Posted by: judy | March 17, 2009

Gary Gilley on Dominion Theology

While searching for information on the selection of Tullian Tchividjian as the new Sr. Pastor of Coral Ridge, I came across Gary Gilley’s  review of the book “Total Truth” by Nancy Pearcy.

Nestled in the review is a clear understanding and Biblical admonishment of Dominion Theology:

Those, like Pearcey, who believe in a Cultural Mandate, draw their biblical support from Genesis 1:28 where Adam and Eve are told to subdue the earth. The Cultural Mandate is the popular idea that mankind in general, and believers in particular, are called to engage, influence and transform culture (p. 35). Christians should be God’s change agents, working to alter any cultural development or expression that is counter to His will. In the process, culture will be transformed, even redeemed, for the Lord’s purposes. What Pearcey, and others who are promoting this idea, fail to note is that the so-called Cultural Mandate was given before the fall of man—and not repeated afterwards. There is absolutely no Scripture to support a Cultural Mandate for Christians today. A brief reading of the New Testament verifies this. Throughout Acts and the epistles there is no action taken, or instruction given, on reforming culture. Rather, we are commissioned to draw men out of the domain of the devil and into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13). That Christians should be concerned about and protect this earth, that we should do our best to promote justice and help the poor, that we should do our job to the glory of God, go without question. But that we have a Cultural Mandate to transform society is lacking biblical grounds.

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