From the beginning, the devil has tempted mankind to take something that seems godly to an ungodly extreme. This is why dominion theology is one of his favorite playgrounds, because it seems godly to want to transform our society for Christ. But the man-exalting beliefs behind dominionism take verses such as Genesis 1:28 to an ungodly extreme and declares that God “lost control” over the world when Adam and Eve supposedly handed dominion over to satan when they sinned.
Dominionism also claims that we must purge the earth of all evil before Christ will return by ushering in heaven on earth with the keys of the kingdom mentioned in Matt.16:19 to gain back dominion for God. This view also twists verses such as Mark 11:23 to mean that we must wage “spiritual warfare” by speaking victory into existence. Worse yet, it claims the whole battle between good and evil is played out by us and satan and that the outcome is determined by either the devil or us, rather than by God!
Although Jesus has given His people power over ALL evil, only Jesus has ALL power, just as He says in Matt.28:18. Only God has complete dominion over all things including the forces of darkness and we’re to confess that (e.g. Matt.6:13, Eph.1:21). No one, not even the devil can do anything unless God allows it. Yet to claim that God “lost control” of anything is blasphemous, especially when combined with the ridiculous idea that we must “take charge” of God’s role and speak things into existence!! Add to this the ungodly focus upon demonic powers and man’s works, while downgrading the power of God displayed in the true gospel of Christ, which is all about what Jesus has done for us, not what we do for Him (Gal.6:14).
The dominionist view also denies Jesus’ return for His saints by twisting the words “caught up” in 1Thess.4:17 to mean an English expression of emotion, rather than the original Greek translation meaning Rapture (caught up bodily). This is so the focus will be more on the futile efforts of false prophets and teachers; psycho-spiritual counselors, political activists and pulpit pimps who attempt to prostitute the Lord’s church by trying to unite it with false religions. And their common goal is to create worldwide reform by taking over what they call the “Seven Mountains” of society; church, family, education, government, arts, media and business.
Yet, despite all the plans of mankind, the Lord has the final say (Prov.19:21). And the Lord’s Prayer makes it clear that HIS WILL will be done in earth as it is in heaven, not ours. Our will is limited, but God’s will is sovereign and accomplishes all He sets out to do without our help (Isa. 14:24; 46: 8-11, Matt.6:10). The kingdom of God will be established by Christ Himself, not by us and His kingdom is not of this world (Jn.18:36). During His second coming Jesus Himself will purge the earth of all evil (Rev.19). Until then, the keys He gives His people are to the door of heaven (Jesus). The gospel of Jesus Christ is life to those loosed for heaven and death to those bound for hell (Matt.16:19, Jn.3:18, 2Cor.2:14-17).
True believers of Christ are to take up their cross, deny themselves and follow Him to the very end. They’re to spread the true gospel and not get distracted by a dominionist agenda that gains the worlds favor. On the contrary, true followers of Christ can expect to be considered trash of the earth by this world, which lies in wickedness. We will be falsely accused, persecuted and possibly even killed for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus said to count the cost of following Him, to be sure we’re of those who believe to the saving of the soul and not those who fall away (Lk.14:28, Heb.10:39).
So remember friend, even though dominionists are indeed ushering in a kingdom, it’s not of God (Rev.17:17). This is why we’re seeing everything on earth getting worse instead of better, just as the Bible says it would. So friend, are you ready to count the cost of following Jesus? Are you willing to lose everything to gain Him? Or will you be like the Jews who just wanted an earthly king? Jesus asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul (Mk.8:36)?
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