By Sandy Simpson, Deception In The Church
Be careful of those who teach about a “kingdom” that is not the same as what the Bible teaches.
There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place. I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word “kingdom”, the books they have been reading and recommend on building “the kingdom”, the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by “the kingdom”.
Biblical Christians need to understand that many of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Emergent Church, Church Growth, Word of Faith and other related movements are operating under a paradigm shift. Because of that when they use the word “kingdom” they do not have the same biblical concept of that word that biblical Christians do. Whether purposely or under the influence of the Zeitgeist, the “new breed” paradigm shifters use the word “kingdom” in order to lure people into their Dominionist/social gospel worldview. They know that most Christians love to hear about the “kingdom” so they act like they are talking to them in the unity of the Faith. But they are not.
This is an old trick of the false teachers and cults. They redefine certain words so that when they talk to biblical Christians they can sound like they are on the same page. For instance, the New Age cult called “Unity” did this years ago with many Christian terms and was able to lure in some people on that basis. Once you lure them in then you slowly brainwash them away from their former understanding of those terms into a new paradigm.
The first concept is called Kingdom “Kingdom Now (KN)” and the second we will call “Kingdom Come (KC)”. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). KN claims this prayer is about Kingdom Now. Biblical Christians understand this is referring to the Kingdom being first established in the spirits of born again believers (Col. 1:13) and finally physically established in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ when He returns (1 Cor. 15:24), since the dominion over the earth currently has been temprarily given to the devil (Luke 4:5-8, Eph. 2:2).
1Jo 5:19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
The KN people expect the Church to fulfill the “Lord’s Prayer” even though Jesus was not referring to the Church when He gave this example prayer to the disciples. This prayer is to be prayed to God the Father, not the Church. Jesus was primarily talking about KC, the physical Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Millennium when He comes again, because establishment of the physical Kingdom on earth is impossible because it is against God’s will at this time.
KN theology has been around for a long time. Those who have been spreading KN basically represent a whole number of denominations and movements.
Keep a keen ear ready to distinguish between those who talk about the “kingdom” and what they are actually teaching, whether it is KN or KC.
There are many arguments by KN teachers that they try to use to convince people of their position, but ultimately all those arguments end up being either entirely unbiblical or they twist Scripture to try to prove their points.
One argument KN promoters make is that we are to be light and salt, therefore we must populate every aspect of life in order to accomplish KN/Social gospel. They say that Christians must take over every aspect of life … businesses, government, all leadership positions, etc. But this is not only not taught in the Bible, how to live as light and salt in a fallen world was also practically demonstrated by the first century Church in Rome. Here is an example of how the first century church were being light and salt to their generation.
The Romans, during that time, were becoming ever more immoral. Because of the proliferation of prostitution and adultery in Rome, there were a number of unwanted pregnancies. It became a practice for Romans to take their unwanted babies out to the rocks around the city and leave them there to die in the hot sun. What did the first century church in Rome do? Did they go to the authorities and protest? Did they try to get laws past to forbid this practice? Did they try to get people of the government on their side? Did they try to populate the government with Christians? Did they protest in the streets and form public prayer meetings to “divorce Nero”? Did they make claims that they would rid the land of this practice? Did they try to “overthrow” the government of Rome? No. They simply went out, got the babies off the rocks, took them home, nursed them back to health, and kept them as their own children.
Instead of addressing social amorality from the top, true Christians deal with the problem from the bottom because that is the only solution that actually works. They live in the law of Christ, which is love, by demonstrating that in a practical way, thereby influencing people to find out what makes Christians different. Ultimately the Gospel is demonstrated then taught and people get saved.
*Sandy (also) included an excellent chart comparing Kingdom Now to Kingdom Come.