WHAT ABOUT RACISM, INTERRACIAL &/or INTERETHNIC MARRIAGE?

The Bible on Racism, Interracial and/or Interethnic Dating & Marriage Copyright © 01/14/'95; 01/12/'96;5/12/07; 3/11/10 (Revised) This file, in part or in its entirety, may be copied and posted as long as it is not changed and the author is acknowledged. By R. Lee Tyler P.O. Box 620763, SanDiego, CA 921620763 oldservant8@aol.com, oldservant@gmail.com, Jabez1Chr4@hotmail.com INTRODUCTION: Noah and the KKK [I] Interracial marriage, in and of itself, is never described in the Bible, defined or listed as a sin, trespass, transgression or an evil. [II.] Marriage and/or engagement with certain and specific people was expressly and explicitly forbidden in the Word of God for the children of God. [III.] When people of Canaan became believers in Jehovah and came under the covenant of Moses, marriage was not forbidden or punished by God. [IV.] Marriage with the following people after they became obedient believers in Jehovah/Jesus was never forbidden or

condemned: Edomites, Egyptians,Philistines, Aramites, Asshurites, Cushites, Ethiopians and Joktanites. [V.]. Natural and human bias, discrimination, partiality, favoritism, prejudice and bigotry are sins and have no place in the Christians life, thoughts, courtship or marriage. [VI.] What about those who do practice racism, discrimination, partiality, bias and bigotry? A Christian has his marching orders on how to deal with them from the Word: INTRODUCTION American racists (like those in the KKK, the White Citizens' Council, the Aryan leagues, the Nazis, the Skinheads, a surprising number of So. Bapt. ministers, certain race supremists, etc.) have dared to use the Word of God to validate and confirm their erroneous and nonChristlike teachings that one race is (or some races are) inherently superior to another (or to others) and therefore some people have rights and privilieges that other people don't have ----- and for sure they must never intermarry. Well, we know what these evil doers think, --let's see if the Bible agrees.

First of all, during the civil rights movement of the 1940's -70's, many Bible belters and So. Baptists taught that all Blacks were ordained to servitude and/or slavery by God because Noah cursed one of his descendants to be "a servant of servants" to his brethren, the rest of us, since only Noah and his descendants survived the flood. Gen. 9:22 makes it crystal clear that Ham, Noah's son, erred seeing his father's/parents' genitals. Gen. 9:24, 25 makes it equally clear that even though Ham is the one who erred, it was Ham's son Canaan --- NOT HAM ---that was cursed to be "servant of servants" to the rest of us. If you check Gen. 10 with 1 Chronicles 1 and any orthodox Bible atlas, you will see that Canaan settled in Canaan (Surprise?!?!), aka the Promised Land Palestine -, which is part of the Mid East, not Africa. I think even the KKK admits that Africans/Blacks came from Africa where THE REST of Ham's children settled and parented Africans. So according to the Bible, it was Canaanites, NOT AFRICANS, who were cursed to be "servant of servants" to the rest of us. Whether God honored Noah's curse on Canaan, or Noah's curse was a prophecy,the point remains that in the time of Moses and Joshua we see the

Canaanites under God's curse of destruction. Why? Even in Abraham's time, the Canaanites manifested their ungodly inclination in Sodom and Gomorrah with their fornication, sodomy and homosexuality. By the time of Moses, the Canaanites peoples under God's curse of destruction had given themselves over to live human infant sacrifices to their gods, sex with temple/grove/high place prostitutes as an act of worship of their gods, sodomy, homosexuality, witchcraft, sorcery, and attempts to contact the dead. God would curse any people with destruction who did such things (Romans 1:22-32). It makes no difference to the spiritually blind and hardened that modern ethnological biology confirms what the Bible tells us, that we are all descendants of "Eve", one ancestor, making us all kinfolks. Only the most ignorant and unlearned believe as fact that Africans, like Moses's wife -Joseph's wife, Solomon's Shulamite, Jeremiah's Ethiopian Ebedmelech, Phillip's Ethiopian Eunech --- are not homo sapiens like Asians and Caucasians. The writings of Ashley Montagu and Frederick S. Hulse alone document the fact that there is no fixed or significant inherent difference

between the races (except for hair, face shape and skin color), even Caucasian and Black/African. It makes no difference to the spiritually blind and hardened that "He has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth. . . Therefore, then, as we are the offspring/race of God. . . He has given assurance to all, in that He raised Him from the dead." [Acts 17:24-31; Rom. 9:21]. Science had to wait until the 20th century to prove what the Bible said almost 2000 years ago, that all nations of men are made of one blood, with all its various types. Is interracial marriage a sin? Is it a "sexual perversion" as some preachers and teachers maintain (See the New Open Bible's Topical Index under "Abominations" by Wick Broomall)? Thomas Nelson publishers of the New Open Bible in the '90s put it in writing that they were going to remove "Racial intermarriage" from "Abominations" in their Bibles’ Indexes because the idea of racial intermarriage being an abomination to God was finally recognized by the publishers to be so inappropriate scripturally. [I] Interracial marriage, in and of itself, is never described in the Bible, defined or listed as a sin, trespass, transgression or an

evil. In the Old Testament Israel was commanded not to marry the pagan people of Palestine . . .the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, the Jebusites, and certain peoples of Canaan, specifically because they had been appointed to death for their gross sins. [Exodus 23:20-33;34:10-16; Deut. 7:1-3; Ezra 9 & 10. See also Ezra 9 and Nehemiah 9.] In the New Testament after Pentecost, the Church is commanded not to marry sinners, saints snared in sin, "saints" living in sin and unrepentant, and the unsaved. The Church in the New Testament was commanded to marry peoples based on the saved-by-Jesus or unsaved spiritual status of peoples, not based on any physical, racial or ethnic criteria. In fact, after Acts 10-15 and Galatians 2, Christ gave us ***Gal. 3:28 There is no Jew nor Greek; there is no bondman nor freeman; there is no male and female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus: 29 but if *ye* are of Christ, then ye are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise. ***Colos. 3:9 Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and having put on the new, renewed into full knowledge according to the image of him that has created him; 11* wherein there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is everything, and in all. 12 ¶ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of compassion, kindness, lowliness,

meekness, longsuffering; *** 2 Cor. 4:18* while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen; for the things that are seen are for a time, but those that are not seen eternal. 5:1 ¶ For we know that if our earthly tabernacle house be destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. ***2 Cor 5:12 ¶ We are not again commending ourselves to your favour, but are furnishing you with a ground of boasting on our behalf, so that you may have a reply ready for those with whom superficial appearances are everything and sincerity of heart counts for nothing. . . . 16* ¶ Therefore for the future we know no one simply as a [human]. Even if we have known Christ as a [human], yet now we do so no longer. 17 So that if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things has come into existence. WEY Before Acts 10 the apostles were obeying Christ's word in Matt. 23:1-3 and therefore they would not eat with, marry or associate with non-Jews. As long as they were Jews, whether devout Ethiopians (Acts 8) or devout men from every other nation under heaven (Acts2:5), there was no social discrimination based on race or ethnicity. The world dwelt in two camps based on spiritual criteria, Jews and non-Jews. Any devout Jew of any race or nation was free to marry any devout Jew of any race or nation, except for those few Palestinian nations condemned in Deut. 6, Ezra

9 and Nehemiah 9. After Acts 10 - 15 the world lay in two new camps, those in Christ and those outside of Christ, those in the Bride of Christ and those outside of the Bride of Christ. Christ tells us in Gal. 3:28 + Col. 3:10,11 terms of eternal reality, that there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, neither barbarian nor Scythian. The eternal reality of our relationships is no longer based on our bodies, our national origin, our race, or our social status. These are not the factors that determine our behavior towards each other, including marriage. The factors that determine our behavior towards each other, including marriage, are unseen - invisible - spiritual. [> 2 Corinth. 4:17,18; 5:16; 10:7; Luke 16:15]. We no longer are to take pride in, have confidence in, boast of, lift up or exalt that which appears, our appearance; but we are to take pride in, have confidence in, lift up and exalt the spiritual realities of the regenerated heart or soul [ 2 Corinth. 5:12; 10:7;Luke 16:15] . We pick our mates based not on their physical appearance or physical heritage, but on the nature of their

regenerated hearts and souls. We are commanded by God Himself to NO LONGER be acquainted with, stand in relationship to or have knowledge [ 2 Cor. 5:16; 10:7; Luke 16:15: See Arndt and Gingrich Greek & English Lexicon p. 558.] of another human being "on the physical plane" or "simply as a physical being" [ 2 Cor. 5:16; 10:7;Luke 16:15: See Arndt & Gingrich Greek & English Lexicon pp. 408, 409.] . We must look at and relate to each person in terms of their soul and spirit for therein lies the reality with which we are called by Christ to deal. We must not relate to or know anyone on the basis of their physical appearance or physcial heritage. That means that a husband and wife should celebrate and enjoy sex , a very physical act and experience, not on the basis of the attractiveness or unattractiveness of their physical appearance or physical ancestry, but on the basis that they are commanded by God to sexually have each other and be sexually affectionate [1 Corinth. 7:2,3,4,5; Titus 2:4; Prov. 5:18,19; Song of Solomon]. Marital sex is as much a Spiritual God ordained ministry as is feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and giving drink to the thirsty.

Isn't it obvious that the husband and wife should be as creative, zealous and devoted in their sexual ministry to each other, being sexually dependent on each other, as they would be in their ministry to the thirsty, hungry and unclothed who are dependent on them. Since they are called to do their sexual ministry to each other, doing it as unto the Lord (meaning they would do their very best in order to please Jesus), you would expect excellence, creativity, originality and first class performance. That is an example of how a Spiritual people who know each other in terms of the Spirit, not in terms of their bodies or the visible, use the opportunity of their bodies or the visible to serve each other and the God who called them. It is fairly common knowledge that we don't "wrestle against flesh and blood" [ Ephes. 6:12; 2 Corinth. 10:3,4,5,6,7] in the spiritual battles we fight daily and some of us see ourselves in that struggle, but we also should daily reckon ourselves to be "blessed with all spiritual blessings" and seated together in the spirtual realm in Christ [ Ephes. 1:3-14; 2:5-10] because that IS the reality of our daily lives and

we miss mark and the blessing when we live and act without that awareness. [II.] Marriage and/or engagement with certain and specific people was expressly and explicitly forbidden in the Word of God for the children of God. The reason being was that those people by the very grossness of their sin draw the children of God away from God, and then sin so severely God would have to punish them. These intermarriages were never forbidden on the basis of race, but always on the basis of ethnicity and place of origin. [a] Israelite marriage and/or engagement with the people of the Land of Canaan, Palestine, was expressly and explicitly forbidden. Exodus 23:2033;34:10-16; Deut. 7:1-3; Ezra 9 & 10: the pagan people of Palestine . . .the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites ...You shall make no . . . marriages with them ... See also Ezra 9 and Nehemiah 9. [b] Marriage and/or engagement with people who do not obediently believe in and submit to Jehovah/Jesus was and is expressly and explicitly forbidden in the Word of God . 2 Cor. 6:14-7:10; Psalms

1:1-2;1 Cor. 5:9,11; 2 Thess. 3:6-14. [c] Christians are forbidden to marry or become engaged to people of any race who hold or believe in false doctrines, those which contradict and differ from the Word of God (1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 2 John 7-11; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1) [d] Christians are forbidden to marry or become engaged to people of any race who are unsaved, unregenerated and/or unbelieving (2 Cor. 6:14-7:10; Psalms 1:1-2; Ezra; Nehemiah. [e] Christians are forbidden to marry or become engaged to people of any race who are deliberately and intentionally doing sin, trespass, transgression, iniquity, ungodliness and/or uncleanness. 1 Cor. 5:9,11; 2 Thess. 3:6-14. [III.] When people of Canaan became believers in Jehovah and came under the covenant of Moses, marriage was not forbidden or punished by God. Two actually became ancestors of Jesus in His birth/incarnation. ***Mat. 1:5 Salmon begat Boaz, ancestor of David and Christ, by Jericho's Rahab. Josh 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab . . . , and ...she lives in

Israel to this day.. ***Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish . . . Jas 2:25 . . . was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works . . . ? ***Mt 1:5 . . . Boaz fathered Obed of Ruth, and Obed fathered Jesse ... Ru 1:4 . . . wives ... from the women of Moab. The name of the ... other Ruth. ... Deut. 23 :3 -6 discourages marriage to Moabites and gives the reason, but that diddid not stop Obed from marrying Ruth, with God's blessings, Ruth the Moabitess who had converted to faith in Jehovah and become a Jew. SEE ALSO Ezra 1:1 & 2 and Nehemiah 13: 23 - 27 ***Deut. 23:7 , 8 ----"You shall not despise an Edomite . . . You shall not despise an Egyptian, . . ." In Ezra 9 it was the people who added Egyptians to the forbidden list, and of course pagan Egyptian wives would be as unacceptable to God as pagan Israeli or pagan Cushite wives, because they were pagans, not because of their race or ethnic heritage. [IV.] Marriage with the following people after they became obedient believers in Jehovah/Jesus was never forbidden or condemned: Edomites, Egyptians,Philistines, Aramites, Asshurites, Cushites, Ethiopians and Joktanites. In fact, except for those listed previously above in [2], no other races or ethnic groups were named by God as

unacceptable for marriage after they became obedient believers in Jehovah/Jesus. [4a] Abraham MARRIED Hagar, the Egyptian descendant of Ham's African Mizraim. She was acknowledged fully as his wife, not his mistress or slave. God never in Scripture condemned Abraham's marriage to Hagar, done in obedience to Sara. If there was any sin, it was not waiting on God, no the act of marrying Hagar. (Deut. 23:7,8) Abraham approved of marriage with Mesopotamians (Iraq, Syria, Turkey; Gen 24:1-10) [4b] Gen. 28:1-5 shows Rebekah and Issac approving of marriages with Syrians. [4c] Joseph married an Egyptian descendant of Ham, with no condemnation or denunciation by God or the prophets (Gen. 41:45, 50, 51, 52; Deut 23:7,8) [4d] Moses married an Ethiopian Cushite and God punished those who spoke against this interracial marriage. Numbers 12:1-16; Jeremiah 13:23. [4e] Mat. 1:5 Salmon begat Boaz, ancestor of David and Christ, by Jericho's Rahab the harlot, with no condemnation or denunciation in scripture. Heb 11:31 "By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish . . ." Jas 2:25 ". . . was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works . . . ?" She believed, therefore she acted --- sincere and genuine faith results in

God working His works through her. [4f] Marriages with Moabites, like Ruth, were not condemned but were greatly discouraged (Deut. 23:1-8) Mt 1:5 " . . . Boaz fathered Obed of Ruth, and Obed fathered Jesse ..." who fathered King David and later came his offspring, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. [4g] Samson's Philistine marriage (Judges 14, 15; not Delilah) did not violate the letter of God's law (Ex. 23:23, 28,31,32; 34:1416; Deut. 7:1-3) but it certainly violated spiritual principles dear to his parents, Abraham and Issac (Gen. 24:1-10; Gen.27:46-28:1-9; Judges 14:3,4) [4h] Solomon married a black Shulamite. She was not just tanned. The Hebrew word translated as black in Song of Solomon 1:5 ("I [am] black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.") is the very same Hebrew word to describe her husband's hair (Song 5:11 "his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven."). Now a raven is BLACK, GLOSSY BLACK, not tanned or brown. Not only is this obvious interracial marriage in the Word of God, it is seen as a picture of Jehovah and Israel, Jesus and the Church. [V.]. Natural and human bias, discrimination, partiality, favoritism, prejudice and bigotry are sins and have no

place in the Christians life, thoughts, courtship or marriage. MOST OF THESE ARE FROM DARBY'S VERSION UPDATED. ***LEV. 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment; you shall not respect the person of the lowly, nor honour the person of the great; in righteousness shalt you judge your neighbour. ***DEUT. 1: 17 You shall not respect persons in judgment: you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's; and the matter that is too hard for you shall youbring to me, that I may hear it. ***PROV. 24:23 ¶ These things also come from the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. 24 He that says unto the wicked, You are righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him . . . ***PROV. 28: 21 ¶ To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress. ***ISAIAH 10:1 ¶ Woe unto them that decree iniquitous decrees, and to the writers that prescribe oppression, 2 to turn away the poor from judgment, and to take away the right from the afflicted of my people ... ***ISAIAH 59:1 ¶ Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear; 2 but your

iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he does not hear. 3 For your hands are stained with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips speak lies, your tongue muttereth unrighteousness: 4 none calls for justice, none pleads in truthfulness. They trust in vanity, and speak falsehood; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 9 ¶ Therefore is justice far from us, and righteousnes s overtakes us not: . .14 And judgment is turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth stumbles in the street, and uprightness cannot enter. 15 And truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey. And Jehovah saw [it], and it was evil in his sight that there was no judgment. ***ACTS 10:15 And [there was] a voice again the second time to him, What God has cleansed, do not *you* make common.. . . 28. . . to *me* God has shewn to call no man common or unclean. 15:8 And the heartknowing God bore them witness, giving [them] the Holy Spirit as to us also, 9 and put no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith. ***ROMANS 2:9 tribulation and distress, on every soul of man that works evil,

both of Jew first, and of Greek;10 but glory and honour and peace to every one that works good, both to Jew first and to Greek: 11 for there is no acceptance of persons with God. ***ROMANS 15:7 ¶ Wherefore receive you one another, according as the Christ also has received you to [the] glory of God. ***GALAT. 2:6 . . . it makes no difference to me: God does not accept man's person . . . ***1 TIM. 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation unless where there are two or three witnesses. 20 Those that sin convict before all, that the rest also may have fear. 21 I testify before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou keep these things without prejudice, doing nothing by favour. ***JAMES 2:1 ¶ My brethren, you must not make distinctions between one man and another while you are striving to maintain faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our glory. 2 For suppose a man comes into one of your meetings wearing gold rings and fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man wearing shabby clothes, 3 and you pay court to the one who wears the fine clothes, and say, “Sit here; this is a good place;” while to the poor man you say, “Stand there, or sit on the floor at my feet;” 4 is it not plain that in your hearts you have little faith, seeing that you have become judges full of wrong thoughts? 5 Listen, my dearly-loved brethren. Has not God chosen those whom the world regards as poor to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom which He has

promised to those that love Him? 6 But *you* have put dishonour upon the poor man. Yet is it not the rich who grind you down? Are not they the very people who drag you into the Law courts? -- 7 and the very people who speak evil of the noble Name by which you are called? 8 ¶ If indeed you keep [the] royal law according to the scripture, You shalt love your neighbour as thyself, you do well. 9 But if you have [an evil] respect of persons, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. ***ROMANS 14:12 So then each of us shall give an account concerning himself to God.13 Let us no longer therefore judge one another; but judge you this rather, not to put a stumbling-block or a fall-trap before his brother. . . 15 For if on account of meat thy brother is grieved, thou walkest no longer according to love. Destroy not him with thy meat for whom Christ has died. . . 19 So then let us pursue the things which tend to peace, and things whereby one shall build up another. Righteous, just and fair judgment and justice; protection for the rights of the afflicted and the poor; pursuit of that which promotes peace and personal maturity/growth; acting without prejudice or bias; no biased respect of persons, no intimidating biased influences, no

one is to be considered common or unclean, no putting of stumbling blocks and fall-traps in the way of another -----sounds like a pretty darn good way to live. It's a shame that so few countries in the world even come close to this standard. That should not deter us, for we can, to the best of our ability after and with His enabling, struggle to achieve this in our own sphere of influence and leave our microworld a better place when we are finished. Are racism , discrimination, partiality, bias, bigotry, interracial and interethnic dating and marriage matters of Romans 14? ***Rom 14:1 Accept and welcome anyone who is weak in faith, but don't argue about or pass judgment on doubtful and disputable issues, opinions and reasonings. . . .- - - AS FOR the man who is a weak believer, welcome him [into your fellowship], but not to criticize his opinions or pass judgment on his scruples or perplex him with discussions. . . . 22 Your personal convictions --exercise [them] as in God's presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey His will in the giving]. Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats, stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. 15:1 Now we who are strong

have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up. 3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. From the AmpBible Racism , discrimination, partiality, bias, bigotry, interracial and interethnic dating and marriage ARE NOT matters of Romans 14 because racism , discrimination, partiality, bias and bigotry are condemned as sin and those who do them are sinning. In Christ we should not consider important "the things that are seen [like skin color, race or ethnicity] but to" consider important "the things that are unseen; we should "regard no one according to the flesh [like skin color, race or ethnicity]"; for in Christ "there is neither Jew nor Greek [nationality, ethnicity], there is neither slave nor free man [social/economic distinctions], there is neither male nor female [gender issues]; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you [ALL] are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise." So nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic conditiond are not Romans 14 issues for in Christ it is sin if your feelings are hurt by the nationality, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic condition of your brethren; if you consider evil, the nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic condition of your brethren; if you consider unclean and impure your brethren in Christ because of their nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic;and/or if you are stumbled, offended or grieved by the nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic condition of your brethren. ***2 Cor 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all

comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen [like skin color, race or ethnicity] but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen [like skin color, race or ethnicity] are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. . . . 5:16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh [like skin color, race or ethnicity] . Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh [like skin color, race or ethnicity] , we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ***Galatians 3:(New American Standard Bible) 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. ***1 Timothy 5:21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. [VI.] What about those who do practice racism, discrimination, partiality, bias and bigotry? A Christian has his marching orders on how to deal with them from the Word: ///How are we to act towards one who calls himself a born again believer who follows and obeys Jesus, but is continuing on in what he/she knows to be sin - racism, discrimination, partiality, bias and bigotry - according to the Word of God?

IF THEY CLAIM TO BE GENUINE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST: ***2 Tm 2: 23 But avoid foolish discussions with ignorant men, knowing--as you do--that these lead to quarrels; 24* and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs. 25* He must speak in a gentle tone when correcting the errors of opponents, in the hope that God will at last give them repentance, for them to come to a full knowledge of the truth 26 and recover sobermindedness and freedom from the Devil’s snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will. ***MT 18:15* ¶ “If your brother acts wrongly towards you, go and point out his fault to him when only you and he are there. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not listen to you, go again, and ask one or two to go with you, that every word spoken may be attested by two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to hear them, appeal to the Church; and if he refuses to hear even the Church, regard him just as you regard a Gentile or a tax-gatherer. ***Lu 17:3 Be on your guard. “If your brother acts wrongly, reprove him; and if he is sorry, forgive him; 4 and if seven times in a day he acts wrongly towards you, and seven times turns again to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ you must forgive him.” ***1Co 6:6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To say no more, then, it is altogether a defect in you that you have law-suits with one another. Why not rather endure injustice? Why not rather submit to being defrauded? 8 On the contrary you yourselves inflict injustice and fraud, and upon brethren too.

***Col 3:13 bearing with one another and readily forgiving each other, if any one has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also must forgive. ***1Th 4:6 and that in this matter there be no encroaching on the rights of a brother Christian and no overreaching him. For the Lord is an avenger in all such cases, as we have already taught you and solemnly warned you. ***GAL 6:1 ¶ Brethren, if even a man be taken in some fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest *thou* also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfil the law of the Christ. ***1Jo 5:16 If any one see his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life, for those that do not sin unto death. There is a sin to death: I do not say of that that he should make a request. ***Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference, 23 but others save with fear, snatching them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. ***2 Thes 3:6* ¶ Now we enjoin you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the instruction which he received from us. . . . . 10 For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to work, neither let him eat. . . . . 14 But if any one obey not our word by the letter, mark that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed of himself; 15 and do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. ***"So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with

tears." Acts 20:30-32 ***"I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children." 1 Corinthians 4:13-15 ***". . . . I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."Gal 5:20-22 ***We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Colossians 1:27-29 ***"Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him." Titus 3:9-11 ***1 Timothy 5:20 (New American Standard Bible)Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. ***1Cor 5: 3 For I myself, though absent in body, have been present with you in spirit, and in the name of our Lord Jesus I have already passed judgement, just as if I had been present, upon the man who has acted in this way. 4 I have decided-having been present in spirit at your meetings, when the power of the Lord Jesus was with us- 5 To deliver such a man as this over to Satan, that what is sensual in him may be destroyed, so that his spirit may be saved at the Day of the Lord. . . . 11 But, as things are, I say that you are not to associate with any one who, although a Brother in name, is sexually immoral, or covetous/greedy, or an idolater, or [physically or verbally or emotionally] abusive, or a drunkard/addict, or a rapacious extortioner (or a ravenous robber) - no, not even to sit at table [to eat] with such people. IF THEY DO NOT CLAIM TO BE GENUINE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST: ***Eph5:6 No one should deceive you with vain words, for

on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 DON'T BE CO-PARTICIPANTS [IN] OR FELLOW-PARTAKERS [OF THEIR EVIL] with them; 8 for you were once darkness, but now light in Lord; walk as children of light, 9 (for the fruit of the light in all goodness and righteousness and truth,) 10 proving what is agreeable to the Lord; 11 and do not have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather also REPROVE, CONFUTE, ADMONISH, CONVICT, CONVINCE, REBUKE AND EXPOSE THEM<1651>, [patiently, gently, humbly and respectfully] telling [others of their ] fault [sin]. [With 2 Tim 2:22-26; Gal 6:1] Strong's <1651> to confute, admonish: — convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. ***2 Cor 6: 14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [especially in their evil deeds]. For what partnership [in evil doing] has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship [in evil doing] has light with darkness? 15 What accord [in evil doing] has Christ with Belial? Or what portion [in evil doing] does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement [in evil doing] has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; . . .7:1 . . . beloved, we should cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit [of ourselves and of unbelievers], bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. ***"But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Luke 12:4-6 ***We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Colossians 1:27-29 ***Ezek 3:18 If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the

wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. . . . . 33:8"When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9"But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life. ***2 Tm 2: 23 But avoid foolish discussions with ignorant men, knowing--as you do--that these lead to quarrels; 24* and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs. 25* He must speak in a gentle tone when correcting the errors of opponents, in the hope that God will at last give them repentance, for them to come to a full knowledge of the truth 26 and recover sobermindedness and freedom from the Devil’s snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will. How do you do this? ///How are we treat sinners? How are we to act towards them? ***Luke 6:27* ¶ But to you who hear I say--Love your enemies, show kindness to those who hate you, 28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who insult you. 29 When a man gives one of you a blow on the cheek, offer the other cheek as well; and, when any one takes away your cloak, do not keep back your coat either. 30 Give to every one who asks of you; and, when any one takes

away what is yours, do not demand its return. 31 Do to others as you wish them to do to you. 32 If you love only those who love you, what thanks will be due to you? Why, even the outcast love those who love them! 33 For, if you show kindness only to those who show kindness to you, what thanks will be due to you? Even the outcast do that! 34 If you lend only to those from whom you expect to get something, what thanks will be due to you? Even the outcast lend to the outcast in the hope of getting as much in return! 35 But love your enemies, and show them kindness, and lend to them, never despairing. Then your reward shall be great, and you shall be Sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the thankless and the bad. 36 Learn to be merciful--even as your Father is merciful. ***Romans 12:16 Let the same spirit of sympathy animate you all, not a spirit of pride; be glad to associate with the lowly. Do not think too highly of yourselves. 17 Never return injury for injury. Aim at doing what all men will recognize as honorable. 18 If it is possible, as far as rests with you, live peaceably with every one. 19 Never avenge yourselves, dear friends, but make way for the Wrath of God; for Scripture declares--‘“It is for me to avenge, I will requite,” says the Lord.’ 20 Rather--‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him to drink. By doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head.’ 21 Never be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. 1.> When your brother/sister in Christ has wronged you, or when you have become aware that a person claims to be a believer but continues doing what the Bible declares plainly and specifically to be sin, first do the following: ***1Tim2:1* ¶ I exhort then, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be offered on

behalf of all men; ***2Cor5:19 We are to tell how God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not charging men’s transgressions to their account, and that He has entrusted to us the Message of this reconciliation. 20* On Christ’s behalf therefore we come as ambassadors, God, as it were, making entreaty through our lips: we, on Christ’s behalf, beseech men to be reconciled to God. ***Gal. 6: 1* ¶ Brethren, if anybody be detected in any misconduct, you who are spiritual should restore such a one in a spirit of meekness. And let each of you keep watch over himself, lest he also fall into temptation. AND 2 Tm 2: 23 But avoid foolish discussions with ignorant men, knowing--as you do--that these lead to quarrels; 24* and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs. 25* He must speak in a gentle tone when correcting the errors of opponents, in the hope that God will at last give them repentance, for them to come to a full knowledge of the truth 26 and recover sobermindedness and freedom from the Devil’s snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will. ***Matt 18:15 ¶ If your Brother does wrong, go to him and convince him of his fault when you and he are alone. If he listens to you, you have won your Brother. 2.> If there is no repentace for and forsaking of the sin by the one who claims to be a true child of God, then do the following: ***Matt 18:15 ¶ If your Brother does wrong, go to him and convince him of his fault when you and he are alone. . . .16 But, if he does not listen to you, take with you one or two others, so that ‘on the evidence of two or three

witnesses, every word may be put beyond dispute.’ ***Ephes 5: 7 Therefore have nothing to do with such people. . . . . 11 Take no part in deeds of Darkness, from which no good can come; on the contrary, expose them. 12 It is degrading even to speak of the things continually done by them in secret. TCNT ***1Tim5:20 Those who persist in sin reprove in the presence of all, so that it may also be a warning to the rest. 21* I solemnly call upon you, in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, to carry out these instructions of mine without prejudice, and to do nothing from partiality. ***1Cor5:11* But what I meant was that you were not to associate with any one bearing the name of “brother,” if he was addicted to fornication or avarice or idol-worship or abusive language or hard-drinking or greed of gain. With such a man you ought not even to eat. AND ***2 Thess 3: 6* ¶ Now we enjoin you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the instruction which he received from us. . . . .14 But if any one obey not our word by the letter, mark that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed of himself; 15 and do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. [If you should socially withdraw from such "brethren", if you should not hang out with and keep company with such "brethren", then surely you should not marry such.] 3.> If there is no repentace for and forsaking of the sin by the one who claims to be a true child of God, then do the following: ***1Cor 5: 3 For I myself, though absent in body, have

been present with you in spirit, and in the name of our Lord Jesus I have already passed judgement, just as if I had been present, upon the man who has acted in this way. 4 I have decided-having been present in spirit at your meetings, when the power of the Lord Jesus was with us- 5 To deliver such a man as this over to Satan, that what is sensual in him may be destroyed, so that his spirit may be saved at the Day of the Lord. 6 Your boasting is unseemly. Do not you know that even a little leaven leavens all the dough? 4.> If there is no repentace for and forsaking of the sin by the one who claims to be a true child of God, then do the following: **<<MT 18:17 If he refuses to hear them, appeal to the Church; and if he refuses to hear even the Church, regard him just as you regard a Gentile or a tax-gatherer.>> WHEN JESUS SPOKE THOSE WORDS a Gentile was an unbeliever, an unsaved person. That means that if this one who claims to be genuinely saved has not repented of and forsaken his sin, YOU ARE UNDER COMMAND TO CONSIDER HIM TO BE, AND ACT TOWARDS HIM AS THOUGH HE WERE, AN UNSAVED PERSON. THAT MEANS YOUR MARRIAGE NOW COMES UNDER THE COMMANDS OF 1 COR 7:12-16 ***1 Cor. 7:12 But to the rest I [Paul] say, not the Lord, if any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is consenting to dwell with him, he should not leave/divorce/abandon/repudiate her. 13* And the woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is pleased to be dwelling with her, she should not leave/divorce/ abandon/repudiate him. . . . 15 But if the unbelieving one separates/departs, he/she should separate/depart. A brother or a sister is not [maritally] bound in such [cases],

but God has called us in peace. ***1COR 7:10* ¶ To those [GENUINE BELIEVERS] who are married my direction is-yet it is not mine, but the Master’s-that a woman is not to leave her husband 11 (If she has done so, let her remain as she is, or else be reconciled to her husband) and also that a man is not to divorce his wife. 12* To all others I say-I, not the Master-If a Brother is married to a woman, who is an unbeliever but willing to live with him, he should not divorce her; 13* And a woman who is married to a man, who is an unbeliever but willing to live with her, should not divorce her husband. . . . 15* However, if the unbeliever wishes to be separated, let him be so. Under such circumstances neither the Brother nor the Sister is bound; God has called you to live in peace. TCNT 5.> IF ON THE OTHER HAND THE SINNING BELIEVER REPENTS AND FORSAKES HIS SIN, THEN IT IS AS FOLLOWS: ***2Cor2:5* ¶ Now if any one has caused sorrow, it has been caused not so much to me, as in some degree--for I have no wish to exaggerate--to all of you. 6 In the case of such a person the punishment which was inflicted by the majority of you is enough. 7 So that you may now take the opposite course, and forgive him rather and comfort him, for fear he should perhaps be driven to despair by his excess of grief. 8 I beg you therefore fully to reinstate him in your love. 9 For in writing to you I have also this object in view--to discover by experience whether you are prepared to be obedient in every respect. 10 When you forgive a man an offence I also forgive it; for in fact what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has always been for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 for fear Satan should gain an advantage over us. For we are not

ignorant of his devices. ******2 Cor 7:9 Now I rejoice, not in your grief, but because the grief led to repentance; for you sorrowed with a godly sorrow, which prevented you from receiving injury from us in any respect. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, a repentance not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world finally produces death. 11 For mark the effects of this very thing--your having sorrowed with a godly sorrow--what earnestness it has called forth in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing affection, what jealousy, what meting out of justice! You have completely wiped away reproach from yourselves in the matter. Warning! If you set out to obey the truth and principles in these passages, you may find yourself nailed to a cross like Jesus and Peter, or about to have your head cut off like Paul and John the Baptist, or being stoned to death like Stephen. A minor problem for those who have become children of God through faith in and acceptance of Jesus Christ and His perfect work to save us, for being nailed to a cross is followed by a resurrection in to supernatural and eternal life with Him who is Compassionate Cherishing, Truth, Eternal Life, Perfect Light and the Way. We not only "have a dream", we have a hope solidly based on the Word of Him who cannot lie and who does not change. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmorYLaMexicanaYMoreni ta http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InterDatingMarryingInJesu s2 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JesusVsRacismAndEthnoc

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