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Kingdom Now, NAR Dominionist Theology Maligning the Church

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This is barely even coherent. We are salt and light by living our lives according to the word of God. Full stop.

"14. The kingdom participates with Christ in the renewal of all things. Religion is focused on perpetuating its traditions in the church. Every person in a kingdom-focused church should understand that the Great Commission involves influencing people groups and subcultures, not just individuals (Matt. 28:19). People stuck in religious systems work only to perpetuate the second-tier traditions of their church members." -- Joseph Mattera

I am unsure what Mattera means by the renewal of all things but this again highlights poor NAR theology. We worship Christ. We follow Christ. We are servants of Christ. We do not "participate with Him." That is again purpose driven influence within the NAR dominionist domain.

15. The kingdom engages culture, while religion escapes the earth. The nature of religion is that it wants to create an enclave of safety from the unpredictable realities of the unredeemed world; religion is mystical, not practical or spiritual. However, disciples of the kingdom view every global challenge as an opportunity to be a problem solver and seek to reflect Christ to the surrounding culture. May God help all of us discern whether we are primarily informed by the kingdom or by a religious tradition and system!" -- Joseph Mattera

The true believer sees everything as an opportunity to present the gospel. Not resolve the carnal problems of this world. If you want to view the church as a haven of sorts, I am fine with that. Sheep need to be tended to. In Mattera's vision, the church is solely focused on this world and all of the problems it has. He is focused on solving those problems under the veneer of Christianity and the hysterical part is he calls this "kingdom" focus. It is exactly the opposite. It is first "me" focused. We suddenly are the change agents instead of Christ. We have the power and the mandate, not Jesus. Beloved, if you are not engaging culture with the gospel then you are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Take it from me. the ship is going down. I've seen the movie. Secondly it is worldly focused. It is concerned about all of the carnal dealings of a fallen world. it confers righteousness where it does not belong. Lastly, it may very well be kingdom focused but sure is not God's kingdom it is focused on.

Lastly, just a word to those still caught up in these teachings. I understand. These nationalistic idol worshiping teachings have infected the church for decades now. What you cannot escape from is that this is Kingdom Now, NAR dominionist theology. I know it feels right because it is how you were taught. It is not right. It drags the focus off of the gospel and onto this world, which is passing away. It amazes me how someone can escape the NAR. They can escape the false signs and lying wonders. They can escape the healing on demand beliefs and false prophet paradigms. They can escape the NAR in such totality yet still cling to dominionism. They can escape the depths of Bethel or IHOP yet cannot see that it bad to share like beliefs with Paula White or Franklin Graham. They got out but there is still one part of it left infecting them and they cannot purge it. I pray that you can beloved. Come back to your first love. Truly leave this NAR madness behind you.

In Jesus name.

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