|Pastor Eli James at NSM rally (wearing white shirt)|
Yet Eli James has many detractors who not only claim that James used the name "Joseph November", but also claim that James is a Jew. Among the most prominent critics are Pastor Martin Lindstedt and Zogbots. Another pastor, Clifton A. Emahiser, alleges that James used the pseudonym Joseph November but does not accuse him of being a Jew; he severed communion with Pastor James on January 27th, 2011 over doctrinal issues. There's an entire Christogenea thread where e-mail exchanges between Victor Switzer, Bryan Reo, and Eli James are documented; the thrust is that his detractors accuse James of "universalism", meaning that salvation would be extended to non-Whites.
In November 2010, Eli James' response to the allegations was published on the Christian Identity Forum. Here's the pertinent part:
One of ZOG’s favorite tactics against True Israel is to prop up phony pastors. They usually come out of the prison system. I have had much personal experience with the subversives among us, as I have related in this earlier article, posted on my website: http://anglo-saxonisrael.com/site/node/111 The most common tactic of the subversive is false accusations, made publicly, in order to discredit the true servants.
What these impostors never realize is that disobeying Yahweh’s laws immediately disqualifies them from being a part of our congregation. It may be easy to fool White nationalists, but CI is hard to impersonate.
Numerous people have called me a Jew or a mamzer or worse, but none of them have been able to prove any of their charges against me. Those who know me personally know that I do my best to be a guileless Israelite. I do not claim to be perfect, but neither do I actively go out to make trouble for others. Sadly, we have another impersonator trying to weasel his way in, but his behavior has exposed him as an impostor.
In this Christogenea thread, DaveUK denies that Eli James is a Jew:
daveUK » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:42 pm:
...Eli may be hopelessly wide of the mark theologically this time around but as a human being and a Christian brother he does not deserve to be branded a jew. How terribly sad that is. Far better to have done as we did back in 2008 when Eli stated that Jesus was not Yahweh. We walked away. Shocked and even a little heart broken, but we quietly walked away from him for a time...
Another Christian Identity Pastor, Jeromy Visser, also denies that Eli James is a Jew:
PastorVisser » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:23 pm:
I’ve had fellowship and dined with Pastor Eli James and can assure you that he’s no jew.
In the same thread, Pastor William Finck provides a plausible explanation why Pastor James may have used the name Joseph November:
wmfinck » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:20 pm:
First, Eli's actions should stand for themselves. A lot of people in Identity do not like Eli. Yet I have found that, even if Eli does not agree with me on certain issues, he has been consistent with me for five years, and he is obviously not afraid to listen, and to hear and discuss opposing opinions week after week on his own programs, where indeed we often have had such discussions. I admire Eli for that. Many Identity pastors can not bear to have their positions on any topic countenanced. Eli has been consistent, and he should be judged by the work that he has done - again rather consistently - for these past several years, in my opinion. Our programs have been about little but sound Biblical Two-Seedline Christian Identity scholarship, and Eli has never had any other agenda at all but to investigate and present the matters of Scripture.
Yes it is true that Eli uses an alias on his caller id. I am not alarmed by that. His name has often been in the news, on the ADL websites, and the man still has to make a living - unlike Jim Wickstrom who has not had to work for a living for quite a few years. Wickstrom lives in a glass house, and he is certainly in no position to throw stones, having many questions about his own past - and even his present - that he could be asked to explain. I also know that Wickstrom had no enmity towards Eli before the Kathy Kallstrom affair, where Eli joined the congregation in Michigan which censured Jim for that.
Since this post, Pastor Finck also severed communion with Eli James over doctrinal issues, announcing it in January 2011. But even then, Finck does not accuse James of being a Jew.
Update September 15th: Pastor Finck appended a comment to this post which should be re-published here so that all can read his most current position on this issue:
While I did defend Eli, I have since found out that he lied about his name. He had told me that Joseph November was an alias. Now I know that is his real name, at least on public records, and Eli James is an alias. Eli also insists upon leaving the door to "salvation" open to not only the other races, but even to the Canaanites. So therefore we have necessarily split, because of these issues, and because of Eli's academic dishonesty, all of which I have explained on Christogenea.org. Also, while I do not generally advertise it, Zogbots is also a project of mine, one of several sites I have where I post things that I must say, but that do not belong on Christogenea since I do not wish to soil my academic work with infighting and political bullshit. Lithobolos.net is mine also, and there are others.
If none of this is enough to convince you that Eli James is not a Jew, consider this. At the September 3rd NSM rally in West Allis, who was standing behind Jeff Schoep during his speech? Why, none other than Pastor Eli James (in the white shirt). You think the Commander of the NSM would invite a Jew to stand with the NSM at a public rally? Not!
Whether Eli James is a universalist or a revisionist can best be decided within the Christian Identity community. But the evidence that he's NOT a Jew is persuasive.