DOMINIONISM: THE THEOLOGY OF
TODAY'S ANTIGOVERNMENT MOVEMENT
"Dominionism" is a militant post-millennial eschatology ("doctrine
of end times") which pictures the seizure of earthly (temporal) power
by the church as the only means through which the world can be rescued;
only after the world has been thus "rescued" can Christ return
to "rule and reign." (Some dominionists see the seizure
of the earth as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;" others
picture it as the result of military and political conquest; most see
it as a combination of both.)
Dominionists - whether subtly or otherwise - discount altogether
the possibility of a rapture. They have rejected pre-millennialism
completely - and in doing so, they have not only rejected the possibility
of a pre-tribulational rapture of the church, but also the possibility
of a mid-tribulational rapture and a post-tribulational rapture. This
is post-millennialism - the historic teaching of the Roman Catholic
Al Dager writes, "Some two decades before Pentecostalism found
its way into the (mainstream) denominations (i.e., the Episcopalians,
the Catholic Church, etc.) as the 'Charismatic Renewal', it
experienced a new surge of experience-oriented theology within
its own ranks. It was from this neo-Pentecostal experience -
what came to be called the 'Latter Rain Movement' - that Charismatic
Dominionism sprang. The more prominent leaders of that movement
blended Pentecostal fervor with teachings that the Church was
on the brink of a worldwide revival. That revival would result
in a victorious Church without spot or wrinkle ... (which) would
inherit the earth and rule over the nations with a rod of iron."
Dager explains that at the core of the dominionist mindset is
"a ... premise ... that when Adam sinned, not only did
man lose dominion over the earth, but God also lost control
of the earth to Satan. Since that time ... God has been on the
outside looking in, searching for a covenant people
who will be His extension or expression
in the earth to take dominion back from Satan ..." [Dager,
Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 43-44. ]
The basic dominionist model is as follows:
- The world is plunged into a time of political and spiritual
crisis, one which threatens the world with chaos and the church with
- The Lord brings revival to the church.
- This revival results in the end of the church's divisions and
the rule of the "apostles and prophets."
- The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is preached to the whole earth which
leads to the conversion of Israel, the conquest of the world, and
the judgment of those who refuse to convert.
- The Lord returns.
Jewel van der Merwe of Discernment Magazine, elaborates; she writes
that the "New Charismatics" are actively pushing a belief
system which prophesies that " ... (1) the greatest revival the
church has ever known (is about to occur); (2) the greatest baptism
of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced (will shortly happen);
(3) the greatest army (Joels Army) distinguished by invincibility,
immortality and divinity (will be raised up); (4) the greatest purging
... in the history of the church (will shortly begin);1 (5) the greatest
ministry - the Prize of all Ages (is about to break forth); and (6)
the greatest miracles, supernatural signs and wonders far exceeding
that of the Apostles and Prophets of old (will shortly take place)."2
The dominionist model, however, is at total variance with the older
premillennial model. The premillennial model pictures:
- The world is plunged into a time of spiritual and political
- The church is apostatized.
- The apostatized church unites with the anti-Christ and seizes
control of the world.
- A great tribulation breaks out against those Christians who
refuse to become a part of the apostatized church, resulting in their
persecution and finally their destruction - after which the anti-Christ,
who had at first appeared as the champion of Israel, turns on Israel
to destroy her.
- The rapture occurs for those Christians who "remain," and Christ
returns to bring judgment on those who had destroyed Israel and persecuted
those Christians who had refused to be apostatized.
[This model is essentially the model of Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet
Earth, with the exception that Lindsey postulates that Christians will
be raptured out of the world prior to the beginning of the persecution
of the anti-Christ. Premillennialists are divided on the point of the
rapture; some argue that the rapture will occur before the tribulation,
some say during, and some say afterwards - but the essential elements
of the rest of the model remain.]
It should also be noted in this connection that in the dominionist
model, the church is the "main player," while in the premillennialist
model, Christ is the "main player."
In one way or another Franklin Hall, William Branham, George Hawtin,
Percy G. Hunt, Herrick Holt, George Warnock, Bill Britton, Kathryn Kuhlman,
Oral Roberts, Ern Baxter, Don Basham, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson,
Derek Prince, D. James Kennedy, William Banks, Marilyn Hickey, Demos
Shakarian, Ralph Martin, Steve Clark, Kevin Ranaghan, etc. have all
been involved in "Dominionism" and "Latter Rain." [Dager,
Vengeance Is Ours, pgs. 49-50.]
- And there are not just a few who have remarked on the similarity
between the phraseology that is being used here and the phraseology
that was used in the Third Reich.
- Jewel van der Merwe, "Joel's Army," (Holly, Michigan: Discernment
Newsletter Publications, pg. 1.
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