Jesus said in Luke 24:47 “…and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem…”
Is that the same thing as having influence and dominion over culture? In some Christian circles there are some preaching about the “7 mountains” of culture that Christians should influence, even overtake and control. Is this what Jesus meant?
The largest and most powerful church in history overtook the known world and established influence. They did it by force. The advocates of the “7 Mountain” philosophy say we do it by overtaking the world of Entertainment, Business, Media and others and thereby obtain enough money to spread Christendom.
Is this what Jesus had in mind?
In his address to a National Bible Conference in 1919, George E. Guille, of the Moody Bible Institute said this: “Religion is the domain of Satan’s influence. Not our holy Christianity, but the religion of Christendom. Thousands have mistaken the religion of Christendom for Christianity.” “Working in this sphere, Satan has robbed the church of her blessed hope-the coming of our Lord-and she is forsaking her divine commission to preach the gospel and bring sinners to Christ, and has gone at world-mending.”
In their efforts to rally the Body of Christ to righteousness, I’m sure many behind the pulpit mean well and have good intentions. Social grace and loving others is part of living in this world and cannot be denied as part of the Christian walk. Just read Romans 12-14 to find this is true. But, in these preachings we are also being told that thinking in terms of our unseen, Heavenly hope is reducing Christianity to something invisible. Well, 2 Cor. 4:18 tells us it IS invisible. And, 1 Cor. 1:9 tells us we can’t even imagine it.
So in our quest to “influence” the world for Christ, let’s not just “influence” the world. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to change men’s hearts by sharing with them the Blessed Hope of a future finalizing of the Holy Adoption process: Rom 8:23-25 “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
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