Dominionism is man’s attempt to occupy and subdue the world as God’s stewards of the earth. While we are called to occupy the world and spread the Good News of the gospel, “dominionists” believe it is our duty to vanquish evil before Jesus’ final return. This is man’s attempt to do what God alone can do–usher in permanent peace.
Left wing dominionists often believe that Jesus can only return once man has vanquished injustice, poverty and economic inequality. Many believe Jesus cannot return until this is accomplished. Many left wing dominionists also subscribe to the beliefs of collective salvation, where all creation is ultimately saved because of their efforts.
Right wing dominionists often believe man must conquer and subdue institutions like government, commerce and media to usher in Jesus’ return. Many believe in a Christian theocracy for government.
Both sects of Dominionism are attempting to override biblical prophecy which states the world will grow increasingly more evil until Jesus returns to vanquish evil, condemn the wicked and establish His everlasting Kingdom.
The Bible is clear we are to occupy the world until the return of Jesus, sharing the gospel of salvation and living as Christ commanded. We should seek to be the best stewards we can be of God’s great creation. But the Bible is clear that the world will continue to spiral into evil and chaos as the Day of the Lord approaches. With this in mind, we should be excellent stewards, share the gospel with all men, and live a life that will attract men to Jesus through our words and actions. But we should never presume that our actions can effect the eventuality of the prophetic scriptures.
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Other Places To Learn:
Apprising Ministries: What is Dominionism?
- Dominionism. That Big “D” Word. (standupforthetruth.com)
- The End Game of Emergers (standupforthetruth.com)
- Dominionism, Yeast and the Emergent Movement (standupforthetruth.com)