Lately, bible-and-candle2I have been reading some discernment blogs on the topic of Dominionism and/or Kingdom Now Theology.  I am not clear on all the details concerning this heresy, but the basic idea is that Christians are supposed to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth now before Christ returns.  Somehow they see this as a type of salvation as it involves ‘christianizing’ government, education, business, all religions, and more.  Every aspect of society/culture is to be ‘taken’ for Christ. 

Reading in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus warns His disciples saying: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.’  (ch. 13 v. 5)  He sets the stage for the end times, ‘…when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.’  (v.7)  This does not sound like a christianized world to me.

He continues in chapter 13 telling them that ‘…the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.’  (v.10)  It would seem that Jesus was not instructing His disciples to attempt to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth, but instead to preach the Gospel to all people. 

Scripture teaches that,  ‘...by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.’  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  Salvation is not earned by trying to change governments, businesses or education.  This ‘works mentality’ will leave you spinning your wheels and distorts the Great Commission which commands us to ‘…make disciples…’  not culture.

                                                                     

So….what do you think, Ladies? 

Are you familiar with this type of teaching? 

What other Scripture verses might clarify what God expects of us in this world?

Remember:  ‘As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.’  (Proverbs 27:17) 

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