I provide the following sermon by Bob Jones as evidence that biblical "literalists" (aka "fundamentalists" or "bible believing" Christians) have historically presumed to know what scripture says, without understanding what it means.
"Is Segregation Scriptural?”
by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.
Bob Jones University
Greenville, South Carolina
Address given over Radio Station WMUU,
Bob Jones University,
Greenville, South Carolina,
April 17, 1960
(This address was mechanically recorded and has not been edited.)
My friends, I am going to bring you today one of the most important and most
remotely messages I have ever brought. I hope you will sit close to the radio. Do not
let anything disturb you. I want you to hear this message through.
Now, we folks at Bob Jones University believe that whatever the Bible says is so, and
we believe it says certain fundamental things that all Bible‐believing Christians
accept; but when the Bible speaks clearly about any subject, that settles it. Men do
not always agree, because some people are dumb–some people are spiritually dumb;
but when the Bible is clear, there is not any reason why everybody should not accept
The Bible makes some things plain. It makes it plain how to be saved. We are saved
by grace through faith in the atoning blood of Christ. The Bible makes it plain that
man is naturally a sinner and that he has to become supernaturally a Christian–born
All orthodox, Bible‐believing Christians agree on one thing; and that is, that whatever
the Bible says is so. When they had old religious debates, they used to get together
and say, ‘Well, we will discuss this subject.’ One man would say, ‘The Bible says
this,’ and another man would say, ‘You are mistaken. It says this.’ They argued about
what the Bible said. They agreed that whatever it said was so, but they argued about
what it said.
In recent years there has been a subtle, Satanic effort to undermined people’s faith
in the Bible; and the devil has elf the race along until men have put their own
opinion above the Word of God. You will find that practically all the troubles we are
having today have come out of the fact that men in many instances have ceased to
believe in an authoritative Bible.
For instance, we are living in the midst of race turmoil all over the world today. Look
at what they are facing in Africa, and look at what we are facing in this country. It is
all contrary to Scripture–it is all contrary to the Word of God. I am going to show you
that the Bible is perfectly clear on races–just as clear as it can be.
People come along and say, “Well, God is the Father of everybody.” No, He is not.
God is the Father of born‐again people. The Bible says this as clearly as it can be put
in language. We are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ
There is no trouble between a born‐again white man and a born‐again colored man or
a born‐again Chinese or a born‐again Japanese. Born‐again, Bible‐believing Christians
do not have trouble. They may not understand some things; but when we give them
the Word of God for it, they see it and understand it.
You know, we have gotten away from the Bible. Modern education came along and
put the opinion of man above the Word of God, and man has come along and tried to
give us an explanation. All you have to do is live up to the Word of God, and you will
have no trouble about knowing how to meet life’s problems.
What does God teach about the races of the world? If you will go to the seventeenth
chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, you will find where Paul preached a special
sermon on Mars Hill. Remember now, Athens was the center of culture. There are
still fragments of the Athenian culture today in the museums over there; and you can
walk around among the crumbled ruins. Paul was there. Paul was chosen of God (he
was a Jew) to be the great apostle to the Gentiles. I think the greatest man who ever
lived was Paul–I mean I think he was greater than Moses and greater than any other
man who lived. Of course, I am not talking about the Lord Jesus Christ Who was God‐
Man. But to my mind, no other mere human ever reached the height of greatness
that Paul reached. He was honored as God never honored any other man. He suffered
as few men have ever had to suffer. He was misunderstood; but, oh, what a man he
Paul tells us in his sermon on Mars Hill, “God that made the world and all things
therein, seeing that he is Lord of heave and earth, dwelleth not in temples made
with hands.” Now, the statue of the Grecian goddess, Athena, was in the Parthenon;
and Paul said that God did dwell in buildings made with hands. “Neither is worshiped
with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and
breath, and all things.”
Now, notice–this is an important verse–the twenty‐sixth verse of the seventeenth
chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, “And hath made of one blood all nations of men
for to dwell on all the face of the earth” (in some of the best original manuscripts,
the word “blood” is not there, but it is not important anyhow, because the thoughts
are the same). “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the
face of the earth. . . .” But do not stop there, “. . . and hath determined the times
before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” Now, what does that say?
That says that God Almighty fixed the bounds of their habitation. That is as clear as
anything that was ever said.
If you have a legal document and there is a paragraph that is clear and you come
across an obscure passage, you interpret the obscure passage in the light of the clear
passage. Any lawyer will tell you that. If he has a case in court, he will say, “Now,
gentlemen of the jury, here is what this paragraph says. This one paragraph is not
quite clear, but this other paragraph is clear; and we will interpret this in the light of
the clear passage.”
God Almighty did not make of the human race one race in the sense that He did not
fix the bounds of their habitation. That is perfectly clear. It is no accident that most
Chinese are in China. There has been an overflow in the world, but most Chinese live
in China. There are millions and millions of them there, and there are no greater
people in the world. I have never known lovelier and more wonderful people than the
We were over in Formosa a few years ago and conferred an honorary degree on
Generalissimo Chiang Kai‐shek, and I never met a greater man. I never met a man of
more intelligence or a more wonderful Christian; and Madame Chiang Kai‐shek is a
wonderful woman. There they are. Now, what happened? They married each other.
She was a Christian Chinese woman educated in America. When she finished her
education, she went back to her home in China. How God has used Generalissimo and
Madame Chiang Kai‐shek–not only as Christian witnesses but also in other ways. I was
never with a man who pulled me to him with stronger ties than Generalissimo Chiang
Kai‐shek when I was over there and conferred an honorary degree on him. All right,
he is a Chinese. He married a Chinese woman. That is the way God meant it to be.
Paul said that God ” . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men . . . .” But He
also fixed the bounds of their habitation. When nations break out of their boundaries
and begin to do things contrary to the purpose of God and the directive will of God,
they have trouble. The world is in turmoil today because men and nations go
contrary to the clear teaching of the Word of God. Let’s understand that. The
Chinese people are wonderful people. They have internal troubles, of course,
because Communism has gone into China and disturbed a great deal of the
population. But the Chinese people are wonderful people. The Japanese people are
ingenious–they are wonderful people. The Koreans are wonderful people. The
Africans are wonderful people. In many ways, there are no people in the world finer
than the colored people who were brought over here in slavery in days gone by.
You talk about a superior race and an inferior race and all that kind of situation. Wait
a minute. No race is inferior in the will of God. Get that clear. If a race is in the will
of God, it is not inferior. It is a superior race. You cannot be superior to another race
if your race is in the will of God and the other race is in the will of God. But the
purposes of these races were established by Almighty God; and when man attempts
to run contrary to the directive will of God for this world, there is always trouble.
Now, that is the trouble.
What happened? Well, away back yonder our forefathers went over to Africa and
brought the colored people back and sold them into slavery. That was wrong. But
God overruled. When they came over here, many of them did not know the Bible and
did not know about Jesus Christ; but they got converted. Some of the greatest
preachers the world has ever known were colored preachers who were converted in
slavery days. John Jasper was one of them. One of the greatest preachers who ever
stood before an American audience was John Jasper. And Same Jones, years ago
down in Georgia, told us about an old, colored preacher down there. He said, “There
is no man who ever stood on two legs who could preach like him.”
God Almighty allowed these colored people to be turned here into the South and
overruled what happened, and then He turned the colored people in the South into
wonderful Christian people. For many years we have lived together. Occasionally
there will be a flare‐up. But the white people have helped the colored people build
their churches, and we have gotten along together harmoniously and peacefully; and
everything has come along fine. Sometimes we have a little trouble, but then we
adjust everything sensibly and get back to the established order. But the good white
flakes have always stood by their good colored friends, and the good colored folks
have always stood by their good white friends. No two races ever lived as close
together as the white people and the colored people here in the South and got along
Now, what is the matter? There is an effort today to disturb the established order.
Wait a minute. Listen, I am talking straight to you. White folks and colored folks, you
listen to me. You cannot run over God’s plan and God’s established order without
having trouble. God never meant to have one race. It was not His purpose at all. God
has a purpose for each race. God Almighty may have overruled and permitted the
slaves to come over to America so that the colored people could be the great
missionaries to the Africans. They could have been. The white people in America
would have helped pay their way over there. But the hundred and hundred they
could have gone back to Africa and got the Africans converted after the slavery days
All right, now what is happening? Down in Africa there is trouble and turmoil. There is
racial disturbance all over the world, and it is not of God. The Bible is clear on this.
When people come along and say, “Well, God is the Father of everybody,” they are
wrong. He is not the Father of everybody. That is not in the Bible. That is a Satanic
lie. Let me repeat, the Bible says as clearly as language can put it that people are
children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. We are children of God by faith in Jesus
Christ. That is what the Bible says. Let’s take the Word of God and quit slandering
the Word of God. We are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. A born‐again white
man and a born‐again colored man can settle any differences they have. God is their
Father. They are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. A born‐again white man and
a born‐again colored man can settle any differences they have. God is their Father.
They are children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.
Individually, Christian people in the South–white and black–through the years have
been able to work together and to understand each other. But now a world of
outside agitation has been started, and people are coming in the name of piety, but
it is a false piety, and are endeavoring to disturb God’s established order; and we are
having turmoil all over America. This disturbing movement is not of God. It is not in
line with the Bible. It is Satanic. Now, listen and understand this. Do not let people
lead you astray.
“Well,” you say, “The colored folks have not been treated right.” I agree with you.
Neither have the poor white people been treated right. When I was a boy in
Southeast Alabama, we lived in what was called the white section of the State. there
were not many colored people there. The slaves were in the western part and in the
midsection of the State. Down in Southeast Alabama there were some slaves but not
many; but they had the reconstruction days–hard days–and the time came along when
people were having a hard time. Some white folks were not treated right. They paid
20 per cent interest on money. They were oppressed by people who had money. The
colored people down in my country were treated just as well as the white people by
businessmen. Any man who would mistreat a colored man would mistreat a white
man. If he is mean enough to mistreat one man, he is mean enough to mistreat
You can go to any city in the country and find the poor people living in a certain
section there. I do not say that things are right. But things are not going to be made
right by trying to overthrow God’s established order. That is not the way to make
things right. You cannot make them right that way. The colored people in the South
today are better off than they are anywhere else in the world. The situation is not a
perfect situation for the white folks or the colored folks or for anybody else; but we
have never had a perfect situation in this world since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in
the Garden of Eden.
I want you folks to listen–you white and you colored folks. Do not let these Satanic
propagandists fool you. This agitation is not of God. It is of the devil. Do not let
people slander God Almighty. God made it plain. God meant for Christian people to
treat each other right. If you are a Christian white person or a Christian colored
person, you will treat each other right. We Christians are children of God by faith in
Jesus Christ. We are one in Christ; but let us remember that the God Who made of
one blood all nations also fixed the boundaries of their habitations.
Yes, Paul said, “God . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men . . . . ” All men,
to whatever race they may belong, have immortal souls; but all men have mortal
bodies, and God fixed the boundaries of the races of the world. Let me repeat that it
is no accident that most of the Chinese live in China. It is not an accident that most
Japanese live in Japan; and the Africans should have been left in Africa, and the
Gospel should have been take to them as God commanded His people to do.
Wherever we have the races mixed up in large numbers, we have trouble. They have
trouble in New York. They have trouble in San Francisco. They have had trouble all
over California. Back in the old days when I was a young fellow, Captain Richmond
Pearson Hobson went up and down this country and lectured on the “yellow peril”
and told us we were owing to have trouble with Japan. He said there would be a war
with Japan someday. People said, “Oh, well, he is crazy.” Other leaders went over
this country and lectured on the “yellow peril” and the dangers we were facing.
Remember, we did have a war with Japan.
The best friends we have in many ways are in the Orient. There are millions of
Chinese over there. Dr. Grace Haight, who used to be on our faculty and who was a
missionary to China, told us that the Chinese were the best people in the world. Let
me tell you something. When it comes to quality of races, all these races have
quality. They have good qualities and bad qualities.
If we would just listen to the Word of God and not try to overthrow God’s established
order, we would not have nay trouble. God never meant for America to be a melting
pot to rub out the line between the nations. That was not God’s purpose for this
nation. When someone goes to overthrowing His established order and goes around
preaching pious sermons about it, that makes me sick–for a man to stand up and
preach pious sermons in this country and talk about rubbing out the line between
the races–I say it makes me sick. I have had the sweetest fellowship with colored
Christians, with yellow Christians, with red Christians, with all sorts of Christians–the
sweetest fellowship anybody has ever had, we have had. Christians have always had
- We have never had any trouble about that.
The trouble today is a Satanic agitation striking back at God’s established order. That
is what is making trouble for us. Of course, it is easy to look back over the years and
see the situation from another standpoint; but when the folks up North went to
Africa and brought the slaves over to this country and sold them to the Southern
people, the Southern people should have been Christian enough to have said, “We
will not have any slaves. We are not going ahead.” But, you know, they went ahead.
Only a small percentage of the Southern people held slaves. Only a small percentage
of them were slave owners. A great many people in the South in the old days did not
believe in slavery–they stood against slavery. But they went ahead, and the
commercial element was dominant; and people bought slaves and sold them. This
slavery was not right. It should not have been. What we should have done was to
have sent missionaries to Africa. Yes, that is what we should have done. That would
have been in line with Scripture.
God put the Africans over there. They are fine people. They are intelligent people.
Do not think they are inferior in every way. It is not so. But we should have sent
missionaries over there, and Africa should have been a great nation of colored
Christians. If we had done what God had told us to do and sent the Gospel to them
and made a Christian nation out of them instead of bringing them over here and
selling them into slavery, Africa could have been a great nation of colored Christians.
What we did was wrong. It was not right. It cannot be justified. We should not try to
justify it. But people went along. Some good people fell for it and went ahead with
it; and God overruled it.
I will venture there is not a population in the world where there is a larger
percentage of professing Christians than among the colored people in the South. We
Christian white people all have good friends among the colored people. The colored
Christian people are sensing the dangers we are facing now. There is already an
uprising among good, Christian colored people in the South. They are trying to fight
back the subtle, Satanic disturbance we have in this country.
There has never been a time, especially int he last ten years, when the white people
in the South were so eager to help the colored people build their schools and see
that they get what they ought to have. All this agitation going on is not headed up by
real, Bible‐believing, Christian people.
These religious liberals are the worst infidels in many ways in the country; and some
of them are filling pulpits down South. They do not believe the Bible any longer; so it
does not do any good to quote it to them. They have gone over to modernism, and
they are leading the white people astray at the same time; and they are leading
colored Christians astray. But every good, substantial, Bible‐believing, intelligent,
orthodox Christian can read the Word of God and know that what is happening in the
South now is not of God.
God gave every race something. He gave the Africans something. He gave the Chinese
something that he did not give the Japanese. He gave races certain things. He chose
the Jews. They are the most wonderful people who ever lived in the world. God
chose them; and God segregated them, not because they were inferior but because
He had a purpose for that race.
God Almighty had a purpose for the Jewish race; and for that purpose to be carried
out, He had to separated them from among the nations of the earth. God chose
Israel; and through the loins of Israel, He brought us the Messiah. He gave us the
Bible through Israel. The Jews have outlived all the nations. They have been
scattered over the face of the earth, and they have kept their racial identity through
the years. You will find the Jew in London, the Jew in New York, the Jew in San
Francisco, the Jew in Tokyo, the Jew in Hong Kong. I congratulate them. I am a
friend of the Jew. I believe that the Covenant that God made with Abraham holds
good until this day, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee. . . .”
The Jews are back in Palestine with a Government today. God scattered them, but
He brought them back to their homeland. I am for them, and I am for their homeland
and for their Government. I do not agree with them about Jesus. I know Jesus Christ
was the Son of God; and I know that when Jesus Christ comes back again, He will be
the King of the Jews and will be accepted and a nation will be born in a day. and
Jerusalem will be the capital of the world. That is all in the Bible. It is clear as day.
Yes, God chose the Jews. If you are against segregation and against racial separation,
then you are against God Almighty because He made racial separation in order to
preserve the race through whom He could send the Messiah and through whom He
could send the Bible. God is the author of segregation. God is the author of Jewish
separation and Gentile separation and Japanese separation. God made of one blood
all nations, but He also drew the boundary lines between races.
Of course, in America we do not have a serious problem with the Orient. If we had as
many Chinese and Japanese as we have colored people in the South, we would run
into the same problem; but we have no Oriental problem here in the South.
Some of the most wonderful people in the world are Chinese and some are Japanese;
and some of the most wonderful people who ever breathed the breath of life are
colored people. Every one of you white folks who are listening to me now have
colored friends. I have, and I would fight for them; and you would, too. It has always
been that way. Individually, we are friends. Racially, we are not at enmity; but we
are separate races. We have lived here in the South through these years.
After the Civil War the colored people wanted to build their schools and churches,
and white friends made financial contribution to the building of these schools and
churches. Back in those days it was not easy when the white folks were paying most
of the taxes–don’t you colored friends forget that when you are inclined to turn away
from your white friends. You colored people might also remember that your ancestry
in the South who were slaves breathed an atmosphere of culture back in those pre‐
Civil War days. Think of what your ancestors received in such an atmosphere. Think of
the religion that they learned and how they found God in slavery days. Think of those
old white preachers who preached to your colored ancestors when they were slaves.
Now listen, the time has come when we ought to sit down and go to thinking some
things through in this country. And you colored people listening to me and you white
people listening to me ought to keep your heads cool and your minds clear and your
hearts warm and keep up these friendly relations we have had through the years. Do
not let this outside, Communistic, Hellish influence disturb the friendly relation we
have had in the South. The situation in the South had been better in recent years
than it had ever been; and all of this agitation is going to set this country back in the
South for twenty‐five to fifty years. We are headed that way. We ought to rise up and
begin to face this thing like we ought to face it as neighbors and fiends. Every one of
you colored people know your white friends. All you white people know your colored
friends. We have some of the them, and we would not let anybody mistreat them if
we could help it; and they would not let anybody mistreat us. It has always been that
way in the South.
But racially we have separation in the Bible. Let’s get that clear. Any race has a right
to come to America. We do not mean that when we came over here we wiped out
the line between races. We did not do that. We should have let the Africans stay in
Africa instead of bringing them here for slaves, but did you colored people ever stop
to think where you might have been if that had not happened? Now, you colored
people listen to me. If you had not been brought over here and if your grandparents
in slavery days had not heard that great preaching you might not even be a Christian.
You might be over there in the jungles of Africa today, unsaved. But you are here in
America where you have your own schools and your own churches and your own
liberties and your own rights, with certain restrictions that God Almighty put about
you–restrictions that are in line with the Word of God. The Jews have lived a
separated race. they have been separated from the other races of the world. They
have been miraculously preserved. Now they have a homeland. They are back there
today, and what a wonderful thing is happening.
The time has come when we good folks down here in the South–the good colored
people and the good white people–need to use our heads. We should not let this
outside agitation disturb us down here. Now, listen just a minute. You colored
people are entitled to good schools. You ought to have them. I would like for you to
remember something. Just remember that the South went through reconstruction
and had a hard time. It was not easy. Then remember something else, too. When
your ancestors were slaves in the homes of these Southern people, they got a breath
of culture that they could not have gotten even in the schoolrooms of America. They
heard the old‐time preachers. I have said many times that the greatest preachers
who have lived since the Apostolic days were the preachers of the South–the
preachers who preached to the colored people. And back there the slaves had the
Gospel. They were it and were converted. They were saved.
Many of these slave owners were godly, spiritual people. I remember hearing about
when John Jasper was converted at a corn husking and began to shout. His master
said, “John, what is the matter?” He said, “I have just been converted–been saved.”
“Well,” he said, “I am a Christian, too. We are brothers.” They shook hands. He said,
“Now, John, you take a day off and go around and tell all the colored folks how you
found the Lord. Take a day off and tell them.”
Back in the old days when I began to preach, over sixty years ago, nearly every church
I went to had a few old colored people who never did leave. They said, “We want to
stay here. We got converted here and want to stay here.” They were encouraged,
and the white people helped build their churches. They stood by them through the
Now, you intelligent‐thinking colored people know that you are with your friends. Do
not lose your friends. You friends are not somewhere else. They are right down here
in this country. Remember that now.
I have no axe to grind. I would like to tell you something. We had planned to build a
school, just like Bob Jones University, here in the South for colored people. We
wanted to build it. But we have run into this agitation now that makes it difficult,
and the years are piling up. I do not suppose I will ever be able to build it. We
wanted to build a great school where colored people could come and get all the
culture that we offer here at Bob Jones University. We would not have face the
problems that are face where there is integration. We wanted to build a place where
Christian colored people could get their education in an atmosphere where their
talents in music and speech and art and all could be preserved and handed down. We
wanted to build that kind of a school. We had that in mind until all this agitation
started. Now we have a mess on our hands, and it is spreading out over this country.
You white folks listen to me. Just remember the good, old, colored friends you had
in the days gone by. I remember mine. I remember that old, colored woman who was
with my wife’s grandmother when she died. She used to be a nurse in the home way
back in slavery days. I remember how my wife’s grandmother said the happiest day
she ever saw was when the slaves were freed. She owned hundreds of them, and she
said, “I was so happy. I was afraid some of them would be lost, and I felt that God
might hold me accountable.” That spirit represented the Old South.
You say slavery was not right. Well, I say it was not right. I say the colored people
should have been left over in Africa, and we should have sent missionaries over there
and got them converted. That is what we should have done. But we could not have
converted them as fast that way; and God makes the wrath of men to praise Him.
They were brought over here, and look what they have. They have their churches.
They have a freedom here they do not have anywhere else in the world. They have
an understanding here. Let’s not wipe out the line of understanding.
Now, I am appealing to you colored people and to you white people. Let’s use our
heads. Let’s be intelligent. Let’s not try to kick the Bible off the center table. Keep
your Bible where it belongs. When they tell you that God Almighty is not the author
of the boundaries of nations, you tell them that is wrong. You tell them it is
perfectly clear in the Bible that God made of one blood all nations but that He also
fixed the bounds of their habitation. There is nothing unscriptural about that.
Listen just a minute. We are trying to bring a few people from other lands here to
Bob Jones University so we can educate them and help them. We have two Chinese
gentlemen teaching here in this school. They are Christian men. They are intelligent
men, and they understand what we are doing. They know where we are going. We
honor and respect them.
There is no problem here. But it could be a problem. It could be a problem in
California. It could be a problem anywhere. Whenever you get a situation that rubs
out the line that God has drawn between races, whenever that happens, you are
going to have trouble. That is what is happening today in this country. All this
agitation is a Communistic agitation to overthrow the established order of God in this
world. The Communistic influence is at work all about us. Certain people are
disturbing this situation. They talk about the fact that we are going to have one
world. We will never really have one world until this world heads up in God. We are
not going to have one world by man’s rubbing out the line that God has established.
He is marking the lines, and you cannot rub them out and get away with it.
The established order cannot be overthrown without having trouble. That is what
wrecked Paradise. God set up the order of Paradise. He told Adam and Eve how to
live and what food to eat and what not to eat. He drew the lines around that Garden;
and when Adam and Eve crossed over the lines of God, thorns grew on roses. The first
baby that was born was a murderer and killed his own brother. So it has gone down
through the ages. It is man’s rebellion (due to the fall) against a Holy God to
overthrow the established order of God in this world.
Now I can sit down with any Christian Japanese, and Christian Chinese, and Christian
African, etc., anywhere in the world and as a Christian have fellowships. That is a
different relationship. A Christian relationship does not mean a marriage relationship.
You can be a Christian and have fellowship with people that you would not marry and
that God does not want you to marry and that if you should marry you would be
marrying outside the will of God. Why can’t you see that? Why can’t good, solid,
substantial people who do not have any prejudices and do not have any hatred and
do not have any bitterness see this? Let’s approach this thing in a Christian way.
Let’s make the battle a Christian battle. Do not let people run over you by coming
along and talking about the Universal Fatherhood of God and the Universal
Brotherhood of man. There is no Universal Fatherhood of God and Universal
Brotherhood of man. There is not a word about that in the Bible.
We have three classes in the Bible. We have the Jew (a segregated race), the Gentile
(and this includes everybody else), and the Church of God (meaning the Body of
Christ, as it is used here). In the Church of God there are no Jews, no Gentiles, no
white folks, no black folks. We are one in Christ. There is no trouble between a
colored Christian and a white Christian. They operate as individuals and deal with
each other as Christians who have their citizenship in Heaven. Up in Heaven there
will be no boundaries. We will be one forever with Christ. But we are not one down
here, as far as race is concerned and as far as nations are concerned. God said so, and
Paul made it clear when he preached at Athens in the midst of Athenian culture. He
said that God “. . . hath made of one blood all nations of men. . . .” But God has also
done something else. He has fixed the bounds of their habitations.
A lot of this agitation comes from evangelists of a certain type who have never gone
into this situation but who are going up and down rubbing out the line between
those who believe the Bible is the Word of God an those who believe the Bible just
contains or may contain the Word of God. They do not get all of this “hot‐air” stuff
out of the Bible. It is not in the Bible. It is nothing in the world, but “hot‐air”
glamour with a sentimental, soap‐bubble, anemic kind of religion that is not in the
Word of God.
I have been in this business all these years. I know something about it. I know what
the Word of God teaches. I know what the great evangelists believed. I know how
they stood through the years. We are facing serious dangers today–more serious than
we can ever imagine. May God help us to see it and understand it and to be true to
When you run into conflict with God’s established order racially, you have trouble.
You do not produce harmony. You produce destruction and trouble, and this nation
is in the greatest danger it has ever been in in its history. We are facing dangers from
abroad and dangers at home, and the reason is that we have got away from the Bible
of our forefathers. The best Christians who ever put foot on this earth since the
Apostolic days were the men and women in America back in the old days. Some of
them owned slaves, and some of them did not; and some of them were slaves, and
some of them were not. Back in those days they believed the Bible, and God called
this nation into existence to be a witness to the world and to be true to the Word of
God. Do not let these religious liberals blowing their bubbles of nothing over your
head get you upset and disturbed. Let’s get back to the Word of God and be
You white folks and you black folks listening to me this morning, if you are Christians,
we are one in Christ. If you are yellow or red or whoever you are, if you are
Christians, we are one in Christ. We can get along together as Christians, and we had
better stand together as Christians.
You preachers, listen to me. I know what is going on. We are facing dangers in
America. Enemies are being made now that are dividing this country as it has never
been divided in its history. We are facing the greatest dangers we have ever faced,
and the religious liberals are riding in now on the crest of a wave of what seems to be
If you are a Christian, you are not going to mistreat anybody. You will not mistreat a
colored man or a white man or anybody else. Individually, we are one in Christ; but
God has also fixed the boundaries of nations, and these lines cannot be rubbed out
without having trouble. The darkest day the world has ever known will be when we
have one world like they are talking about now. The line will be rubbed out, and the
Antichrist will take over and sit down on the throne and rule the world for a little
while; and there will be judgement and the cataclysmic curses found in the book of
Revelation. We are going to face all this. May God help us to see it and to be true and
faithful to Him.
Our heavenly Father, bless our country. We thank Thee for our ancestors. We thank
Thee for the good, Christian people–white and black. We thank Thee for the ties that
have bound these Christian white people and Christian colored people together
through the years, and we thank Thee that white people who had a little more
money helped them build their churches and stood by them and when they got sick,
they helped them. No nation has ever prospered or been blessed like the colored
people in the South. Help these colored Christian not to get swept away by all the
propaganda that is being put out now. Help us to see this thing and to understand
God’s established order and to be one in Christ and to understand that God has fixed
the boundaries of the nations so we would not have trouble and misunderstanding.
Keep us by Thy power and use us for They glory, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.