Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Sin of Interracial Marriage

The Sin of Interracial Marriage
by Herbert W. Armstrong

...Today I want to speak on what may possibly be the very next attack that Satan will use against this church. I was studying at lunch before the meeting last Sabbath, with our minister there and he said “I think that very likely, the next attack of Satan” –now there was the attack of the State of California against us.

There’s been another attack that most of you don’t even know anything about. It only hit a few of us at the top. But there has been trouble and don’t you think there hasn’t. Satan is on the job. But Christ is on the job and Christ is winning. And always will win! It’s like my executive assistant, Bob Fahey said, he’s looked at the book to see how it comes out in the end, and he says, “We win.” Yes, we do. That’s the way it’s going to turn out. At least Christ is going to win and we’ll only win if we’re on Christ’s side. We don’t need to worry about getting Christ over on our side.

But he said, the thing that’s going to hit this Church next (that Satan’s going to use), is interracial marriage.

Oh the pity. People can sometimes get their feelings all stirred up to a red-hot pitch on something of that kind. Their prejudices, their emotions, their feelings. God almighty created us all. He put us here for a purpose. And we don’t have much longer. And we need to look into this. Now that was in New York City last Sabbath.

On the plane, coming back, Mr. Fahey showed me a letter that had been handed to him from a member. I believe this member is in, yes, just across in New Jersey, just across from New York but had attended the service. And she had been talking to another member who lives in Philadelphia. And there’d been quite a heated conversation on the telephone. And I want to read you just one slight little bit of what was in that message and what is coming up in the Church now. And you’re going to have to—IF GOD BE GOD -- GET ON HIS SIDE! AND IF YOU WANT TO GO WITH THIS WORLD AND THE WAY IT’S GOING, GET OVER ON THAT SIDE, AND GO INTOTHE LAKE OF FIRE WITH IT. That’s all I have to say.

I just want to read a few, this is about a 3 or 4 page letter, so, I’ll just read a part of it. She says,

“During the conversation, [that’s the telephone conversation, that’s the telephone conversation she had with this woman in Philadelphia] it was stated that the blacks in God’s church are dissatisfied with such doctrines that are not keeping with the current social trend in the world, which they feel are in keeping with the premises of international relationships that are a part of this nation’s background.”

So we should go along with our nation and the social trends of the world. And this letter also says that they are trying to line up a group of blacks, TO GIVE ME AN ULTIMATUM! THAT I GET ON THE SIDE OF THE TRENDS, THE SOCIAL TREND OF THIS WORLD, OR ELSE!!! I’ll tell you what I’ll give them. I’ll give them OR ELSE. I won’t COMPROMISE ONE MILLIONTH OF AN INCH!

And if you will, you can go into the lake of fire if you want to! Now, I’ve never started a fight in my life but let me tell you, I’ve won every fight I've ever been in. But someone else always started it. I don’t want to start a fight. I’m the servant of the Most High God. And I’m as much a servant of blacks or of yellows or of any other color, pinks, polka dots, anything you want to mention - and the like. But I know what God has said. And that’s what I’m teaching you and that’s the way this Church is going to go. We’re getting this Church back on God’s track. That’s where it’s going to be and that’s where it’s going to stay.

Trends of the World Also, I understand that some are saying we’ve got to have racial balance at Ambassador College. Well, what does God say about that? WE’RE NOT GOING TO GO WITH THESE TRENDS OF THE WORLD!! THE POLITICAL FOOTBALLS, THE SOCIAL TRENDS, THE THINGS OF SATAN! Those are all the ways of Satan and now God is going to use us because there are laws in the Supreme Courts of the United States. They passed a law here a few years ago and they’re taking advantage of it. Now, they may try to get laws, use the laws for the sake of the nation, against us if we don’t approve interracial marriage. But I say, as for me and my house, we shall serve the Eternal God. What are you going to say?

Now let me tell you something. This isn’t anything to get all emotional about at all. I happened to be born white. I don’t know why? I’m not white. They just call it that. I’m anything but white. So are any the rest of you that think you are. You’re not. But what difference does it make? If we make it into the Kingdom of God, what color skin are we going to have? You ever think of that? We’re not going to have any skin at all. But our eyes are going to be like flames of fire and our faces are going to be like the sun full strength. What color is that? It’s so bright it’ll blind you if you look without a smoked glass. And that’s the way it’s going to be.

Jesus Christ said, about the last days, he looked into that time in our day and he said of this in our day, Matthew 24:37-38 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days of Noah…, And that’s the way it is today, exactly. And that was the end of that world.

You know there are three worlds mentioned in the Bible? There are three heavens mentioned in the Bible. Did you ever realize that? There are three worlds, there heavens. Now there are a lot of twos, two this and two that, there are some twelves, there are some sevens. But there are three worlds. There are three heavens. The one heaven is Earth’s atmosphere where you fly an airplane and where birds fly. Another heaven is in outer space where we see not only our sun but other suns that we call stars and other planets. Then the third heaven is the heaven of God’s throne. We don’t know where that is. One Scripture in Isaiah 14 (:13) in that case it will be in the far, far North of this Earth. That is as seen from this Earth, if we could see it. But we can’t. But the three worlds, there’s a world that then was, which was over flown by flood. Then there’s this present evil world. And then there’s a world to come, which I’ve been calling for many, many years, “The World Tomorrow.” The three worlds are mentioned in the Bible. Now Jesus said as the world in Noah’s day ended, as it was at that time, so it will be at the end of this world. And we’re at the end of this world right now. If you want to ignore that fact and get caught like a rat in a trap, you ignore it. But I wouldn’t advise it. Now notice what Jesus said,

Matthew 24:37-38 “…But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,

What’s wrong with eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage? How did these things bring an end to that world? Those are the things he mentioned that brought an end to that world. And those same things are bringing an end to this world now. All right, let’s go back to that world and see what the history of it is.

Wives They Chose

Genesis 6:1-2 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Which THEY chose! That’s what they want to do today. A black man wants to take a white woman for a wife. That’s what HE chooses. A white woman wants to become the wife of a black man. Now I don’t know of any cases where a white man wants to marry a black woman. Why is that? Answer that for me! I’d like to have someone give me an answer to that. Why is it our white women want to marry black men? Why is it our black men want to marry white women? Black women don’t seem to want to marry white men and white men don’t seem to want to marry black women. Why? It’s time we begin to think about these things and quit boiling up with our emotions. Now notice again in verse 5.

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Some of what they chose was evil wasn’t it? And notice again, one more verse, a couple here:

Genesis 6:11-12 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

So God just ended that world. Did you ever think about, why did God absolutely kill or murder, if you want to call it that, every human being that except Noah and his family, eight people? They were bringing us even unhappiness and misery on themselves. Sure they were getting a kick out of life. They were doing things THEY thought would be pleasurable. That THEY thought would be exciting. They had violence and oh how exciting that was. The earth was filled with violence. Something caused it. Jesus told the cause. He said they were eating and drinking; they were marrying and giving in marriage. That’s the only thing that you can find in the Bible that will give you a cause for the end of that world then.

Now what’s wrong about eating and drinking? Nothing at all if you eat and drink the right kind of—water or the right kind of, well orange juice is fine, and even wine in the small amounts, with temperance. But drunkenness is not right. No drunkard is ever going to enter into the Kingdom of God. And eating the wrong kind of food and eating too much is a sin. Now a little bit of it can be a very mild sin and I guess every one of us is guilty of that. We don’t seem to realize that, that’s important. What we eat is important. More than we realize. We just go along with what pleases us. What appeals to our appetite, our desire of wanting to get, wanting to have, wanting to enjoy. We’re in a very small wisp of a lifetime and judgment is on us as to whether we’re going to have joy and happiness and peace and everything wonderful FOREVER. And we’re just letting this time go by, most of us, without taking it very seriously...

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