Sunday, August 22, 2010

What is Dominionism?

Christian Dominionism 101
Defined in its simplest form it is a theocratic approach to Christian faith and practice based on a literalistic interpretation of the Dominion Mandate given to man by God in the Book of Genesis and based on Chapter 1:26-27 that at Creation~ the chosen are to "subdue" the earth and "rule over" it and all its creatures. All Christians are NOT Dominionist…but all Dominionists ARE Christian.

The goal of Christian Dominionism is to abolish Separation of Church and State and to establish the United States as a distinctively Christian Nation based upon Old Testament Mosaic Law.

Dominionism does not include any ONE denomination, but it is heavily neopentecostal and includes evangelicals, fundamentalists, steeplejacked Baptists and more.  You must be "born again" and baptized, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

Dominionism, also known as "Reconstructionism," is primarily influenced by the teachings of Cornelius Van Til's "Presuppositional Apologetics" and has been thoroughly delineated by R.J. Rushdoony in his  "Institutes of Biblical Law" as well as Francis Schaeffer's "How Then Should We Live?" and recently popularized by Family Research Council~ the political arm of James Dobson's Focus on the FamilyHoward Phillips and the Constitution PartyGary DeMar's "American Vision" and Doug Phillips' widely-disseminated resources for homeschooling families. And at the top of the org chart, C. Peter Wagner himself of Global Harvest Ministries.

Many well-meaning Christians have been hood-winked and distracted by prominent neoconservative issues such as; 1) abortion; 2) gay rights; 3) pro-Christian proselytizing worldwide.

Our current estimates reflect as many as 60-80 million congregational members; some Dominionist leaders boast numbers as high as 104 million in the United States.  Most are servants to the 5% in the power that orchestrate the ideals of a worldwide Christian supremacy and dominance.

Although "the average evangelical Christian" is only vaguely familiar with the theological presuppositions of Dominionism, for the most part, the Church has accepted the consequent political, social, ethical, familial and lifestyle ideals of Dominionism which include hierarchical authority, socially conservative politics, strict gender roles, creationism, etc.

The danger of Christian Dominionism is in its stealth influence of dogmatic, fundamentalism on mainstream Christianity. While few Christians can articulate the principles of Reconstructionism, the majority have been seduced by the mindset~they unwittingly embrace the Dominionist platform and parrot its political ideologies.

Christian Dominionism, though not exclusively an American creation and phenomena, does exist around the globe, and in no small measure as a result of the efforts of missionaries from the United States.   Source