The Primary Teachings of Present Dominionism 1. THE DOMINION MANDATE Adam lost his dominion over the earth in the Garden of Eden, and the Great Commission and task and destiny of the Church is therefore to recover dominion, over sin, over disease, over demons, over the whole created order, and even over death. Mt. 28:18 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he has on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev. 19:11-16 2. EARTHLY INHERITANCE Going to Heaven is not the goal of Latter Rain teachers! They sneer at people who have a heavenly hope. Their realm of dominion is the earth - the earth is to be restored, renewed, cleansed and purged, and they will bring heaven down to earth. Heaven is on this earth! For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth ; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Is. 65:17 But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth , wherein dwells righteousness. II Pet. 3:13 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. Rev.21:1 3. RAPTURE DENIED: (Wicked Raptured) The Church is destined to be triumphant and victorious and to rule over the earth, so the Rapture teaching they believe is false - a doom and gloom, defeatist attitude. Restorationists believe it is the WICKED who will be taken out, in judgment - that God will cleanse the earth by removing all those who rebel against this great plan of redemption. The Rapture is the being “caught up” Gr. harpazo har-pad'-zo (To snatch, or to seize away) of the church of Christ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I Thess. 4:16-17 4. THE CHURCH IS ISRAEL Following on from the above points, it is obvious - since the church is to inherit the earth and reign with Christ - there is no role for Israel as a nation. Restoration believers generally claim that the Church is spiritual Israel, who will inherit the promises. And he (Jesus) will set up an ensign(rallying signal) for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Is. 11:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. Zech. 12:9-10 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; 26 and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob Rom. 11:25-26 5. APOSTLES AND PROPHETS RESTORED The Five-fold Priesthood is supposed to emerge in the end times to restore the Church to perfection; Apostles, Prophets and Teachers must prepare the way, like John the Baptist, for a new appearance of the Christ. The restoration of the gifts and ministries to the Church is designed to bring it to "fullness". These authoritarian leaders will judge and purge the Church until it is one undivided Body in the earth. Eph. 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers 1. Apostles 2. Prophets 3. Evangelists 4. Pastors 5. Teachers Premise Proper church government has been lost and in “the latter day rain” the government will be restored. Apostles – Dominionist say: They are for the ordering and direction of the church. They have the highest authority. They have the power of ex-communication, and cursing. To go against them is to go against God. (“Touch not the Lord’s anointed”…) Prophets - They are God’s mouthpiece to say what they have received by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, especially those things pertaining to future events. Dominionists say: They speak ex-cathedra on matters of doctrine and practice. Their utterances are authoritative. • A new structure of authority is created that will speak with absoluteness which will include “New Revelation”. • The teaching of “sola scriptura” must be jettisoned. The saints must put their trust into the hands of the anointed interpreters. These anointed ones will be the final arbiters in matters of faith, doctrine, and practice. Where there more than Twelve apostles? Yes Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14 [Which] when the apostles , Barnabas and Paul, heard [of], they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Acts 14: 13-15 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us. 7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles , who also were in Christ before me. Rom. 16:6 Rev. 2:1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands: 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. There are people who profess to be apostles but are not, therefore they must be tested by the word of God I Jn. 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. HOW TO TEST FOR A TRUE APOSTLE A true apostle had to be a witness of the resurrection. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection….That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship…Acts 1:21-22 ( Paul an apostle out of season. I Cor. 15:8 ) And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 (See also I Jn. 1:2,3) True apostles must have the signs of an apostle (All patience - Signs - Wonders - Mighty deeds) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles ' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles . Acts 2:42 (See also Acts 5:12) ….for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles , though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. II Cor. 12:11-12 True apostles must preach the true Jesus and gospel. For if anyone comes preaching another Jesus from the one whose preachers we are, or if you have got a different spirit, or a different sort of good news from those which came to you, how well you put up with these things. 5 For in my opinion, I am in no way less than the most important of the Apostles . 6 But though I am rough in my way of talking, I am not so in knowledge, as we have made clear to all by our acts among you. 7 Or did I do wrong in making myself low so that you might be lifted up, because I gave you the good news of God without reward? 8 I took money from other churches as payment for my work, so that I might be your servant; 9 And when I was present with you, and was in need, I let no man be responsible for me; for the brothers, when they from Macedonia, gave me whatever was needed; and in everything I kept myself from being a trouble to you, and I will go on doing so. 10 As the true word of Christ is in me, I will let no man take from me this my cause of pride in the country of Achaia. False Apostles Love the Title “Apostle” for Notoriety Why? because I have no love for you? let God be the judge. 12 But what I do, that I will go on doing, so that I may give no chance to those who are looking for one; so that, in the cause of their pride, they may be seen to be the same as we are. 13 For such men are false Apostles , workers of deceit, making themselves seem like Apostles of Christ. And it is no wonder; for even Satan himself is able to take the form of an angel of light. 15 So it is no great thing if his servants make themselves seem to be servants of righteousness; whose end will be the reward of their works. II Cor. 11: 4-15 True apostles sought no glory or big bucks for themselves But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, Who tests our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness: I Thess. 2:4-5 True apostles were gentle and selfless to the people of God. 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 2:6-8 True apostles did not emphasize wealth and offerings 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye [are] witnesses, and God [also], how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: I Thess. 2:9-10 True apostles ministered as a father ministers to his children. 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father [doth] his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. I Thess. 2:4-12 True Apostles were despised wanderers evangelizing For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but ye [are] wise in Christ; we [are] weak, but ye [are] strong; ye [are] honorable, but we [are] despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; 12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, [and are] the off scouring of all things unto this day. I Cor. 4:9-13 6. UNITY Perfect unity of the Body is seen as absolutely essential. The Prayer of John 17, that they might be One, has not yet been fulfilled according to many today. For the world will not truly "see" Christ until the Body is united around the world, and manifesting Christ corporately. What is proposed, therefore, is not just a spiritual unity with each other and with Jesus, but a perfection, all thinking and believing alike, one organic whole. (No denominations) 7. THE RELIGIOUS ARE BABYLON Those who question the Toronto experience are being called "religious". This also comes straight out of the Latter Rain teachings! Denominations and anti-restoration believers are "part of the old order"; they are the Harlot Babylon, religious legalists, and new order believers must leave if they want to be part of the Latter Rain revival. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Rev. 17:5,6 Come out of her , my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues Rev. 18:4 8. JESUS THE PATTERN SON It is taught that the Church must grow as he did to full maturity, until it can take dominion and have all power and authority as he has. 9. THE ELIJAH COMPANY In Latter Rain thinking, there are not one, but two bodies we have to deal with - the Bride of Christ, and the Body of Christ. The Body must grow to perfection within the womb of the global church (The Bride), be brought to birth, and only then be manifested to the world as its rulers. The type often used is that of the Virgin and Christ-Child. Just as Mary brought forth Jesus into the world, so the woman, the Bride of Christ has to bring the Corporate Christ into the world through her travail. 10. THE RAPTURE = THE BIRTH OF THE MANCHILD: Since Jesus is the Pattern, it is believed that the Man child, the Corporate Christ, follows the pattern of the ministry of Jesus This group thus receives a baptism of fire, then has a signs and wonder ministry for for three and a half years in increasing persecution from the religious "old order", for the perfect New Order has not yet come. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God… Rev. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God….. And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body Rom.8: 19,23 11. SPIRITUAL WARFARE This Corporate Christ has power over all demons and will wage war in the heavenlies and pull down the satanic strongholds. They will take their place as the world's spiritual rulers. 12. ALL ENEMIES DESTROYED Church and World Judged by Man child The final phase, following the manifestation to the world of the Sons of God, the Manchild Company, are that they rule and reign in the heavenlies (ie by virtue of their spiritual transformation). Does this sound a little like Jehovah Witnesses? And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth ? Lk. 18:7,8 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away (apostasia ap-os-tas-ee'-ah} first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. II Thess. 2:2-4 See Rev. 20:8-9 – Gog and Magog – This group will attack Jerusalem at the end of the millennium. WHERE IS THIS TEACHING LEADING US? The concepts of the new revelations, the inner light, spiritual evolution, and especially the setting up of a powerful ruling elite in a kingdom on earth, are opening us up for the reign of Antichrist. There is little in the above teaching that could not be mistaken for the doctrine of the New Age. Indeed, I believe it comes from the same spirit, and is producing not release, but delusion for the many hundreds of thousands who have adopted it.