25 June 2010

"For the Record," I Have to Ask...

I have to ask, is Molotov Mitchell of "For the Record" and World Net Daily espousing Dominion Theology? Scroll down to read my thoughts on this, but I prefer you read these first couple of paragraphs so you understand why I'm raising the question and why I'm seeing a common thread among WND contributors and Dominionism.

Last week I was listening to this June 8 episode of Crosstalk with host Ingrid Schlueter and Sarah Leslie of Discernment Ministries. They were discussing the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its connection to last month's May Day event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This article posted yesterday over at Herescope explains some of the concerns that were raised on the show:
This blog has recently been the focus of controversy[2] for publishing a series of articles about a May Day event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in which prayers invoking the Seven Mountains were recited.[3] Our articles expressed concern that this radical mandate for Dominionism, and the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which birthed it, were becoming part of the political Right and evangelical mainstream.

We are now convinced that the 7 Mountains theme is about to go viral. The 7 mountains mandate is already becoming a unifying rally point among evangelicals from many diverse theological camps and from some very unexpected quarters. The May Day event served as a launching platform to give credibility to this agenda and to exalt key New Apostolic Reformation leaders promoting Dominionism. In the crisis to "restore America," Christian Right leaders have already shown that they aren't too finicky about theology, nor picky about their political bedfellows.
Read the entire article here. 
I highly suggest that you follow the link and read the entire article. While you're there, take a look around. The folks at Herescope do a marvelous job of posting well-documented, pointed articles complete with footnotes and references. Best of all, they have a heart for discernment and speaking the light of Truth into the increasing darkness.

The growing influence of the NAR is fascinating to me. I don't think most Christians realize how widespread the influence of these individuals has become. And as I listened to that June 8 episode of Crosstalk discussing, among others, Janet Porter of World Net Daily, I couldn't help but remember the video posted below. It's a recent episode of Molotov Mitchell's "For the Record," a video column that he does for none other than World Net Daily. Watch it and see if you don't see the same elements of Dominion Theology that I do.

I could spend several pages refuting this 3 minute video because I take issue with so many things spoken by Mitchell. But I'll stick with the blatant references to Dominionism. Mitchell says, "I truly believe that we will turn this world around" and that we must fight for this planet because "Jesus told us to." First of all, I'd love to see where Jesus tells us to "fight" for this earth. Didn't He say just the opposite at His trial before Pilate?

33 "So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world." John 18:33-36

Why would Jesus want us to "fight for this planet" when His kingdom is not of this world? Now, according to my Bible, this earth is passing away and will one day be destroyed and a New Heaven and New Earth will be created.

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more." Revelation 21:1

Mitchell indicates that we shouldn't be concerned with Heaven, but with this earthly dwelling. Interesting, Paul seemed to be looking forward to his heavenly home.

"For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee." 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

And if we're supposed to make this world a perfect Christian kingdom, then why did Jesus tell His disciples that He would come and take them to be with him?

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." John 14:1-3

When Jesus was talking about His Father's house, then, was He talking about a place here on earth? Because it sounds to me like that house was already in existence when Jesus mentioned it, "In my Father's house are many rooms." Jesus was speaking here of His ascension into Heaven following His resurrection. He said, "I go to prepare a place for you." Sounds like He's prepared a place in Heaven and we ought to be looking forward to it! 

Mitchell also mocks the pre-tribulational view of the Rapture. Now it just so happens that I hold to that view. If you want to disagree with that, that's fine. It's not a salvation issue and I'll be happy to turn around and say "I told you so" on the way up! What I take issue with here is Mitchell's claim that this view renders the blood of Christ powerless. I would argue instead that Dominion Theology, the idea that Christians must "Christianize" the world before Jesus can return is far more depleting of the power of the blood of Jesus. After all, why should God have to depend on wretched, finite, sinful man to make the world good enough for Him to return?

Now, I realize that Molotov Mitchell did not come out and say "I believe in Dominion Theology." What I am saying is that this video, as well as the other 2 in the series (which can be viewed here and here) certainly seem to sympathize with that particular movement (to put it mildly). I am also not making any accusations toward World Net Daily. I often turn to WND for conservative news stories, although I always try to find the same story elsewhere before delivering it as truth. And I do find it interesting that WND has two correspondents who appear to at least sympathize with this dominionist and/or NAR movement.

Keep those discernment prayers coming and keep your Bible open. Oh, and keep your eyes on the sky because our Savior is nearly here!

Click here for Bible passages refuting Dominionism.


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