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Biblical Refutation of NAR Dominionism Obsession with Politics

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"This is political, not merely spiritual, because it means Jesus is judging these authorities in regard to public policy, international issues, the economy, taxation, tort laws and so forth. In other words, how their policies and laws reflect the law-Word of God, especially the laws extrapolated out of the Ten Commandments in the civil laws of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy." - Joseph Mattera

This was listed under the term "King of Kings." So Mattera actually believes that Jesus will judge people in authority related to their policies, international issues, economy, taxation, and tort laws. Are you kidding me? Where is this in the bible? He is called the King of Kings because He is above any worldly ruler. The problem with Mattera's theology here is that the interpretation for these "leadership sins" are left to the wickedly deceitful hearts of men like Joseph Mattera. The Great Commission does not instruct us to make sure the tax code of the countries we preach in measure up to a feigned biblical standard.

"In Greek culture, the ecclesia were the citizens who came together in a community to enact public policy. Ecclesia, broadly speaking, means to come together to rule. In other words, Jesus called His followers the new congress of His kingdom." - Joseph Mattera

No dominionist NAR screed is worth anything without a clear misunderstanding of the word ecclesia. It means a called-out assembly. We are called out from the world. That is our assembly. We are called out to be a shining city on a hill. To be salt and light to a dying world. Not some authoritative branch of new kingdom government created by Joseph Mattera.

"In Matthew 16:18, Jesus says the church would assault the gates of hell, which are ungodly political and social systems. "Gates" is an Old Testament term that denotes where the elders of a city met to enact public policy, declare war and conduct financial and legal business." - Joseph Mattera

First of all, it says the gates of hell will not prevail against the church not that the church would assault the gates. What Jesus is obviously referring to here is His impending death and resurrection. The very next section in Matthew says that Jesus started foretelling His disciples about His death and resurrection! It is the reason the church will prevail! It is all about Him! Don't we get that today? Apparently not Joseph Mattera and NAR dominionism. Mattera closes out by claiming the crucifixion was because of politics and not religion. Without the religiosity behind why Jesus ended up in the hands of the Romans you never get to the politics of Pontius Pilate. Mattera actually states that one cannot even understand the Gospel itself, without understanding its political implications. What absolute rubbish. The Gospel is not restrained by anything designed in the wickedly deceitful hearts of men. Preach it and men will be saved - so says the word of God in Romans. The Gospel transcends whatever limitations you wish to place upon it. It transcends time as the same exact Gospel saved the fourth century serf that saves the 21st century factory worker. And yes Joseph, it even transcends your petty, carnal politics. Amen and hallelujah to the King of Kings!

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