How Shepherd’s Chapel Teaching Came to Be…

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“Only inferior White women date outside of their race. Be proud of your heritage, don’t be a race-mixing slut!”
— Kingdom Identity Ministries sticker

The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…

In the 70’s a group of enterprising religionists of the Christian identity stripe sought land near Clarksville, Arkansas for a Kingdom Identity control center of sorts, a headquarters for a popular new strain of religion. Kingdom Identity is the term that encapsulates the theology of a far-right movement known as Christian Identity. The father of this movement was Wesley Swift. All of these men that I’m about to mention were ordained ministers of Swift.

Swift was the founder of the infamous Church of Jesus Christ Christian, California. Murray and many other Identity advocates were under his leadership and teaching heading pastorates of satellite Identity churches.

The names of those seeking to establish this nexus: Wesley A. Swift, Roy E. Gillaspie & Richard G. Butler of the Christian Defense League, Gerald L.K. Smith & Opal Tanner White, Fred Demoret and pastors Arnold B. Murray & Leeland Jandebeur.

Though their plans never came to fruition they met for several years afterwards. Many Christian Identity writings of the 1970’s came as a result of these meetings, and these writings would serve as the intellectual backbone for the movement.

Robert Butler went on to head Aryan Nations.

Fred Demoret became the pastor of Christian Identity Church in Arkansas which was pastored at one time by Thomas Robb, K.K.K (ordained by Swift).

Roy Gillaspie pastored a sister church in Bellflower and published, MEMO U.S.A.

Gerald Smith, a White Supremacist, was part of the America First Committee.  He later formed the America First Party and published the anti-Semitic, Cross and the Flag.

In 1978 Arnold Murray and Leeland Jandebeur teamed up to write The Shepherds Bible, a Christian Identity version of the bible with commentary.

“Now, who stands in Jerusalem today?.. the sons of Cain, or those who will not accept Jesus Christ. The Kenites, that founded a new nation starting in 1948.” (The Shepherd’s Bible, Commentary by Arnold Murray, 1979)

The Shepherd’s Bible embodied what would very soon afterward become the teaching of The Shepherd’s Chapel. A teaching that was formulated by this racist think-tank. Murray began to take to the airwaves with this new doctrine and he had financial backing to boot.

Newsflash! All of these Christian Identity teachers beginning with Swift taught essentially the same thing with some minor variations. And Murray went to his grave teaching it.

How much more instructive would it have been were Murray to tell us about these associations than the fantasies he put forth? But not a word. This is the crowd that Murray affiliated himself with early on in his ministry…

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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25 thoughts on “How Shepherd’s Chapel Teaching Came to Be…

  1. Hmmm, Christian Identity rejects Murray. How about that. Seems like you are just a little jealous and trying to bring someone down who was NEVER a racist to begin with.

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  2. “Birds of a feather, well they flock together…”, but Guilt by Association knows no bounds.

    http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/guilt-by-association.html

    Also Known as: Bad Company Fallacy, Company that You Keep Fallacy
    Description of Guilt By Association

    Guilt by Association is a fallacy in which a person rejects a claim simply because it is pointed out that people she dislikes accept the claim. This sort of “reasoning” has the following form:

    1) It is pointed out that people person A does not like accept claim P.
    2) Therefore P is false

    It is clear that sort of “reasoning” is fallacious. For example the following is obviously a case of poor “reasoning”: “You think that 1+1=2. But, Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Joseph Stalin, and Ted Bundy all believed that 1+1=2. So, you shouldn’t believe it.”

    The fallacy draws its power from the fact that people do not like to be associated with people they dislike. Hence, if it is shown that a person shares a belief with people he dislikes he might be influenced into rejecting that belief. In such cases the person will be rejecting the claim based on how he thinks or feels about the people who hold it and because he does not want to be associated with such people.

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    • Yes, birds of the same feather do flock together. It always amazes me to find so-called Christians so busy with attacking other Christians that they find any real time in God’s word or in prayer. If you were truly a Christian, this whole page would not even be here. You all should be ashamed, but if your not seeking light, and prefer attacking in the darkness, then your too blind to see your sin. Come out into the light and repent of this attack against another Christian. It is not for any of you to judge any man, and you certainly are not God so stop trying to be Him.

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      • The purpose of that article is to demonstrate that Murray is an offshoot of Christian identity, a racist, bigoted form of religion. If you want to ignore that be my guest. I’ve given the facts, do the research for yourself. You’re sympathetic with a cult – it’s very easy for me to understand your irritation… but one day, when all things are brought to light you will realize I was telling the truth

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  3. I believe you are jealous because your ministry didnt take, off Pastor Murray is NOT a racist, he was a much better man than you, you are a very bitter man and it shows in everything you are spewing

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  4. One fact that cant be disputed is that they remove people of color from the bible and they don’t mention the tribes of Israel who settled Northern Africa , and America is not the central subject of the Bible it’s Jerusalem, Redemption and salvation not the world that was

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    • He said the Israelites were scattered. He mentioned that they scattered into Europe but never said non went into Africa. I have listened too many years to believe this. He gives credit to the black race as people who God love as He loves all of His children.

      What an attack. Pages and pages on one man. You either have nothing to do which I can help with like read your Bible and listen to Shepherd’s Chapel if you truly want to learn. Spend some time repenting for your attack on this man as he would never have attacked you. May God forgive you.

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    • You clearly do not understand the bible and secular records concerning this. Christians have their identity with Christ, as does Israel, who are Christian. Trying to say Christians are not not Israel or Israel not Christian, reveals you’re not up to speed with Christs’ teachings.

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  5. I have studied many different bibles and ministers as well.. I will say this. Many thought Jesus and his disciples were false teachers as well. When you study the word of God in the original languages,understand Hebraisms and the 7 dispensations found in the Holy Bible KJV you will find that Mr Murray is correct and that many others teach mans traditions which make void the word of God.I have been to all types of churches Baptists methodists Presbyterians,Lutheran, full gospel,charismatic, 7th day Adventist,Churcth of Christ etc and none of them teach how Jesus taught. We are to study the word not just read it or take someone else’s word on what it says. I will stick with God’s word and pastor Murray’s teaching because I have spent 20 years listening to others and studying for myself.

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