• "Kingdom Coming"

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Sunday, May 14, 2006 02:34:49
    Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism"

    Across the United States, religious activists are organizing to
    establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the
    growing right-wing movement.

    Editor's note: This is an excerpt from senior writer Michelle
    Goldberg's new book, "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian
    Nationalism. "

    By Michelle Goldberg

    05/12/06 "Salon" -- -- A teenage modern dance troupe dressed all in
    black took their places on the stage of the First Baptist Church of
    Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Two dancers, donning
    black overcoats, crossed their arms menacingly. As a Christian pop
    ballad swelled on the speakers, a boy wearing judicial robes walked
    out. Holding a Ten Commandments tablet that seemed to be made of
    cardboard, he was playing former Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy
    Moore. The trench-coated thugs approached him, miming a violent rebuke
    and forcing him to the other end of the stage, sans Commandments.


    Dominion theology comes out of Christian Reconstructionism, a
    fundamentalist creed that was propagated by the late Rousas John (R.
    J.) Rushdoony and his son-in-law, Gary North. Born in New York City in
    1916 to Armenian immigrants who had recently fled the genocide in
    Turkey, Rushdoony was educated at the University of California at
    Berkeley and spent over eight years as a Presbyterian missionary to
    Native Americans in Nevada. He was a prolific writer, churning out
    dense tomes advocating the abolition of public schools and social
    services and the replacement of civil law with biblical law. White-
    bearded and wizardly, Rushdoony had the look of an Old Testament
    patriarch and the harsh vision to match -- he called for the death
    penalty for gay people, blasphemers, and unchaste women, among other
    sinners. Democracy, he wrote, is a heresy and "the great love of the
    failures and cowards of life."

    Reconstructionism is a postmillennial theology, meaning its followers
    believe Jesus won't return until after Christians establish a thousand
    year reign on earth. While other Christians wait for the messiah, Reconstructionists want to build the kingdom themselves. Most American evangelicals, on the other hand, are premillennialists. They believe
    (with some variations) that at the time of Christ's return, Christians
    will be gathered up to heaven, missing the tribulations endured by
    unbelievers. In the past, this belief led to a certain apathy -- why
    worry if the world is about to end and you'll be safe from the


    Speaking to outsiders, most Christian nationalists say they're simply responding to anti-Christian persecution. They say that secularism is
    itself a religion, one unfairly imposed on them. They say they're the
    victims in the culture wars. But Christian nationalist ideologues
    don't want equality, they want dominance. In his book "The Changing of
    the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action," George Grant,
    former executive director of D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge
    Ministries, wrote:

    "Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy
    responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ -- to have
    dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life
    and godliness.

    But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
    It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
    It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
    It is dominion we are after.

    World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to
    accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we
    must never settle for anything less...

    Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest
    of the land -- of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts,
    and governments for the Kingdom of Christ."


    Full article at Information Clearing House http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13017.htm

    Cheers, Steve..

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