Christian Identity groups declined from 17 to 11 this year, reflecting the continued stagnation of this radical and violent religious sect. Although Christian Identity tenets are becoming more popular with members of neo-Confederate hate groups, there are not enough new churches being founded to slow the decay of organized congregations. The number of groups is down 45 percent over the past three years.
The growing interest in Christian Identity beliefs among neo-Confederates presents a possible recruitment pool for future pastors. What remains to be seen is whether the doctrine will have to grow and adapt to broaden its appeal beyond the dwindling handful of individuals who have been involved with Christian Identity for decades.
Of all the movements that have appeared among white racists in America, Christian Identity is surely one of the strangest.
Although nominally Christian, it owes little to even the most conservative of American Protestants. Indeed, its relationship with evangelicals and fundamentalists has generally been hostile due to the latter’s belief that the return of Jews to Israel is essential to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.
Identity has created for itself a unique anti-Semitic and racist theology, but notwithstanding its curious beliefs, it rose in the 1980s to a position of commanding influence on the racist right. Only a prolonged period of aggressive efforts by law enforcement, together with the demise of influential leaders who were not replaced, brought about its present decline.
2019 Christian identity hate groups
Christian Revival Center
Panama City, FL
Church of Israel
Schell City, MO
Covenant People’s Ministry
Divine International Church of the Web
Euro Folk Radio
Fellowship of God’s Covenant People
Kingdom Identity Ministries
Our Place Fellowship
Sacred Truth Publishing & Ministries
Mountain City, TN
Scriptures for America Worldwide Ministries