This is a fascinating commentary by Don Koenig. Sarah Palin fans–read carefully!
Most Christians might think I would have to be nuts to warn others about the possibility of rising Christian imperialism at a time when Christianity is under oppression by the secular Far Left and Islam but apart from my mental condition I try to stay one step ahead of the curve.
One thing that I have learned over the years about politics is that political action on one side of the political spectrum soon produces a counter-reaction from the other side of the spectrum after a short time. The reason for that is that any political system that man tries always ends in failure due to man’s depravity. How many times have the political philosophies of the Far Left or the Far Right already been tried in the world? All governments end in failure because man is depraved. Unregenerate man will always be unsatisfied with the state he is in and because he soon becomes dissatisfied on one side of the political spectrum he will soon move toward the other side of the political spectrum for worldly solutions to fulfill his lusts of the flesh.
Now the Far Left is in power in America. But, we know from history that it will fail. Socialism cannot work because it is flawed. People are soon going to realize that the Far Left does not have the answers and they will look for answers from the Far Right but they will have no real answers either because unregenerate man is selfish and hopelessly depraved. A good example of the swings I am talking about can be seen in Latin America. They have made several swings from one extreme of the political spectrum to the other in just the last century. America also has had swings to the Left and Right although they have not been as extreme as Latin America, but that apparently has now changed.
So the rise of the Far Right in America after the present rise of the Far Left is more likely than not. In fact, we can already see that the pendulum is now starting to swing back toward the Right. But the Far Right is not going to solve America’s problems either. If a nation goes too far Left or Right and stays there for awhile it always result in tyranny because of the depravity of man.
The modern examples of going too Far Left is the communist nations. The ones that still survive are on life support. Only China remains as a power but China really is not Communist anymore; it is Fascist. There are examples of the Far Right as well, under the rule of aristocrats, dictators and religion. Even in the days when Christianity ruled in various areas of the world we did not have anything near a Christian society; We just had Christian Imperialism. When the Church joined the Roman system after Constantine, the end results became Christian imperialism. The Roman Catholic Church has always believed in a form of Dominion Theology and its history is that of imperialism.
After the protestant reformation things still did not change for those under the control of the Vatican. The early Protestant denominations also carried out their own form of imperialism. I am not saying that imperialism is either bad or good in a fallen world. Imperialism has just been a political fact throughout most of the history of the world and imperialism was the rule in Christianity prior to modern times.
After Christianity joined the State, Christian post millennial or no millennial (amillennial) thinking prevailed. They taught that the Church reigns on earth and only after the enemies of the Church are put down does Jesus return. They often resorted to conquest and imperialism to accomplish that presumed mission. We do need to keep in mind that in the centuries that the Church and State were joined, much of their imperialism was in response to imperialism coming against them. For example Islam.
The Christian missionaries that went out to the world with the thought of “only” bringing the gospel to the world generally appeared within the last three centuries – mainly because lay Christian people started reading the Bible for themselves and started supporting the great commission apart from the State. Before that, there was Christian imperialism and allegiance to Christianity was generally forced on the populations that were under Christian control.
The Roman Church may have changed its methods in light of present world realities but its goal is still to have total religious dominion over the earth. They intend to rule over the religious of the world and I am pretty sure they will succeed in the days that the Beast of Revelation rises to power. However, the obvious Roman Harlot of Revelation and its Dominion Theology and imperialism is not the real point of this post.
I want to warn about a rising movement toward Christian Imperialism coming from elements mostly in Protestantism.
There is subtle soft dominionism coming from Rick Warren and associates with his one billion man army and there is the hard dominionism coming from various factions that came out of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movement. The name given to this movement rooted in the theology of C. Peter Wagner, is the New Apostolic Reformation.
The soft dominionism of the Christian globalists like Rick Warren is more of a left leaning socialist movement that intends to bring social justice on the earth through good social works and interfaith agreements. But hard dominionism intends to rule the world through force and it identifies with the Far Right. Some like Christian Identity and perhaps some Mormons actually expect to use physical force to bring in the Kingdom but those in the fast growing New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) claim they will take over the world through spiritual warfare. Nevertheless, if hard dominionists try to force their form of Christianity on the world through Far Right political agendas and by calling down judgments on other people, there will be physical counter reactions. By the way, the first enemy of the NAR is all Christianity that failed to take dominion back from the Devil and is hindering the “anointed” apostles and prophets of the NAR. They probably will be glad to see us removed in the Rapture if they actually believed in a pretrib rapture, but they do not. They are post-millennial.
I understand that the NAR cult is growing by 9 million people each year thanks much to undiscerning Christian TV networks that promote these heretics and transformations home cell groups. In short, those in the NAR believe that God is restoring the ministry of Apostles and Prophets and God gave these “anointed ones” power to take over the world. The leaders make outlandish claims like making many trips to heaven and talking directly to Jesus and raising the dead but I really can’t get into all the garbage that they claim in this post. You can find about 150 articles on the NAR through this link.
The movement really is recycled Kingdom Now, Latter Rain, Joel’s Army, Manifest Son’s of God, etc., Dominion Theology. It seems that they have to keep changing the name to keep fooling the ever gullible. This movement is brought to you by the same loons that gave the world the Toronto “blessing”, the Brownsville “revival”, and the Lakeland “Todd Bentley kick you in the head to heal you” performance. These circus acts are prepackaged with laughing hyenas in the side rings. In the center ring you have the false prophets and healing acts. The Toad Bentley freak show was a novelty side show for awhile until he was exposed and disgraced (by the way, I now hear that Toad got spiritually restored into a real man when the Toad was spiritually kissed by the NAR enchantress). If you want more information on Toad Bentley I already have some posts written on him under my “Latter Rain” tag.
These people supposedly seriously think that they will take control over the earth from Satan by the special powers given to their self appointed anointed (I say supposedly because they really are mostly con artists or they are quite insane). In spite of what they claim I read in the Bible that God has control over the earth and that Satan rules the world systems until Jesus returns. There is no doctrine supporting Dominion Theology and imperialism or their type of territorial spiritual warfare. I see no such concept as taking the world for Christ in the Bible. I do see reaching the world for Christ with the good news. Jesus will take the world for Himself when He returns. These “Apostles” cannot even take their own audience for Christ. Instead they take them into altered states of consciousness – in other words the occult. The real problem with most of the sheeple in this heretical movement is that they do not read the Word of God. Their God talks to them through goose bumps, hot flashes and the evidence of mass hysteria brought on by hypnosis and auto-suggestion.
One of the long time chief false prophets of this movement is Rick Joyner and I understand that Sarah Palin follows his every word as if it came from God. So coming full circle on the concept of Christian imperialism you might see a real tempest in a teapot if the Far Right comes in with Christian dominionists in this country. I am sure they will try to force a Christian nation on all the heathen but is that what God told the Church to do? If the dominionists get in control in America will it be any different than it was under Roman dominionism? Will this movement go world-wide after the errors of the Far Left brings the world to economic collapse and a world war with Islam? If so, will all in Dominion Theology come under the control of Rome through manifested Marian deceptions? Who is that woman in Revelation chapter 17 that rides the Beast? Looks like she has all the garbs of Christian dominionism and imperialism to me. Any wonder now why the Beast she rides soon turns on this Harlot and burns her with fire?
Here is some history and some warnings on the NAR
Here is a very informative blog on Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley and the NAR.
How about some proof that the NAR is coalescing with Far Right Christians