Be Separate

“And God created all things; each to its own kind”. Genesis 1

 

“When the most High gave the nations each their heritage, when he partitioned out the human race, he assigned the boundaries of nations according to the number of the children of God (or Gods).  Deut 32:8

 

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” Acts 17:26

 

“Do not become yoked together with those not your kin...come out from among them and be separate.” 2 Cor 6

 

“Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons.” Ezra 9:12

 

“Foreigners have devoured our strength” Hos.8:9

 

“Our inheritance is turned to foreigners, our houses to aliens” Lam 5:2

 

“Come out, my people, away from her, so that you do not share in her crimes and have the same plagues to bear”. Rev 18:4

 

 

The English Folk Church promotes a community of Anglo Saxon English Christians, in touch with our identity and deeply rooted culture. Our Christianity is different to the mainstream as we believe it needs to be seen in the context of our Saxon culture. We also see our ancient pre-Christian mythology as a sort of ‘Old Testament’ for our folk and the Gods and Goddesses of that mythology as part of the Divine Council, Holy Guardians appointed to watch over us.  Indeed, we believe that these Holy Guardians gave us important gifts that shape our physical being and character. In this we are physically a part of them and they a part of us. Other peoples around the world are shaped by other Guardians, but are not of our folk.

 

It is important then that we retain our distinct identity, not only to preserve something unique and precious, but also to maintain the unique bonds we have with our appointed Guardians. To loosen those bonds is a sin against the created diversity of the world.

 

This is an ethnic and folkish view of the Christian religion. Our ‘Aims’ state that we will “provide a spiritual underpinning for the Anglo Saxon community to mix amongst itself, to marry within the extended community and to raise strong families within the security of the wider folk group”.  There is an emphasis here on faith, family and folk. 

 

As a distinct ethnic and religious community, Separatism is necessary for us to hold on to our identity and values and to pass them on to our children. We do ultimately need to provide our own schools, places of worship, community centres and so on if we are to develop cohesive communities. This is a natural part of community building. As a community, we need to be careful not to cut ourselves off completely from the mainstream as we need to engage with it and try to influence it. But we will not be able to build our own ethno-religious community without at least a degree of separation.  

 

So what does the bible have to say on this matter?  Does it lend any support for remaining separate?  Anglo Saxon Anglicans believes that it does.

 

In Chapter 1 of Genesis we read about the creation of the world and the living creatures within it. The phrase created “after its own kind” is repeated over and over again. The Hebrew word for “kind” here is ˜miyn”, meaning species or kind. “Species” is typically defined in dictionaries as a class of individuals having some common characteristics or qualities; a distinct sort or kind. It is a wider definition of species than the modern biological definition which relates to the ability to reproduce together. Common characteristics include those physical characteristics that distinguish between the different races of humans. They also include cultural, historical and ancestral characteristics. Interestingly, the word ‘kind’ is itself linked to our word ‘kin’, referring to our ethnic or folk group. The principle of ‘kind after its kind’ is a fundamental one in the Bible. God intended there to be diversity in His creation and He intended these to be preserved. 

 

The story of the tower of Babel, in Genesis 11, reinforces this message. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word Babel suggests ‘confusion through mixing’. All the people had begun to speak the same language and become a single people. They were deliberately going against God’s plan of creation and the principle of ‘kind after kind’. To celebrate their power, they decided to build for themselves a great tower in Babylonia – a tower so tall that it would reach upwards right into heaven itself. God was displeased at this and confused their speech and scattered them around the world.  

 

In this story, God reversed the process of an emerging ‘One World’ system and confounded the people to restore humankind back to His intended plan of creation. He intended for humanity to be made up of distinct ethnic groups, each with their strengths and weaknesses, each with their contribution to the unfolding of creation. The mixing of these ethnic groups into a single group was directly contrary to this plan of creation and so God ended it and reversed it. Neither did Pentecost reverse this process as some teach. Whilst there was a common understanding of the Holy Spirit, people heard and spoke in their own languages. This is the common thread that runs through the Bible. All are equal in the sight of God, but this does not mean that all are the same and that diversity is not important. Rather than reversing separateness, Pentecost actually reinforces it.

 

Today, we are seeing a move back to the mixing of humanity, a new tower of Babel and Babylonian system. We sometimes call this the ‘New World Order’, a system in which all humanity will come under one language and one Government. A system in which people will actually lose their individuality as its purpose is to turn them in automatons that serve the system rather than being free thinking people. This is what Revelation calls ‘The Beast System’. This system is part of the corrupt and Satanic age we currently live in. It too will be reversed as before and a new Golden Age will emerge from it. The corrupt Beast system of Babylon will fall and be swept away.  In the meantime, we are to remain separate from it as best we can.

 

In Deuteronomy 32: 8 we read, “When the Most High gave the nations each their heritage, he partitioned out the human race, he assigned the boundaries of the nations according to the number of the children of God”. Again, the Bible is telling us that God intended for there to be different nations. Not just different nations of the same people though, because each nation was given its ‘heritage’. Each was given its distinct character and identity, including its physical features and culture. And each nation was assigned its boundaries and its Guardians, the ‘Children of God’. And the separate heritage of the nations will continue for all eternity into the heavenly Kingdom. In Revelations, 21: 24-26, we read, “The nations shall walk by its light… the glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it”.

 

In Acts, we read: “And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitations.” Thus, whilst God did create human beings in one blood, He established boundaries in which they would dwell – separately.  It is clear that all human beings share certain basic qualities. However, into these ‘shells’ our Guardians gave each folk group its unique characteristics that set us apart from each other and we have been set boundaries to our habitations to respect and preserve these differences.

 

This is reflected in St Paul’s admonition against being unequally yoked in 2 Corinthians, chapter 6. The context of the message is the need for Christians to avoid putting obstacles in the way of the grace that will lead them to salvation by yoking or harnessing themselves to unbelievers. On the face of it, this is a simple exhortation not to mix with the ungodly who are likely to lead the believer astray. So we have a clear statement here that a Christian should not marry a non Christian. But what about people of different ethnic groups who are Christians. The argument typically goes along the lines, ‘I can see that we should not intermarry with unbelievers, but their ethnicity is unimportant’.

 

But, as demonstrated above, the Bible makes clear that ethnicity, diversity and community do matter, especially in terms of respecting the faith as interpreted through an ethnic folk culture. Folk and faith are inextricably intertwined. Marrying someone who is inculturated with a different folk based Christianity will raise similar issues to those with people of different religions. This is because we are celebrating a people and culture that a spouse from a different folk group is not part of and may (even subconsciously) be ambivalent or antagonistic to. You are likely to be pressured into conforming more to the modern Babylonian system than the Anglo Saxon folk community we are wanting to build. It will create a barrier between you and other members of our folk and it will create a barrier between you and the spirit Guardians God has set over us to guide and protect us.

 

And then there is the favourite of those who wish to impose a Babylonian system on us. In Galatians, St Paul writes, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus", Galatians 3:27. At first, this seems to contradict biblical support for separation. But this is a metaphor referring to the promise of salvation through faith in Christ. It does not literally mean that Jews become the same as Greeks in every other respect. Jews remain Jews and Greeks remain Greeks. Slaves remain slaves and masters remain masters.  Men remain men and women remain women. Whilst all have the promise of eternal life through Christ, God’s diversity of creation remains in place.

 

We may create agrarian and semi-agrarian communities like the Amish or we might create simple villages of people just of our community or predominantly of our community. Or we may just need to create other models within the wider world in which our folk can gather around each other and separate themselves to some degree at least from the wider world.

 

Creating separatist communities is a natural and essential element of living our lives in accordance with our faith and our folkish outlook on community. It is not just a case of separating ourselves from other folk groups, but also of separating ourselves (at least to some degree) from the outside world around us that is inherently sinful and amoral. The mainstream world has become like ancient Babylon, far removed from the wholesome, folkish Christian communities we seek to build. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live our lives as we wish to in this world, increasingly difficult to maintain our values and pass these on to the next generations. The ‘world’ seeks to impose its own values on us and our children to mould the future more fully in its own image.

 

 

 

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