David J Keyser PhD

The Church Subdues The World – Dominionism

Seven Mountains Dominionism seeks to place Christians in control over the seven forces that shape and control our culture. In theory it was conceived in 1975 by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission. Many Evangelicals including Charismatics are now embracing Seven Mountains Dominionism. The areas are:

1. Business

2. Government

3. Media

4. Arts and Entertainment

5. Education

6. Family

7. Religion

The Dominionism of Theonomy is very similar. Theonomists claim that their methods rely solely on conversions, but that the Seven Mountains people seek to impose Christian values and leaders on others. Modern Theonomy was largely formed by Dr.Rousas Rushdoony.  

The areas of interest here are:

1. Education

2. Welfare

3. Local Government

4. State Government

5. Taxation

6.  Money and Banking

7. Free Markets

8. Courts

9. War and the Military

10. Executive Power.

The goals of The Dominionism of Theonomy appear to be very similar to the goals of Seven Mountains Dominionism.  This Dominionsim is not the same as Dispensationalism which has been largely formed and supported by:

John Nelson Darby,1800 – 1882, founder of the Darby School of Prophecy in Britain; in 1827 he conceived the doctrine of the “secret rapture”.

C.I.Scofield,1843 – 1921, editor of the Scofield Reference Bible.

  Therefore some say, “The secret rapture is in my Bible.”

Dwight L. Moody, 1837 - 1899, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.

Hal Lindsay, b.1929, author of The Late Great Planet Earth (1970) and others.

Tim LaHaye, b.1926, and Jerry Jenkins, b.1949, The Left Behind books are a series of 16 best-selling novels dealing with Christian Dispensationalist End Times.

An emphasis on the secret rapture tends to cause Christians to withdraw their witness to those around them because they believe that they are sneaking out secretly before the great tribulation begins.

The classical Pre-Millennial view, without the secret rapture, was the belief of the first several centuries of Christianity. It includes a strong emphasis on the necessity for Christian believers to witness for Christ. The Bible says, “Occupy till I come.” (Lk 19:13) It also says that all believers should be salt or be trodden under foot of men. (Mt 5:13) It also says, “if you confess me before men I will confess you before my Father . . .if you deny me before men I will deny you before my Father.” (Mt 10:32)