“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.