Posted by: judy | January 6, 2009

Beyond Salvation, Dominion Theology

playdough-earthThis blog will continue to discern and identify Dominion Theology. Because of the subtleties, it is tricky to digest and understand. BUT crucial to our faith, understanding of current events, and understanding of eternity.

Today, found another excellent article and resource at Moriel Ministries.  Sarah Leslie, the contributing author has pulled together some of the finest descriptions, definitions, and organizations to expose Dominion Theology. This theology is  most prevalent among evagelical Christians.

Dominionism teaches

The Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the “ Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can “incarnate” Christ and function as His body on Earth to establish His kingdom rule. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man’s efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished.

~~ Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism

I have been hearing/taught this stuff for years but never really connected the dots and examined the Scriptures. Chances are you are sitting in a mainline denomination church right now, hearing fragments of Dominion Theology from the pulpit, Sunday School class, and small group Bible studies.

Other articles on Dominion Theology:

The Dominion Mandate and the Christian Reconstruction Movement
Critical Issues Commentary, Bob DeWaay

Dominion Theology — Excellent, shorter overview
The Biblicist

We will be reviewing a book by Andy Crouch, Culture Making, Recovering our Creative Calling. It is unabashadly a fine example of Dominion Theology.

So in a way the Creator’s greatest gift to his creation is the gift of structure — not a structure which locks the world, let alone the Creator himself, into eternal mechanicial repetition, but a structure which provides freedom. And those who are made in his image will also be both creators and rulers. They will have a unique capacity to create — perhaps not to call something out of nothing in quite the way that God does . . . but to reshape what exists into something genuinely new. And they will have a responsibility to care for what God has made . . . They will sort out the cultivated from the wild. Human beings will be gardeners. (pg. 22)

And the last chapter of the book:

All our culture making must be bound up in this prayer [Ps 90:17, TNIV] — that what we make of the world will last after the world itself has been rolled up like a scroll. When we are fully able to bear the beauty of God resting upon us, when our work and worship are one, we will live in the eternal now of creators made in the Creator’s image. And, once more, it will be very good. (pg 268)

In a final analysis of Crouch’s book, Andy puts forth his theory — that God mandates man to create culture, to sort out the cultivated from the wild. Crouch stretches and emphasisizes and even seems to interpret all of Scripture through the lens of Genesis 1:1 & 2:15. Man is creator, ruler, and in the end attributes what man has made in the very same words of God, it will be very good.


Andy Crouch biography

The Gospel: Culture Making or culture breaking?



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