Martin Luther King, Jr. said in one interview that no law could desegregate churches. Integration was something churches would have to work out on their own.
“I definitely think the Christian church should be integrated and any church that stands against integration and that has a segregated body, is standing against the spirit and the teachings of Jesus Christ and fails to be a true witness,” said King.
King, assassinated a few years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, also clarified that there were churches that were segregated while there were others that were segregating.
More than 50 years after King’s assassination, there remains some Christians still arguing passionately for segregation, and trying to justify their arguments using the Bible.
Kinism – A ‘Foolish Philosophy’
Driving some of this segregationist mindset, specifically among white Christians, is an ideology called “kinism.”
Christians who subscribe to kinism argue that although God created everyone, He never intended for people of different ethnicities to intermarry, live together or even worship together. God, they argue, is the original segregationist.
And they believe Jews, although responsible for the Bible they use to try and justify kinism, are “spawns of Satan.”
Blacks, whites, Mexicans, etc. should all live in their own communities, worship at their own churches and, indeed, be proud of their particular heritage and try to preserve it. Just remember, whites are superior.
Kinism is a “foolish philosophy,” according to Paul Kaiser, a pastor at New Covenant Baptist Church in Sacramento, California.
“It does come from the Calvinist, Reformed Presbyterian churches,” explained Kaiser in Faithfully Podcast episode 4. “It comes specifically from a theonomist movement or a Christian Reconstructionist, dominionist theology, where they believe God’s law is to be the law of the land. So from these churches were birthed kinism, and kinism emerged in the late ’90s to the early 2000s.”
Kaiser, who also engaged in street ministry for 12 years, has preached about kinism. He is also married to a Russian woman and himself has French ancestry. He emphasized that he was proud of his Creole heritage and sees nothing wrong with people celebrating their roots.
Kinists, however, take it to a whole other level, he argued.
Kaiser also revealed that the kinist movement has been attracting skinheads and members of other similar groups with a “dangerous” element.
He also told Faithfully Podcast hosts that he doesn’t believe the kinist movement, which is very active online, will die down anytime soon.
Listen to Faithfully Podcast 4 below to hear Kaiser explain kinism’s background, why some kinists would be drawn to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and how Christians should respond to their kinists brothers and sisters (some of them are genuine believers, he argues).
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