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June 7, 2015

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Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7: 15-16).

The Southern Poverty Law Center currently lists over 750 active hate groups in the United States. These include Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, white nationalist, white power skinhead, and neo-Confederate groups. They, also, include what are termed “Christian Identity” groups.

This should be of great concern to us.

Despite adopting the label, Christian Identity groups are actually anti-Semitic racists – not Christians. Loosely affiliated by a twisted theology of their own making, Christian Identity groups are usually hostile to fundamentalist and evangelical Christians because of the belief by such Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is integral to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.

The names adopted by Christian Identity groups are innocuous enough:  Faith Baptist Church and Ministry, Watchmen Bible Study Group, Kinsman Redeemer Ministries. But they spew a hate-filled venom combining distorted Bible verses and outright lies.

You will remember that, when Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness, the adversary likewise misconstrued Scripture (Matt. 4: 1-11).

The challenge for genuine Christians is to distinguish themselves from these hate groups. Christ, Himself, said, “ ‘By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another’ ”(John 13: 35). The Apostle John added, “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:  Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3: 10).

Scripture makes our task very clear. We are to love others. Not sneer at them, pontificate over them, or turn our backs on them.

If we truly believe that love is stronger than hate, we have to be prepared to live it.  Those who believe the opposite are.

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14 Comments
  1. Anna

    Again, you have taken something very relevant to things actually happening today and showed how it relates our our Christian lives. That’s your niche apparently, and it’s a good one. Thanks so much. Good stuff to know when the subject comes up, and it does.

  2. Helen Rechner permalink

    If only we could love one another unconditionally as true love is the answer.
    I valued reading the blog — will continue.

  3. Q's Corner permalink

    Anna, this is so right on that I just had to pass it on! I know that my son will listen to and honor what you have said here. I sure do agree with it. It is powerful, Anna. May it find more ready listeners!

    • Thank you so much! That means a great deal to me.

      • Q's Corner permalink

        You are more than welcome. Also it might help you to know that I do not believe in flattery. When I compliment someone I mean it sincerely.

      • Then I am doubly grateful.

  4. So very true! We are only convince people we are different by actually being different. This includes showing love to our enemies—not an easy thing to do!

  5. Very Informative! Notice how the devil strategically uses catch-words to mask his ungodly agenda. Truly, we must watch and pray and be discerning…

  6. Thank you for shedding some light on these groups. It is so much easier and more popular to live hate in our society today than to walk in Love. I’m glad I came across your blog. If you have time to visit mine I’d welcome your feedback. Have a blessed day.

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