Heresy: Dominion Theology

the-persecuted-church“Great tribulation” is foreign to preachers of dominion theology. They say God will revive the church in order to transform society, which will usher in his kingdom on earth. These people think that through a great end-times army, the church will win – now – and Satan will lose. Jesus has a stern warning for such people: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight” (John 18:36, NKJV). So what’s the origin of dominion theology? Why do so many Christians believe and preach it? This idea is heresy and it’s not true.

Here is biblical truth. The peaceful and just reign of Jesus Christ and his saints will not take place until the millennium (Revelation 20:4-6). Seven years of living hell will come before it, “great tribulation” that “has not been since the beginning of the world until this time” (Matthew 24:21). Through his anti-Christ, Satan will conquer the world. He will “make war with the saints” and “overcome them” (Revelation 13:7; cf Daniel 7:21, 25, 8:24-25, 11:33-36; Matthew 24:9, Revelation 6:9-11, 13:15-17, 18:24). They will suffer betrayal, captivity, deception, lawlessness, looting, and death – by sword and by flame (Daniel 11:33, Matthew 24:9-12, Luke 21:24, Revelation 6:9-11, 13:15, 18:24). The church will experience revival, but only in the midst of persecution. She won’t usher in the millennium either. Jesus will give his saints the kingdom, and only after he judges Babylon (Daniel 7:22, 26-27; Revelation 19:2, 11-21). Even Christ’s “end-times army” is post-tribulation (19:14, 19). This future isn’t pleasant, but it’s true.

Those who subscribe to dominion theology don’t want to hear the words “failure,” “tribulation,” or “persecution.” They don’t want to suffer for their faith. But this suffering is just what the church will experience before the rapture and the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.[1] Christians had better adjust themselves to this future now. Otherwise, when tribulation comes, they may become bitter and fall away from the faith. “The love of many will grow cold” as a result of lawlessness (Matthew 24:12). Only those “who endure to the end shall be saved” (24:13).

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[1] I believe in the rapture of the saints, but I don’t know when it will take place in relation to the Great Tribulation. See Matthew 24:31, Luke 21:36, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, and Revelation 19:11-14. The dead in Christ will rise first and then the living saints, in order to meet Jesus in the air. When heaven opens in Revelation 19, all the saints will follow Jesus out of heaven on white horses. How else will the living enter heaven except by rapture?

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