The Christian New Apostolic Reformation: Wolves in Sheep Clothing
The American Christian Equivalent To The Islamic State
Dominionism, also known as, The New Apostolic Reformation, is a subtly veiled cult embedded in Charismatic Christianity. Many adherents are unaware their church is teaching these dissident biblical lessons. They're simply oblivious followers. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), ultimately isn't about the church going congregation; it's about the political power-grab strategies of its leaders. Their true congregation walks the halls of government and our court systems. Their goal is fascist theocracy. They want to influence to dominate United States foreign policy, law, economics, and even its art and entertainment culture.
These are not pluralists seeking a society where all are welcome. They seek to make America 'A Christian nation', not just any kind of Christian nation, not a social justice seeking Christian nation, or Catholic, or Mormon, or Episcopalian. They want a fundamentalist, hyper-evangelical, Protestant theocracy.
Despite what the 1st Amendment says.
I find standard Fundamentalist Christianity is problematic personally, but there is a Christian humility in standard Fundamentalists that is admirable, a humility that is totally lacking in Dominionists.
They're power-mad charlatans hell-bent on establishing a global authoritarian theocracy.
They'll fail, but millions could die in the process.
I did in depth research for this article, for weeks, and it was disturbing. The Pew Research Center reports that seventy percent of Americans identify as Christian.
Of that seventy percent, twenty five percent are evangelical Christian. A much smaller percentage would consciously identify as 'Dominionist', or NAR, because those distinctions are totally unknown to them, they simply think they're fundamentalist, bible-believing, Jesus loving, Christians. They sit in congregations listening to power-hungry religious bigots, and believe they're receiving a -Christian- message, just because a preacher said it.
What makes the NAR so dangerous is its subtlety, its glaring, yet tenuous and purposeful, diversions from the gospel that leads their followers lost in the cornfield of an authoritarian extremist tyrannical church run state. Not salvation.
A Chest Beating Perversion Of Christianity
I am not a Christian. However, I have read the New Testament. I understand the inherent spirit of the Gospel, the spirit of love, humility, and grace.
New Apostolic Reform is a bombastic, prideful, authoritarian Christian movement. Wholly contrary to the founding Christian message of humility as taught by Jesus.
Dominionists seek to seize the world and mold it to their will. Jesus said in 'The Sermon on the Mount':
“. . .Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. . ."
The two major concepts in Jesus' statement are -meek- and -inherit-.
Meek can be simply understood as 'non-aggressive'. 'Inherit' is to receive, be given.
NAR believers are the exact opposite. They believe their mission is to be combative and seize power in the world, become the authority, the ruling government, forcefully if necessary.
Robert Boston, Communications Director of Americans United For The Separation of Church and State, says in Truthout:
"The people who belong to this movement go by different names -- Reconstructionists, Theonomists, Dominionists -- but they all share a common belief: Our republican form of government should be replaced with a Christian fundamentalist theocracy," Boston explained. "They may disagree on what constitutes a proper form of Christianity, but their goal is to 'reconstruct' society from the ground up, along 'biblical' lines."
Boston also relates:
"They're latter-day Puritans with modern-day technology, and they would make this country an officially 'Christian' one by force if necessary. Of course, their definition of Christianity is so extreme that it would exclude millions of Americans who attend mainline churches."
Conventional Christianity, Protestant and Catholic, has proclaimed for centuries that an ascended and returned Christ is to establish 'The Kingdom', not self-appointed prophets and apostles like those of the NAR.
Berean Research says of the NAR:
"Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them."
Dominionist Leaders Love Donald Trump
The Intellectualist reports that Liberty University, headed by influential Dominionist, Jerry Falwell, is producing a film that presupposes that God appointed Trump President of the United States:
"And the film fits well with the narrative of some evangelical Trump supporters that he was chosen by God in the same manner as the biblical King Cyrus – a less-than-godly man nevertheless used by God to commence the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.
This view is most often expressed by those associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, which as Vox notes is a "loosely-conceived umbrella group of Christians that tend to focus on the power of individual prophecy and the authority of charismatic leadership figures believed to be possessed of distinct spiritual gifts.”
At a two-day stadium rally in Cleveland last July, a NAR Christian leader, Lou Engle proclaimed:
"The same authority that has been given to Christ Jesus for overwhelming conquering and dominion has been given to the saints of the most high. … We’re God’s rulers upon the earth. … We will govern over kings and judges will have to submit. … We’re called to rule! To change history! To be co-regents with God!"
This is a fearsome cult, and they have political power. They're everything the founders of the United States warned about. They are the reason the 1st Amendment was written, first.
From Cornell Law School:
"Two clauses in the First Amendment guarantee freedom of religion. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the "separation of church and state."
Beware those who cannot tell God's will from their own
Religiosity Should Never Have Political Power
Episcopal priest, teacher, and author Barbara Brown Taylor relates:
"Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those who cannot tell God's will from their own."
The New Apostolic Reformation, Christian Dominionism, is nothing new. The ideology has been around from at least 1947 under various names. What's new is their dangerous proximity to overwhelming political power, deep pocketbooks, and by any means necessary attitude. This is not a time for mainline Christians, and American citizens in general, to wave these fascist theocrats off and laugh. They're deadly serious, emphasis on deadly.
They'll arrange for Armageddon, they believe millions suffering and dying, "for the faith", is god ordained and righteous.
They believe the only people worthy of human consideration are people that believe as they do, not even mainline Christians are entitled to peace, safety, grace, or Christian mercy.
Thank you for reading.
One Love, Duane Townsend
© 2018 Duane Townsend