For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. - 1Corinthians 1:18 (ESV)
We have written for some time now about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) dominionist theology. The leadership within the apostate church and its industrial complex are concerned with one thing - power. Within churchianity, they currently have all of the power, which leads to the excesses in fame and wealth that they enjoy. This complex is a profitable web amassing millions if not billions of dollars. International music rights, best selling books, and endless speaking tours on the circuit lead to a purpose driven life, purposefully driven straight to the bank. I wrote about a relatively obscure preacher/prophet last week and was startled to discover he was worth between 50-100 million dollars already! The flock is fleeced from every direction. People are constantly trading in at least 10% of their money in exchange for the belief that they will see heaven but instead, they will most likely be left saying "Lord Lord" on that fateful day when they stand before Christ. Lord Lord - did we not go see Pastor Osteen every week? Lord Lord - did we not tithe regularly and even do that missions trip to Mexico? Lord Lord - did we not only listen to Hillsong, hate our neighbors if they did not measure up morally and always vote for the Republican candidate?
Away from me, for I never knew you.
That brings us to the other sunny side of the NAR discussion and that is the masters who truly drive the leadership. The Republican Party bought and paid for the apostate church leaders a long time ago. The Faustian bargain for preferred legislation, conservative judges, and seven mountain dreams was struck for the meager price of the soul of a soulless institution. The people caught up in that institution however, pay an eternal price. The bottom line is the political masters need the evangelical masses to vote without questioning. So, they must set up the same divided political narrative within the apostate church. It has to be blood sport. It has to be us versus them and "them" must be looked down upon. Through this, Satan has realized a key goal of turning the church against the very people who need the gospel the most, under the guise of spreading the gospel. It is quite breathtaking to behold in action. Let us reason once more through the above linked article from Charisma News writer, James Lasher as we see these schemes in action.
"Throughout history, Christians have found themselves under the shadow of persecution. The age-old question, "Are Christians the troubles of society?" has resurfaced in Western society and is reminiscent of King Ahab's inquiry to the prophet Elijah, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?" (1 Kings 18:17). Today, many in societies around the globe label Christians as the new "troubles" obstructing the perceived progress championed by certain groups." - James Lasher
One of the cornerstones of the NAR dominionist scheme is to victimize the church. Everything is couched in language that tries to get people to feel like they are helpless victims being persecuted by those evil leftists, or godless folks, or people who for some reason hate our country. Anything, as long as you hate them. The narrative Lasher is selling here is core NAR. It says that the real persecution the church has faced throughout history is somehow akin to the nonsensical, petty cultural wars they wage today. So, the persecution of Christians in the Sudan or the underground church in China is now somehow akin to a local high school football coach being denied leading his team of kids with mixed religions, in a Christian prayer following games. They are actually comparing a baker refusing to bake cakes to the reign of the evil King Ahab and the apostate church somehow to Elijah. They want the church to fulfill the role of the troubler of society because it furthers the dividing lines.