There is a narrative going around that systemic racism doesn’t exist anymore, or worse, that it is an outright myth. Even the President of the United States, commenting about George Floyd, has said that it’s the work of a “bad apple” in the police department, and there’s “not too many” bad apples. It’s just not true, because racism is a spiritual matter. Because a spirit is driving the racism in America, it's not just going to go away. The spirit of racism, even the devil himself, is never going to just go away. So, if we think that politicians, police officers, protests, etc. are going to get rid of the spirit of racism, that’s very naïve. It’s worse than naïve; it's spiritually ignorant.
In this book, I will show what 2 Cor 4:4 (NIV) says is true. It says that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers…” The spirit of racism is a blinding spirit that blinds the people that are under its influence to its existence and its very operation. The spirit of racism thrives in an environment where its very existence is denied. The denial of the existence of the spirit of racism, hatred based on race, is in some way acceptable when you think about “the world.” But its totally unacceptable when it comes to the Church.
For Christians to believe that the devil has stopped operating in some significant area is untenable. We, members of the body of Christ, should not be subject to the same blindness as the world in the area of racism. The only way racism can be uprooted is that it first must be acknowledged/identified, prayed against, and by faith acted against.
The Bible says in Matt 24:24, that in the last days, even the “very elect” will be deceived. I know that in its most specific application, it applies to the antichrist and his coming. But as Pastor Sean A. Moore, of Faith Christian Center, Phoenix, recently pointed out, in verse 7 of the same chapter, it says that one of the signs of the last days will be that “nation shall rise against nation.” Pastor Moore went onto share that the word “nation” is the Greek word “ethnos.” One of the definitions of that word in the Vines Expository Dictionary of Bible words is “people group.” One of the definitions in the Strong Exhaustive Concordance for the same word is “race.”
Putting it all together then, one of the signs of the last days is that races and people groups will rise up against each other. I believe that if the church ignores the light of Scripture in this area and willingly chooses to be blind, along with the world, to the operation of the spirit of racism, the consequence will be widespread deception. The very elect will be blinded to the fulfillment of the Scriptures that prophesy that in last days race will rise up against race. Members of the body of Christ will be deceived by false teachers in the world and the pulpit who proclaim that the operation of the spirit of racism has ceased.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NIV)
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Jeremiah 23:16 (NIV)
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.’”
It may seem harsh to say that a person is a false teacher because they say that the spirit of racism is no longer in operation because of some political or social actions, a more enlightened America, or simply the passage time. But Romans 3:4 (NIV) says, “ Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: ‘So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.’”
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Make no mistake the first step to uprooting the spirit of racism is acknowledging its existence and its continued operation as part of Satan’s campaign in the earth “to steal, kill, and to destroy.” The spirit of racism can no longer be denied or “winked at” in ignorance by the body of Christ. I believe acquiescence to the spirit of racism is America’s defining sin from the time of the Founding Fathers to the present day.
I have dedicated this book to exposing the manifestation, the operation of the spirit of racism in America with the aim of uprooting it. I pray this book will open the eyes of Christians in America who have been blinded to its operation. Further, I pray that as Christians are armed with the revelation of the stronghold of the spirit of racism in America that they will stand against it in unity, prayer, word, and action.
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