BY GERI UNGUREAN
During the primaries, we heard so much about Christian Dominion Theology. Ted Cruz was accused of believing in Dominion Theology; and his father (a pastor) does preach this form of theology.
I thought that it would be helpful to research Dominion Theology, which I will call “DT” for the rest of this piece. As with everything else, we must compare teachings against Scripture. If it does not line up with the Word, it is false teaching, and we should completely avoid it.
I honestly do not know where those who adhere to DT find anything in the Word of God that supports these views. Let’s look at the definition of DT from gotquestions.org:
Question: “What is dominion theology / theonomy / Christian reconstructionism?”
Answer: Dominion theology refers to a line of theological interpretation and thought with regard to the role of the church in contemporary society. Dominion theology is also known as Christian reconstructionism and theonomy. Dominion theology states that biblical Christianity will rule all areas of society, personal and corporate. Christian reconstructionism reasons that society will be reconstructed by the Law of God as preached in the gospel and the Great Commission. Theonomy is a post-millennial view believing that all of the moral laws contained in the Old Testament are yet binding today. Although these might sound somewhat disparate, they have all been closely linked together to the point that people often use the terms interchangeably.
Those who hold these views believe that it is the duty of Christians to create a worldwide kingdom patterned after the Mosaic Law. They believe that Christ will not return to earth until such a kingdom has been established. The principal goal, then, of dominion theology and Christian reconstructionism is political and religious domination of the world through the implementation of the moral laws, and subsequent punishments, of the Old Testament (the sacrificial and ceremonial laws having been fulfilled in the New Testament). This is not a government system ruled by the church, but rather a government conformed to the Law of God. – source (Emphasis mine)
From Jan Markell of Olivetreeviews.org
Brethren, right from the start we can see error in this teaching. Jesus never spoke of changing governments! As a matter of fact, when the Pharisees tried to trick Him about Rome’s government, He said this:
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him” (Mark 12:17)
Our Lord Jesus came to us with a better Covenant of Grace. He came to reconcile those who would repent and believe in His redemptive work on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus knew that we were hopeless without Him. He knew that we could never pay our sin debt. But this had virtually nothing to do with governmental systems!
Gotquestions.org goes on:
Dominion theology / Christian reconstructionism is largely based upon a post-millennial view of covenantalism. Post-millennial refers to the belief that Christ will return to earth after the thousand-year reign of God’s kingdom, and covenantalism refers to the belief that biblical history is divided into three major covenants supposedly described in Scripture—of redemption, of works, and of grace. Adherents believe that we currently exist under the covenant of grace, and that the church has replaced Israel, and we are now in the millennial Kingdom of God. Man, under the covenant of grace, is responsible to rule the world, to hold dominion over it, in obedience to the laws of God.
The problem with these beliefs is that they rest upon a distorted view of Scripture. Scripture clearly teaches a premillennial view of the Kingdom of God (Zechariah 14:4-9; Matthew 25:31-34), the “covenant of grace” is an extra-biblical construct, Israel and the Church are distinct throughout biblical history and prophecy, and God never commanded the Church to revamp society. Instead, believers are commanded to preach the Gospel as in Matthew 28:19, 20, but God clearly intends to implement worldwide reform Himself (Revelation 19:11-20:4). Though it is clearly unbiblical, dominion theology persists. It is, in fact, a great threat to biblical Christianity. Once at home solely within Reformed circles, dominion theology and Christian reconstructionism are now creeping into many Protestant churches and are making a large impact on the beliefs of Charismatic churches in particular. – source (Emphasis mine)
Did you see that? These teachers of DT believe that the Church replaced Israel!
Replacement Theology is a lie from the pit of hell. Here is an article I wrote on this subject:
The Lie of Replacement Theology
Back to gotquestions.org
As with any new teaching we are exposed to, we need to be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11: “And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth.” Dominion theology / Christian reconstructionism doesn’t align with what we read in the Scriptures. Although this is just a “nutshell” summary of dominion theology, the points made are very clear. Dominion theology is not a theology for a believer to live by, but rather one to avoid. – source (Emphasis mine)
Jesus does not need or want us to overtake governments before His return! His heart is for the lost. He wants to reconcile the lost to His Father in heaven. This has virtually nothing to do with government. It has everything to do with the souls of men and women.
If you are in a church which teaches this heresy, flee from it! Do not look back!
Here are the last words of Jesus before He ascended to the Father:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
He was speaking of teaching the people of all the nations of world – not the governments!
Jesus will return when His Father tells him it is the appointed time; and this has absolutely nothing to do with the governments of nations being ready. It has to do with the very last Gentile being brought into the Kingdom of God!
Remember brethren – our job is to share Salvation with the lost. That is why we are still here!