A sure sign of religious authoritarianism is a zealousness to rid the world of its
opposition. In the minds of many Charismatic Dominionists, the authority of the apostles
and prophets cannot be questioned by anyone, friend or foe. Their placement of rulership in
the Kingdom of God is to be free from dissenters or the new unity will be broken. Therefore
it will be necessary that those who challenge their teachings and their authority to be
removed. Of course many have been labeled as anti Christ or committing blasphemy of the
Holy Spirit. Paulk comments on not recognizing what is happening “Therefore, the
spirit of antichrist refuses to recognize that GOD IS HERE IN THE FLESH.” (Earl
Paulk “The Wounded Body of Christ”). Paulk’s meaning of this is the body of Christ. The
Bible says He (Jesus) came in the flesh not that he is here now in the flesh. Yes God
dwells in his people as the Church corporately and individually, but we are not an
incarnation. Christ took his incarnated body to heaven and this incarnation event is not to
be repeated. To call those antichrist who do not subscribe to this is to accuse almost the
whole church throughout all of its history as ignorant. Paulk either misunderstands
the meaning of the incarnation or purposely changes what it means.
Biblically the spirit of antichrist is one that opposes the person of Christ, by denying
he did come in the flesh. To change the incarnation of Christ to instead be his
collective body would be more like the biblical warning of having the spirit of antichrist.
Because it is denying that He alone came in the flesh, it is denying His unique
incarnation. John’s point is to have the believers discern those who hold to the
apostle’s doctrine of the single virgin birth of the savior, meaning God coming from
heaven in a man. Both Hinn and Copeland believe Anti-Christ means
anti-anointing. “It is the devil who is the one fighting what is
anointed.” Translated in their terms, if you come against what they say, you are
antichrist. (aka: Don’t touch God’s anointed). This why they can say the things they
say, such as we are little messiahs and anointed just like Jesus. Because they are
convinced of their mission being from God. But God can put in ones heart to fulfill his
purposes and they would not be working for his kingdom at all. He does this with Joels army
and he does with the 4th kingdom at the end of days.
One of the more concerning areas of this new thing is to PURGE THE EARTH of
undesirables. This is the goal of the New Age movement, to change the Church first and
bring peace and unity to mankind without the Prince of Peace being personally here. They
know that the orthodox Church is against this world government by their apostles (ascended
masters). How coincidental is it that these new prophets and apostles say the very same
things? Those who do not go along with the five-fold model of ministry and obey the new
Government that will be installed run by the “new” prophets and apostles will be taken
out of the way.
The new age cleansing is to fall on those who refuse the light initiation of
Lucifer which is a an experience of realizing everything is one. This will bring a crisis
period for the earth to be cleansed and purified of those who do not want this unity. The
Church cleansing seems too involve the new anointing and the leaders that dispense it.
Franklin Hall, a forerunner and promoter of the Latter Rain in the 40's stated: “The
man-child group of the sons of God will be required “to rule the nations, with a rod of
iron” (Revelation 12:5). To those not accepting this invitation into Holy Ghost Light Of
fire, there is but one alternative: the opposite to light is DARKNESS. The Light of Life
will be to them a blinding and consuming fire of destruction!” (Franklin Hall, “Subdue
The Earth, Rule The Nations”, Franklin Hall Ministries, 1966, p. 57.)
“There are differences of opinion among Dominionists as to how dissenters will be
removed, but there are essentially five ways in which that may occur: 1) God will
supernaturally strike dead those who oppose His apostles and prophets; 2) God will send, or
allow satanic forces to send plagues upon dissenters; 3) the Church (or certain “overcomers”)
will pronounce God's judgment upon dissenters, thus moving God to destroy them; 4) the
Church will, out of “necessity,” use physical force by which it will judge, sentence,
and execute judgment (including death) upon dissenters; 5) all or any combination of the
above may take place.” (Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours, p.96-97)
If anyone can remember back to the June 9th, 1994 fiasco Hinkley on TBN
clearly promoted a Kingdom Dominion prophecy where he said “evil will be ripped from the
earth.” The kingdom was to come because evil was to be ripped from the earth. This is
what we are hearing more and more these days.
Others seemed to have received the same message at that time “it is a time for
judgment and cleansing. It must be done that my church will be ready...” “This is a
cleansing that removes evil from the whole world and activates a worldwide spiritual
revival with millions of people pouring into the church.” (Don Hackman, “THE
EVANGELIST”) Many others such as David Griffis, director of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
in Colorado, had a vision in which he heard the Lord speak and saw a picture in his mind.
“'June the 9th.' I saw the date in my mind and then described what would be attributed to
a great disaster or even the tribulation.” Teri his wife put out a fleece to see if the
date is correct and heard June the 9th IS CORRECT. (Quoted in Discernment newsletter) Those
who are looking for this type of scenario seem to hear all too often what is the opposite
of the Scripture writings. Not only was the date wrong, but the content is unbiblical
without Christ’s coming. It is rare if anyone is corrected among themselves and so it
continues within the Third Wave today at unprecedented proportions.
This kind of mistake often happens when someone is using a spiritualizing method of
interpretation in prophecy instead of its literal meaning in context. This is why they can
say the virgin (the Church) is with child again.
“The virgin Church is “in labour and in pain to give birth” (Rev 12:1-2) ... for I
say to you, once again, the virgin is with child. Before Jesus Himself returns, the last
virgin Church shall become pregnant with the promise of God. Out of her travail, the
Body of Christ shall come forth, raised to the full statute of its Head, the Lord Jesus.
Corporately manifested in holiness, power and love, the Bride of Christ shall arise”
(Francis Frangipane,” In the Presence of God” 1994 Chapter: “The Virgin
Shall Be With Child” pages 153-157). While he may be thinking the best for the Church, I
would say that the bible makes it clear, he is getting a little ahead of Christ.
In the place of literal interpretation of prophecy we find Replacement Theology
sometimes mixed with Manifest Sons of God teaching. Prophecies that are for the nation of
future Israel are instead applied to the Church. Spiritualizing passages instead of finding
its literal meaning is common place, the meaning is in the hand of the wielder.
An example is the dry bones that come back to life in Ezekiel 37:1-11. They are said to
be the Restoration of the Church out of Babylon (denominationalism; which separates) into
perfect unity (Branham taught this). Eventually all believers will possess the same mind,
and same goals under the government of the apostles and prophets in their Kingdom Age.
Others are also speaking of this “cleansing action.” A prophecy by Glenn Foster
reads: “I have been cleansing the Church. Now I am ready to begin cleansing the
nations...The fire that falls first is upon the sacrifice on the altar that's my Church.
Then the fire falls upon the false prophets - that's the government and leadership of the
world that rules in cruelty in its own wisdom ... This is a special day - an appointed
time...Behold, my Jehus are ready to receive a fresh anointing. Jehu will replace the rule
of Ahab and Jezebel ... there is a prophetic word upon the lips of the Elijahs of this
hour, which shall feed the flesh of Jezebel to the dogs. (FIELDS OF HONEY, A prophetic
message spoken by Glen Foster July 11, 1994. quoted in Discernment Newsletter)
First we need to understand that this prophecy applies OT typology to the Church that
the NT does not. We are not the Altar! Nor are there Jehus and many Elijahs, this man is
prophesying by his own spirit, as his theological bent betrays his teaching influence. Of
course to those who are trained to spiritualize scripture in this manner, this makes
perfect sense. If you have a Gnostic approach to understanding holy writ then one is
justified in using real characters in the OT and applying it to all kinds of individuals
and movements today. Nowhere do we find an apostle saying that another apostle or church
member is like Moses or has the spirit of Zechariah or many Elijahs. Certainly we can say
use examples like Elijah but this is not the way they are stating it.
This kind of teaching certainly needs to be challenged, but when those who ask for a
Biblical references for this position, they are demeaned and judged as unworthy.
A judgmental spirit is seen by the very ones who say not to judge and then they turn
around and label others as having the spirit of anti-christ or committing blasphemy because
they question their teachings as unbiblical. The promoters of the “new thing” like
Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many others are threatened by those who ask the people to
test their teachings. Not only do they want to sit in judgment on the world but the Church
as well. They put fear in people by making them feel that are coming against God’s
healing and anointing if they say anything contrary.
Kenneth Copeland gives the admonishment “One of these days, you may just be talking to
someone, asking them how things went at church last Sunday, and they may say, ‘Oh it was
great! The glory of God was so strong it healed 16 cripples, opened the ears of thirty dead
people, cured seven cases of cancer and killed Brother Bigmouth and Sister Strife‘“
(Voice of Victory” Oct. 94) When Peter dealt with Annanias and Sapphirra he did not look
for this action to occur; it was an immediate instruction and judgment from the Lord on 2
people who gave their word and lied.
Rodney Howard-Browne: “I'm telling your right now,” he hissed, “you'll drop dead
if you prohibit what God is doing!” Dramatically he gestured toward the crowd and
warned them that those like me, who would dare to question that what he was doing was of
God, had committed the unpardonable sin and would not be forgiven in this world or the
next.” (Rodeny Boward-Browne, Melodyland Christian Center, Anaheim, CA,
from Counterfeit Revival, Hank Hanegraaf, 1997, pg. 22)
Benny Hinn states “I place a curse on every man and woman that will stretch his hand
against this anointing. I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this
ministry.” (Sept. 13, 1999 TBN) This is not judgments spoken about the church to repent
and going back to her first love but is spoken against those who speak personally about the
new thing and his ministry. These men are obviously threatened by those who speak up about
their teachings. Is God worried about anyone’s hand against His (person) anointing? This
is ludicrous. Did any apostle threaten someone like this? We should consider James and
John’s statement of wanting vengeance, such as wanting to call lightning down from heaven
on their opposers and cleanse the earth of them. Jesus said they did not know what
spirit they were of.
The Latter Rain Dominion theology (Kingdom Now) is tied into Reconstructionism
which rejects the pre-millennial view of history and eschatology and promotes the
postmillennial view. Pre-millennialism teaches that Christ will return bodily to earth in
His Second Coming before the Millennium. Reconstructionism affirms that Christ will
not return bodily to earth in His Second Coming until after the Millennium has been fully
developed on earth by the Church. The Pentecostal Latter Rain adopted this position going
further in the interpretation by saying it is the supercharged Church that rules on the
earth through the Millennium without the person of Christ through apostles and prophets.
“Dispensationalism” has always maintained a clear distinction between the Church and
Israel after the ascension of Christ. Without this distinction the differences of the
Church and Israel are blurred and ones eschatology becomes affected. “Kingdom Now”
believes that since Jesus Christ’s ascension, He reigns as the king in heaven and the
Church is reigning on earth by marching forward defeating His enemies, increasing the
spread of the Kingdom of God, until the end of the future Millennium when the 2nd coming of
Christ occurs. Most Reconstructionists believe they are already in the millennium, the
Church is expected to progressively take greater dominion. “We are to pull down the
ungodly strongholds of this world, and we are to erect godly institutions in their
place.” (Tom Rose, “Christ's Kingdom: How Shall We Build?” in Journal of Christian
Reconstruction, Summer 1981 Quoted in What ever happened to Heaven Dave Hunt.).
Reconstruction author George Grant writes: “The army of God is to conquer the earth, to
subdue it, to rule over it, to exercise dominion. Christians are called to war. And it is a
war we are expected to win.” (George Grant, Bringing in the Sheaves (American Vision
Press, 1985), p. 98.) David Chilton believes, “Our
goal is world dominion under Christ’s lordship, a world takeover’ if you will. (Christ
has) commissioned us to take over the world.” Gary North writes, “God wants Christians
to control the earth on His behalf.” Y2K would have neatly fit into this plan (North
being one of the main promoters of this ultimate disaster) if it had transpired as many
thought it would, but it became the great disappointment for those who wanted the chance to
rebuild things the right way.
The premise of today's Reconstructionism (Kingdom Theology) like its predecessor is to
restore what man lost over the earth when Adam and Eve obeyed Satan's temptation in the
Garden of Eden and fell. Man’s dominion was gone and God lost control of the earth to
Satan, and since that time has been looking for a “covenant people” who will be His
“extension,” or “expression,” in the earth and take dominion back from Satan.
This is a major part in the Word/Faith movement as well. As Fred Price states, “But
God has to be given permission to work in this earth realm on behalf of man. You are in
control! So if man has control, who no longer has it? God.....When God gave Adam dominion,
that meant God no longer had dominion. So God cannot do anything in this earth unless
we let Him. And the way we let Him or give Him permission is through prayer.”
(Fred Price, “Prayer: Do You Know What Prayer Is...and How to Pray? “ (The Word Study
Bible, 1990. p. 1178).
This is the basis of Kingdom Dominionism. Man is not taking the control. Although Price
may push the envelope further than most it all has the same end. Man centered spirituality
is how the “new” Christianity is to operate, but not the ancient faith. We need
permission from God, not He from us. Prayer is for His will to be done not to have Him
Karen Wheaton who is a passionate and talented singer has sang on TBN telethons Benny
Hinn crusades and now with Rod Parsley sings this catchy tune: “I'm taking back my stuff,
I'm taking back what the Devil stole from me, I'm taking it back” (having the people sing
along repeating it several times), taking back, my joy, health home, kids, etc. You name it
its all coming back. (Louiville Kentucky crusade Freedom Hall, aired 7/24/2000 on
This dominion of planet earth will be accomplished through the Church and more
specifically by certain group of “overcomers” that yield themselves to the leadership
of God's new apostles and prophets authority.
Ern Baxter said in 1975: “We are talking of man coming into the fullness of his self
realization, into his ultimate destiny as the image of God. This beloved One came to become
the Pattern Son to become the Ideal Man after which he would pattern a whole community of
redeemed ones. What he was in his incarnate power and life, they become in their corporate
power and life. God’s purpose is not to redeem a bunch of people to sit at a bus stop and
wait for the bus to come along and get them out of the world’s mess. He came as King so
that under their authority the redeemed community might become the means whereby he would
establish God’s sovereign right in his own redeemed earth. We have individual salvation -
but in the nation we have corporate salvation...God’s people are going to start to
exercise rule and they’re going to take dominion over the power of Satan. As the
rod of his strength goes out of Zion, he will change legislation, he will chase the devil
off the face of God’s earth and God’s people will bring about God’s purposes and
God’s reign.” (MacPherson “Can The Elect Be Deceived” 1986)
Standard Reconstructionism teaches that Christ bound Satan and his demons in the past by
his death, resurrection, and ascension. In the Pentecostal (Latter Rain) Reconstructionist
view they bind Satan now and take over his goods and rule through spiritual warfare prayer.
This is why we are hearing so often today to take it back from the Devil, or the Church
needs to possess the goods to do its work. In this respect we have John Avanzini, Rod
Parsley, Benny Hinn, R.W. Shambach and many others talk about the Jubilee and the Church
receiving her freedom from debt. Rod Parsley states “Just before the return of Jesus
Christ, God is going to restore to the Church everything the devil has stolen.”
Some give a greater significance to this event as a financial revival (is there such a
thing in the bible?) But they all agree that the Church must have healing, gain control of
the wealth to preach the gospel to all nations and have the kingdom come.
Rick Joyner: “I do believe you know wealth in a sense is like energy you can't destroy
it, its just transferred and I believe in a great economic collapse the wealth of the world
will not destroyed, it will be transferred and I believe a lot of it will be transferred to
the believers.” (CBN, Jan 3, 2000)
Maxwell Whyte writes that we can be instantly healed of sickness by pleading the blood
as well as receive the Holy Spirit by this method. (The Power of the Blood ch.7-8 Whyte).
He also writes about (Ephesians 5:27) “The Bride must be perfected with no spiritual,
mental or physical sickness when the Bridegroom comes for her” (Whyte, Christian Life,
Creflo Dollar goes even further, in his position “God is coming back for a church
without spot or blemish so he is not coming back to a church in debt this revival must take
place before Jesus can come back He cannot come back for a broke church, he cannot
come back for a sick church, he cannot come back for a church that is in debt
that would be against his word. I'm coming back for a glorious church, without spot or
wrinkle, so that means there's going to be some quick transference going on.” (LeSea
network Mar. 27, 2000) Taking back the world's material wealth not having sickness is not
the Bibles position for the last days. There are more warnings about this very thing than
for it. (ie. James. 5:1-3;2 Tim. 3:1; Rev. 3:14).
Premillennialism teaches that after His Second Coming, Christ will establish the
literal, earthly, political, Millennial Kingdom of God and will be physically present to
rule this earth for a thousand years. In this view the Millennial Kingdom of God has not
In this new modified view of reconstruction held by certain leading Pentecostals an
elite remnant army of overcomers will subdue all of Christ’s enemies, they will gain
power and authority throughout the world through signs and wonders. Those who hold the view
of triumphalism believe the nations governments will be upon their shoulders and when all
the secular authorities, governments, rulers and kings have finally submitted to their
rulership, Christ will then return and they will present the kingdom to Him. Hardly the
scenario of Isa. 9:6-7. This theory is based upon the idea that all authority in
heaven and on the earth has been given to Jesus, and since believers are indwelt by the
same Holy Spirit that indwelt Jesus, we too have all authority on the earth as Jesus has in
heaven; therefore we can do the miracles that He did. And
with this power, restructure America first and then the rest of the world.
God’s right to rule in the affairs of men is not promoted by any government. The
question we need to ask is would it be any different if there were a Christian form of
government? In the OT God spoke to the prophet or the King for the people. This is what
Dominionism wants us to go back to, except the king would not be Jesus physically on earth.
So who would it be?
The United States government is no more corrupt than was the Roman government was in
Christ’s day. Yet we see no instruction from Jesus to reform them, only to preach the
message that would save their souls. Could we, now over 1900 years later do what the
apostles and the early Church with all its power could not? Those who believe ruling in
educational, political positions in government will change countries. This has been tried
in history before, by the Catholic Church. So it should not be surprising to see many of
these same people promoting this to be united with the Catholic Church, or have nothing to
say about it. The agenda would be the same, it may even lead to mutual cooperation.
Nowhere does the Bible instruct us to reform this world. Examples from the bible of
those who had this opportunity never did so. Joseph as second only to Pharaoh, Esther with
King Ahasuerus, and Daniel did not change the society they lived in. God used these men to
preserve His people, but not to restructure an anti-God culture into a godly one. Christ
never attempted to reform the evil world of His day, neither did he give any instruction to
the Apostles to do so. They “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) by preaching the
gospel, not by teaching or implementing morals on an evil society. This does not exclude us
to be salt and light, but it does exclude us from changing the laws so the unsaved can live
like the saved. Yes we are to save lives and yes we are to expose “the unfruitful works
of darkness.” But the truth is to be exalted so that falsehood will fall dead in the
streets. It is a matter of choice not implementing a rule over the majority of the people.
It never worked before and it will only work when Christ comes to rule in perfect justice.
Any “reformation” of society has come when individuals were transformed through
faith in Christ and their lives then became an influence for good in society. It
cannot be transformed by implementing laws on others to live so they would have a form of
godliness without the power.
“Have been foreordained of God to become that people who will become so glorified that
we can bring Christ back to the earth. This glorified church must make the earth God's
footstool before Jesus can come again.” (From The Wounded Body of Christ. Earl Paulk,
quoted in Jewel Van der Merwe's book Joel's Army). The Bible teaches heaven is His throne
the earth is (already) His footstool.
C. Peter Wagner states “I believe that the government of the church is finally coming
into place and that is what the Scripture teaches in Eph. 2, that the foundation of the
church is apostles and prophets. Previous to this decade of the 80's and the 90's we
practically ignored prophets and apostles and now we’re seeing, what I believe is a major
reason. We’re going to new levels in prayer. We’re going to new levels in the
spiritual. We’re going to new levels in healing and miracles. We’re going to new levels
in deliverance of demonic deliverance. And so this is the new era we are going into and I
don't know if it is coincidental or what, but its just as we are moving into the new
millennium.” (CBN interview Jan. 3, 2000)
What we have is too many chiefs and not enough servants. This appeals to the pride of
man and the fallen nature to be special and powerful. The shepherding movement now has
metamorphosed into the apostolic movement that wants to rule the Church and then the world.
The Church has failed but will now be successful under new leadership. John Arnott says
“Yes, Lord, we're going to go for it, we're gonna try to do our part to bring the kingdom
of God here...and wouldn't it be wonderful if the Lord would start to move in power and
restore the church to its proper place and make us the head and not the tail?” (John
Arnott, TACF, 10/19/94) First of all we need to understand Christ is the head of the Church
so we were never the tail. If the Church is under Christ we are in the proper place
“For Jesus staked a claim over every piece of ground on this earth and I have arisen
to fully possess it. This is the day when I will cast out the deceivers who have settled on
land that rightfully belongs to Me. For this belongs to Christ and His heirs and we are
about to dispossess the ones who have falsely possessed it. Come one and all for we must
fight for our rights. Do, as I say and we shall surely reclaim our ground.” (prophecy
to Jane Williams Christian fellowship church Columbia Apr. 7, 1996)
It is very questionable to think that Jesus is going to rid the squatters in this way
Another eschatological viewpoint of Kingdom Theology is that the Great Tribulation is
seen not as a time when anti-Christ will reign and war against God's people, but rather a
time of tribulation for the world brought about by God's judgment through his people. A
Joel’s Army scenario that is not the biblical truth. Many seem to overlook that God
is the source of judgment for the great tribulation on a unrepentant world. Anti-Christ is
considered by some not to be a person, or even a system of government, but a spirit of
rebellion against God's new authority represented by apostles and prophets. Some even teach
that the antichrist is not a person but is anything that comes against or challenges the
anointing of God. According to some interpretations of I John 4:2 and II John 7 the meaning
of the coming of Jesus in the flesh is his deity manifesting in the church
Copeland states that God had his hands tied until now. “But I'm telling you all the
restrictions that have been on God for 6,000 years will be off. All the restrictions that
have been on the angels for 6,000 years will be off. All the deal is off, the bible says
that god is going to rise like a man that has been in sleep he's going to rise. And really
this is the Copeland translation he is going to rise up and start rippin’ and a tearin‘.
He has been out of the loop gone enough, we gonna have some bottom settling here so you and
I need to be in our place. “(TBN, Jesus Is Lord, Jan. 11, 2,000)
My Bible says He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He has not been on a vacation nor will he
ever take one.
“The Church is the feet of Jesus. God promised Jesus 'I will train your feet, and use
them to tread down and crush your enemies.'“ ( Francis Frangipane, in Charisma magazine
July 1993 )
Satan and all enemies of God will be put under the feet of the corporate “man child”
the new sons of God. This will be the fulfillment of I Corinthians 15:25-26: “For he
(Christ) must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall
be destroyed is death.”
God the Father says to the Son in Heb 1:13: “But to which of the angels has He ever
said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?”
Heb. 10:12-13: “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat
down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His
footstool.” Who makes the enemies his footstool? God the Father, NOT the Church!”
Paulk gives people overconfidence that Jesus Christ had the authority to say “No” to
death on earth, and He is waiting for us to come to that same authority He had so we can
say, “The last enemy--death-has been conquered.”
Have we forgotten history “Foxe's Book of Martyrs” is filled with many stories of
those that gave their life for Christ, even the apostles. Are we any different? The saints
will always overcome evil and Satan, but not through taking dominion over the worlds
institutions or creating a paradise or a Christian millennium. Scripture instead
states that we the saints overcome through “the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
their testimony”, and do not “love their lives to the death.” (Rev.
12:11). My Bible says he overcomes the Saints during the tribulation, and that is what is
coming on the world. Not a Christian society. But we are not to be dismayed because we do
have the eventual victory.
Pt.4 Spiritual war-Joel's army marches today.