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Kingdom Now, NAR Dominionist Theology Maligning the Church

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Wow, the heresy here is staggering. Religion does not insist that unbelievers visit church -- the bible does! Believers are not called to solve carnal problems of this world. That is so antithetical to the gospel. The usage of "biblical worldview is straight up NAR code-speak. If you want a biblical worldview, read the key verses again. The world is passing away. Have nothing to do with it. There is no transforming what is passing away. Try as hard as you like but you are not changing a rotting corpse.

"10. In the kingdom, the focus of concern is for the whole body of Christ. In religion, the primary focus is only on the denomination/local church. Any person with a kingdom agenda will be concerned about the health of the entire body of Christ. Those with a religious mindset are sectarian and only care about the health of their denomination or church." -- Joseph Mattera

And here we have the ecumenicalism that hides within the dominionist agenda. The body of Christ are only those that do the will of my Father, as per Jesus. Bill Johnson is not my brother. People espousing doctrines of demons are not my brothers. Beloved this is not some random hole in Mattera's theology. The entire screed is heretical and needs to be discarded.

"11. In the kingdom, every sphere of life is integrated under King Jesus. In religion, the church stays out of the public square. The kingdom of God prophetically speaks to societal structures such as law, politics, economics, families, art and business. In religion, the view is that such things are unimportant, unspiritual and therefore should be left to the concern of the world." -- Joseph Mattera

Odd, because Jesus stayed out of the public square completely. As much as the disciples wanted Him to deliver them from the oppression of Rome He came for bigger purposes. To deliver them from sin and Satan. Jesus still has that same larger purpose yet so many are focused with the petty issues of this world that have absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom. The church does not prophetically speak into the cultural mountains Mattera lists. His portrayal of what the church thinks is of course skewed and inaccurate. We do not believe the matters of this world are unimportant. Just that they are not kingdom matters an deserve no spiritual connotation. We do not call evil good. We see the world for what it is -- passing away and seek to save some out from among it while there is still time. We do not pitch our tent towards Sodom. There is only one thing that can save someone from it. It is not cultural influence, "Christian" politicians or even legislation. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"12. In the kingdom, Jesus is the King of kings. In religion, He is merely the symbolic leader of the church. In the kingdom, Jesus is not only the head of the church, but He is also the King of kings (Rev. 19:16). This is the most politically charged statement anyone can make about Jesus! Jesus is the political head of every president, politician, governor and mayor. It obligates every believer to be politically active by voting and doing their part to speak truth to power, as well as elect candidates who best represent kingdom values." -- Joseph Mattera

Uh-huh. Jesus Himself once lamented why bother calling Him Lord if you refuse to do what He says. The error of course is that Mattera takes a prophetic image of Christ when He returns and applies to today. Of course Jesus is King over all but when He returns, those that thought they were king, or president, or in charge will find out that He is King over all of them. It is again the height of NAR absurdity to think that because Jesus is known as the King of Kings that it obligates us to vote and elect people we deem as representing the kingdom. No matter the election all we have are two choices that are equally flawed and evil. The NAR believes they have figured out one is evil and one is good. Hear me very clearly -- there is a reason why all of the false teachers are flocking to your perceived "good" candidate." When we stand before Christ He will not care one iota who you voted for. If you choose to vote based on the lesser of two evils remember two crucial things. The first is that it is only your perception and secondly, it is still an evil choice. Do you think God plays the lesser evil games we like to? No.

"13. In the kingdom, the church is the salt of the earth. In religion, the believer is the salt of the church. Jesus called His followers to reflect His character and values. He called them to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, not the salt of the church and light of religion." -- Joseph Mattera

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