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The Danger and Deception of Dominionism
Saturday, September 10, 2022 4:13 PM

The Danger and Deception of Dominionism

Saturday, September 10, 2022 4:13 PM
Saturday, September 10, 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!
 
PHOTO CREDIT: "GET OUT" THE MOVIE | 2017 | DIRECTED BY JORDAN PEELE

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