A Tribute to Mark W. Downey
“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD [Yahweh].” – Job 1:21
Mark Downey passed from this life, March 26, 2018, about 7 a.m. He was nearly a week from his 69th birthday. He died at home in the mercies of our God, without pain, and in dignity and honor, after a long struggle with a cancer. He will be greatly missed by his church, the men of his prison ministry and many others all across the nation.
Mark was a Vietnam veteran, an artist of Traditional Realism, and a pastor within the Christian Identity movement. He was not afraid to declare the whole counsel of God and did so quite colorfully in that he had a way with words. He did not preach the gospel of personal salvation, but rather, “the gospel of the kingdom” as Jesus Christ did.
The grace of our Lord is offered only as far as God’s covenant extends. Jesus Christ confirmed this when He said, “Go only to the lost sheep, the House of Israel” (See Matt. 10:5-6). He is our Kinsman Redeemer who gave His life for the Sheep, no one else. This limited view of the sacrifice made by our Lord is very unpopular today, and often considered offensive. Yet, most of the protestant reformers believed in it, although they missed the racial context of the Bible.
Christian Identity adheres to the context of the Scripture, and so with pastor Mark. We have acknowledged the covenant that God had made with Abraham and his descendants – Judeo/Christian churches have not. Therefore, most of these types of Christians refer to C. I. believers as “haters” or “racists.” But of course, they do not know us, nor have the right to judge us with words that have not been defined.
We salute Mark Downey: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on: that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” – Revelation 14:13 NKJV (abridged)
A DEDICATED MAN
When we praise famous men and our fathers who begat us,
Let us start with Mark Downey and all he has accomplished.
A selfless man, dedicated to helping others,
Treating his comrades as sisters and brothers.
He was blessed in life with a godly wife;
Together they faced and overcame all strife.
We know many are called but few are chosen;
Few heed the call of God’s separated dozen.
To be His battle axe and weapons of war;
Spreading this Gospel from shore to shore.
Doing His will no matter the cost,
To reach his kin, the House of the Lost.
A man called by God to shepherd His flock,
And lead us to the Man and the Rock;
The Cornerstone of our Folk and Faith,
That Salvation pertains to only our race.
A man of many gifts and an aptitude for art,
Which he used to touch our peoples’ hearts.
Each brush stroke showing the majesty of creation,
To inspire and uplift the Aryan nations.
I remember the day I first met this man,
From the milk of the Word to the meat of God’s plan;
Precept upon precept, line upon line,
Like the fiery cross, he let his light shine.
Dispelling the darkness from our land;
Praying to our God with upraised hand.
He dedicated his life to king, kingdom and kin;
When others criticized, I wonder where they’d been.
He served his country in a foreign war,
Only to return home and fight for much more.
Fifty years of his life he gave to this land;
Showing to us all a truly dedicated man.
He was one who had given his life to the Lord;
Serving distinguishably with tongue, pen and sword.
When we think upon this man let us look to ourselves,
Have we too sacrificed – our desires have we shelved?
I am sad, but I know that God is in control,
Tis a reward to be called home and see the White Throne.
So be of good cheer, the revolution is near,
We are blessed to have served by his side.
Like the yeomen of old that turned plowshares to swords,
Let us face this too, with faith, honor and pride.
He is my pastor, my brother, yea, my friend;
Like a loyal son to his father, I will remain to the end.
IN HONOR OF PASTOR MARK DOWNEY, by Kurtis Monschke
Father in heaven, grant us faith and strength for the coming days; for you have redeemed us by the death of your Son and have delivered us from eternal death; and have set us free to serve, praise and worship Thee, through the power of thy Holy Spirit. This we ask, in the name of our Kinsman Redeemer and soon coming King, Jesus Christ. Amen.
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – Heb. 13:20-21