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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dominionism & the New Apostolic Reformation; Another Gospel


The Kingdom of God

Dear Saints, 

I believe that some of the most erroneous teachings of the 20th and now the 21st century is that of Dominionism and the New Apostolic Reformation. I really want to get this point across because I believe that we are losing the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and these teachings are just one of the ways Satan is using to sideline people and take them off the narrow path. Oh sure they may sound "biblical", but are they really? Well I am going to show you why I believe these "movements" are very unbiblical and are in fact "accursed"!
The definition of Dominionism (Dominionist theology) is that the Kingdom of God will be established on the Earth through spiritual, political and even military means. According to this false teaching, the kingdom will be established by God through His army (Joel's Army) in these last days to execute judgment and dominion throughout the Earth prior to the return of Jesus.

Although the beliefs vary, here is a quote I found about the movement that sums it up:
"It teaches that Christians can take down demonic spirits and principalities in order to take back territories and institutions for Christ. The movement is post-millennial believing that Jesus will not return until Christians take over the 7 Mountains. These “mountains” are institutions like the media, entertainment, the economy, etc. In other words, their eschatology requires that instead of reaching people with the gospel one heart at a time, they believe they are to conquer the earth one demonic spirit at a time and make the earth perfect so that Jesus can return."

As you just read, this belief is not about the simplicity of what Jesus taught and told us we should be doing until He comes again. In addition, Jesus never took authority over demonic principalities that are over territories. He cast out demons in people. Furthermore, the true meaning of the Kingdom of God is being distorted and perverted.

The Biblical explanation of the Kingdom of God:

1- Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is with-in us and among His people and is not of this world.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."

Luke 17:17-20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."

Matthew 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you."

2- Jesus further said these things about the Kingdom of God:

Can only be entered with childlike acceptance:

Mark 10:15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."

Will only be inherited by the righteous, those with understanding and are obedient to God’s commandments.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Mark 4:11 And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,

Mark 12: 33- 34 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question Him.

The Kingdom of God is invisible to you unless you are Spiritually Reborn:

John 3: 3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

John 3:5 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.



The Kingdom of God is already set up with in each believer and it is a spiritual kingdom.
How does the Kingdom of God relate to the millennial reign of Jesus? This is very simple. The scripture says that when Jesus returns, which He will one day soon, HE will set up a kingdom on the earth that will never end. Jesus will set up HIS kingdom!


Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.


The other important aspects of this is what the Bible says the situation in the church and the world will actually be like before Jesus returns. More importantly we must also fully understand  what JESUS told us to be doing until He returns.


No where in the Bible is it written that we (or a Joel's Army) will gain control and take dominion over the world through spiritual warfare prior to the return of Jesus. To the contrary, the Bible clearly tells us that evil will "wax worse and worse" (2 Tim 3:13), to continue in the things we have already learned and been assured of, (2 Tim 3:14), that there will be a great falling away, (2 Th 2:3) and that we would be hated by the whole world for Jesus name sake (Mat 10:22). 


As for "Joel's army", compare Joel 2:4,5,6  to Rev 9:7-9. Just because Joel says this army is the Lord's does not necessarily mean they are Saints.


Just what did Jesus tell us to be doing until He returns?


He gave us the "Great Commission".  Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Jesus also said in Luke 10:2 "the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few."


Jesus told us signs would follow those that believe. (Mar 16:17-18)


Jesus warned us that we should be found doing what our Master told us to be doing when He returns. (Mat 24:45-46). 


Jesus told us to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the prisoners, take care of the sick, give shelter to a stranger. (Mat 25:37-40).


In closing, I want to encourage you to return to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Plant seeds, water and reap of the harvest. Cast out demons and heal the sick. The world is lost and dying, and billions of souls are in darkness. Share the good news with those around you. Do ALL that Jesus told us to be doing. It's about reaching the lost one heart at a time.


A Biblical warning to those who are preaching, teaching and following another Jesus:


Galatians 1:8-9 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Emphasis mine).



References: (Right click all links to open in another window)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_theology



Kingdom of God:
http://www.wcg.org/lit/gospel/kingdom.htm
http://www.gotquestions.org/kingdom-of-God.html

http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/05/two-kingdoms.html



In Christ, Sarah

5 comments:

  1. Well written, Sarah. I agree wholeheartedly with it.

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  2. I've read many people online blog and write about this. What I haven't understood is where everyone is getting the idea that the New Apostolic Reformation is directly connected to Dominionism.

    Many of the ministries I've encountered that are Third-Wave are Pre-millenial. For example IHOP place a HUGE emphasis on how the nations will rage against believers until Jesus' return.

    I know there are "Joel's Army" movements, but they definitely seem to be a minority within this movement.

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  3. From my research (which is not exhaustive)the NAR and the followers of that "movement" appear to have elements of Dominionism woven into their beliefs in varying degrees. Below is a link that does a review and recap of some of Lance Wallnau's teaching cd's.
    You won't find doctrinal statements on the websites of these charlatans that will blatantly reveal their heresies. They teach these things in their books and cd's and they are stealth and crafty about it. They use wordcraft to deceive people.

    http://www.safeguardyoursoul.com/html/body_lance_wallnau.html

    When I have time I may do more research on this.
    God bless, Sara

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  4. Messages for the rude commenter- You know who you are-

    http://www.journalsoftheheart.com/2010/11/reckless-words-casting-stones-week-one-day-one/

    http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1990s/ts940207.html

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