The Deadly Errors of the Black Hebrew Israelites
By; Robert Simmons Jr.
Subject; False Religion
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…” (Galatians 3:13) Oh, how glorious is that good news that because we, human beings, are not able to live up to God’s holy standard (The Law), God sent his Son Jesus to meet that standard for us that if we just believe in him we shall have eternal life. (John 3:16).
In my humble opinion, the religious group that identifies themselves as Black Hebrew Israelites, trample over this good news and instead use The Bible to push their own agenda. In case you are not familiar with this religious group, Black Hebrew Israelites emphatically claim that they are the true Israelites that are mentioned all throughout the Old and New Testament. They claim that because of all of the oppression and persecution that black people, and other select minorities, have suffered under the hands of Europeans (or White people), they historically fit the description of the Israelites of scripture. They use such passages as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 to support their claims. They believe that those who are in modern day Israel now are really the Gentiles of scripture. Black Hebrew Israelites use both Old and New Testament scripture to try and prove that Jesus (who they emphasize is a black man) was sent to redeem them from all of their oppression and cause them triumph over their enemies (namely white people).
Black Hebrew Israelites believe that in order to be saved you must (1) Be of Jewish descent (since that is whom Christ came for), (2) Believe in Jesus’ sacrifice, for your sins and (3) Keep the Laws of Moses. A very devout Black Hebrew Israelite adheres to the law in such visual ways as honoring the Sabbath, dressing in appropriate Israelite attire, and keeping feast and festivals that God’s children were instructed to uphold from generation to generation. Because they feel that Roman Catholic officials have corrupted the Christian Holy Bible, the Bible, they say, is made complete by using the support of books from what is known as The Apocrypha (or Hidden Books), which they also consider to be sacred literature. Other popular beliefs they hold to is that Jesus is not God come in flesh, there is no Heaven and Hell and that White people will be their slaves in The Afterlife.
The reason that I quoted Galatians at the beginning of this article is because you don’t even have to leave this epistle to see that this is a false religious group…
(1).Paul’s message was not just for the Jews… but for Gentile converts as well…
“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone…” (Galatians 1:15-16)
(2).Salvation is by faith… not by faith and keeping the law…
“We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners, yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:15-16)
“… Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for The righteous shall live by faith… (Galatians 3:10-14)
“… But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law… (Galatians 5:18)
“You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace… (Galatians 5:4)
(3.)Your bloodline or heritage has nothing to do with Salvation…
“… Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or hearing with faith- just as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:6-9)
“… for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)
We only scratched the surface of the fallacy and falsehood of this religious group. My aim is not to be slanderous toward those of you who may associate yourself with this group or their teachings. I only want to make sure Christ, and Christ alone is being preached. Let’s not be led astray by an organization that uses Christ as a backdrop only to push self-glorification, self-righteousness and racial supremacy.
The Fallacy of the Black Hebrew Israelites