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Dominionism Vs The Scriptures Part IV

The question we need to ask ourselves is whether a Theocracy is Biblical. The short answer is No! Absolutely not!. And here are the reasons why.

Carol Brooks

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Apostles Or Deluded Impostors
Although not a single living soul in the modern world has the qualifications, ability or credentials of the first century Apostles, an astonishing number of men today have not only appropriated the title, but claim they get their authority directly from God. Many of them hold that they are equal or even superior to the New Testament Apostles. They are part of a movement centered around the belief that an elite group of believers will be revealed in the end times to prepare the world for the millennial reign of Christ. In fact, Christ can't return to earth until they do.


Part I - Dominionism is an umbrella term for a number of related groups (the most extreme faction of the Religious Right) whose goal is to see every area of life (including governments and all other institutions) placed under God's law (See is a theocracy Biblical in Part IV below) Many of them believe that Christ cannot return until this is accomplished thus are willing to use force if necessary. The question being whether the Bible ever says (or even implies) that it falls to humans to make the world ready for Christ's second advent OR does this ideology stem from man's incredible conceit and exaggerated estimate of his own importance - imperialism hiding behind a Christian veneer?

Part II - History and Spread - Bill Hamon, John Wimber, C Peter Wagner, and The Occult Roots of Dominionism. This movement driven by numerous very deluded "Christian" leaders (a.k.a wolves in sheep's clothing) is influencing thousands of believers who have apparently never compared their teachings with what the Bible says, nor looked into the very dark roots of the movement.  

Part III A - Dominionism Vs. The Bible I - Genesis 1:28 and Matthew 28:19. God's instruction in Genesis 1:28 was a delegation of responsibility for the stewardship of this earth and its resources (that we have miserably failed at). However, Dominionists have interpreted this verse to mean that Christians were commanded to 'rule' the earth. They also assert that the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 supports the Dominion mandate - a biased self serving interpretation that has more holes in it than Swiss Cheese. 

Part III B - Dominionism Vs. The Bible II - Every One Of Their Doctrines Contradicts Scripture. Not only is the Manifest Sons of God teaching based on an extremely shallow understanding of Romans 8:19, the Bible very clearly tells us what conditions exist just prior to Christ's return, that He already has dominion over the earth, and that God himself will destroy all earthly kingdoms (no overcomers involved).

 001orange YOU ARE HERE - Part IV - Is A Theocracy Biblical? The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is a single scrap of evidence for a theocracy in the Scripture. The short answer is "No! Absolutely not!" - for which there are several compelling and irrefutable reasons straight out of the pages of Scripture.

Part V - Joel's Army - Where this diabolical doctrine is likely to take us.

A - Is A Theocracy Biblical?
 Theonomy Vs. Theocracy

The Reasons Why A Theocracy is Not Biblical
1.) Freedom of Choice
2.) God's Never Gave Specific Laws To Any Gentile Nation
3.) A Theocracy is an Unrealistic, Nay, Impossible Goal.

B - The Christian And Politics
Should Christians Even Be Involved In Politics?
 Not only does the Bible indicate that we should not interfere in the place we temporarily live in,
but tells us how we should conduct ourselves while we are sojourning here.

Introduction - Theonomy Vs. Theocracy

The ultimate goal on the Dominionist agenda is the establishment of a theocracy, a government ruled by or subject to religious authority and by no means are they referring to America alone. Their aim is to (by force if necessary) "subdue' all nations and establish a universal Christian 'theocracy. (Note: While there may be technical differences, the terms theocracy and theonomy are essentially synonymous).

    Theocracy is derived from the Greek words theos (God) and kratia (to rule). It has traditionally been used to describe a place that is under God's law (ex. Israel in the Old Testament), or a place under the authority of those who are believed to be God appointed leaders

    Theonomy derived from the Greek words theos (God) and nomos (law or custom) is simply obedience to God's law. Thus theonomists are simply people who keep God's commandments which, broadly speaking, would apply to all true believers. However, there are those who assert that theonomy means that the Old Testament moral and judicial laws are universal laws that apply to every aspect of human life and must therefore be adhered to by everyone.

Thus the question we need to ask ourselves is whether Theonomy or a Theocracy is Biblical.

The short answer is No! Absolutely not!. And here are the reasons why.

1.) Freedom of Choice
There is little question that obedience to God's laws is commanded throughout Scripture. However, God has ALWAYS given people the freedom to choose whether or not they will obey His laws - the benefits of doing so and the consequences of disobedience always made perfectly clear. Take Deuteronomy for example. The first verse reads (All Emphasis Added)

    "Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  (Deuteronomy 28:1 NASB)

The next several verses (2-14) list all the benefits of obeying the Father. This is followed by a rather long and detailed list  (Verse 15-68) of what would happen if they did not comply with the Father's commands.

    "But it shall come about, If you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: (Deuteronomy 28:15 NASB)

Deuteronomy 30 largely reiterates the blessings and curses with verse 19 recording the Father as saying "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,

Joshua gave the nation the same choice. Although he and his house had made their decision to serve only the Lord, he told the people that if it was disagreeable in their sight to do the same, they could choose for themselves whom they would serve: whether the gods their fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land they were living (Joshua 24:15 NASB). However, a few verses later he added the following warning,

    "If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you."  (Joshua 24:20 NASB)

In the New Testament, Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:15 NASB)

They ALL had freedom of choice. To force religious laws on society makes a mockery of the concept of free will.

2.) God Never Gave A Single Specific Law To Any Gentile Nation
Those who wish to establish a Theocracy seem not to be considering the fact that the Old Testament judicial laws were given only to the nation of Israel. Just prior to Israel entering and conquering Canaan and before reiterating the Ten Commandments Moses told them,

    "So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. "The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it. (Deuteronomy 4:13-14 NASB)

Virtually all human being instinctively know that certain actions like stealing, physically harming or murdering another person are morally wrong and they don't necessarily require formal statutes to tell them so. Thus, in light of the fact that they had never been given any specific commandments, the Lord judged the Gentile nations only for violating these moral or natural laws which they had to have known were wrong. As Romans 2:14 says,

    For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,  (Romans 2:14 NASB)

Amos chapter 1 bears ample evidence of God's judgment of Gentile nations (in this case the nations bordering Palestine) NOT on the commandments given Israel but because they violated His moral law

    Amos 1:3-5 - Judgment on Damascus, the capital of Syria because they threshed Gilead with implements of sharp iron. (Verse 3)

    Amos 1:6-8 - Judgment on Gaza, a city of the Philistines because they deported an entire population to deliver it up to Edom. (Verse 6)

    Amos 1:9-10 - Judgment on Tyre, a city of Lebanon because they delivered up an entire population to Edom and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. (Verse 9)

    Amos 1:11-12 - Judgment on Edom because he pursued his brother with the sword, stifled his compassion, his anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever. (Verse 11)

    Amos 1:13-15 - Judgment on Ammon because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to enlarge their borders. (Verse 13)

Also consider the Assyrians, an aggressive and cruel people who conquered the Northern kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C. When told by the prophet Jonah that their capital Nineveh would be destroyed in forty days, the Ninevites repented and the city was spared. However, history tells us their repentance was fairly short-lived causing God to then send another prophet (Nahum) to the city. This time however, they ignored the warning message resulting in their destruction in 612 BC.

In summary, specific Biblical law peculiar to the Old Covenant do not bind Gentile nations. However, every individual on the face of the earth is under God's natural law.

    Note: It is hardly surprising that the Old Testament's main focus was the nation of Israel and the laws and worship practices given them by God simply because all the rituals, laws, feast etc were a shadow or precursor of greater things to come. See for example The Seven Feasts of Israel.

    3.) A Theocracy is an Unrealistic, Nay, Impossible Goal.
    INot only do most religions have their own version of a moral code but most human beings have an inbuilt sense of right and wrong. The problem is that none of us fully lives up to what we believe or even the dictates of our own consciences..

    In Paul's letter to the Romans, he said 'for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23 NASB). And that is undeniably true. It is even more true that as we have witnessed for ourselves in the world around us, society cannot and will not live a moral life and righteous regardless of how many laws are in place, nor how severe the consequences of flouting them are. As the Old Testament prophet so succinctly expressed it...

      "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6).\

    We do not have to look at the Hitlers, Putins, or Pol Pots of this world to prove what is being said here. Anyone who takes a long, hard, and honest look at themselves will discover that they are very much part of the problem. Have you ever taken, or even coveted, something that wasn't yours. Have you ever slept with someone that wasn't your spouse, or even thought about it? (Matthew 5:28). Have you lied, harbored evil thoughts towards someone, or cheated them in any way? Have you scorned or despised someone less fortunate than yourself? Have you been less than kind or generous to the needy?

    Human nature has to be changed to make it fit for the kingdom. Without that transformation there will never be serenity, security, or harmony in God's coming kingdom - this amply proved by man's history.

    It was not without good reason that Jesus told Nicodemus, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3 NASB) In the New Testament being "born again" refers to something God does when we turn to him with repentance and faith. It is not just a temporary emotional or mystical high but a new beginning.

       My point being that we don't stand a snowball's chance in hell of successfully establishing a theocracy (or anything else you wish to call it) unless the entire population has been born again. And that certainly isn't going to happen.

    However, I can imagine that the term "born again" can be very confusing to many people in more ways than one. Many might simply wonder how in the world someone can be born a second time. Others associate the phrase with a new lease on life or even an ardent, earnest, and devoted form of Christianity. Yet others visualize very "emotional" people.

    While the terms may very well incorporate some of the above, there is undoubtably much more to it. Being Born Again of God is commonly believed to be in a figurative rather than a literal sense. But what if it is not? What if this being Born Again of God, or being fathered by God, involves very literal physical changes, which leads to a total transformation of the person?

    See Born Again


    Original Sin Or Epigenetics
    Since there are innumerable passages of Scripture that clearly and unambiguously tell us that no person can bear the guilt of another -  that everyone will answer for their own sins and misdeeds, and that our eternal destiny is determined by our conduct, not inheritance, we can not simply accept that we are sinners because Adam sinned. But, on the other hand, what we cannot ignore is that Paul does make a direct connection between the sin of Adam and the fallen condition of the entire race. In Romans 5 Paul seems to be saying that something happened to all humanity because of Adam’s sin. Which begs the question -  What exactly was it that Adam passed down to his descendants?

    Also See Sin, Repentance and Salvation on THIS Page


    Should Christians Involve Themselves in Politics?

    The Coming Kingdom...
    Completely contradicting the many who believe the core of Jesus' primary message was 'love', Mark clearly and concisely summarized Jesus' ministry

      Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15 NASB)

    Jesus actually defined His purpose in light of the kingdom.

      "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose." (Luke 4:43 NASB)

    And this wasn't the only time the Savior spoke about God's kingdom. In fact, the Greek phrase "kingdom of God" (Basileia tou Theou) appears over 50 times in the New Testament gospels, almost always on the Savior's lips. Many of the His parables were designed to tell us something about this kingdom: He likened it to a mustard seed, a treasure hidden in a field, an extremely valuable pearl, a dragnet cast into the sea, and a king who gave a banquet (Matthew 13:31-50; 22).

      Note: Although he did use "the kingdom of God" on four occasions (12:28; 19:24; 21:31, 43), Matthew favored the synonymous phrase kingdom of heaven (Basileia ton Ourano) that appears over 30 times in his Gospel.

    See What Was the Core of Jesus’ Message?

    And What And Where is Heaven?

    ... That We Are Citizens of
    The kingdom Jesus came to announce is the 'heaven' believers live in anticipation of. However, one fact that we need to pay attention to is that both the Old Testament fathers of faith and the apostles considered themselves to be aliens on the earth. In other words,  they knew that did not belong to the world they lived in. Take for example what Abraham said to the sons of Heth when he wanted to buy a burial plot for Sarah,

      "I am a stranger and a sojourner among you" (Genesis 23:4).

    It is entirely possible that Abraham meant he was only temporarily in Canaan that was promised it in perpetuity to Abraham's descendants but at the time was in the possession of the sons of Heth (Noah's great grandson). Who all were buried in the cave of Machpelah. See Footnote

    However, consider how other Old Testament notables felt about their time on earth.

    When Pharaoh asked Jacob how many years he had lived, He said the years of his sojourning were one hundred and thirty; (Genesis 47:9) indicating that he was here only temporarily which is what sojourn means.

    Several verses in Hebrews 11 are devoted to Abraham of whom it is said

      By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:9-10 NASB)

    In fact, all the men and women in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews "confessed that they were strangers and exiles on earth" (V. 13) who desired and were "seeking a country of their own" (V. 14) - a heavenly one that they knew God was preparing for them (V. 16). In other words, the Hebrew patriarchs lived and acted as aliens passing through in search of a permanent habitation only (at least in Abraham's case) asking for enough land to bury their dead.  

    And nothing changed in the New Testament. Paul told the Philippians that their "citizenship is in heaven" (3:20)

    In other word, they too were aliens.

    I have to wonder how many believers have thought through the implications of Paul's statement. An 'alien' is a person who owes allegiance to a country other than that in which he lives. There is no question that we cannot entirely separate ourselves from the country we were born in or have adopted (Even Paul referred to Judah as 'his nation'. See for example Acts 24:17; 28:19; Galatians 1:14).  But we need to bear in mind that no alien has the right to interfere in the affairs of the land.

    We Are Ambassadors of the Almighty...
    In 2 Corinthians 5:20 Paul called us "ambassadors for Christ" - an ambassador being an official and authorized representative of his or her country stationed in another nation.

    Being Christ's ambassadors means that we are representatives of the Savior and as such are required to follow His policies and examples to the best of our ability. Yet although Jesus never embroiled Himself in politics, not did He EVER use political methods to try and get the government to adhere to His commandments, we throw ourselves headlong into politics endeavoring to do just that. As said by Martin G. Collins. [01]

       Though they live in a foreign nation, ambassadors take no part of their host nation's political or military institutions, yet the ambassador is expected to adhere to the laws of the foreign land. An American ambassador to China knows well that his host government is seriously opposed to his own. He does not serve the Chinese government, enter into its politics, try to eradicate the evils of its system, vote in its elections, join its army, or advocate for its causes. Yet he subjects himself to Chinese laws that concern him while there, endeavoring to behave in a way that will best represent the interests of the U.S. government.

    As "ambassadors for Christ" we are representatives of the Almighty and following the example of our leader should not involve ourselves in the affairs of our temporary home. We are obliged to abide by the rules of the country we currently live in - unless those rules oppose God's laws.

    Yet in the never ending fight for power and control even the staunchest of believers have forgotten what the word 'alien' as used in the New Testament means, whose ambassadors they, what country they are citizens of, or where their allegiance lies.

    Also we need to pay attention to the fact that God has ALWAYS given people the freedom to choose whether or not they will obey His law. When it came to Israel, the benefits of doing so and the consequences of disobedience always made perfectly clear. The fact that His law was never given to any other nation should tell us that people who may belong to another religion or do not believe in God at all are NOT required to follow Judeo-Christian ethic. And that includes the sanctity of human life, marriage between a man and woman etc While we rightly find abortion and same sex relations more than reprehensible we have no right to try and force non-believers to obey our God's laws.

    All we can do is preach the Gospel and pray they become believers.

    Additionally, all too many seem to be laboring under the delusion that the 'R' after someone's name means that they are a member of 'God's party'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The 'R' does not stand for 'righteous' but simply means that the person has identified himself with a political faction. Sadly, even so called political conservatism is miles away from the Bible's standards of morality.

    The fact remains that no political party - no human leader - is capable of governing others righteously unaffected by partisan politics, special interest groups and anyone else with an axe to grind.

    Believers Are 'Called Out'
    Not only did Jesus never attempt to use political methods to reform the government but He told Pilate that His Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36).

    In fact, He went a lot further, calling His followers OUT of this world. Note the following,

    In virtually every case the English word 'church' was translated from the Greek ekklesia - a compound word made up of ek, a preposition that means 'out of' or 'out from' and a derivative of the verb kaleo - to 'call' or 'call forth'. In other words ekklesia is a noun that means "called out of" and was used of a regularly convened assembly such as the ancient Greek political assemblies or a select civil body that was summoned for a particular purpose. As Scripture tells us,

      "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. (2 Corinthians 6:17 NASB)

      But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (I Peter 2:9)

    See The Church... Then and Now.  Part I - "Church"- An Unacceptable Translation of Ekklesia

    However, we need to bear in mind that when someone is "called out" they have to be called out from something - it is only the context that tells us from what. In keeping with the Bible's overriding theme of separation and holiness, believers are "called out" or called to be separate from the world - one of the two Biblical definitions of "Holiness".

    See What Is Holiness?

    And if you still think it is okay to immerse yourself in politics and all the in-fighting, bickering, and constant jostling for power (that has become an integral part of the system) perhaps you need to stop a moment and think about what Paul told the spiritually immature church in Corinth who were showing preference for one spiritual leaders over another. He said

      for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. (1 Corinthians 3:3-5 NASB)

    The word 'fleshly was translated 'carnal' by the KJV - a word that means governed by human nature. Note that Paul did not say that they were mere men but that they were behaving like mere men - they were not thinking and acting carnally rather than spiritually.

    If Paul could say this when people were siding with various apostles, what in the world do you think he would say if confronted with believers siding with human political candidates all too many of whom are a few hundred miles away from 'holy'. The fact remains that neither parties standards are anywhere near God's standards of righteousness.

    Although the verse specifically applies to wealth the principle is the same - no man can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).

    Our allegiance is to God and God alone.

    Our Role On Earth
    Paul urged that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men including "for kings and all who are in authority". He goes on to tell us why - "so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity" (I Timothy 2:1-2). He then added,

      This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (1 Timothy 2:3 NASB)

    But note what Paul said and did not say. He said we should pray for whoever is in authority. He did not say to pray about who should be in authority

    Admittedly, it can be extremely difficult to pray for some, if not many, of the people in power when one is more inclined to see them banished to Siberia. But let us not ever forget that nothing is impossible for our God who at one time even caused the Persian kings to favor the return of the Jews to their land and to begin rebuilding their temple.

    Peter summed up what our role is here on earth

      Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. (1 Peter 2:11-15 NASB)

    In other words, keep your head down, submit to the laws of the land, pray for the leaders so that you will be able to live a quiet and peaceful life which is the best we can hope for during our sojourn. And while you are here preach the Gospel to as many as possible and do whatever good you can.

    Live a life of strict integrity that best represents the God we serve and gives the non believer no reason whatsoever to point his finger at you.

    The cave of of Machpelah where Sarah was ultimately buried belonged to a Hittite named Ephron who deeded it to Abraham along with the field of the same name (Genesis 23:17–18). Some time later Abraham was also buried by his sons in the same cave (Genesis 25:9–10) followed by Isaac, Rebekah and Leah . Living in Egypt at the time, Jacob commanded his sons to bury him there as well.

      Then he charged them and said to them, "I am about to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site. "There they buried Abraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah — the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth." (Genesis 49:29-32 NASB)

    Joseph made the sons of Israel swear that they would carry his bones away from Egypt. (Genesis 50:25 NASB) {PLACE IN TEXT}

    End Notes

    [01] Martin G. Collins. Would Jesus Christ Vote? (Part Three). Forerunner, "Bible Study," October 26, 2016. https://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/library/biblestudy/id/1712/would-jesus-christ-vote-part-three.htm

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