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Christianity on the Skids - Debunking Dominionism and Domination
Monday, August 8, 2022 4:13 PM

Christianity on the Skids - Debunking Dominionism and Domination

Monday, August 8, 2022 4:13 PM
Monday, August 8, 2022 4:13 PM
There is an insidious and dangerous wind blowing across the American political and Christian landscapes. Dominionism. While dominionism is not new and has been around for decades, it previously was on the fringes of the religious right.
Today, not only is it not on the fringes but front and center mainstream of many evangelical churches; and, as the other side of the same coin of Christian nationalism, a key plank in the platform of the new Republican Party as it reinvents itself as a Christian nationalist party. Abraham Lincoln would rise and die all over again at the thought!
People should be aware of the many and growing number of dominionist preachers, pastors, and Christians teaching Seven Mountain Dominionism "Theology."
My theological philosophy was shaped early on as a conservative Calvinist (a true "tulip"), and I once taught the doctrine of dominionism.
Thankfully the more I studied it, heard it and taught it, and saw the absolute cultist tendencies and inability to substantively substantiate it in scripture, I realized that this is a gross and erroneous misinterpretation and misapplication of Genesis 1:28 - "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - NKJV as well as a blatant misunderstanding of Isaiah 2:2-3.
We are to be caretakers and stewards of creation, not dominate and control every system under which every living thing moves and lives - including and especially humans.
God never intended for us to "dominate" any living creature, especially humans created in his very image. 
Domination is satanic. Jesus would later teach his disciples against "lording" authority over others as was the custom of the politicians and religious leaders of his day.
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them." - Matthew 20:25
Texas is certainly in the Bible belt and there are many pastors, preachers, and non-profit faith leaders right here in the Dallas area where I live.
Some of the pastors are very well-known, influential leaders of national/international ministries, mega-churches with mega-budgets that afford them air time, and social media platforms with millions of followers and subscribers.
I realized that this is a gross and erroneous misinterpretation and misapplication of Genesis 1:28 - "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - NKJV
This means their reach is far, wide, and deep. And though some believe this is a white evangelical phenomenon, don't get hung up there because it's not the whole picture. Some of these leaders are not all white and male but are no less influential. Though certainly, dominionism has its genesis there.
It is not totally about race though with the proliferation of white Christian nationalism and the rise of the far right, it certainly has a racial undertone.
But make no mistake, there are prominent black, well-regarded, well-educated pastors preaching the same. Race is secondary to the doctrine of Christian domination of every aspect of culture, the concomitant ideology, and the flawed theology that comprise the framework.
It is about total holy domination by Christians of every aspect of American society. This in a nutshell is it.
Pastors and leaders, some of whom I have known for years - even sat under their teaching, and once respected are now caught up in the America First, Christian nationalism, and dominionism agenda. I no longer respect them because they are misleading people who are unaware and who trust them.
Dominionism as it is spreading like a blanket across the country is not biblical. Dominionism is not scriptural. It is a gross and dangerous misinterpretation of scripture. God never intended for Christians to "dominate" culture and certainly not "impose" Christianity, as the Taliban does radical Islam, on people. 
The Great Commission of Jesus was to go and "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I (not dominionists) have commanded you.... " - Matthew 28:19-20.
Jesus never, ever said for his followers to dominate "mountains of culture to hasten my return," nor to make prisoners of those he died to set free. The greatest flaw. The second is close to it --  I cannot imagine how so-called freedom-loving "patriots" could parrot such a suffocating doctrine that perpetuates anything but freedom!
Supposedly God gave the same "seven mountain dream" to two influential and prominent white evangelical men; Loren Cunningham, and Bill Bright, and a third, Frances Schaeffer would say he got the same revelation around the same time too.
They said God "ordered them to invade the seven spheres of society." Maybe they ate too late and had a nightmare - because this to many, including me, would be a nightmare if dominionists ever got their way. 
It would be the western version and likely not as harsh, but equally oppressive as radical Islam. Religious systems, no matter the custom, if left to their own invariably will oppress, dominate and dictate.
I and those who look like me can only guess that God wasn't into revealing the same to any black or brown preachers as none came forth to proclaim they too "had a seven mountain dream experience!"
And since churches back in the 1970s, supposedly when God gave the dream to these three evangelical men, were solidly segregated, this gave even more credence to the erroneous more spiritual license for white Christianity domination.
Since God didn't bother to reveal this to anyone but three white preachers I guess God didn't want the rest of us to know we are supposed to be "dominating" too! I digress. But are you beginning to see how preposterous all this is? 
"Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them." - Matthew 20:25
But supposedly "the dream" was a mission for Christians to dominate the supposed seven "mountains" of society, that God revealed. That would also hasten the second coming of Jesus Christ. The "mountains" are the Church, Education, Family, Business, Media, Government, and Arts/Entertainment.
This is why they are trying to wrest away education from the public arena. And public school systems are in serious jeopardy of being taken down by this fanatical religious heretical movement.
The leaders now, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, and a growing number of dominionist/Christian nationalist legislatures, have the long sought-after clearance to redirect public money away from public school systems and give it to parents as "parental choice" (same as the old voucher concept).
Badly needed funds from the state, instead of being dispersed to school districts, can be redirected to parents so that they would have "the choice" of allowing their child (children) to continue in public school systems or take the money and run to private religious and/or home schools.
State legislatures will give them a boost and cover. It's already number one on the list in Texas and other states when it comes to public schools. These people want to abolish public schools! I hope you hear me.
They believe America is a "Christian nation" and they are on a roll. While you may not have children in public schools, you have grandchildren, relatives or neighbors or friends, or church members who are teachers or administrators, staff, serving on a school board, etc.
I love God. I do. I spent four grueling years of my life, studying and graduating from one of the most conservative evangelical seminaries in the country. So I am not bashing anybody but trying to inform anybody who will listen!
I know them. I know what the agenda is. And I am speaking out against this dangerous movement which is a threat to democracy and representative government. No exaggeration or hyperbole.
As much as I love God I do not want to live under a repressive theocracy. No freedom-loving, liberty-loving American does. But it is exactly those who say they are patriots, freedom-loving, liberty-loving American Christians who apparently do and want to drag the rest of us along.
I refuse to go. I don't trust the theocrats, bureaucrats, and preachers with that much power.
Power is one helluva thing. And a theocracy, no matter the religion is suffocating. Whether the religion is radical Islam or radical Christianity. Any man-made religious system that dictates and controls invariably will become oppressive and overbearing.
Think about it. Do you want these people to rule and overrule every area of your life, culture, and American society? I don't.
While many are asleep at the wheel and NOT VOTING, the rug is being pulled right from under you.
And the heretical misinterpretation of Genesis 1:28, Isaiah 2:2-3, and Revelation 17:9 to justify now dovetailing into hard-right Christian nationalism preached by pastors and preachers of influence is subtlety deceiving.
If your pastor is teaching this, run don't walk to the nearest exit and find a solid Bible-teaching church.
The deception is deep. The deception is real. And sadly some who are teaching this don't even realize they have been duped and deceived by the Adversary.
No created being knows scripture better and how best to manipulate it to exact the most damage than Satan.
But he must first blind the eyes and deceive the mind and heart of those who lead others.
Sadly, even more frightening, the many pastors and preachers, and politicians are in the same echo chamber.
If you're in the chamber ... GET OUT!
Be Like The River
Thursday, June 16, 2022 11:37 AM

Be Like The River

Thursday, June 16, 2022 11:37 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022 11:37 AM
A river never flows backwards. It keeps flowing even when rocks are tossed at it. It keeps flowing even when night falls and its way becomes dark and uncertain. It just keeps flowing.
The river keeps flowing, never getting lost in the weeds. It refuses to be squeezed out no matter how narrow the passage. The river simply adjusts its flow but keeps right on flowing even when its flow is slowed to a trickle. It trickles until it can once again flow.
A river never flows backwards. A river flows over, through and around obstacles, but it never stops flowing forward.
When people are throwing rocks at you, be like the river. When the opportunities are few and your way becomes dark, be like the river.
A river flows sometimes and a river trickles at other times. But a river never stops and no matter what, the river keeps flowing forward. It never flows backwards.
Be like the river.
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM


Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM
Friday, May 27, 2022 10:33 AM

Satan is the master of illusion. The greatest illusion on earth today is that it appears he is winning. 
If we look at all the things happening in the world and on earth around us, from Ukraine to Uvalde, it appears this way.
Three words. Illusion. Earth. World. Jesus says in John 8:44, "He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him."
Not holding to the truth, no truth in him -- in other words, he lies. There is no truth in him - his whole construct is lies. Lies are illusions.
David tells us in Psalm 24:1, "the earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..."
God came to earth as Jesus to take back what is rightly his. The earth and the world. God created the earth and gave it to the first Adam to manage. Satan tricked him out of it.
He came himself as Jesus (the second Adam) to reclaim not just the physical earth, but the world - every system that is in the earth. 
Not only did Jesus (God as man, the second Adam) take the keys to the kingdom back (the earthly kingdom that Satan controlled(s)) but also his world and his earth. Satan lost it all at Calvary.
Jesus spiked the ball and did a 360 degree dunk on the devil. 
Until Jesus returns the second time, Satan is still here. Creating havoc and illusions that he is still running things. He's not. The game was over at Calvary.
God left us here and keeps reproducing his image so that we can take care of His earth and His world. 
Satan defeated the first Adam with an illusion. Jesus defeated him at Calvary with the truth.
And the truth is this - Satan is not winning. He can't. The only victory he knows he can get is if he can get us to repeat and replicate his lies (i.e., illusions). 

Practical Application:
Act like you're a winner. Talk like a winner. Live like a winner. Walk into every meeting and room with authority. Don't repeat negatives. Don't speak negatively. Take authority over what you allow yourself to hear, see, read and say. The only way Satan can further and grow illusions (lies) is if he can get us to hear them, see them, say them and more importantly --  believe them.
It's Not About Religion
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

It's Not About Religion

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:16 PM

Government ruled by religion is deadly. We need look no further than the Taliban.
Forced to live by religious rules and religious traditions. It is sad to say but we are seeing glimpses of this today in American politics.
The religious right if they were to have their way would have us all living not under Sharia Law, which they decry, but the "Christian" version of the same.
No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.
Jesus eschewed religion and the religious leaders of his day. He said new wine can't fit into old wineskins unless the skins break.
A new commandment he brought to old rigid religious practices wherein some were of the elect and others not. Love one another, Jesus said, as I have loved you.
Religious people don't really know the meaning of love. They love their rules and regulations and love enforcing them on others.
This is what we're seeing with dominionists, the alt-religious right and those seeking to impose their rigid and selective religiosity on Americans.
The founders well understood the danger of the imposition of religion in and on government.
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence the overriding concept was that government would derive its powers from the consent of the governed. Not through imposition of the church, religion or by some divine right to rule.
A major part of the chaos in American government today is that the religious right is, on one hand touting the Constitution and freedom, while with the other trying to heavy-handily browbeat the country into submission to their warped version of Christianity.
Sadly, many Christian leaders have jumped on this bandwagon, if not leading the parade.
The separation of church and state means what it means yet at the same time it is impossible for public servants to leave their beliefs at the door before entering the halls of government. Our beliefs and ideologies are part and parcel of who we all are.
Even atheists and agnostics govern out of their ideology. But government ruled by religion is dangerous. Government influenced by biblical principles is what we, as followers of Christ should be angling for.
Principles not power. The power is in the principles!
But instead, we have emerging and have emerged, religion. Religion forces power on people. Principles empower people.
Jesus told us to be wise as serpents but harmless as doves. To be like yeast that when added to dough quietly, but effectively changes the DNA of the whole loaf.
The religious right will never prevail. It can't if America is to hold true to what it was founded to be.

No man's religion is infallible and every man's religion is fallible, subjective and overbearing.

People will and with even more hostility, refuse to be ruled by religion. And well they and we all should.
Religion is subjective and selective. And depending upon whose doing the selecting if one is counted to be "worthy."
We're seeing that with the rise of Christian nationalism and evangelicalism that is more about winnng the next election than winning souls for the Kingdom.
Jesus counted us all to be worthy of dying for. Of reconciling us to the Father for -- and it had nothing to do with politics but everything to do with the Kingdom and life eternal.
We're not confused nor will we compromise truth for the sake of political expediency or acceptance. We're not that organization.
Christian in our name means Christlike in how we think, function and operate, with loving our neighbor as ourself top of mind. Not the next election, voting guides, or "taking back America."
If we want to take back anything, it would be what has been stolen by the religious --- the true meaning, mission and understanding of our faith that leads to the only thing that saves --- a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as we seek to impact our communities and cities in the most positive and winsome of ways.
Not through grandstanding religion that does nothing but foment more division and build higher silos.
The Opportune Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

The Opportune Time

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:59 AM

"For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I do the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin that dwells in me." - Romans 7:19-20

She was a longtime public servant. The District Attorney in the county said, "I would have trusted her with my life. When you needed something, she could make it happen."

Vicky White had served enough years to earn full retirement. She had a stellar reputation. Admired by many, she was set for life. Vicky's home was paid for, her staff and colleagues were all set to celebrate her and her long career with a retirement party.

Many saw her as a "mother figure." She even earned employee of the year awards along the course of her correctional officer's career. Yet, we all know how her story tragically ended.

The brutal statements by some across social media have the same common theme, "how could she throw away her whole life, her retirement, everything she'd worked for -- how could she have done it for somebody like Casey White?"

It wasn't Casey White. It wasn't the allure of living a "Bonnie and Clyde" exciting on the run existence. It wasn't for love.  And if she could undo it all, she no doubt would.

It had less to do with Casey White, love or lust, but more to do with the empty places within. That became spaces, as in us all, that demons will occupy. Unless we fill them with the Word of God.

I teach what I know to be true and demons take up residence inside the empty places within us and wait. What do they wait for?  "An opportune time."

Please don't join in with others in casting stones. Rather, I caution you and and ask you to look inward. Demons are real. Demons are spirits. Demons cannot die and we all have been targeted by them. They come and they go just as Satan did with Jesus when Jesus was in the wilderness.

After tempting Jesus with every conceivable temptation he thought a man could want, Satan left Jesus, until the Bible says, "an opportune time." (Luke 4:13).

Vicky's opportune time was that fateful day, but leading up to that day, many times without doubt, demonic forces came against her sub-conscious mind (her heart).  They always do before the take-down. As they do us all.

When she loaded Casey White into that car and left in the rear view mirror her life, that was the opportune time. 

As righteous as David was, he had an empty place that was filled by the spirit of adultery. We all know the story. And in one of the most poignant pleas to God, the man after God's own heart pleads with God in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart (sub-conscious mind), try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way."

The time has passed for Vicky to make this plea but not for you and me. The two things humans are not designed to contain are pain and empty places. The Adversary takes advantage of both.

When you can, listen to my podcast, "How Satan Takes Down and Takes Out Leaders" and know that an opportune time is being planned for you and me, too.

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