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The Problem With Kingdom Theology
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Written by Toby Brillon   
Saturday, 16 May 2009 00:00

I recently had a conversation with someone on the topic of Kingdom Theology.  Perhaps you are unfamiliar with this term/teaching but I am certain you have friends, family, or have seen a television preacher trying to live in this teaching.  Quite frankly, Kingdom Theology is pervading our culture.

At first, this teaching sounds good and perhaps even Biblical, but it has problems that you need to know about.

The basic teaching of Kingdom Theology is that the Kingdom of God is now.  You may sometimes hear this teaching called "Kingdom Now" or "Dominion Theology" as well.  Kingdom Now followers also believe that the salvation of Christ also includes total and complete healing from all infirmities, and the return of man's rule and reign on the earth now as was in the days of Adam and Eve before the fall.  Many actually believe that the death and resurrection of Christ actually restored the earth to its prefall state and Christians now simply need to rule and reign to see that effect.  If that were not enough there are some problems with Kingdom Theology that contradict clear Biblical teachings and open the door to rank heresy. 

The problem begins with a misapplication of Old Testament promises.  Simply put, Kingdom Theology takes the promises from the Old Covenant and applies them to Christians today.  The issue is that most of the promises in the Old Testament were for the nation of Israel only and would never apply to the heathen or gentile peoples.  Many of these promises, or blessings and curses, were instituted to seperate Israel from the heathen that surrounded or even lived in their midst.  God told Israel that if they lived according to His commands He would bless them and if they disobeyed His commands then He would curse them (Deut. 28).  This was all part of God's plan to bring the Gospel to fruition.  God was not "hoping" that Israel would keep these commands.  In fact God told Moses of the future disobedience to come after Moses' own death (Deut. 31:16-18).  I find it important at this point to remind you why God gave the law.  In Galatians 3:19-25 God tells us that the law was given as a schoolmaster so that people would find their way to Christ.  It is of uttermost importance to remember that the Bible is not just the Old Testament and the New Testament, rather, it is the complete revelation of God and we must read the whole Bible with our eyes on Christ.  The whole Book points to Christ!  It is only when we lose this perspective that we can get off-track in our theology and start thinking that Kingdom Theology even sounds reasonable.  When both Testaments of Scripture are kept in focus with Christ in the center then we can easily discern the error of this dangerous Kingdom Now theology. 

In their misinterpretation of Scripture the Kingdom Theology people apply all Old Testament blessings to the Christian today and they reject all of the curses. This is a convienient and necessary oversight for their viewpoint to stand.  You will often hear Deut. 28:12-13 quoted as victory in Jesus, "The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:". 

However, you will never hear them quote Deut. 28:15 which states that if one does "not hearken unto the voice of the Lord" and "observe to do all his commandments and his statutes" that "all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:".  It is noteworthy to mention that the next fifty-two verses list the curses that God would bring upon the one(s) that would violate His commands, not the least of these curses being, "The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.  The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:" (Deut. 28:27-28).  It is obvious to see why "Kingdom People"  would want to forget about the curses and simply focus on the blessings!  But the point is that most of the blessings of the Old Testament were for Israel and also had consequences if certain conditions were not met.  This is the exact reason why one cannot "cherry pick" the Old Testament because it is theologically unsound and hints at the misunderstanding of the completed work of Christ (Matt. 5:17).

So how do they get so tangled up in their thinking?

Perhaps you are wondering just how someone could think that they can live without sickness and live in a world just like the one that Adam and Eve inhabited before the fall.  Many people are lured into this teaching simply by the showmanship of the teachers that promote this thinking.  They are eloquent speakers and put on a good show.  Typically the shows are manipulative "feel-good" experiences, much like a rock concert.  The attendees leave feeling like they got their money's worth and have been delivered a message that eleveates themselves and leaves them wanting more which clearly violates John 3:30.  

This teaching leads to "charasmatic chaos".  Kingdom teachers today promote total healing at the expense of sound Biblical teaching.  They even go so far as to explain that if you are living with diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, etc, that you can be totally healed today, all you need is faith.  When you do not receive your healing they simply tell you that you do not have enough faith.  This is cruel and abhorrent teaching.  We must remember the reason that we have sickness and disease today is a direct result of the fall of man.  Sickness and disease fulfill the curse of God (Gen. 3:17-19, Deut. 28) and magnify the need for Jesus Christ, our Redeemer! (Gal. 3:13, 2 Cor. 5:21). 

Much of the misunderstanding stems from the misapplication of Isaiah 62.  Kingdom Theology takes this passage of Scripture and literally applies it to Christians today.  This is the downfall of their belief and the beginning of their heresy.

This passage cannot be applied to Christians today because it is a prophetic passage for Israel in relation to the second coming of Christ.  This prophecy must be seen in the light of the returned Messiah on His throne restoring His people (Israel) to Himself.  A simple reading of the Old Testament reveals that Israel did not keep the commands of God and He did curse and disperse them throughout the world.  Isaiah 62 is a prophetic passage in which Israel is restored and brought back into the presence of her bridegroom and Messiah, Jesus Christ, and cannot be applied to Christians today in a manner to promote living in a "Garden of Eden" today.  This passage is celebrating the returned Messiah setting all things in order and bringing His Kingdom to earth after His second coming.

So what is the biggest problem with Kingdom Theology?

So here it is..... the biggest problem of Kingdom Theology.  If we can live in the Kingdom now by ruling and reigning on the earth in victory devoid of all illness, then why do we need Jesus Christ to return at all?  I am not certain that the Kingdom People have thought their belief out to this end.  Have they looked around this earth?  If this is the Kingdom Now as they teach, then who would want it?  Personally, I need Jesus Christ to return.  I need Him ruling and reigning from His throne restoring all things (2 Peter 3:13).

I see Kingdom Theology as another attack on the Deity of Christ.  If you boil their teaching down they say you are a god and can command all things thereby diminishing the finished work of Jesus Christ (not to mention feeding man's number one sin - Pride).  We must never forget that we need Jesus Christ.  He is the only One that is worthy to "receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing" (Rev. 5:12).  We need to submit to Him as Lord, God, Saviour, and King.  Anything else is rebellion. 

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written by Rhieannon , May 20, 2009
As I am so niave to a lot of things I didn't realize this Kingdome Theology excisted. In what little I do know though, I can't imagine falling into a belief such as this. I think the biggest problem with any one person falling into a belief like this is lack of knowledge and lack of effort to seek the truth. If we are really listening to our Holy Spirit then there is no way we could believe in this, because we would read for our selves what is the truth and not be fooled.This is the purpose of our Holy Spirit, to guide us to the truth. As God also gave us free will allowing us to listen to our Holy Spirit or not.Many people today are blinded by thier PRIDE and are lazy as to caring about what is really truth or not. So, they settle for what someone will tell them in an attempt to feel that they are right with God,creating a false comfort or even salvation. This to me is the easy way out beacuse believing the truth is not easy at all and is one of the hardest things any one person will walk threw. We know that believing the truth means we are changing our whole perspective to Gods perspective and way of life. This is simply too much for some people to let go of. I am the worst at letting go because I hang on to what is comfortable and change is uncomfortable to me but when I finally do I know I'm right with the Lord and I am content knowing that. I hear my holy spirit though and he tells me what is ok even when I am not reading and sometimes I choose to ignore it and then I get into a mess. So many people today have muted the Holy Spirit christian, or not saved or not he is with us and he is constantly shouting for us to listen and telling us where to go,this is why those of us who do listen have to shout out with him so the he can use us to be heard threw all the worldly mess that is screaming to be louder then us. It is a constant battle.
written by Joshua Cook, May 23, 2009
I would agree completely with this article. The bible is a record of God's plan from creation to reconciliation focusing on Christ. However, I would call others to be careful when interpreting the old testament so as to not 'read' Jesus into every passage. Yes, the overall story points and leads to him, but some grammatical-historical method needs to be taken into account to make sure we aren't reading anything different, allegorizing, or typifying things that the original audience wouldn't have understood.

Great points are brought up here! Many people, especially on TV, need to start teaching others on how to study the bible correctly so others can go directly to the source and study the truth themselves correctly. Too bad I have never seen that happen. Keep the Word flowing Toby!
written by Aaron Perkins, July 18, 2009
Bravo,Toby! Not to take the light off of Jesus, but you make me proud with each video and article you post. Keep up the Fire!
written by Joshua , August 19, 2009
Hi I just googled Kingdom theology, and I came upon your site. I first want to tell you
that I agree with you here. I just graduated from University of the Nations or Ywam and they taught a lot on Identity and about Kingdom Culture/theology. I am also a student attending a Baptist seminary. I first would like to address your article. I believe you are right to disagree over the points you made in your article, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water, or better yet eat the meat and throw out the bone. You did state in the first paragraph that perhaps somethings that they believe are biblical, and I think that would be something that you should address. I understand truth matters and it should be discussed, but it should be done in manner to build up and not tear down. Jesus is the head, we are the body. Its really not about us but its all about him. I really don't know who you talked to. But I do believe that God is capable of doing anything. I believe that the greatest miracle, that gods power is still here is that people are still being saved. People who lived totally for themselves are now living a life for god. Its say in Matthew when Jesus was talking about how hard it is for a rich person to enter heaven, and peter said then who could be saved, it is all based on gods power. Nothing can limit god. How can someone make this sort of commitment to god without their emotions. Without being subjective? The truth of gods word is supposed to bring them to the cross, but its gods love that saves them. Gods grace or love is not only a feeling, but it is what we place our faith in when we come to Christ. This is not only a thought, but this is what renews our mind, from the problems and the pressure of the world. I do not believe in naming and claiming it. But I do believe in the relationship that we should have with our father. I think the church sometimes gets to caught up in the program or the agenda that we forget to just sit or kneel and worship god for who he is. I do agree with you on everything you said. I just disagree with your intention, we should be able to exhort those around with love and the truth. If anyone else reads this article what would they think. Lets not divide over theology, because theology didnt save us, but god the father gave his only begotten son that whoever believe will not perish but have everlasting life. For god did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him they might be saved. This is God Heart for people and we who are in christ should think and feel the same. God will bring judgement, so let him do it. We are all nobody worshiping jesus who is the somebody.
written by Ponce Leon, August 30, 2009
I don't know about all of that Kingdom stuff that you are talking about, but the Bible says when you were born again you were placed into the Kingdom of Christ...

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Notice the word "hath" that word is in the past tense, as in it has already happened. Here is another...

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Notice where in the Kingdom of God is located... In the Holy Ghost, and if you are born again the Holy Ghost is in you. That means the Kingdom of God is in you.

Now we can understand why Jesus said this...

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

These are just a few of many verses and statements made in the New testament that we can refer to.

We do our greatest work and honor to Jesus when we are Kingdom minded. Look at the following verse...

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Note that Jesus said the first thing we are to do is seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness.

You see, if you live in a Kingdom, you know and understand that ALL Glory, Honor and Praise is willingly yielded to the King. Life is utterly lived for the King, and He reigns supreme in all things. Life revolves around the King!

So, don't completely tear something down, when as Joshua pointed out, you said that Kingdom Theology is not all bad.

Don't tear down build up. Love you in Christ brother!

written by Ted Kaake, March 20, 2010
I found your article while doing a Google search on Kingdom Theology. I attend a Vineyard Church and the Vineyard as a movement embraces Kingdom Theology. Kingdom Theology as embraced and expressed in most Vineyard churches is best articulated by George Eldon Ladd, who was a baptist minister and taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Derek Morphew of South Africa.
I would point out that there seems to be a distinct difference between Kingdom Theology and Dominion or Kingdom Now Theology. Kingdom Theology takes sees an "already" and "not yet" aspect to the Kingdom. The Kingdom is defined as the rule and reign of God. The Kingdom is "already" as we as believers submit to the Lordship (authority of the King) in our daily lives. The Kingdom is "not yet" in that it will not see final fulfillment until Jesus returns and establishes his kingdom in its fullness here on the earth. Ladd, in his book "The Gospel of the Kingdom" lays out a view Kingdom eschatology that fits quite neatly in a dispensational view of eschatology.
Your description of Kingdom Now or Dominion Theology does not describe what we hold to within the Vineyard. While we do believe that God heals today, we do not believe that healing is guaranteed in this lifetime because we live as citizens of the Kingdom.
Wikipedia has an excellent article on Dominion and Kingdom Now theology that indicates that "All strains of Dominion Theology are small minorities, and are rejected by most mainstream Christian establishments as radical (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Theology)."
I highlight this because I agree with your critique of Kindgom Now/Dominion Theology and would hate to see someone reject Kingdom Theology because of confusion or misunderstanding. It must be noted that wikepedia's article on Kindom Theology also blurs the line a bit.
Perhaps a good summation would center on three thoughts. First, George Eldon Ladd was not rejected or considered radical by evangelical Christianity, therefore it is safe to say that he did not teach or espouse a theology that was rejected as radical and outside mainstream evangelical theology. Second, Kingdom Now/Dominion Theology is rejected and is radical. Third, though the two share some common theological thought, that does not make them synonymous. Most Baptist churches would hold in common many of the same things that Kingdom Theology and Kingdom Now Theology hold in common.
Let us live as citizens of God's Kingdom today, seeking to expand the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of people (done by sharing the gospel and discipling those who give their lives to Christ) while we look forward to the fulfillment of the Kingdom in the return of Christ.
written by H Allen, April 12, 2010
It is apparent that half truths always accompany false doctrine. There is just enough in Kingdom Theology that is biblical. When the emergent church emerged I was intrigued. I do believe that our salvation should be evident in what we do, and how we live. But as I have studied Kingdom Theology what is scary is that this same doctrine laid the foundation for anti-semitism in Germany. If we believe the church has replaced Israel, we are gravely mistaken. God's covenant with Israel will be kept because God made the covenant with himself on Israel's behalf. God's covenants are always kept for His glory not because we have earned them.
I have read comments here that chide the author for bringing this up. To address falsehood in doctrine is not unloving, it is calling the church back.
written by Jona, April 13, 2010
Hello! I found your article via a web search.

Are you sure that you're not confusing Kingdom Theology with Dominion or Word of Faith Theology?

From what I've heard, the Kingdom Theology folks hold that the Kingdom is "Already here" while, "not fully - yet".

Consider this: Aren't we in a period of transition? Colossians says that Jesus disarmed the powers and principalities. Don't we have authority in Jesus' name? Yet, our planet doesn not look like it should, hence, the "not yet" aspect of our times.

Jesus did announce the arrival and imminency of the Kingdom, the basileia, the rule and reign of God. He mentioned that if He casted out demons by the finger of God, "Then the Kingdom has come upon you", or others would say, "in your midst". Isn't that God ruling and reiging over the devil and His work?

John announced that the Kingdom, the reign and rule was "at hand", that the "axe was already at the root of the tree".

Can the following make sense?

1. Kingdom Theology is NOT Dominion Theology

2. Yes, the Kingdom is here, but not fully here, meaning, God is progressively, through the church, through the Holy Spirit, through the Word, because of Jesus' work, reigning and ruling, reconciling hearts and minds to himself, however the job is not finished.

And if those two make sense, is "Kingdom Theology" wrong?

Thanks for starting dialogue. Oh, and your website has a nice fresh look, too.

written by David, May 19, 2010
I found these comments interesting as I grew up in a very conservative circle of Christians who looked on Kingdom Theology as a tool of the enemy to distract people. Today I go to a church that believes in this theology and haves seen fruit that those who believe in it can acheive what they believe while those in other circles who don't...won't. Jesus could of said anything when he outlined for us the Lord Prayer but he chose to put in there "thy kingdom come, they will be done as on earth as it is in heaven". The bottom line simplified is, if you don't expect much then you won't get much and therefore you won't be dissappointed but my goal is I would have rather tried and failed then not try at all. We all have a part in this kingdom and may the Lord enable us all to walk in the authority he has given us so we can be effective for our king as we submit to HIs authority.
written by Stephen Smith, June 30, 2010
I would say amen to the above. I do not believe any of the so called Dominion theology or "name it and claim it" or any such aberrant heterodox theology. But please hear this, the Kingdom of God is one of the major themes of Christ's teachings. Just use your Bible software or the good old Strong's and see how many times it mentioned in Mark and Luke (in Mathew parallel passages - the Kingdom of heaven). It is not synonymous with God or heaven but is rather the rule of God on earth. "Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". It is spoken of by our Lord in future tense and in present tense. Jesus ushered in the Kingdom and His Kingdom has been growing ever since. It certainly includes the proclamation of the good news of salvation through the blood shed for us on the cross. It also includes any other thing that is God's will. Look at what Jesus said was His mission statement. Luke 4:18,19 and how He carried it out Acts 10:38. How He taught the twelve to proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick Luke 9:1,2 and 72 others Luke 10:9 10:17,18 and to teach all disciples to come to do the same Mathew 28:20. The proclamation of the good news with healing - the Kingdom rule of God expanding on earth. Nothing could be more biblical.

written by Jon, August 01, 2010
I appreciate this article, but sadly this viewpoint is being promoted by many within the ranks of the Republican Party. Not only do they errantly view OT blessings applicable to today's age, they are naive in their thinking that the U.S. is a theocracy, which the Nation of Israel was in the OT. A few who hold this position are Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and many mare. Interesting when one considers the deceptive nature of Satan and the nature of the anti-Christ.
written by Rickie, September 03, 2010
Shame on you Jon, all the comments before your post seemed to be from honest belivers attempting to better understand their faith, but then you had to throw political, wordly, nonesense into it.
written by Ginger, September 13, 2010
First let me say to Jon that Sarah Palin has never to my knowledge said that the U.S. was a, "theocracy". It is a, "nation under God". That's not the same. A nation without God will surely fail.
Having said that, I will share my experience with the "kingdom" teaching. Some years ago myself & my husband were led to go to bible studies at a women's home with other friends. As time went by we realized that something was wrong with some of her ideas. She actually said, "Jesus in you & Jesus in me, and that's the ONLY Jesus you're ever going to see". I am waiting to see the one & only Jesus so that did not go over well with me at all. When I asked her about the second coming of Christ, she basically said "He's not coming back, He's already here...in us". I would not go along with this error so she eventully threw us out. LOL It is sad that people who are caught up in this false doctrine are so proud they refuse to see the error of it. The devil is working overtime to deceive people & I am amazed that so many are being led astray. God help us!
written by Kathy S-J, September 16, 2010
Have you heard of the course focused on missions, at home or abroad, called PERSPECTIVES? I was going to take the course but read some sample assingment articles and it seems to me that Replacement Theology and maybe Kingdom Theology is being promoted. Abraham is talked of alot, but it seems Christ and the cross is rarely spoken of in the literature I read. "Creation Care' is also pushed in one article by Wright. Did I discern correctly or am I wrong? The web site is perspectives.org
written by Angel Marcano, November 05, 2010
1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Luke 10:19 I have given you AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to OVERCOME ALL the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under YOUR feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

1 John 3:8 . . . The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil‘s work.

Mark 6:7 . . . Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them AUTHORITY OVER evil spirits.

Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to US in your name.”

Matthew 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you BIND on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go. . . .”

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
written by Dan, January 27, 2011
Unfortunately the author completely obfuscates the theology of G. E. Ladd. I use "obfuscate" with intent as it implies a casuistic intent to deceive. The author has, apparently due to a failure to study the issue be writes about, has confused the Kingdom theology of Ladd with the Kingdom now teachings of Dominion theology. The teachings of Ladd and those espoused by the Vineyard are antithetical to Dominion teachings. I do not mind honest and truthful challenges to my fundamental theology, as on truth I look for correction at every turn.
written by Trey Davis, February 23, 2011
I stumbled across your site and found your comments very interesting. First off the true "Kingdom Theology" teaches that God is the King and we are citizens of His Kingdom. Gen 1:26 says God gave man "dominion" in the earth, so this is not heresy but bible. It is a shame when someone does not take the time to study and show themselves approved they instead diregard scripture and then go onto twist scripture until it is completely confusing to the unlearned. God is not the author of confusion. If you'd like I would love to discuss the real meaning of Kingdom Theology not as a debate but so WE can get an understanding of what Jesus meant in Matthew 24:14, "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." and help usher in His return. God bless
written by Joe, March 09, 2011
Re: Perspectives & Kingdom Theology. During my time in the course, I visited the "World Center for Missions" and talked to Dr. Ralph Winter. He recall that he strongly advocated that Christians need to be more involved in throwing back Satan - by eliminating malaria, polio, and other ills that may be within our grasp. I believe this fits into the mold of Kingdom Theology. I agree these are good things for us to do but I don't believe Satan's curse will be removed before Christ's return and I don't believe Christ's return depends on our good works in any way.
written by Dan, May 17, 2011
I'm not going to argue with or for your position. But I do want to point out that confusing the teaching(s) of Ladd or Dodd on the kingdom with kingdom now or dominion theology is completely incorrect.
written by Val, June 19, 2011
I have recently been gaining an understanding of Kingdom Theology and it has been amazing to see how it actually brings hope and relevance to the New Testament teachings on the power Christ for the world today. It does not deminish His teachings in any way. I agree with the other posts in that I would like to suggest that one does an indepth study and gain understanding in this subject FIRST before deciding that it is unbiblical. As is the case with many good teachings, there is an element that will distort and misunderstand as is the case with Kingdom Now teaching. There are many who have taken Christian doctrine to the extreme or built a cult around part of the truth. This does not mean Christian teaching is wrong! And so it is with Kingodm Theology. Go and take the time to understand it fully, it will bring the gospel to life and bring hope to this world that is relevant and necessary!
written by Tara, July 03, 2011
Thank you commenter Dan and the others who point out that Kingdom Theology (Ladd) is not related at all to the beliefs or points stated in the article,and what is apparently Kingdom Now or Dominion Theology. Simply stated, the Kingdom is both "already" and "not yet". Kingdom Theology does not teach that people who aren't healed lack faith. Sometimes God chooses to miraculously heal sickness and sometimes He chooses not to heal. I do hope people will look further into this - actually Wikipedia is a good place to start.
written by Francis Sewell, October 14, 2011
Toby, you said those who speak of the blessings of Deut. 28, never mention the curses starting with verse 15.

Yes, there were curses for not keeping the law, but you must remember Galatians 3:13-16, it says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, and that we who are in Christ, are heirs of the blessing of Abraham.

So i agree with that part of the "kingdom now" movement, I just don't believe the bible teaches that the church stays here to bring all the nations into the Kingdom before Jesus comes back, because the bible teaches a different sequence of events.
written by Brillon, Toby, October 14, 2011
@Francis Sewell - the "curses" comment was a "tongue in cheek" poke at the prosperity preachers that claim the Old Testament blessings (that applied to Israel), yet reject Old Testament cursings (that also applied to Israel).
written by Jeff, December 24, 2011
The problem I see with Replacement Theology is this:

When the disciples's asked Jesus if He would "...at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel"? (Acts 1:6) And Jesus responded by saying; "...it is not for you to know the times or the seasons..."

Jesus stayed with His disciples for 40 days after the Crucifixion, twelve days after He ascended the Church was born, if the Church today represents the kingdom of God, why did Jesus say "...it is not for you to know the times or the seasons..." indicating that they wouldn't see the reestablishment of the kingdom during their lifetime?

If the kingdom of God was going to be reestablished in the Church twelve days after His Ascension, how could Jesus say: "...it is not for you to know the times or the seasons..." It simply doesn't make any sense.

The kingdom of God and the Church must be two totally different entities.
written by wesley, December 31, 2011
Man is given a sort of provisional sovereignty to carry out the commands of Jesus. This was given to us by God the absolute sovereign by no merit of our own. In the old and new testament, man is charged with exercising their delegated authority to destroy the works of the devil. "Luke 9
1Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." By saying this and other commands of our Lord were intended only for the disciples would eliminate Paul from the picture whom God granted special miracles to be wrought. Is salvation only for the twelve? Does not Galations 3:7 teach that "those who believe are children of abraham" and 3:29 say "And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise."
Those who embrace these truths are often seen as militant and radical in their service to God which in my opinion is reminiscent of what I read about George Whitfield. Even William Booth started the Salvation Army which involves rank and order, a culture of honor. This seems cultish to most but if you are serious about the commands of the Lord, it simply lends you to become more disciplined. If you have faith then you WILL have good works, that is as practical as it is spiritual. After you have prayed for Gods intervention in a matter, go and be Gods intervention in someone's matters.

King James Version

1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

3Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

4Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

5They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

7But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

8Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

I would suggest the attitude of Gamaliel to those who oppose this thinking. If its FRUITFUL in ANY arena, then who are you to oppose it. Pray that God would prune the unfruitful branches, don't set yourself to chop down the tree.

written by David, March 20, 2012
Jesus first words in his ministry were "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". "Let this

mind be in you which is was also in Christ Jesus". It is not about us - there is only ONE. It

takes your acknowledgment (faith) to enter into the Holy of Holies that was opened to us through

Jesus Christ.
Sermon on the Mount (Constitution of the Kingdom) ends with 2 approaches. Those who live

according to the tree of knowledge of good and evil and those who live according to the tree of

It is really pretty simple - acceptance of the kingdom in child like faith (Mk 10:15) OR
"he which is filthy, let him be filthy still".
"He that hath an ear, let him hear..."
written by James, April 23, 2012
Strange that in your critique of Kingdom theology you leave out all that Christ said. (and boy did He say a lot!!)
written by Jamie Oehme, May 02, 2012
I am a student of Kingdom Theology and I find it strange the things I am learning in my class do not coincide with what you are saying we believe. We do believe in the Kingdom here, but not yet. We do use Deut. 28:15, it was in tonight's lesson.

Kingdom Theology is not Dominion Theology. As a matter of fact we are told not to confuse the two.

We do not believe all of the blessings are available today. We do believe they are available when Jesus will rule and reign, which is why we have the anticipation of the Kingdom, not yet.

The Kingdom here is that God is present with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is present for leading, guidance, comfort and more... the Kingdom now.

I don't see any references to the words of Christ in your article that do pertain to the Kingdom here and Kingdom not yet.

This article would appear that you think you know what you're teaching... Sad.
written by George, May 10, 2012
Hey - I think you have gotten a little mixed up. Kingdom theology does not teach the Kingdom is now, but that when we pray for healing/miracles, a taste of future perfection evades it's way into the present. When Christ returns, this is when the kingdom of God is realised. What you are talking about is 'Kingdom Now Theology'. (for full definitions see this link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_theology

I thiknk you might need to change the wording of this article so you don't cause people confusion. Kingdom theology is a very sound doctrine and is held by many evangelical Christians (mainly in the Vineyard movement).
written by Pamala, July 09, 2012
Actually, This article is refering to the 'Faith Word' movement or the 'Kingdom Now'. Faith Word is a 'name it and claim it' type of theology. The Kingdom was taught by Christ himself more than 150 times. Upon Yeshua's appearance, the Kingdom of God was introduced. It will not be fulfilled untill his second coming. The above comment written by George is correct. The kingdom is now, but we must await the future fulfillment of it. You are either in the 'Kingdom of the world' or the 'Kingdom of God'. There are no other choices. A spirit filled believer should be able to clearly feel the diffrence.
written by Steve Abbott, November 01, 2012
You mistake Kingdom Now, or Dominion Theology with Kingdom Theology as held by folks such as the Vineyard Churches. Read more widely please.
written by Julie S, December 23, 2012
I am all for the 'now' and 'not yet' of the kingdom. However when I have heard Kingdom Theology taught it hardly seems to give a mention to the scripture that says you will not see the Kingdom of God coming here or there, (this side of life), for it is within you.

"The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21

There is alot of emphasis on the 'now' of the kingdom through healings etc which is great but the real kingdom has come when we are born again and submitting our lives to Christ and we are full of his Holy Spirit thus displaying the fruit of the spirit.

In churches that teach this there seems to be an imbalance of emphasis. A lot of teaching on moving in the supernatural but not much on putting Jesus first in your life, making him Lord and the practical out workings of being led by the Holy Spirit (outside of signs and wonders) and putting Jesus teachings into practise ( e.g the sermon on the mount) or repentance or pursuing holiness.

It is possible to heal people in Jesus name but the Kingdom not actually having come within you. If this is not made clear then when people move in the supernatural they can think that that is Gods blessing and that they are saved.
You have the scripture that says you healed in my name etc but on that day I will say I never knew you. Matt 7:22
Also Judas Iscariot would have performed many miracles.

Based in NW London, UK;
PS Tried to create an account but was unable.

written by Lucas, February 22, 2013
Hello guys. Did not manage to read all the comments. In my opinion, I think the author should realize the difference between Kingdom theology, kingdom now theology, which I think he is confusing with Kingdom theology and then there is the Dominion theology. Kingdom theology is somewhat very different from the others.
written by carol, May 24, 2013
just read ALL the comments, and was surprised there were so many...thats good..people are thinking and wanting truth.
Since I'm over 70 yrs old, and been in ministry for so many years, and lived in so many countries..with lots of experience. this is my comment:
I have encountered many types and styles of teachings..I was raised Assembly of God.. we pastored a baptist charismatic church...now we pastor an international independent church..with people from many nations. I've been with AGLOW for a long time, read all the charismatic articles, plus the more fundamental ones. Without a doubt, we need the discerning power of the HOLY SPIRIT to discern which is correct teaching. Many times we THINK it is the Holy Spirit, but really it is our "cultural training and mind set" that is rising up. It's difficult to tell the difference.
Lining things up with Scripture is best....but even then, there are different verses can be used in different ways..how well the devil knows how to do that!!!
By prayer, waiting on the Lord in prayer, WAITING and watching...and measuring things out..studying the Scripture alot....Eventually, .The Holy Spirit, who lives within you, will make you feel uncomfortable about something being taught. You may never know exactly what it is....but somehow you know it's SOMETHING. So, you just sort of back away a bit from the teaching.......or embrace it...either way.
As a pastor, I must also warn people against a wrong teaching...but
only when I've thoroughly checked it out. I would rather put all the emphasis on the Bible and WHO JESUS IS. If we focus totally on HIM, things will come into order...His WORD will be REVEALED in a fresh way each time we read it. Thanks for all you sisters and brothers out there...............
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written by Doug, September 13, 2013
The gospels of mathew mark Luke and John are all taught for Jews
We are under Grace which Paul taught when reading the bible you have to look at who the Audience is.
What did Jesus say about Gentiles? Did he not call Gentiles dogs? He called Gentiles dogs because his message pre cross was for the Jews
written by Rabba Laurel, October 03, 2013
Shalom, I have been watching and warning about Kingdom Now, Dominion Theology for a few years...What we need to see is more scriptural reasons showing why their theology is wrong. It is evolving, as you said, to man-as-god, and some are dismantling the scriptures; attacking Apostle Paul as a false teacher and such. What do we do with the Book of Revelation especially the end of the story? It cannot fit into their teaching. What breaks my heart is to see people who were once following sound Biblical teaching have been seduced into this movement. I think the catalyst is the music. It sways peoples thinking by the lyrics into to un- Biblical themes that "sound" right. When you pull in some top figures that people have come to trust (Never trust in man) you pull many of the people with them because they trust their judgment, like these public figures ought to know. Each one of us is responsible to know for ourselves. Scripture is downplayed, doctrine is not as important as "experience", but without sound doctrine you have Laodicea. I believe this is a prophetic description of the Church today in Apostasy, the Falling away. What is amazing to me is the 7 mountain vision of conquering the 7 spheres of influence in society. That is right out of the Book of Revelation about the Beast system and the Harlot on 7 hills. Yeshua told us His Kingdom is not of this world. How can we build God's kingdom on the back the devil's system? Yeshua/Jesus said "Behold, I come quickly" Be ready Saints! Shalom.
written by Glendon, October 07, 2013
To get a better understanding of Kingdom Now and last days deception, I suggest a study of Preterism and the subtle infiltration of deceptive doctrines into the Church. Kingdom Now is an error doctrine that insists that the Church will take over the Kingdom of the world without the help of Jesus. At the root of it is they suggest that Jesus is not returning to earth, and that He has already returned in AD70!!!!!!
written by Ricardo, January 22, 2014
The religious spirit always opossed the move of the spirit and the restauration of biblical truths.
written by Carl Musch, April 20, 2014
Just wanted to say that I appreciate the distinction brought outin the dialogue between "kngdom and kingdom Now". Also I want to say that " Perspectives'' Is a great course and worth doing for anyone with a heart to see the world reaching with the Gospel. There is a condensed version call ''Karos"... not to be confused with the prison ministry . Check out Kai roscourse.org
written by cindy, November 24, 2014
Be very careful with your interpretation. Although the Old Testament, in your opinion, was only speaking to the Isrealites, who was Jesus, in the New Testament, talking to? Be very careful with spreading things you don't understand. If you are baptised in the Holy Spirit, let Him speak to you about this matter and listen. Just because some people don't understand that they have been taught wrong, doesn't mean that you have to accept that erroneous teaching. God bless you all.
written by Mike Maurice, December 26, 2014
The (Christian) Church constitutes a potential branch of the Kingdom not the whole.We will be able to enter it as companions of /becoming part of the Israel of the Messiah. This may sound daft to you but try applying it to scripture it is simple and it works in all cases including Ephesians 2 Romans 11, Mt 21;33-46.
written by shaun, August 29, 2015
I'm both a citizen of heaven and South Africa. I love the discourse and engagement around the issue of Kingdom teaching. My view is that few viewpoints contextualises both my spiritual and earthly locus as what Christ himself espouses extensively as kingdom thinking.I read the bible a few times over and see the kingdom principle pervading the bible from beginning to end.I'm however intelligent enough not to frame all of our Father, Son and the Holy Spirit to this paradigm. It definitely helped me to discover myself and make sense of our current world state and systemic oppression many third world nations still experience. And places Christians in their rightfull place, the head and not the tail of this generation.
written by Jeannie, September 20, 2015
Hello. I would like to begin by saying that I do believe in kingdom theology. However, all of the points that you have layer out do not correspond with that thinking. They're may be people who do believe these things, in which case, I would agree with what you say. However, this does not accurately describe kingdom theology.
ALL of the churches I have been a part of wholeheartedly look forward to the return of Christ to fulfill His kingdom mission. Kingdom theology does not believe that the kingdom is fully here and that all that is needed is for christians to rise up. It does believe in a great change following the resurrection of Christ. It does believe in eventual restoration for all of creation, meaning an eventual return to life before the fall, but this is only after the return of Christ and is for all peoples and the earth itself. It does not preach Israel's promises or curses as being for Christians today. The idea is that Christ died for a universal cosmic scale of healing to His creation and that His resurrection begins this process. This could be contrasted against the common christian belief that Christ died for our sins so that we could go to heaven. Kingdom theology believes He died for us on a personal and on a cosmic level. Furthermore, it believes in the Kingdom being here partially, meaning Christ has a church and his church makes up the kingdom; He has a mission to r store the world and we as the church get the priviliedge of being a part of it and can choose to help spread His kingdom by living countercultual lives as Christ did and bringing healing to others (helping the poor, fighting for sexual morality, racial reconciliation, and peace). History shows how much good has happened on a global scale since Christ's resurrection. For example, many countries are no longer in poverty as they once were. Racism isn't what it used to be and at least, on a political level, for the world powers it is heavily frowned on. There is a sense of common humane treatment. These things seem small when we look at all the evil currently surrounding us, but there was a time when the majority of the world was governed by horror and fear, poverty, cruelty, and beatings. On many levels we can see how much better off we are than even 100 yeas ago, let alone compared to the times of Christ. Kingdom theology believe that God is at work to continue to turn our sinful chaos into peace, and He can absolutely do this without any help, because Christ has already carried the cross, but He chooses to let us work with Him. He now makes good out of horrors like WWII. We are not fully in the kingdom yet, but we hope for the day it comes to fullness.
written by Henry Rappleyea, May 22, 2016
Slight misrepresentation in the OP: Not all believers of the Kingdom of Heaven Gospel believe the Kingdom is now as in completely here. It understands that the full body of Christ (church) is the Kingdom of God, he rules and reigns in us and through us, and we have been given authority as ambassadors of Christ to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth and Visa Versa. We do this by the laying of hands and praying for the lost, we demonstrate the power of God to the lost through Charismata and in doing so bring the lost to God as Jesus demonstrated his authority while preaching the Kingdom of Heaven. We believe that since Christ has all authority in heaven and earth than Christ who lives in us through the Holy Spirit is willing to continue his ministry in all of us. An example is spirit of adoption, which is God handing over his business of full restoration to his children. This means we have authority to take dominion over sickness, poverty, and give blessing. Some including myself have faith that we can actually give away the Holy Spirit to those in darkness, as was the case with Peter and the lame beggar at the beautiful gate in Acts. It also implies that we as children of God have authority to take domain over the Kingdom of Darkness and brink glory to Christ. These things were made possible by Christ's finished work on the cross, in which he broke down the partition between God and mankind in which we were granted access to our Heavenly Father. We believe that we are already seated on the throne with Christ in the Spirit for eternity but in the flesh we live hear on earth. This means that in our spirit we can send down things of heaven to use as resources here on earth. While many confuse this with name it claim it word of faith, the difference is that these things were given to us as inheritance to bring glory to Christ, not for our own gain. There is much more implied but it really is biblical based, most of its teaching is scripture to scripture with interpretation revealed by the Holy Spirit. Each persons experience with God is different so we often end up talking for hours about what God is showing us in scripture and the things he is doing through us. Lots of celebrating and thanksgiving takes place, because we love to watch God do his work of Physical and Spiritual restoration. A very big part of our theology is the anti-dualism where we believe things of the Spirit are just as real and important as the physical. I hope this helps, really we mean you no harm we are on the same side, our prayer is that all of the church would start to understand their identity in Christ.
written by Kingdom Minister, February 10, 2017
All of you who are against the Kingdom message are saying making the central message of Jesus who you are trying to explain IS NOT THE MESSAGE.You are misleading people and all you are saying shows that satanic people like you are fighting the most powerful word that the devil is scared off.How in the hell do you challenge the central message of Jesus Christ?Who are you to correct the Master himself?
written by Bryan, March 19, 2017
The oldest trick in the book to discredit an imaginary opponent in debate is to build a straw man. The ONLY message Jesus preached was that the Kingdom of God is near, demonstrating it with signs and wonders. This article is bereft of reason, true research & biblical basis. Give me a break.
written by kddlporter, July 08, 2017
The article is spot on. Jesus is the word of God (John 1 kjv) , and the prophecy of Jesus is the theme of all the word of God. Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

We are not Jesus. We can know him by the word of God as he taught...but we cannot 'experience' him because he is God. Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Our commission given by Jesus Christ is not to be 'building' the kingdom of God: the deluded builders & those attempting to take it by force wrest that now as the Pharisees, Sadduccees and Herodians did then. Our commission is to take out the word of God to every creature, beginning with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the scriptures, and teaching them to study & mature in the right division of that word, right relating with and through it, going on to teach others etc, including strong elements of warning of the great falling away & delusion to come before his return to judge the nations & establish his millennial reign from Jerusalem: 1 Corinthians 15. 1 Timothy 4. 2 Timothy 2-4, Revelation kjv.

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Mt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Joh 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Furthermore, the apostolic signs and wonders were in place as markers until the perfect and complete word of God was given. Even in the lifetime of Paul he was giving medicinal advice to Timothy, and speaking of other illnesses that were not healed. See 2 Peter 1 where Peter sets forth the supremacy of the word of God over signs and wonders, and 2 Thessalonians 2 concerning the lying signs and wonders to come upon the presumptuous & haters of truth & the doctrine of Christ.

2Pe 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
2Pe 1:19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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