Restoring Paradise Lost from the idealist secular Left or the presumptuous religious Right is not possible. Paradise Lost can only be restored after Jesus returns.
The Left worldview believes humankind can restore Paradise Lost through the collective efforts of man led by the most evolved human elite. Most on the Left believes that God is a creation of man, or is man, or at the very least, God is impersonal and detached from His creation. Therefore, in their worldview, God is not a factor in restoring Paradise Lost. They believe man must restore paradise through his own efforts.
There is a similar worldview that actually comes through world religion. A prime example is Islam. In Islam mankind must restore Paradise Lost through a one world religion of harsh laws. Paradise Lost must come through Islamic conquest until all submit to Allah. The elite that rule in Islam evolve through their own self-righteousness. Other examples of this worldview might come from Catholicism, all paths pluralism, or even evangelical Christian Dominion Theology. The statement that if you go far enough Right you will meet the Far Left becomes true in Christian Dominion Theology.
Real conservatives just want government interference out of their lives as much as possible. Real Christians want God to be personally working in their lives to get the message out that Jesus is the only answer for our Paradise Lost. Any restored paradise comes only after God deals with evil on earth and God sends Jesus to rule on earth. It cannot come through man’s presumptuous religious efforts or by human government. The commission of the Church on earth is to give the world the message of hope in Jesus to all that God gives ears to hear. The commission is not to take over a fallen earth and restore it to Paradise Lost.
I said all that to say this, I am very concerned about where our nation is heading. Some who are called the Christian Right have gone so far Right that they want the same things as the Far Left. Many in the Right are pushing to restore Paradise lost by their own presumptuous religious efforts. At least half of the Republican candidates for President in 2012 are hitching their wagons to Dominion Theology cult leaders to one degree or another. The goal of these Dominion Theology leaders is to put the whole world under the control of a presumptuous self anointed elite group of latter-day Popes. Can you see the irony in all this?
We know about Romney, he is a Mormon Bishop and Mormons believe they will take over the world and that the Mormon Church will redistribute the wealth as their leadership wishes. The Dominion Theology of Mormonism brings world socialism controlled by a religious elite. The big difference between the secular version, is that the church takes the place of the state. I will tell you the truth. I would vote for Obama before I would vote for Mitt Romney, but in actuality I will vote for neither.
What you may not know is that Perry, Palin, Gingrich, Bachman, and Santorum to some degree have also hitched their wagon to leaders of a Dominion Theology Christian Cult. The cult is called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). This is the group that thinks Christians will take the world by force if necessary and the Church will rule the earth before Jesus even returns.
The main difference between the NAR form of Dominion Theology and Islamic Dominion theology or Mormon Dominion Theology is that the NAR leadership believes they have and will be given supernatural powers to bring “Christian” Dominion Theology on earth. I am not saying that all these “right-wing” politicians actually buy into NAR theology. Rick Perry is a United Methodist now mainly attending a Baptist mega church so he did not learn NAR doctrine there. Unless Perry got into the neo-charismatic groups somehow, perhaps he just watches too much “Christian” TV.
We really should wonder why many of our Republican political leaders accept the leaders of the NAR cult as orthodox representatives of Christian America? They are not! Many of our Republican leaders now appear on the same platforms with NAR false prophets and the self anointed presumptuous fringe. They let these heretics anoint them and say direct words from God over them as if they believed these people were actually true apostles and prophets. They are not! I would like to claim that they are just ignorant of the heretical views the NAR leaders have, but with their own staff checking everyone out, I can hardly believe that this could be possible. So they are doing it because they either believe these heretics, or they are doing it for political gain.
There will be consequences for Republican leaders hitching their wagons to this cult. If they give them positions of influence in their administration this nation will see a revolution from the Left. If they throw them under the bus when they are done using them, they will become the object of scorn on Christian TV and they will lose much of their base. The NAR heretics have a huge following on Christian TV networks so probably the motivation for having them on the same platform is politics. They know the NAR is very well-organized at the grass-roots level and they know that they are very militant and they know they control much of Christian TV. For some, hobnobbing with these NAR leaders may just be a means to an end to get strong support from an activist Christian minority. I should say we better hope so, but if all the kissing up to the heretics really turns out to be all about politics, then where is their Christian integrity?
Rick Perry hitched his wagon to the International House of Prayer (IHOP) leadership in his call to prayer rally on August 6th. IHOP serves up Rick Joyner and the Kansas City false prophets, false apostles, Joel’s army rejects, the not-Elijah list, as well as all the Todd Bentley’s of the World. Don’t take my word for it, for more information on the NAR read this article by an astute man of God.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it is good for Christians to fast and pray for God’s will to be done in their lives and to pray for our national leadership. But fasting and praying is not just skipping lunch and expecting God to solve all the sin problems in this nation because Christians want a return to material abundance while the nation continue on its way to hell.
From what I read, the theme of this call to prayer is Joel chapter two. It seems they think if we Christians follow that example the prophecy will be fulfilled in America. If that concept actually came from Rick Perry somebody better teach him to read the book of Joel in context. If anyone can read Joel chapter two in context and apply that to America I would like to know how? Joel chapter two is clearly talking about Israel at the end of the age. How one applies what is said there to the Church is beyond me?
The NAR is always talking scripture out of its context and twisting it to make it promote their heresy, so that they are again doing it here is no big surprise. What once surprised me, and now what deeply concerns me, is that most of the more orthodox Evangelical Christian leaders and scholars continue to give these heretics a pass on their flagrant misapplication of scripture.
Contrary to what Rick Perry and others say, America is not God’s nation on earth and it never was a Christian nation. Here is some more background information on this planned rally and Rick Perry’s association with NAR leaders.
Look, obviously I am going to vote for any of these misled Christian guys or gals over the clearly demonic alternative. Nevertheless, the presumptions of Dominion Theology heretics that misapply the book of Joel will not change the downward slide of America. And if Perry or any of the rest are deluded enough to actually try to bring Dominion Theology to America they will find themselves starting a civil war.
Let’s face it, 25 percent of the population of this country are now Marxists and another 25 lean toward collectivism and socialism and its permissive relativism. On the other hand, 25 percent of the people in this nation are firm Christians and believe the absolute values taught in the Bible and another 25 percent lean toward Christian morals. We already have more division in this nation than before the last civil war. If people in rural America try to shove Christian values down the throat of socialist dependents living in the cities this presumptuous Dominion Theology will certainly bring about a civil war.
All we now hear about is what the Right might do if the Left prevails in 2012. Maybe we ought to be also thinking about what the Left will do if the right takes control in 2013? The Left have the real history of violence and they generally have no God to answer to that will hinder them from becoming a violent mob. Some in the Christian Right might want to hit people over the head with religion but the Left will respond with riots, bombs and terrorism.
The only way to win this nation to Christ is to convert them to Christ and that cannot be forced on anyone. The Bible teaches no such concept as Dominion Theology before the Lord deals with evil at the end of the age and He returns to set up His kingdom on earth. Perhaps some should actually read the Bible for themselves instead of just listening to the NAR heretics twist the Bible on TV.
The religious Right is not going to restore Paradise Lost on earth any more than the secular Left will. Paradise Lost will not come until the earth is purged of evil people by God’s judgments and only then will Jesus return to administrate God’s Dominion Theology on earth.
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I think Christians and especially Christian right leaders need to read and heed this article that I found written by Masha West called, “The Religious Right Uniting With Religious Renegades” Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.