Christian Identity Militias: Sheep vs Wolves

Anyone who believes in the Israel truth, i.e. the identity of the lost tribes of Israel, knows that there are tares mixed in with the wheat (Mat 13:25). How do we identify the tares? Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Mat 7:20). But sometimes it takes awhile for that tree to bear fruit and show what sort of fruit it is. As the fruit starts to ripen we can get a sense of what sort of fruit it is. And after fully ripened, we know whether it is corrupt and evil or not. More often than not, the damage has already been done by the time we recognize the fruit as bad, unless we initially act on our gut instincts, which most often times we don't. If you're like me, you want to give people the benefit of the doubt. Fortunately, damage can be repaired, wounds can be healed and hearts mended.

The tares come in many varieties so there is no magic formula for identifying the bad fruit before it ripens. They can come into our congregations claiming to be sheep, wherein we might take them into our homes and allow them to associate with our children. I know a family that was befriended by a couple only to have their teenage daughter molested by the husband of the couple. Had they known that these people were tares out to steal, kill and destroy, they could have avoided a lot of heartache and damage. Our legal system is supposed to protect others from being hurt by criminals provided the crime is reported and the offender is prosecuted and convicted. But all too often, the crimes are done in secret with no witnesses. In this particular case, the daughter didn’t report the crime for fear of her life. By the time her parents realized what had occurred it was too late to obtain evidence of the assault.

While this may seem like an extreme example, it is becoming more and more commonplace. That is why I believe it is necessary to expose as many tares as possible for they also have many subtle ways of destroying the sheep. One of the ways they seek to destroy the sheep is to discourage sheep from coming to the truth in the first place. I want to focus here on this particular type of tare activity. Tares have given Identity Christianity a bad name. In fact, Identity Christianity is listed as a cult by some organizations and also listed on the FBI’s list of terrorists. Anyone who calls him or herself an Identity Christian is at risk of being classified as a terrorist or being in a cult. But the truth is, not all Identity Christians, and probably most Identity Christians, are not involved in cults or terrorist activities. Identity Christians need to be aware that those Identity Christians who are involved in cult or militant activities are most likely not sheep but tares out to destroy the sheep or malign them. Furthermore, any sheep who are involved in such activities need to “come out of her my people” for obviously there are sheep in ‘Babylon’ that need to come out otherwise Yah would not have instructed His people to come out of her.

This is a very tricky subject. We have the right to bear arms and the right to protect our homes and our country but when does that right cross the line where people use the privilege to do harm rather than the true intent of founding fathers in preserving our nation and the freedom we so passionately cherish? Patriotism is a noble thing but Identity Christians need to be on guard against joining paramilitiary "patriot" groups that are anti-goverment. Patriotism is one thing but anti-government militia groups are quite another. The Constitution of the United States gives citizens the right to bear arms and there are some good and respectable patriotic militia groups, such as the Minutemen that have been dutifully guarding our borders. But there is a danger of becoming involved in cult-type militia groups that appeal to us by speaking of things like ‘survivalism’ and vigiliantism but are often engaged in anti-government activities. The Illuminati, for example, has a well trained militia. Following is an excerpt about the Illuminati's militia program:

"These people will also be completely dedicated to their cause. The Illuminati firmly believes that it can easily overcome the other 99% of the population, most of whom are untrained, or poorly trained, such as "weekend hunters." Even the local military will be overcome as the Illuminati will have regional cell groups with highly trained leaders. They also count on the element of surprise helping them during their takeover. Many of the highest leaders in the militia branch of the Illuminati are or have been officers in the military, and so already have a good knowledge of which techniques will work best to overcome a region's or locality's defenses." See Breaking the Chain, Military Programming

Being a survivalist is a good thing for we have seen a lot of natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina that left many thousands without food, water and shelter. And we have seen attacks by terrorists on our Nation. It is good to plan for such disasters or attacks and how one would survive under such conditions. But some militant groups are preparing more for war than for survival, particularly Armageddon, which classifies them as doomsday cults. They are not only stocking up food, water and basic survival items, they are also stockpiling munitions, military equipment and military clothing. This should send up a red flag since these types of militant operations are preparing to fight against the government. And naturally, any group that is designed to fight against our government is going to be considered a terrorist organization.

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness (affliction), as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2Ti 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
We are to obey the law and that means the law of the land. If our governmental leaders are not abiding by the law, this does not give us authority to break the law to overcome the government, but we are to seek to remove those leaders in a lawful manner, not a militant one. We have the laws in place to keep our leaders in check and we must under all circumstances utilize those laws to accomplish this objective, such as utilizing freedom of the press and freedom of speech, two very powerful ways of bringing wrongdoing to the attention of the public.

Therefore, I submit that those Identity Christians that are involved in any type of anti-government and/or anti-scriptural ‘militia’ activity are not sheep or at least those heading up those types of militant organizations are not sheep. They should be avoided at all cost and any sheep who are involved in such groups need to come out of them. These anti-government "Identity" groups have a hidden agenda to give "Identity Christianity" a black eye for the purpose of discouraging the sheep from coming to the truth.

An example of an anti-government “Identity” militia is the ‘Posse Comitatus’ started by William Potter Gale. James Wickstrom was a Posse leader in the Tigerton Posse Church in Wisconsin. Posse members are devoted to survivalism, vigilantism, and anti-government agitation . An offshoot of the Posse is the “Church of Yahweh”. The Abilene News wrote that this group is a cult that practices polygamy and slavery. Their leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, is a Jew who sanctioned polygyny. See House of Yahwah and Yisrayl Hawkins and The Cult of Yisrayl Hawkins. These militant Identity groups are designed to turn Christians away from the Israel truth for fear of being labeled a terrorist or even a neo-nazi, white race supremacist. Timothy McVeigh for instance was said to have been an Identity Christian. You mention the word "identity" and the first thing people think of is McVeigh. The Church of Yahweh was part of the Posse Comitatus headed up by an Identity pastor yet Yisrayl Hawkins is a Jew -- a tare in the Israel Camp. Since Hawkins sanctions polygyny and slavery in his "church", Israelites need to be on guard against such nefarious, serpentine doctrines. With this in mind, I submit that “Identity Christians” who are involved in militia groups need to come out of those groups for they are most likely run by tares.

Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mar 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.

Luk 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by.

These scriptures tell us that we will ‘hear of wars …” not that we will wage wars, unless it is a war waged by a national government, i.e. nation against nation.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rom 13:5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Rom 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thingRom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
There comes a time when the dragon makes war against the saints and the remnant of the woman’s seed, i.e. Israelites (Rev. 12:17). In fact, the beast (the one world political system) makes war with the saints and overcomes them (Rev. 13:7). Israelites don’t make war with the dragon, rather it makes war with us.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
When the beast makes war with the saints, it is written that it will overcome them, that is, until the Lord comes and defeats the beast. The beast will be destroyed, but not by Israelites, at least not until the Lord comes with an army of His saints. Therefore is it not futile to expend resources and time preparing for a war if the Lord has not ordained it? Preparing for disaster is one thing, but to prepare for a war is in vain. That is what we have a government for and as long as we are part of that government, we should not seek to overthrow that government but use the laws of the land to correct any problems that we see within our government for it is the Lord Himself that establishes and appoints that government. To fight against it is to fight against YHVH.
Daniel 2:21 He (God) changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities , for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities ; all things were created by him and for him.

John 19:11 (speaking to Pilate) Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

Daniel 4:17 "`The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.'

Daniel 5:21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.

Christ said to love our enemies. This doesn’t mean we are to let them walk all over us for sometimes love must be tough. But we must use the law to correct our enemies and that is how we show our enemies love.
1Jo 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Israelites have the law written on their heart. Utilizing the law is showing love. Show your enemies love by enforcing the law. Hold them accountable to the law, especially the law of our people and mark those that don’t respond to the law as heathens (Mat. 18:17). Should they respond to the law then they are not your enemy but you have gained your brother.