"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. "You shall have no other gods before me. - Exodus 20:2-3 (ESV)
NAR dominionism is a dangerous cancer spreading through the body of Christ in these end times. The very first commandment, found in the key verses today, says we are to have no other gods but God Almighty. To violate this is the sin of idolatry. The theology of dominionism is the idolatry of putting America before God. It is so dangerous because it does not seem like this is what you are doing but it is. Mixing the holy with the profane does not make the profane holy. Much of dominionism is subtle. So subtle it has infected many local churches without anyone even questioning it. Dominionism wrongly rewrites history to match their false theology. Suddenly all the founding fathers were born again zealots who spoke in tongues and desired to set up a Christian utopia. None of that is actually true if you understand history in the slightest. What is the appeal of this heresy? By chasing a "revival" in the midst of their own apostasy they get to pretend they are pursuing the will of the Lord instead of their own carnal lusts. It is a lot easier to look at the sinful world and blame them for all that ails us. No need to examine our own doctrine then. No need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Let's face it - this country provides great excess and we like it. So we idolize it and come against anything that would threaten our status quo.
Within this paradigm, we also have created music that we convince ourselves honors God but really all it does is excuse our idolatry. In most churches this is relegated to holidays such as the Fourth of July but now we see more brazen, in your face dominionism being passed off as mainstream Christianity. The above link is to a short article from Charisma News, a bastion for NAR dominionism, that highlights a new "worship" song which no doubt will flood the American church scene shortly. Let us reason together through the idolatrous offering so that we might not fall for such sin.
"How many times have you seen the phrase "your voice has power"? There is a biblical truth in this. In Luke 16 (TPT), Jesus says to Peter "I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this rock will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church--my legislative assembly, and the power of death will not be able to overpower it! I will give you the keys of heaven's kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven." This is the function of the sons and daughters of God on the earth. We are the government, the voice of authority on behalf of heaven, and we govern with our words." - Daniella Gibbons
Where to start? The church is NOT a legislative assembly. That notion is heretical and absurd. It stems from a butchering of the understanding of the word Ekklesia. Just read the voluminous writings from Paul regarding church structure and function and you will find no references to acting as a legislative body within the secular culture. This point becomes even clearer when you look at the ministry of Jesus who walked the earth under a brutal empire of Rome yet provided no action nor guidance regarding the Roman Empire. In fact, His disciples hoped He would deliver them from the oppression of Rome but He came for so much more - to deliver them from the oppression of Satan and sin. That mission has not changed today. His kingdom, and thus ours, is NOT of this world. The bible says we are pilgrims and sojourners passing through this world with the keys to the kingdom in our hands through the presentation of the Gospel. The bible says that our citizenship is in heaven - not on earth and God does not allow dual citizenship. Just read the key verse again. Secondly here, the notion of our voice having power is another popular heresy known as word faith. As bad as that is however, the notion that the function of Christians and the church is to be the government voicing authority on behalf of heaven is sheer lunacy based solely on NAR false teaching. God has the voice of authority and He does not need our help in seeing His will carried out. Remember, at the heart of NAR heresy is same old sin of Lucifer, that we might be God. Except we can't. The job is filled.
Worship leader and minister Rachel Shafer knows this! Shafer wrote "America's Anthem." This is not just a patriotic song; it is a prophetic declaration to bring us back into alignment with God's designed destiny for our nation. In this song, Shafer teaches us how to be governmental and walk in our authority through our words. Her declaration begins with "We were founded on Your Word and Your laws, one nation, undivided under God. Liberty, freedom, truth, we call this nation back to you. Your destiny, it's to be a light. No walls of hatred to divide. We are one nation with one God!" - Daniella Gibbons
A prophetic declaration means that they believe God spoke these words. Yet the lyrics represent a distorted view of history. God is not a man that He would lie. We were not founded upon the word of God. For heaven's sake we had to commit treason to start our nation! We were still a slave owner nation for a hundred years into our founding! That does not even take into consideration the genocide committed against the indigenous people who lived here first! This is not to speak ill of America just to be honest. We were founded upon the laws of God? Seriously? Sure, some basics such as murder were derived from commandments but this was far from a theocracy when founded. The "under God" portion of the Pledge of Allegiance, which Gibbons references here, was not added until the Communist Scare of the 1950's! In order to call the nation back to God the inference is that it once was saved? When? Who? Everyone? Please. The truly sad thing is the conflating of the church with the country. It is the church that is meant to be a light to the world through the Gospel, not the nation. I hate to be Johnny Raincloud here but the notion of no hatred among sinful man runs contrary to human nature and what scripture teaches. We are not one nation under God. Even those that share the banner of Christian disagree about who is "in." Mormons, Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans, just to name a few. Evangelicals, would dismiss nearly all folks from these groups.
In a recent interview on Booth To Ballot on Charisma Podcast Network, Shafer said, "There's dominion in our sound." The song has become a springboard of prayer as many churches are downloading the song for prayer gatherings. While much of her life has been an unexpected journey, Shafer has seen God restore ugly, difficult moments, making them beautiful. Join us as we celebrate her story and champion her voice as a woman who is taking her rightful place of influence." - Daniella Gibbons
There is dominion in our sound? Yikes. There of course is no biblical mandate for dominionism. God gave us dominion over the animals, not the humans. Shafer actually believes that through this song, she can take possession or dominion over this country. Any more doubts about the pure idolatry of these beliefs? The fact that many churches are using the song for prayer gatherings is frightening. It is not surprising however as the church in America worships this country more so than God. Beloved if you are in a church that would use the time allocated for worshiping the creator of the universe to sing about this country then you need to leave and leave fast. NAR dominionism is possibly the last great idol of the church age. It is insidious and dangerous as is anything that distracts us from God. Let him who has ears, hear.