Perhaps it is because I’m preaching on the part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus tells us to love our enemies, but…
There is a problem I’ve become aware of in the last 6-8 months. I didn’t want to blog on it because I didn’t want to draw the ire of those who are convinced I have the problem. But, I’ve seen this issue on more blogs, but I’ll take a shot at this because I want to stand up for my brothers (out of love) and gently rebuke those who would consider me an enemy.
Confused yet? I am alarmed by an ideology that I consider a parasite on Reformed Theology: Kinism. Kinism has little/nothing to do with Reformed Theology, but most kinists would claim to be Reformed and utilize Southern (antebellum) Presbyterian theologians fused with theonomy to come to some very peculiar interpretations of the Scriptures that seek to justify their racism- though they claim not to be racists. As a result, they drag other Reformed Christians under suspicion.
Kinists believe that the various races should remain separate (and want to end all non-white immigration). They point to the Tower of Babel, and say that those groups should remain separate and keep with their own kind. So, I’ve seen them attack John Piper because he adopted an African-American daughter, and supports inter-racial marriage. They want to see Anthony Bradley booted from the PCA.
Kinism fails to recognize that Pentecost “undid” the scattering God did at Babel (Acts 2). The Apostles could speak so people from different languages could understand them, and gather God’s people together in one body regardless of race and color. There was no caveat that only Jews could come.
In Acts we also see Philip bringing the gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch. He did not “keep to his own kind” but told him about Jesus, baptized him and embraced him as a brother.
Moreover, in Revelation we find that people from every tribe, nation, tongue and language have been purchased by the blood of the Lamb. And they are together around His throne and will serve together in the New Jerusalem in the restored earth.
The whole mindset of kinism is contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of repenting with other Christians for the great sins our forefathers committed in enslaving people, they approve of the sins of our forefathers. They wish to re-establish such dehumanizing conditions.
They accuse Anthony Bradley, among others, of twisting the Scriptures. Unfortunately it is they who twist the Scriptures by denying that all people are made in God’s image; that Christians of all races are being renewed in that image which was tarnished by sin; the gospel is for all people; we are to love our brothers, regardless of their color or language etc. They dishonor Jesus with their thinly disguised hatred in His name.
It is time for these people to repent. And it is time for Bible-believing churches to exercise church discipline to 1. protect the honor of Jesus, 2. protect the Body from contamination from false teaching, and 3. seek to restore them via faith and repentance. Sadly, this issue seems to be just swept under the rug. It is time for that to change.
They wrongly consider people of other races their enemies. It is time for them to love their enemies, intercede for them and recognize the amazing love the Father has for people of various races and ethnic backgrounds. Maybe they will find their own hearts changed in the process.