I've had the opportunity over the past year or so to interact from time to time with those who would separate the Church by race, ethnicity, or other factors, claiming that by worshipping exclusively with their own "kin," the world may somehow be more quickly won for Christ. While it's true that language and geography will tend to produce churches of somewhat homogeneous race or ethnicity, my basic response to the kinist argument is that Christ told a group of Jewish Christians that they were to go not just to Jerusalem, but to Samaria (bitter enemies) and the world--gentiles who were often despised.
Which is to note that there is simply not much room in Scripture for the kinist argument. When believers stayed in Jerusalem, God scattered that church via persecution. If only He were so merciful to today's "kinist" churches.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of them out there, and most of them aren't white supremacists. In addition to race and ethnicity, those of the "respectable" crowd also split due to age, social class, Bible translation used (not just the KJV-only, either), music format, and a host of other reasons.
There are certainly real theological reasons to split, such as failure to acknowledge the authority of the Scriptures and the Gospel. In splitting for 1000 other reasons, however, I suspect that a lot of us are going to find out that we missed out on an awful lot of His goodness.
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