[TBC: A number of secular writers have expressed their concern about the rise of Christian Reconstructionists who literally will take over the world by force. As Dave has noted in past newsletter, this philosophy is quite opposed to the teaching of Scripture. http://www.thebereancall.org/node/5929.]
Rethinking Eschatology: Dominionists on the Move [Excerpts]
Does it matter what we believe about the “end times?” It does only if we have to live through them. Is cultural restoration through the workplace inconsistent with Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation? If the Great Tribulation is in our future, why does it matter what happens in the marketplace?
This conference will shift your paradigm on things to come.
[On the weekend of] December 4, 2007, in Dallas, Texas, there was an Acts 29 Conference. It was called Eschatology and the Marketplace: Rethinking the Future and sponsored by the marketplace transformation apostles. This conference is an interesting precursor to another marketplace transformation conference, which is immediately following Robert Schuller's Rethink Conference (see previous blog posts), and called Reclaiming the 7 Mountains the 2008 Church in the Workplace Conference. This Reclaiming the 7 Mountains Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on January 24-26.
This "Rethinking the Future" eschatology conference was hosted by the RiosBrook Foundation. Linda Rios Brook, president of this foundation, is closely associated with C. Peter Wagner and a member of his International Coalition of Apostles. She heads Acts 29, which is variously described as "a think tank seeking answers to social and cultural issues through the marketplace" and the "Apostolic Council for Transformation in Society." The RiosBrook Foundation's purpose is Dominionist:
"[God] is trying to restore righteousness and justice to the marketplace and bring about the redemption of culture. RiosBrook Foundation believes He intends to do this through working people who receive the revelation that their calling is not to change the church; but rather, to change the world by bringing the purposes of God into the economic and power systems that govern it."
Guest speakers listed for this conference included Os Hillman, chief apostle of the marketplace transformation movement, and Dennis Peacocke, who has long served as a bridge between the Charismatic and Reconstructionist Dominionists. The focus of all of this new activity is the intended transformation of seven "spheres" of society. The term "spheres" is used interchangeably with "domains," and C. Peter Wagner and his "apostles" are now calling them "mountains."
The Dominionist philosophy behind the Reclaiming 7 Mountains conference literally has to do with taking over governments and nations:
When God called the people of Israel out of Egypt to form a new nation in the Promised Land, He told them that they would be the head, not the tail, if they obeyed the commands of the Lord. He told them to divide the land into 7 parts (Joshua:18:5). They would also have to displace 7 enemies that currently resided in the Promised Land. “This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out 7 enemies before you including the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and the Jebusites (Joshua:3:10).
Have you noticed a pattern yet -- 7 mountains, 7 parts of land, and 7 enemies that needed to be displaced?
The new eschatology has to do with building the kingdom of God on earth, a radical restructuring of the Gospel of Salvation so that the focus shifts to nation-building here on earth. Quite a transformation in thinking is required to develop this new worldview, which may be why all of these conferences are talking about "rethinking."