Adherents to Dominionism believe that Christ has commanded them to take control of the seven areas of society for the purposes of eventually taking dominion over the entire world. Influencing these seven areas is often referred to as the Seven Mountain Mandate. They believe that Christ cannot and will not return until they have completely taken dominion of the whole earth. Then when Christ returns, they will hand him control of the nations of the world. Is Dominionism biblical? Do we see believers in control of the nations of the world in end-times prophecy?
Will Christians Take Dominion in the Last Days?
End times Bible prophecy does not support Dominionism. Rather, we see that God’s church, is being hunted down and persecuted by beast. The following scriptures thoroughly refute the concept of Dominionism.
The Beast Makes War Against the Saints and Prevails
Revelation 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
This doesn’t exactly sound like the church triumphant taking dominion over the world. This one scripture, all by itself, easily refutes the entire idea of Dominionism. The Antichrist is depicted as overcoming the saints. He is also given power over all nations and causes everyone who is not a believer in Christ to worship him. I don’t see any way around this. Dominionism does not match up with Bible prophecy.
Jesus Refutes Dominionism
In Mathew 24 Jesus is asked about the end days and the sign of His coming. Read the following description Jesus gives to His followers concerning the last days. See if you can see any indication that Christ’s followers will be taking dominion.
Matthew 24:3-31 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. (24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. (29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Did Jesus teach Dominionism? No! Absolutely not. The end times will be perilous times for the believers that remain on the earth.
Another Scripture Refuting Dominionism
Revelation 13:11-18 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (12) And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (14) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (15) And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Again, does this sound like the church has taken dominion?
Things are Getting Worse, Not Better
Dominionists believe that as they take control of the seven mountains, things will continually get better and better. That’s not at all what we see in the scriptures.
2 Timothy 3:13-15 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 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; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Jesus said “My Kingdom is Not of This World
Dominionism is often referred to as Kingdom Now Theology and teaches that we are to advance God’s kingdom here on earth. C. Peter Wagner said it this way.
Dominionism. This refers to the desire that some of my friends and I have to follow Jesus and do what He wants. One of the things He does want He taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This means that we do our best to see that what we know is characteristic of heaven work its way into the warp and woof of our society here on earth. Think of heaven: no injustice, no poverty, righteousness, peace, prosperity, no disease, love, no corruption, no crime, no misery, no racism, and I could go on. Wouldn’t you like your city to display those characteristics?
Kingdom Now/Dominionist thinkers continually make a big deal about advancing the kingdom, but what does Christ say about a kingdom on earth?
John 18:36 Jesus answered, 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.
In context, this verse is taking place before the Crucifixion but you can’t deny that this verse addresses the idea of believers fighting or striving to establish God’s kingdom on earth.
Flesh and Blood Cannot Inherit the Kingdom of God
1 Corinthians 15:50-52 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The Bible Debunks Dominionism
As you guys can see, the Bible not only doesn’t teach Dominionism, it refutes it. There are many other scriptures we could look at that speak about the end times condition of believers. Again, you don’t see a church taking dominion. What we see is a church struggling to survive until Christ returns and establishes His kingdom.
Dominionism Via Seven Mountain Mandate or Winning Souls?
Now that we’ve seen that the Bible refutes Dominionism, how should we influence society for the Lord? We do it one soul at a time through the preaching of the gospel.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
As we take part in the Great Commission and lead people to Christ, we naturally change society. As each new convert reads the Bible and is washed by the water of the word, they will in turn take their new found faith and values to the world. As history has shown, the more believers in Christ there are in a culture, the more the culture looks and feels Christian. Again, this is not forcing biblical morality on unbelievers. This is believers living a biblical lifestyle as they submit to God and His word.
Don’t miss my podcast series on the New Apostolic Reformation as well as my series on Dominionism below. Look forward to more articles on this subject in the coming days.