The white man can’t be saved, Jesus only came for Israel and other false doctrines will be covered in this article.
- The 7 false doctrines:
- 1. They preach that the “white man” can never be saved.
- 2. Jesus only came to save Israel
- 3. You can’t marry outside your race/nation
- 4. They preach that we need to keep the law to be saved.
- 5. Paul is antichrist
- 6. Mexicans and Native Americans are Israelites
- 7. You must use God’s correct name out of respect
Originally published September 12th, 2015 and titled “Why I Can’t Join the Black Hebrew Israelites.” Updated with more information.
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 some Black Hebrew Israelites’ doctrines. I’m focusing on the ones who do believe in the New Testament and Jesus as Savior.
The 7 false doctrines:
- White people and Gentiles can’t be saved
- Jesus only came for Israel
- Paul was anti-Christ and his teachings are hard to understand
- You must keep the Law to be saved
- Marriage outside your nation is a sin
- Mexicans and Native Americans are Israelites
- You must use the correct name of God in order to please God
1. They preach that the “white man” can never be saved.
But the scriptures say:
1 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 3:29)
So the Most High is not just the God of the Hebrews, but also of the Gentiles too! Here’s another:
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him (Acts 10:34-35).
God doesn’t favor Israelites. It doesn’t matter what nation someone is from. If they respect God and do what is righteous according to the Lord, the Most High will accept them.
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. Jesus only came to save Israel
Matthew 15:24 says that Christ only came to the children of Israel—that was his mission—to get us back on track. Most of us rejected him and so he had his Apostles preach the Gospel to the rest of the world.
Romans 3:29 KJV says “Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.” Anyone can be in God’s family (Acts 2:21).
God only started with Israel and was using us to show the world how great he is (Isaiah 42:6). God never intended salvation to be exclusive to the Israelites.
3. You can’t marry outside your race/nation
You’ve heard that Hebrews aren’t to marry anyone outside of their nation or a Hebrew man married to a white woman is displeasing to God.
Now that the Gentiles have joined the kingdom of God along with the Hebrews through the Holy Spirit and under the New Covenant, any child of God is free to marry another child of God—but only if they’re in the Lord.
The Bible says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28).
Since the saints are united in Christ, no matter their ethnicity, they are free to marry any ethnicity just as long as that person is in the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:39).
4. 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.
5. Paul is antichrist
You’ll hear two opposing arguments about apostle Paul 1) he wasn’t a real apostle or 2) you can’t understand his teachings. Both are untrue and presented because they hate what God has said through him. See this article for more information.
6. Mexicans and Native Americans are Israelites
Because these groups don’t fit the curses of Deuteronomy, I’ve concluded most Mexicans and Native Americans are not Hebrews.
However, during slavery, many Hebrews/blacks fled and intermingled with these groups. Therefore, some Afro-Mexicans/Latinos could be Hebrew and people who claim to be part Native American could be descendants of the biblical Israelites.
7. You must use God’s correct name out of respect
You may have read saying “Jesus” is really saying “Zeus” or the letter J didn’t exist until recently. Ultimately it’s about knowing Christ and obeying him. He knows who you’re talking to if you call on him with the right intentions. Learn more about correct name of Jesus.