More Than Reformation: Purification of the Planet
The previous Herescope post cited Ron McGatlin of OpenHeaven.com, another apostolic leader who has been working on a more openly virulent form of dominionism. Ron McGatlin links to C. Peter Wagner and other New Apostolic Reformation leaders on his website, although there are some differences of opinion about how to tweak things.
In the OpenHeaven.com Digest of June 6, 2006, Ron McGatlin wrote a startling article entitled "More Than Reformation" in which he articulates how this movement is a "restoration" is "beyond reformation" and a "major shift" which will begin with the "purification of the people and eventually the planet."
What does McGatlin mean by "purification"? He begins by explaining that this "purification" will return the earth to a pre-Fall condition:
"It begins with the purification of the 'ekklesia,' the called-out assembly of the people of God. It is a return to the fullness of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, as it was before the fall of Adam. It is a shift from the thousands of years of man ruling the world by the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is the return to the ruling by Christ the King through the Holy Spirit from the tree of life. It is the beginning of the end of the man-focused church age and the beginning of the age of the kingdom of God. The shift from church to kingdom requires a major cleansing of the land before the new 'City of God' can be fully established.
"The completion of this shift may take thousands of years or a few centuries or only decades. Yet, it is the plan and purpose of God and has now come into view and will come to pass. The glory of God will cover the earth and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The kingdom of God shall reign on earth and the will of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The mature Sons of God will rule and reign with Him and the now groaning creation will rejoice in the salvation of our God." [emphases added]
This is pure Manifest Sons of God/Latter Rain/Joel's Army heretical doctrine, which is being applied to the concept of a New Apostolic/Second Reformation.
McGatlin continues with a stunning description of the "purification" that must take place:
"Those who will not come and will not be purified will not enter the holy city of God, the New Jerusalem. There will be no place found for those who come another way by another god or a religion. The people who name the name of Jesus and claim His blood bought salvation as a covering for their continued walking in the lust of the eyes and the pride of life will have no part in the New-Jerusalem lifestyle in the kingdom age. Eventually billions of people across the earth must be purified or removed that the earth may be purified for the kingdom of God to fully reign on earth as it is in heaven. The glory of God shall fill the whole earth."[emphases added]
Of course, in the New Apostolic Paradigm, it is necessary for so-called prophets and apostles to be set up in a hierarchical position of governance. McGatlin describes their role in this "purification":
"Now in the re-establishment of the kingdom of God on earth the powerful ministry of humble apostles is again being sent forth to do the work of massive change. … Powerful, humble apostles are required to bring forth the return to the foundations of the kingdom of God concept." [emphasis added]
McGatlin then explains that the old Bible must be "washed away" and replaces by a new "word," which presumably these self-anointed, self-appointed apostles will claim to have from God.
Much of the church-age religious doctrines must be washed away and replaced with the word of the kingdom that cannot be received in a heart-soil filled with the religious rocks and hardened soil of previous convictions. The faithful church member that adheres to their religious doctrines cannot receive the word of the kingdom and grow it to fruition. The soil of the heart must be cleared and healed for the kingdom seed to grow. This level of significant and sometimes traumatic change requires the gifting of the apostles to see first and bring forth revelation that is not yet visible to others. The foundational changes are first in the apostles and then passes to the prophets, shepherds, evangelists, and teachers. This is not a superiority; it is only an area of gifting for service." [emphases added]
These quotations speak of an incredible evil. They are never, ever to be mistaken for the pure Word of God or true Christianity! If you are reading this column and flirting with the doctrines of dominionism, we plead with you to flee this heresy. For the end conclusion of dominionism, which has just been explained in this candid description by Ron McGatlin, is brutal and horrific.
These words approximate the sinister "selection process" (i.e., "purification") described by Barbara Marx Hubbard and other Theosophical New Age leaders. The only difference is that McGatlin doesn't use the word "evolution." He uses the term "progressive reformation" instead. Hubbard has stated in her book The Revelation (Nataraj Publishing, 1995) that:
"After the selection process, you will be born to the next stage of evolution. There will be a New Heaven, a New Earth, a new body and a new consciousness for all who survive." (p. 261)
"By your acts you shall judged as to whether you can evolve, or must be 'cast into the lake of fire,' which is the second death.' (p. 254)
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." (1 Corinthians 15:50)
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:7)
"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness." ( 2 Peter 3:17)