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Believers have consistently failed to take
the commandment sgiven to us by Christ seriously. Rather than shining their lights you
will generally find the people of God setting their sights on millennial fantasies during
frightening periods of history.
The Hebrews misunderstood the intentions
of Jesus and expected Him to bring His political rule to earth so that they could be
released from the oppressive bondage of Rome. In part, because Jesus told them that He
had come to earth to forward a spiritual kingdom instead, Christ was crucified.
The MedievalChurch likewise successfully set up the
authoritarian political rule of the church to fill the governmental void that was left
after the fall of Rome.
So today while we see our society falling
apart at the seams we find the Body of Christ again enamoured with this same Kingdom
Theology as Christians seek for Christ to return to set up His political rule on earth.
And if Christ wont do it for them, then they will see to it themselves.
Indeed the Roman
Churchs Dark Age thrust is alive and well in the church today as Kingdom of God theologies similar to that which held the
attention of the church of the Middle Ages have become embraced in many charismatic
circles. While proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is in the here and now they call on the
church to set up a millenium apart from Christs return to earth. Dominion
theology, as it is called, wrote Walter Martin in The Agony of Deceit, states
that until we do indeed subdue the creation, the return of the Lord Himself will be
delayed. This same belief system was instigated during the medieval period by
personas such as Pope Gregory who wielded papal authority over kings in the name of the
church dictating its policy to the world.
One of these dominionist groups calls
itself the Restoration movement. Albert Dager in Vengeance is Ours described that this
group believes that before the church can be perfected and establish dominion, it
must restore praise and worship as a means to enter into the presence of God. Only then
will His blessings be poured out upon His people and they will be given the power to
subdue spiritual principalities . . .What is perceived as spiritual is in reality soulish,
contributing to a euphoric state of altered consciousness from repetitious choruses that
follow on upon the other. The mesmerizing effect of the music creates a frame of mind open
to suggestion by the subsequent preaching of dominion teachers who build on the fever of
the moment with messages of future power and glory.
The Shepherding Movement also adheres to
the Kingdom of God theology. These folk have put together a
hierarchy of authority that directs every aspect of their followers lives just as
the same methodology dominated the feudal system of the pope-controlled Dark Ages. This
was a period where everyone did as they were told with the ultimate authority resting in
the Vatican. But the Vatican is exactly where a large group of
charismatics are turning to today.
Consequently it does not seem to be a
coincidence that the charismatic movement in the Catholic Church, which came out of
Vatican II (1962-65), has become according to the Dictionary of Christianity in America the most remarkable segment of the
charismatic movement. Catholic historians and theologians are careful to point out that
the movement is not new to Catholic history. Indeed this is true and there are many
thoughtful writers today who contend that the charismatic movement is merely a way to
reinstate Catholicism in the ProtestantChurch so that the Pope can regain the authority
that was lost during the Reformation. Indeed, as ecumenically based charismatics are
increasingly becoming pope friendly while professing dogmas of unity apart from doctrinal
truth as they gather under the common banner of charisma basked in New Worship we have to
wonder if this is the case.
And so, while imposing the most minimal
doctrinal belief requirements, Jack Hayford wrote in Manifest Presence that it is
mandated of all Jesus disciples that we commit to one another on the basis of
our choice to love, not our position on truth. The common ground for this unity is
seen in this instance as seeking Jesus first through new worship practices as Christians
answer the dual call to worship and to worship together . . .we are being
called to let our worship shape us into a manner of persons who are willing to
be bonded together in the presence of God and to become banded together for the extending
of His Kingdom.
In restating John Lennons All
You Need is Love theme, the New Worshipper apparently believes that the church will
unify itself and take over the world by singing love songs to God. Those who insist on
doctrinal agreement as a basis for unity are generally labeled as dividers. Its all
about seeking Gods face through worship. There was no significant dispute over
worship before the proponents of eastern mysticism came on the scene. And if the New
Worshippers have their way, there will be no dispute in the future. For, as in
Nimrods ancient Assyria, it is always my way or the
highway once pagan superstition takes over.
Is the authoritative, corrupt, ignorant,
persecution-filled, poverty-stricken and disease-ridden world system created by the church
of the Middle Ages what these charismatics want to return to? Apparently this is so in
many cases. And as the charismatic renewal with its ecumenical and Kingdom Theology
message continues to take hold of Christendom we can expect a sustained resurgence of
Medieval Catholicism in our future.
So even as Nimrods quest for world
domination a la medieval superstition underpins modern kingdom theological pursuits, a
host of charismatics proclaim that New Worship will usher in the coming of Gods
kingdom on earth in two ways. The first kingdom is seen as the Kingdom of the ModernChurch as it, in the same manner as its
counterpart in the Dark Ages, brings the Kingdom of God to earth through authority and rule. The
second kingdom is viewed as the Kingdom of Christ when He returns within the context of the
manifestation of the last days outpouring of Gods Spirit on all mankind. This
manifestation of the Spirit that ushers in Christs return is understood as the
propagation of New Worship forms. Therefore Hayford wrote in Manifest Presence that the
church expands in dominion in direct proportion to its worship. It will be
a new breed of human beings . . .whom God will use to reclaim the planet, and the
way they will do that is through their worship.
Here it is, wrote Anne
Murchison in Praise and Worship. Praise and worship in earth as it is in heaven (at
the altar of incense) are the link between the spirit-filled believer and the Presence of
God and His kingdom-life in earth as it is in heaven (in the holy of holies). . .Praise
and worship are one of the missing keys to the kingdom. And He is putting those keys back
into our hands today.
The Inquisition resulted in the martyrdom
of many faithful souls who dared to stand against the pagan superstition of the Roman
Church. This incident ought to stand as an eternal lesson of the holocaust that invariably
occurs when the InstitutionalChurch elevates its people to God in worship
while assuming Nimrod the warriors position of kingdom authority. The first
amendment to the US Constitution, because of the oppression of the government sanctioned
Church of England, was written to assure that a state religion could not be established in
America. 3Nonetheless it appears that New Worshippers have set
their hearts on leading America back to a state that is controlled by a
unified InstitutionalizedChurch. They seem to want to become like the
Roman Church that ruled the Western world for centuries with pagan superstition rather
than truth. And, like our medieval predecessors, we see devaluation of biblical truth and
the undermining of reason as the church submerses herself with the emotionalism of eastern
3. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of
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