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Millennial Militants

The Dangers of Dominionist Thought

 

 

"People don't want to hear the truth, they want to control it" - Pamela Dean

 

Some time ago we posted an article by Sarah H. Leslie entitled Dominionism, the Rise of Christian Imperialism. The article, while lengthy is a must read for those concerned or even curious about the rise of militant, power-seeking evangelicals in this day and age. What began ostensibly as a grass roots movement of professing believers passionate about the retention of Christian values in an increasingly secularised society, Dominionism has gone global and its militancy is betraying its professed meekness. Its creed is doctrinally unsound and its participants completely duped. As the ominous cloud of its pervasiveness obscures the spiritual / political horizon, more and more are gradually awakening to the real agenda of this rising evil robed in feigned piety.

World Domination for DummiesDominionism and its adherents are known variously as... Manifest Sons of God, Joel’s Army, Kingdom Now, Theonomy, Reconstructionism, the Third Wave, Latter Rain, New Wave, New Fire, Fresh Fire, Post Millennialism et al. Their beliefs are widely accepted within both the Assemblies of God movement worldwide and other hyper charismatic denominations.

They believe not only in a global return to Biblical standards of morality and behaviour, but also to the strict enforcement of those values and behaviours once they have attained positions of power and influence in any given society.

Essentially they believe their 'holy' mandate is to moralise according to  Christian precepts, both regenerate and unregenerate humanity by stealth or storm through altering government policies and laws. Australian political party Family First has clear Dominionist underpinnings by virtue of its founder's Kingdom Now ideologies. While on the surface an understandable and admirable pursuit given the godlessness of this fallen world, and the rise of extreme leftist movements supporting all manner of depravity, many fear that the ultimate expression of Dominionist ideology will inevitably lead to the summary execution of 'violators' such as homosexuals, adulterers, thieves, Sabbath breakers, false prophets and even fundamentalist believers in Y'shua who appose their tyrannical departure from Scriptural dictums. Of course the above will be defined according to Dominionist terms of reference and not that of the Scriptures. Seeing the charismatic movement is by and large subjective in its adjudication of most things, their court rooms of moral decree will most certainly be akin to those of the Inquisition at the turn of the 19th century.  As unimaginable as this scenario sounds, it is precisely the trail Dominionism treads.

Matthew 10 speaks in foreboding terms of the rise and consequence of Dominionism...

But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:17-22

Lest we should ever forget the Dominionism of the turn of the 19th century under the command of the Popes of Rome and the wanton bloodshed they inflicted in the name of their evil lord Satan. John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (Lord Acton) said of the Roman Catholic Popes in 1887: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men". British politician William Pitt the Younger, Earl of Chatham made a similar observation when he said in 1770: "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it" Both statements are as true of the Church of Rome through all of her harlot ages as it is of the charismatic driven Dominionism of our day.

The simple fact is that NOWHERE do the Scriptures command believers to undertake the moralising of fallen humanity. The Bible does NOT in anywise instruct believers to build God's Kingdom now on Earth. The theosophy of Dominionism, while popular and appealing in such an evil age, has no biblical support whatsoever. In fact we would go so far as to suggest that the Kingdom being constructed by the Dominionists will be a kingdom whose monarch will be none other than Satan himself, and its builders are clearly clueless of this truth. According to Y'shua the Kingdom of God is NOT of this world...

Y'shua answered, "My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn't be delivered to the Judeans. But now my Kingdom is not from here."  John 18:36

It's not rocket science folks, think about it. If Y'shua's Kingdom is not of this world, then whose kingdom are the Dominionists constructing?

Author Roger Oakland wrote:

"The true kingdom of God makes no sense to the unbelieving, unsaved person. The very idea of it is foolishness to him. Thus, human schemes and theologies are created to fit his way of thinking. But the Bible says what is wisdom to man is foolishness to God:

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”. (I Corinthians 1:18-21)" 1

The Difference

Biblical Christianity teaches that the Gospel of Salvation is by faith in Y'shua the saviour and His shed blood on the cross of Calvary. The emphasis is placed upon repentance and conversion of individual souls. The Kingdom of God in this age is spiritual and grows through efforts of evangelism based on the preaching of the Gospel and the discipleship of believers. As mentioned, It is not of this world (John 18:36), but a spiritual rule in the hearts of men (Luke 17:20-21). Furthermore, the Kingdom of God is only finally realised upon Christ’s second coming to Earth, whereby He Himself establishes His literal and physical reign.

Furthermore, Y'shua never intended that His gospel should be propagated by fire and sword or His righteousness wrought by the wrath of man. When the high praises of God are in the mouth of the believer, there should be an olive-branch of peace in their hands. Christ’s victories are by the power of His gospel and grace over spiritual enemies, in which all believers are more than conquerors. The Word of God is the two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12), the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17).5 [emphasis added] 2

Dominionism teaches that the Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Y'shua. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can “incarnate” Christ and function as His body on Earth to establish His kingdom rule. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man’s efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished. 3

Dominion theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs: 1) Satan usurped man’s dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve; 2) The Church is God’s instrument to take dominion back from Satan; 3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken dominion by gaining control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions. [emphasis added] 4

Dominion theology is a heresy. As such it is rarely presented as openly as the definitions above may indicate. Outside of the Reconstructionist camp, evangelical dominionism has wrapped itself in slick packages – one piece at a time – for mass-media consumption. This has been a slow process, taking several decades. Few evangelicals would recognize the word “dominionism” or know what it means. This is because other terminologies have been developed which soft-sell dominionism, concealing the full scope of the agenda. Many evangelicals (and even their more conservative counterparts, the fundamentalists) may adhere to tidbits of dominionism without recognizing the error. This is because dominionism has “crept in unawares” (Jude 4) to seduce an undiscerning generation.

To most effectively propagate their agenda, dominionist leaders first developed new ecclesiologies, eschatologies and soteriologies for targeted audiences along the major denominational fault lines of evangelical Christianity. Then the 1990s Promise Keepers men’s movement was used as a vehicle to “break down the walls”, i.e., cross denominational barriers for the purpose of exporting dominionism to the wider evangelical subculture.5 This strategy was so effective that it reached into the mainline Protestant denominations. Dominionists have carefully selected leaders to be trained as “change agents” for “transformation” (dominion) in an erudite manner that belies the media stereotype of southern-talking, Bible-thumping, fundamentalist half-wits.6

Dominionism is militant and growing more so. Consider the following quotes from Dominionist leaders...

  • "But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. WORLD CONQUEST. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish." (Dominionist-Reconstructionist George Grant)
  • "When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime. The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death." (Dominionist Gary North)
  • "Why stoning? There are many reasons. First, the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost." (Dominionist Gary North, commenting on methods of dominionist enforcement)
  • "Thrift and ubiquity aside, executions are community projects - not with spectators who watch a professional executioner do `his' duty, but rather with actual participants." (Dominionist Gary North, commenting on methods of community participation)
  • "That modern Christians never consider the possibility of the reintroduction of stoning for capital crimes, indicates how thoroughly humanistic concepts of punishment have influenced the thinking of Christians." (Dominionist Gary North, commenting on dominionist validation)
  • Those who would face execution include homosexuals, blasphemers, heretics, apostate Christians, people who cursed or struck their parents, females guilty of "unchastity before marriage," "incorrigible" juvenile delinquents, adulterers, and (probably) telephone psychics. And that's to say nothing of murderers and those guilty of raping married women or "betrothed virgins." Adulterers, among others, might meet their doom by being publicly stoned. (Reconstructionist and theologian Rousas John Rushdooney)


False prophets regularly pump out new “prophecies” and “decrees” to shore up the kingdom mandate. These “prophecies” function like oracles – they are a major avenue for communicating “God’s plan” for the next step in kingdom-building. False apostles have been anointed, appointed as leaders of regions around the globe, and charged with wielding the king’s authority. The doctrines of the New Apostolic Reformation have been promulgated throughout the mission movement by C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, Bill Hamon, a group known as the “Kansas City Prophets,” the Vineyard Fellowship, and many others. At the highest echelons these organizations all have interlocking boards of directors.

This 'kingdom' being built is not of Jesus Christ OF the Bible. It is not FOR the Jesus of the Bible. It has nothing to do with Him, but everything to do with an antichrist zeitgeist that is frightening, appalling and massive in its build-up. At the present time it is still possible for seekers after truth to access the old doctrines and old sermons in books and on the Internet. The time has nearly come when these traditional Gospel doctrines will be declared heretical and a threat to the false king and kingdom that are being set up. The Bible speaks of a latter day heresy called “mystery Babylon” which is a merger of Commerce and Church. This unholy dominionist mixture – a modern-day alchemy – is what appears to be forming before our very eyes:

The global merchants

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies . . . .

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble. And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots and slaves, and souls of men. (Revelation 18:2-3; 11-13) 7

 

Please take the time to read Sarah H. Leslie's article on Dominionism HERE

 

In His Everlasting Embrace

 

Tony Dean

Moriah Ministries Australia

© 2008

 

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End Notes

  1. Roger Oakland - A Utopia Kingdom and Global Healing? Faith Undone (Chapter 9) Lighthouse Trails Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9791315-1-6

  2. Matthew Henry, circa 1700

  3. Sarah H Leslie: Dominionism, The Rise of Christian Imperialism

  4. Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Dominion (Sword Pub., 1990), p. 87. This book is a historical “encyclopedia” of the history of modern dominionism, clearly demarking the various sects. Dager approaches the subject from a Christian perspective. His book is available through http://www.discernment-ministries.org.

  5. Lynn & Sarah Leslie, “Resurrecting Pagan Rites,” http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ResurrectingPaganRights.pdf. This article series examines the roots and rise of the Promise Keepers’ movement.

  6. Sarah H Leslie: Dominionism, The Rise of Christian Imperialism - Ibid

  7. Ibid

 

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