Joel McDurmon continues his slide into apostasy as he becomes less the Christian apologist and more the social justice warrior with each passing day. Years ago McDurmon’s articles on American Vision presented a rather mainstream libertarian-leaning conservative perspective. Joel maintained many Kinists and race-realists on his Facebook friends list, and although he certainly was not in agreement with the Kinist position or anything resembling it, he nevertheless was able to maintain a fairly cordial relationship with those whom he was in allied disagreement.
American Vision shared many of the concerns and goals of Kinists who oppose the expansion of the size and scope of government, the secularization of society, and the increasingly relativistic perspective on justice becoming pervasive even in Christian churches. In recent years Joel’s perspective has changed substantially. Joel’s views expressed on American Vision and elsewhere align more closely with radical libertarianism than a traditional Christian ethos. I noted this when I reviewed Joel’s recent book on theonomy, in which he redefines traditional theonomic terms and positions to bring them into conformity with radical libertarian ideas.
Joel has continued his regression from radical libertarianism into an unmitigated leftist perspective on social justice. This is evident in several of his recent posts that have been published since he has taken over the role of president of American Vision. I believe a very simple and apt illustration of Joel’s slide into full-fledged cultural Marxism is his response to a friend’s Facebook comment about Jews. This is the comment that provoked Joel’s response:
Moses was not a Jew and neither was Jesus of Nazareth, conceived up North, born in Bethlehem, so a Judean by birth to fulfill Scripture (thus from David’s seed) but raised ‘Galilean.’ Both were Israelites by faith and Hebrew by nationality. Whereas, the Jews were those who followed the traditions of the elders, who had apostatized from the faith of Abraham, who was ALSO not a Jew, who opposed and murdered Christ, and persecuted the saints until 70AD., when Israel was no more.
Modern day Jews have little if any ethnic connection (DNA tests confirm) to the Hebrew people or 12 tribes of ancient Israel. They have NOTHING in common with Christians, since their religion is based on blasphemous non-biblical literature (Talmud, Mishnah and Mid rash.) Zionism is another development altogether. Zionists are radical racist nationalists, many of whom are atheists. The modern Zionist state of Israel is a secular enclave of perversion, warfare and domination, and has no legitimate biblical/covenantal claim. If your faith posits special status for modern day Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, etc., it is BARELY Christian.
Just thought I’d put that out there for y’all.
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This didn’t make Joel happy. This was his response:
Sounds like someone has been listening to weaver again. This stuff is tortured semantics containing half truths created by previous generations of racists to cover their racist ideology.
This was McDurmon’s sole contribution to the discussion. Several people asked Joel for clarification, but none was forthcoming. What was it that incited this strong reaction by McDurmon? The post by McDurmon’s friend simply acknowledged what Christians have traditionally believed about Jews and Judaism. The modern religion of Judaism was not the religion of Moses, the prophets, King David, or Jesus and the apostles. The rabbinical traditions that have coalesced into Judaism were specifically challenged by Jesus because they overturned the Law of God (Matt. 15:1-20, Mk. 7:1-23). Jews who reject Christ are not in covenant with God (1 Jn. 2:23, 2 Jn. 9). McDurmon’s friend is also correct about the policies of Israel and the anti-Christian character of Zionism. Perhaps McDurmon was irked by his friend’s assertion that modern Jews are not descended from the ancient tribes of Israel?1 If so, what makes this assertion “racist,” even if McDurmon believes that it is inaccurate?
I find it interesting that McDurmon should react so strongly to the sentiments expressed on Facebook by his friend. McDurmon himself has largely agreed with virtually everything that has been stated here at one time or another. Just last year McDurmon did a debate which was featured on Moody Radio with Michael Rydelnik, a Messianic Jew on the program Up For Debate, titled “Is Israel Theologically Significant?” McDurmon has also been criticized on the deep thoughts “theology” site Gospel Spam for comments he has made about Israel. Now McDurmon himself denounces criticism of Israel and the Jews as “racist.” No other explanation or clarification is necessary in his mind to justify his condemnation.
Joel McDurmon’s commitment to libertarianism has caused him to reject biblical teachings on race, ethnicity, and nationhood. From a libertarian standpoint these categories are artificial constructs that impose a collective identity that conflicts with his views in favor of individualistic “radical libertarianism.” Libertarianism typically acts as a gateway to different ideologies that develops along either left-wing or right-wing lines. Some libertarians seek a deconstruction of traditional morality and view any social stigma or regulation as an unjust restriction on our freedom. Other libertarians simply conceive as individual liberty as an ideal solution to the modern centralized, bureaucratic state. Many Kinists, including myself, have been drawn to libertarianism for this latter reason.
Joel McDurmon has followed the path of libertarianism, or classical liberalism, to modern liberalism and left-wing social justice. Instead of his political beliefs maturing with reflection on God’s revelation, McDurmon has become increasingly enamored of contemporary left-wing causes; in particular a leftist understanding of “racial reconciliation” in which whites are to allow unchecked non-white immigration into our homelands and even pay reparations for non-sins like slavery. As McDurmon drifts further and further to the left, he is forced to repudiate positions he himself has recently held. McDurmon epitomizes the unstable man who wrests the Scriptures to his own destruction (2 Pet. 3:16), and the one who is carried about by every wind of doctrine (Eph. 4:14). McDurmon has embraced a leftist morality in which virtually anything can be shouted down with accusations of “racism.” McDurmon’s writings have deceived many people, but only because McDurmon has first deceived himself.
- The topic of Jewish genetics and descent is a fascinating one. Several different proposals exist for the origin of the Jewish ethnicity. Regardless of one’s opinion on the subject (and my mind is not yet made up), this doesn’t change the fact that Jews have no special status or covenant with God apart from faith in Christ. ↩