Monday, July 18, 2011

Os Hillman: Change Agent in the Church

Historically, change agents in the Church have meant bad news to the Christian church. The change brought into the Church has typically been unbiblical and makes certain doctrine more palatable to the fence-sitters.

Os Hillman, the author of Change Agents, describes what is contained in his book. He teaches Dominion Theology of the Seven Mountains Mandate, which is a plan to create a theocracy worldwide.

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He has also made a guest appearance on American Family Association radio program. This is a radio station that sounds Baptist, but has Dominionist overtones.

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Os Hillman works with Lance Wallnau to bring about revolution in the Church. He is a major leader in the marketplace transformation movement, a key area of focus for Dominionism to be imposed upon other nations of the Earth via corporate business mechanisms. This has to do with changing governments of other nations. This isn't Dominionism Lite!

Where did all of this Kingdom Now/Dominion Theology come from?

Based on research by Herescope:
"Three decades ago, two 'generals' in the Christian faith... Loren Cunningham, of Youth With A Mission, and Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade For Christ... were given a simultaneous supernatural message for each other. They both saw 7 strategic mountains, or 'mind molders', that shape the culture of every nation. God told each of them to inform the other that if they could capture these strategic places, they would reap the harvest of nations. These 7 mountains of societal influence are...

To understand the rationale that undergirds this marketplace dominionism "mandate," read the statement by Os Hillman in a letter to his supporters in April:

"When Jesus died on the cross the Bible says that 'the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost' (Luke 19:10). That means we are to restore the spiritual foundations that Jesus laid all the way back to the Garden of Eden. It is through faith in Jesus and bringing His Kingdom into the seven key areas of society that we will do this.

"When God called the people of Israel out of Egypt to form a new nation in the Promised Land, He told them that they would be the head --- not the tail --- if they obeyed the commands of the Lord. He told them to divide the land into seven parts (Joshua 18:5). They would also have to displace seven enemies that currently resided in the Promised Land."
Herescope goes onto explain that, "This heretical teaching misapplies Jesus' salvation of lost souls with "restoring" what was "lost" at the Fall of Man. It negates the work of the Cross. It falsely empowers man to complete the work that Jesus didn't finish, which is utter blasphemy. At the foundation of this Dominionist heresy is the belief that man can return to Paradise conditions in Genesis 1 by building the Kingdom of God on Earth. Nowhere is this taught by Jesus. This is not what the Kingdom of God is all about."

According to Hillman's bio, he was a member of Chuck Smith's church. Chuck was formerly ordained as a pastor by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Aimee Semple McPherson founded the Foursquare Church in 1927, and impacted many notable pastors like Benny Hinn and Word-Faith teachers. Aimee admits to being influenced by the Latter Rain Movement, also known as the Third Wave Movement.

The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit is a Christian theological theory first introduced by C. Peter Wagner to describe what he believed to be three historical periods of the activity of the Holy Spirit in the 20th century and beyond. Although Aimee McPherson was influenced by Catholic clergy in her church meetings and ministry, I'm not absolutely convinced this Third Wave is the same as our discussion from the other day, just similar in name.