The headline above is from an article Lighthouse Trails wrote in 2015. We are posting this article again because this month four highly popular evangelical leaders did something that more than surprised many people. And we believe what they did is a perfect example of what this article is warning.
On October 18, 2019, Religious News Service reported:
This week SBC adherents watched in (near) terror as prominent Southern Baptist pastors, including Franklin Graham, Jack Graham (no relation to Franklin or Billy), Robert Jeffress and Greg Laurie [not SBC], tweeted their approval of a new book by Paula White, President Trump’s spiritual advisor. In another time, these long-respected gospel preachers and conservative leaders would never have risked reputation and religious conviction to promote her.
One can only speculate at this point why these high-profile evangelical leaders would endorse a book written by someone who has aligned with the prosperity-gospel and the New Apostolic Reformation (see links below). It doesn’t take much imagination to believe that these endorsements by the two Grahams (not related), Jeffress, and Laurie were politically motivated.
As we explain below, there is every reason for American Christians to be seriously concerned about the state of our country and to hope and pray for godly leadership in the political realm. But will Christian leaders and pastors replace commitment to the Gospel for commitment to a unified dominionist agenda to “save the country”? Sadly, in many cases, the Gospel has already been replaced with various substitutes, and dominionism is one of those.
2015 Article by the Editors at Lighthouse Trails:
Will Christians Replace Commitment to the Gospel for Commitment to a Unified Dominionist Agenda to “Save the Country”?
As America is fast approaching another presidential election year, Dominionist/Kingdom Now political and religious figures are joining forces with evangelical Christian groups. While having concern for the state of America is more than legitimate, will Christians replace commitment and loyalty to the Gospel for commitment and loyalty to a dominionist agenda? If they do, they will learn the hard way that compromise and a “whatever it takes” attitude will do more harm to the cause of Jesus Christ than good.
This article is not a statement that Christians should not be involved in or concerned about the political state of their countries. Rather, the intention of this article is to exhort believers to use discernment in understanding the times in which we live. It is to show how a present ecumenical, dominionist movement (that is heading toward a one-world religion to “establish the kingdom of God on earth”) is operating and deceiving many Christians. As Christians, we are to be witnesses for Jesus Christ and His Gospel message of salvation. But today, many Christians may be on the brink of buying into a plan that will ultimately create a global religion and global government.
The apostle Paul was very clear that we are not to entangle ourselves with those who say they are of the faith but preach “another gospel” (Romans 16:17, Titus 3:10, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).
The definition below of dominionism is helpful in understanding the goals of the dominionist movement:
The Gospel of Salvation [according to dominionism] is achieved by setting up the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ.1
Dominionism shares some of the same ideologies as the emerging church, the primary similarity being the belief that a utopian “kingdom of God” will be set up on earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ, and in fact there won’t actually be a bodily physical return of Christ; but rather His presence will become more manifest within us the more the kingdom of God on earth is created. This is totally contrary to Scripture that tells us that Jesus Christ will return physically (where every eye shall see Him), and it will be to a world that has become completely chaotic and reprobate, not utopian and godly.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. (Revelation 1:7)
An article titled “7 Mountains – Set to Go Viral” examines the goals of this dominionist agenda, expressing “concern that this radical mandate for dominionism, and the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which birthed it, are becoming part of the political Right and evangelical mainstream.” The article states that the “7 mountains mandate is already becoming a unifying rally point among evangelicals from many diverse theological camps and from some very unexpected quarters.”
The Dominionist/Reclaiming our Culture mind-set is a dangerous path that leads, not to biblical truth, but rather to an ecumenical, Road to Rome, “Army for God” that will attempt to force culture to be “Christian” (something Jesus Christ or the disciples never mandated) and will end up leading all down that Road to Rome and eventually into a one-world religion and one-world government.
The article assesses:
Not only does the Kingdom of God have a different King to the kingdoms of the world, but it has different citizens, has a different future and it operates by different principles. One of the principles that makes God’s Kingdom radically different to that of the world is the lust for power as opposed to the willingness to serve.
“Jesus said: ‘Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.’” (Matthew 20:25-28).2
This is not to say that Christians should not try to be a light and the “salt” in a fallen culture (Matthew 5:13). But there is a difference between what Scripture instructs us to do and what the 7 Mountains movers teach; they believe they are “building an actual PHYSICAL kingdom here on earth — structurally through man’s mechanisms. This is the 7 mountains that they want to take over. They believe they can take them over by political, scientific, and psycho-social means.” And like the New Agers, they also want to build the spiritual kingdom within, “which they believe they can perfect themselves here on earth via mysticism” thus “they will begin to ‘manifest’ Christ — become the sons of God.”3
A Civil War?
In a radio transcript titled “Blues and Grays,” Roger Oakland of Understand the Times states:
Christianity is about to be purified through a civil war, they say. Is this behavior indicative of a revival as some claim? Or is this exactly what occurred in the past when “enlightened Christians” became the “manifested sons of God”?
[In] an article written by Rick Joyner called the Coming Civil War in the Church. . . . Joyner states he believes a civil war will soon be breaking out within the church. He states: “There is a huge portion of the church which is being held bondage to the same religious spirit that manifested itself to the Pharisees, and it will attack any new movement that arises in the church. The more anointed the new movement is, the more these traditionalists will be threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it.”
Joyner’s solution for removing the people who oppose this “anointed new move” sounds rather militant. Listen to what he says:
“The longer we continue to compromise with such institutions which use manipulation or control for the sake of unity or for any reason the more it will ultimately cost us to remove the cancer from our midst.”
Joyner then went on to describe how the conflict in the church will develop:
“The coming spiritual civil war will be between the Blue’s and the Gray’s. In dreams and visions blue often represents heavenly-mindedness, and gray speaks of those who live by the power of their own minds – which is equivalent to the brain’s gray matter. This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit.” 4
In Kevin Reeves book, The Other Side of the River, Reeves discusses Rick Joyner. Reeves, a former elder of a Latter Rain/dominionist church, states:
Joyner’s blatant Latter Rain beliefs were assimilated into our congregation on the wings of the mythical end-times revival which would supposedly sweep millions into the kingdom. A super-spiritual elite group of prophets and apostles will be raised up, Joyner states, and will transform the world of these last days, doing greater miracles than even the apostles who walked with our Lord. Whole nations will tremble at the mention of their names.
Interesting. Sounds a lot easier to deal with than Jesus’ prophecy that “[Y]e shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).5
In Final Quest, Joyner says he hears from a dead saint (one of the foolish virgins mentioned in Scripture), who has told him the things that are to come. According to one researcher, “Rick Joyner was one of the ‘Kansas City Prophets’ who now wields considerable influence through his ‘prophecies’ about a coming militant church.”6 Joyner states:
We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians will cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy coming upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and idealistic theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand that God is a military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other in Scripture is “the Lord of hosts,” or “Lord of armies.” There is a martial aspect to His character that we must understand and embrace for the times and the job to which we are now coming.7
We know that the Lord will return with a cloud of witnesses to bring down judgment on the earth, but we don’t believe Rick Joyner or the self-proclaimed apostles and prophets will be leading the way.
Will the Christian Church Sell Out?
During the years just prior to the 2008 presidential election, an all out effort was made by leaders in the emerging church to help get elected a liberal, far left president. Many of these leaders, such as Rick Warren, said things that made many conservative Christians feel guilty for voting on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality. Books by emerging “progressive” authors suggested that Christians shouldn’t even become involved in politics (e.g. Shane Claiborne’s book, Jesus for President) (see our booklet on this issue). And while the older conservatives were being manipulated not to vote, young Christians were being persuaded to vote differently than their “old fashioned parents,” to vote for social justice regardless of biblical standards or lack of them. And, well, no need to say what these emerging efforts did to America.
No single political party can save the world. The Bible says that the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the worse the state of the world will be in. Rather than “evolving” into perfection, mankind is disintegrating.8 It’s because of man’s sin and a world that has for the most part rejected the Savior of the world. Revelation 12:9 states that the day will come when Satan will “deceiveth the whole world.” Yet just as Jesus gave the coin to pay the tax to Caesar, so too we as Christians can be responsibly active in our world. But foremost, let us remember that the Bible says we cannot serve both God and man at the same time (Matthew 6:24).The true calling of born-again believers is to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and contend for the faith. And we must never compromise by embracing dominionist agendas and interspiritual Peace Plans and joining forces with those whose goals and ambitions are contrary to the Christian commission given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must ask ourselves, is a militant dominionist agenda what we really want to embrace and support? Is it what we want to serve?
In a powerful radio interview a few years ago, former radio host Ingrid Schlueter addressed this dominionist agenda. She stated:
We have a group of leaders who are horrified with the moral collapse in this country. I am horrified with the cultural collapse in this country. We have a problem in identifying and discerning why our culture is collapsing. What we are seeing around us is not fruit of Christians not caring. It’s fruit of Christians abandoning the gospel. And if we’re not going to define the gospel along biblical terms, and we’re going to allow false teachers in among us, and we’re going to link arms with said false teachers, and we’re going to work with them who are preaching another gospel, who are teaching lies, if we’re going to link arms with them to save the culture, we are not only engaged in a futile effort, but God is going to, in turn, judge that conduct. Because judgment, Scripture tells us, begins at the house of God.9
An article on this issue states:
The sad fact is that great opportunities to present the message of the gospel of salvation are being lost. Precious time is being wasted . . . Those who truly need to hear a message of repentance, salvation and hope aren’t being witnessed to. Discipleship isn’t happening. . . . It is a false gospel that preaches that the culture/nation can be changed rather than focusing on the lost who will perish in hell if they do not repent. . . . And when the lost are truly saved and born again, their lives will change and this is when the miracles begin to happen and when the culture around them begins to be positively impacted by the salt and light of their changed lives.10
Lighthouse Trails is dedicated to warning the sheep about last-days spiritual deception. While it is difficult to have to sound this warning at a time when many are concerned about the state of their countries and the world at large, Jesus made it very clear about how we are to view the world, behave in the world, and reach out to the unsaved. He never told his disciples to form associations with those promoting spiritual deception in order to establish a kingdom on earth. On the contrary, Jesus said:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)
- “Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism”: http://www.crossroad.to
- “Seven Mountains Set to Go Viral
- Discernment Ministries in an e-mail conversation on 8/15/2011 with Lighthouse Trails.
- “Blues and Grays” by Roger Oakland
- Kevin Reeves, The Other Side of the River, (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2007), p. 99.
- “TAKING THE LAND—“We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On Earth” by Rick Joyner, 11/29/05, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=3617
- Please watch Roger Oakland’s powerful DVD lecture series on evolution vs creation. It shows the connection between evolution and the current spiritual deception in the world today: Searching for the Truth on Origins.
- VCY America interview with Ingrid Schlueter
- “May Day Prayers: What Repentance?”
Links to Paula White’s teachings (the following video clips are posted for research and informational purposes and not as an endorsement of the sources or the content):
Photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.
The Lord Jesus told Pilate My kingdom is Not of this world. Why is their confusion about kingdoms? The Lord Jesus will come to take his Bride Home (The Rapture ) to heaven and will then return to earth at the end of the tribulation period. Satan has to be laughing about a “militant church “ on earth. This false teach ing should make Christians preach the Gospel to all the world. The Lords return is coming soon.
“If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let them be accursed. O Lord come!” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
“In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and do His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2,3)
If you believe you are saved (not accursed) and yet do not desire from your inmost heart to keep the commandments of God, then you are sadly mistaken. Repent and confess Jesus as (your) Lord, turn from your sin and follow His commandments!
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but they who do the will of My Father in heaven.”
– Jesus (Matthew 7:21)
Lighthouse Trails Editors
Very insightful remarks Paul.
I am from Canada. And while I don’t think we have anywhere near the problem with NAR trying to steer Christians into militancy as the U.S., we do have the greatest level of political chaos and threats to our freedoms than I have ever seen here. Canada is beginning to fracture and come apart. It is easy to get drawn away from our purpose as “ambassadors for Christ” (as the bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:20) to get overly caught up in the political and social upheaval. You of course you want the country you love to get back to standing for the freedom, justice, equality, respect and love, and the fear of God that our forefathers held to. The things that made our nations great in the world. But we are in a period of serious deterioration on every level in this world. Yes, an awful lot of the chaos and instability has been “generated” by particular sources, both groups and individuals, and from the forces of spiritual darkness behind them. But our only hope is described in the bible. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the only answer. Brokenness, repentance, humility and sincere remorse for our rebellion and sinfulness, and all of that genuinely from the heart. Until God sees that, this world will continue to spiral into the abyss of the Anti Christ rule. Unfortunately the peoples hearts and minds today are hardened and dark and far, far from God. So I don’t see national repentance happening unfortunately.
And it certainly, for sure, will not happen in our churches filled with spiritual pride and its man centered worship. I do want to mention finally as I stated earlier. I don’t think we have nearly the problem in our nation with NAR as the U.S. does. But we have something similar and likely related. A lot of political leadership on “the right” these days are Jesuit/Catholic in their background and education. Interesting.
You have my vote, 100%.
T. I. Miller
Our Lord and Savior Jesus, love incarnate, loudly proclaimed to Peter, ” get thee behind Me Satan…..”
Peter dared to correct and instruct Jesus. Peter’s words departed from God’s plan.
Are not all believers commanded to boldly defend the faith? Jesus said that if we love Him we will obey Him. Jesus also said, For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He shall come in His own glory and in His Father’s and of the holy angels. Paul publicly confronted Peter for deviating from the truth.
Don’t expect a, ” well done…” from Jesus if you have do not boldly defended the faith by exposing false teachers.
This subject is so full of sad irony.
From the Religious News Service article referenced:
Whatever “genuine Christianity” preaches these days, the Bible teaches no such thing about “repentance” in salvation. The “you must turn from your sins to be saved” gospel is part of the false gospel of Lordship “Salvation” (LS). It is the widespread heresy that “turning from sin”–in addition to trusting in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross–is a requirement to receive eternal life.
“Repentance” in salvation is simply a “change of mind”, about one’s need for a savior, and that Christ is the only Savior. (The Greek word “metanoeo”, translated “repent”, means simply “to change the mind”.) With respect to salvation it means–not “turning from sin”–but turning from any means of salvation other than or in addition to relying on Christ’s work of dying on the cross for the sinner. Turning from sin is an issue of discipleship, not of justification.
It is true that Billy Graham, and now Franklin, Greg Laurie and other “giants” in mainstream evangelicalism teach this LS heresy. THAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM!!!
Paula White’s teaching is festooned with more than one heresy, yes. But many of her most “respected” evangelical critics hold the even more egregious doctrine of LS. Since both Grahams, Laurie and other noted teachers in evangelicalism already poisoned their own doctrine with LS years ago, why should anybody be surprised that they’ve compromised with Paula White’s nonsense?
As long as Christians at large continue to be confused about repentance and/or support LS false teachers, we will see much more compromising with false teachers like White by supposedly “doctrinally sound” Christian leaders. Their gospel has already been fatally compromised with LS. The ship has sailed.
Thank you for crying foul, Lighthouse. I agree that the apostasy present and future will be led by many false signs, false prophecies and lying wonders. That’s scripture.
I was reading 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 today regarding the great “falling away” or apostasy. What struck me was verse 4 where Paul writes, speaking of the man of lawlessness, “… who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sits as God IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD.” The “temple” in the NT is always used to refer to the Body of Christ…a temple not made of hands by man…in other words, THE CHURCH! This lawlessness and false, demonic spirit will be right inside the Body of Christ and happen right before our eyes. I may be wrong about my interpretation but no one can argue that is happening. God be with us.
Well said, John!
Heidi, sad isn’t it? Unfortunately, no one is immune from falling into deception when they follow after anything other than God.
Follow God, not man.
Very true. From what I understand, White and Trump have been friends for quite some time. He personally invited her to be his spiritual adviser claiming she had the “it” factor.
Doesn’t Rome have 7 mountains? Road to Rome, among other things. They used to say All Roads Lead to Rome.
Everyday now the true remnant can see the apostacy taking place at alarming speed. Oh yes, very hard to see this happen. Prophecy unfolding right in front of us. So many are blind to what is happening. Time is short before our Lord’s return. Come Lord, I pray. Watching and eagerly waiting to be with Him. Lynne
I can see the President not having discernment regarding the likes of Paula White, but Franklin Graham? I read something in the past year about him compromising with the Catholic church and had a priest open in prayer at an event. It seems like nothing should shock us anymore concerning the apostasy and the ecumenical compromise taking place everywhere.
I am deeply concerned that Paula White is D. Trump’s spiritual adviser. How was she given this honor? Does our Prez have other spiritual advisers? Her ministry is not of the Lord but led by satan. That renowned pastors in the U.S. are endorsing her shows their ignorance of her ministry. Very sad. In the end, as the Bible says true believers will be a small remnant. Our Bible never mentions a great revival during end times before the Rapture. The great revival will come during the Tribulation when the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will win many Jews to their Jewish Messiah, Jesus.
Fake Christians? Yes.
America a Christian nation? It never was.
God’s Kingdom on Earth? No.
God’s kingdom on Earth after His glorious second coming? You bet.
Paula White a clown? Is that a question?