To set the record straight: I do believe that most black people are the Israelites of the Bible. You can read my research about that topic in this article: Why I Believe Black People are Israelites of the Bible
The Black Hebrew Israelites are not necessarily a religion but a nationality of people. With a nationality comes a heritage, customs, and a religion. The religion of some of these groups is what I have a problem with and thus this writing of this article.
Black Hebrew Israelites have so many sects it’s hard to pin down what they believe (here’s a start). But what I’ve found consistent is either they believe the New Testament is the inspired word of God and that Jesus Christ is the Savior and the son of God, or they reject both Jesus and the New Testament.
In my opinion, the first groups are in a better position to be saved. With that said, let’s get into the three big issues I have with the Black Hebrew Israelites’ religion. I’m focusing on the ones who do believe in the New Testament and Jesus as Savior.
1. They preach that the white man can never be saved.
But the scriptures don’t teach that:
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)
So not only is Christ the propitiation for our sins, meaning Hebrew Israelites, but for the rest of the world! And then there’s this:
Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also (Romans 3:2)
So the Most High is not just the God of the Hebrews, but also of the Gentiles too! And, of course, this famous verse:
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)
God wants to save everyone including the white man. I came across a writing by the Black Hebrew Israelites that attempts to explain away this scripture saying that the “world” referred to only Israelites – but that’s not what the scripture says. God’s desire is that no man perish but that all men come into repentance and thus be saved (2 Peter 3:9).
Even before God opened the door to gentiles to become apart of his kingdom, he allowed other people from other nations to join. Think about the Moabite woman, Ruth, and the Amorite harlot, Rahab. These were both wicked nations, some set to be destroyed by the Israelites, but these women were saved by faith. In other words, it doesn’t matter what nation you’re apart of, if you love and believe in one true God you can be saved.
What many people fail to understand is that Israel was a nation created by God to be a light to the nations of the world (Isaiah 42:6). So it was never just about Israel, God always had intentions of extending salvation to the rest of the nations.
What the Black Hebrew Israelites has done is erroneously eliminated the white man from redemption because of their hatred for his historic and continual sins against us. They have excluded him because of plain old unforgiveness. But Jesus clearly said, “if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will God forgive yours” (Matt 6:14-15). To forgive doesn’t mean you let the white man walk all over you. To forgive just means you release him from owing you something and rather allow God to deal with him. And if God decides that he is eligible for salvation, then who are you to say otherwise?
What Black Hebrew Israelites fail to see is how wickedly we’ve treated God. Anyone can read the books of the prophets to see God’s expressions of anger and pain due to the Israelites sins against him. It’s evident that God hurts too, yet he forgives too; and we are called to forgive just as he has (Matthew 5:43-48).
2. They preach that we need to keep the law to be saved.
The law wasn’t designed to save men, but to show them their weakness and their need for the Holy Spirit. Faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s power is what saves men, and it’s not in keeping the law.
Let me be clear. You can’t walk in sin and be accepted by God. Sin leads to death and the final Lake of Fire. While the law is good, no one can keep the law apart from the Spirit of God. However, when you walk in the Spirit of God you will fulfill the law. Because the Spirit of God leads you to obey the law.
God wants us to rely on his Spirit to please him rather than our flesh, because our flesh is weak and it always fails. For a detailed study on this, please read the article: How to Keep the Law.
The word of God is clear on this subject and the above article links you to more passages:
Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people (Gal 3:19 NLT).
The whole reason why the Israelites are in this mess to begin with is because they kept failing to keep the laws of God. Trying harder in one’s own flesh isn’t going to lead to success, but failure and worse sin, there’s a better way.
3. They preach racial/national pride–and are generally a proud people.
God hates pride (Proverbs 6:16-19). Since these blacks are the real Israelites, they should read up on why God periodically punished Israel with bondage and how to get out. Here’s the key scripture:
If My people, who are called my by name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sins and heal their land (2 Chr 7:14).
They also claim that Jesus was black. Whether or not he was (and I tend to agree that he was), God is still holy and is coming back for people with his Spirit no matter what skin color they are (1 Peter 1:19). Skin color and nationality can’t save you, only Christ can. The Black Hebrew Israelites must repent, confess their sins, humble themselves, be born-again, submit to the Holy Spirit’s power and forgive and accept the white man as just another candidate for salvation.
An ugly package
It’s unfortunate that this one truth of African American origin is proclaimed mostly by people who lack the Spirit of God. In their pride, many Black Hebrew Israelites have condemned other races and pretty much turned a lot of black people, including black Christians from receiving anything they have to say.
What the devil has done is packaged truth in such an ugly vessel that no one will receive it and thus keeping it hidden from the masses of blacks who may stay ignorant to their true nationality. Without knowing their identity, it may be difficult for them to unify and repent.
Thankfully, there are sound Christian pastors who are getting the revelation and telling the truth. Overall, I identify as a follower of Christ because there is neither Jew or Gentile in Christ (Gal 3:27-29). And I believe that blacks (real Israelites) have to unify under the righteousness of Jesus Christ and repent of their sins, be born again and filled with the Spirit of God in order to be saved and rise above the state I believe God allowed them to be in.
No unity around economics will save us, no political action will work, no amount of violence or retaliation against white folks will work. Black Americans need to wake up, humble themselves, repent of their sins and begin the journey toward reconciliation with a loving God who’s waiting for them to come back. So we’re in the same place as every other nation on this planet, we need a savior and it’s still Jesus the Messiah.