“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” Sinclair Lewis
There is no doubt that the evangelical and political landscape in this country has been radically transformed by a theological shift that began in the 1960’s. The compelling force behind the shift was Christian Reconstructionism, also known as Dominionism, or “Kingdom Now” theology. Once this idea took root it spread like cancer infusing itself into almost every evangelical denomination and eventually weaving itself into the very fabric of the nation’s political right.
The majority of leaders on the “Christian Right” are influenced by it, if not downright openly accepting of it. Most, however, will not openly claim it. So pervasive is this apostate theology, that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an evangelical church that is not embracing it in one form or another.
Until the last few decades, most evangelicals have held a pre-millennialist view. They believed that it was impossible to reform the world until Jesus returned to commence His 1,000 year reign on earth. They believed that the world would get progressively darker and more evil and would spiral into cataclysmic tribulation; a time of horrific suffering only remedied by Christ’s return. They also believed in the doctrine of the rapture.
However, in the last few decades, an increasing number of evangelicals have begun to believe the Dominionist, post-millennialist view. They believe it is their mandate to build the Kingdom of God here and now – a kingdom they themselves will rule as God’s vice-regents. Most, although not all, shun the rapture and criticize those who embrace it as having an escapist mentality. All post-millennialists by definition are Dominionists. They do not believe that Christ will bodily return, but rather will come corporately and indwell the church after it has conquered the nations and subdued them under Mosaic Law and its consequent punishments.
Essentially, Dominionists believe that Adam forfeited dominion over God’s creation and that it is our God-given mandate to take it back.
“Our theological bedrock is what has been known as Dominion Theology. This means that our divine mandate is to do whatever is necessary, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to retake the dominion of God’s creation which Adam forfeited to Satan in the Garden of Eden. It is nothing less than seeing God’s kingdom coming and His will being done here on earth as it is in heaven”. 1 C. Peter Wagner
Those who hold Dominionist views believe scripture compels them to dominate, subdue, rule over, build up, tear down, and unite, all in the name of “Christ”. Dominionists transmute the concept of an invisible, spiritual and eternal “Kingdom of God” into a mandate to build an earthly political empire now. The fact that Jesus clearly stated that His Kingdom was NOT of this world is conveniently discarded.
“The Church has been foreordained of God to become that people who will become so glorified that we can bring Christ back to the earth. This glorified church must make the earth God’s footstool before Jesus can come again.” 2 Earl Paulk
They arrogantly believe that it is only when they have conquered and subdued the nations that Christ can return. However, which “Christ” are they building their New World Utopia for? If you substitute their use of “Jesus” and “Christ” for the word “Corporate Christ” you have essentially the same doctrine as the New Age Movement and other Gnostic doctrines. When the majority of today’s evangelicals start agreeing with mystic, Gnostic, and New Age doctrine, we have a problem; a significant one. Dominionists preach another gospel and another Jesus; plain and simple.
Apostasy Veiled in Patriotism
Perhaps most disturbing of all is the fact that Dominionist thought has become the central ideology driving the Republican Party. Theirs is a gospel of war, conquest, world domination, and theocratic rule by whatever means necessary. These “means” include covert wars, counterinsurgency and pre-emptive warfare. Their actions are justified in their eyes since they feel they are mandated to establish “Christian” rule on earth. Often their saber rattling is veiled in Patriotism as they implore the Christians to help them return the nation to its “Christian” roots. However, are the roots of this nation truly Christian?
George Washington himself stated that this country was in no way founded upon the Christian religion. Why are we being lied to?
“The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian Religion.” 1797 the treaty of Tripoli, signed by President Washington, and approved by the Senate of the United States
Benjamin Franklin rightly argued that true religion does not need to appeal to civil power for its support. In fact he further stated that if religion has to stoop to appeal to civil authorities, then its cause is a bad one.
“When religion is good, it will take care of itself. When it is not able to take care of itself, and God does not see fit to take care of it, so that it has to appeal to the civil power for support, it is evidence to my mind that its cause is a bad one.” Benjamin Franklin, Statesman, Inventor, Author, Letter to Dr. Price.
Most of the founders of our nation were not Christian at all but rather embraced deism which aligns itself more with pantheism than it is/ does Christianity. Regardless, of their own views our founding fathers staunchly defended the rights of all religions and the freedom to worship according to our own free will and conscience.
“If God himself was not willing to use coercion to force man to accept certain religious views, man, uninspired and liable to error, ought not to use the means that Jehovah would not employ.” W. J. Bryan, in introduction to The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Make no mistake, Dominionism by its very nature undemocratic, unpatriotic and un-American. The ultimate goal of its true adherents is nothing short of a theocracy with themselves as the ruling elites! They wish to legislate a twisted form of Christianity and strictly forbid worship outside their twisted definition. It will be a form of fascism that will slaughter all who oppose it. If you think this could never happen please keep in mind that it already has.
In fact several wars in the last few decades have been funded, aided, or at the very least, enthusiastically endorsed, by prominent “Christian Right” leaders and organizations working covertly with the CIA. These wars were carefully redefined as just and moral to sell them to the masses. How can true Christians, who are to be known by their love, ever put the term Holy and War together in the same sentence? Lord, forgive us! [The ties of the “Christian Right” to war and counterinsurgency efforts will be visited in depth in the second part of this article]
The Agenda Driven Church
The fact that this movement has evolved over the last 20 years into a driving political force, is due in part to the fact that participation in all levels of government is openly encouraged and promoted by Dominionist leaders. It is a symbiotic relationship; politicians need the Dominionists to garner votes and the Dominionists needs the politicians to further their ambitious totalitarian agenda.
It is a calculated coup d’état if you will, a subversive plot hidden in plain site. It is stealth politics, wrapped in patriotism and shrouded in Christian terms to mask its true agenda. The Christian double-speak makes it more palatable to its target audience, after all, what true Christian does not want a return to Biblical morality?
So well masked is this agenda that most Christians who are part of a Dominionist church would vehemently argue that they are not. They do not understand what is being fed to them and how masked in double-speak the subversive plot really is! It is for this very reason that the Dominionist political agenda is being executed in this country with military precision and most Christian churches are applauding its advance.
Riding the Beast
Since the Antichrist seeks to be Christ, it makes perfect sense that he would mimic Christ’s true theocracy by setting up his own Kingdom Now. Rest assured, true theocracy can only be achieved by Christ himself physically present; anything less will be fascism.
In case you have any doubt where I am going with this, let me state my position plainly. The Dominionist church is the harlot of the book of Revelation in the form of a quickly unifying theocratic world church. She is riding a political, New-World-Order, Beast that she will literally hold sway over. It is an intoxicating mixture of religion and politics, church and state, that will form the most oppressive and bloody regime this world has ever seen.
….. “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”Rev 17:1-2 KJV
It is obvious that throughout scripture the Lord has frequently used the term woman to symbolize a church. The Harlot represents an ecumenical Dominionist church that has left her true Husband, and commit abominable acts with the kings of the earth. This Jezebel-type harlot is illicitly intimate with the world’s political elite, seeking their favor and wealth in her unquenchable quest for power.
Scripture states that she will be literally drunk on the blood of the martyred Christians. Like Jezebel before her, she too will pursue and destroy those who truly belong to God.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Rev 17:6, KJV
This end time blasphemous church will be tagged as the “Mother of Harlots” for no doubt her world wide network of daughter churches will likewise be harlots.
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Rev 7:5, KJV
The documented plans of the Dominionists seem to line up perfectly with the biblical description of this despotic end time church. Since a rider generally exercises control over their mount, it is obvious that this blasphemous church will be given world-wide power of state. Her rule will be short lived however. The Beast will soon tire of her having the reigns and will turn, devouring her with fire.
A Transfer of Wealth
Dominionist leaders are very vocal in proclaiming a coming “transfer of wealth” from the wicked to the church. It is interesting that this blasphemous harlot of the book of Revelation is imbued with such astounding wealth? She is dressed in purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. Rev. 17:4, KJV
Where would this obscene amount of wealth come from? No doubt her lovers gave her gold in exchange for her favors, but there may be another source. I believe it is possible that part of her wealth will come from the plunder of those she will slaughter in much the same way the Nazi’s grew fat on the plundered treasure of murdered Jews.
Dominionism, a Beautiful Lie
Did God really call us to literally conquer and rule the nations? Did Hitler himself not profess a deep faith in Jesus Christ and claim to be a Christian? Did he not also claim that his actions were justified by a biblical mandate, and receive the accolades of the Christian community?
“My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior… I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Adolf Hitler- Speech, April 12, 1921 3
Hitler was steeped in occultism yet most German Christians did not question his allegiance to God, or if he was indeed Christian at all. Why would they question; He used the right words and phrases, quoted scripture, and even flashed a Bible when it suited his purposes.
The most evil of men will always cloak their deeds in righteous and palatable terms and their causes will always appear to be noble. True evil is always duplicitous, an oppressive darkness wrapped in light in order to deceive. In Hitler’s case, being Christian was nothing more than a brilliant political maneuver. He knew the church would be indispensable to him; and indeed it was.
If one spends much time reading the literature of the leading Dominionists, the potential for a repeat of the kind of brutal fascism becomes all too real a possibility.
Are we not instructed to love our enemies and do good to those who despitefully use us? Yet Dominionists would have us return to Mosaic Law, imposing the harshest of punishments up to, and including, death for those who transgress it!
Frederick Clarkson, an American journalist and expert in the stealth politics of theocratic Dominionists writes that:
“The Biblically approved methods of execution include burning (at the stake for example), stoning, hanging, and “the sword.” Gary North, the self-described economist of Reconstructionism, prefers stoning because, among other things, stones are cheap, plentiful, and convenient. Punishments for non-capital crimes generally involve whipping, restitution in the form of indentured servitude, or slavery. Prisons would likely be only temporary holding tanks, prior to imposition of the actual sentence.” 4
Rousas John Rushdooney
The father of Christian Reconstructionism, the forerunner of modern Dominionism, was Rousas John Rushdooney. Reconstructionism was so named because it calls for a de-construction of government, and institutions in order to re-construct them according to Old Testament, Mosaic Law. There is little doubt that Rushdooney has exerted enormous influence over the direction of the Christian Right.
James Kennedy and Jerry Falwell both endorsed Reconstructionist books and Rushdooney himself, appeared several times on Pat Robertson’s 700 club and a program hosted by James Kennedy 5
The theocracy Rushdooney advocates would invoke the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, incest, lying about one’s virginity, bestiality, witchcraft, idolatry or apostasy, public blasphemy, false prophesying, kidnapping, rape, and bearing false witness in a capital case. 6 According to Rushdooney, “God’s government prevails, and His alternatives are clear-cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them.” 7
Does this sound like the same Gospel Jesus preached? The Bible advocates a fairly passive response to those who reject the Gospel.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Mathew 10:14, KJV
It should be self evident that shaking the dust from your feet is a far cry from conquering or killing those who reject the gospel.
Rick Joyner, author, self appointed prophet and founder of MorningStar Ministries describes the kind of freedom we can look forward to under the rule of the Dominionists.
“The kingdom of God will not be socialism, but a freedom even greater than anyone on earth knows at this time. At first it may seem like totalitarianism, as the Lord will destroy the Antichrist spirit now dominating the world with “the sword of His mouth” and will shatter many nations like pottery. However, fundamental to His rule is II Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Instead of taking away liberties and becoming more domineering, the kingdom will move from a point of necessary control while people are learning truth, integrity, honor, and how to make decisions, to increasing liberty so that they can.”
…The kingdom will start out necessarily authoritative in many ways, or in many areas, but will move toward increasing liberty–so do all true churches and movements that are advancing toward the kingdom. You may have to be very controlling of toddlers, but the older they get, the more they can be trusted, and the more freedom they should have if they are going to develop into true maturity, which requires personal responsibility.8
It may feel like totalitarianism because it is totalitarianism! The reason that the initial control will loosen towards increasing liberty is not because those under their rule are “maturing” but because any opposition to their rule will have been slaughtered!
Stealth Politics – Hiding the Elephant
Naturally, Dominionists aggressively cloak their goals of a bloody reformation and totalitarian rule. They fully recognize that advocating such a harsh and punitive theocracy with themselves standing in for God, would alarm all but the most radical.
Dominionist leader, Dr. George Grant’s theocratic views alarmed many when his video support of Michelle Bachmann for President appeared on the Bachmann campaign website. Her campaign hastily removed the video and understandably so. Bachmann, is clearly supportive of Dominionism and did not want it known that she is connected to those who support replacing the constitution and ending religious freedom. 9 (See video here) Grant plainly states that he wants to see our constitution replaced with Biblical law and declares that, “world conquest” is the aim of the religious right. 10
“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less… Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ.” 11
Of course Bachmann is in good company when it comes to supporting the Dominionist agenda. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Jim Miller, Scott Walker, and even Ron Paul, all have strong ties to Dominionism.
Rev. Joe Fuiten, board member for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, a Focus on the Family state affiliate, supports the mass denationalization and deportation of non-Dominionists. He has been active in both “get out the vote” drives and voter registration drives for Dominionists. 12 This is not at all unusual as Dominionists want to be sure that elected politicians are either Dominionists themselves, or at the very least, sympathetic to their cause.
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College is a Dominionist school in upstate New York, named for a founding father who opposed the Constitution and favored state-supported religion. Their goal is to take bright young home-schooled children, indoctrinate them, and then infuse them into the social and political fabric of the nation.13
“They must sign a statement that explicitly supports Christian Reconstructionism (and even carries this down to their “property” statement, declaring men essentially “agents” of “God’s dominion”).14
Patrick Henry is extremely influential and the overarching purpose of the college is to infuse government with a generation of Dominionists who believe it is their biblical mandate to establish God’s Kingdom Now. Many in George W. Bush’s administration were culled from Patrick Henry College and it remains a major source of republican interns.
“The purpose of Dominionist education ….. is not to educate or to train people to think, but to indoctrinate and in fact teach “thought-stopping” techniques that pretty much shut down any chance at logical debate.” 15
For an insightful look into the inner workings of this college please see the Documentary film- God’s Coming Army. It can be viewed free of charge here
Joel’s Army Now Recruiting
The steady infiltration of hard core Dominionists into our government and military is troubling to say the least. It is evident that what has been referred to as Joel’s Army by many in this movement is taking a dangerous shift to real world warfare. Joel’s Army is inexorably linked to the Dominionist movement most notably through the Apostolic and Prophetic movement and the (NAR) New Apostolic Reformation. It is not possible to bring the kind of radical reforms they advocate without war. It goes without saying that if you are converting whole nations and instituting Mosaic Law you are going to have to use force! This army is frequently referred to as a “New Breed” of “dread champions” who will purge the earth of its wickedness and police the nations. I find it more than a little disturbing that their theology includes a mandate for genocide.
“Paul Cain prophesied that the new breed would possess power to overcome the enemies of the gospel and strike terror into them, ‘There’s going to be an awesome, reverential fear and respect for the church because the church is going to regain her power, lose her restrictions, lose her weakness . . . you’re going to be called upon by presidents and kings of nations, heads of state. . . God is going to have his army and they are going to be a fearful bunch and they are going to go to every place on the face of the earth. . .” 16
The term “Joel’s Army” is taken from a description of a mighty army of locusts in the second chapter of Joel that Dominionist say represents God’s end time army. However, let’s look closer at this “army” the Dominionists say will usher in the Kingdom of God.
According to Joel 2:1-11, this army is described as having the following characteristics:
- The inhabitants of earth tremble before them
- A fire goes before them
- The land in front of them is like the Garden of Eden but after they pass by it is desolate.
- They leap like flames and DEVOURETH
- They run like Mighty men and climb walls like men of war
- When they fall upon their swords and they are not wounded!
- They enter in the windows like thieves
- The earth quakes before them
I think it is fairly obvious that the “Kingdom of God” they are ushering in is not “revival”.
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a Dominionist and the Pentagon’s senior military intelligence official, has drawn more than a little heat for commencing a speaking tour of 23 evangelical churches where he painted the war on terror in spiritual terms. He was dressed in full regalia and was accompanied by two aides which very much gave the impression that his actions were officially sanctioned. He told them that the “U.S. military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to defeat its enemy. 17
According to Boykin, he was there to recruit them to be warriors in “God’s Kingdom”. Boykin, as a Dominionist, was clearly not recruiting them to participate in revival. The controversy Boykin stirred by his speaking tour incited many to call for his immediate resignation. Naturally the Dominionist Church rushed to defend him. Among those who reportedly supported his actions were James Dobson, Pat Robertson, the Family Research Council and the Christian Coalition. 18
The Spirit of Phineas, Anointed to Kill
Below, Rick Joyner says that what is about to come upon the earth will change the very definition of Christianity. He further states that this “redefinition” will be accomplished by a company of prophets raised up in the spirit of Phineas.
“What is about to come upon the earth is not just a revival, or another awakening; it is a veritable revolution. The vision was given in order to begin to awaken those who are destined to radically change the course, and even the very definition of Christianity. The dismantling of organizations and disbanding of some works will be a positive and exhilarating experience for the Lord’s faithful servants. A great company of prophets, teachers, pastors and apostles will be raised up with the spirit of Phineas this “ministry of Phinehas” will save congregations, and at times, even whole nations. …Nations will tremble at the mention of their name. 19
The term Phineas priesthood was first coined by Kelly Hoskins who religiously justified acts of domestic terrorism by violent guerrillas to avenge transgressors of God’s law. He is a racist, anti-Semite whose ideas have gained acceptance and influence over the far-right in the last two decades. 20 Phineas priests believe they are justified in murdering those who disobey God’s law and believe that God actually blesses them for doing so.
“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.” John 16:2 American KJV
The reference is taken from the biblical story of Phineas. It is believed that Balaam, unable to curse the Israelites, sent beautiful, Baal worshipping Middianite women into the Israelite’s camp to seduce them. It evidently worked. Before Moses could carry out the sentence of the Lord against them, Phineas stepped in. He thrust an Israelite and his Middianite lover engaged in Ritual Prostitution in the tabernacle, through with his sword killing them both. Rick Joyner further tells us that passive Christianity will cease to exist and will be replaced with a “divine” militancy. Evidently it matters not to the Dominionists that you are Christian, it only matters to them what kind of Christian you are. If you are not bent on establishing the kingdom of God in the here and now, then you are to be purged from the earth.
“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.” Rick Joyner 21
Bill Hamon refers to the Army of the Lord which will take dominion over the Nations of the Earth as follows:
“God is preparing His Church to become an invincible, unstoppable, unconquerable, overcoming Army of the Lord that subdues everything under Christ’s feet. There will be a sovereign restorational move of God to activate all that is needed for His army to be and do what He had eternally purposed.
…God’s great end-time army is being prepared to execute God’s written Judgments with Christ’s victory and divine judgment decrees that have already been established in heaven. 22
A Blueprint for Control
A document entitled, “The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement” is of particular importance if one wishes to understand the nature of the Dominionists planned take-over. It was penned by Eric Huebeck under the guidance of Paul Weyrich, founder of both the Free Congress Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation. The document is in fact a manual which outlines how to gain control of the government.
The fact that Weyrich has enormous influence on the Republican Party and his ideas are enthusiastically embraced is more than a little disturbing. 23 In this so called “Dominionist Manifesto” Huebeck states that “the truth of an idea is not the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the energy and dedication of the idea’s promoters” 24 Apparently when advocating deception it is always best to do so enthusiastically. In case anyone has any doubt that this is more than mere spiritual rhetoric, Huebeck plainly states the types of tactics he is openly advocating.
“We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs. … contribute to a vague sense of uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. … We need to break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture.” 25
Huebeck also clearly states that in order to gain dominance their cause must attract passionate, driven and dedicated people. In order to do this, the struggle would have to be reframed as a moral one. In other words, he is advocating lying. After all, it is always easier to recruit people to fight for a cause they feel is righteous, moral or just.
“We need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message that attracts those kinds of people…We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms…26
Katherine Yurika, author of the website the Yurika Report, aptly paraphrased the four immoral principles that the, “The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement”, advocates. 1) Falsehoods are not only acceptable, they are a necessity. The corollary is: The masses will accept any lie if it is spoken with vigor, energy and dedication. 2) It is necessary to be cast under the cloak of “goodness” whereas all opponents and their ideas must be cast as “evil.” 3) Complete destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting personal attacks. 4) The creation of the appearance of overwhelming power and brutality is necessary in order to destroy the will of opponents to launch opposition of any kind. The fact that this Dominionist manual for gaining governmental control is being embraced and followed should be evident to all who are paying attention. In the 1980’s Ronald Reagan was able to persuasively cloak the struggle in Nicaragua in religious terms and woo the religious right by essentially convincing them that it was a Holy war. He did this by reframing the war as a moral one and recasting the struggle as a fight against “Godless Communism”. By so doing, he made it seem like our duty as patriots and Christians to fight them at any cost. The fact that the killing was done by those who considered themselves Christian was seldom, if ever, reported.
Many “have told stories of death squad members praising God, singing hymns, and “speaking in tongues” as they went about their gruesome business of butchering people. This is precisely what makes it possible for death squad members to also be “members in good standing” in countless numbers of Protestant evangelical groups throughout Latin America.” 27
I very much believe that the 1980’s counter-insurgency efforts funded by the CIA and supported by prominent Christian Right leaders was a blue-print for the type of war that will be waged in furthering their “Kingdom Now”. [I hope to be able to lay this out in an upcoming article which will constitute the second part.]
2. The Wounded Body of Christ, Dimension Publishers; 2nd edition (1985) Earl Paulk,
3. Adolph Hitler: A perverted Christian?” Terry Mattingly on Religion, Hitler confesses Jesus as “Lord and Savior”.
4. http://www.publiceye.org/magazine/v08n1/chrisre1.html Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence Frederick Clarkson Part 1 Roots and Overview
5. Inside the Christian Right Dominionist Movement That’s Undermining Democracy. At: http://www.alternet.org/story/152271/inside_the_christian_right_dominionist_movement_that’s_undermining_democracy_/ Url accessed: 2/4/2012
6. Greg Loren Durand. “Reconstructionism’s Commitment to Mosaic Penology“. Christian Reconstruction and Its Blueprints for Dominion.
7. The Institutes of Biblical Law, The Craig Press, 1973, by Rousas John Rushdooney
8. Rick Joyner with Dutch Sheets “The True Soldiers of the Cross are mobilizing. The Church is about to be Clothed with a Beauty that is Beyond this World!”, Elijah List, 6/19/07
9. Christian Right Wing Pastor And Endorser Of Michele Bachmann Admits That The Religious Right Wants Dominionism And ‘World Conquest’ http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/11/15/christian-right-wing-pastor-and-endorser-of-michele-Bachmannn-admits-that-the-religious-right-wants-dominionism-and-world-conquest-video/ Url accessed: 2/1/2012
11. The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action by George Grant, published in 1987 by Dominion Press
13. Reclaiming Citizenship, History and Faith, Talk 2 Action, “Purge of Professors at Patrick Henry College?” By Dogemperor. At: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2006/5/26/83129/0021 Url accessed: 2/3/2012
15. Ibid. (comment by Dogemperor, Comment section)
16. Hill, Clifford and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes; Blessing the Church?; Eagle; p. 134
17. Washington Post, August 19, 2004. “General’s Speeches Broke Rules,” By R. Jeffrey Smith and Josh White. At: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?A14262-2004Aug19?language=printer Url accessed: 1/30/2012
18. Belief Net, “The Same General Boykin? The Pentagon official, an evangelical, was nearly fired for insulting Islam. So far, conservative Christians stand by him.” By Deborah Caldwell. At: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/146/story_14608.html Url accessed: 2/4/2012
19. The Harvest, Whitaker House ,June 1997,”Joel’s Army,” by Rick Joyner
20. Anti- Defamation League, Phineas Priests. At: http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/Phineas.asp Url accessed 2/1/2012
21. Elijah List, “Taking the Land-We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place and Position Here On Earth” 11/29/05, By Rick Joyner. At: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=3617
22. Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God, Destiny Image Publishers, July 1, 1997, By Bill Hamon, foreword by C. Peter Wagner
24. The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement, Free Congress Foundation, 2001 Eric Huebeck with guidance by Paul Weyrich.
Robert B. Tanner says
After reading your expanded and powerful presentation of Dominionisim I am compelled to give you a huge AMEN to your warning of this EVIL that has taken over far too much of Evangelical Christianity!
back in 1975, I investigated Mormonisim, a recognized cult with Dominionist leanings that attempted to enter politics when the founding ‘Prophet’, Joseph Smith, tried to run for President shortly before his life was cut short in 1844.
After praying to God for wisdom, I received a powerful word of God that led me away from the Mormon church, but after I returned to my evangelical church, God continued his work, showing more wisdom on me. I began to see the negative influence of the Bill Gothard seminars that was leading the church away from Jesus’ grace toward legalisim. I was later forced out of the church in 1978 after I expressed my concerns about old testament doctrines, like tithing, infiltrating the Gospel of grace.
as Legalisim began to become Dominionism in the evangelical church as you so expertly pointed out, the Christian Right began to take over the political discourse in this country.
I have now been forced to abandon my Evangelical faith, especially after evangelicals joined with the Mormon Church to try to put Mitt Romney into the presidency. Even though the Evangelicals saw the Mormons as a non-Christian cult, they were willing to set aside their faithfulness to God to advance their Christian Right agenda.
As God has allowed me to see for several years, the Evangelical church has joined forces with EVIL! We dodged a very dangerous bullet in this past election, but beware. these people will not let up on their quest.
Your insights are true and CHILLING!
Robert: I so appreciated you comment. One thing really broke my heart though. Do not abandon your faith. These people have little or nothing to do with the true God. Many who have their eyes opened make a reactionary giant pendulum swing away from God alltogether. There IS a true Gospel- the Gospel that Jesus preached. The problem is that precious few are preaching it. It literally tears me apart to see so called men and women of God CHARGING for the Gospel which was freely given. It is an abomination in the eyes of God.
There is a free DVD series on my site by Rich Vermillion. If you have not availed yourself of it I might suggest it. It is doctrinally solid and there is NO CHARGE. It is free, just like salvation! It is always good to feed oneself on the true after being exposed to the false. I think you will find it refreshing.
Robert B. Tanner says
Dear Mishel: Forgive the wrong impression. Yes, I did abandon the Evangelical version of faith, however, I still hold to Jesus and His gospel. It’s just that I had deeply experienced God’s tearful heartbreak over the false faith of the Mormons when, back in 1975 and 1976, He showed me their sin. To see the Evangelicals jumping in with the Mormons to elect Romney makes me feel downright sick. The news of Billy Graham’s willingness to set aside his views of Mormonisim as a cult to help Romney’s election campaign. THAT was the last straw.
I understand your concern. I read and post on a Ex-Mormon recovery board. I am noticing that many Ex-Mormons have become Atheist. There are also Ex-Evangelical sites out on the internet.
What both the Mormons and Dominionists are only accomplishing, is to turn many souls away from God and making His name a total blasphemy in the eyes of many. the NONES, ones who don’t follow a religion, are the fastest growing segment in the country, now nearly 20% of the electorate.
What I AM going through, is a still another long and brutal scourging of my faith. God is once again determined to be as described in Hebrews 12, as an all-consuming fire. I am no longer an Evangelical. THAT has now been all burned away. All I know now is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified on my behalf.
Thank you for your concern. I am just going through a rough Hebrews 12 moment.
Steve Meikle says
I rejected Dominionism years ago as being legalist. But I see from this article here that it has got much worse since when i rejected it.
They have an excessively exalted view of the Church.
It will not be the triumphal body of godlike being trampling its enemies. It will be a tiny remnant which will be martyred during the Great Tribulation.
So, full of arrogant presumption and sanguine self image they will ignore any scripture that they do not like. This cherry picking of scripture is the very essence of heresy.
But this is more than mere heresy. It is a monstrous insanity, showing a church which is too lazy to study the scriptures and so is open to any vanity, the more insane the better as far as they are concerned, that comes to them.
Thank you for the update
Steve Meikle says
When the Dominionists want to punish anyone who breaks the Law of Moses one must wonder if they themselves will voluntarily line up for execution when they themselves break the Law of Moses.
Somehow I don’t think so. This of course shows the vicious vengeful hypocrisy of these people.
Such an evil is so foul that it can only be called Antichrist.
Again I say well done for being biblically literate enough to oppose this evil
Thank you very much, Mishel, this is the very best I´ve ever read avout the “right-wing”-dominionism !
Wow Mishel, a well documented article about the heresy which has overtaken the church. I left a church here in Toledo, OH where “Bishop” Michael Pitts preaches in a very deceptive way this doctrine. He is so cunning about attracting talented, educated individuals & exploiting them to further his agenda, the one you speak of here. His teaching was not always that way when I first started attending in 1991. However, by the time I figured things out through the abuse of his power, it was some 18 years later. I have tried to talk to my friends who remain about his teachings & tie to Dominionism, but they will hear none of it. And even if they see anything wrong, they are so enamored with his charismatic personality & the cult-like atmosphere of the church, they will not walk away from it. Michael’s church is considerably smaller now, down to one service on Sunday, but he is now turning to his online audience with his charismatic self & his “revelations” that young viewers in particular, are easily swayed by. In fact, that is where his recruitment now lies in Toledo, with the younger, next up & coming generation. “Older” individuals such as myself have heard & been through all of his wayward antics & run-ins with the law which he readily told us was due to individuals who didn’t like him & were setting him up because of the very large, powerful racially diverse church he was building in a small predominantly white middle class area. I believed it all at the time, but my eyes have been opened.
I was very wounded & disillusioned when I left & had a hard time sorting things out. I am still not a part of a church family some 4 years after leaving. Your website is a godsend of truth. Many Christians are so worldly & ignorant because of these very charismatic individuals who lead them so subtly & entice them with their music, feel good messages, promises of wealth & healing for sowing their faith seeds to come into agreement with God’s word that was preached. Then they invite other charismatic prophets, bishops, apostles etc. to come & put on their show for their followers & prophelie to them or lay hands on them after their minds have been numbed & hypnotized by the music & voila, you have won them over. Their flesh has been stroked in the name of a move of the Holy Spirit. And of course as a good adherent, you play along, because as the pastors glare down at you from the platform, you don’t want to be seen as a nonconformist or unspiritual. You want to be in their good graces because that’s what you have been indoctrinated into – you have to honor the leadership & follow the protocol of the house to move up the ranks. Very militaristic verbiage. Then Michael would throw out phrases like they are following a protocol anointing set forth in the OT & too bad for anybody who doesn’t like how they do things because it’s what the prophets in the OT did. It all sounded so plausible & I am a very educated person. But that’s what Michael liked. He exploited both sides of the spectrum – the weak he could pray for & make them feel understood & the talented he could use for his servitude to further his agenda & then those individuals felt special & important because they had Michael’s approval. However, the breakdown occurred when any of those individuals made a misstep or disagreed or got tired and needed to take a break from their position. That’s when the hatchet fell.
So unbelievable it seems & so much more that could be said. Suffice it to say, you are a brave, bold servant of the Lord for exposing this heresy. As I read more & more of the article & then came to the close, I thought to myself, with all of the internet spying these days, whose to say these individuals won’t try to stop you & say that you are the heretic because you are not adhering to “God’s Word”. It is indeed scary to think about. But as you say, the true message of the gospel does not tell us to force ourselves on nonbelievers. We are to sow the seeds of the gospel into the hearts of those that God sends to us. God does not force His will onto anyone, so why do these Dominionists think they can?
I am sorry for being so long-winded here, but it is hard to find a safe place to share concerns about this heresy with those who understand. I have tried to just forget about my 18 years under Michael Pitts’s indoctrination & move on & just settle into a nice church somewhere. However, since Michael bashed every church & denomination in town as religious & operating under the old school w/out the anointing, it is still with jaded eyes that I view other churches. Michael made it seem as an us vs. them out there. Cornerstone was the church in town w/an anointing to take the city – we were going to dominate the city & set the captives free. Well, after his 25+ years in this city, it still hasn’t happened and gang activity & poverty are at their highest rates ever. Yet, people still bow in worship to Michael every time he tells them they are overcomers & are going to take dominion over the devil.
Enough said. In closing, I do have one question. Where does the whole IOCC, David Huskins and the bishop factory play into this? Michael used to preach so strongly against the Catholics & their religious garb & collars & crosses & now he wears them when he wants to flaunt his spiritual authority. And how on earth can there be archbishops associated w/this group when the term archbishop is not in the Bible? How sad that the church is so blind & does not question these things.
Thank you so much for your research & effort in so factually presenting the real truth according to God’s Word. This entire group of Dominionists are drunk on power & greed, not the love of the true gospel & the winning of souls for Christ. As I eventually saw under Michael’s reign, things became very punitive when you did not buck up & follow his protocol of order in serving in “his kingdom”. Apparently Dominionists have forgotten that Jesus already paid the price for our sin & we no longer need to punish individuals who they feel don’t adhere to their twisted gospel of God’s Word.
Wow- I know exactly who you mean. I used to attend a church in Wilkesboro NC under Pastor Don Wales who was under Michael Pitts. He started off good but the church slid into hard core dominionism. I know all about Pitts and what he believes. It was hard for me to leave because I really loved Pastor Don and his family but after the Lord opened my eyes I had to get out from under that apostasy. I am so glad you got out! Now, I check everything I hear by the Word of God and have spent years now researching all this stuff. Thank you for your testimony!
David Sanchez says
This Dominionism belief does not have a leg to stand on, but only within “the church” itself. With all the sins of society, Hollywood and the leftist media influencing people, defiantcy against morals is common ground within our nation, and that will only continue growing more than any theocracy in the USA,
Melissia Droppa says
I too use to go to cornerstone church in wilkesboro nc yes the church did start off good, but then right into dominionism. God lead me out of that church when me and my daughter were left strained on the highway because of my radiator blowing up. We made it home and the next day I called and asked for help in getting my car towed into the shop, there in Elkin nc. Pastor Don Wales tried to say that I did not pay tithes to the church and refused to help me out, until my friend called him and said wait a minute I know for a fact she pays tithes once a month. She explained to them that I was on disability and paid my tithes at the beginning of every month. He then said he would pay 50.00 dollars of it. I had to take the last 50.00 that I had in my bank account that I was trying to live on for the rest of the month and use to to get my car towed. After that me and several of my friends started praying and our eyes were opened wide, we all left at the same time. We learned that the church and its leaders where not about love and helping those in need, but about greed, hurting people and dominionism. It has taken me years to get myself straighten out and to learn the truth of Gods word, I am not in church now neither is my daughter but I do hold onto the truth of Gods word and his love for me. I now minister to abused and hurting women and children. I don’t look at this as a bad thing I look at it as part of God teaching me the light and love of him verses darkness, evil and turning people from God. Since all this happen to me the church has done even worse to an elderly women who is like a mother to me. They have left her without money and food as well, in which she has left and now has a very good church family.
Alef Beit says
I find all of Christianity very confusing is this Jesus the same God who saved Israel from slavery in Egypt or isn’t he God at all ?
If so then he is the one who gave all the laws to Moses including stoning and animal sacrifice.
Is Christianity borrowing from Gnosticism and there are two completely different gods
with very different values?
If this is so then Jesus is a sinner of the of the highest order, a false prophet and worthy of his death sentence.
Christine Erikson says
Jesus did not negate the Law He gave Moses, but nailed everyone on their hypocrisy and also offers amnesty. When He comes back it will be totalitarian.
several things dominionists want to make into death penalty issues would be good to do
so, or at least have that as an option in dealing with them. however, the bias should be to
reform. Getting the Gospel accepted by force only makes fake Christians, so this has to
be handled carefully.
civil order and Gospel are two different things. the dominionists want power and it doesn’t
matter how correct the doctrine may SEEM to be or appropriate the punishments. they
are getting high off this, and engaged in some occultic practices. I suspect that if they
execute a lot of people the demons will be feeding off this like a sacrifice and getting
Joel’s army is a joke – these people should read farther. This is no army of righteousness
but a heathen army brought by God to discipline Israel, which will eventually be taken from them and DESTROYED.
IT is unbelievable what people fall for. MEanwhile Boykin is part of the McInerney and
Vallely American Spring crew, and Vallely co wrote Mind War with satanist (temple of set
version) Michael Aquino in 1980 or 1983.
Lori Parker says
I got your email address from a radio program I listened to regarding the problems you had in Rick Joyner’s church. The church today is diseased. I believe God is going to change that in the days ahead. My only concern is that you actually expose and criticize people such as Rick Joyner and many others instead of simply addressing the error they are walking in. As Believers, we are never to slander others. Our job is to pray for them. I’ve had concerns regarding Rick Joyner and many others for years. I have taken them to the Lord and He has revealed many things. I never repeat the things the Lord shares publicly. We can blow the whistle regarding the errors we see happening in the Body of Christ, but when we throw other Believers under the bus, we are nothing more than pawns in Satan’s hands.
John Galyon says
Lori, I assure you that I’m in no way attempting to respond to your comment on Mishel’s behalf, but since this is a blog in which it’s common and acceptable to discuss matters with each other, I hope you won’t mind me offering my perspective.
“My only concern is that you actually expose and criticize people such as Rick Joyner and many others instead of simply addressing the error they are walking in. As Believers, we are never to slander others. Our job is to pray for them”.
Examining your statement on a purely scriptural basis, (which is the only basis that really matters) there are some problems with what you said.
While I would totally agree that we should not “slander” others, we have to first ask the question: what is slander? A common and acceptable definition is:
“a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report”.
By definition, Joyner, or any of the other ministers that Mischel has written about have not been slandered. In the legal sense of the definition, the key determinant of whether statements are slanderous would be: are the statements false? If not…then there is no slander. On this basis, Mischel has slandered no one.
I agree that we are to pray for people (whether they are Christians or not)… our duty does not stop there.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them ” (Rom. 16:17)
While there are certainly other scriptures that support Romans 16: 17, because I simply don’t have the time to find others at the moment…and I believe this one scripture is adequate for this discussion, though I believe it would be profitable to do a bit more searching of the scriptures for other related verses.
As you see, the scripture doesn’t just say to “simply address the error they’re walking it”, it says to “mark them”….not mark the error…but to “mark THEM”. Paul is clearly speaking to the church…about those in the church who are causing “divisions and offences”. And how are they doing this? By speaking and conducting themselves in a manner that is contrary to sound doctrine. I think that it’s clear that in saying we are to “mark them”, Paul is saying that we should call them out by name, clearly identifying them, otherwise…how would we know to avoid them? And furthermore, we aren’t just instructed to mark them…we’re instructed to avoid them!
You wrote: “We can blow the whistle regarding the errors we see happening in the Body of Christ, but when we throw other Believers under the bus, we are nothing more than pawns in Satan’s hands”.
With all respect, according to Romans 16:17…this simply isn’t correct. This scripture clearly directs us to expose those in the church who are causing offence, division, and are trying to introduce unsound doctrine. If we don’t, there will be no unity in the body, people will be harmed, and the Lord’s work will suffer. The term “throwing believers under the bus” simply does not apply here. In fact, the term generally means either to blame someone for something that’s not their fault, or to blame someone for something that is YOUR fault. So even if we didn’t have Romans 16:17 to look to…your use of the term is incorrect. When we mark and avoid such people, we’re not throwing them under the bus…we’re obeying God and thereby protecting God’s people from people who are at the least …in error, and at worst, ravenous wolves
Lori, it is all but inevitable these days that whenever those in ministry are exposed when they’re found to be walking in sin, and/or spiritual error…that there are those who will react by saying such things as: “judge not that ye be not judged”, “let he that is without sin first cast the stone, “touch not God’s anointed, and any number of other scriptures …all taken out of context and wrongly divided. Why? Sometimes because people have made idols out of mere men and they feel these men must be protected, but perhaps more commonly…because we have an errant concept of what “the love of God” involves.
The scriptures tell us to pray for one another…and even to pray for our enemies. We are to love God, to love our fellow believers…and to love our enemies! Unfortunately, we fail to realize that ( when it comes to true believers) love can and does involve correction. And whether it is a believer who is in sin and/or error …or whether it is an intentional enemy of the cross, i.e. those who are lost and working against God’s kingdom…prayer is not always the end-all action we have to take. Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the temple, called them names…and guess what? He did it in public…most likely in a temple that was filled with people who heard and saw the whole episode! And in the case of Romans 16:17…Paul makes no distinction between true believers…or wolves that have penetrated the church…he just tells us how we should deal with them!
I’m by no means suggesting that the Word of God tells us to “go public” and “name names” every time we see a brother/sister in a fault/sin. It talks about people and situations whose actions are causing problems within the body of Christ.
I believe that Romans 16:17 is certainly applicable to people like Rick Joyner (since you brought up his name in specific). My understanding from reading various articles that Mischel has written concerning Joyner and in talking to her personally for several hours is that she sees him (as do I) as preaching what the scriptures refer to as “another gospel”. ( I will gladly stand corrected on this if needed…but I feel certain I’m correct at this time). I have no hesitation to say that I’m completely convinced that this is the case…and that Joyner and his ilk are at the forefront of a deception in the church that is unprecedented in the history of Christianity. And I have no hesitation in saying that I’m convinced that he and the movement, along with others who teach a similar “false gospel” are playing a huge role in ushering in the great “falling away” described in the scriptures. The horrible thing about Joyner and the movement he’s involved in is that many, many sincere Christians who truly love God and are only trying to do their best to live holy lives that are pleasing to the Father, and trying to do His will…are being led astray. These people are to the church…what pedophiles are to young children. If we knew that someone was an active pedophile…would we just pray for them, or would we mark them and have nothing to do with them? Do we pray, and pray only that the wolves will stop slaughtering the sheep…or do we call them what they are…so that they are unable to prey on the sheep? I think you know the answer.
Thank you so much for all the good work you have done and presented here.
I have a friend, who is a missionary in China, staying at my home at this present time..
He is very tied in to IHOP, Lou Engels, Rick Joyner ect.
I have always had a check in my spirit regarding any and all of these. Many years ago, the church we were attending received a new young pastor, who had been an evangelist for this particular denomination and eventually over time, in trying to find where he belonged, took us down many religious roads and we ended up in the Kingdom Now camp. My husband and I just couldn’t accept this teaching as we felt it was against what the bible taught, so we left, leaving behind many wonderful friendships. Unfortunately, he connected with Early Paulk, Baxter and Chilton, just to name a few. It was a sad time and yet we are grateful that we knew the Word well enough and heard from the Spirit of God, to know that is was not of Him.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help wonder what denomination you are affiliated with and if you are a strong Demoncrat, as you seemed to include many Republicans, if not all, into the Dominionists camp. lol
I will encourage my friend to read this in hopes that the truth will be revealed to him.
Thank you so much for all the good work you have done and presented here.
I have a friend, who is a missionary in China, staying at my home at this present time..
He is very tied in to IHOP, Lou Engels, Rick Joyner, etc.
I have always had a check in my spirit regarding any and all of these. Many years ago, the church we were attending received a new young pastor, who had been an evangelist for this particular denomination and eventually over time, in trying to find where he belonged, took us down many religious roads and we ended up in the Kingdom Now camp. My husband and I just couldn’t accept this teaching as we felt it was against what the bible taught, so we left, leaving behind many wonderful friendships. Unfortunately, he connected with Earl Paulk, Baxter and Chilton, just to name a few. It was a sad time and yet we are grateful that we knew the Word well enough and heard from the Spirit of God, to know that is was not of Him.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help wonder what denomination you are affiliated with and if you are a strong Demoncrat, as you seemed to include many Republicans, if not all, into the Dominionists camp. lol
I will encourage my friend to read this in hopes that the truth will be revealed to him.
I am neither a democrat or a republican and as a Canadian with green card status I can not vote. I prefer not to comment on my church because it is not relevant- I feel comfortable in ANY church that is preaching the real Gospel. I am a born again believer who believes in the gifts of the Spirit when used biblically.
Patrick Henry College is near Purcell, Virginia, about 50 miles west of Washington, DC. I visited it once after hours. [Patrick Henry was a Virginia citizen.] I don’t support dominionism, but the freemasonry-saturated Constitution is no masterpiece. The Bill of Rights tried to offset the Constitution’s curtailing of basic freedoms. Use Google to take a long, hard look at the freemasonry-saturated anti-Bill of Rights statue in front of IRS headquarters (Maryland).
A lot a good content, but I’m left asking a few questions:
Do you think it’s biblical for Christians to still be engaged in the various spheres of society and try to be salt and light there by excelling in them righteously?
Isn’t there a contrast between God’s ways and Satan’s way in virtually every field, including government, economics, media, education, biology, etc…?
Isn’t it right for Christians to demonstrate God’s ways in these fields in conjunction with verbally preaching the gospel?
Isn’t it right to fight (spiritually) for the heart of our nation even with the understanding that the antichrist’s rise must inevitably come?
I agree that the Republican Party and Christian right paving the way for the NWO. However, this is because they are opposition to what the Bible teaches about the proper role of civil government, not in agreement with it. They are pushing the government to usurp the roles of other biblically mandated government systems such as church, family, individual, and private organizational.
(I’ve studied this topic for years and there are many passages that speak on this in both testaments, not just Romans 13.)
Are you saying Christians should not bother trying to be light and salt in the civil government realm but just abandon it to the Luciferians and wait for the antichrist to arise?