Beware of Dominionism
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
The false prophets of Dominionism preach the Second Coming of Christ will not take place until the Church has gained control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions. But nowhere in the Bible does it expressly state or imply the Second Coming of Christ will not happen until we set up a literal and physical Kingdom of God on earth. Dominionism is a doctrine of devils.
One false teaching of Dominionism is the 7 Cultural Mountains. According to Os Hillman on his website 7 Cultural Mountains...
There are 7 Mountains of Influence in Culture...
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and
Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in
Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to
give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a
similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for
Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains
of society that are the pillars of any society.
Change agents in culture?
A common vision?
Then Hillman argues that the 7 Mountains Mandate is not Dominionism:
The 7 mountains initiative is not an initiative to establish dominion over all the earth or in governments. It is an initiative that seeks to love and serve all people on the earth. As followers of Christ, we believe we are called to love all people, regardless of faith, lifestyle or gender orientation. God loves all people. He provides guidelines for living as found in the Holy Scriptures and we support those guidelines as a people called to love and obey His calling upon our lives. Jesus invites all people into this destiny, but not all will come. We are called to model what Christ taught when He prayed that what was in heaven would be manifested on earth through a people known for their love of one another and others. That means His love and grace would be extended to all people.
What does Hillman mean “His love and grace would be extended to all people”? Is he teaching heretical universal salvation for all mankind?
The 7 Cultural Mountains Mandate disguises its global “kingdom” agenda by pretending “it is an initiative that seeks to love and serve all people on the earth.” Likewise, Rick Warren disguises his global “kingdom” agenda by calling it a P.E.A.C.E. Plan. These devilish agendas are global communism, not world evangelism.
The American Heritage Dictionary (1980) defines “dominion” as “a territory or sphere of influence or control; realm, domain.” Well, the 7 Mountains Mandate wants to influence or control the seven spheres, or mountains of society, over all the earth. They want universal power. Hence, taking dominion over global culture is Dominionism.
Does the Bible mention seven mountains? Yes.
The seven heads are seven
Briefly, the main figure in Revelation 17 is an infamous woman – the great whore - that sits upon the beast which is the Antichrist. The Antichrist - has seven “heads” or “mountains.” A mountain is a symbol of power, and seven is the significant number of universality. For example, there are seven continents. Therefore, the plain meaning is that the whore relies on a universal power.
Revelation 17:5 tells us that upon the great whore's forehead a name was written…
And upon her forehead was a
Babylon…that great ancient city of wickedness where the Tower of Babel was built; the first united defiance of God. After the Flood, God commanded: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” But men disobeyed God. They refused to replenish the earth by dividing into nations.
And they said,
God was displeased with their united defiance and confounded their language so that they could not understand one another’s speech.
So the Lord scattered them
That city was Babel, or Babylon.
God justly took vengeance on them for their united defiance to build a one-world community instead of dispersing into nations.
And wicked men have been defying God’s will ever since by trying to come together again as one. But that great day will never happen until the Son of man shall sit on His throne of glory, and all nations shall be gathered before Him (Matthew 25:31, 32).
The confederacy to be one began at Babylon with the building of the Tower (Genesis 11:1-9), and it will end with the destruction of Babylon (Revelation 18:10).
The great whore – the woman that sits upon the beast - in Revelation is the apostate Church: those who prefer to trust the power and influence of the world rather than God. The purple and scarlet color in which she is dressed signifies the worldly magnificence of the apostate Church. In other words, the woman on the beast is the apostate Church which relies on worldly power and exerts a destructive influence on the inhabitants of the earth. The great whore of Babylon is corrupt Christianity that has given its power to the worldly power in order to exert greater influence and power in the world. The apostate Church has committed spiritual fornication by yielding to worldly influence.
Unquestionably, the modern Church has given its power to worldly powers in order to exert greater influence and power in the world: ecumenism, religious humanism/communism, and other forms of spiritual fornication.
Alas, the modern Church is the apostate Church as evidenced by appalling religious confusion and doctrinal heresies. The apostate Church is a babel of modern cults and sects of Christianity all zealously voicing their heresies to create confusion and doubt. The babbling voices of heresy drown out the voice of Truth – God’s Word.
Revelation describes the fate in store for the apostate Church: “These shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire; and shall burn her utterly with fire” (17:16). The corrupt world that she trusts shall viciously destroy her.
Irrefutably, nowhere in Revelation or any other book of the Bible does it express or imply that Christ’s return will be after Christians take dominion of the earth’s governmental and social institutions. This is a doctrine of devils.
Beware of the 7 Cultural Mountains Mandate.
Warnings against error and doctrinal corruption assume a position of great importance in Scripture, especially in the New Testament. Even Jesus warns us of false prophets.
And the Apostle Paul warned the Ephesians of “grievous wolves” (Acts 20:29), and Peter warned against apostate teachers (2 Peter 2).
The Holy Spirit warns us that in the last days many will be deceived by seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
Now the Spirit speaketh
Notice it says in the latter times some shall depart from the faith. It does not say some shall depart from attending church. The falling away from the faith is the apostasy of “Christian” churches – the apostate Church. These churches give heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
The “seducing spirits” are deceiving demons. Satan is not omnipresent; therefore, he requires an innumerable host of wicked, deluding spirits to carry out his dark plot of doctrinal corruption and deception. These demons inspire religious leaders to pervert the truth and lead professing Christians astray from sound doctrine. They substitute the Word of God with the word of man. They preach and teach “theology” – manmade doctrines - instead of Bible doctrines.
Alas, many professing Christians today have departed from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. And the Dominionist doctrine that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we must take dominion over the seven mountains of culture, is a devilish doctrine.
Bill Bright, Loren Cunningham,
and Frank Schaeffer gave heed to a seducing spirit. The seducing spirit
deceived them into believing God gave them a new commission
to replace the Great Commission. Instead of go into all the world and preach
the Gospel, the seducing spirit declared to them to go into all the world
and take dominion over the seven mountains of culture. Dominionism is a
doctrine of devils meant to deceive us into believing the apostate teachings
of the apostate Church – the great
whore of Babylon.
Go ye into
all the world,
When hearts and minds and lives are transformed by the purifying power of the Holy Spirit, then nations will be transformed. Preaching the Gospel is building the Kingdom of God, not taking dominion over the seven cultural mountains.
The Bible warns us not to believe every spirit.
Beloved, believe not every
Matthew Henry comments:
To caution: “Beloved, believe not every spirit; regard not, trust not, follow not, every pretender to the Spirit of God, or every professor of vision, or inspiration, or revelation from God”…to the disciples is allowed a judgment of discretion, in reference to the spirits that would be believed and trusted in the affairs of religion. A reason is given for this trial: Because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Believe not every spirit.
Try the spirits. Put the
spirits to the infallible test of truth, trying them by the unfailing
criteria of the Word of God.
Beware of the 7 Cultural Mountains Mandate. It is a doctrine of devils.
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