Core Dominionist And Christian Nationalism Beliefs Today
(This is part of a growing series: Children of a Lesser God –Dominionism and Christian Nationalism Heresy Exposed )
One issue with Dominionism is that the surface beliefs and their emphasis changes with the season, often depending on what topics are in the news. For example, their largest efforts in the 1950s through the 1970s were to oppose the Rock Music, Civil Rights Movement and then School Desegregation but when all those failed, they adapted and moved on to new targets. A large target during the 1990’s was the Capital Gains Tax but there they were successful and so again moved on. But as news reports change so do their targets, but they remain united around a few core beliefs that endure with deeper roots to feed their responses to the news of the day, and we will dig them out a bit here.
Myth of the Sanctity of America: Our Founding Fathers were all devout Christians.
One of the defining beliefs of Dominionists and Christian Nationalists is in the sanctity and special position of the United States. The exact emphasis changes by season but one of the greatest manifestations of this today is the hyper-spiritualization of America’s founding Fathers. One woman even shared with me her belief (from her church) that all our founding fathers were so godly they were “essentially Pastors”. Here is just one similar example of this belief among hundreds …
“What has happened to our great nation, whose Founding Fathers were men of uncommon character, virtually all of whom possessed a deep reverence for Almighty God and a firm belief in the hand of divine Providence?” Franklin Graham
This is all egregiously and historically false. Jefferson and Adams by far receive the greatest credit for their “deep” reverence, but lets take a closer look. Thomas Jefferson called the Trinity “mere abracadabra” and stated that “Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God”. He further denied all the miracles and specifically denounced the deity of Christ. Jefferson created his own “bible” where he took out any passage and even the miracles implying Christ was God. To Jefferson Jesus wasn’t a savior but just a good moral teacher like a Jewish Confucius. John Adams long considered the most devout of our founders because he was one of the few that actually attended church, was a founding member of the Unitarian Church. Unitarians are widely considered a “cult” today for a vast array of heretical beliefs. And these are the two men among our founding father’s considered to have the greatest reverence for God. By vast amounts our founding fathers were political geniuses and assuredly courageous, but theologically they were at best indifferent or even like Jefferson and Adam’s, even theologically abhorrent.
Any external semblance America’s founding fathers held to Christianity is only accurately called Deism. Deism is a belief in God (Deists often refer to God as Providence or Supreme Being) and even Jesus, but this God or Jesus is detached, indifferent and like the pagan gods, kind of left the world to run on its own with only occasional concern. The god of Deism isn’t truly an active involved or loving Father, he is a teetering or disinterested and even senile grandfather, and we either need to help him or get his attention. Despite the catch phrases and references to God and Jesus they throw out easily, it’s an empty and false Christianity. Deism and even a Jesus Deism is at its core a monotheistic and moral form of paganism.
Pastor David Barton is a leading proponent of rewriting, and even making up a false “Christian” history and quotes of our political founders, but he’s been widely denounced by every historian, most thoroughly by Christian Professors Dr. Warren Throckmorton and Dr. Michael Coulter, in their book “Getting Jefferson Right”.
In response to being trounced by historians, some Dominionist are morphing and moving quickly to the similar but false belief that everything in the US Constitution comes from the Bible, but this is another lie, exposed well here. It seems like these people don’t actually know their Bible or America’s founding Fathers very well, or bothered reading their widely available notes and letters. Of course if you read notes from the Constitutional Convention, or the diaries, letters and notes of our founders, not one expresses any link to their ideas being founded on Scripture, quotes from the Bible or even “Christian principle”, but cite instead mostly Greek (pagan) philosophy and English Common law, with a mind to reducing the many recent failures of European monarchy and religious wars.
But this provides an example how specific Dominionist tenants will quickly morph as the truth against them mounts, to find new ways to maintain the same old illusion of a sacred and holy United States of America.
Myth of the Sanctity of America: America is a Christian Nation
“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
“All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. “Isaiah 40:17-18 (KJV)
For any nation to be “Christian” its very nature would have to have been redeemed by Christ himself at the Cross and it would also have to be entirely “righteous”, and it would have to be eternal. Sorry, there is no mention of America or any nation at the Cross and neither is America mentioned in Revelations. Although it’s likely the Gospel will be preached to the Jews in the End Times (see Revelations 11), this won’t be an offer exclusive to them but to the entire world. In John 18:36 Jesus himself directly opposes this idea of any ties or dependency of God on any nation. Jesus’ Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom not an earthly one tied to or dependent on political or human power. God and the Gospel are simply bigger than any idea of any “Christian” nation. Any nation that God needed would make for a very small and weak God, fundamentally the God of any Christian nation would therefore be a false one.
This exposes the heresy of this theology, because if Jesus didn’t make America or any nation righteous then someone else did. If that was true the Gospel wouldn’t need to be preached to the Jews specifically and the world in general, at the end times (Revelation 11:1-14.). Revelation proves the Gospel is meant for individuals only to respond to, not nations. Did Thomas Jefferson or John Adams die for our sins? Most assuredly no. Any belief that America (or any country) is a “Christian” nation inescapably ends in the belief of a righteousness apart from Christ (see Galatians 3:10-14, and 2 Cor 5:21) and become another gospel. If a nation could be Christian then Christ died for nothing (Gal 2:21). After all, we will have never seen a more righteous nation in history than Israel at the time of Jesus, and yet Jesus still had to come and die for our sins.
The idea that any nation could be “Christian” also denies the biblical tenants that our true citizenship is in Heaven (Phil 3:20), that Christ died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), that believers are sent to all nations (Matt 28:19, Mark 16:15), or that we are Ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5:20). It’s impossible be an Ambassador of one nation, but the citizen of another. Most crucially, it denies the hope of Christ that one day great multitude of every nation will worship him (Rev. 7:9). The Cross was and the Gospel remains an international event, open to every person regardless of tribe, tongue or nation for the hope of uniting the entire world who believe in Christ under Christ himself! “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Rev 7:9a.
It also took God 1740 years to create the first “Christian” nation on earth which would make God fairly incompetent. Does God need the help of a “nation” to reveal his plan for the world? Biblically this role belongs to the Church alone. Such a belief in a slow, plodding, forgetful and even incompetent God is inherently Deistic and heretical. It denies the saving power of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and replaces the biblical mission of the “Church”, because it seems somehow God’s plan isn’t working and he needs our help to fix it. Generous us.
Anyone claiming that America is a Christian nation is making the simultaneous claims that God is incompetent, and that they are not truly citizens of Heaven. It is inescapable that someone who holds to this belief is really building their own Kingdom and not Christ’s.
[This is part of a ongoing and still being written series: Children of a Lesser God: Dominionism and Christian National Heresies Exposed, you can find the full article list here.]