Is Dominionism Working?Written by Sandy Simpson
Since the counterfeit revivals of the mid 80's there has been a claim by many Latter Rain /Word of Faith groups that the church is going to take over the world, taking control of the governments, businesses and every other aspect of life. Movements such as the Toronto "Blessing", Brownsville "Outpouring", Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation, Emergent Church, and many other related Latter Rain movements have been claiming that they are making radical changes in people's lives due to miracles, prophecies, dead raisings, and growing numbers of people attending mega churches. So by now, in 2014, we should be seeing the effects of this wonderful scenario that the false apostles, false prophets, false teachers, and false Christs of these movements have predicted.
Where is the actual proof that Dominion IS is working?
The answer is that what we're seeing in society and in the church shows that it is not only NOT working but these Latter Rain features may actually be driving the world to hell and the church into apostasy faster than might have been otherwise. To prove my point I want to quote from the latest statistics put out in a new Harris Poll of 12/17/13 entitled "Americans' Belief in God, Miracles and Heaven Declines - Belief in Darwin's theory of evolution rises" to show you what is actually going on and then I will comment on it. However, just to further prove my point that the Latter Rainers don't have a clue what is actually going on, notice the retitling of this Harris Poll in the CNS News article: "Poll: Americans' Belief in God Is Strong--But Declining" Note the slant they give the facts that "belief in God is strong" because they are tied to the New Apostolic. But this facts was not the first thing I noticed about the Harris Poll.
New York, N.Y. - December 16, 2013 - A new Harris Poll finds that while a strong majority (74%) of U.S. adults do believe in God, this belief is in decline when compared to previous years as just over four in five (82%) expressed a belief in God in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Also, while majorities also believe in miracles (72%, down from 79% in 2005), heaven (68%, down from 75%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (68%, down from 72%), the resurrection of Jesus Christ (65%, down from 70%), the survival of the soul after death (64%, down from 69%), the devil, hell (both at 58%, down from 62%) and the Virgin birth (57%, down from 60%), these are all down from previous Harris Polls.
Belief in Darwin's theory of evolution, however, while well below levels recorded for belief in God, miracles and heaven, is up in comparison to 2005 findings (47%, up from 42%).
Absolute certainty that there is a God down vs. 10 years ago: In a separate line of questioning, focused on Americans' degree of certainty that there is or is not a God, two thirds of Americans (68%) indicate being either absolutely or somewhat certain that there is a God, while 54% specify being absolutely certain; these figures represent drops of 11 and 12 percentage points, respectively, from 2003 testing, where combined certainty was at 79% and absolute certainty was at 66%.
Meanwhile, combined belief that there is no God (16%) and uncertainty as to whether or not there is a God (also 16%) are both up from 2003 findings (when these levels were 9% and 12%, respectively).
Outside of specific religious samples, the groups most likely to be absolutely certain there is a God include blacks (70%), Republicans (65%), Matures (62%) and Baby Boomers (60%), Southerners (61%) and Midwesterners (58%), and those with a high school education or less (60%). (emphasis mine).
So, to summarize, belief in God is down while belief in evolution is up. Almost any biblical believer would site the influences of secular schools, TV, movies, books and leaders who are Godless as a reason for these statistics. But many Christians, following the Dominionists, either willingly or unwittingly, are taught to believe that the Church will usher in the return of Christ by handing Him a Christian world on a silver platter. The fact of the matter is, the churches (not the Church) are the reason why this is happening. When the emphasis went off the Gospel and on to signs and wonders, church growth, seeker friendly, contemplative prayer, hyped up revivals with slain in the spirit, and now trending ever more heavily into Inclusivism and Universalism, this Harris Poll only documents the decline of true Christianity in this world and the rise of secularism, humanism, pop psychology, New Age, and pantheism. How can the world believe in God when they have no internal relationship on which to base that idea? A person has to be changed from the inside out by hearing and believing the Gospel message and repentance of sin. They cannot be "Christianized" from without because the Bible tells us that in the end times the churches will apostatize, not secure some glorious victory in this fallen world. This decline is happening because the Gospel has been left by the roadside.