Are Christians Commanded to Overtake the World?

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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About set your mind

“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” Colossians 3:2. If that is a true command from God then join me in trying to do just that.
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2 Responses to Are Christians Commanded to Overtake the World?

  1. I remember reading lots and lots of posts from blogs and websites about “dominionism” and I just couldn’t figure out why they had such a problem with “taking the world for Christ” because to me it meant preaching the gospel. What Christian could have a problem with that? I remember clearly the day I (finally) made the connection that dominionism in it’s true form believes that we, Christians, must do all these things like “take back this” and “take back that” SO THAT Jesus could return.

    That realization put it in a whole different light.

    “So in our quest to “influence” the world for Christ, let’s not just “influence” the world.” So well said. Dominionism and the seven mountains mandate assumes institutions of culture can be redeemed. They believe the man made institutions of media, art, etc are part of the Kingdom that needs “taking back,” but no where in scripture does Jesus teach to go out and “take back” institutions. He says to go and preach repentance and the plan of salvation.

    When a person receives the truth of the gospel and the Lord’s work on the cross, they are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light Col 1:13. WE move spiritually. According to this scripture, one is either in the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of light. The believer is no longer of this world, and the Lord’s kingdom never was of this world. So if anything, there is a moving away from the cultural institutions of this world- being in them, but not of them. In fact, some translations use the terms “rescued us from the domain of darkness” in Col 1:13. This is a different impression than trying to bring cultural institutions back into the Kingdom of God.

    I am all for better morals and values being reflected in movies, politics, schools, art, etc. But these things are only reflections of what is in the heart of man. The heart is only changed by being reborn of the Spirit of God.

    And lets not forget this world with all it’s art, and media, and business infrastructure is going to be destroyed, so why would we “take it back?”

  2. Jeff says:

    No we are NOT Commanded to take over the world.

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