A Tale of Two Kingdoms

English: at dusk in Kensington, Maryland, USA.

When someone teaches you about the “kingdom,” what does he or she mean? Here is a teaching on Kingdom Theology by Sandy Simpson over at Spiritual Research Network, Inc., that explains it well and shows you that, depending on who is teaching or preaching, the word Kingdom might not mean what you think they mean it to mean:

Be careful of those who teach about a “kingdom” that is not the same as what the Bible teaches.

There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word “kingdom”, the books they have been reading and recommend on building “the kingdom”, the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by “the kingdom”.

Biblical Christians need to understand that many of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Emergent Church, Church Growth, Word of Faith and other related movements are operating under a paradigm shift.  Because of that when they use the word “kingdom” they do not have the same biblical concept of that word that biblical Christians do.  Whether purposely or under the influence of the Zeitgeist, the “new breed” paradigm shifters use the word “kingdom” in order to lure people into their Dominionist/social gospel worldview.  They know that most Christians love to hear about the “kingdom” so they act like they are talking to them in the unity of the Faith.  But they are not.

This is an old trick of the false teachers and cults.  They redefine certain words so that when they talk to biblical Christians they can sound like they are on the same page.  For instance, the New Age cult called “Unity” did this years ago with many Christian terms and was able to lure in some people on that basis. Once you lure them in then you slowly brainwash them away from their former understanding of those terms into a new paradigm.

The first concept is called “Kingdom Now (KN)” and the second we will call “Kingdom Come (KC)”.  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).  KN claims this prayer is about Kingdom Now.  Biblical Christians understand this is referring to the Kingdom being first established in the spirits of born again believers (Col. 1:13) and finally physically established in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ when He returns (1 Cor. 15:24), since the dominion over the earth currently has been temprarily given to the devil (Luke 4:5-8, Eph. 2:2).

1Jo 5:19  We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

The KN people expect the Church to fulfill the “Lord’s Prayer” even though Jesus was not referring to the Church when He gave this example prayer to the disciples.  This prayer is to be prayed to God the Father, not the Church.  Jesus was primarily talking about KC, the physical Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Millennium when He comes again, because establishment of the physical Kingdom on earth is impossible because it is against God’s will at this time.

KN theology has been around for a long time.  Those who have been spreading KN basically represent a whole number of denominations and movements.  Some of those who teach some form of KN are as follows (some of whom are dead):Ernest Angley, John Arnott, Rob Bell, Todd Bentley, John Bevere, Mike Bickle, Markus Bishop, Reinhard Bonnke, William Branham, Michael Brown, Juanita Bynum, Paul Cain, Tony Campolo, Morris Cerullo, Paul (David) Yonggi Cho, Randy Clarke, Kim Clement, Gerald Coates, Chuck Coleson, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, John Crowder, Paul Cunningham, John Dawson, Joy Dawson, Jack Deere, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, Colin Dye, Gene Edwards, Richard Foster, Francis Frangipane, Nicky Gumbel, Ted Haggard, Kenneth Hagin, Bill Hamon, Christian Harfouche, Jack Hayford, Ruth Helflin, Marilyn Hickey, Steve Hill, John Hinkle, Benny Hinn, David Hogan, Rodney Howard-Browne, Larry Huch, Bill Hybels/Willow Creek, Cindy Jacobs, T.D. Jakes, Bill Johnson, Tony Jones, Manasseh Jordan, Rick Joyner, John Kilpatrick, Dan Kimbal, Patricia King, Roberts Liardon, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Brennan Manning, Brian McLaren, Clarence McClendon, Joyce Meyer, Miles Munroe, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, George Otis, Jr., Joel Osteen, Doug Pagitt, Rod Parsley, Carlton Pearson, Chuck Pierce, Peter Popoff, Fred Price, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Robert Schuller, R.W. Shambach, Gwen Shaw, Dutch Sheets, Ed Silvoso, Don Stewart, Karl Strader, Leonard Sweet, Chad Taylor, Tommy Tenney, Robert Tilton, Richard Twiss, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Warren, Paula White, Bruce Wilkinson, John Wimber, Ed Young, YWAM

There are many others.  Read these excellent articles on KN.

Dominion Theology by Gary Gilley
Kingdom Now Theology by Jan Markell
What Is The Gospel Of The Kingdom? by The Berean Call
Kingdom Dominionism by Mike Oppenheimer
Kingdom Triumphalism by Mike Oppenheimer
Kingdom Theology by Albert James Dager

Following is a comparison chart of KN and KC.

[Slighty reformtted for SRN website.  See and print original here at DITC.]
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
The Church is to take over the systems of government in the world by populating them with Christians.
Kingdom Come (KC)
The Church is to preach the Gospel, disciple all believers of every nation, be light and salt, and expect Jesus to change the world when He returns.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
The Church is Christ on earth.
Kingdom Come (KC)
The Church is not Christ, but the body of Christ, children of God, the bride.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
There will have to be a world government headed and policed by Restoration Christians. This will require a universal KN on the earth.
Kingdom Come (KC)
There is no Christian government in Scripture till Jesus Christ returns and sets up His theocracy.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
Claims are made that Christians will “solve” the issues of poverty, disease, lack of education, etc. by Dominionists such as Rick Warren.
Kingdom Come (KC)
Christians will never solve all these problems stemming from sin.  Jesus Christ will “save the planet” when He comes.  Till then we need to be about the work He left for us including the Great Commission.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
Passages in the Old Testament that talk about the blessing that Israel will be to the nations are stripped from them and attributed to the Church.
Kingdom Come (KC)
Taking Old Testament promises out of their context and attributing them to the Church is what NAR, Word of Faith and other false teaching systems have been doing for decades.  This simply robs the Jews of their inheritance.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
Often, though not always, the KN paradigm includes a direct or indirect assertion that Christ will not (or cannot) return until the Church accomplishes the goal of total domination.
Kingdom Come (KC)
This removes the hope of the imminent return of Christ.  In fact many KN mock the idea of a rapture, especially the Emergent Church leadership.  This also takes away from the sovereignty of the Godhead.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
KN is based on a Postmillennial model where Christ comes back to a cleaned up world.
Kingdom Come (KC)
KN Postmillennial ends up denying many end times prophecies in the Bible because they do not believe that there is a thousand year Millennial Kingdom to come.  Biblical eschatological views are always pre-millennial.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
KN wants across the board unity to accomplish it’s goals.  This unity extends to liberal apostate churches, cults, the Roman Catholic Church, and is even beginning to include Islam.
Kingdom Come (KC)
Unity for the sake of creating a large group is not biblical unity. Biblical unity is based on unity of the Spirit when a person is truly born again and is held together by unity of the Faith (unity of doctrinal teachings).
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
In KN their pragmatism is built on extra biblical prophecies and directives of new apostles.  They believe that programs and devices will be effective in building the “kingdom”.
Kingdom Come (KC)
The Kingdom does not rest on human ability, but on God establishing his spiritual Kingdom in the hearts of believers followed by the return of Christ which will establish the physical on earth.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
KN requires a structured Church system based on modern day foundational apostles and prophets.
Kingdom Come (KC)
KC requires only adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
KN tends to replace the role the Bible records that belongs to Jesus alone in His Kingdom.  Thus is also degrades the sovereignty of God.
Kingdom Come (KC)
The true Kingdom is being established both now, spiritually, by Jesus Christ and after His second coming the throne of David here on earth by Jesus Christ.
___________________
Kingdom Now (KN)
There are many roots of the false KN teaching going back to William Branham, the Latter Rain, Reformed Theology, Manifest Sons of God, Word of Faith and many other heretical systems.
Kingdom Come (KC)
The roots of KC are rooted in the written Word of God.
___________________

There are many more aspects of KN and KC that could be included in the above chart.  Again, for more information on KN please read the excellent articles linked above.

Keep a keen ear ready to distinguish between those who talk about the “kingdom” and what they are actually teaching, whether it is KN or KC.

There are many arguments by KN teachers that they try to use to convince people of their position, but ultimately all those arguments end up being either entirely unbiblical or they twist Scripture to try to prove their points.

One argument KN promoters make is that we are to be light and salt, therefore we must populate every aspect of life in order to accomplish KN/Social gospel.  They say that Christians must take over every aspect of life … businesses, government, all leadership positions, etc.  But this is not only not taught in the Bible, how to live as light and salt in a fallen world was also practically demonstrated by the first century Church in Rome.  Here is an example of how the first century church were being light and salt to their generation.

The Romans, during that time, were becoming ever more immoral.  Because of the proliferation of prostitution and adultery in Rome, there were a number of unwanted pregnancies.  It became a practice for Romans to take their unwanted babies out to the rocks around the city and leave them there to die in the hot sun.  What did the first century church in Rome do?  Did they go to the authorities and protest?  Did they try to get laws passed to forbid this practice?  Did they try to get people of the government on their side?  Did they try to populate the government with Christians?  Did they protest in the streets and form public prayer meetings to “divorce Nero”?  Did they make claims that they would rid the land of this practice?  Did they try to “overthrow” the government of Rome?  No. They simply went out, got the babies off the rocks, took them home, nursed them back to health, and kept them as their own children.

Instead of addressing social amorality from the top, true Christians deal with the problem from the bottom because that is the only solution that actually works.  They live in the law of Christ, which is love, by demonstrating that in a practical way, thereby influencing people to find out what makes Christians different.  Ultimately the Gospel is demonstrated then taught and people get saved.

 

You may wish to read A Response To “An Urgent Message From Peter” by Sandy Simpson, 8/20/11 for many more links and quotes on this subject.

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5 Responses to A Tale of Two Kingdoms

  1. "Biblical Christians need to understand that many of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Emergent Church, Church Growth, Word of Faith and other related movements are operating under a paradigm shift."

    That sums it up. And this basic idea was laid out long ago by a fellow named Martin who wrote 'Kingdom of the Cults.'

    Nice point by point comparison of KN and KC. I do want to say that sometimes apologists get a really angry tone, and I get it too. But we are the ones holding to the truth who are operating from a position of strength, greater is He that is in us. So we can simply get the info out there in service to God and hopefully avoid the temptation to whack people with the big stick (the big stick happens later.) We should admit that what we are doing is claiming that Kingdom Now is heresy and that those who preach it don't actually know Jesus and those who follow it may be found believing in a false gospel, one that cannot save.

    The problem with disputes like this is that rather than living out the gospel ourselves we can get corralled into 'defending the faith' to the point of bitterness. It would be much better, in my opinion, to try to gather together those who understand and engage these teachers head on through a broad campaign of public discourse.

    So maybe it is time for the remnant to start to network more strongly?

    I do have some contention with what I think motivates these criticisms. Firstly no one gets into eternity without faith in Christ, not Jew nor Greek, so the battle about replacement theology is not as precise as just saying nothing promised in the Old Testament applies to the church since Paul clearly says we are the inheritors of the promise to Abraham. Israel gets their land, but it is Israel through faith in Christ that is established forever, and that includes us grafted into the promises.

    Also the idea that the attempts of NAR and others to create broad structures for accomplishing their goals looks past the legitimate criticism of the established churches offered by an honest study of church history. There is nothing in the Bible to saying that denominationalism, or institutionalism is good and holy per se. So we have to come at all this from the perspective of God's righteousness. Denominations are formed out of schism and schism is a sin. There was once an unbroken line of orthodoxy leading to the Apostle's but when you examine church history it is hard to claim that line is very clear today. We are almost starting from scratch, and we are not the first to try it. Institutions can all become tired and become more of a burden than a help.

    Finally, I am just wondering if part of this path being tread is not coming directly out of the old apologetics locus of baptist theology. Where rather than standing outside all that claims to be christian and inside the strong Tower of Gods name and Gods word, we do sometimes entertain what is really just internal doctrinal disputes among christian factions. For instance Paul was able to divide the Pharisees and Sadducees by referencing the resurrection as he stood before the Sanhedrin (Acts 23.)

    A very hard question is to ask ourselves whether we have a form of Christianity or whether we have Jesus Christ. Only those who hear His voice have the Bible as an aid because as Peter said there is much hard to understand in the writings of Paul and the unstable twist them as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16.)

    Again, all for this holding of all of us accountable, just saying there is an ultimate objectivity about 'Christianity' that can be found through Jesus Christ alone.

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  2. Amy Spreeman says:

    What an awesome response, Larry. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The sad thing … there are those who have infiltrated into our Fathers kingdom (Jude 3-4) who say in no less terms … "We ARE the screw balls?" This is because they (For one reason & ONE REASON ONLY . "Their "Names" are not written in the "Lamb's … Book of life." (Daniel 12)

    Over the years, have you been told: Your doing Satan's business? They may say it in "Kinder terms" than I'm saying it but … the undertone is: We're confused. "You need to "PRAY" about what the Lord is doing in you life. My FAVORITE line of these truly misguided (And SADLY) church representatives is: "How does what I do … Share the love of Christ?" (Wait a second? They just called me a nut & a worker for Satan, why, I was even insulted (Called a "Non-profesional) while helping at one of these churches.
    (A simple Judeo-Christian "Thank you" would of sufficed.)
    But … We are in the "End times." The FIRST OF THESE SIGNS WAS … "An apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessness, to the WORD OF GOD!
    The trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest: "Passion!"

    So WHY … Is my CALLING any different for the body than what they make theirs out to be?

    Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
    Now I want to give you some further information in some spiritual matters.
    Have you not forgotten that you were Gentiles, and you followed dumb idols … because that is how you were raised & taught.
    Now I want you to understand I want you to know … , that no one speaking by the Spirit of God could call Jesus accursed , and no one could say that He is the Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

    So according to this verse:
    "No one speaking by the Spirit of God could call Jesus "evil", and no one could say that He (Jesus) is the Lord, except they have the Holy Spirit."

    So … what is: "The PROBLEM" with These people who have the problem with us? They "Hear ehat your saying" but are "Afraid" of something. "WHY & WHAT?
    1 John 2:1-5 ; 1 John 4:10-21
    In this passage John states:
    Verse 18
    "There is no fear in love; but perfect love throws out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
    So according to this passage … The TRUE lover of God … (Cares less about the kingdom of Satan because he / she knows … Satan is a LIAR. The true follower of Jesus reads and follows the commandments of God (including the Laws of Moses) that what "The cross" did NOT do away with a.k.a. animal sacrifice. {NOTE: Moral, Sexual purity, how we treat our fellow man AND … Dietary LAWS, are still OUR responsibility.}

    So … "Why is it I'm (Were) ATTACKED?
    It's Simple. It's Bible prophecy.
    I mentioned Jude 4

    "Because there are certain men (women who) crept in unawares, who were BEFORE of old … ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men (women) …

    So what do we Watchers take away from our experiences with these people who "Do not UNDERSTAND Gods message for this time?
    Daniel 12:9 & 10
    (NOTE: This IS "JESUS" speaking with President Daniel in the Old Testament)
    And He said (to me), Go your way, Daniel: because: "The WORDS" … are CLOSED up (Hid) and SEALED (Imprinted) till … "The TIME of the end.
    Many WILL be:
    Purified, and
    Made white, and
    Tried; BUT …
    "The wicked will do wickedly: and none of the wicked will understand; BUT …
    "The wise will understand.
    (FYI: This sealed book is:2 Revelation 5)

    Jesus said in Luke 11:35
    "Take heed (Be careful) then that the light that is in Y.OU be not (or … IS NOT) darkness:"

    Is the "Light" in MANY Christians TODAY, that of The Good News of Jesus The Christ OR
    an "Enlightenment (Illuminiti) gospel Prophesied from Daniel 2:39?
    Christian's not only NEED to STUDY their Bibles … WE NEED HONESTLY STUDY OUR "Enlightened American history"

    Unless the Man & woman of God follow the CHARGE of Paul in Acts 20:27 … "I have not SHUNNED to tell you ALL the counsel of God.

    What is Shunned?
    Avoidance, Turning away, Dodging … Dismissing:
    Deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening.

    Are today modern "End day churches doing this? My firm answer is … Yes.
    What is my advice?
    Always read the "Scriptures."
    2 Thes. 2:13-17
    13 … God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
    Whereupon he CALLED you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    So then brothers &sisters, stand FIRM, and HOLD: "The Traditions" which have been taught, whether by "word" (something: Said), or … "Our epistle. (Something: Written)
    Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, "EVEN OUR FATHER" who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
    Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

    God bless my brother & sisters who have been given the mantel of "Watcher" in these last years.

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  4. Anthony Carfagno says:

    The sad thing … there are those who have infiltrated into our Fathers kingdom (Jude 3-4) who say in no less terms … "We ARE the screw balls?" This is because they (For one reason & ONE REASON ONLY . "Their "Names" are not written in the "Lamb's … Book of life." (Daniel 12)

    Over the years, have you been told: Your doing Satan's business? They may say it in "Kinder terms" than I'm saying it but … the undertone is: We're confused. "You need to "PRAY" about what the Lord is doing in you life. My FAVORITE line of these truly misguided (And SADLY) church representatives is: "How does what I do … Share the love of Christ?" (Wait a second? They just called me a nut & a worker for Satan, why, I was even insulted (Called a "Non-profesional) while helping at one of these churches.
    (A simple Judeo-Christian "Thank you" would of sufficed.)
    But … We are in the "End times." The FIRST OF THESE SIGNS WAS … "An apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessness, to the WORD OF GOD!
    The trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest: "Passion!"

    So WHY … Is my CALLING any different for the body than what they make theirs out to be?

    Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:1-3
    Now I want to give you some further information in some spiritual matters.
    Have you not forgotten that you were Gentiles, and you followed dumb idols … because that is how you were raised & taught.
    Now I want you to understand I want you to know … , that no one speaking by the Spirit of God could call Jesus accursed , and no one could say that He is the Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
    So according to this verse:
    "No one speaking by the Spirit of God could call Jesus "evil", and no one could say that He (Jesus) is the Lord, except they have the Holy Spirit."

    So … what is: "The PROBLEM" with These people who have the problem with us? They "Hear ehat your saying" but are "Afraid" of something. "WHY & WHAT?
    1 John 2:1-5 ; 1 John 4:10-21
    In this passage John states:
    Verse 18
    "There is no fear in love; but perfect love throws out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
    So according to this passage … The TRUE lover of God … (Cares less about the kingdom of Satan because he / she knows … Satan is a LIAR. The true follower of Jesus reads and follows the commandments of God (including the Laws of Moses) that what "The cross" did NOT do away with a.k.a. animal sacrifice. {NOTE: Moral, Sexual purity, how we treat our fellow man AND … Dietary LAWS, are still OUR responsibility.} So … "Why is it I'm (Were) ATTACKED?
    It's Simple. It's Bible prophecy.
    I mentioned Jude 4
    Because there are certain men (women who) crept in unawares, who were BEFORE of old … ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men(women) …
    So what do we Watchers take away from our experiences with these people who "Do not UNDERSTAND Gods message for this time?
    Daniel 12:9 & 10
    (NOTE: This IS "JESUS" speaking with President Daniel in the Old Testament)
    And He said (to me), Go your way, Daniel: because: "The WORDS" … are CLOSED up (Hid) and SEALED (Imprinted) till … "The TIME of the end.
    Many WILL be:
    Purified, and
    Made white, and
    Tried; BUT …
    "The wicked will do wickedly: and none of the wicked will understand; BUT …
    "The wise will understand.
    (FYI: This sealed book is:2 Revelation 5)

    Jesus said in Luke 11:35
    "Take heed (Be careful) then that the light that is in Y.OU be not (or … IS NOT) darkness:"

    Is the "Light" in MANY Christians TODAY, that of The Good News of JesusThe Christ OR
    an "Enlightenment (Illuminiti) gospel Prophesied from Daniel 2:39?
    Christian's not only NEED to STUDY their Bibles … WE NEED HONESTLY STUDY OUR "Enlightened American history"

    Unless the Man & woman of God follow the CHARGE of Paul in Acts 20:27 … "I have not SHUNNED to tell you ALL the counsel of God.
    What is Shunned?
    Avoidance, Turning away, Dodging … Dismissing:
    Deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening.

    Are today modern "End day churches doing this? My firm answer is … Yes.
    What is my advice?
    Always read the "Scriptures."
    2 Thes. 2:13-17
    13 … God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
    Whereupon he CALLED you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    So then brothers &sisters, stand FIRM, and HOLD: "The Traditions" which have been taught, whether by "word" (something: Said), or … "Our epistle. (Something: Written)
    Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, "EVEN OUR FATHER" who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
    Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
    God bless my brother & sisters who have been given the mantel of "Watcher" in these last years.

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  5. Watch this short testimony from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw4tHTgQVt8 William Branham about the great things God has done in this our very day!

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