Evangelical Dominionism / Christian Nationalism Heresies

Dominionism/Christian Nationalism (CN) is the belief that Christians are called to exercise dominion or influence over the world through social institutions, especially government, and by controlling these institutions influence culture.   Dominionism/CN has found support under a very broad and surprising wide denominational spectrum with slightly different versions among Calvinists, Fundamental Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Mormons and even Catholics.   I know of no other heresy in modern history with such wide and diverse support from groups that have otherwise been at theological odds for centuries.  The influence of Dominionism/CN is growing so rapidly in US just in the last 10 years I would estimate that today over 70% of Evangelicals, 85% of Pentecostals and 50% of Catholics and main-line Protestants today hold Dominionist ideals and sympathies of some kind, many unknowingly, since “soft” Dominionism is rarely publicly addressed or refuted.   

The additional challenge is that by vast amounts most “soft” Dominionists and Christian Nationalists don’t actually self-identify under this label, most “soft” Dominionist identify as Conservatives (but not all Conservatives are Dominionists).   As a result, most Protestant Christians in the US have been negatively exposed and impacted by these false teachings without their conscious knowledge.  It is fast growing, enormously influential and widespread… and is far too rarely refuted or addressed.  

Dominionism in all its forms can be broadly refuted in a few simple biblical passage (and specific Dominionistic beliefs can be refuted in hundreds of others, more posts to come):  

Biblically Christ at this time already has sole dominion over all the earth and heaven, and his dominion is eternal, so its impossible to take dominion for Christ, we can only take dominion from Christ:   

“He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above ALL rule and authority, power and DOMINION, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:20-23.  

“Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”  John 18:36. 

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He IS the head over EVERY power and authority.” Col 1:9-10.  

“In everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” 1 Cor 1:18b-20  

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.” Isaiah 9:6a.

Additionally, Jesus refutes the ideals of Dominionism when he warns the Church in Mark 8:15 to “keep on your guard and beware the leaven of…Herod and the Herodians” (AMP).   Herodians of Jesus day also represent a dangerous unification of religious and political ideals.

Most crucial is the Dominionist mandate to change law and culture to match “Christian” ideals.  No culture in history was as righteous or devout as the Jews of Jesus’ era… and yet no group opposed Christ and HIS righteousness more. Dominionism sets itself up as a vague non-specific form of legalism, and if it really worked… Christ would have died for nothing. No matter how you interpret the Old Testament, Christ TODAY has full uncontested dominion over everything in heaven and earth, including government.  Thus its impossible we could take “dominion” for Christ, we can only take dominion from Christ… thus making ourselves the utter enemy of God and his work on earth.  

“Cultures” can neither be saved or offer salvation, salvation is for individuals only (Matthew 16:24,25), it does God no good to convert culture and yet allow individuals to remain apart from Christ, and the church, not culture, was sent to be the messenger of God on this earth.  The Dominionist goal of redeeming culture is anathema to the Gospel of salvation through Christ alone.

There are hundreds of other refutations to the heresy of Dominionism that I will share in further posts.

Most people who hold to “soft” Evangelical Dominionism or Christian Nationalism don’t self-identify as such, and most don’t even realize they hold to its philosophies.   However, most Evangelicals today have been exposed to some of its long quiet tentacles and many swept unknowingly into the dangerous current.  Here a few tests of “soft” Evangelical Dominionist influence based on widely held Evangelical errors.   Someone is probably a Dominionist or Christian Nationalist if they hold to over half of these unbiblical beliefs, and influenced by this hersey if they hold to any.   You might be a Dominionist if you…

  1. Morally Identity with the Republican Party (or any Political Party). If you believe belonging to any one political party (today it’s Republicans, but at one time it was Democrats) is inherently good, spiritual or morally superior you are far more likely to be a Dominionist.   Jesus’ constant run-ins and condemnations of ALL the political parties of his day refute this entirely (Pharisees (Matt 23:13, et al), Sadducees (Matt 22:29) and Heriodians (Mark 8:15)   To clarify there is nothing wrong with being a Republican (nor biblically wrong in being a Democrat), but it becomes a heretical issue when anyone believes that belonging to any party carries moral superiority or spiritual value since the Bible doens’t to mention this at all.  For Christians our identity is tied to Christ alone, and cannot be tied to any political party or movement.  We cannot apply any spiritual value to anything that is not clearly and directly biblical without doing great harm to first ourselves and then others, and adding spiritual value to any earthly institution is heretical.
  2. Disgust or Disregard for anything “Liberal”. Like Fascism “soft” Evangelical Dominionism shares being defined by what it is against, especially considering the following terms abhorrent:  Liberal, Progressive, Communist and most recently Socialist.   Interestingly, the Bible condemns none of these things, nor does it advocate for any political system or economic philosophy, and why should it?  Jesus Kingdom is neither political nor of this earth (John 18:36).  If someone claiming to be a Christian offers a blanket condemnation against any of these non-Biblical terms, they are most likely Dominionist, especially if where this is taken for granted without any thought.  This is theologically the heresy of Dualism (Manichean) which we will get into in more detail later.  Its possible that someday this will flip, and anything “conservative” is condemned, but both are wrong because God is immutable and unchanging.
  3. Believing Historic Lies: Our Founding Fathers were Godly Men. Many people falsely believe our Founding Fathers were devout Christians (someone even told me they were mostly Pastors!)  and they are utterly deceived.  Most of our founding fathers were Deists (A general heretical belief in a monotheistic “Providence”, but a Christ that is aloof, inactive and indifferent).  Among those known to have attended church most did so poorly, and some belonged to heretical churches.  For example John Adams long considered the most devout of our Founding Father was a Unitarian, a church that is theologically abhorrent and some consider a cult.   Thomas Jefferson specifically denied both the miracles and divinity of Christ, to the point he created his own Bible of select passages where he makes Jesus a wise teacher only and not the Son of God.  Their theology is so poor had any preached in a church only a hundred years earlier they likely would have been burned as heretics. These men were political genius’ and visionaries, but they were utterly bankrupt when it came to true Christian knowledge and doctrine.  Since most of our founding fathers were heretical Desists, its no wonder that Desists today so revere them.
  4. Believing Historic Lies: The United States is a “Christian Nation” that was founded on Christian principles. Since Jesus specifically and clearly disavowed any earthy or political kingdom (John 18:36, Matt 4:8-10) any idea that there can be a Christian nation is biblically absurd.  Add to this the idea that it took God 1800 years to create the “first” Christian nation makes God appear pretty incompetent, which is another sign we have entered heretical Deism.  A “Christian” nation would be counter the goals of Christ in dying for the sins of whole world (1 John 2:2) and the hope that every tribe and nation would join together in heaven (Rev 7:9).  The Church alone is God’s only biblical representative of Christ on earth (Matthew 28:19–20, 2 Cor 5:11-6:2).   All of these beliefs are both biblically impossible and utterly reprehensible.
  5. Believing Historic Lies: The United States has a Crucial Role in the End Times. I have heard this spun many ways, many speculatively claim that Gog and Magog or any reference to an “Eagle” in Revelations are direct references to America. However, many nations in history have chosen an Eagle as their animal heraldry and symbol, including the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, Holy Roman Empire, Germany, French Empire, Austria, Panama, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and about 16 others.  The Bible at no point definitively or exegetically refers to the USA, and any presumption that it does is wildly speculation and even dangerous.  Sorry America, Jesus, not the USA has the starring role at the end of the world.
  6. Believing Historic Lies: The United States will only be blessed if we support the modern nation of Israel.  One of the most enduring and persuasive false teachings of the Dominionist heresy that has infected most Evangelicalism, is the false belief that the United States must bless and support the modern nation of Israel in order to be blessed ourselves.   This is so ubiquitous and so widely held that its fearfully and quietly dominated US foreign policy for over 60 years. This is based on misinterpreting the old testament scripture of Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”.  The correct context of this passage refers to Abraham specifically (he is the “you”) and not Israel which wasn’t yet a nation.  And if we speculate and take it to include Abrahams future descendants it also must include ALL of them which includes modern Arabs as well as Jews.  The “all people’s on earth will be blessed through you” was fulfilled with the arrival of the Messiah so probable this promise was fulfilled an ended with Christ. And even if we make the wildly speculative claim that Abraham promise includes only the Jews (which we can’t do biblically) and it continues today, it’s directly and clearly refuted in the New Testament era by both Paul and Christ himself.  Romans 11:11-31 states the “branch” of Israel were removed from the Vine and the Church was and is “grafted” into Israel’s place.  Jesus directly and in the strongest (even shocking!) language possible clarifies the dis-inheritance of Israel and all their promises with  “I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet…” (Rev 3:9, see also Romans 9:6).  Through ALL of Christian history theologians believed that the Church today inherits ALL the promises to Israel in the Old Testament.  Additionally, this makes God look pretty weak (Deistic); God must need America’s support, because it seems he can’t do it on his own.  This belief on its own is such a radical change to 2000 years of biblical theology it may actually define the end of historical Protestantism.
  7. Believe that the United States is a Republic, and not a Democracy. Recently adherents to Dominionism are making the case the US is not a democracy, but a republic.   Although the US is not a pure Democracy, and we are hybrid of sorts, but we a neither a pure Republic either similar to Rome.   This is why our founding fathers while debating this issue most often referred to the new US as “representative democracy” (Adams, Jefferson, Tucker, Webster, et al).  The irony of course that Dominionists love the founding fathers… until they don’t serve their agenda.  Anyone who insist the US is republic is often trying to redefine American government in bizarrely  “Roman” terms and government ideals.

How did you do?  If you agreed to over half of these false beliefs you are probably an Evangelical or “soft” Dominionist.  If you have answered “yes” to any of them you are a victim of this heresy’s pervasive and extensive influence.

NOTE: I will in future posts biblically address each of these false beliefs in more detail, and add those links to this list.

This is list includes those who are associated with both “hard” and “soft” Dominionist and Christian Nationalist camps and the spectrum in-between:

Prominent People who Promote Dominionist Ideals: Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell Jr., Jerry Fallwell Sr., Ted Cruz, and especially his father Rafael Cruz, Paula White, Mike Pence, Roy Moore, James Dobson, Cindy Jacobs, Larry Huch, Robert Gates, Ben Carson, Robert Jeffress, Ralph Drollinger, Oliver North, Darrel Scott, Franklin Graham, Sarah Palin, Jack Graham, Jim Bakker, Robert Henderson, Mike Huckabee, David Barton, Andrew Schlafly, A.R. Bernard, Mark Burns, Tim Clinton, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Michelle Bachman, Mike Pompeo, Ronnie Floyd, Dutch Sheets, Chuck Pierce, Jon Hamill, Harry Jackson, David Jeremiah, Lou Engle, Michael Peroutka, R.J. Rushdoony, C. Peter Wagner, Mark Burns, Eric Metaxa, Lou Engle, Gary North, Francis Schaeffer, Loren Cunningham, Mary Glazier, Rick Perry, John Eidsmoe, Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Joseph Prince, Mike Bickle, John P. Kelly, Gary DeMar, Kenneth Gentry, Larry Pratt, Greg Bahnsen,  Loren Cunningham, Bill Bright, D. James Kennedy, Ezra Taft Benson, John Wimber, W. Cleon Skousen, Dan Patrick, Steven Hotze, Gary DeMar, Brent Bozell, Kathryn Joyce, Joseph Mattera, Tim LaHaye, Beverly LaHaye, N. Bunker Hunt,  Tony Perkins, Kenneth Blackwell, Mat Staver, Ray Comfort, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Dom D. Ford, Jack Hibbs, Michael Brown, Bill Johnson, David Lane, Chuck Pierce, Che Ahn, Lawrence Eagleton, Dennis Prager, Carl Lentz, Brian Houston, Jay Grimstead, George Warnock, Rodney Howard-Browne, Bert Faria

Dominionist Organizations:  YWAM, Focus on the Family,  Family Research Council, Coalition on Revival,  John Birch Society, Chaldean Foundation, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), State Policy Network, Family Policy Alliance, Alliance Defending Freedom Project Blitz Council for National Policy, Conservative Republicans of Texas, United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (USCAL), American Renewal Project, Council for National Policy, Liberty Council, Hillsong United, Hillsong Church, Later Rain Movement, Kansas City Prophets, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) (which ironically in none of those things), TheCall, Committee on Biblical Inerrancy, Faith and Freedom Coalition, International Coalition of Apostles European Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, The Briefing, Contend, Lou Engle Ministry

Topic:  Dominionism and Political Identity Heresy

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