Should a Christian be a member of the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys are an organized fraternal group with 100’s of recognized chapters worldwide. It was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes.

This article was researched due to one of my members of our church becoming a member of Proud Boys. Due to the nature of the group, there is a lot of misinformation out there. I have purposely only used direct quotes from Proud Boy members and sourced information found on their official website and social media channels.

It is my conviction that a Bible believe Christian cannot scripturally justify membership or association with this group for the following reasons:

  1. The Proud Boys inclusiveness requires a Christian to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
    a. The Proud Boys website header banner states: “All Religions”, also on the homepage it states ““Western chauvinist” includes all races, religions, and sexual preferences.” [Link]
    b. The Bible Says:
    i. Romans 16:17 – Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
    ii. 2 Peter 2:1 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
    iii. 1 Timothy 4:1 – Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
    iv. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 – For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
    v. Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. The Proud Boys inclusiveness requires a Christian to accept sexual perversion.
    a. On the Proud Boys website, a gay member of the group touts the acceptance by the Proud Boys he has felt for his sinful choice. He states, “One group in particular has welcomed me with open arms, the Proud Boys. Contrary to popular belief, propagated by the left, the Proud Boys have welcomed me into the fraternity and treat me no different than any other proud, western male.” [Link] Again Gavin McInnes writes, “We don’t care what your sexual preference is and that includes guys dating trans.” [Link]
    b. The Bible says:
    i. Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
    ii. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    iii. Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
    iv. Romans 1:26-28 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature…
    v. 1 Timothy 1:10 – For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
    vi. Mark 10:6-9 – But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
    vii. Jude 1:7 – Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
    viii. 1 Corinthians 7:2 – Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
    ix. 1 Timothy 1:10-11 – For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
    x. Romans 1:27 – And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    xi. Romans 1:32 – Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
  3. The Proud Boys promote drinking.
    a. Gavin McInnes says, “We are a men’s club that meets about once a month to drink beer.” Again in the same paragraph, “We want to drink beer.” Again later on the page, “We just want to be left alone so we can drink our beer in peace.” [Link]
    b. The Bible Says:
    i. Ephesians 5:18 – And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
    ii. Galatians 5:19-25 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. f we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
    iii. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    iv. Proverbs 20:1 – Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
    v. Proverbs 23:29-35 – Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
    vi. Romans 14:21 – [It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
    vii. Isaiah 5:22 – Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
    viii. Isaiah 5:11 – Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!
    ix. Proverbs 23:20-21 – Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: (Read More…)
    x. Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (Read More…)
  4. The Proud Boys promote profane and vulgar language.
    a. The Proud Boys “honorary chairman”, Enrique Tarrio is quoted on their website as saying, “We are the mothe* PROUDBOYS and we are not fu leaving.”[Link]. This is just one of many examples of foul language used on the Proud Boys websites and social media.
    b. The Bible says:
    i. Colossians 3:8 – But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
    ii. Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    iii. Matthew 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
    iv. James 3:10 – Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
    v. Ephesians 5:4 – Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
    vi. James 3:6-8 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
    vii. James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
  5. The Proud Boys stated mission is incompatible with New Testament Christianity.
    a. As stated on their website, the basic tenant of proud boys is “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” The “gospel” of the proud boys is the superiority of traditional western culture.
    b. The gospel of Jesus Christ is to be our primary message as Christians. Western cultural has yet to create one true Bible believer. Membership in Proud Boys is a distraction from the primary mission to glorify God. The Bible says:
    i. Matthew 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
    ii. Colossians 3:1-9 – If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
    iii. I Corinthians 10:31-33 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.