J.D. King’s latest film, “Blue” provides numerous examples of the economic and social costs of a preservationist “hands off” policy in regards to natural resource management and environmental stewardship. Blue emphasizes how adherence to the dictates of radical environmentalism has led to the implementation of overly restrictive regulations based on fraudulent science and alarmism. Unfounded worry over controversial issues such as climate change, fossil fuel depletion, concern for endangered species and human overpopulation, have produced policies that have locked up public lands, hindered economic development, and advanced a global socialist agenda to the detriment of humanity and the environment.
However, a larger, and more disturbing agenda is revealed right from the film’s opening moments, when the producer, J.D. King, declares that he is “on a mission to save the earth”. The million dollar question that begs to be asked is this: “Save the earth from what?” Or perhaps, “From whom?” Are we to assume that radical environmentalists are to blame for wrecking our world? Is socialism really mankind’s greatest enemy? What about the war mongers, the multitude of corrupt politicians, or the millions of radical Islamists? What about the money changers who control the banks? Or the gang bangers who rule the streets of our cities? What about the biologist who gets paid to create a deadly bioweapon in the laboratory? Or the corporate CEO who cares only for himself and his company’s profit margin? We need to define what J.D. King means by “saving the earth”, even if, as he claims, he is merely using the phrase tongue in cheek. [See J.D.’s comments and my responses in the comment section.]
While there’s nothing wrong with practicing sound environmental stewardship, or in promoting prosperity and freedom, there is a point where mankind’s best efforts simply fall short of “saving the earth”. The doctrine known as “dominion theology” is presented in the film as something which promises prosperity and freedom to all the earth’s inhabitants. However, the concept of saving the earth (or humanity) through dominionism, is really derived from an ancient Gnostic heresy repackaged for modern consumption.
Let’s take a closer look at what is meant by “dominion”. E. Calvin Beisner (CEO and founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation), is featured prominently in J.D.’s film. Beisner claims mankind has a God-given “dominion mandate” to rule over the earth. The solution to our most pressing problems, at least according to Beisner, can be found in using our God ordained authority to take control over all aspects of the global agenda, economic, political, and social, all in God’s name, of course.
Beisner is noted for trashing climate alarmism and promoting the idea that unfettered free market capitalism and profit-driven innovation best reflect the responsible application of mankind’s divinely appointed dominion mandate. According to Beisner, the authority we derive from the dominion mandate carries a responsibility to practice what he terms, “Godly environmental stewardship” which is to be based on a return to Old Testament principles coupled with our current level of scientific knowledge. Since man’s level of scientific understanding is continually changing, the application of the dominion mandate is subject to change as well. In other words, any damaging environmental mistakes we have made in the past, or are making now, or could make in the future, (if they are not too catastrophic) could be mitigated, reduced, or even reversed by further technological innovation as the need arises.
In effect, Beisner’s dominionism turns the Precautionary Principle, and even the Physician’s Creed– (Primum non nocere – do no harm), on its head. According to Beisner at least, if an outcome that we failed to foresee ends up being harmful or destructive, we will simply use our ingenuity to create a solution, pick up the pieces, and move on. Nanotechnology, GMO’s, computer/human interfaces, and anything else man can create, is deemed “good”, until proven otherwise.
Many fine books and articles have been written by theologians with minds far superior to mine which have wrestled with the ramifications of various theologies including Post-Millennialism, Preterism, Christian Reconstructionism, Kingdom Theology, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Dominionism. I do not wish to repeat or catalog those works, nor could I possibly cover all the angles related to these theologies in this brief post. However, I do want to point out a few things that my readers need to know about the dominionist mindset. This does require fleshing out some detail, so please bear with me. I would invite, indeed challenge, the interested reader to check out the multiple links embedded in this article for additional study.
In its rawest form, dominionism is an occult worldview dressed up with Biblical terminology. Beisner himself, in numerous essays, articles, and books, describes the dominion mandate as a way of reversing, mitigating or reducing the effects of “the curse” as described in the third chapter of Genesis. By selectively linking the “dominion mandate” as recorded in Genesis 1:28 with the “Great Commission” given to all Christian believers in Matthew 28, and by selectively omitting or reinterpreting any scripture in between (or after) those two passages which doesn’t fit their own viewpoint, dominionists such as Beisner have successfully rebuilt an alternative gospel that any 12th century Crusader or United Nations New Age loving Theosophist would be proud to promote. For dominionism to function as Beisner and others of his ilk envision it, mankind is required to adhere to a set of strict universal standards.
Not by coincidence, the spiritual direction of the United Nations was initiated on the same exact premise by a blend of dominionists and New Age occultists. The hope for the United Nations was, and still is, that the realization of our common humanity would lead to the development of a set of universal core values that would work to create a “sustainable” world order. The idea is to use such standards to exert control over all the nations of the world, and by so doing, we would usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity for all mankind. In other words, the United Nations was built to create, and then enforce, a set of agreed upon universal standards in order to “save the earth”.
Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjold served as the U.N. Secretary General from 1953-1961. U. Thant served in the same capacity from 1961 to 1971. These two men occupied the highest level of the global political scene during the height of the cold war. During their collective 18 years as leaders of the world body, Hammarskjold and Thant laid the groundwork for what became known as the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight goals whose spiritual framework, the Earth Charter, was introduced to the world at the “1992 Earth Summit“, otherwise known as the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro.
The “Rio Summit”, (as it is also known), unveiled a supposedly global consensus forged around a set of core beliefs and aspirations. The framework that resulted from the conference was designed (superficially at least) to create the conditions for sustainable economic development and sound environmental stewardship on a planetary level. This framework became known as The Agenda for the 21st Century, or simply “Agenda 21”.
The first of the eight Millennial goals is (and remains) to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty by promoting economic and social development in third world nations. Of course in order to accomplish any of the MDG’s, requires that the most prosperous nations of the world (primarily the United States) fund the development of the poorer nations. I happen to have had several interactions with a man named Donald Keys during the early 1980’s. Keys was the primary speech writer for U.N. Secretary General U. Thant. Don Keys worked with other visionaries to birth several New Age globalist organizations such as, “Planetary Initiative”, “Planetary Citizens”, and “Citizens for the Future We Choose (or Want)”. Keys was the author of “Earth at Omega: Passage to Planetization”. As liason for the World Federalist Association to the U.N., Keys networked with a host of overtly gnostic/pagan NGO’s, including Alice Bailey’s – Lucis Trust (originally Lucifer Publishing Company), to craft the moral and spiritual direction of the United Nations. That spiritual direction HAS NEVER CHANGED, it is the exact same today as when these demonically inspired men and women enshrined it.
Calvin Beisner’s “Cornwall Alliance Stewardship Agenda” documents strong support and commitment to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an entity that entangles Cornwall with the United Nations through UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, IMF, and the World Health Organization. Granted, Cornwall’s supporters and signers may not know about these U.N. connections, or agree with the consensus driven process entrenched to form the U.N.’s current socialist leaning agenda, but the dominionist’s do agree on the fact that a system of global governance based on a set of core principles is required for managing the planet, or what they term- practicing “Godly” dominon. Cornwall’s goal is not to prevent global governance, but to influence the terms and conditions under which that system operates.
After all is said and done, the quest for human dominion over this world is really not that much different than the quest to become “as God” or “like God” as promoted by the devil himself, or by theosophist Alice Bailey, or by the likes of Donald Keys, Dag Hammarskjold and U. Thant. Most of these folks rejected the notion that human beings are living in a sinful condition in a fallen (cursed) world. Many believed they were working to preserve this world from God’s judgment. Some simply wanted to remake creation in their own image. The sheer arrogance a human being must assume in order to manifest the desire to rule over a fallen world undergirds the framework for all globally mandated “sustainable development” goals.
So, why did Jesus come into the world? The apostle Peter mistakenly believed that Jesus had come to take dominion over the present world’s governing authorities, to wrestle control away from corrupt earthly rulers, and establish a “Godly” kingdom on this earth, (with Peter’s help of course!) This is why Peter rebuked Jesus when our Lord told him that, “he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” [Mat 16:21] Peter did not want Jesus to die, and by dying, take his own worldly hopes and aspirations for a kingdom here on earth, to the grave. And how did Jesus respond to Peter’s rebuke? Jesus replied, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” [Mat. 16:23] Jesus then explained to Peter that there is no profit in taking dominion over the world at the expense of a man’s soul. [Mat. 16:26]
When Satan tempted Jesus and promised to give him power over all the kingdoms of the earth in exchange for worship, Jesus refused the offer and answered in nearly the identical words he used to answer Peter… “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” [Luke 4:8] As his death sentence approached, Jesus proclaimed before Pilate that, “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.” [John 18:36] The scriptures also make it very clear that “friendship with the world is enmity with God”. [Jms 4:4]
There are people who claim we are actually living in God’s Millennial Kingdom now. But did Jesus really usher in the Millennial Kingdom 2000 years ago as some Christians claim? Are we, as followers of Jesus, supposed to build the Millennial Kingdom on the earth? If what is being reported on FOX NEWS is any indication of what the Millennial Kingdom is supposed to look like, than either we are not doing a very good job, or the Lord owes an apology to all those people He turned to ash in Sodom and Gomorrah, and to every single person who drowned in the great flood. The gospels do not declare that faith in Jesus should be used to create a global system of government based on universal “godly principles”, or even on the Ten Commandments, (or all 613 Old Testament commandments).
The Law was given to man to expose his fallen nature and remind him of his need for salvation. [Galatians] As Christians, we believe that Jesus’ death on the cross removes the penalty we were destined to face for not just our own sin, but for the curse that God placed on the world due to Adam’s disobedience. The scriptures do not promise that by exercising “Godly dominon” man will usher in peace and prosperity here on this earth. On the contrary, Jesus promised his disciples that through faith they would gain admittance into a heavenly kingdom, but only after being exposed to great trials in this world. Jesus told his disciples that they would suffer horrendous persecution and many would be killed because of their faith in Him.
Consider these facts:
FACT #1: Calvin Beisner’s Cornwall Alliance strongly supports the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a bi-partisan public/private global foreign-aid and investment consortium currently chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry. The MCC website leaves no doubt about their active support for the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. See: http://www.mcc.gov/pages/activities/activity/mdgs The Millennium Challenge Corporation selects applicants based on their commitment to the United Nation’s goals and monitors results in partnership with various global governmental and non-governmental entities such as the Brookings Institute, the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), UNICEF and UNESCO.
The MCC’s carrot and stick approach, their monetary reward and sanction model, their morally corrupt debt obligation system, is shaping up to be a critical component of the United Nation’s Post 2015 Development Agenda. FACT # 2: The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015. A new United Nations Post 2015 Development Agenda is in the final stages of formulation and is set to take effect in September of next year. This new U.N. agenda, which the United States has fully committed to, will have stronger monitoring mechanisms, greatly enhanced data collection capability, and much stronger enforcement mechanisms to address the shortcomings and continue the mandate of the expiring MDG’s.
The Post 2015 Development Agenda will not be entirely socialist in nature, or reflect an overtly green “eco-spirituality”, but will (surprise, surprise) incorporate many of the political platforms and economic investment models espoused by Cornwall Alliance and their capitalist loving global corporate partners.
The occult worldview known as Theosophy teaches that when enough people collectively accept and acknowledge themselves as being a part of “Christ”, a tipping point will have been reached. When enough people have been led to believe that they have obtained spiritual dominion or mastery over themselves and the world, a new global paradigm will have emerged enabling mankind to take that last and most profound step on the evolutionary ladder. This “tipping point” has also been called the “100th Monkey” effect, or attaining “critical mass”. Dominion oriented “Christians”, who believe that mankind has the capacity to not only save ourselves, but have also gained the capacity to save and rule our world, are a lot closer to promoting this theosophical worldview than they are the gospel.
Read these quotes from some of the occultists who rose to the highest levels of influence at the United Nations and compare them with the words of leading dominionists:
“God’s vision has to be manifested here on earth…We are the most fortunate people on earth, for God has chosen us to be his instruments to serve Him in mankind.” [Sri Chinmoy – spiritual advisor to the U.N. – as quoted in Spirituality at the United Nations]
“Sound environmental stewardship must attend both to the demands of human well being and to a divine call for human beings to exercise caring dominion over the earth.” [Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship]
“To be a chosen instrument of God means to be a divine messenger carrying the banner of God’s inner vision and outer manifestation.” [Sri Chinmoy]
“Humanity alone of all the created order is capable of developing other resources and can thus enrich creation, so it can properly be said that the human person is the most valuable resource on earth.” [Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship]
“I believe that the mark of the truly educated person facing the 21st century is that he feels himself to be a planetary citizen.” [U. Thant- Memoirs “View from the U.N.]
“The past millennium brought unprecedented improvements in human health, nutrition, and life expectancy, especially among those most blessed by political and economic liberty and advances in science and technology. At the dawn of a new millennium, the opportunity exists to build on these advances and to extend them to more of the earth’s people.” [Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship]
“A single species, the human, has indeed gained dominion over the earth, and having collapsed time and space, in communication and travel, to the speeds of sound and light, humans have become a continuous and globe-uniting species. In this setting, the nation-state is dysfunctional, and states are facing incorporation into a world being, of which they will be subsidiary organs.” [Donald Keys – Spirituality at the United Nations]
“Man was created to exercise dominion under God and as God’s appointed vice-regent over the earth. Dominion is thus a basic urge of man’s nature… The purpose of the new Adam is to undo the work of the fall, restore man as covenant keeper, make of man again a faithful citizen of the Kingdom of God, and enable man again to fulfill his calling to subdue the earth under God and to restore all things to God’s law and dominion.” [R. J. Rushdoony – from the Institutes of Biblical Law]
“I knew we had not begun to use or to be used by this great unlimited power which God desires to release through men.” [Weymen Huckabee – in describing the role of the Meditation Room at the U.N.]
“Ancient traditions endure, even as a rising power is on the move… That spark of the divine lies within each of us. We cannot give in to doubt or cynicism or despair… unity is more powerful than division; and that the people of this world can live together in peace.” [Barack Hussein Obama – President’s Speech in UI Jakarta, Nov. 10, 2010]
“…today’s imperfect and unfulfilled man is tomorrow’s absolutely fulfilled and supremely manifested God.” [Sri Chinmoy]
In conclusion, let me just say that I have no problem with J.D. King’s critique of how environmentalism has been used as a weapon against humanity as depicted in his film. Also, the entire argument over “climate change” is really a non-issue. Whether the climate changes or doesn’t change is NOT our most pressing issue. Focusing so much attention on how we address, or don’t address, this single issue has distracted us from the real problem facing humanity. What is it about human nature that leads us to believe we have the right to dictate how everybody else should live even when history has shown we lack the ability to govern even ourselves?
Whether we support a global socialist new world order, a corporate fascist new world order, a scientific dictatorship, or a theonomy built on the dominion mandate, ultimately makes little difference. The fact that such a global system of governance is predicted in the Bible and is close to coming to fruition in the next couple of years, should be cause for humble reflection. If there is one who is without sin, let him rule over all the earth and over all its inhabitants. If not, then maybe it would be best to wait upon the Lord. When we decide to take dominion over other people and exert authority over other nations, when we start dictating what any person anywhere can, or cannot do, we end up building a tyrannical government system, a new Babylon destined to rule over a world of disgruntled law breakers.