It becomes clearer every week that race is the issue Satan is using today to destroy once-faithful church bodies. This article builds on the prior article on Biblical Race, so please start there. I am going to keep hammering on this issue for one very simple reason: if you deny Creation, you deny its Creator. Race is part of Creation. Therefore, if you deny your race, you deny your Creator. This is damnation stuff, not some weird blip on the cultural timeline. Let's take a look at what Scripture says with regard to Creation & its Creator.
In John's vision of Heaven, these are the first two things uttered by the creatures assembled around the Throne of God. The angels glorify the eternal Triune God; the elders glorify God for Creation. The order in which God presents things is always significant. The first position is always that of highest honor & importance. God does not do equality. So it is very important that the first recorded praise given by men is not for their own Salvation, but for their Creation.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. –Genesis 1-2
When God rested on the seventh day of Creation, the universe was perfect. Everything was ordered precisely as He intended. This was Creation as it was meant to be. Man's subsequent rebellion brought death to the whole of Creation, & only God the Father sending God the Son to die to atone for that sin had the power to redeem Creation & restore its intended state of perfection.
Throughout all six thousand years of Creation's existence, Christians have thanked & praised God for that Redemption, which was first promised in Genesis 3:15. In light of our own sinful nature & rebellion, we focus our attention on the Cross, for only through Christ's precious Blood are we redeemed & made anew in the perfect Creation that is to come.
But it seems that many of us have lost sight of how God is glorified throughout Scripture. God is our Redeemer & our Sanctifier. But He is first & foremost our Creator. Here are just a few examples of how God is exalted as our Creator, ahead of & apart from His saving work on the Cross:
You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. –Nehemiah 9
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? –Psalm 8
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. –Psalm 19
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable. –Isaiah 40
For thus says the LORD,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it empty,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
“I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness. –Isaiah 45
The list goes on & on, but you get the point: God's status as our Creator is paramount, even before being our Redeemer. The Creator-creature relationship is the reason for the Redeemer-redeemed relationship. The God who Created us in His image loves us & wishes to restore us to the perfect relationship only Adam has known on Earth. That is the purpose for which we were Created in the first place.
The Apostle's & Nicene Creeds both reinforce this point. They begin, respectively:
1 I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
1 I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
Without this establishing frame, everything that follows in history would make no sense. God doesn't simply love us because we're hanging out in the Universe together, and He thought we were cool. He made us, and He did it on purpose. Each of us is the deliberate work of God, who creates soul & body as one in conception. Nothing about us is random, despite what Satan's lientists want you to believe.
Perhaps the most complete demonstration of the principle is when God speaks in His own voice, in probably my favorite part of the entire Bible: Job 38-41, where He finally responds to all the bitching & moaning from Job & his three friends. It's too long to quote entirely here, but please spend ten minutes reading it; it is glorious. Here's a teaser to whet your appetite:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy? –Job 38
Pay attention to what God doesn't say in response to all the whining & criticism. He doesn't say, "Hey Satan did all this, not Me." He doesn't say, "Look, I will be your Redeemer, so we're even." Instead God Almighty goes on for 2,000 words describing unimaginable corners of Creation, which demonstrate His power & might, in contrast to Job who is puny & insignificant. There isn't one word about soteriology, that is, salvation & redemption. God's entire argument is that as Creator, He is categorically above all reproach by His creatures.
Another critical point must be highlighted: Jesus Christ, the 2nd Person of the Trinity is not only the Redeemer, but the fountainhead of all Creation:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. –John 1
Jesus didn't just come along after the Fall to clean up the mess. He is eternal, & nothing was made that was not made through Him. Christ's universality in the Creation is mirrored in the Redemption of the very same:
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. –Colossians 1
These verses clearly establish two things: 1) God is–above all things–the Creator of us & everything known or unknown. 2) The same Jesus by Whom all things were made is the God through Whom all things were Redeemed.
I'm going to repeat myself because this is so profoundly important: everything was made through Jesus Christ, and everything was redeemed through Jesus Christ. Therefore, You cannot know your Redeemer without also knowing your Creator. And to deny your Creator is to deny your Redeemer. When a man points to anything in Creation & says, "God didn't do this," that man is literally denying his own Creator. There is no promise that such a man is Redeemed.
“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword. –Job 39
God gives the horse his might, & clothes his neck with a mane. This is God's own testimony to His glory & might. Can a Christian lie about this without losing his Salvation? It is a trivial fact about Creation with absolutely no bearing on the Cross. What sort of faith does a man have who confesses John 3:16 but denies this? He should be terrified that he may have no Faith at all.
Christian pulpits are filled with well-intentioned pastors who say things like, "Racism is based on a lie, & that lie is that race exists. We are all descendants of one man, according to Holy Scripture. Therefore, race as a category Biblically does not exist. There are nations, tongues, languages; there are different ethnicities, & different life experiences. But we are all one blood. And if Christianity gives the smallest inch to the notion of race, we have given that inch to a lie." –Rev. Todd Wilken, LCMS, on Issues, Etc. ep. 1622, June 11, 2021.
It sounds nice. It sounds loving. It sounds Gospely. And it's intended to refute the attacks of CRT on the church & society. But it is a damnable lie straight from Hell. It does not describe Creation, & what's worse the man who said this knows the truth of the matter. Todd knows that scientific facts prove him a liar, & he doesn't care. It is more important to him to blatantly lie to serve his own private religion of one-race-the-human-race. The fact that he does it from his office as a pastor in God's name is demonic.
But he's just one among hundreds of thousands of pastors & millions of Christians who proclaim the same lies with at least as much fervor they praise the Savior. These people look at facts about Creation every bit as obvious as the mane on a horse's neck, & they shout, "God didn't do this! That's not my God!" I sincerely hope that isn't their final answer. Jesus warned of such false teachers.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ –Matthew 7
Creation proclaims its Creator.
Anyone who denies Creation denies its Creator.
Anyone who denies its Creator denies its Redeemer.
Anyone who denies its Redeemer denies his own Redeemer.
Will the man who denies race be damned? I hope not. But in the best possible case, his lies nailed Christ to the Cross, lies which he wears as a badge of honor. That's not the garment I want to be wearing on Judgement Day.
If you would like to learn more about what Creation proclaims of its Creator through the facts of race, I can't recommend Thultide's website highly enough. His work on the physical & genetic differences between the human races is easy to follow but detailed enough to eliminate any doubt. The author is not a Christian, & he believes in old earth evolution, but it doesn't make any difference. Christians know for a fact that all speciation has taken place since all the world's species exemplars huddled on the Ark for 40 days about 4,500 years ago. Ignoring his dates does not change one iota of the factual data which sings from within our very bones.
The next article in this series will deal with the social & church implications that the races are distinct. Ultimately race is irrelevant as any sort of confession (apart from not being liars), just as confessing a horse's mane is trivial. The intent of this article is certainly not to elevate race as a confession unto itself. Race is however the predominant underlying reason for every disparity we observe among people groups. This does affect our daily life, & it is the jugular Satan is going after because he knows we've been weakened by so many liars & weak-minded fools. May God strengthen & preserve our Faith through this trial.