Interracial dating a sin
As Martin Luther King, Jr., noted, a person should be judged by his or her character, not by skin color.
There is no place in the life of the Christian for favoritism based on race (James 2:1–10).
I think I realize that more than when I used to speak to you 30 or 40 years ago. So that’s a little older than most of you and I've come to realize that life, this life, this temporary existence, is just a will-o-the-wisp, it’s just here today and gone tomorrow. We just want to think of the pleasure of the moment and going along with this world we are in. And this letter also says that they are trying to line up a group of blacks, TO GIVE ME AN ULTIMATUM! 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. THE POLITICAL FOOTBALLS, THE SOCIAL TRENDS, THE THINGS OF SATAN! 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. Now I don’t know of any cases where a white man wants to marry a black woman. They were bringing us even unhappiness and misery on themselves. They were doing things THEY thought would be pleasurable. And to you they are like a musician playing on a beautiful instrument and it entertains you, it amuses you and you enjoy it. I have had to wonder, they are our own brethren who I love and think they love me, but, brethren, I tell you I don’t think we take these things seriously enough. You think 10% could or do you really believe 90% would remember what I said? God had a purpose in creating man and that was to create in him God’s own perfect, holy, righteous, character. But it’s marvelous what has happened to it since the Israelis went back there. Genesis 24:1-4 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: [and if you chase the genealogy, Abraham was of the same strain as Noah, from Shem, right on down] and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.Faith in Christ, not skin color, is the biblical standard for choosing a spouse.Interracial marriage is not a matter of right or wrong but of wisdom, discernment, and prayer.The Bible uses the word family instead of the word race, but means the same thing in Genesis. The reason for the separation of married couples in Ezra and Nehemiah is because of race and not religion. To us, I think, we seem to take life as if—that is, it isn’t life; it is only a chemical existence, a temporary existence that we have—but I think we seem to take it as if it’s going to go on forever, and as if we’re therefore going to live forever in this same world same kind of conditions, same life. We want to get all the fun and the enjoyment and the pleasure out of it while we can. The world, whatever they do that’s wrong, they’re going to have to give account, but judgment hasn’t come to them yet. We’re getting down to the last days, and we’re in a world of trouble! 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. We don’t need to worry about getting Christ over on our side. And you’re going to have to—IF GOD BE GOD -- GET ON HIS SIDE! 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? Those are the things he mentioned that brought an end to that world. 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. 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. No drunkard is ever going to enter into the Kingdom of God. 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. Oh I know it’s nice to come to Church here every Sabbath, when we’ve got the most beautiful auditorium to come into on the face of this earth. Yes, I appreciate the fact that they all want to come when I come to speak. But before that first man, God put him in the Garden of Eden. And God is reproducing Himself and we will be born as God, as the Sons of God. I think he’s past his sixtieth day of fasting, something like that. Most people think that if you fast one day you’re going to die. So the Eternal scattered them [or segregated them—He didn’t integrate them, He segregated them and scattered them] abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.” They stopped it. God called Abraham and told him to leave the family where he was and people of all of his race, his family, or his color or whatever you want to call it and go to a land where he would show him.Similarly Abram did not want his descendants to intermarry. AC “was going so far over to Satan’s way that we had an interracial marriage here” [in late 1970s].“God is not in favour of interracial marriage” and he refers to Ezra 10:3. Here is the complete sermon transcript: The Sin of Interracial Marriage Bible Study Sermon by Mr. Armstrong (May 1982)Well brethren, we are in the very last days. We should be sobered when we realize that we are in the last days. If you’ve been watching the news this week, it’s very much on the troubles over in Lebanon. There’s been another attack that most of you don’t even know anything about. But there has been trouble and don’t you think there hasn’t. But he said, the thing that’s going to hit this Church next (that Satan’s going to use), is interracial marriage. People can sometimes get their feelings all stirred up to a red-hot pitch on something of that kind. 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. 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. 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. And that’s what I’m teaching you and that’s the way this Church is going to go. That’s where it’s going to be and that’s where it’s going to stay. And those same things are bringing an end to this world now. Black women don’t seem to want to marry white men and white men don’t seem to want to marry black women. It’s time we begin to think about these things and quit boiling up with our emotions. Genesis -12 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And eating the wrong kind of food and eating too much is a sin. And we’re just letting this time go by, most of us, without taking it very seriously. There was an artist here just this past week, a well-known artist performing here who said, this is the finest auditorium on the face of the Earth. But if someone else was the head of this Church, and had had the same kind of publicity and talked even from the little childhood with the little children growing up, they would all want to come and see him. I saw the President of the United States when I was 5 years old. Now I’m not going to read these Scriptures because you know them already. [audience laughs] The Pope in Rome just a couple of days ago, was asking this man, pleading with him, to please eat some food. The Generations of Noah Now I want to go back to Genesis 10:5. But it was after their families, after their races, in their nations. Man going the way He chose, wanted to amalgamate and integrate the races. In that land were people poaching there that didn’t belong there and God had never given it to them and God intended to give him that land, because it is the geographical center of the Earth, and it’s marvelous for climate.
Or get on Satan’s side and go into the lake of fire” with regard to this question. It gets so, that to find some excitement in life, we had topless restaurants. But maybe we want pleasures a little more than we realize brethren. Man wants to go—you see, man chooses him the way that seems right in his own eyes. I know Satan’s going to bring it up and I’m going to beat him to the punch.