Friday, February 11, 2011

Well-meaning Christians are Working to Set up the Antichrist's Kingdom

In her book Tongues, Prosperity and Godhood, Dr. Cathy Burns explains where the false teaching of Kingdom Now, Dominion Theology, and Reconstructionism is leading us. She explains:

"Yes, the Kingdom Now, Dominion Theology, and Reconstructionists believe that mankind must establish the Kingdom of God on earth before Jesus can even return again. So, naturally, they also deny the rapture of the bride of Christ. We must discard the Biblical doctrine of the rapture in order to establish an earthly kingdom. However, there is one major problem in establishing the kingdom here on earth now. According to the Bible, there will be a kingdom on earth, but it will not be God's Kingdom - at least not the kingdom of the Christians' God!

You see, the kingdom that will be established here on earth will be under the rule of the Antichrist! The sad part is that many people who are well-meaning and sincere are working to set up this kingdom for the Antichrist while actually believing that they are working for Christ's Kingdom.

In addition, it is now being taught that this world will continue to get better and better until the whole world is evangelized by the Gospel. For example, David Chilton claims:
"Our rule is going on now, on this earth...and the extent of our rule coincides with the progress of the Gospel. As it increases, so does the dominion of Christians...Eventually, through evangelism, the reign of Christians will become so extensive that 'the earth will be full of the knowledge of God, as the waters cover the sea' (Isa. 11:9). Edenic blessings will abound the world as God's law is increasingly obeyed..." [1]

The Bible, on the other hand, talking about the second coming of Christ, forewarns us:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition..." (II Thess. 2:3)
Elsewhere we are told:
"that in the latter time some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron..." (1 Tim. 4:1-2)
II Timothy 3:1 prophecies "that in the last days perilous times shall come." These perilous times will be like this:
"Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more that lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" from such turn away." (II Timothy 3: 2-5)
Isn't this a perfect description of our day? Is the world really getting better and better with all of the abortion and homosexuality taking place? Are the Christians really coming into power and taking over the world for Christ? According to Daniel, a prophecy for the end time about the Antichrist's rule, reveals that he:
"made war with the saints, and prevailed against them...And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High..." (Daniel 7:21, 25a)
 "they shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my names sake...And because iniquity shall about, the love of many shall wax cold...and then shall the end come" (Matt. 24:9, 12, 14b).
Bill Johnson on the "Kingdom Come"
According to Wikipedia, Kingdom Now Theology states that although Satan has been in control of the world since the Fall; God is looking for people who will help him take back dominion. Those who yield themselves to the authority of God's apostles and prophets will take control of the kingdoms of this world, being defined as all social institutions, the "kingdom" of education, the "kingdom" of science, the "kingdom" of the arts, etc. [2]

Bill Johnson, a well-known Word Faith teacher, explains the teaching. I think the Kingdom Now theology would be easier to understand, if it were backed by Scripture. The modern teaching originated in the Latter Rain Movement, and is connected to the New Apostolic Reformation, Spiritual Warfare Christianity, and Fivefold ministry.

(YouTube link)