Earlier this month our Bible study group gathered once again in Ohio. It was a time of wonderful fellowship and edification. Throughout the weekend we shared various teachings and exhortations. The following is the teaching that I presented to the group, entitled “Holiness and Dominion.”
Holiness and Dominion
“Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.”
We all understand that God sends blessings and curses upon individual men, families and nations. Blessings come when we obey God’s commandment to be holy, using as our standard of holiness God’s revealed word. This fact is disclosed in the Ten Commandments, the most important covenantal document of the Old Testament. In Exodus 20:5-6 we read, “I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
We further learn from this passage that God’s blessings and curses come upon not just ourselves but upon our posterity as well. Of course we know that the vast majority of our racial kinsmen have abandoned God and pursue evil with a sickening zeal, sinking further into perversion every year. When confronting this problem we can rebuke our ethnic brothers, we can preach the Gospel to them, and we can with broken hearts and with much weeping pray that God would work powerfully to free them from their delusion. But today I want to discuss a different aspect of our response to this problem: the cultivation of personal piety and holiness.
As a kinist it is easy to become depressed and overwhelmed when reading about current events, which seem to show the ever growing strength on the enemy. With every latest story about the spread of juvenile transgenderism, or about the latest outrages committed by so-called refugees against their generous hosts, we can often feel great anger against those who carry out such acts. If we step back we might shift our anger from the perpetrators of these crimes to the white apostates who have provoked God’s wrath. Today I would like to step further back and focus on our own sins. For if there is one area where we should focus our disappointment, it is here. After all, we as kinists think of ourselves as the true remnant of the historic Christian faith. We are the only ones in a world gone mad who uphold what the Bible teaches on race and nation. So we of all people should understand the whole counsel of God and put it into practice. If we do not, not only do we disobey God, but we fail those whom we so loudly claim to love and seek to bless: our kinsmen according to the flesh. While the behavior of other members of our race and family can certainly affect us, we are ultimately responsible only for our own sins, and combatting those sins should be a much greater focus for us than combatting the sins of others.
All of us have been born into a specific race and nation, and our personal behavior can be either pleasing to God or offensive to him. As we are all organically connected to the wider nation, our personal sins can bring suffering not just on ourselves, but on our kinsmen according to the flesh. Those of us who have children should naturally be very fearful of the warning given in Exodus 20, that our personal iniquities will be visited upon our own children. But even those of us who do not have children are ourselves members of an extended racial family, and our sins will not be visited upon our own immediate descendants only, but upon the nation as a whole and upon future generations of our nation as well. This fact should make us even more terrified of our own sins, and should cause us to turn ever more quickly and violently towards faith in God, faith in the atonement of Christ that covers our sins, and faith in the promise that the Holy Spirit dwells in us and brings forth good fruit that is pleasing to our heavenly father.
I believe that focusing on the covenantal, generational implications of sin should especially drive us to combat those secret sins that are not seen by other men. God’s commandment is that we be holy as He is holy. This is a complete holiness that pervades our hearts and minds.
As we read in Scripture, it is not enough to be outwardly obedient, for God sees our heart. If we abstain from fornication or outward violence but secretly allow lustful and angry thoughts in our hearts, we are whited sepulchres brimming with filth, and God knows it. We must not think that our children will be free from the curse of these sins simply because we conceal these sins from the eyes of men and do not act upon them. I can confess to being guilty in this area myself, and I suspect that my situation is not unique. It is often the case that I have been lazy in combating sinful thoughts, because I reason to myself as follows: even though I have sinful thoughts, I am a Christian, I ask God for forgiveness, and I have faith that the blood of Christ has made atonement for my sins. I am therefore tempted to think that these secret sins are irrelevant, that they are totally contained in my own heart and mind and will have no effect on anyone else, and because God forgives me for them, then these sins do not even really effect me. But we read in the word that God judges the heart, God knows our inward parts, and, most crucially, that our sins are visited upon our children. We have no confidence to suppose that any of our sins exist in a vacuum, quarantined, and unable to infect our children, our nieces, nephews, or wider national family.
The holiness of God when it was revealed at Sinai was a terrifying thing. The mass of the Israelites did not dare to approach the mountain. The holy radiance of Yahweh, the great I AM, was such that even the reflected glory that shone on Moses’ face was unbearable to look upon. Do we truly believe that God’s holiness is like this, when we casually ignore secret sins? When we think to ourselves, “God forgives, so I don’t need to address this problem,” or “it’s not a big deal that after being a Christian for several years I haven’t made much progress in combatting evil thoughts”? I don’t think so.
Jesus emphasizes the significance of sinful thoughts and feelings in Matthew 5:27-28, where he says,
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
We learn from these verses that even though the act has not been committed, the mere desire to commit the act makes a man guilty of the sin, and deserving of its punishment. Surely if having such thoughts makes us guilty of the act already, then these sins can be visited upon our children. Some commentators have explained this strong warning from Christ by saying that evil thoughts are so dangerous because they can lead to evil actions. And this certainly is true. As we read in James 1:15, “when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Sinful acts follow upon sinful desires and dispositions, and combatting those desires and dispositions is the best way to avoid committing outward sins. Dwelling complacently in evil thoughts not only leads us into the danger of those specific sins we are thinking about; it also brings us to a general state of spiritual weakness, a state of separation from God and his word, because when your mind is filled with evil thoughts, it is not filled with the word of God, and it is therefore cut off from the greatest defense we have. As we read in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
We never know when we will be presented with a great trial of our faith, or with an opportunity to witness, or even when we ourselves will leave this life. We are called to be vigilant, and evil thoughts keep us from this duty. If the heart is not kept with diligence, we cannot be confident about what will come out of it.
Furthermore, I believe that the warning against evil thoughts has an even deeper significance beyond the danger posed by these thoughts of leading into outward sins. When we desire in our hearts to commit a sinful act, we are tacitly saying that we wish that God’s law were different than it actually is. We are saying that while we grudgingly accept that certain outward actions must be avoided, we secretly cherish the irrational wish that God’s law could be changed. This internal rebellion, this internal disatisfaction with God’s law is the inner filthiness that Jesus warns of us of in Matthew 23:27, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” We must pray to God that our hearts be totally cleansed and that the law of God be a great joy to us. A great joy to perform outwardly, and a great joy to obey inwardly. As Christ tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Those who pant and strain after sin in their hearts do not accept the promise of Christ that his yoke is easy and that faith in him grants rest to those who are burdened.
I believe that sins of omission are another area where it is easy to become negligent and lukewarm.
Our sins of omission leave many situations and encounters bereft of that sweet savor of the Gospel that we are expected to bring to the world. Jesus says “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” As Christians we understand ourselves to be the children of God, but how many times have we failed to act as peacemakers when we were given the opportunity? How many times did pride or anger get in the way? Do others know us as someone who brings peace and concord to our interactions at home, in church, or in the workplace? Speaking again personally, I know many times I have failed in this area, especially in the workplace, where bitterness, grumbling and discontent are the normal atmosphere. When divisive anger exists, it is easy to amplify it, but I dare to say that it is equally easy to mollify it. A simple kind word about the opposing party in a dispute, the mildest effort to refuse to strike back in a verbal confrontation; these actions taken with faith in Christ’s word that we are called to be peacemakers can bring light and love to a situation, and they can easily win you a reputation as a peacemaker as well. If we do not act as the sweet, godly savor that we are called to be, we should not expect that God will bless us, our children, or our nation
Now I have talked about the importance of personal holiness, and the importance of paying close attention to our inner spiritual and mental life. I therefore want to clear up any misunderstandings that might arise when discussing this topic. Sadly a very dangerous and perverse form of Christianity has largely co-opted the term “holiness,” to the point where serious and sober Bible-believing Christians are hesitant to even use the term. I am most emphatically not encouraging the type of spirituality found in the so-called “holiness movement.” Holiness is not to be sought in dreams, self-induced visions, or ecstatic, high-adrenaline worship services. Instead I advocate much less mundane means: prayer and constant feeding on God’s word. The promises of God to his people are manifold. We cannot lead a full Christian life without walking by faith at all times, living by these many commandments and promises revealed to us.
It is also important to stress that a focus on personal holiness and virtue are not necessarily opposed to the project of Christian Reconstruction, that is, of bringing the civil sphere into obedience to God’s law.
After all, as we read in Exodus 20, God brings blessings to the descendants of those who keep his commandments. God commands us to live holy lives and to flee sinful thoughts and actions, so it is unreasonable to think that God will bless our nation with a holy civil sphere if we do not combat sin in the personal sphere. It is true that many pietist have stressed personal holiness at the expense of political Dominion, but this does not mean that the two are inherently opposed. On the contrary, I believe that when given their proper roles personal holiness and Christian Reconstruction will stimulate and feed on one another. In the Bible the spread of God’s truth, both in our own lives and in society, is often described using the language of organic growth and flowering, and we should pray for abundant fruit in both areas. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which starts small but grows to a great height, while in John 15:5 Jesus tells us, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
In closing, I would like to consider one of the many beautiful and comforting passages that promise growth and victory to believers. In Galatians 5:22-23, where we read, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” This passage can be meditated upon daily with great profit, for it repeats to us the promise of spiritual victory here and now over hatred, anger, despair, doubt and unchastity. As we go forth to conquer, driving out the demons that possess our lands and our people, our strength and confidence must come from Christ and his holy Spirit, which dwells in us. We recognize this indwelling by the fruits of the Spirit, and it would be foolish to attempt this war on Satan and his followers without the clear witness of the spirit’s power in our own lives. If our own inner lives do not witness joy and peace, how can we proclaim the coming peace of our King?
Now in saying this I do not wish to minimize the reality and pain of spiritual warfare. I am not advocating the sinless perfection taught by some in the holiness movement. During this life we will suffer temptation; the old man and satan will attempt this lure us back to sin and death. Our enemy will strive to take away the fruits of the spirit and leave us impoverished, and these satanic assaults can bring about almost unutterable mental and emotional suffering. But again and again in our difficulties we turn to God; we repent, we examine ourselves and confess our sins to God, we rest in the promises found in his revelation, trusting that it is God who works in us, who saves us and makes us holy. As Christians we will continue to engage in spiritual warfare the rest of our lives, but it must be a winning battle. Year by year we must push back the enemy and bring forth ever more mature and abundant fruit.
Therefore in faith we must turn away from the despair, from the feeling of personal weakness and helplessness, looking only upon our glorious Christ. Through him we are more than conquerors. Through him has come the power of the holy Spirit. Through him we obey the commandments of God, and bring blessings upon our children, upon our children’s children, and upon our nation.
May God grant this Spirit to all of us in abundant measure, for our peace and joy, and for the victorious fight against this evil world, Amen.