The intent of this page is to introduce to you many good articles exposing the false doctrines of multiple theologies that are loosely related under the heading of Kingdom Theology. Even though they sometimes come from opposite ends of the denominational and theological spectrum, their goals and activities are often aligned and mutually supported. I do not intend to spend time on this site developing new articles to highlight the falsehoods, but to instead point you to those who already have written articles that provide clear biblical warnings.
These are very dangerous leaders and doctrines that subtly are busy seducing Christians from a biblical world view and lifestyle resulting in devastating temporal missteps and most importantly the potential for eternal consequences. These theologies are known by some common names such as:
- Kingdom Now
- Dominion Theology
- Seven Mountains (also Seven Spheres)
- New Apostolic Reformation
Albert Dager provides this concise summary of Kingdom Theology from his article link below.
The basic premise of Kingdom Theology is that man lost dominion over the earth when Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan’s temptation in the Garden of Eden. God “lost control” of the earth to Satan at that time, and has since been looking for a “covenant people” who will be His “extension,” or “expression,” in the earth and take dominion back from Satan. This is to be accomplished through certain “overcomers” who, by yielding themselves to the authority of God’s apostles and prophets for the Kingdom Age, will take control of the kingdoms of this world. These kingdoms are defined as all social institutions, such as the “kingdom” of education, the “kingdom” of science, the “kingdom” of the arts, and so on. Most especially there is the “kingdom” of politics or government.
The Kingdom Now and Dominion terms are interchangeable and primarily come from the Word of Faith, Charismatic and hyper-Pentecostal movements such as the Vineyard churches. These include what many also refer to as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Waves of Charismania which today comprise of many current popular ministries such as Kenneth Hagin (REMA), Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Mike Bickle (IHOP), C. Peter Wagner and his NAR adherents (Rick Joyner, Bill Hamon, Chuck Pierce, Michael Brown, Francis Frangipane, Bill Johnson and Cindy Jacobs). As you will see in these articles, these ideologies often crisscross back and forth and end up merging in many of their political objectives.
A very good introduction article the covers the full history and beliefs of the original Kingdom adherents up through the mid 1980’s was written by Albert Dager of Media Spotlight.
Article Link: Kingdom Theology, by Albert Dager (has continue links at the bottom of each page)
The Reconstructionists come from the opposite end of the spectrum and are focused on returning to a theocratic (God ruled) government. Their theological roots come from the belief systems of Calvinism and Reformed Theology, which developed their state run theocratic philosophies from Augustine and Catholicism. Their objectives are for the Church to establish theocratic rule by taking dominion over politics, economics, science, the arts, and every other expression of human social structure. The Reconstructionists are the intellectual branch of Kingdom Theology, whose theologies are prolifically spread through the writings of people like Gary North and David Chilton. The Religious Right conservative politics groups contain many adherents from this camp.
Article Link: Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism by Sarah Leslie
The New Apostolic Reformation, otherwise known as the NAR, is actually what appears to be the modern or current movement that comes from all the previous Charismatic sects of Kingdom Now and Dominionism. They are also mixing with the Reconstructionists and getting heavily involved in politics. The leaders of the movement, called apostles and prophets and led by the senior apostle C. Peter Wagner, claim this is Christianity’s New Reformation that is as significant as the Protestant Reformation. The goal of the NAR is to form a unified church that will be victorious against evil in the end times. Like the American fundamentalists, these apostles teach that the end times are imminent, but unlike fundamentalists, they prophesy that this will be a time of great victory for the church. Instead of escaping by the Rapture prior to the great tribulation, they teach that the true bride of Christ will defeat evil by taking dominion or control over all sectors of society and government, called the Seven Mountains or Spheres. They say this will result in mass conversions to their brand of Charismatic evangelicalism and a Christian utopia or the Kingdom of God on earth, thus the name Kingdom Now. As you can see, the NAR Seven Mountains has the same objective of Reconstructionism’s theocracy, which is why we now see them all working together in the realm of politics. A Google search on, NAR Sarah Palin, will return many links to articles showing the connections of this movement with current politics. Another interesting search uses the words, New Apostolic Reformation Seven Mountains.
Article Link: The Roots and Fruits of the NAR by Bob DeWaay
Articles: IHOP Enters Dominion/Christian Right Politics by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp
Article Link: Mike Bickle and International House of Prayer – The Latter Rain Redivivus by Bob DeWaay
Article Link: Joel’s Army by Jewel Grewe (current name is IHOP)
Here’s a great article that covers ten scriptural reasons to avoid and reject all Kingdom Theologies.
Article Link: Dominionism Exposed, by Sandy Simpson (10 Reasons towards bottom of page)
Lastly, if you want an excellent book that goes into much more depth exposing the Kingdom Theology beliefs across all these movements and its early influences, I highly recommend Albert Dager’s book listed below with his introduction to the book. It can be purchased on his Media Spotlight website (click on the Featured Books link on his site’s menu).
Book: VENGEANCE IS OURS – The Church In Dominion
Albert James Dager – 283 pages
A new militancy is stirring in the breasts of Christians in response to the evils that beset society. Tens of thousands attend spiritual warfare seminars hoping to learn how to “take back from Satan what he has stolen.” A call for vengeance on God’s enemies and a restructuring of society under God’s Law is being heard in ever-widening circles.
But is it the Christian’s responsibility to take control of society and to reconstruct it in accordance with God’s Law? Vengeance Is Ours presents some startling revelations in this analysis of various forms of dominion theology from Manifest Sons of God to Christian Reconstructionism.
Please note that because this book was written in 1990, it does not cover the currently very influential and affluent NAR organization, which is the result of the merger of leadership from all of the Charismatic based dominionist organizations.