"At first it may seem like totalitarianism"
The following statement comes from Rick Joyner with Dutch Sheets on the June 19, 2007 Elijah List newsletter entitled "THE TRUE SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS ARE MOBILIZING. THE CHURCH IS ABOUT TO BE CLOTHED WITH A BEAUTY THAT IS BEYOND THIS WORLD!"
THE COMING KINGDOM!
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.
God created mankind to be free, and that is our most natural state, which is why He put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden. It was not to cause Adam and Eve to fall, but there could be no true obedience unless there was an opportunity to disobey. Likewise, there can be no true worship unless there is the freedom not to worship. Otherwise, the Lord would have done better to have just created a computer instead of man and programmed the computers to worship Him! What kind of worship would that be? Freedom is required for true worship, true obedience, and true relationship.
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.
Those who are here to help prepare the way for the coming of the kingdom, which includes all Christians who are alive now, can learn much from the fall of the Iron Curtain. The same lessons can apply in a local church when ministering to those coming out of a spiritually or emotionally controlling relationship or prison. However, we must start thinking bigger. The Great Commission is to make disciples, not just converts, and of nations, not just individuals. Those who are called to rule and reign with Him must start thinking much bigger. [bold and blue color in original, red added for emphasis
This statement above is an extraordinary admission! The dominionists who are building the kingdom of God on Earth will usher in their kingdom on their white horses crying "peace, peace!" But here is an acknowledgment that the red horse of force, might and control lurks just behind the scenes. In this article the false prophets are preparing their troops for what is to come. Dominionism "Lite" always promises peace and prosperity, and a nice-sounding Christian culture or government. But Dominionism "Dark," which is the only way that dominionism can truly be enforced, is always totalitarian. You can't "make" disciples or "convert" whole nations" unless you use force. This is war.
Last Friday's post, "The 7-M Mandate'" connects to this statement above. So does the June 5th post, "The Tyranny of 3-Legged Branding." Lance Wallnau, who is now working with C. Peter Wagner on a global dominionism project using the motif of 7 mountains (or "spheres"), has proposed a strategy whereby
"a very small minority of people. . . as small as 3-5% . . . can control how the agenda works in a nation and thus create or dominate the culture.
"He also makes a rather shocking statement....
"He says leaders of countries are not looking for Christian solutions to their cultural problems. But what they ARE looking for represents a *massive* time-sensitive opportunity for Christians to have a platform to impact and disciple entire countries of our world today." [Os Hillman, "Weekly Resource Offer," June 18]
To understand the significance of this, visit this video clip of Lance Wallnau describing this Dominionism strategy. This shocking clip is part of Os Hillman's Church in the Workplace Conference planned for January 24-26, 2008. Os Hillman is a major leader in the marketplace transformation movement, a key area of focus for Dominionism to be imposed upon other nations of the Earth via corporate business mechanisms. This literally has to do with changing governments of other nations. This isn't Dominionism Lite!
The conference promo states:
"Three decades ago, two 'generals' in the Christian faith... Loren Cunningham, of Youth With A Mission, and Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade For Christ... were given a simultaneous supernatural message for each other. They both saw 7 strategic mountains, or 'mind molders', that shape the culture of every nation. God told each of them to inform the other that if they could capture these strategic places, they would reap the harvest of nations. These 7 mountains of societal influence are...
To understand the rationale that undergirds this marketplace dominionism "mandate," read the statement by Os Hillman in a letter to his supporters in April:
"When Jesus died on the cross the Bible says that 'the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost' (Luke 19:10). That means we are to restore the spiritual foundations that Jesus laid all the way back to the Garden of Eden. It is through faith in Jesus and bringing His Kingdom into the seven key areas of society that we will do this.
"When God called the people of Israel out of Egypt to form a new nation in the Promised Land, He told them that they would be the head --- not the tail --- if they obeyed the commands of the Lord. He told them to divide the land into seven parts (Joshua 18:5). They would also have to displace seven enemies that currently resided in the Promised Land." [bold added]
This heretical teaching misapplies Jesus's salvation of lost souls with "restoring" what was "lost" at the Fall of Man. It negates the work of the Cross. It falsely empowers man to complete the work that Jesus didn't finish, which is utter blasphemy. At the foundation of this Dominionist heresy is the belief that man can return to Paradise conditions in Genesis 1 by building the Kingdom of God on Earth. Nowhere is this taught by Jesus. This is not what the Kingdom of God is all about.
At the top of this post we have a frank admission that this Kingdom will "at first. . . seem like totalitarianism." Hardly Paradise for those poor souls in 3rd World countries who are the recipients of the machinations and devices of marketplace transformation.
"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Revelation 17:9)