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July 12, 2022
NAR Dominionist Abuses the Context of Scripture and the Declaration of Independence
By Anthony Wade
The only way for dominionist theology to work is to mangle both the bible and American History...
Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. - Matthew 12:13-14 (ESV)
As we dive deeper into the end times it becomes clearer day after day that the apostate church in America will continue to use dominionism and the worship of this country to lead people away from Christ. Keep in mind that they may not necessarily realize their own rampant heresy. Jesus warned us about believing our darkness was light. The underlying sin is a violation of the very first commandment. Thee dominionist worships this world. Sure, there is plenty of Jesus-speak to wrap the heresy up but at the end of the day they are far more sold out to reviving what was never alive, than bring the gospel to the lost. The bible never promises us an end times revival but rather an end times apostasy. They do not care because they worship this world. My speculation is they do so because in this world they have position, power, fame and money. There are familiar comparisons to the Pharisees of the days Jesus walked the earth. They had control of religion and as such, they held the most desired positions at the feasts. They had the respect, position, power and fame. Along came this lowly carpenter from Galilee preaching humility and forgiveness and suddenly people started following Him. As we see from the key verses today, the religious powers that be were having none of that. After a very public healing, they did not praise God or thank Jesus. Rather, they conspired from that point forward how to kill Him. The link above is to the latest dominionist effort from Joseph Mattera, entitled - Has America Declared its Independence from God?
I know the answer! Of course not because America never considered itself dependent on God to begin with. America has always been a secular nation founded in bloodshed, rebellion and greed. It remains the best secular experiment for government in history and has done a great deal of worldly good. That does not however make it holy. You see, in order for dominionism to work, America must be considered as having been in covenant with God and is now falling away. Why? Because then the solution is this nebulous notion of a nation "repenting." Nations however do not repent collectively. People do, individually. Do not be confused, God's wrath is coming and America will stand in judgement as all nations but it is the individuals who will stand before Christ and give account. Mattera will answer for all of the loose facts he traffics in. Let us reason once more and be mindful not only of the bible being taken out of context but of the utter mangling of American History.
"Since the original Declaration of Independence, which was written by Thomas Jefferson and made official in 1776, the United States has made an about-face from the values inscribed in that document. Anyone examining the Declaration of Independence is immediately impacted by the new nation's utter dependence upon God, His providence and its Judeo-Christian worldview.
The fact that the Founding Fathers' decision to disassociate the nation from Britain and its political position was based upon "the laws of nature and nature's God," ("the laws of nature and nature's God" is referring to Scriptures like Psalm 19 and Romans 1:19-23, which show how God uses nature to teach humanity of His ways) and underpinned by the phrase: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." Hence, Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers believed all civil authority is derivative. As God's representatives, they can either lose or gain the right to lead the people based on conformity to His laws. In other words, civil leaders gain legitimacy to lead based on how adequately they represent God's laws in their principles and policies." - Joseph Mattera
Imagine with me if you would that the quotes here were written by Joseph Smith, widely accepted as a heretic for founding Mormonism. Smith had 34 wives, the youngest of which was 13 years old. He claims that an angel gave him a new gospel written upon golden tablets in the forest behind his upstate New York house in the 1800s. He added to scripture by writing the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price. Why are you bringing up Smith preacher? Is he any better a representative for Christian theology than Jefferson? I am sure both reference "God" and "creator" but to whom are they referring? We dismiss Smith but why are we embracing Jefferson here? Thomas Jefferson not only added to scripture but he took away as well. He rewrote the bible - look it up! The Jefferson Bible removed all references to the deity of Jesus Christ as well as all references to his earthly miracles! On top of that, 95% of the Declaration has no reference to God at all. They listed all of their grievances with England which, were primarily in the realm of governance and taxation. They make reference to "divine providence" in closing and a "creator" in the opening - that's it. Given that Jefferson clearly did not believe that Jesus was Lord, we cannot even be sure what God he is referring to in the declaration at all. There is nothing about a Judeo-Christian worldview. The assertion of this is absurd. Mattera's assumptions regarding Psalm 19 and Romans 1 are simply silly. He has no idea what Jefferson was referring to but even if he was making a similar referent to nature revealing a creator there is no proof that Jefferson ever shared OUR belief in Jesus Christ as God! His Christianity remains as reliable as Joseph Smith's. I am sure Mormons still to this day consider civil authority as being derivative from God but once again the question is which God? Mattera's conclusion about adherence to God's laws is just not in the declaration. Do not be deceived beloved. Read the declaration and outside of two lines in the opening and one reference in the closing this is not even vaguely religious. It reveals a people in rebellion for their perception of being treated poorly by the King of England in matters of governance and money. Do not deify it as even the rebellion breaks from the scriptures found in Romans 13.
"One of the last things mentioned in this amazing Declaration were these words, which prove Thomas Jefferson and the other signers were not deistic in their religion. (Many claim that Jefferson, and most of the Founding Fathers, were not Christians but Deist. Deism is a religion that believes God created the world but has nothing to do with the personal affairs of men. God was like a person who makes a watch, winds it up and leaves it alone. They did not believe God answered prayers, intervened in human affairs, did miracles or died on a cross and rose from the dead.) "We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States."
Of course, any practicing deist would never appeal to God as the supreme judge of the world since it violates their most basic tenet that God as Creator has nothing to do with the world He made! Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are not competing documents. The Declaration of Independence is the foundation for the values and birth of the nation and serves as the cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution. Hence, there was no need for the Founding Fathers to mention God in this latter document because God and His laws are already assumed as its foundation. All that to say, the United States built its view of life, liberty and justice upon biblical values and declared unambiguously that the burgeoning nation depended upon God for its existence, sustenance and prosperity." - Joseph Mattera
It is always a "tell" when someone feels the need to defend a criticism they are expecting to happen. Mattera knows he is weak on the charge of deism, so he attempts clumsily to get ahead of the subject. Considering what Jefferson removed from the bible we can safely conclude he fits Mattera's definition of a deist. He dismissed the Godhead of Christ, stemming from the resurrection. He removed the miracles of Jesus from scripture. Look, not all the founding fathers were deists, nor were they 'Christians." Some were atheists. They were not united in faith but in their desire to break free from the financial tyranny of the crown. Mattera's conclusion here about deists not using the term "Supreme Judge" is also unfounded. Being such does not mean you are getting involved in the day to day activities of the creation at all. You can be a hands-off God and still reserve final judgment over your creation. Mattera also confuses the primary belief of a deist, which was founded as a belief structure during the intellectual movements of the 17th and 18th centuries. It was the creation of a "rational thought" God. The deist admitted there must be a Creator because of what nature reveals but they dismissed the revealed religions of the day and established religious authorities. It is in the dismissal that they paper over the notion of a God interacting with His creation constantly. So, what we have is a loosely affiliated group of colonists who were sick and tired of the governing and taxation abuses of England and they rebelled. In doing so they drafted an official document to declare such. The reason for this rebellion is written throughout the declaration and it sure isn't God. They make a reference to nature revealing a creator, a core tenet of deism. It is written by a deist, who rewrote the bible to remove all references to Jesus as God and His miracles. The burgeoning nation's view of life, liberty, and happiness was certainly not founded on Christianity. While we had plenty of believing patriots at the outset, to pretend they all were or that this nation was founded on Christian ideals is a rewrite of America history.
"In the past century, our nation began to gradually stray from our biblical roots and dependence upon God as its anchor and sustainer. It seems to me that the greatest value many have in this nation is the value of autonomy. In comparison, past generations (World War II and beyond) celebrated the biblical virtues of self-sacrifice and service to humanity. The present generation values the right to self-expression and self-will, irrespective of how it negatively impacts society and stability for future generations. How far have we fallen as a nation from President Kennedy's immortal inaugural address of 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country"? One decade after President Kennedy, we began to change the laws to reflect the values of human independence from God. This change includes values such as the "right to choose" (the so-called right of the mother to terminate the life of her unborn in the womb, or partial-birth abortion, which causes the infant to be partially born so they can terminate the small human), "no-fault divorce" (which made divorce easier and contributed to the rapid decline of two-parent households), alternate forms of family and marriage, gender identification (outside the bounds of one's natural birth), and soon to come, trans-humanism, in which a robot equipped with artificial intelligence will be considered a humanoid. This will give way to birth-humans marrying robots, counting robots along with their children as part of their family, further confusing the next generation and eroding the biblical concept of biological families." - Joseph Mattera
Well all-righty. Here is a sure-fire way to ensure that Christianity does not even have a seat at the table. Bizarro conspiracy theories will only drive the lost further away from Christ. So, will using the bible as a blunt instrument instead of a two-edged sword. Mattera may even be right on his selection of issues that have led to a decline in society but the question is what is the appropriate response? Rewriting history is not the answer. This country was founded in bloodshed and rebellion and spiritually one can argue they are still at the core of our struggles. American exceptionalism is a whitewashed tomb that forgets the plight of the American Indian, the African slave or the child sweatshop worker. Listen, this is not bad mouthing this country. America remains the bastion for freedom and liberty around the world. Just stop pretending that it was founded in a tent revival and all we need is a little behavior modification from those who do not share our beliefs and everything will be ok.
"America is now at the crossroads for survival. Some say it is on the precipice of another violent civil war. (We are already a divided nation along political and ideological lines, replete with violent rhetoric and uncivil discord.) Its survival will not ultimately depend upon which political party triumphs, but upon which god wins. It will be either a continuing embrace of the god of self-expression and autonomy or a return to a dependence upon the biblical God who claims the earth for Himself and who laughs at all rulers, nations and people who attempt to rebel against Him (Ps. 2 and 24). May the United States of America not just have a Declaration of Independence, but may this nation have total dependence upon the Creator God." - Joseph Mattera
Yet who is at the center of the violent imagery? The apostate church. It supports the most unrighteous political candidates solely based upon party affiliation as if one party is heaven bound and the other by default is not. Mario Murillo, infamous dominionist, recently declared that all Democratic voters are beyond redemption and going to hell. All of them! Lunatic "Pastor" Greg Locke declared they were all demon possessed and unwelcome at his church! That's a heck of an evangelism plan! These charlatans never get the point. Forcing kids who do not know Christ to pray to Him in school saves no one. Forcing people to say Merry Christmas during a month when Jesus was not even born, saves no one. Legislation saves no one. Supreme Court decisions saves no one. Stop trying to change the culture into your perverted theocrat Shangri-La and get back to the only thing you have been assigned to and that is the gospel. Don't you get this yet? None of this other stuff matters!
Reverend Anthony Wade - July 11, 2022