There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.(NIV, Galatians -28) laws which banned interracial marriages. A number of attempts were made to use the Bible to justify those bans on interracial marriage.In fact, the biblical perspective is that there is only one “race”—the human race, with everyone having descended from Adam and Eve.
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.
A couple considering marriage needs to weigh many factors.
While a difference in skin color should not be ignored, it absolutely should not be the determining factor in whether a couple should marry.
What should a Christian do if he or she is married to an unbeliever? Should Christians of different denominations date or marry?
Railing fervently against the “hybreeds” spawned by God-defying, racially mixed marriages, Pastor Donny Reagan of Tennessee’s Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ doesn’t look very happy on a widely circulated Internet video that comes across like a relic from some 1950s archive.
The pastor minces no words in his sermon: “What white woman would want her baby to be a mulatto by a colored man? preacher and faith healer who died in 1965, identified with the Pentecostal movement until the late ’50s, when he began to reject core aspects of traditional Christian faith.
” As for the black man who has children with a white woman: “He don’t want them to look like him, so he’ll marry with another.” Lest this sound racist, Reagan adds helpfully, “Some of the finest people I ever met in my life was some of them colored people.” But this sermon isn’t from the bad old times; it was recorded just last year in Reagan’s 600-member Johnson City, Tenn., church. They may not all embrace the racial separation extolled by Reagan, but the Branham theology invites racism, says James Walker, president of The Watchman Fellowship, an Arlington, Texas, evangelical ministry that researches cults and new religious movements. He preached that original sin stemmed not from Eve biting the fruit and gaining knowledge but, instead, from her sexual intercourse with the serpent, which resulted in the birth of Cain.
All those laws were declared unconstitutional by the U. Vague assertions were made that God intended for the races to remain separate.
Some verses (Exodus -16, 2 Corinthians , etc.) were quoted in part or otherwise out of context in an attempt to show that God opposed interracial marriage.
A colorblind church and/or a Christian interracial marriage can be a powerful illustration of our equality in Christ.