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Dominion Theology... The Stench And Foul Smell Of Joel’s Army

Section XII: Excuses for Gullibility (Also Connections to The Word Faith Movement)

Carol Brooks

Index To All Sixteen Sections

Section 1: History, Beliefs and Spread
Section 2: Manifest Sons Of God
Section 3: C Peter Wagner and The New Apostolic Reformation ... The Five-Fold Ministry
Section 4: Genuine New Testament Apostles Or Deluded Con Men
Section 5: Biblical Accountability and Authority
Section 6: Do Miracles Produce Faith
Section 7: Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW)
Section 8: Identificational Repentance
Section 9: Portals To Heaven?
Section 10:  Civil War
Section 11:  Phinehas Spirit
You Are Here 001orange Section 12:  Excuses For Gullibility
Section 13:  The Bible Vs. Dominion Theology
Section 14:  More Examples of The Leadership’s Inventive Interpretations of Scripture
Section 15:  A Sinister Twist
Section 16: Fate of Joel’s Army

 

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ON THIS PAGE

Connections to The Word Faith Movement
The Man Child
Reconstruction and The Word Faith Movement
Ye Are Gods
...
Or Maybe Not

Excuses for Gullibility
Discernment... The Forgotten Word
God’s Voice Vs. God’s Word?
Supposed Biblical grounds for trusting any and all extra-Biblical revelation that comes along

The Sadducees and The Power Of God
What Some People Think the “Power of God” Looks Like
The Pharisees

Section XIII: The Bible Vs. Dominion Theology... The Dominionist Doctrine is a volatile cocktail of outright error mixed in with authentic truth, and Bible verses attached to complete fabrications.


The Man Child
Kingdom theology advocates believe that Revelation 12:1-5 is speaking about the church (or a small group within the church) as the man child that will rule all nations with a rod of iron…

    "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars....And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron."

I guess we just have to ignore the second half of verse five which says…

    “and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne.

Those who hold to Kingdom Theology assume that the Church (some believe only a small group within the Church, called "overcomers"), under submission to the latter day apostles and prophets, is the man child, that will “rule all nations with a rod of iron”. The church will...

    “…put down all rebellion and establish righteousness. This necessitates the utilization of supernatural power and the full implementation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This theory is based upon the idea that all authority in heaven and on the earth has been given to Jesus. Since believers are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit that indwelt Jesus, we have all authority in heaven and on the earth; we have the power to believe for and speak into existence things that are not, and thus we can bring about the Kingdom Age…

     The many-membered man child must take control of the earth before Jesus can return… This will be the fulfillment of I Corinthians 15:25-26: "For he (Christ) must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…. The rationale that the many-membered man child will put God's enemies under 'its' feet is that Jesus is the head of Christ and the Church is the body of Christ. And where are the feet but in the body?" [1]

In other words the church is the ongoing incarnation of God and believers are "little gods" exercising autonomous sovereignty within their spheres of dominion. This idea bears way too much resemblance to , mind science and the New Age, both of which separate the anointing of "Christ" from Jesus. Jesus was a man who achieved Divinity, as can those who pierce through the surface to the esoteric spiritual knowledge of God, thus attaining a high level of “spirituality. The rest of us poor mortals have nothing but the word of God. (Sarcasm Intentional)

[Details about Gnosticism]

Now where have I heard that “little god” manure before?


Reconstruction and The Word Faith Movement
Although many, if not most, subscribers to the Positive Confession doctrine have no conscious affiliation with Kingdom Now with most looking forward to the imminent return of Jesus, the two doctrines are have a great deal more in common that most realize. Boiled down to it’s essence, both doctrines take the stance that man can manipulate affairs in his present world and thereby shape his own future.

Members of the Word Faith camp insist that they can speak into existence things that aren't. Their belief is (with small variations) that … faith is a "force" released through the spoken word that can obtain for us anything our little hearts desire, including health, wealth, success, etc.

This is little more than a thinly disguised attempt to take on the role of God.

(However what not many Christians seem to be aware of is that Positive Confession did not originate with the church but was borrowed from the world of the occult (New Thought). Reduced to it’s essentials, secular New Thought very simply believes that your thoughts play a crucial role in the kind of life you experience… positive thinking and words activate that power, and in turn results in positive consequences. It take but half an eye to see the similarities between the two doctrines. From Clement Stone’s Positive Mental Attitude to Robert Schuller’s Possibility Thinking and Oral Roberts’ seed-faith principles, they all stem from common sources and pretty much say the same thing….

[See Roots of Evil for a Detailed Chart of the Common Sources]


…Ye Are Gods

especially evident when you compare the words of both camps…[All Emphasis Added]Dominion-Bob_Jones

Bob Jones, one of the original and perhaps the most controversial [Details] of the Kansas City Prophets, says

    “And the Church that is raising up in the government will be the head and the covering for them. So that that glorious Church might be revealed in the last days because the Lord Jesus is worthy to be lifted up by a Church that has reached the full maturity of the God-man!” [2]


Dominion-PaulkEarl Paulk,
yet another disgraced leader [Details] states… [All Emphasis Added]

    We are on earth as extensions of God to finish the work He began. We are the essence of God, His on-going incarnation in the world.” [3].

    “The completion of the incarnation of God in the world must be in His church...Jesus Christ is the firstfruit, but without the ongoing harvest, the incarnation will never be complete.” [4].

    “The living Word of God, Jesus Christ, was conceived in the womb of a virgin. The Word became flesh in the God-Man Jesus Christ [John 1:1). Likewise, the Word of God must be made flesh in the Church in order for us to bear witness to the Kingdom which God has called us to demonstrate.” [5]

    Adam and Eve were placed in the world as the seed and expression of God. Just as dogs have puppies and cats have kittens, so God has little gods. Seed remains true to its nature, bearing its own kind. When God said, "Let us make man in our image," He created us as little gods, but we have trouble comprehending this truth. We see ourselves as "little people" with very little power and dominion. Until we comprehend that we are little gods and we begin to act like little gods, we cannot manifest the Kingdom of God. [6]

The views of both men are shared in essence by many advocates of the Word Faith/Positive Confession movement as outlined by the leaders..


Kenneth Hagin
 “We [the church] are Christ.” As Christ is -- So are we, [7]

The Christian "is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth." [8]

Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” [9].


Kenneth Copeland

“[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority...God made us as much like Himself as possible...He made us the same class of being that He is Himself...Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God...[The] believer is called Christ...That's who we are; we're Christ” [10]

 “Jesus is no longer the only begotten Son of God.” [11]


Rod Parsley
“In the old covenant we did not have Jesus in the flesh. In the next covenant we had Jesus manifest in the flesh. In the next covenant we had Jesus manifest in the flesh in a person but of many in a different form.” [12]

“For in him dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily that’s what it said the fullness of the Godhead bodily. .. Now it didn’t say anywhere that you wouldn’t have the same thing. Didn’t say anywhere that you couldn’t obtain unto the same thing.” “In Acts the matter is you’re an heir a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Jesus said don’t look at what I’m doin, brother what your gonna do is greater than what I’m gonna do. ”  [12]


Morris Cerullo
“Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” [13]


Benny Hinn
 When you say, 'I am a Christian,' you are saying, 'I am mashiach,' in the Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth, in other words. That is a shocking revelation. ...May I say it like this? You are a little god on earth running around” [14]

“Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge....you are god” [15]


..Or Maybe Not
And what saith the Scriptures about all these supposed little gods running around  [All Emphasis Added]

    ...understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. [Isaiah 43:10-11]

    I, even I, am the LORD; and there is no savior besides Me... I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me. And who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it... I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God... [Isaiah 44:6-7]

    I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me ... [Isaiah 45:5]

    "Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, [Isaiah 46:9]

Paul concurs..

    ...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. (1 Timothy 1:15-17)

Note however that not all branches of Kingdom theology take achieving the level of godhood to such an extreme. However all emphasize the necessity of the church becoming unified and global, taking dominion of and ''Christianizing'' the earth.
 

Health and Prosperity: Additionally leaders of the Positive Confession movement teach that health and prosperity are the right of believers today. This contributes both to the viewpoint that the Kingdom of God now exists as more than a spiritual reality, and the belief of some Reconstructionists that for the church to establish dominion it must also control the world's wealth.

It is but a few steps from Positive Confession to Reconstructionism, steps that have already been taken by some leaders in both campa. For example…

Until November 2009, Benny Hinn’s online store was selling The Day of the Saints by Dr. Bill Hamon, and God's Unfolding Battle Plan and The Future War of the Church by Dr. Chuck D. Pierce, "President of Glory of Zion International Ministries in Denton, Texas, which is supposed to facilitate “the vision of other apostolic ministries worldwide”. Pierce has worked with Peter Wagner for years.

[Google Videos has one entitled  Benny Hinn in Studio with Francis Frangipane. Copy and paste link into your browser.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5079992210472455960#]


Discernment... The Forgotten Word

“Christian” Leaders

Mike Bickle: In September of 1982 Mike Bickle received a prophecy and heard an audible voice while on aDominion-Mike-Bickle trip to Cairo, Egypt. The voice said…

    I am inviting you to raise up a work that will touch the ends of the earth.  I have invited many people to do this thing and many people have said yes, but very few have done my will. [16]

In October 1990 Jesus apparently visibly walked into Mike Bickle’s room and said

     "I want you Mike to begin a prayer movement and prepare for the power of a visitation of My Kingdom that will begin in 2007". [17]
     

Bob Jones: Pastor Bill Randle’s book Weighed and Found Wanting relates how Bob Jones (one of the infamous Kansas City Prophets who was disgraced for using his so-called prophetic gift as a ruse to get women to disrobe. (See Footnote in Section II) supposedly received a visit from an angelic guide name "Dominus" who turned out to be the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. According to Jones, in an out of body experience, he and Dominus sat above the KCF "in the Spirit," on rocking chairs, holding hands. [18]


Bill Hamon
relates the story of a vision supposedly given him by Jesus. In the vision Dominion-HamonJesus shows Hamon a “great Book” called “The Book of the Mortal Church on Earth”. [All Emphasis in original] Jesus then apparently “flipped through the Book until He came to a page entitled “The Last Chapter of the Mortal Church.” He then turned a page at a time for me to see the page and paragraph headings“. On some pages Hamon says he was “Able to read most of the contents under the headings and on other pages only enough time was given to read the bold headings.” Jesus then supposedly tells Hamon that “some of His ministers would be shown one page or paragraph, which would become their major message and ministry”. but He (Jesus) was showing Hamon an overview and highlights of the whole chapter because He was giving Hamon “the responsibility of keeping an overall perspective and making the progressive purpose of God known to His corporate Church”. Apparently Hamon’s “personal ministry would major in the headings dealing with the full restoration of fivefold ministers and their ministry of equipping the saints” [19]

 

New Age Leaders: Similarly, many New Age leaders claim to have had dreams, visions and other forms of mystical encounters with non-physical beings. Given below are just a few examples.

    A Course in Miracles, a very popular book started with Helen Schucman having highly symbolic dreams until one day she heard an inner voice say… “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes”. [See A Course In Miracles]

    Helena Blavatsky, founder of Theosophy, saw the master who would be her teacher in her dreams as a child. [See Theosophy]

    Alice Bailey encountered a "master", Djwhal Khul ("The Tibetan"), who over the next 30 years dictated to her nineteen books. The Lucifer publishing company which later changed it’s name to Lucis Trust was founded to publish them. (Lucis Trust is a powerful institution that enjoys "Consultative Status" with the United Nations, which means a close working relationship with the U.N and influence with powerful business and national leaders throughout the world and provides worldwide financial support for several institutions most of which were formed so Djwhal Khul could find a nucleus of people through whom he could work) [See Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust]

    Neale Donald Walsch a well known New Age leader says (on his infamous Five Steps to Peace video) “In the book The New Revelations, I was given in my inspired moments in which I received a dialogue from a place of great wisdom in the universe that I call god..” [See The Global Alliance:]

Consider for a moment… How do the dreams visions etc. of any of these so called modern mystic prophets in the so called church differ from the experience of any of the New Age leaders above. How can they, or anyone else, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their own thoughts, ideas and beliefs are not influencing the spiritual ‘revelations’ they receive?  How in the world can these fraudulent church leaders KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that their assorted revelations etc. are from God Himself. If healing miracles can be accomplished by demonic forces (and they are), then dreams, visions, impressions, voices and visitations can also all originate with them

As perfectly said by Albert Dager

    “It's not a question of counterfeit versus real; Satan's miracles are not counterfeits any more than foreign currency is a counterfeit of our own currency. Counterfeit "miracles" are those feats of legerdemain performed by professional magicians, and charlatans who create ruses to bilk people out of money. A miracle from the spirit realm is genuine, whether from God or Satan. Satan's healings are not illusory; they are real. That's what makes them dangerous. The reason people believe teachings when they are accompanied by signs and wonders is that they don't believe Satan or his demons can perform genuine miracles. Therefore they think that any teaching accompanied by signs and wonders must be from God. [20]

[See Videos at the Bottom of This Page… Healing]

Why are we forgetting the warning in the Bible that Satan himself can appear as an angel of light? Why are we forgetting that this is the very reason that God gave us an absolute frame of reference or a plumb line.. by which we can judge whether something is perfectly vertical and upright… from Him or not.

    These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [Acts 17:11]

Both those who believe that Spiritual Gifts have ceased and those who are simply more cautious in their approach are labeled “Pharisees”. While we certainly do not belong the Cessationist camp that cannot point to a single verse that 'proves' gifts have ceased, it is true that there are major differences between the miracles related in Scripture and the flamboyant nonsense that characterizes “healing ministries” in today’s “church”. What too many Christians have forgotten, to their detriment, are the words of our Lord in Matthew 24:24…

    “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible”.

[See Section on Cessationism]

Does all of this mean that individual Christians never hear directly from God? Absolutely not! But it is clear that God’s primary means of communication is through His written word, by which He has chosen to reveal Himself and all spiritual truth.

Common sense, and the Word of God, should tell us that anything and everything spiritual has to conform to Scripture. If a person hears, dreams or has a vision that contradicts the Bible then every warning bell should be violently sounding the alarm… Something is wrong. However as the Bible says, people do not want sound doctrine but …

    “… wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. [2 Tim 3:16-4:4]

However, believe it or not, some “Christian” leaders like Earl Paulk actually rebuked Christians that are inclined to test their shenanigans against the Word of God. Disparagingly calling it a “cloak of spirituality”, he said… [All Emphasis Added]

    Another cloak of spirituality is when pastors say that every Christian needs to take his Bible and judge the truth for himself. This is not the instruction of God's Word. God gives the five-fold ministry for the "equipping of the saints" and the "edifying of the body" (Ephesians 4:12). Man has no right to private interpretation of the Word of God apart from those whom God sets in the Church as spiritual teachers and elders. [21]

I am afraid that I don’t even want to know how Paulk would have explained away Acts 17:11, since there is no doubt he would have attempted to so with more verbal calisthenics.

    “… were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

The apostle Paul called examining everything against Scripture “noble-minded”, Paulk calls it a “cloak of spirituality”. You have a choice as to who to believe .. Paul, who wrote two thirds of the New Testament, or disgraced leader Earl Paulk.

We Christians certainly save Satan all the effort it would take for him to dream up new ways of deceiving mankind. All he has ever had to do is take an ancient heresy down off a shelf, dust it off, give it a bit of a spit shine, then hand it to the world (including Christian leaders) who will then proceed to swallow it hook, line and sinker. And one of the best ways he seems to have found to accomplish this is by imitating God. He gives the gullible visions, dreams, and impressions.

In other words he pretends to be the Lord’s voice.


God’s Voice Vs. God’s Word?
In his book A Prophetic Vision For The 21st Century, [22] Rick Joyner sets forth supposed Biblical grounds Dominion-Joynerfor trusting any and all extra-Biblical revelation that comes along. He endeavors to prove that people even in ancient Israel were required to listen ‘to the voice of the Lord’, which apparently was supplementary to what was recorded in Scripture. A view that is probably shared by all mentioned in this article. He says [All Emphasis Added]

    “...many Protestant and Reformed theologies not only hinder, but actually prohibit, Christians from knowing God’s voice. These theologies can be traced to the extreme interpretation of the prime Reformation motto sola scriptura, which means ‘Scripture alone.’

    The Bible is a most precious gift from the Lord to His people and it alone should be used to establish of judge doctrine. The Lord Himself continually combated error with the statement “It is written.” How much more should we depend on the Bible for the same thing. [Pgs. 80-81]

He then qualifies what he has just said..

    However, as important as it is to have accurate doctrine, walking in truth means much more than that. Regardless of how accurate our doctrines are, we are deceived if we are not abiding in the will of the Lord. Christianity is far more than knowing accurate doctrine, true Christianity is a restored, living relationship with the Lord.

    Even under the old covenant of the law, with its hundreds of burdensome commandments, each person was required to know and obey “the voice of the Lord.” [Pg. 81]

At this point Joyner quotes several Bible verses… [Emphasis his]

    And He said, "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer." [Exodus 15:26]

    'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' [Exodus 19:5-6]

    "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. "When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice. [Deuteronomy 4:29-30]

    "Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God. [Deuteronomy 8:20]

    "When the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, 'Go up and possess the land which I have given you,' then you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; you neither believed Him nor listened to His voice. [Deuteronomy 9:23] [Pgs. 81-82]

Joyner continues [Emphasis Added]

    Here we see that the first generation perished in the wilderness because they did not believe the Lord or listen to His voice. The written Word, even with all the commandments of the old covenant, was never meant to take the place of hearing God’s voice. We often attribute the many apostasies of biblical Israel with their inability to keep His commandments but these Scriptures show us it could be blamed just as easily on their not listening to His voice. [Pg. 82]
     

God’s “voice” was conveyed to His people and recorded:
The problem here is that Rick Joyner has made a great deal of the verses that speak of hearing (or not hearing) God’s voice. However Scripture is clear that God spoke (His voice) and the matter He spoke about (His commandments etc.) was conveyed to His people and recorded for future generations (His Word). So when the people disobeyed it was tantamount to not listening to ‘His voice’. There is absolutely no evidence that God’s voice and the commandments He issued through His servants (and written down) are not one and the same thing.

Joyner does not quote the endless verses which do not mention ‘God’s voice’, but speak only of the written law. Some examples include..

    If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, the Lord thy God; [Deuteronomy 28:58]

    Jehovah will not pardon him, but then the anger of Jehovah and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and Jehovah will blot out his name from under heaven. And Jehovah will set him apart unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law. [Deuteronomy 29:20-21]

    And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and unto all the elders of Israel.  And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear before Jehovah thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. [Deuteronomy 31:9-11]

Regarding the last quote above, why exactly would Moses command the priests to summon all Israel to one place and read them the law if they were hearing the voice of God on their own. This law was considered so important that it was laid by the side of the ark of the covenant. [Deuteronomy 31:24 -26]

    This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. [Joshua 1:8]

    Therefore be ye very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside there from to the right hand or to the left; [Joshua 23:6]

In fact if you read the context of Exodus 19:5- 6 (one of the examples Joyner uses) it becomes perfectly clear that the ‘the voice’ of the Lord was words which He spoke, and which were to be conveyed to the children of Israel, and were then obviously recorded. This is made clear in the second half of verse 6 (in bold below), which Joyner conveniently does not quote. Verse 7 and 8 then show that Moses was the go between.. telling the people what God had spoken and then reporting back to the Lord how the people had responded…

    [V.5]  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine:

    [V.6]  and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

    [V.7]  And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Jehovah commanded him.

    [V.8]  And all the people answered together, and said, All that Jehovah hath spoken we will do. And Moses reported the words of the people unto Jehovah. [Exodus 19:5-8]
     

Additionally while on one occasion God spoke to the entire nation of Israel at one time..

    'You have been shown in order to know that God, He is the Supreme Being. There is none besides Him. From heaven he let you hear His voice in order to teach you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words amid the fire.' (Deuteronomy 4:32-36). Also See Deuteronomy 5:1-4.

…there are any number of instances in the Bible when God spoke to individuals. Examples abound in the book of Genesis. For example, in Genesis 3, He spoke to Adam and Eve (and the serpent). In Genesis 4 God spoke to Cain asking him where Abel was. In Genesis 6 He spoke to Noah directing him to build the ark’. In Genesis 12 the Lord spoke to Abraham telling him to leave his country and he would be blessed.. In Genesis 16 God spoke to Hagar. In Genesis 26 God spoke to Isaac more than once, the first time telling him not to go down to Egypt. In Genesis 31 God spoke to Laban. In Genesis 40 God spoke to Joseph in dreams. In Exodus 33 God spoke to Moses “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. God spoke to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3.

The point is that the Bible not only records the occasion, but also records what God specifically said

although not all of these conversations were of momentous importance, nor were all of the recipients prophets. Yet we are to believe that the Bible neglects to mention other conversations which were obviously significant. The truth is that there is absolutely no evidence that God said anything to anyone that that was not recorded. In fact the Lord told Moses to

    Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” [Exodus 34:27-29]

 Which obviously Moses did…

    “… Moses wrote all the words of the Lord.” [Exodus 24:4]

Hebrews 1:1 tells us that “in the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways”. Every single one of the Prophets (the only exception I can think of is Daniel) opens with a clear statement that this was the Word of The Lord. For example

    “The word of Jehovah that came unto Hosea the son of Beeri, in the ...”  [Hosea 1:1]

    “The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah...”  [Amos 1:1]

    “Now the word of Jehovah came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying..” [Jonah 1:1]

Certainly the prophets did not receive all their messages through the spoken word. Scripture informs us that Isaiah received at least some of his prophecies through visions [Isaiah 1:1] as did Ezekiel [Ezekiel 11:24-25], Obadiah [Obadiah 1:1], and Habakkuk [Habakkuk 2:2]. However they all wrote down what the Lord said or showed them, even in one case (that I am aware of) where the prophet was specifically instructed to write down what God said,

    “Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.” [Jeremiah 30:2]


Recorded For A Very Sound Reason:
And why were Moses and the prophets so careful to write down what God had said? Simply because what they wrote became the “words of faith” and “sound doctrine” that constantly nourish a good servant of Christ Jesus”  [1 Timothy 4:6].  A severe warning issued to Timothy by Paul was...

    “But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived”. [2 Timothy 3:13]

So what is it that will protect Timothy from being deceived by these false teachers? According to Paul, two things.. his knowledge of the sacred writings which he is assured of, and his abiding by them.

      “…abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. [2Timothy 3:14-15]
     

Jude 1:3 tells us to contend for ''the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.'

Luke certainly believed that we use the Bible. In the passage that should be emblazoned across the forehead of every believer, Paul commended the Bereans for searching the Scriptures daily and checking what they had been told with the Word of God… What exactly would have been the point if everything that God had said was NOT recorded in the Scriptures.

    These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [Acts 17:11]

Paul adds that

      Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

Jesus certainly believed that. When He corrected the erroneous ideas of his opponents, he frequently used the Scriptures. What then are we to use to judge whether a teaching is from God or not?

These modern day false teachers pretend to a high degree of illumination and speak of great and high things, promising their disciples the liberty from both needless restraint and a strict and narrow view of religion. From the garden of Eden to the ‘Vineyards’ of the 21st century the lie has been constant.. “You shall be as gods.”

They hold out the carrot of great privileges… promises of war and victory and endless rule, which have inflamed the passions of men from the beginning of time. The words of Peter come to mind…

     “For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; [2 Peter 2:18-19]

So some of the Reconstructionists are vocal, determined, quite influential, to say nothing about some of them being downright murderous and very dangerous.  But are they right? Lets examine the primary doctrines of the Dominionist camp and see whether they line up with the word of God or epitomize “another Gospel”.

 But first let’s dispense with two common but erroneous claims

    1) People other than Charismatics and Pentecostals do not know the “Power of God”, and

    2) Everyone opposed to the Dominionist Movement is a “Pharisee”.


The Sadducees and The Power Of God

Joyner also says… [Emphasis Added]

    As Jesus told the Sadducees, “you do err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 KJV). Many who know the Scriptures but do not know the power of God complain that they are considered second class citizens in the kingdom by Charismatics and Pentecostal who claim to know the power. This charge is justified. [23]

One would imagine that a man of Rick Joyner’s stature would be aware of just what it was that the  Sadducees did not believe, therefore his quoting Matthew 22:29 completely out of context was either done intentionally to fool the reader, or he himself is completely deluded.

The fact is that the Sadducees disagreed with the existence of angels and spirits [Acts 23:8]. Not only did they deny the possibility of a resurrection [Matthew 22:23], but they believed that the soul of man perishes with the body, therefore there is no future state where the soul lives on. Perhaps they had difficulty with believing that God could gather the scattered ashes, or even atoms, of a dead person and re-make it into a body. Although the Sadducees believed in the Old Testament which does many times refer to a resurrection, they gave the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses) over riding importance, and the Pentateuch does not deal with the topic.

The question the Sadducees asked Jesus was (from their point of view) as difficult a case as they could conjure up, but one that was extremely unlikely to happen [Read Matthew 22:23-32]. The Sadducees, referring to Deuteronomy 25:5-6, posed Jesus with a hypothetical situation in which if a woman married seven brothers, one at a time after the previous one passed away, who’s wife would she be in the resurrection.

Jesus, answered by saying that they were erred on TWO points..

Point 1: They did not know the Scriptures which clearly spoke of the doctrine of the resurrection. For example, the Sadducees seemed to have missed or ignored Daniel 12:2; and Isaiah 26:19.

    People in the resurrection, Jesus said “neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven”  [Mathew 22:30] 

Point 2: They did not know the power of God which could raise a dead body

    … Jesus said “as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living”. [Matthew 22:31-32].

The passage which Jesus quotes to prove that the Scriptures spoke of the resurrection of the dead is recorded in Exodus 3:6 and 3:15, both times spoken to Moses.

    He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob " Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. [3:6]

    God, furthermore, said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you ' This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations. [3:15]

When God said these words Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had all been dead for a long time, yet Jesus spoke of God being “their God.”. Therefore Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had to be living since God is not the God of the dead who no longer exist.

This verse has absolutely nothing to do with Charismatics and Pentecostals VS. non Charismatics and non Pentecostals.


What Some People Think the “Power of God” Looks Like
It is a sad day for Christianity when it’s supposed adherents believe that people losing all self control and acting little better than drunken crazies illustrates ‘the power of God’.

    To see the Power Of God, one only has to read the first few verses in Genesis I where it says “the Spirit of God moved over the surface of the waters”, then imagine light appearing after God said "Let there be light";

    To see the Power Of God, one only has to read how He separated the waters which were above the expanse and called it Heaven, then called forth the dry land and named it earth.

    To see the Power Of God one only has to consider the 200-400 billion stars that make up the Milky way and know that it is but one of millions of galaxies in the observable universe.

    To see the Power Of God, one only has watch a sunset, a hummingbird, or witness the devastating power of a hurricane or a volcano.

The God depicted in Genesis I is not the God of cheap parlor tricks, routinely performed by hypnotists, frauds and gurus, then cheerfully adopted by the so called church.

As accurately pointed out by Lawrence Pile …

    The phenomena in Eastern religious settings is no different from what has been reported in Christian settings with the evidence being misinterpreted in line with the presuppositions, beliefs, hopes, and desires of the participants. The setting in which one has the experience is a major factors in determining how one interprets a mystical experience. If the experience takes place in a church, the experience will be understood in Christian terms.  If in an ashram, in Hindu/Buddhist terms. If in a hotel conference of ballroom, in secular terms. In addition.. “the suggestions made by the authority figure(s) before and during the experience are crucial to the interpretation process”. [See The Emperor Has No Clothes]

If that isn’t disturbing enough, it is worse to compare the experiences and behavior of the people at Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland with disciples of Hindu gurus who have had a spiritual "power" or Kundalini awakening conferred on them. The requirements for receiving are the same, The methods of transmissions are the same and the physical manifestations are the same. How then can these ’revivals’ be Christians. [See Section Counterfeit Revivals]


The Pharisees
Those that are opposed to the Dominionist Movement are routinely called “Pharisees”. It seems the more militant (read outrageous) the group the more vociferously they denounce those that have the ‘audacity ‘to criticize them. They are notorious for demonizing Christians who cannot accept what they see as ungodly behavior and/or teachings.

At Toronto, William DeArteaga defined "Pharisees" as those who "cannot recognize the present work of the Holy Spirit." [24] Vineyard pastor James Ryle was even more vehement

    There is today a group of people who promote themselves as biblical purist, the faithful remnant who alone preach the Word and who evidently posses the power to judge and criticize anyone who is not like them. This is nothing new, as any student of scripture can attest. It was in fact this very kind of people who crucified Jesus Christ. They are scribes and Pharisees, religious and angry, attacking and persecuting anyone who dares to differ from their exclusive views. Here is where the plot thickens. These watchdogs of doctrinal purity - who themselves ironically violate scripture by their ungodly attitudes, their mean spirited commentary and their deceitful reporting have now turned their swords against the Vineyard and it’s leaders, why? Since there is no truth to their accusations, one must ask they why do they accuse? What motivates them to tear down another church? The answer is pride, jealousy, fear, hatred or  ignorance.” [25]

Rick Joyner states

    “… there is a huge portion of the Church held in bondage to the same religious spirit that manifested itself in the Pharisees, and it will attack any new movement that arises in the church. The more anointed a new movement is, the more these traditionalist will be threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it. [26]

And, in his book Overcoming Evil in the Last Days, Joyner says

    “…the primary characteristic of the Pharisees was focusing on what was wrong with other while being blind to their own faults..” [27]

As with most other people, the Pharisees were probably blind to their own faults, however the Bible does not indicate that this was their primary problem. One of their faults that Jesus spoke about was their hypocrisy. As He said…

     “Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.’” (Matthew 23:1-3 NKJV)

And the fact that they placed their traditions above the Word of God..

    “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

The issue here was not with their interpretation of the scriptures, but that they added to the Word of God, formulating endless oral laws of their own which were raised to the same authoritative level of the written Law of God. They seemed to want to outdo even God in the requirements for righteousness adding rituals and traditions that placed an intolerable burden on the average man.

According to the Pharisees, God revealed both a Written Torah and an Oral Torah to Moses, the latter consisting of both stories and legal traditions, which were considered essential to understanding the Written Torah and remained in oral form until about the 2d century C.E., when it was compiled and written down, becoming the Mishnah. (Orthodox Judaism continues to accept the Oral Torah in its totality). The end result was that they actually subverted the law.
 

They were relying on an Oral Tradition over and above the Written Law, which is exactly what the Dominionist leadership is asking us to do.
 

And there is one further point.. if the Pharisees had actually bothered to check their Scriptures they would have found that their holy book bore witness to Jesus. Jesus Himself said

    Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me; [John 5:39]
     

Their sin was NOT checking what they were hearing and seeing against the Scriptures, which is exactly what the Dominionist leadership is asking us to do.
 

So lets avoid taking a leaf out of the Pharisee’s book and Biblically examine the very heart of Kingdom Theology/ Dominionist beliefs, starting with the foundational idea that man has dominion over the earth.

 

 001orange Section XIII: The Bible Vs. Dominion Theology I used to believe that, as a general rule, a straightforward contradiction of the truth is not all that difficult for mature Christians to spot. However I am no longer certain this is true, since I am seeing not only considerable amount of outright error being mixed in with authentic truth, but more and more examples of Bible verses attached to complete fabrications. The Dominionist Doctrine is a volatile cocktail of both.
 

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End Notes
All URL’s Accessed December 2009

[1] Al Dager. Kingdom Theology (Part One) http://www.intotruth.org/res/kt1.html

[2] Bob Jones, tape, Visions and Revelations, 1988. Quoted in Bob Jones- a Tail of a Prophet.
http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain52.htm

[3] Earl Paulk, Held In The Heavens, 1985, p.125

[4] Earl Paulk, The Wounded Body of Christ, p. 43

[5] Earl Paulk, Held In The Heavens , 1985, p.60

[6] Earl Paulk, Satan Unmasked, 96-97; cf. 287-88.

[7] Tape #44H06. As quoted in http://www.cephasministry.com/kenneth_hagin.html

[8] Kenneth Hagin, "The Incarnation," The Word Of Faith [Dec. 1980), 14. As quoted in Elijah List http://www.thebereancall.org/node/5207

[9] Kenneth Hagin, “The Incarnation,” The Word of Faith, p.13, Dec. 1980.

[10] Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, . pgs. 35-36, 41, 1989. As quoted in Elijah List. http://www.thebereancall.org/node/5207

[11] Now We Are In Christ Jesus,  p.24, 1980

[12] Breakthrough  9/19/2000

[13] Morris Cerullo, The Endtime Manifestation of the Sons of God World Evangelism tape 1

[14] Benny Hinn. Praise-a-Thon, TBN,  November 6,1990

[15] Benny Hinn “Our Position In Christ”, tape  AO31190-1

[16] Mike Bickle. Audio Tape. "The Prophetic History of Grace Ministries."

[17] http://ern-baxter.blogspot.com/2008_03_01_archive.html

[18] http://www.theothersideoftheriver.com/Books/Weighed.pdf. Page 62

[19] Bill Hamon. Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: God's End-Time Plans for His Church and Planet Earth. Destiny Image Publishers (July 1, 1997) Pgs, 17-18

[20] Al Dager. An Examination of Kingdom Theology. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/l02.html

[21] That the World May Know, 10; cf. 143-44. Quoted in The Gospel According to Paulk: A Critique of "Kingdom Theology". Christian Research Journal. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/cri/cri-jrnl/web/crj0022a.html

[22] Thomas Nelson (October 25, 1999)

[23] Rick Joyner. A Prophetic Vision For The 21st Century: Thomas Nelson (October 25, 1999). Pages 80-82

[24] William DeArteaga, Toronto Airport Vineyard. [now Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and, at this time, no longer a Vineyard affiliate church], October 13, 1994, audio tape transcript. As quoted in Accusers of the Brethren by Debra Bouey.
http://www.intotruth.org/tb/accuse1.html

[25] James Ryle wrote his tirade and subsequently faxed it to John Loeffler after the radio broadcast in February, 1995. Loeffler no longer hosts the old "Steel on Steel" radio show in the Denver area, but has moved on to host another radio show in another part of the country. As quoted in Accusers of the Brethren by Debra Bouey. http://www.intotruth.org/tb/accuse1.html.  Copy of Ryle fax on file

[26] Rick Joyner, “Civil War In The Church”, (Morning Star Prophetic Bulletin, May 1996), p. 3. And
http://www.etpv.org/1996-97/civwar.html

[27] Destiny Image Publishers (January 23, 2003) Page 132.

 

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