Posted by: Damon Whitsell | March 21, 2010

Kingdom Theology and the Word of Faith Movement

The Legitimate & Illegitimate “Kingdom Theology”

After researching the Council for National Policy and learning that the well-known Christian leaders in our country are a bunch of phonies, it made me wonder about their belief system. It made me wonder what their biblical understanding on end time doctrine is, in order for them to make the decisions they have been making on a professional and personal basis. I have come to learn that they are adherents to Dominion Theology, which comes by different names.

Al Dager wrote a series of informative articles on Kingdom Theology. He starts by explaining the illegitimate theology:

“…the basic premise of the movement which, simply stated, is that before Jesus can return, the Church must establish the Kingdom of God on earth by taking control over every aspect of life through the establishment of a theocratic government.

“Before we proceed further, I feel it necessary to point out that there is a legitimate “Kingdom Theology” based upon proper exegesis of Scriptural prophecy. Jesus will return at the end of this age to establish God’s authority over the nations of the earth. Until then, the Kingdom of God continues to operate through the administration of the Holy Spirit resident in the hearts of God’s people. The Kingdom of God already exists therefore, and will one day be manifested throughout the earth during Jesus’ millennial reign.

To differentiate between God’s legitimate “Kingdom Theology” and man’s attempt to bring it into existence through his own efforts before Jesus’ Second Coming, we’ll call man’s attempt “Kingdom Now Theology,” or “Dominion Theology” (using these terms interchangeably). This will help us separate the error from the truth.

To accomplish the monumental task of taking dominion, a significant number in the Church must come into “unity” of thought and purpose to that end. While the goal of the Kingdom builders is total unity, they realize that partial unity may be all they can attain. Whatever the case, the realization of any significant degree of unity necessitates a single voice of authority: a hierarchical structure through which individual believers will receive the necessary pronouncements to exercise dominion.

The voice of authority, it is believed, will reside in certain latter-day apostles and prophets operating in conformity to their own peculiar interpretation of Ephesians 4:11-12: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

In order for the saints to be perfected (made sinless) there must be a restoration of the offices of apostles and prophets. It is a major prerequisite, therefore, that the apostles and prophets be recognized by the Church at large. (It’s interesting that we are currently seeing certain well-known Christian leaders referring to one another as “apostles” and “prophets”.)

Once they are acknowledged, these apostles and prophets will bring forth new revelations from God, which will be the guiding principles in establishing the Kingdom. These revelations will be given to the Church through the evangelists, pastors, and teachers who accept the hierarchy’s authority.

One manner in which the apostles and prophets will receive these new revelations will be through communication with heavenly beings (angels and departed saints), as well as with God – and specifically Jesus. It’s expected that many of these “new revelations” will be authenticated through demonstrations of power in the working of miracles, signs and wonders.

Some also believe that for dominion to be effected, the world’s wealth must be under the control of the Church. Hence the emphasis on prosperity and “divine health” as well as the ability to speak into existence things that are not as though they are (God-likeness).

After the Church has taken dominion, its task will be to purge the earth of evil,which is defined as lawlessness against God’s moral laws and against the established authority of the apostles and prophets. This accomplished, the earth will be ready to be turned over to Jesus when He returns (some say ‘if’ He returns).

We will find as we continue our study that at the heart of Dominion Theology is the belief that man is a god and, as such, must exercise his godhood through dominion. The current teaching that man is a god is essentially a theosophic concept which can be traced to the beginning of man’s history.”

This strangely sounds like the teachings of the Word of Faith movement, but they don’t come out and tell you in so many words. Al Dager goes onto discuss how the belief in Dominion Theology and Kingdom Now has crept into the Church. I think this will open your eyes!

Though modern theosophy, in all its forms, makes certain teachings of the ancient mysteries available to the masses, these are only the exoteric teachings. The deeper esoteric mysteries are reserved for those initiated through secret rites, sworn to secrecy under penalty of death.

Those teachings permitted for the masses have found their way into the Church. They have developed into a form of “Christian” theosophy which has affected many otherwise uncompromising Christians who, if they would keep their heads about them, would suffer death to maintain the inviolable position that deity is an attribute of God alone.

There is a reason for Satan’s emissaries infecting the Church with the damnable heresy that we are or can become gods. To the esotericist, bent upon establishing ‘men’ as gods, all monotheistic religions are anathema and their adherents must be converted or at least subjugated to the spiritual hierarchy (the spirit beings guiding mankind).

Since the Church alone has the power of God to resist the deceptions of Satan, it ‘must’ be made to believe his lies. If the Church can be corrupted or neutralized, Satan will have a clear path toward uniting the world against God. Thus any opposition to deception in the Church must be stifled under the pretense that such opposition sows discord among the brethren and hinders unity.

Satan’s lies have found fertile ground in the Church not only because many Christians lack knowledge, but because they lack the necessary humility that can protect them against deception. Seeking their own wills above God’s will, they are easy prey for deceivers who exalt men and/or the Church to the status of godhood and promote Satan’s lies within the Church, lies characterized by the following teachings:

  • Men are gods;
  • Men may become gods;
  • Men may become like God;
  • Faith is a “law” or “force” that may be activated by anyone – believer or not;
  • The ability to perform miracles, signs, and wonders is latent within all; we need but learn the techniques that activate the spiritual laws upon which faith is based;
  • God is bound by these spiritual laws, and must respond to anyone – even His worst enemies – who exercises knowledge of them;
  • as “gods” (“divine beings”) we have the “divine right” to health and prosperity’
  • Jesus is our “Elder Brother” who mastered the spiritual laws of Nature, and is therefore our example to do the same;
  • Men may become perfected spiritually and physically by mastering these spiritual laws;
  • The Kingdom of God will be established on earth when a sufficient number of people have been perfected.

No doubt many who teach these things would deny they are theosophists. In all probability they think of themselves as true Christians who have received special revelations from God. But whether they adhere to theosophical doctrines consciously or are merely pawns in the battle of the ages is immaterial. A child playing with matches needn’t have knowledge of the damage he can cause.

It’s evident from the recent emergence of these aberrant teachings within the Church that – through schooling and/or personal association – theosophy is having a significant impact upon some of today’s prominent teachers.

I believe some of these teachers, though sincere in their profession of faith in Jesus, are themselves victims of esotericists who knew how to use biblical and Christian terminology to gain their confidence, or they learned from others who were victims.

Esotericists have made special efforts to merge their secret teachings with the basic tenets of the Christian faith, resulting in some rather interesting esoteric interpretations of Scripture. The major Christian doctrines – the deity of Christ; His Virgin Birth, His sacrifice for sin, His Resurrection, and His Second Coming – can be made to fit perfectly well into the theosophical model of religion. But their aberrant interpretations of these basic doctrines, unless openly stated, will escape the average Christian and deceive him into placing his trust where he ought not. (1)

I know that many Assemblies of God read Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life together, and he is led by the “Kingdom Now” theology. Warren has said:

“The bottom line is that we intend to reinvent mission strategy in the 21st century. As I stated, this will be a new Reformation. The First Reformation returned us to the message of the original church. It was a reformation of doctrine – what the Church believes. The Second Reformation will return us to the mission of the original church. It will be a reformation of purpose – what the church does in the world.

“Our goal will be to enlist one billion foot soldiers for the Kingdom of God, who will permanently change the face of international missions to take on these five ‘global giants’ for which the church can become the ultimate distribution and change agent to overcome Spiritual emptiness, Self-serving Leadership, Poverty, disease and ignorance (or illiteracy).” [2]

A little like World Socialism.

How do you determine who has brought into Dominion Theology is their worldview?
1) Those that believe that their church, the Church, or even the ecumenical world church will control government on the earth before any physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in glory are some form of dominionist.

2) The “Christian Right” has many dominionist leaders, especially those that are pushing ecumenicalism and those that teach that we need to take the nation or the world for Christ. Dominion Theology teachers lead a large segment of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements.
3) Liberal Christians pushing ecumenicalism often are dominionists. Much of the leadership of the “Promise Keepers” men’s movement embraces Dominion Theology.
4) Much of the “seeker friendly purpose driven” church growth movement has a dominionist world social agenda. The Catholic Church has a Dominion worldview. Even the ultra right Christian patriot and the Christian identity cults believe the unbiblical worldview of Dominion Theology.
Christian groups that cannot see eye to eye on almost anything else unite on the agenda that the Christian mission is to bring about peace and prosperity on the earth.Dominion Theology leads to a Laodicean false hope of physical security.
Who in leadership believes this stuff?
1) Pat Robertson is careful about revealing his belief in Dominion Theology. Robertson believes in a literal rapture of the saints, but not until there has been a great revival that will result in a godly society run by the Church.
2) Those who believe in the 5-fold Ministry.
3) The officers and trustees of Charismatic Bible Ministries. (See list that was current at that time.)

4) Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, Dr. Charles Stanley, Charles Colson, & James Dobson.

Dager lists different schools of doctrine within the general heading of Kingdom Theology that have come and gone or still remain:

  • Latter Rain
  • Manifested Sons of God
  • Restoration
  • Reconstruction
  • Charismatic Renewal
  • Shepherding/Discipleship
  • Kingdom Message
  • Positive Confession (Word-Faith)

They Use Kingdom Now Terminology:

  • Dominion
  • Overcomer(s)
  • Word-Faith
  • Spoken Word
  • Confess(ion)
  • Latter Rain
  • Tabernacle of David
  • Feast of Tabernacles
  • Many-membered man child
  • Ongoing incarnation
  • Birthing in the Spirit
  • Get this into your spirit
  • Manifestation of the Kingdom
  • Serpent’s seed
  • Faith in faith
  • God’s faith
  • Manifestation of the Sons of God
  • God-like faith
  • Unity of the (Universal) Body
  • Kingdom language
  • Kingdom principles
  • Christ principles
  • Elijah company
  • Bride company
  • Covenant people
  • Raising up a people

Conclusion
Dager established in an earlier section of his article that many of the adherents of Kingdom Theology believe that we have His divine nature:

“Notice that this idea, similar to that of mind science and other false religions, separates the anointing of “Christ” from Jesus and bestows it upon all who come into a place of certain knowledge and spiritual attainment. This is a heresy that is as old as the Church. It is rooted in the Greek school of philosophy known as Gnosticism.”

As you well know by now, Gnosticism is the basis of the Freemason belief system. It is a system of heresy and it is fearlessly leading men and women into darkness – and taking the Church with them. They will be behind accelerating Bible prophesy, while trying to bring in the kingdom of darkness. Perhaps this will explain why the Church has been involved in the political arena as it has, as well as social projects. I hope that you will help someone else wake up, after faithfully finishing this article.

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