Those who are familiar with this blog know that I have written several articles exposing the REWILDING agenda. There are many reasons for this. Foremost is the fact that REWILDING demands that individuals submit to living on reservations under an oppressive government system controlled by a cadre of collectivist elites. I do not wish to be enslaved by such a system.
The REWILDING agenda is driven mostly by radical environmentalists, but there are plenty of other factions who want to impose their will on the rest of us and remake the world in their own image. These factions include Communists, Islamists, Corporatists, Capitalists, and of course, Theosophists…..to name just a few. But there is another faction rising up from the abyss seeking to ascend to the earthly throne, one which may ultimately prove far worse than all the others.
Dominionists are people who believe they have been ordered by God to impose a specific set of ideals on the rest of the world. These folks claim to have a divine mandate providing them with the moral obligation and Biblical authority to subjugate the entire earth and everything in it. This work will be accomplished by dictating societal norms and modes of living on a local, national, and international level.
Tyrants claiming to have a “divine mandate” are not really anything new. After all, world history is replete with examples of men ruling over, or trying to rule over, large swaths of the planet and/or attempting to impose their will over as much of humanity as they can. Other men and their minions inevitably come along and take away or destroy the systems and edifices which were previously constructed, erecting new idols and building new civilizations, each faction rising up and fading away in successive waves of ill-fated conquest.
Dominionists appear upright and moral, feigning concern for the poor, or hiding behind some other mask that doesn’t adequately conceal their underlying sense of spiritual superiority and boundless arrogance. Most claim to be Christians who are merely seeking to obey God’s will. If not extremely careful, conservative Bible believing Christians could be vulnerable to the slick marketing and errant theology of the dominion deception.
The so-called “dominion mandate” from which dominionists claim to derive their authority, is found in the first chapter of Genesis. There we read that shortly after Adam and Eve were created, and while they were still living without a sin nature in the Garden of Eden, “God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” [Genesis 1:28]
For the purposes of this discussion, let’s just ignore the fact that the authority to rule over the earth and all the creatures in it, was given to mankind before sin polluted human judgment and before mankind was booted out of essentially a perfect environment in the Garden of Eden. Let’s also ignore all the other scriptures that remind us that dominion belongs to the Lord. (Psalm 145:13, Isaiah 26:13, Mat 28:18, 2Chron 20:6, John 17:2, etc.)
Let’s just focus on what the dominonists teach and believe, some of which actually sounds pretty good, even patriotic. But don’t be fooled. If we look at the bigger picture, we must come to the conclusion that if these people are successful in imposing their own narrow and woefully imperfect vision of “godly dominon” on the rest of us, the anticipated result will be no different than if any of the other groups mentioned in my opening paragraph were to gain dominion. In fact, I believe that the result of such a theonomic new world order administered not by God, but by men, would be far worse than any dictatorship the world has ever seen.
Dominionists like E. Calvin Beisner, founder and CEO of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, generally interpret the “dominon mandate” as requiring two things. The first requirement is a strict adherence to the principles of free market capitalism under some form of COVENANTAL governance. The second pillar of dominionism requires absolute submission to Old Testament law as administered and enforced by sinful men.
Under a dominionist system, individuals would be encouraged to invest their lives in productive work developing the earth’s extensive resources, making life better and easier for all of humanity by creating innovative designs and coming up with technological fixes for any environmental or social problems that might pop up. Citizens of this peaceful kingdom would be expected to make progress by reproducing abundantly in order to expand human civilization to the maximum extent possible, incorporating into their civilized world any currently uninhabited areas.
Dominionists generally believe that by obeying the mandate, mankind will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity that will receive its final reward and find ultimate fulfillment when Christ returns at the end of the age. In order for this global vision to become a reality, they must assume the reigns of political and economic power here and now. They see no need to wait for Jesus Christ. In fact, most dominionists believe that Christ will not return to the earth until mankind has fulfilled the dominion mandate.
Beisner has posted what he terms a “Landmark Document” on his website entitled, “The Biblical Perspective of Environmental Stewardship: Subduing and Ruling the Earth to the Glory of God and the Benefit of Our Neighbors”. Beisner lists 30 points that supposedly demonstrate scriptural support showing how men bring “glory to God” by subduing and ruling over all things under the sun. One of the things Beisner sees men ruling over and subjugating is uninhabited land, or wilderness. The dictionary definition of wilderness is “a large unsettled or uninhabited area”. Beisner believes that all such areas need to be tamed, brought under cultivation and civilized, put under the heel of man because, as he explains, “wilderness is associated with divine judgment and the curse”.
Let’s look at a couple of specific examples revealing how the dominionists distort scripture to support their viewpoint. Please keep in mind that this little blog post of mine only scratches the surface. Hopefully what is written here will encourage the reader to do more study on his/her own. Click on any of the highlighted text to view source material for further study.
“We affirm that the Bible normally associates wilderness or wildness with divine judgment and curse (Exodus 23:29; Leviticus 26:22; Deuteronomy 7:22; 1 Samuel 17:46; Isaiah 5:2–4; 13:19–22; 34:1–17; Jeremiah 50:39; Leviticus 16:21–22).”
“We deny that wilderness is the best state of the Earth.”
However, as with nearly any other dominionist scriptural reference, the Bible verses cited do not actually support Beisner’s assertion unless the reader takes the written words completely out of context and infers his/her own fanciful interpretation.
The Hebrew word for “wilderness” is midbar, which is used over 250 times in the Old Testament. Midbar is normally translated as “pasture” or “uninhabited land”. It is used in the Bible as a descriptive term to designate a landscape devoid of human settlement. There is absolutely no judgment associated with the word itself. In our culture, wilderness is given a protected status for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of subsequent generations of people and wildlife. Most of the people I know love going out to wild and unspoiled land to hike, hunt, fish, recreate, and yes, even pray. In the Bible, wilderness is where people were often commanded to go to meet, serve, and fellowship with God. (Exodus 3:18, 5:1, 7:16, 8:27, etc.)
God’s divine judgment is always associated with the behavior of people and often comes in the form of pestilence, plagues, wars, famines, or droughts. God repeatedly exercises His divine judgment by causing the desolation of the land directly under man’s feet, emptying and making barren the very ground previously under human cultivation, civilization, and/or occupation. The great flood of Noah destroyed a corrupt civilization and returned the world to wilderness. Divine judgment did not befall uninhabited land, it came against inhabited land and corrupt people. While wilderness and mountains are certainly not to be worshipped or used as a weapon as the REWILDING proponents do, neither should they be considered wasted space that must be subdued and subjugated according to someone’s warped interpretation of the dominion mandate.
The Bible confirms time and again that the very presence of God can be most profoundly experienced in wild and remote places. For example, Moses went up to the desolate mountaintop of Sinai to see God and receive the Ten Commandments. Jesus went up to the summit of the Mount of Olives to pray. And John the Baptist lived virtually his entire life in a remote wilderness. For Beisner to claim that wilderness is somehow inherently evil, or is associated with divine judgment, is absurd.
Try and understand the eternal and spirtiual implications of Beisnser’s errant dominionist theology.
“We affirm that a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between God’s placing Adam in the Garden to cultivate and guard it (Genesis 2:15) and God’s commanding Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth and subdue and rule everything in it (Genesis 1:28) entails a growing population that spreads out from the Garden to till the whole Earth and transform it from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city (Revelation 21:2; 22:1-3).”
Think about what Beisner is saying in this sentence: “A growing population that spreads out FROM the Garden to till the whole Earth and transform it from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city.” Forget for a moment that mankind was actually kicked out and banned from the original “Garden of Eden”. Beisner asserts that it is mankind’s sacred duty to recreate, through hard work and his own innate ingenuity and technological creativity, conditions similar to the original Garden (of Eden) here on the earth. He references his vision of creating the ideal “garden city” directly to the “new Jerusalem” of Revelation 21:2 and 22:1-3.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” [Rev 21:2]
Scripture should always be read in context, but even when we read this single verse by itself, a couple of things stand out. Notice that the “new Jerusalem” is not something man creates or builds himself, but as the scripture says, “comes down from God out of Heaven”. Obviously, it is God who creates and prepares the New Jerusalem, not man. The scripture declares that God prepares it just as He does the new heaven and the new earth, with the same care that a “bride is adorned for her husband.”
The dominionists believe that the “bride” reference in this particular passage refers to Christian believers who are following the dominon mandate by building a global civilization that must be completed before Christ can return. Yet the scripture cited does not say anything of the sort. In fact, it says quite the opposite. God is preparing a place for us, we are not preparing a place for Him. In confirmation that this is indeed the case, Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” [John 14:2]
Well, I certainly don’t want to bore the reader, but bear with me just a little longer. Let’s look at a one last example where Beisner misuses scripture to support his dominionist views.
“We affirm that in response to man’s sin God cursed the ground so that it would not, as before sin, yield easily even to godly dominion/cultivation, let alone to ungodly, abusive domination (Genesis 3:17-19), and indeed subjected the whole cosmos to decay and corruption until He restores it partially in history by obedience to the dominion mandate (Genesis 1:28), whether by the unregenerate through common grace (Matthew 7:11) or by the regenerate through special grace (Romans 8:18-24) , and fully in the New Heavens and New Earth of the eschaton (Revelation 21:1-3, 22-27; 22:1-5), all secured by the redeeming work of Christ (Colossians 1:14-20).”
History is replete with the fall of democracies, dictatorships, and kingdoms. There is no evidence of what Beisner terms a “partial restoration of the earth in history”. There is not one shred of evidence to demonstrate that one group of people can impose their will, assume authority, or exert dominion over another group of people, and by so doing create a just and prosperous society that lasts beyond a moment of time. Eventually the worst attributes inherent in mankind leavens the whole loaf.
According to Beisner, the curse placed on man can be overcome and the world restored, at least partially, by “obedience to the dominion mandate.” I’m sorry, but I just don’t get that from my reading of scripture. Nor can I find the passage of scripture where Jesus tells his disciples to, “Go out and build a kingdom for me so that I may dwell there with you.” Maybe I’m just not reading the right translation.
My Bible provides countless examples of human beings misusing the power and dominion God has given them. Salvation is all about God providing an atonement for our sin; making a way for humanity to avoid experiencing what would have been the eternal consequences of our own free will. The only “work” that really matters was accomplished for us on the cross. So let the dominionists obsess over ruling this world, but don’t be fooled by their false promises or errant theology.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is NOT of this world” [John 18:36]. But the really good news is that in order to gain entrance into His kingdom we are not required to re-create the earth, build great monuments or enduring civilizations. The only thing God requires is faith, nothing more. [Eph 2:8,9]
In conclusion, let me just say again that wilderness is not something associated with God’s divine judgment. Anyone who has escaped city life by venturing out into some remote area to enjoy the serenity of a mountain or desert landscape, understands that such uninhabited places reveal the incredible beauty and intricate design of God’s creation.
The entire cosmos is an example of God’s infinite creativity and veiled majesty. Yet if this decaying old world impresses us, imagine how beautiful the new Heaven and the new Earth will be!