The Church’s Collective Amnesia that Occurs Every Election Cycle

There was an article floating around the internet recently claiming that Ted Cruz wanted us to “fight for Christ.”

Although I saw the phrase “fight for Christ” on any number of headlines, I never saw the actual quote from Cruz himself.

However, being a student of the internet, I’ve learned to always let headlines outrage me and never pursue further facts.

Although I can’t find his exact quote, knowing what I know about Cruz, it seems to make sense. As I showed yesterday, Cruz’s dad, a pastor, believes in Dominionism and the Seven Mountains Mandate.

The Seven Mountains Mandate “seeks to place Christians in control over the seven forces that shape and control our culture: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion.”

This movement has been related back to Bill Bright and Campus Crusade and Youth With a Mission. Francis Schaeffer is also mentioned as instrumental in the development of this idea. They put together the idea of these seven areas Christians need to get control of.

The Seven Mountains movement came along and taught that “if you can have those seven areas, you can shape and control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world.”

That being the case, Ted Cruz wants America to go back to its “founding principles.” America was hoped to be a shining city on a hill, which is always code word for Postmillennial teaching.

Postmillennialism believes that the church rescues society, making society good enough for Christ to come back. Most people ditched this belief during the World War I and II time of our country. But smaller groups, such as Seven Mountains, still believe the world is redeemable by people. This view is very similar to the Mormon take on life that drove Mitt Romney to almost be our president, whom many Christians were somehow cool with voting for.

Their objective is pretty clear, you can find it in the quote above: if you get control of these seven areas you can then “control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world.”

As H. L. Mencken once said, “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

People, in general, don’t want Christ to control and rule the world. No, they’d rather do that themselves. What more ego-satisfying belief is there than knowing Christ is depending on you to save the world!

Cruz and his family want to rule the world. Mr. Cruz’s father believes his son has been anointed by God to bring about this rule.

Mr. Cruz believes he has to fight to take control of these seven mountains of culture, he believes he has to fight to establish God’s Kingdom on earth.

This is all very fighty. It is also very contradictory to Jesus Christ who once said, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight,

Believers are supposed to fight off the lust of the flesh and the world. We’re supposed to fight the fight of faith, to lay hold on eternal life. We are supposed to put on spiritual armor and stand firm.

But there is no call, at all, in the New Testament for Christians to fight for God’s Kingdom. People don’t bring it in; Christ does. That’s kind of why it’s HIS KINGDOM.

Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world. We don’t fight for it. If we did, then we should celebrate the Crusades. Most Christians are content to blame the Crusades on folks who didn’t understand the Bible.

James says fighting happens when we look after the flesh. I agree with James. Unbelievers go after the things of this earth. Believers look to things above.

Why The Church collectively forgets this every election cycle is beyond me.

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5 thoughts on “The Church’s Collective Amnesia that Occurs Every Election Cycle”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for the great post. I became aware of the Seven Mountains/NAR about a year ago and have been following it at a distance since then.

    Supposedly the Seven Mountains has it’s roots in the teaching of Abraham Kuyper. It’s very likely that Loren Cunningham and Bill Bright got their ideas from Kuyper (see Neo-Kuyperian Spheres).

    If you are not already aware of them there are two sites which monitor this kind of stuff:

    * Herescope
    * Spirit of Error

    There is some really interesting reading on those sites.

    Thank you.

    Glenn

  2. Thanks Jeff for the post. As a post millennialist, I don’t hold to the seven mountains teaching. I’ve heard that out of the NAR but not from evangelical post millennialists such as Vic Reasoner or Kenneth Gentry. Reasoner actually demonstrates from both the Bible and church history how post millennialism encouraged the growth of the kingdom through the gospel (Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 20:1-6). Because Jesus has all authority (Matthew 28:18) His command is to take the nations through the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). No doubt our kingdom is not an fm this world but Jesus was not denying His kingdom but He was obviously telling Pilate that His kingdom is not of this world in the sense that His kingdom does nor derive its power from this world. Daniel 2:44 is clear that this kingdom will crush all other kingdoms and then the end shall come (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).

    My hope is in the victorious gospel that will conquer the nations by the power of the Spirit. I pray Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 6:10 on a daily basis.

    Well thank you for your blog and letting me voice my views. Most people f my friends are premillennialist. Even my wife rejects my views. 🤔. It is not a gospel issue and brothers should always keep that in mind (though I was told once that I’ll miss the rapture because I reject it).

  3. Well, you married a good woman! I want to make clear that not all Postmillennialists think they are tasked with taking over the world. Your sense of it seems to be resting on the power of the Gospel, whereas others, like the Seven Mountain Mandate, rest on the power of human achievement. There is a difference in approach that should be noted.

    I doubt that qualifications for making the Rapture cut are based on eschatological views. Then again, if it does, I suggest not taking the mark of the beast.

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