“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8
There is a solemn responsibility to those who are in ministry to tell the truth, even when the truth is not easy to accept, to negate such a responsible task to those in leadership and instead, refuse to speak the truth, either out of fear from public rebuke, or financial hardship denigrates the office of ministry, and thus, make that truth no longer of any value. Such is the case which is happening today within many ministries within the modern church. Men and women who are in leadership, are forsaking telling the truth in favor of their own version of truth, and ultimately a lie. In plain English, preachers are teaching anyone who will listen a bold face LIE!
What is this lie you ask?
It’s the lie that has many believing that things in this world are going to get better for not just America in general, but for the church as well. It’s the lie which says that the modern church, for all its faults and failures, will emerge in the last days as a conquering church, goosestepping across the world in an effort to redeem not only the sinner, but entire nations as well. It’s the lie that says the modern day church will invade every area of social service and political fray to establish its dominance within the world, thus turning sinful planet earth into a Christian planet. In simple terms, the earth is about to be taken over not by Islam, or aliens, but by the Christian church itself. It is the new crusade by which this new global agenda will dominate and conquer the world for Christ. It’s teaching is called the 7 Mountain Mandate (Theology), and it’s being taught by some pretty influential proponents, one of which is Dr. Lance Wallnau, the actual teacher and creator of this particular doctrine that has many, including those surrounding President Trump in allegiance to.
But is this new doctrine Biblical? The answer is no, it’s not.
Dr. Wallnau and his 7 mountain mandate is simply another twist on the long held doctrine called Dominionism. It’s the theology called “Kingdom Now” that says that in the end times, the church will actually control the world to prepare it for the second coming of Jesus Christ. What Dr. Wallnau is doing is broadening his scope to make this teaching more tolerable for people to understand, in essence, he is simply dumbing down Dominionist theology in such a way that it makes better since for the biblically illiterate to grasp and understand.
So what is the 7 Mountain Mandate?
7 Mountain Mandate simply says, that in order for the church to control the global society, it must take control over every aspect of that particular society and its culture, being 7 cultural mountains. They are; Family, Government, Business, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Education and the church itself. Those who control these cultural gates exercise the greatest influence over the culture and ultimately that society. This is, in a nutshell, the doctrine of Dr. Lance Wallnau and why many are beginning, and have already, been embracing like a strange, intoxicating drink, they (the church) are becoming drunk on this notion that says we shall eradicate evil and overthrow Satan’s kingdom of dominance.
But they are wrong. Tragically wrong.
Jesus made it very clear in John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Are we (those who are born again into Christ his servants?
This teaching (7 mountain mandate) is a false teaching simply because it goes against scripture. Jesus gave us (the end time church) a clear picture of the end times just before he returns, and that picture is not one of hope, or victory, but instead, one of which would shake any believer in terrible fear, for he (Jesus) paints a very sobering portrait of what we will see, those who are alive during this particular time, of what the world will look like, as well as resemble, and it is found in Matthew chapter 24, as well as Luke 21:8-28. For your sake I encourage the reader to search those scriptures up and read them repeatedly.
Yet if we take the teachings of men like Dr. Wallnau as well as countless others who are teaching these erratic ideas to heart, then what we are doing is denying scripture itself. For what these teachers are literally doing is two-fold:
It’s simply not to suggest that this 7 Mountain Mandate is simply false and is harmless, it goes beyond that, again, it denies scripture which is clearly outlined in the word itself. Paul the Apostle gave us very clear instructions when it comes to the last days, here is his words on the matter of what is coming:
Do these two statements by Paul regarding the end times reflect the state of the modern church as a dominating church? Or a church which will be rocked by inward deception as well as battling forces from a dominant force (the coming antichrist) which will come against it?
Let us look at what John saw as it relates to the end times and the state of the modern church in those last days:
These are just a few prophetic warnings of what is to come. The question remains, does this sound like the teachings of the 7 Mountain Mandate being successful? Or does this reveal a greater truth, that at some point a being shall rise out of the earth and take dominion over all living things, including nations? The answer is yes, and that being is the one which Jesus said is called an abomination, the man of sin – the antichrist.
There is no need to argue or debate this matter, nor is it a doctrinal dispute, this is simply scripture interpreting scripture, allowing the Bible to speak and not men. Ours is to preach the gospel, not to overtake this world. This is the problem, one which those who promote Dominion teachings do not understand, nor do they want to. Why? Because they love this world! They love everything about the world, because their heart is toward this world. But the word says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)
The world that John is referring to is the world system. It’s the same system to which Satan offered Jesus when he showed him all the kingdoms of the earth (Matthew 4:8-9). The truth remains, this world is not our home, nor should we look at it as our home, nor should we contend for it as such, because our home is an eternal one. But hear the word of Jesus on this matter of what our mandate truly is, and how things will come when that occurs; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Jesus himself is stating it very clear, so that all can understand, that the preaching of the gospel will happen across the world in such a way that every nation and its people will have access to knowing and receiving Jesus Christ, then shall the end come. The end Jesus refers to is the end times, whereby all things that must be fulfilled will be as it relates to the prophecies of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John, not to mention the old testament prophets. Does this sound like heaven on earth to you? Does this sound like the church will usher in the kingdom? Does this sound like the church will dominate the world for Christ and establish a Christian global society?
Truth is important, without it all we have is opinion and opinions not based or rooted in truth will always turn into a lie every time, because that is the nature of deception, it takes a a little truth and twists it enough to convince people otherwise. That is the nature of Satan’s tactics in these last days, and why the 7 Mountain Mandate, as well as Dominionism is a false teaching, because it gives the church a false hope of what is coming – peace and safety, when the opposite of what’s coming is true – tribulation.
From my desk in China,
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1
There is no question that this nation is more divided than ever before, and the church is equally as divided as well. It seems the spirit of the world has infiltrated the modern church, and worse, a spirit of deception unlike anything I’ve ever seen has seemingly made its way into the body of Christ, and what baffles me even more is that the church doesn’t even recognize it – or even cares to. What I’ve seen so far is a dramatic shift away from biblical standards when it comes to God’s ordained path to live, and instead, an embracing of anything for the sake of politics. It seems as though many within the church would throw away righteousness and truth for the sake of being politically correct. It seems that saving America is more important these days than keeping ourselves from the cares or affairs of this life. And the church wants it that way.
I have purposely avoided making any public comment about the current Presidential election, yet something in my spirit this morning is rising up, and it’s the spirit of the gift of discernment thru prophecy, and that is this, that I believe something is happening which should cause us more concern this election cycle rather than who wins the Presidency. Having said that, I have reason to worry over this particular election than the previous ones of the past, not because of whose running (that’s half of it) but because of whose supporting Donald Trump.
I will not go into further detail on this until after the election, which I will then share my thoughts. Yet I must speak something which happened over the summer of a specific dream I had and why I believe God has brought it back to my remembrance at this time. The dream is very simple and very troubling, for within the dream I was going to a political rally on the night of the election, upon arriving, the place was empty, the floor was filled with signs, posters confetti and balloons which littered the floor. I was speaking to someone on the phone during this time, which tells me I was speaking or receiving this message thru the Holy Spirit, as I sat down among the cluttering of post-election news and celebration. I could not see who won, for the face on the cards and posters, nor the name was revealed, so I don’t know if Trump or Clinton won (or lost), but I do know this, I was going to Trumps election night headquarters and as I sat in the quiet somber of what had occurred, something in my spirit laid heavy upon me, not because he had lost, but he had won! The dream ended.
I do not know what this, as well as the former dream of Trump [dream of Donald Trump] means, only this, on November 8th, near midnight, the world will know the direction of the United States of America. Yet even I am more concerned with the direction of the church, for if the church can be hijacked by one candidate who has clearly shown a character of one who is not good, then it proves to me the powerful deception which will arrive in the future where Jesus said that even the very elect would be deceived.
From my desk in China,
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
One of the more harder aspects of life here on earth that draws a dark shadow over every person born, is that every person will one day die. Yet in that same mindset of the realization of death, there is nothing more saddening in life than the death of a loved one. Death is simply part of our life. The knowing that at some point every person born will eventually die. From unborns, or children, to young adults and the elderly, the stark reality is that death comes to all and all come to death. But for the Christian who has faced the death of a loved one who died in Christ, there is a constant question that often comes to mind, and that question continues to unfold for millions upon millions of believers, do they miss us once they are gone?
It’s been over one year now since my grandmother has passed, 27 years since the passing of my Father, and eight years since the passing of my grandfather. In each of those periods, there has not been a day goes by that I don’t, in some manner, recall them from memory. They were apart of my life, and interwoven framework that only God could weave together. Yet while time has certainly passed since their departure from this world, and while their presence has been greatly diminished because of death, still, I often find myself asking that same question many have to those whom they loved and knew who have died. Do they remember us? Do they miss us? Or do they have no remembrance at all?
For years it’s been the tradition of preachers and Denominations that when asked this particular question about ‘Do the dead remember?’ the answer was almost always vague, and generally answered Ecc. 9:5,6 ““For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun” (Eccl. 9:5-6)
The idea (they say) is that the dead know nothing, meaning, in this life and the next. But is that true according to scripture? Not when we rightly divide the word. When we examine the scriptures, and even though there is very little we do know about those who do die in the faith, we can build a clear picture of a more greater thought than what we have been told, that the dead (in Christ) not only do remember the past, they very well remember us!
One of the more clearer pictures of those who have died in Christ can be found in Luke 16: 27-28, where the rich man died and remembered his brothers who were still alive in the realm of the living. Even in Revelation 6:10, we have the saints who were martyred for their faith, who plead before God at his throne to remember their life which was taken that they were clearly had in their knowledge from their life on earth in the past;“How long, O Master, the holy and true, [will it be] before you judge and avenge our blood upon those who dwell upon the earth?” (Rev. 6:10).
When we examine the word clearly, we can see something being drawn out to us that we must continue to remember, that life does not end just because the body ceases to exist, but that man is made up of three components, spirit, soul and body. In each of these aspects of the human framework, God has given man not only the ability to have emotions, to think, or even reproduce, he has given man a mind that will remember long after they have departed this world. Keep in mind, we are after all humans, and it is our very nature to ask questions, be curious about things, long for things, and even hurt at times, yet in that same breath, we also have the common knowledge of stored up memories which I believe in the word clearly indicates that will in fact follow us in the life to come.
The Apostle Paul states something very clear in 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” Here we have something very profound Paul is revealing to us, that in the eternal future, every believer who has ever lived for Christ, died in Christ, will stand before Christ to answer for his/her actions on this earth, how can they answer or receive their eternal reward, or even lose their reward if they cannot remember? They can because they do! They (we) will remember. So do they who have died before us in Christ remember us now in heaven? The answer is a clear YES! They not only remember, but they long for us as well! This is why Paul equally stated in his letter to the church that he was in between two hard places, one to remain, while the other to be with the Lord. The fact is, Paul went to heaven in a vision. Paul saw things which were not lawful for him to repeat, nor did he write them down for us to remember, it was enough for us to know that whatever Paul saw, heaven and those who live there among Christ and God our Father, is beyond our comprehension. Yet in that same understanding, he too understood that life here is but a vapor compared to that hope for every person who walks in Christ.
So if our departed friends and family remember us here on earth, are they sad? Do they desire to come and see us or make contact? The answer is no. While it is clear that scripture does support the dead in Christ remembers their loved ones, that does not mean, nor implies they seek to contact us, and for good reason, God forbids it, but even more so, their mindset has been changed, radically changed by Christ. For when we die in Jesus, everything changes, we lose every earthly sensation, longing or desire, but that does not mean we lose the memories, we just take on the consciousness of Christ. This means that there is no fear, pain or sadness in heaven, but I do believe that what our loved ones do long for is our reunion. That is the desire to which every believer who walks the streets of glory this day is longing for, the completion of life on earth so that eternity can begin – with our loved ones.
Think of it, every child who died still born is longing for their parents. Every son or daughter who has gone on to be with the Lord that died at an early age is longing to be reunited with their Mother and Father. Every grandparent, husband and/or wife who died while the other lived, seeks for that blessed hope that awaits them in the future. Paul stated that one day we will be known as we were known (1 Cor. 13:12), how can we be known if we had no remembrance of others? The truth is, the fact remains, every person who has died before us, remembers us, thinks about us and longs for us to continue in the faith so that we will be reunited once again in heaven. Yet it’s a perfect longing, not a sad one that only God could instill into each person.
So do they remember us? Yes they do. Do they long for us? There is no question that they do. Do they miss us? Absolutely. Yet we have that blessed hope that if we remain faithful in Christ, we shall see them once more, never to depart again, and together we shall worship God in perfect harmony.
From my desk in China,
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Anything that takes away from the word of God is to be rejected outright, no matter how well meaning it might have been, or how sincere the person who is teaching such beliefs are, the facts remain the same, if any teaching goes against the word of God, that teaching must be labeled as false. This includes the teaching by some that says those who die in the faith never come out of the grave, or, they lie in perfect state in the grave itself, for decades or even centuries until the resurrection. This teaching by some and their religious affiliation is false, and it can be proven false by the word itself.
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave (she´ôl),
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:9-11)
“I will ransom them from the power of the grave (she´ôl);
I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues?
Where, O grave, is your destruction?” (Hosea 13:14)
“Come, let us return to the LORD;
for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.” (Hosea 6:1-2)
“But your dead will live;
their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
Your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.” (Isaiah 26:19)
“Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’
Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.‘” (John 11:23-25)
“I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live…. A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out — those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:25, 28-29)
It is clear in scripture that when a person dies, his or her spirit and soul will depart from their body to face God’s judgment, either temporarily in hell to await the final judgment, or in heaven, to be with the Lord. (Heb. 9:27) The truth is, to suggest to the believer that when they die, they will simply return to the grave and lay there, unknowing of the world around them, this is a false doctrine and worse, it allows a spirit of fear to overcome those who hear this particular teaching, which is nothing more than a doctrine of demons.
Paul, the Apostle clearly stated in Philippians 1:23 “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” Notice Paul was not worried about his soul and spirit “sleeping”, but actually going to the Father, there Paul would (and currently is) standing before the Lord worshiping Christ our saviour. Even Stephen, when he was stoned to death, looked up and saw with his own eyes, Jesus standing on the right side of the Father, welcoming his servant home. Again, another attempt by false teachers attempting to hijack the word of God and make themselves their own authority of the written word.
Why is the resurrection important? Because it all comes from the cross. When Christ died, he came back three days later – the resurrection. His defeat over death and the grave gives us hope, for had he not defeated the grave, we too would be held by its grip upon us. Yet because of the resurrection, we now have that blessed hope of being with the Father in heaven.(2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
This makes the teaching of soul sleep not only false, but a doctrine of demons, run from it and stick with the word of God. For it is the promise of the resurrection, the promise that we who die in Christ shall not die, although our bodies will return to dust through the natural process of decay, our spirit and soul will continue to live, continue to dwell in eternity, and yes, even for the sinner, they too shall experience life after death, but in a place called hell. (Luke chapter 16)
To those who’ve asked how I have been doing as of late and why I haven’t posted anything new, it’s simply because I’m living in China these days, pastoring a church, as well as planting new churches. God has shown my wife and I favor among the people and things are going well here. As we have been challenged to step out of our comfort mode, I anticipate that soon I’ll be posting new articles and my views on what is happening in our world as it relates to the church and end time events yet to come. But until then, keep us in prayer as we continue to press onward here in China, as there is a change taking place in this once strict and closed Communist country, but God is moving and changing lives. Yet expect a new article in the next few days about what I believe is yet a new deception coming into the church.