Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Will the Evangelical Church Sell Out the Gospel for a Dominionist Political Agenda?

A Special Report by Understand the Times and Lighthouse   Trails
Distributed at Endview

As America is quickly approaching another presidential election year, some   interesting things are taking place within evangelical/Protestant Christianity   that are connected to next year’s election. Dominionist/Kingdom Now political   and religious figures are joining forces with evangelical Christian groups.   While having concern for the state of America is more than legitimate, will   Christians replace commitment and loyalty to the Gospel for commitment and   loyalty to a dominionist agenda? If they do, they will learn the hard way that   compromise and a “whatever it takes” attitude will do more harm to the cause of   Jesus Christ than good.
This article is not a statement that Christians should not be involved in or   concerned about the political state of their countries. Rather, the intention of   this article is to exhort believers to use discernment in understanding the   times in which we live. It is to show how a present ecumenical, dominionist   movement (that is heading toward a one-world religion to “establish the kingdom   of God on earth”) is operating and deceiving many Christians. As Christians, we   are to be witnesses for Jesus Christ and His Gospel message of salvation to   those who believe on Him by faith. But today, many Christians may be on the   brink of buying into a plan that will ultimately create a global religion and   global government.
The apostle Paul was very clear that we are not to entangle ourselves with   those who say they are of the faith but preach “another gospel” (Romans 16:17,   Titus 3:10, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).
The definition below of dominionism is helpful in understanding the goals of   the dominionist movement:

The Gospel of Salvation [according to dominionism] is achieved by setting up   the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists   liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify   taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against   enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or   compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that   belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ.1 

Dominionism shares some of the same ideologies as the emerging church, the   primary similarity being the belief that a utopian "kingdom of God" will be set   up on earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ, and in fact there won't   actually be a bodily physical return of Christ; but rather His presence will   become more manifest within us the more the kingdom of God on earth is created. This is totally contrary to Scripture that tells   us that Jesus Christ will return physically (where every eye shall see Him), and   it will be to a world that has become completely chaotic and reprobate, not   utopian and godly.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also   which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.   (Revelation 1:7)
With that in  mind, it is vital to know that a number of dominionist groups   are rallying the support of conservative Christians under the guise of   “restoring America” back to its “Christian roots.” A look at a couple of these   groups is important.

The Seven Mountains of Culture

The Seven Mountains of Culture was founded by Os Hillman who is the founder   and executive director of Marketplace Leaders   Ministries. Hillman teaches a workshop called The Change Agent Intensive   Workshop and has been featured on many major media programs.
The best way to describe The Seven Mountains of Culture is through the   following promotional video clip:

If you cannot view video, click here. [sorry, couldn't get those to load]
              An   article titled “7   Mountains – Set to Go Viral” by Discernment Ministries examines the goals of   this dominionist agenda, expressing “concern that this radical mandate for   dominionism, and the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which   birthed it, are becoming part of the political   Right and evangelical mainstream.” The article states that the “7   mountains mandate is already becoming a unifying rally point among   evangelicals from many diverse theological camps and from some very unexpected   quarters.”

The Dominionist/Reclaiming our Culture mind-set is a dangerous path that   leads, not to biblical truth, but rather to an ecumenical, Road to Rome, “Army   for God” that will attempt to force culture to be “Christian” (something Jesus   Christ or the disciples never mandated) and will end up leading all down   that Road to Rome and eventually into a one-world religion and one-world   government. 
The Discernment Ministries article assesses:

Not only does the Kingdom of God have a different King to the kingdoms of the   world, but it has different citizens, has a different future and it operates by   different principles. One of the principles that makes God’s Kingdom radically   different to that of the world is the lust for power as opposed to the   willingness to serve.

“Jesus said: ‘Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over   them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be   so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;   And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son   of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a   ransom for many.’” (Matthew 20:25-28).2

This is not to say that Christians should not try to be a light and the   “salt” in a fallen culture (Matthew 5:13). But there is a difference between   what Scripture instructs us to do and what the 7 Mountains movers   teach; they  believe they are "building an actual PHYSICAL kingdom here   on earth -- structurally through man's mechanisms. This is the 7 mountains that   they want to take over. They believe they can take them over by political,   scientific, and psycho-social means." And like the New Agers, they also want to   build the spiritual kingdom within, "which they believe they can perfect   themselves here on earth via mysticism" thus "they will begin to 'manifest'   Christ -- become the sons of God."3

The Call

Lou Engle’s The Call is another dominionist group that is tied in with the 7   Mountain agenda. In a 2008 Lighthouse Trails article, we linked to the advisory   board of The Call. The link has been removed from their site but this   cache file shows the members at that time. Some of them are contemplative   advocate Ron Luce (Teen Mania), Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM, featured   on the 7 Mountain video above), Steve Douglas of Campus Crusade for Christ   (which just removed the name   Crusade and Christ from their name), Rick Joyner, and C. Peter Wagner –   dominionist figures who want to bring the kingdom of God to earth before Christ returns. The following video is from a large youth rally put on by   The Call. You will see Lou Engle and Rick Joyner watching thousands of young   people jumping up and down to the repetitive beat of drums and hundreds of   Shofars being blown.

If you cannot view video, click here.

A   Civil War?
In a radio transcript titled “Blues and Grays,”  Understand the Times states:

Christianity is about to be purified through a civil war, they say. Is this   behavior indicative of a revival as some claim? Or is this exactly what occurred   in the past when “enlightened Christians” became the “manifested sons of   God”?

[In] an article written by Rick Joyner called the Coming Civil War in the   Church. . . . Joyner states he believes a civil war will soon be breaking   out within the church. He states: “There is a huge portion of the church which   is being held bondage to the same religious spirit that manifested itself to the   Pharisees, and it will attack any new movement that arises in the church. The   more anointed the new movement is, the more these traditionalists will be   threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it.”

Joyner’s solution for removing the people who oppose this “anointed new move”   sounds rather militant. Listen to what he says:
 “The longer we continue to compromise with such institutions which use   manipulation or control for the sake of unity or for any reason the more it will   ultimately cost us to remove the cancer from our midst.”

 Joyner then went on to describe how the conflict in the church will   develop:
“The coming spiritual civil war will be between the Blue’s and the Gray’s. In   dreams and visions blue often represents heavenly-mindedness, and gray speaks of   those who live by the power of their own minds – which is equivalent to the   brain’s gray matter. This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine   Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human   wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit.” 4

Jerry Boykin and Rick Joyner
A name that is showing up a lot on the speaking schedules of evangelical   gatherings is that of General Jerry Boykin (once a Delta Force member and one   time head of the Green Berets). Boykin is a high officer in the “Knights of   Malta,* an ecumenical (Orthodox, Evangelical, Catholic and Protestant) order.   Boykin holds the title of Grand Chancellor in the Order. According to the Knights of Malta website,   the order is sanctioned and “blessed” by the Vatican (see 1 and 2document).   In document 1, Pope Benedict XVI “invokes . . . the continued protection of the   Blessed Virgin Mary.” Each “Knight,” including Boykin (and Rick Joyner who is a “Supreme   Council Member” of the Order), is required to take a vow. In this vow, the   Knight pledges himself to “be guided by the ideas of the Sovereign   Order of St John of Jerusalem (started in 1090 and is the predecessor of the   Knights of Malta).

Many people may not realize what the term ecumenical actually means, at least   to the Catholic church, which describes ecumenism as the absorption of all   Christian groups that have “broken away” from the Mother Church back to it.5   

Jerry Boykin has spoken at numerous dominionist events such as the 7   Mountains conferences (see May   2010) and a New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) event called Transformation Michigan. In   addition, Boykin is on the board of Rick Joyner’s organization called The Oak   Initiative. (Joyner is the President; other board members include   dominionists Cindy Jacobs and Lance   Wallnau).
In Kevin Reeves book, The Other Side of the River, Reeves discusses   Rick Joyner. Reeves, a former elder of a Latter Rain/dominionist church,   states:

Joyner’s blatant Latter Rain beliefs were assimilated into our congregation   on the wings of the mythical end-times revival which would supposedly sweep   millions into the kingdom. A super-spiritual elite group of prophets and   apostles will be raised up, Joyner states, and will transform the world of these   last days, doing greater miracles than even the apostles who walked with our   Lord. Whole nations will tremble at the mention of their names.

Interesting. Sounds a lot easier to deal with than Jesus’ prophecy that “[Y]e   shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew   24:9).6

In Final Quest, Joyner says he hears from a dead saint (one of the   foolish virgins mentioned in Scripture), who has told him the things that are to   come. According to researcher and writer Sarah Leslie, “Rick Joyner was one of   the ‘Kansas City Prophets’ who now wields considerable influence through his   ‘prophecies’ about a coming militant church.”7 Joyner states:

We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians   will cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy   coming upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and   idealistic theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand   that God is a military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other   in Scripture is "the Lord of hosts," or "Lord of armies." There is a martial   aspect to His character that we must understand and embrace for the times and   the job to which we are now coming.8

We know that the Lord will return with a cloud of witnesses to bring down   judgment on the earth, but we don’t believe Rick Joyner or the self-proclaimed   apostles and prophets will be leading the way.

Jerry Boykin   and Calvary Chapel
It is non-debatable that Jerry Boykin resonates with Rick Joyner – they are   in the same Knights of Malta order and work together in The Oak Initiative.   Thus, it is troubling to learn that Boykin has been speaking at numerous   different Calvary Chapels and sharing platforms at conferences with Chuck Smith   and other Calvary Chapel pastors over the last few years (e.g., the 2009   Epicenter conference and Epicenter 2008 with Smith, Boykin,   and Joel Rosenberg; Greg Laurie’s Preach   the Word Prophecy Conference in 2010, Calvary   Chapel Costa Mesa in 2009, and Calvary Chapel Chino Hills Prophecy   Conference in March 2011). Boykin will also be speaking at the Calvary Chapel   Honolulu Pastors’ Conference in August 2011:,   and his materials are sold in the Calvary   Chapel store, listed as one of four “Other Authors.”

So here we have a man who is part of an order sanctioned by the papacy (the   certificate from the Vatican is on the Knights of Malta website) and part of a   dominionist group, speaking to Calvary Chapel groups. Is Calvary Chapel going to   be one of those evangelical/Protestant groups that will exchange the solidity of   the Gospel for a “whatever it takes” attitude for political purposes and other   purposes? Do they not see the error in this? Incidentally, other denominations   and Christian groups are doing the same thing. Check out the denomination you   belong to - you may be surprised.

Presidential Candidate Rick Perry and His Dominionist   Partners
On August 6th, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry took part in a   rally called The Response. Perry, who announced his bid as a presidential   candidate on August 13, 2011, partnered with some interesting figures at The   Response, including C. Peter Wagner, Mike Bickle, and   Cindy Jacobs, each of whom is in the dominionist camp. Perry also participated   in a 2010 rally called Freedom Foundation Summit with Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs,   Lou Engle, and Lance Wallnau (an “Apostle” promoting the 7 Mountains teaching).   If Perry does not share the dominionist persuasion as these others do, should he   not distance himself from them rather than mingle with them? Many proclaiming   Christians in America are desperate for a godly leader and may follow Perry   merely out of that desperation. But if he is truly tied in with Wagner, Joyner,   Bickle, and Jacobs, then maybe these desperate Christians should think twice   about which candidate they are going to rally behind.
Will the Christian Church Sell Out?

During the years just prior to the last presidential election, an all out   effort was made by leaders in the emerging church to help get elected a liberal,   far left president. Many of these leaders, such as Rick Warren, said things that   made many conservative Christians feel guilty for voting on moral issues such as   abortion and homosexuality. Books by emerging “progressive” authors suggested   that Christians shouldn’t even become involved in politics (e.g. Shane   Claiborne’s book, Jesus for President). And while the older   conservatives were being manipulated not to vote, young Christians were being   persuaded to vote differently than their “old fashioned parents,” to vote for   social justice regardless of biblical standards or lack of them.  And, well, no   need to say what these emerging efforts did to America.

No single political party can save the world. The Bible says that the closer   we draw to the second coming of Christ, the worse the state of the world will be   in. Rather than “evolving” into perfection, mankind is disintegrating.9 It’s   because of man’s sin and a world that has for the most part rejected the Savior   of the world. Revelation 12:9 states that the day will come when Satan will   “deceiveth the whole world.” Yet just as Jesus gave the coin to pay the tax to   Caesar, so too we as Christians can be responsibly active in our world. But   foremost, let us remember that the Bible says we cannot serve both God and man   at the same time (Matthew 6:24).The true calling of born again believers is to   preach the Gospel, make disciples, and contend for the faith. And we must never   compromise by embracing dominionist agendas and interspiritual Peace Plans and   joining forces with those whose goals and ambitions are contrary to the   Christian commission given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must   ask ourselves, is a militant dominionist agenda what we really want to embrace   and support? Is it what we want to serve?
In a powerful radio interview, Ingrid Schlueter addressed this dominionist   agenda. She stated:

We have a group of leaders who are horrified with the moral collapse in this   country. I am horrified with the cultural collapse in this country. We have a   problem in identifying and discerning why our culture is collapsing. What we are   seeing around us is not fruit of Christians not caring. It’s fruit of   Christians abandoning the gospel. And if we’re not going to define the   gospel along biblical terms, and we’re going to allow false teachers in among   us, and we’re going to link arms with said false teachers, and we’re going to   work with them who are preaching another gospel, who are teaching lies, if we’re   going to link arms with them to save the culture, we are not only engaged in a   futile effort, but God is going to, in turn, judge that conduct. Because   judgment, Scripture tells us, begins at the house of God.10

A Herescope   article on this issue states:

The sad fact is that great opportunities to present the message of the gospel   of salvation are being lost. Precious time is being wasted . . . Those who truly   need to hear a message of repentance, salvation and hope aren’t being witnessed   to. Discipleship isn’t happening. . . . It is a false gospel that preaches that   the culture nation can be changed rather than focusing on the lost who will   perish in hell if they do not repent. . . . And when the lost are truly saved   and born again, their lives will change and this is when the miracles begin to   happen and when the culture around them begins to be positively impacted by the   salt and light of their changed lives.11

Understand The Times and Lighthouse Trails are dedicated to warning the sheep   about last days spiritual deception. While it is difficult to have to sound this   warning at a time when many are concerned about the state of their countries and   the world at large, Jesus made it very clear about how we are to view the world,   behave in the world, and reach out to the unsaved. He never told his disciples   to form associations with those promoting spiritual deception in order to   establish a kingdom on earth. On the contrary, Jesus said:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye   were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the   world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.   (John 15:18-19)
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and   touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians   6:17)

My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would   my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my   kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)

“Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism” by Sarah Leslie:
“Seven Mountains Set to Go Viral by Discernment Ministries”:
Sarah Leslie, Discernment Ministries in an e-mail conversation on 8/15/2011   with Lighthouse Trails.
“Blues and Grays” by Roger Oakland:
Kevin Reeves, The   Other Side of the River, (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing,   2007), p. 99.
"TAKING THE LAND—“We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On   Earth" by Rick Joyner, 11/29/05,
Please watch Roger Oakland’s powerful DVD lecture series on evolution vs   creation. It shows the connection between evolution and the current spiritual   deception in the world today: Searching   for the Truth on Origins.
VCY America interview between Ingrid Schlueter and Sarah Leslie:
“May Day Prayers: What Repentance?” by Herescope:
Other Resources:
SPECIAL REPORT:   The Jesuit Agenda and the Evangelical/Protestant Church
CrossTalk on   WorldNetDaily Article – Challenge to Dominionist Leaders – The Gospel Should   Come First!
Jesus Camp Film   Reveals the Mystical and the Militant, Not Biblical Christianity
The   New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
The Coalescing Of The   Christian Right With Apostolic Dominionism
May Day   Prayers – What Repentance?
Gospel   More Important Than America
Will   the Evangelical Church Help Usher in the "Age of Enlightenment" and the Coming   False One?

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