Meet Ron McRae, the Birther Bishop

Also: Church teaches that “mixing of races” is forbidden by Bible as “fornication”

WorldNetDaily attempts to resurrect the “Obama’s Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya” story:

Although no other evidence has surfaced placing Barack Obama’s mother in Kenya at the time of the president’s birth, a taped telephone conversation in which his Kenyan step-grandmother purportedly claims he was born in the coastal city of Mombasa has become an Internet hit since its submission as evidence in a lawsuit challenging the president’s eligibility.

…The Oct. 16, 2008, telephone interview was conducted by American Christian minister Ron McRae, who describes himself in his affidavit as an overseer of the Anabaptist Churches in North America and a “Presiding Elder on the African Presbytery.”

A second affidavit was sworn by Kenyan Anabaptist minister Rev. Kweli Shuhubia, a pseudonym chosen to protect his safety.

The claim is that Sarah Obama admitted that she was present at the birth in Kenya, but that her translators and others with her quickly scrambled to change her answer. Further,

Shuhubia also testified in his affidavit that Sarah Obama “never changed her reply” that she was present in person when Senator Obama was born in Kenya.

He further testified that he traveled to Mombasa, Kenya, where he interviewed personnel at Coast Provincial Hospital.

“I then had meetings with the Provincial Civil Registrar,” he swore. “I learned there were records of Ann Dunham giving birth to Barack Hussein Obama, III, in Mombasa, Kenya, on Aug. 4, 1961.

“I spoke directly with an Official, the Principal Registrar, who openly confirmed the birthing records of Senator Barack H. Obama Jr. and his mother were present, however the file on Barack H. Obama Jr.’s birth in Kenya is top secret,” he stated.

Ron McRae is a founder of the “Street Preachers’ Fellowship“; another SPF member is Rueben Israel, who also runs the “Official Steet Preachers” – this latter group held a protest outside a mosque in Tampa in February  and has personally rebuked me as a “beer-guzzling liberal”. McRae was previously in the news propounding the view that the Flight 93 memorial was a secret message of support for terrorism; the Tribune-Democrat reported in 2005:

The Rev. Ron McRae, self-proclaimed bishop of Bible Anabaptist Church near Jerome, brought the controversy to the forefront a day after the design was unveiled last week in Washington.

McRae said Street Preachers Fellowship, based in Lancaster, is preparing to file for an injunction to stop the design.

“I’m not the only one in America that sees that,” he said. “Americans are fed up with terrorism, and we’re not stupid. We’re not all politically correct in trying to appease our enemies.”

A hostile profile in the Post-Gazette adds that:

McRae is a self-proclaimed Anabaptist bishop and, as such, has felt it his calling to disrupt the lives of gays, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and whatever other among the citizenry he considers the future entree at the Almighty’s celestial barbecue come Judgment Day. He has been found with a sign and Bible and loud denunciations at such venues as the convention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the annual Rosary Rally in Johnstown. A former police officer from Houston, Texas, his earlier career gave him a keen eye for the line between protected dissent and prosecutable harassment. Thus, in his subsequent life as an evangelistic nuisance, he has always been able to win civil liberties cases against the police when they get fed up enough to cart him off to the hoosegow. 

His church has a website here; it includes a long account of how McRae and some other preachers visited Africa and how, as a result “the Anabaptists Churches of Africa were officially established in December of 2007”, with no fewer than four “National Bishops” for DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya; the Kenyan bishop is a certain “Bishop Constant Makoka”. Further,

The Presbytery along with Bishop McRae are already working with  preachers in the Ivory Coasts, Nigeria and Ethiopia, with Brother Kweli Shuhubia from Kenya having just returned from a preaching tour in the Sudan.

Judging from the captions under the accompanying photographs, just about every child McRae’s team met was “an orphan”, and we’re told that he was the first white man seen by some of the natives he encountered. There’s also a toe-curling discussion of the significance of the early Christian teacher “Simeon that was called Niger”, who appears in Acts 13:1:

One of the Apostle Paul’s ordaining elders was black. They called him “Niger” (Acts 13:1), from which comes the words Nigerian, Niger, Negro, Neger and the infamous American word “nigger”. The word simply means “black”. It wasn’t the preacher’s name. His name was Simeon, but he was called “Niger”. They called him that. His Christian brothers called him that. God called him that (vs. 1), and wrote it down in the everlasting word of God. The word means “black”, like in the Latin “Niger” (pronounced “Neger” with a short e sound) and Spanish “negro”. In America the blacks and the whites use such terminology to divide. In the Bible and in the church of the Living God they used it to unite as one body in Christ Jesus. The church at Antioch had no racial prejudices, nor ecclesiastical boundaries though they maintained habitational boundaries (Acts 17:16), and adhered to the Biblical prohibition against mixing of the races, since the Bible calls such sin “fornication” (see Revelation 2:14/ c.f. Numbers 25:1/ 31:16).

The verses cited against “mixing of the races” in fact refer to stories in which foreign women led astray Israelite men into “idolatory”; the issue is not one of “race” but of religious purity. It is difficult to judge how far McRae pushes this doctrine of racial separation, although the church website also carries some articles which are password-protected for “members only”. The teaching does not appear in the extensive Articles of Faith section. It may or may not be a factor in his hatred for Obama, which is expounded on here at interminable length:

 …in these last days, Government now forces upon us an unbearable injustice, and trampling of the Constitution of the United States, in thinking to force the people to accept a foreigner as the President of this Republic, ignoring the single most important qualification for the highest office in our land, that such a one, not just gain such “power by the consent of the governed”, but that he be naturally born amongst us as one of us. There has never been an alternative option to replace “a natural born citizen” as the President of these United States. The Constitution knows no such option. Howbeit, the Federal Courts have repeatedly refused the people’s right to challenge such unprecedented trampling and violation of what the Constitution clearly says, and to date refuses to require such an Imposter to prove his “natural born” citizenship…Yet in these last days, where Tyrants’ minds have “devised liberal things”, and uttered so much error before the Creator of all men, that the liberal, vile cacophony resounds throughout the land to drown out doubtful voices, whose only authority rests in the Document now being trampled under foot of Tyrants with the innocent blood of their citizens dripping from their hands…

McRae also has some recently-formed churches in Burma and Pakistan, and his evangelism has in the past brought him to the UK. Bedford comes off badly:

It was abundantly clear that the citizens of Bedford had not changed, but rather grew worse than they were when John Bunyan preached here 400 years ago. Less than 50 tracts were accepted among over 15,000 Bedford villagers walking past, and it was seen in the countenances of their faces why Bunyan called this place, “The City of Destruction”.

12 Responses

  1. When I read about people like Ron McRae, my response is twofold. First, they can just kiss my mixed-race heinie. Second, they ought to investigate their genealogy. What I suspect McRae would find out is that his ancestors engaged in lots of mixed-race “fornication.” In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he already knows his family background, it’s not “pure,” and he persists in this nonsense anyway.

  2. I knew from an early age that the mixing of the races was unbiblical. It wasn’t until I started taking interest in girls that I started to wonder why it was only when a white and a non-white ‘mixed’ that I heard comments like, “They don’t know to stick with their own kind.” Presumably, a black and a hispanic getting together would not be worth taking note of.

    You will find that this belief is common wherever the Scofield Reference Edition of the Bible (especially, but not necessarily, the KJV) is held to be authoritative. It would be crass to mistake this for racial prejudice. Rather it springs from a firm conviction that the Bible has an answer to every important question about how to live. That is the cornerstone of Traditional Values, and therefore must be protected from vulgar skepticism.

    • “and therefore must be protected from vulgar skepticism.”
      How about refined, elegant skepticism?

      • Only with the greatest caution. As we all know, the only alternative to Traditional Values is complete nihilism. : )

  3. Think I’ll form some sort of church. All the money I take in will be tax-free and I’ll have a podium to espouse nonsense that I can claim was direct from god.

    Move over John Hagee, there’s a new preacher in town.

  4. […] affidavit by McRae — who, as religious blogger Richard Bartholomew details, is founder of something called the Street Preachers’ Fellowship and who apparently believes […]

  5. […] affidavit by McRae — who, as religious blogger Richard Bartholomew details, is founder of something called the Street Preachers’ Fellowship and who apparently believes […]

  6. Both the varnasamkara of Manu and the Vishnu Purana of India mention that increased mixing of the varnas – colours, races – and cultural adulteration are among the distinguishing features of the Kali-Yuga, or “Age of Darkness,” an age which is prophesied to end in the almost total destruction of human civilization. I have no doubt that this applies to our present era of moral decadence. May God help us all if we continue to ignore the counsel of the spiritually wise and give in to selfish, lower appetites and insidious cultural trends

  7. Of course, claims that we are currently inside the Kali-Yuga may be completely unfounded, as is the claim of a 432,000 year period for each Yuga.

    According to the teacher of ancient wisdom (Vedacharya), Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley to Westerners), we left Kali-Yuga in 1700 CE, and have already passed through Treta Yuga, putting the modern age as the Dvapara Yuga. This makes sense, as the people of the Dvapara Yuga are zealous, valiant, courageous and competitive by nature. They are kingly and pleasure-seeking.

    Granted, in this era the divine intellect has ceased to exist and it is seldom that anyone is completely truthful. People are plagued by diseases and their own desires, but usually realize their misdeeds and perform penance to recover from their ailments.

    It is not an ideal situation, but it is not an “end of days” situation.

  8. It is wrong , false and unbiblical to say that God is against marriage between people of different eithnic backgrounds or colour of skin. What God has always been against is marriage and or even too close of “fellowship between His people and those who are not His People. Israel were God’s chosen people and He wanted them to be separate from unbelievers . God still has a plan for Israel and His promises to them will be fulfilled some day even though they are now , as a nation, in unbelief. Blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentile come in (The last person God knows will be saved in the age of Grace) (Romans 11:25)KJB. Today the people of God are those who have repented of their sins (both Jews and gentiles), and have trust in The LORD Jesus Christ alone for salvation. God wants these born-again Christian not to marry unbelievers or have too close of fellowship or be yoked with unbelievers. The fact that Ronnie McRae preaches in the street is a good thing. His doctrine and theology is not correct concerning some things but the fact that he preachers in the open air is a good thing and the manner God choses often to win souls to Christ. (I Cor. 1:21)KJB. (Romans 1:16)KJB. The facts concerning his conversation with Sarah , Obama’s grandmother ,are true . Ronnie McRae is not perfect and he would admit that I am sure. Those who are reading this too are not perfect and also need The LORD Jesus and salvation to escape the wrath of God to come. Trust in Him while you can. There will come a day when it will be too late to do so. P.S. The only time the Bible uses the word, RACE, is when it concerns a running contest.

  9. It never amazes me at what sort of people think their opinions overide the clear word of God.the author thinks its correct to insult what he does not understand,namely the Word of God.Yet he will take the high postion and say he does believe God,when his words infact scoffs at the truth. No worrys,God’s Word will still be true.What the beerdrinking liberal does not understand is,God does not care what he thinks.Let God be true and every man a liar.As the liberal demonstrates here.

  10. raised in texas in the bible belt I learned very little uintil going to tx prison at age 17. I was taught a great deal about the bible,gods people and of course racial pride. I also learned how lucky I was to be white in America. Then came the teachings of hate and separation yet so seemingly convincing when shown that GOD said it. So proud to hate everyone different than myself.What a surprise when I learned I was ancestor to native American and how refreshing to learn truth for a change. Danger comes in many forms but check the spirits and know that he is god even if you believe other wise.

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