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The "Kingdom Theology" Counterfeit, Part One
And How the Camel Gets His Nose Under the Tent
-- Jeff, Tueday 11-03-2009, 3:30 pm CST --


Washington Praying at Valley Forge Sorry, but just because you publish a picture of George Washington praying next to the quote "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord," like the one that was published in The Way Magazine years ago, that does not make the United States of America God's nation.

The verse, from which the quote was pulled, says in its entirety:

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

There has been and will only ever be one, and only one, nation whose God is the Lord. There has been and will only ever be one, and only one, people that the Lord chose for His own inheritance as a people. And it is not -- I repeat -- IT IS NOT THE U.S.A. OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Never has been. Never will be.

The nation that belonged to God, the people who He chose to be his inheritance, was the Biblical nation of Israel. Every other nation that has ever existed or ever will exist remains outside that pail.

II Chronicles 17:21
And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?

The question is rhetorical. And the answer? No one. Period. Amen. Close the hymnbook. Go home and watch football.

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There is a movement, which I have been aware of for a while, that is gaining more and more traction among the political activists known as the Christian Right. Its adherents contend, contrary to the Word of God, that America as a nation was somehow founded and sanctified by God. Recently, in the course of researching this subject again, I have come across a paper by a man named Albert James Dager. In it, Dager explores the theology behind this movement, which is known as "Kingdom Theology."

The paper is multi-part and almost book-sized, and I am still working my way through it. Like anything else, I am having to separate truth from error to the best of my ability as I go. But Dager's descriptions fit with what I have been seeing myself (emphasis added):

The basic premise of Kingdom Theology is that man lost dominion over the earth when Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan's temptation in the Garden of Eden. God "lost control" of the earth to Satan at that time, and has since been looking for a "covenant people" who will be His "extension," or "expression," in the earth and take dominion back from Satan. This is to be accomplished through certain "overcomers" who, by yielding themselves to the authority of God's apostles and prophets for the Kingdom Age, will take control of the kingdoms of this world. These kingdoms are defined as all social institutions, such as the "kingdom" of education, the "kingdom" of science, the "kingdom" of the arts, and so on. Most especially there is the "kingdom" of politics or government. This naturally implies the concentration of military and police power in the hands of those in control during the Kingdom Age. ("Kingdom Theology," Part I, Section A, c.f. Paragraph 42 under the header "The Teachings.")
Kingdom Theology, in practical terms, is nothing less than an attempt by the Adversary to erect a fundamentalist so-called "Christian" establishment of religion, in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Akin to what the fundamentalist Muslims are after in the Muslim world. And the wedge issue that these so-called "Christians" are using to push their agenda is abortion, trying to turn it legally into murder. (I plan on doing a weblog post on the abortion issue, but I'd be glad to discuss it here too.)

The thing about the Muslims, at least they're true to the Koran in their delusions of world domination. Christians who subscribe to Kingdom Theology are off God's Word. Way off.

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Camel pokes nose under tent The Adversary always tailors his counterfeits for his intended audience. Kingdom Theology happens to be one that he has tailored for people who love God and love the United States of America. People like me, for instance.

According to the accuracy of the Word of God, godliness is a personal relationship between the individual child of God, their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and their Father who is God (See I John 1-2:). The notion that godliness can be established by political action, Biblically-speaking, is absurd.

Galatians 3:21b
...for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
This Scripture is talking about the Law of Moses, which came by revelation from God Almighty, yet was incapable of giving life. But according to Kingdom Theology, if we elect a "godly" president and a "godly" Congress and pass "godly" laws we will bring "godliness" to the nation.

Straight baloney. But of course, the people pushing the counterfeit never show their full colors right off the bat. To get the camel's nose under the tent, they use the chagrin Christians feel when observing the moral degeneration of our society, in order to manipulate well-meaning Christians off God's Word.

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There have been times however, when the poobahs from among the Kingdom Theology crowd -- such as Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell -- haven't been able to restrain themselves. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 against the United States was one such occasion:

That's got to be one of the biggest loads of crap (excuse my French) garbed as Christianity that I've ever had the displeasure of viewing.

God's answer to the moral degeneracy of any society -- ours included -- IS NOT to allow Muslim fanatics to crash airplanes filled with innocent people into the skyscrapers filled with innocent people. Spewing such garbage about the True God -- who they claim to worship -- all Falwell and Robertson managed to accomplish was to make plain the fact that their conscience -- their ability to recognize right from wrong -- has been seared with a hot iron. That, and they managed to once again make Christianity the laughing stock of the world.

I Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

God Almighty's answer to any society's moral degeneracy -- including our moral degeneracy in the United States -- is "each one reach one" with the accuracy of the Word of God. During this Administration of Grace, God does not deal with human beings as nations or peoples. He deals with them, each one, as an individual.

Romans 10:9-13
That if thou [individually] shalt confess with thy mouth [individually] the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe [individually] in thine heart [individually] that God hath raised him from the dead, thou [individually] shalt be saved.

For with the heart man [individually] believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth [individually] confession is made unto salvation [individually].

For the scripture saith, Whosoever [individually] believeth on him shall not be ashamed [individually].

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek [individually]: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him [individually].

For whosoever [individually] shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved [individually].

God's way of bringing godliness to the world is, through Christ Jesus, to establish one-on-one relationships with individual human beings, who at the new birth become one of His children. In contrast, man's way of bringing godliness to the world is to manipulate and control people, politically and otherwise. Problem is, man's way brings anything and everything BUT godliness.

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The answers to our society's moral degeneracy offered by the so-called Christian fundamentalists that espouse Kingdom Theology -- just like the those supplied by the Muslim fundamentalists for their societies' moral degeneracy -- can only make matters worse.

Biblically, legalism follows license. Notice in the Church Epistles that the books of Corinthians, which address license, are followed up immediately by the book of Galatians, which addresses legalism.

The way this pattern has worked out historically, is that a society governed by degeneracy almost always becomes a society governed by tyranny. For examples, look at the English Civil War the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and the Iranian Revolution, among others.

Whether our coming dictator in the United States spouts Bible verses, like Robertson and Falwell (don't forget, Robertson campaigned as a presidential candidate, and I expect more of his ilk to do likewise in the future), or if he or she spouts New Age Political Correctness like those currently in power do, there isn't a dime's worth of difference between them.

Tyranny is tyranny, no matter what the label may say that is stuck on the outside of the can.

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