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Christianity Thomas on 21 Jan 2011 12:01 am

Dominionists – the most insane Christians, and also the most powerful

One definition of dominionism is found at the beginning of this video:

The defining concept of dominionism is that Christians alone are biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns, or in other words, to take control of sinful, secular society.

Another definition of Dominionism:

Dominion Theology is a grouping of theological systems with the common belief that the law of God – as codified in the Bible – should exclusively govern society, to the exclusion of secular law, a view also known as theonomy. As of 2010 the most prominent modern formulation of Dominion Theology is Christian Reconstructionism, founded by R. J. Rushdoony in the 1970s. Reconstructionists themselves use the word dominionism to refer to their belief that Christians alone should control civil government, conducting it according to Biblical law.

A worst-case-scenario picture of dominionism is painted in this article:

The Threat From Within: Dominionists Taking Over America

The inherent danger of religious fundamentalism should be self-evident in America, and it is not a stretch to imagine Inquisition-type crusades occurring in America, and with the bible as a guide, no-one is safe. Many of the extremist Christians repudiate the peaceful teachings of Jesus and revert to Old Testament-style laws that are so severe, that if allowed to gain a foothold will result in a bloodbath that extremist Muslims would envy. The bible’s Old Testament is rife with stories of genocide and destruction that is reminiscent of Nazi Germany. It is advisable to remember that most Germans were caught up in the wave of anti-Semitism that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews and caused World War II. Religious zeal is worse than nationalistic fervor, and seemingly peaceful, tolerant people can be swept up in a killing frenzy; especially if people believe the murder is commanded or condoned by god.

Americans cannot be complacent by letting these Dominionists proceed in their attempts at theocracy. The anti-immigrant mindset that many Republican legislators embrace is the impetus for revoking the 14th Amendment, and the proponents are primarily fundamentalist Christians. The homophobes in the Republican Party who advocate for extermination of gays are Christian extremists and serve as legislators, governors, and state representatives in every state in the Union. Liberals, scientists, feminists, and atheists are all targets of fundamentalist Christians who base their hate on the bible’s Stone Age decrees.

This article contains a prediction:

Christian Domininionsts to take over the world by 2032

Christians are projected to take over the world by 2032, according to a book called Megashift by James Rutz.

The Christians that Rutz describes appear to be Christian dominionists, a new “army” of born again super-Christians who are supposedly endowed with supernatural powers, such as their ability to raise the dead. They are reportedly increasing in number by 8% per year, especially in Africa, India, China and Southeast Asia.

As part of this explosion in the “new Christianity,” non-Western missionaries are outnumbering Western missionaries. Africa, for instance, was declared the “Church of the Future” at the 2010 Lausanne Conference which embraces the principles of Christian dominionism, a sect of Christianity which seeks to take over the global culture in order to create a “Kingdom of God” where non-believers and “the wrong kind of Christians” will be “displaced” and “toppled” from various institutions.

21 Responses to “Dominionists – the most insane Christians, and also the most powerful”

  1. on 21 Jan 2011 at 10:36 pm 1.What You Need to Know said …

    Problems with WWGHA

    * A repeated premise of the site (hereafter WDGHA for short) involves exegetical misreadings of passages on prayer (see here) which are read with exceptional hyperliteralism and absolutely no concern for their social, literary, and religious context, particularly that of ancient patronage.

    * WDGHA’s critiques of the Bible are exceptionally misguided; the most memorable for me is the wayward treatment of the “women keep quiet” verse of 1 Cor. 14, which Brain does not know is actually Paul quoting (and then refuting) opponents. There are also the usual already-refuted objections about things like slavery.

    * WDGHA makes no use of and seems to have no conception of use of qualified academic or scholarly sources. Among the sources used to demonstrate Christian belief are such luminaries as Guideposts magazine and Marilyn Hickey. As bad as that is, The Da Vinci Code is in one place used as a reliable source of information.

    * The bulk of arguments on WDGHA are emotional and not rational. There is no treatment of any of the classic arguments for the existence of God. Repetition is the primary means of argument.

    * Marshall Brain is himself unqualified to address the subject; his education is in electrical engineering and computer science, and he is the author of popular books.

    * Curiously, WDGHA contains several statements presently hidden in the background code. Many of these are insulting to Christians or else reflect a sense by Brain of innate superiority. Even several of his “open” statements, however, do the same, eg, he refers to his own view as “normal” and asks readers to “grow up” and “use their brain”. This is certainly not someone suffering from a deficiency in self-image. In one place it is suggested that Revelation was written under the influence of drugs.

  2. on 21 Jan 2011 at 11:22 pm 2.Severin said …

    1. W.Y.N.K
    “…which are read with exceptional hyperliteralism and absolutely no concern for their social, literary, and religious context,…”

    Can you kindly explain what would be the context of this:
    “But if this charge is true (that she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.”
    (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)

  3. on 22 Jan 2011 at 12:47 am 3.Anonymous said …

    The post talks about Dominionists who believe “that the law of God – as codified in the Bible – should exclusively govern society”. What way should you read “law” besides “literally”?

  4. on 22 Jan 2011 at 10:51 pm 4.Rostam said …

    “Christians are projected to take over the world by 2032, according to a book called Megashift by James Rutz.”

    Let us hope so so. Israel often turned their back on God with terrible results. When she returned blessings abounded.

    WYNK,

    Very good insight. It is always dangerous to see guys like Richard Dawkins and Brain playing the role of theologian.

  5. on 22 Jan 2011 at 11:36 pm 5.JohnnyP said …

    Of course, the majority of christians are hypocrites and so if society does come to be what is suggested above, they will likely also find themselves in the hotseat plenty.

    “She was eating shellfish!”
    “Well you were vacuuming on the Sabbath!”
    “What’s that you’re wearing? A shirt made of two kinds of cloth?! Oh My God, I thought I knew you!!!”

    Be careful what you pray for. But I wouldn’t sweat it. If christians can’t get their acts together enough to even agree on what is truth and what isn’t, how are they going to agree enough to organize a revolt?

  6. on 22 Jan 2011 at 11:53 pm 6.Xenon said …

    Let us hope it happens. Frankly I have stomached all the vicious liberal hate I can stand. I am so sick of the wolf-woman becoming unglued at the very mention of Sarah palin.

    They should be celebrating this woman but alas she is the anti-feminist: beautiful, powerful, high-achieving, and yet family-oriented with an uncastrated husband and a passel of kids, including one that most leftists think people should abort.

    Um, she is horrible. Bring on the dominionist. They certainly must be an improvement over the NE educated narcissists running the nation now.

  7. on 23 Jan 2011 at 1:55 am 7.JohnnyP said …

    “…a sect of Christianity which seeks to take over the global culture in order to create a “Kingdom of God” where non-believers and “the wrong kind of Christians” will be “displaced” and “toppled” from various institutions.”

    Why would they bother? Isn’t their old buddy Jesus supposed to be coming back for them, like, any day now? Isn’t the day Of The Lord “close at hand”? Maybe it’s a “just in case we’re wrong” back up plan?

    “Christians are projected to take over the world by 2032…”

    Again, I wouldn’t worry about it. It’ll take them that long just to agree on whose interpretations they’re going to use. And they’ll probably kill each other off in the process.

  8. on 23 Jan 2011 at 5:49 pm 8.Severin said …

    6 Xenon
    “Let us hope it happens.”
    “I am so sick …”

    We can see it! We would like to help, but you need professional help.
    Anything we can do for you, Xenon?

  9. on 23 Jan 2011 at 6:19 pm 9.Xenon said …

    Who is we?

    You don’t live in the horrible US, why do you care?

    You can do something for me. Help usher in an obviously more viable option than what we have in the US right now.

    You should be sick,,,,sick of the status quo but the drones tend not to be observant.

  10. on 24 Jan 2011 at 7:09 am 10.Severin said …

    8 Xenon
    “…but the drones tend not to be observant”

    Thank you for your kind advice, Xenon!
    I already help people, and I am doing it all my life, without asking for their religion.
    While helping them, I do not discuss religion and I do not propague atheism, or condition my help in any way.
    I also work a lot.
    I don’t hate anyone.

    Yet, I do not believe in god and I do not belong to any religion.
    How is it possible?

    Doesn’t it prove that being good or bad has nothing to do with gods and religions?

    Because I know many wonderful people: Christians, atheists, Muslims, Jews…
    I also know many very bad people: Christians, atheists, Muslims, Jews…

    What is it that makes you, or any other Chrisitian (Muslim, Jew…) better man than me?

  11. on 24 Jan 2011 at 2:23 pm 11.Anti-Theist said …

    People’s hearts never change until they go looking for knowledge contrary to their currently held beliefs. If a Christian came to this site looking for evidence to refute religion, he would not need to be talked away from his beliefs by any of the forums atheist patrons. The theists whom come to argue will never be broadened by arguments regardless of the obviousness of the perspective; it is truly a child’s game in which two participants are needed.

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
    Albert Einstein

  12. on 24 Jan 2011 at 3:23 pm 12.Xenon said …

    yes Severin I have seen the monologue of how good you are to yourself and others. I don’t believe anyone here has claimed you are not. You still think being a follower of Christ only about being “good”.

    But, what does that have to do with dominionist take over a government that cannot be any more horrid? Do you realize our congress over the last 4 years has had approval ratings as low as 8%? Stay on topic.

  13. on 24 Jan 2011 at 6:26 pm 13.MrQ said …

    Part of me thinks that America deserves Palin. Dumb down the masses to an even greater stupor. Religion is novocaine for the brain and Palin is the max dosage.
    But then I think, Holy Hell, she’ll have a finger on the nuclear button. And that might impact me in some way.

    A-T,
    You are spot on with the analysis of the faithful posting here. They already claim to know the Truth. The only hope is for those of faith who are truly open minded.

    Horatio, the anti-science guy, says the Earth is some 4 billion years old but still buys into the ark and A&E stories. Wonder how that works? I think if you have a belief in god then you have to give up critical thinking and, in return, you get a shot of novocaine to comfort you from the cold hard realities of life.

  14. on 24 Jan 2011 at 9:08 pm 14.Biff said …

    Palin really is a joke. Check out these great whiffs.

    “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”

    “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to.”

    “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”

  15. on 24 Jan 2011 at 9:37 pm 15.Anti-Theist said …

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

    John Adams

  16. on 24 Jan 2011 at 10:44 pm 16.A Romatic said …

    Interesting…

    What it doesn’t say though is that we aren’t founded on monotheistic ideas. So statements like “Under God” can still be valid, people assume that it is the Christian God and can’t be the God of other people, cultures and religions.

    But, since it is the treaty of Tripoli it means nothing.

    Biff,

    You do know these are quotes from the Chosen One!

  17. on 25 Jan 2011 at 7:23 am 17.Severin said …

    12 Xenon
    “But, what does that have to do with dominionist take over a government that cannot be any more horrid?”

    I don’t know much about your government, except it was elected on legal and democratic elections.
    What you voted for, you have.

    I know much about dominionists.
    Didn’t they rule the world for some 2,000 years?

  18. on 28 Jan 2011 at 3:44 pm 18.Anti-Theist said …

    I have a hard time considering those who hide like rats and are too embarrassed to explain their moronic beliefs to the public, very powerful. The most powerful Christian is quite equivalent to the most powerful homeless cat lady. Calling Palin retarded would be an insult to handicapped people everywhere; she being at the center of this comedy is no surprise.

  19. on 28 Jan 2011 at 3:58 pm 19.Curmudgeon said …

    “I don’t know much about your government, except it was elected on legal and democratic elections.”

    You are actually naive enough to believe that? We have a racist community activist muslim-sympathizer who has never even ran a lemonade stand as POTUS. That doesn’t happen with legal democratic elections.

    Has anyone told Barrack Hussein Obama we only have 57 states?

  20. on 18 Feb 2011 at 6:00 am 20.Riteous1 said …

    Athiests are sinners that need to repent

    Repent to god and he will listen

  21. on 09 Mar 2011 at 10:40 am 21.sonofapreacherman said …

    My father is an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God. Let me tell you right here and right now: These Palinesque people are 100% serious! They all believe with every fiber of their being that Jesus Christ is Lord and that “every knee shall bow” — and if you don’t find that to be creepier than the wide, tapping stance of Larry Craig, you must be one of them!

    The Bible, the Christian faith, and the Assemblies of God utterly destroyed my youth. I was deprived of any normalcy whatsoever throughout my entire childhood. I grew up living in abject fear of a burning hell and the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What if I slipped up and committed some small transgression only moments before the skies parted and the Great Rapture suddenly took place? One shall be taken and the other one left.

    Surviving seven years of Terrible Tribulations seemed to be improbable at best. Surely I’d be doomed to burn forever in the unholy fires of hottest hell unless I could muster the courage to be publicly beheaded by the followers of the evil AntiChrist! I spent the first 20+ years of my life whispering nonstop prayers of repentance and faith lest I find myself caught in the vicious snares of Satan himself.

    That is the type of shat-bit insanity which ruled my days and haunted my nights for far too long. I was not allowed to think for myself nor to question authority. I was taught only to trust and obey for there was no other way. It was a hard-core, God-blighted, miserable existence based on the fantastical tales of sheep-herding dolts and the delirious ramblings of imprisoned, self-proclaimed prophets.

    I was completely immersed in this cultish religion from the very moment I was born, and it took me two decades before I could even begin to break away from the pervasive, mind-twisting, brain-washing grip of the Assemblies of God. Many years have since passed, and my parents are still active in the church today. I, on the other hand, am more certain than ever that, when my parents die, they will simply be dead. I am confident today that there is no god and that there is no life after death. For this I am thankful. It didn’t come easy.

    Make no mistake: The Borg-like Dominionists are a dangerous lot. Give them an inch and they’ll just take over. The delusional arrogance of this self-righteous lot knows no bounds. They’re willfully ignorant, slyer than foxes and more persistent than a family of woodpeckers on crack!

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