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Identity Doctrine

Galatians 3:16 "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. "

Jesus is Israel | The Hope of Israel | Justin Martyr - Israel is Jesus | John Gill - Covenant was with Jesus | Ovid Need Study Archive | Debate on Israel's Identity | Phinehas Priesthood | Inside the Mind of Christian Identity | Identifying Identity | Israel Restored | The Dead Bones

     Christian Identity is gaining incredible popularity, in part because they are correct in their declaration that the "Jews" (Romans 2:28) in Palestine today are NOT THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD (For more information on this subject, please visit Jesus is Israel). This fact is easily proven from Scripture, and leads many to assume that the Israel must, then, be some other nationalistic people.

    However, Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is Israel (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15), and that all promises were made to Him and find fullness in Him (Gal 3:16, II Cor 1:20).   "Israel" is the proper name of Jesus Christ (Hos. 11:1; Matt 2:18; cf. Gal 3:16).  This name was lent to Jacob as a symbol of Jesus Christ's role as the "fullness of nations".  When the axe was sunk through the root (Matt. 3:7-10) of  "Israel after the flesh" in AD70, all that stood was the superior eternal nation called the "Israel of God" (Gal. 6:15-16).

     Christian Identity mistakes Israel as a temporal people, instead of the spiritual/eternal nation in the body of Christ that is taught in the Bible.  As a result, this view teaches that temporal standards serve as a means of either redemption or inheritance -- instead of basing inheritance and redemption on the spiritual standard of Jesus Christ alone.  This results in a fleshly nationalistic view, as held by first-century Judaism and modern Dispensationalism.   It seeks to take glory away from Jesus Christ... so walk circumspectly around this one, if you must study it. 

There are two aspects to God's plan of Redemption.  The temporal, and the eternal/spiritual.  Identity focuses on the temporal -- which is a part -- but only the inferior part.  Jesus Christ alone is the fullness, and He should not be associated with any nationalistic movement.

     Before proceeding into the articles and books, please read the two following Philip Mauro chapters, so as to understand the framework of this debate.  This issue, as all others, rests more on the chosen method of Bible interpretation (hermeneutic), instead of the interpretation itself.

Philip Mauro  -  From "The Hope of Israel"

NOTE: There are 101 different flavors of Identity, ranging from "SEEDLINE DOCTRINE" to the more moderate multiple inheritance position, which allows for salvation of other nations, just not full inheritance. About the only two issues agreed upon by all are that they are physically descended from the Old Testament nation of Israel (after the flesh) and the Khazarian Jews of today are imposters. Because of this spectrum of difference, please pay careful attention to which brand of Identity is being addressed, in any given article, as it most probably only applies to a section therein.   The Debate On Israel's Identity helps differentiate between different Identity view. (more sections to be added soon) Debate On Israel's Identity - Landmark Israel Discussion I attended at my sending church in 1996 | 1. Ovid Need, Pastor of Linden Baptist Church - Linden, Indiana - PARTIAL PRETERIST - Israel is Jesus Christ, and all "joint-heirs" in Christ through faith, with no merit in one's nature. 2. Greg Dixon, Pastor of Indianapolis Baptist Temple - Indianapolis, Indiana - DISPENSATIONALIST - Israel is comprised of those "Jews" spread throughout the world, who are currently on "God's prophetic shelf," and are eternally distinct from the church. 3. Ted Wieland, Evangelist - Scottsbluff, Nebraska - CHRISTIAN IDENTITY - Israel is the literal (natural) 'seed' of Abraham, which is comprised solely of the Anglo-Saxon, Germannic Tribes and remnant of Judah. 4. Tom Brush, from Carmel, Indiana - SEEDLINE IDENTITY - Israel is the literal (natural) 'seed' of Adam, as opposed to the "Cainites," which are the literal 'seed' of Satan's intercourse with Eve.

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