Is Your Hope in the US. or the I AM ?

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“We are going to take America back for Jesus!” “It’s time to rise up and claim our nation for the Lord.” “Vote em’ all out and put some Christians in Washington.” “We are a Christian nation!” 

There is a cycle I witness approximately every four years. It is the cycle of many Christians in America getting on the bandwagon of the: Peace & safety through America mindset. There are different variations of this belief, but at the core is this notion:  If we get the right people in office, abolish certain items, and fill this nation with Christian principles, we’ll turn America around and perhaps usher in the Kingdom! I’m here to tell you that this belief is skewed, harmful, and diametrically opposed to the Word of God. So as we approach the new election cycle, let me ask you a question: Is your hope in the US. or the I AM?

Psalm 20:7    Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God.

Before we dive into this important topic, I do want to make a few points to let you know where I’m coming from:  I love my country and it’s people. I served in the military and a second time as a civilian during OIF.  We have a rich heritage, the greatest military, and many God honoring people in our land. For the most part, America has been a force for good in the world. Do I believe the Lord used America in the past? Absolutely…….because in previous decades, countless missionaries have left America to preach the gospel in the dark corners of the world. I know there have been several anti-Israel administrations in the past, but I believe we have been a safe haven for many Jewish people while they faced antisemitic madness in other places.

Genesis 12:3    “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So here’s the thing: Is it ok to have a sense of pride and love for your nation? The answer is yes. With certainty……we should vote with conscience, our convictions, and against evil legislation that’s pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage, etc…   We should pray for our leaders, respect authority, and be solid citizens because that’s a good witness. I’m weary of the America haters even in our own legislature who label Christians as ignorant people who cling to guns & Bibles. This rhetoric comes from people who despise our land and the morality in lives of Christians in particular. 

On the other hand:  Do I see many Christians putting an unbiblical faith and hope into politics, people, and principles? The answer is yes. I believe this unbiblical hope in anything other than the Son of God alone is what many ‘American Christians’ are mired in at this moment. They are adherents either knowingly or unknowingly to the false movement and teachings of dominion theology. Jesus_Back_in_America

What is dominion theology or it’s outflow…kingdom now theology? It’s a belief, movement, and a lifestyle held by an ever growing number of Christians globally, but especially here in America. In short:  Dominion theology is postmillennial in nature given the fact that many believe that it is the churches and Christian’s job to set up the Kingdom of God here on the earth before the Second Coming of Jesus. That is a broad definition but the point is this:  It is the belief of a growing number of Christians or people who identify with Christianity that…..if we make conditions right, we can make this world ready for Jesus to return. I’ve heard it put like this: ‘We are going to usher in the Kingdom!”

There are numerous reasons why dominion theology is a dangerous false teaching and there are many excellent Bible teachers who weigh in on the subject. Here is why I believe dominion theology is dangerous & deceptive:

Anything that deviates from the gospel message and the core centrality of Jesus is spiritual deception.

1 Timothy 6:3  If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.

I understand what motivates people to despise what is happening in our nation and the world. I believe America is in a very unprecedented season of darkness and moral decay. I get it when people want to take action and reverse the downward course our nation has taken morally and spiritually. But it’s getting harder to distinguish between true Christians and those who are Christians by affiliation or ‘cultural’ Christians.

There is a new hybrid creature: It is the Great American Christian. They adhere to the mantra of taking our nation back. They believe most people in America are Christians and if they put the right people in DC, things will be great. I’ve been around for awhile and I’ve seen political majorities & minorities. I’ve witnessed the rise of the ‘moral’ majority. I’ve seen pseudo-religious groups call people to action. “Let’s boycott Disney, boycott Pepsi, boycott whoever stands in our way!”

I remember life chains and pro-life marches. I remember televangelists in presidential elections. I remember so called, “Christian” presidents like Jimmy Carter who were better allies of tyrants……than they were to Israel or even America. Time has shown again and again………you will not fundamentally redirect the downward spiral of a nation by putting the so called ‘right people’ or ‘right policies’ in place.

Look at all the political movements, moral campaigns, and calls to action over the past three decades. Has any of it helped? No, because our American society is worse than ever before……it’s a growing cesspool of immorality. Corruption, pornography, abortion, legalized so called “same sex marriage”, godlessness, and violence are the new norm. America and the rest of the world for that matter have a fundamental problem……..sin. This world won’t be what it was meant to be until Jesus rules during the Millennium.

The only lasting change that will stand for eternity is in the heart of an individual who comes to a saving faith in Jesus.

The other major issue with dominion theology is that it stems from ignorance regarding Bible prophecy or dismisses prophecy altogether. We (are not) going to usher in a golden age of peace before the Second Coming. Many of these people have their eschatology completely backwards. That is the theological confusion that follows  people who don’t take the Bible literally. The Bible clearly states that prior to Jesus’ return, the days would be marked by increasing evil and godlessness. We would be hated, mocked, ridiculed, and scoffed at because of our faith in Jesus.

seven-mountains-DominionismThis growing animosity toward true Christians should come as no surprise because we were warned over and over these days were coming. The knee jerk reaction to the world growing more evil by the minute is to…fight back, organize movements to stem the flow of society, and even gravitate to the mind over matter teachings of the name it claim it-prosperity teachers. I see extreme variations of dominion theology via self proclaimed ‘apostles & prophets’ heralding better days, favor from others, and revival…unfounded nonsense of course.

I’m not advocating burying our heads in the sand, putting on rose colored glasses, or moving to a secure mountaintop hideaway until Jesus returns.  As citizens, we can and should continue to vote as our conscience dictates….for legislation that protects life, family, and our liberties. In just the past twelve months, these things have come under attack. I don’t believe this a temporary set back and were just one congressional majority or one new President away from turning things around. The days will grow more dark and evil as we approach the end times.

The truth is: A majority of Americans fall into two camps:  One is ultra radical, borderline socialist, and is fine with the morality of the nation breaking down. The second group is bent on proliferating the religious/social crusade I described earlier and creating a sort of American Christian utopia.

There is another group. Christians who throw away the mantle of nationalism, political war games, and religious dominionism. These people are answering the all important question:  So what are Christians to do as the days grow evil and society continues it’s methodical godless breakdown?

True lasting change in people comes by salvation in Christ alone. True Christians get this and are actively witnessing to people. They are in their closet or rooms…praying for individuals to repent. True Christian’s motives are to see people saved and live for the Kingdom to come……not try to create a so called Christian nation or world here.

True Christians don’t scream vitriolic platitudes from picket lines in front of Statehouses or abortion clinics. Homosexuals, abortionists, and others get that there is a vocal opposition to what they do.

True Christians engage them with equal parts truth and love. How about showing people mired in sin, like those outside abortion clinics…..a gospel tract and truths from the Bible instead of your poster and clinched fist? Will everyone respond and turn to the Lord? Definitely not,  but some will. The truths of what the Bible says about sin, hell, and repentance will compel some to come in…….not the high pitched screaming or a manmade political crusade.

Why do we expect the world to act like us? They won’t…..because they are ‘in’ the world. Eternal change only happens when wicked heart’s of individual people come to Christ. Stop being a moral, political, or social activist under the banner of Christianity and follow the example in the Bible. Nowhere in the New Testament will you find the mandate to conquer nations for Jesus. On the contrary, we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel. Neither Jesus, Paul, James, or John polarized the people to get behind a movement to usurp Rome.

Not only were the early Christians ridiculed, ostracized, martyred by the government…..these believers were often persecuted by very ‘religious people’ who thought they were on God’s side.

As the Second Coming nears, expect society to get worse. Quit running to your idea of a perfect government, Christian nation, Kingdom now, or other misnomers for security. Expect to be marginalized and even hated by most of the world and yes….even by many who have a religious agenda. Look at the ‘anti-hate’ legislation being passed in many western nations. It is beginning to show up here in America too. I expect the animosity toward Christians and our beliefs to get worse, not better. This is an admonishment to stay off the bandwagon of pop-religion, worldliness, and Christianese culture. Instead…focus on Jesus and live for Him. Witness, pray, and continue in holiness.

Jude 1:17   But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Continue to teach and speak about repentance, coming judgement, and salvation. An effective witness for Jesus rooted in the truth of the Bible will do what no manmade socio-religious, patriotic movement can do. It will bring some individuals to the foot of the cross. Jesus is coming soon. Is your hope in the US. or the I AM?

All for Him,

Howard

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About Howard Green
Howard uses end time Bible Prophecy to proclaim the gospel and to exhort believers. He focuses on end time prophecy because it points to repentance, salvation, and holy living through Jesus. 2 Peter 3:11 What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God...
  • tovlogos

    “This growing animosity toward true Christians should come as no surprise because we were warned over and over these days were coming.”

    Before that animosity came to true Christians, it went to the seemingly majority of Christians living a “form” of Christianity, giving Jesus a bad name; without the substance, which is the Holy Spirit.
    Yes the gospel went through missionaries to far away places, when at home, where the land was littered with churches, there was abysmal cruelty to many of the citizens, especially in the area known as, ironically, as the Bible Belt.

    Now we hear more and more people embracing dominion theology as a desperate attempt to recover our obvious slide into the black hole of evil, worldwide.
    John told us in his 1st epistle that the antichrist was in operation; and that was more than 2000 years ago. We have done nothing as a whole to prevent the inevitable fulfillment of prophecy, including 2 Thessalonians 2, where the antichrist has a red carpet laid before him as he manifests — impeded only by the Holy Spirit. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).
    The Messiah made loving one’s neighbor of the utmost importance, which is where taking up one’s cross begins. We can send missionaries to the moon, without love, it is dead works. Jesus made it clear to Peter that he could not shepherd the Lord’s sheep without agape love — a love of compassion, and inevitable judgement.

  • maxine

    I am not a kingdom now adherent. Neither do I believe we can alter God’s plan for the last days. What He has proclaimed will come to pass. Still I see nothing wrong with battling with all the wisdom granted us for godly leadership during these dark times. Will we take over America? No, but it is possible to hold back the darkness long enough to exercise our freedom to be the Church. Our military chaplains need the freedom to proclaim the Gospel; our children need the freedom to proclaim their faith without prosecution; our citizens need the freedom to fulfill their jobs without having to compromise or deny their religious beliefs. Only when we have these freedoms can we fully accomplish the task given us to preach the Gospel. Abraham bargained with God asking Him to hold off judgment for the sake of the righteous. Sadly, ten righteous were not to be found. Surely, the number of Christians in this nation, even though in the minority, would have some bearing on God holding back some judgments to give us the time to be the Church. It would help to have godly men and women in positions of power and I see nothing wrong with exercising our power to vote. Having said that, I must admit that my greatest desire is for the return of the Lord Jesus who will set all things right. Maranatha!

    • Hello Maxine…I appreciate your comment and zeal for what is right. As you rightly mention, (we should) exercise our right to vote and we can (and should) pray for our nation-leaders and on that we are in agreement.

      However, You mentioned “Holding back darkness long enough to be the church” and Only when we have these freedoms can we fully accomplish the task to preach the gospel.”
      Yes we should vote, pray, and do what we can to stem this tide and try to enact legislation to maintain our freedoms. But on the two points you mention above: We are the church no matter what and no govt., tyrant, or power can change that. Jesus told us,”The gates of hell won’t prevail against it.”
      Secondly, Political freedom or the lack of these have never impeded the task of preaching the gospel. In fact, if we use the darkness of communism modern day China or the old USSR, persecution under the Catholic church in the Middle Ages, or the early church under Roman govt….persecution has only solidified the remnant.

      Do I want persecution or want to hasten it here in the west? No I don’t….but while we do have many true Christians here in the US. & west, we have a much larger group of cultural Christians who are lukewarm at best….enjoying the Laodicean church that is here for the most part. On the contrary…true Christians will fast, pray, polarize, and stand stronger under trial….that is the precedent set all through scripture and church history.

      Respectfully…..never in history and only now in America does the idea fester that we need freedom to be the church. In Iraq in 2011, I remember my Chaplain saying these very words: “They are forbidding us from addressing homosexuality. I can and will not preach only part of the Bible….many other chaplains I know won’t adhere to this mandate either. I will keep teaching the whole truth and am willing to loose my position and even be put out of the military if it’s necessary.”
      That kind of resolve is what has made the ‘true church’ effective over the last 2,000 yrs. It comes from the the Lord and is the Holy Spirit giving us the ability to stand, when we couldn’t otherwise. Not our own strength or the government’s good graces, will we accomplish the great commission…..only in the Lord. God bless you Maxine…I hope this is encouragement to you.

      • antiglobalJoel

        Mr. Green,
        Suppose the evil in government becomes so great, so reprehensible, that we are forced to choose between obeying the government and sinning against God, or disobeying the government in order to be in right relationship with God?

        • Excellent question…..this is a situation I believe we will see increasingly in the future. We are beginning to see it now with court rulings siding with social activists instead of religious liberties. The answer is in Acts 5:28-29 and 1 Peter 3:14

          “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

          1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,15but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17( For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.)

          It’s only when the authorities compel us to renounce our faith via laws or any vehicle that forbids us to live the way God’s word commands us….then we must obey God rather than men.
          God bless your walk & I hope this helps.

          • Eric

            Howard, I appreciate your website. I was saved years ago, PTL.
            You and your readers all seem to be of the ‘universal church’ persuasion.
            Just wanted to say that God teaches the doctrine of a local, visible church.

            • Hello Eric, Thanks for being a Concerning The Times reader. I’m very happy to know you are saved and following Jesus…..I join you in praising Him for that.

              As this ministry has grown, it becomes difficult to respond to every comment, email, letter, etc. but I did want to address your remarks.

              Regarding the local church, my thoughts on this are simple. Being part of a local body of believers is absolutely critical and essential to make it and finish well in this life. We are one body of many parts. I (we all) need the encouragement, teaching, accountability, and fellowship of other believers. That’s regardless of whether the church has 50 or 5,000 members.
              As part of this ministry, we have had the privilege of encouraging those who write in to get guidance from their local church and for the un-churched….help direct them to one where the whole counsel of scripture and centrality of Jesus is taught. I know this was longwinded, but I hope it helps you and perhaps others see where I stand regarding the biblical mandate for church/fellowship with other Christians.

              Since my ministry is primarily a writing, teaching, speaking ministry….I have the opportunity to hear from numerous local pastors and other believers in local churches and get to build one another up in our faith.

              Demographics are also changing and as I said, we have thousands of readers who haven’t stepped foot in a church and may have never heard the gospel message taught to them. We are an extension of the body of Christ, not detached from it. We desire to glorify God through clear bold teaching to those in the local body, those Christians around the globe who for whatever reason cannot get to a church, and, certainly the unsaved.

              Here is an excerpt from a recent article expresses my sentiment for the true body of Christ as shown in the local church:

              ******I’m not down on Church…….I love church. I’m thankful there are some fellowships where men still preach the word of God and are led by the Holy Spirit to equip saints for evangelism. My pastor gives glory directly to the Lord and keeps the focus of his teaching directly on the Bible and Jesus.
              Thank God that there is a remnant…..a number of men of God who won’t compromise the message of the Christian life that’s hidden in and crucified with Christ.*******

              God bless you brother and I hope this lends clarity to the matter. H