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More About Dominion Theology & the Seven Mountain Mandate

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:56 AM by First Baptist


 

During last Sunday’s message, I talked about so-called Dominion Theology in relation to the book of Revelation.

 

Dominion Theology encompasses a number of different ideas, one being that the Church is called upon & empowered to take dominion (control) of the seven most influential institutions in society for the purpose of advancing God’s Kingdom and preparing the earth for Christ’s return.

 

On Sunday, I mentioned that this seems to be at odds with the book of Revelation, which tells us it is ANTICHRIST who takes control of the major institutions of society. Nevertheless, Dominion Theology has become very popular in certain segments of Christianity, both in America & overseas.

 

Restoring the Office of Apostle

 

Critical to Dominion Theology is the idea that God has restored the lost office of apostle to the church. It is asserted that the new, present-day apostles have the same power & authority as the original apostles, and by following their lead, the church will finally be able to complete the Great Commission.

 

According to proponents, here is a list of what present-day apostles will do:

 

1.      Receive new revelation from God.

2.      Cast new vision for the church.

3.      Birth new ministries.

4.      Appoint pastors and govern local churches.

5.      Lead the church in spiritual warfare.

6.      Impart spiritual gifts to others.

 

The “proof-text” for this thinking is Ephesians 4:11, which says:

 

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…”

 

However, this verse needs to be interpreted in light of Ephesians 2:20, which teaches that apostles & prophets were limited to the foundation age of the church. It is noteworthy that the original Twelve plus Paul never named successors. When they died, so did the office of apostle.

 

A Dangerous Trend

 

The trend away from sound biblical teaching & preaching is making the church vulnerable to all kinds of crazy ideas. The Bible warns us about “false apostles” (see II Cor 11:13-15) and encourages us to “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3).

 

Pastor Dan

 

 

For further reading on this subject: “A New Apostolic Reformation?” by R. Douglas Geivett & Holly Pivec.

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