45:4). This is living in the spiritual plane of existence.
Paul has called these Gentile believers sons and heirs. Now, after all his universalizing, he accepts them in the exclusive position as the “Israel of God.” They are not jews, not Gentiles, not Greeks, not bond or free, not male or female; but one in the Anointed family of Yahweh.
Israel, God’s Elect (Isa. 45:4), is the one whom God loves because of His everlasting Covenant with the fathers. The judeo churches do not have or even recognize this Covenant. Yet, the Bible teaches the Covenant is everlasting! We do not need their false emphasis on John 3:16 (“God so loved the world…”); instead, we need a proper understanding of Galatians 3:16,
“Now to Abraham the promises have been spoken, and to his offspring. It does not say, ‘and to offsprings’, as of many; but as of one: ‘And to your offspring’, which are anointed.” –CNT
The racial implications of Paul’s letter to the Galatians are evident. Those who deny that race has anything to do with Christianity actually end up being the destroyers of Christianity and western civilization. Unless they learn and accept the whole truth, they will continue to promote interracial marriage until they wake up one morning and wonder what happened to their family, their race and their once great country. At that time, it will be too late to do anything about the situation. Oh, the regrets and heartache of those who have not followed the Laws of God.
Our prayer, God save us from the ‘Baal priests’ of judeo-Christianity.
“Grant, O God, Thy Protection
And in Protection, Strength
And in Strength, Understanding
And in Understanding, Knowledge
And in Knowledge, the Concept of Justice
And in the Concept of Justice, the Love of it
And in that Love, the Love of all Creation
And in the Love of all Creation, the Love of God.
God and all Goodness.” – A Druidic Invocation
…to be continued