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Now you would say, boy, that's a pretty hopeless thing, well, but Peter didn't say that. He said, "Seeing that these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversations and godliness?" He said, "The day of the Lord is coming in which the heavens will be rolled up like a scroll. The elements will melt with a fervent heat," and so forth. And that in fact, Peter says, ought to motivate us to holy living, to turn totally

21. Gary North, None Dare Call It Witchcraft (AfewRochelle,NY: Arlington House, 1976). This has been updated as Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism (Ft. Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1986). See especially Chapter 11 for a critique of Dave Hunt's eschatology.

from this world, from the materialization and all of the ambitions, and so forth, to a hope in the heavenlies, in a new creation, and it ought to motivate us to godliness. But these people are saying "no, the motivation we need is the desire to build, to reconstruct planet earth, to realize that ecologically we've got problems." I mean we should be concerned about all that. I'm not denying that, but that's not our hope; that's not the primary goal of the church: social transformation. But the primary goal is to save souls, and to bring men to the cross of Jesus Christ, and I feel- I don't feel, I'm convinced- that the kingdom-dominion teaching is playing into the hands of the very lie that turns us from the cross and from the gospel and the true solution to a humanistic idea, but all done in the name of Jesus Christ, and for good cause.22

Even the idea of cleaning up the earth is a socialistic New Age deception, in Dave Hunt's view. He is quite specific about the link between the New Age Movement and ecology:

But forgetting that for the moment, people will say, Well I mean, you know, whether we are going to be taken to heaven, or whether the kingdom is on this earth, or, you know, whether we are going to be raptured, or whether we are not going to be raptured, those are future events. Let's not worry about that; let's unite in our common concern for our fellow man," and so forth. That opens the door to a very deceptive lie which literally turns us from heaven as our hope to this earth, which is at the heart of the kingdom-dominion teaching, that we- man - was given dominion over this earth, and the problem is that he lost the dominion to Satan, and the big thing is that we need to regain the dominion. . . . But it opens the door to a marriage with New Age beliefs, as you know, with humanistic beliefs, so that we will all be joining together in working for ecological wholeness, working for peace, working for prosperity, because we are not concerned about heaven, or the return of Christ, or the Rapture, but we

22. Dominion and the Cross, Tape #2, in Dominion: The Word and NewWorld Order.

have got to be concerned about earth, the threat of ecological collapse, the threat of a nuclear holocaust.a

Here we have the continuing historical theme in all traditional Christian pessimism: the radical separation of heaven and earth, which necessarily implies the increasing connection between hell and earth. The pessimists are promoting the spread of Satan's imitation New World Order when they protest the validity of Christ's New World Order, which He established definitively with His death, resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Pessimism delivers the world to Satan and his followers by default, and all in the name of biblical orthodoxy.

Whose New World Order?

Now, let me say right here: I believe in the New World Order of Jesus Christ, inaugurated at Calvary and visibly sanctioned in history by the resurrection and ascension of Christ to the right hand of God, where He now reigns in power and glory. What I reject is the imitation New World Order of humanism. But there&a biblical New World Order. There is a new creation in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Cor. 5:17; New King James Version). This new creation was established definitively at Calvary. It is being established progressively in history. And it will be established finally at the day of judgment.

We cannot expect to beat something with nothing. We cannot expect to defeat the humanists' New World Order with a theology of guaranteed historical defeat, the theology of traditional pessimistic eschatologies. We must fight theological hellfire with theological heavenfire, just as God fought it at the destruction of Sodom. The Sodomites lost that confrontation, not Lot, and certainly not Abraham. Pessimists forget this. Nevertheless, just because Christian Reconstructionists preach victory for the Church in history, we are now being linked to the New Age Movement — a

23. Dominion: A Dangerous New Theology, Tape #1.

movement that I led the fight against long ago.

We have seen this strategy before, The Pharisees said that Christ was in league with Satan because He successfully cast out demons.

Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow cloth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matt. 12:22-24; KJV).

The Pharisees could not deny that Christ had achieved a visible victory over a demon. The blind man saw. Mute before, he could now speak. This called into question the narrow, Palestine-bound religion of the Pharisees. It meant that the son of David, the promised Messiah, had come among them. This was a threat to their nationalistic religion. It was a threat to their working alliance with the humanist Roman Empire, They had bowed the knee politically to Rome's humanist empire, and now Christ's manifestation of power was calling their compromise into question. The alliance between the Pharisees' escapist religion and Rome's power religion was being challenged by Christ's dominion religion. The escape religionists resented this, as they always do. Christ was challenging their theology of an exclusively internalized kingdom of God in the midst of a hostile, all-powerful kingdom of political humanism.

Christ replied in kind, showing them a new theology about the kingdom of God on earth:

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you (Matt. 12:25-27;KJV).

How do we know that the kingdom of God is now on earth? Because of this verse, among others. Jesus did cast out devils by the Spirit of God. He did use the power of God to overcome Satan. He did heal the sick. And He will conquer His enemies, through His Church, in history, before He comes again in final judgment. He now reigns in heaven, at the right hand of God (Eph. 1:19-22). He reigns now, both in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18-20). Because He cast out demons by the Spirit of God, we know that the kingdom of God has come unto us. We also have that same Holy Spirit. The victory in principle is behind us: "For he hath put all things under his feet" (1 Cor. l5:27a;KJV).

Anyone who denies this denies the cross of Christ. This is why it is preposterous to see the defeat-preachers ask: "Does Dominion Theology represent a rejection of the finished work of the cross?" No, Dominion Theology affirms Christ's definitive victory over Satan at Calvary. What outrages the escape religionists is that postmillen-nialists also preach Christ? progressive victory over Satan in history, through His Church. Hunt categorically and self-consciously denies victory in history for the Church of Jesus Christ. He affirms that Christ's chosen people are losers in history.

This is exactly what the Pharisees taught the Jews: that until the Messiah came, the Jews would be losers in history. This was the basis of the Pharisees' political compromise with the Roman Empire. Victory could not come until the Messiah came. Victory was always in the future. Victory was always on Messiah's shoulders, and always far ahead in time. And indeed, victory was on Messiah's shoulders, which was what Christ's miracles announced. But this meant that the Pharisees had to bow to Christ rather than Rome, that they would have to start preaching gospel victory and training redeemed people to exercise dominion. This was unacceptable to the Pharisees. It meant political trouble with Rome. It also meant that they would be responsible for working out in history the Bible's principles of social transformation, and on a worldwide scale, for they would have to begin preaching a comprehensive gospel of total healing.

The Pharisees refused to accept this responsibility. They hated the very idea of worldwide responsibility. They wanted peace with Rome. But the Church believed Christ, which is why Christ's Church took the gospel to the world in power, while the Jews were scattered by the Remans in a series of historic defeats, beginning with the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.2*

The postmillennial Christian Reconstructionists unquestionably teach that there will be a future era in which the gospel heals the souls of large numbers of people, and these healed people will then work to subdue the earth to the glory of God. But this is the offense, in Hunt's eyes. This optimism about visible manifestations of God's kingdom on earth, he says, is what the New Age Movement is all about.

Conclusion

Although Dave Hunt denies that he has called postmillennial Christian Reconstructionists "New Agers," there can be no doubt that he hints at this supposed relationship. His followers have picked up the accusation, and I have letters in my files that prove this.

We should not make eschatology the test of being a "fellow of the New Age Movement. The New Age Movement's three key doctrines are all anti-Christian: 1) reincarnation, 2) the divinization of man, and 3) techniques of 'higher consciousness" as a means to divinization. There are optimistic New Agers, and there are pessimistic New Agers. Jeremy Rifkin is the most influential New Age social philosopher, and he is self-consciously pessimistic, and he self-consciously targeted premillennialists as those Christians closest to his worldview. I could make a far better case for Dave Hunt as a secret New Ager than he has been able to make concerning me. But either argument, and either innuendo,

24. David Chilton, The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Ft. Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1987).

would be equally wrong, both morally and factually. Orthodox Christianity is inherently opposed to New Age doctrines, The early Christian creeds were statements of faith drawn up when proto-New Age theologians began to mislead Christian believers.

Gary DeMar and Peter Leithart argue that the worldview of Dave Hunt leads to a shortened view of time, a minimal view of Christians' authority in history and their responsibility in history. Dave Hunt is a self-conscious cultural retreatist. He has raised the white flag in the name of "true Christianity." Where views such as his predominate, the Church becomes temporarily what he says it will be in the future: a loser,

When Christians start winning in history, as they surely will, they will look back in amazement that anyone calling himself a Christian could have such a low view of the Church in history and such a low view of the civilization-transforming power of the gospel in history. They will be amazed that any Christian could have believed that God would voluntarily transfer more power to Satan in history than to the Holy Spirit. They will perhaps be most amazed that millions of those Christians who are most vocal in their preaching of the Holy Spirit, meaning pentecostals and charismatic, have also preached some version of traditional dis-pensationalism. Thousands of them have read and approved of Dave Hunt's Seduction of Christianity. Such a view of the Church's future is totally inconsistent with their view of the Holy Spirit, as Gary DeMar and Peter Leithart demonstrate clearly in The Reduction of Christianity.

I have made a series of very serious accusations. I have said that pessimists believe that the Christian gospel that saves men's souls will have no long-term positive effects in society at large. They therefore are forced to deny that the progressive sanctification of Christians in history will produce positive results in society that will then lead to the long-term social transformation of society at large. They therefore deny the cause-and-effect relationship between Christians' progressive faithfulness and the progressive healing of society.

Pessimists look forward to the millennium as a period of re duced personal responsibility for Christians, for Jesus will issue orders to people and rule with an iron hand. They tend to see the historical battle between Christ and Satan in terms of cosmic power, not human ethics. This is because they reject the continuing validity of Old Testament law today. They therefore have to adopt "neutral" concepts of 'natural law" that are shared by covenant-breakers and covenant-keepers.

In contrast, Christian Reconstructionists believe that God can and will transform social institutions for the better in the future. They believe that God will use Christians to achieve this improvement. They affirm the historic power of the Church, the Holy Spirit, and God's law. They therefore believe in the culture-transforming power of the gospel in history. Christian Recon-structionists have little confidence in man as such, but they do have confidence in the Lord as He works through redeemed, men.

For those who persist in accusing Christian Reconstructionists of being heretical, let alone cult members, because of the supposed connection between Reconstructionism and something called the Manifest Sons of God, let me refer you to the conclusions of the Christian Research Institute, whose director is Walter R. Martin, author of The Kingdom of the Cults. In its newsletter of November 2, 1987, CRI subscribers were correctly informed that "the 'dominion' or 'kingdom now' teaching which has developed from the 'positive confession' and 'manifest sons of God' movements is different from reconstructionism" (p. 4). With respect to Christian Recon-structionism's five central points — Calvinism, covenant theology, biblical law ("theonomy"), presuppositional apologetics (Vantil-ianism"), and postmillennialism — the report distinguished the Reconstructionist system from some of the positions of CRI, but assured its readers that these doctrines are not heretical. Let theological critics less well-versed in cultism than Dr. Martin be forewarned. A word to the wise should be sufficient. (The not-so-wise probably won't be satisfied with an entire book, but I have decided to publish this one anyway.)

PREFACE by Gary DeMar

Why The Reduction of Christianity ? There are at least three reasons. First, defensive necessity; second, to set forth a positive agenda for Christians to influence their world with the life-transforming effects of the gospel; and third, to show that as we approach the end of the 20th century the "full purpose of God" has been reduced to a shadow of its former glory.

Let me reflect for a moment on this third point, which accounts for the title of this book. Dave Hunt, to whom we are responding, has brought to light a real problem by exposing the demonic side of the New Age Movement. It is a widespread and culturally accepted revival of paganism. Eastern mysticism is no longer counterculture, as it was in the '60s, but mainstream culture. The New Age Movement needs to be confronted and battled. Mr. Hunt has provided much valuable ammunition to help Christians deal with New Age seduction.

In order to battle the New Age, however, we must have a full arsenal. And it is in this respect that we differ with Mr. Hunt. He has discerned a problem, but has no solution. In fact, one of the thrusts of his books is that there is really no solution. He sees no way to combat a growing cultural malaise because he is operating with a reduced gospel and a reduced Christianity. Hunt has no comprehensive Christian view of life to offer. He has no philosophy of historical progress rooted in the sovereign operation of the Spirit of God. And he cannot motivate Christians to action, because he believes that there is no hope of comprehensive earthly success for the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, he has robbed the

Christian faith of much of its breadth, depth, and power. Mr. Hunt is not alone in this. In fact, all those who interpret the present cultural collapse as a sign of the end side with Mr. Hunt. Their reduction of Christianity is no match for New Age humanism. In this book, we will provide the outlines of a solution, a comprehensive Christianity, one for which the New Age is no match.

The Background of Reduction I do a number of seminars each month on a variety of topics: from abortion and economics to the Constitution and education, So many people had questions about the New Age Movement, dominion theology, kingdom theology, and Christian reconstruction, and I have had to spend so much time trying to define terms, that I was often unable to get to the substance of my seminars.

I decided that The Reduction of Christianity needed to be written when I received a phone call from a concerned Christian who wanted me to present a seminar to clear up some of the confusion that many of her friends were experiencing about the philosophical relationship of dominion theology, Christian activism, and New Age humanism. It seems that Dave Hunt, author of The Seduction of Christianity (1985) and Beyond Seduction (1987), had just been in town. He had maintained that any attempt to effect social change was doomed to fail because all Christians will see a great apostasy that will signal the appearance of the Antichrist. In fact, it almost sounded as if any attempt to change the world for the better was playing into the hands of the Antichrist. 1

My caller asked: How could Christians reconcile their interest in stopping abortion, changing present political policies, mandat

1. Hunt has said that "dominion theology* "opens the door to a marriage with New Age beliefs, as you know, with humanistic beliefs, so that we will all be joining together in working for ecological wholeness, working for peace, working for prosperity, because we are not concerned with heaven, or the return of Christ, or the Rapture, but we have got to be concerned about earth, the threat of ecological collapse, the threat of a nuclear holocaust." Dominion: A Dangerous New Theology, Tape #1 of Dominion: The Word and NewWorld Order. This tape is available from Omega Letter, Box 744, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, PIB 8J8.

ing lower taxes, establishing Christian schools, helping the poor, and a whole host of other so-called "worldly" concerns with the belief that there is no hope of changing anything long-term? It seems that everybody is asking the same question. Pretribula-tional dispensationalist author David Schnittger asks it:

[Gary] North and other postmillennial Christian Reconstruc-tionists label those who hold to the pretribulational rapture position pietists and cultural pessimists. One reason these criticisms are so painful is because I find them to be substantially true. Many in our camp have an all-pervasive negativism regarding the course of society and the impotence of God's people to do anything about it. They will heartily affirm that Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, and that this must indeed be The Terminal Generation; therefore, any attempt to influence society for Christ is ultimately hopeless. They adopt the pietistic platitude: "You don't polish brass on a sinking ship. "Many pessimistic pretrib-bers cling to the humanists' version of religious freedom; namely social and political impotence, self-imposed, as drowning men cling to a life preserver.2

This writer understands the issues. Christians are starting to talk, walk, and act like humanists. The humanists do not want Christians involved in the affairs of this world, and neither do many popular Christian writers. "Christian social and political impotence" rules the day and is advocated by Christians and humanists. I never thought I would see the day when Bible-believing Christians would be lining up with People for the American Way. But it is happening. Of course, the reasoning is different, but the results are the same: Humanists rule while Christians reduce their influence in the world.

Unjustified Fears

Arguing that Christians should be worried that the Antichrist is just around the corner is a very strange argument. Why? Be

2. David Schnittger, Christian Reconstruction from a Pretribulational Perspective (Box

1144, Oklahoma City^ OK: Southwest Radio Church, 1986), p. 7.

cause pretribulational dispensationalism has always taught that the Antichrist is supposed to come only after the rapture! First the rapture, then the Antichrist, and finally the tribulation. Dispensa-tional theologians have always maintained that the Antichrist will come to power only after the rapture.3 Hal Lindsey wrote these words in his best-selling book, The Late Great Planet Earth: "There would be no earthly advantage in being alive when the Antichrist rules. We believe that Christians will not be around to watch the debacle brought about by the cruelest dictator of all time.''4,

So why is Mr. Hunt going around the country warning Christians about the imminent appearance of the Antichrist? Why bother ourselves about the Antichrist? If pretribulational dispensationalism is true, not one Christian alive today will be around to identify the Antichrist, let alone serve him. All Christians will be raptured before Antichrist makes his appearance. This is why Hal

3. Post-tribulational dispensationalists do have a legitimate worry about the appearance of the Antichrist, but Mr. Hunt is notgenerally recognized by his readers as a post-tribulationist, nor are most of his readers. Hunt, as far as we have been able to determine, has never explicitly called himself a "pretribber." It is clear from his book, Peace Prosperity and the Coming Holocaust (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1983), that he does not believe that Christians will go through the tribulation. In that book, Hunt proposes a "contrary scenario" in response to the "gloom-and-doom and frightening forecasts" of other premillennialist writers (p. 18). Jesus will return to a prosperous, peaceful, wealthy, and utterly corrupt world. The prophecies of Jesus' Second Coming are "hardly indicative of either a worldwide financial collapse or a nuclear holocaust" (p. 18). Thus, it seems clear that Hunt believes in a pretribulational rapture.

Or is it? Certain portions of Hunt's other books are difficult to reconcile with this position. In The Seduction of Christianity, for example, Hunt and T. A. McMahon lament the "growing rejection within the church of [the] fundamentalist scenario as negative, 'gloom-and-doom' eschatology" (p. 216). What is the fundamentalist scenario (which appears to be the authors' own)? This view stresses that 'the world is heading for a great tribulation climaxing in the Battle of Armageddon" (p. 216). Of course, it may be possible to reconcile this with Hunt's rejection of the "gloom-and-doom" scenario. But it appears to us a wee bit inconsistent. We assume in this book that Hunt is a pretribber, though we must admit that we are not quite sure what his position on the rapture is,

4. Hal Lindsey, The Late Great Planet Earth (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, [1970] 1973), p. 113.

Lindsey warns that "we must not indulge in speculation about whether any of the current figures is the Antichrist ,"5 It is just one more nonexistent problem for Christians to worry about. Gary North writes: "This needless fear of the antichrist is paralyzing Christians' required fear of God; God tells us to serve as prophets who are required to confront a sinful civilization with the ethical demands of God's covenant, but the Jonahs of this age are too busy packing for their trip to the heavenly Tarshish. 'Antichrist fever' is being added to 'rapture fever.' "6

This misguided belief in the power of the Antichrist certainly puts a damper on any long-term program that expects success in turning back the tide of evil in our society. Of course, we want to be faithful to Scripture, and, if Mr. Hunt is correct, we shall have to change our views. But if he is wrong, then we must sound a different warning to the church, a warning to wake up and get busy with the work at hand.

The Advance of Christianity

Question: Is it possible that the Bible teaches that the gospel will have worldwide success, that nations will be discipled, and that we will see the Word of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea before Jesus returns in glory to rapture His saints? (Isa. 11:9). But even if this were not possible, is it possible that the Antichrist will come to power before the rapture? Pretribulational dispensationalists have always said no, until Mr. Hunt came along.

The tragic thing is this: well-meaning dispensational Christians upset themselves about a problem that the leading teachers of dispensational theology have always insisted is not a problem at all. They are worried about something that is a non-event as far as pretribulational dispensationalism is concerned.

6. Gary North, Is the World Running Down? Crisis in the Christian Worldvicw (Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1988), p. 288.

The Christian Legacy

The Reduction of Christianity is not designed to be negative, although it may appear that way to many readers. While we do disagree with a number of people on a variety of issues, our goal is to present a biblical and historical case that throughout church history, there have been many Christians who believed that the world could be changed and had been changed through the preaching of the gospel and the application of the Word of God to every area of life. In this sense, The Reduction of Christianity is a hopeful book. It was hope that motivated the great missionary enterprises of the last few centuries, a hope that has been reduced in the light of prophetic speculation.

A hope which led to such world-wide results is surely worth examining. In the light of history we can hardly say that matters prophetic are too secondary to warrant our attention. The fact is that what we believe or do not believe upon this subject will have continual influence upon the way in which we live. The greatest spiritual endeavors and achievements in the past have been those energized by faith and hope. By comparison how small are our efforts! And can we disregard the possibility that this stands related to the smallness of our anticipations and to the weakness of our faith in the promises of God?7

Christians affirm that Jesus sits on the throne, ruling from heaven. They affirm that the Holy Spirit is working effectively on the earth. This means that the devil's kingdom is in constant disrepair. The church has believed these doctrines since the dawn of the gospel. Paul wrote to the church at Rome, "And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Amen" (Rem. 16:20,27b). But today's Christians no longer shout "Amen!" to Paul's prophetic word. It is only since the people of God have believed the lie of the devil — that the

7. Iain Murray, The Puritan Hope (London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1971), p. xxii. For a comprehensive study of how an optimistic eschatology affected cultural progress, see The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, "Symposium on Puritanism and Progress," ed., Gary North, Vol VI, No. 1 (Summer, 1979).

church is impotent in history- that the church has ceased to be salt and light to a world that has the stench of moral and cultural decay and the darkness that comes 'from spiritual blindness.

Rather than trying to convince Christians of a new position, we will attempt to show them that there are other positions that try to be equally faithful to Scripture. Mr. Hunt's books leave the impression that his view is the only view that the church has ever believed. R. J. Rushdoony writes:

One of the intellectual curiosities of the twentieth century is the unwillingness of scholars and Christian leaders to admit the existence of a major school of Biblical interpretation. Although postmillennialism has a long history as a major, and perhaps the central, interpretation of Biblical eschatology, it is summarily read out of court by many on non-Biblical grounds. According to [Merrill F.] Unger, "This theory, largely disproved by the progress of history, is practically a dead issue." This note resounds in the critical literature, the appeal, not to Scripture but to history to read postmillennialist-n out of court.®

The question must also be raised: "History as interpreted by whom?" How can a Christian speak of the "progress of history* and not also affirm the progress of Christ's church — creeds, missions, Bible translating, and electronic communications? Where does this "progress of history" come from? From Satan? From evil-doing? Surely it must come from the healing effects of the gospel in history. Surely it must be the work of the Holy Spirit.

While this book tries to persuade, it also has a broader purpose: to help Christians understand what other brothers and sisters in Christ believe. Before we hurl theological stones at one another, let us first try to understand what we believe and why we believe it. We may all learn something in the exchange.

Yes, a new age has dawned. This new age began with the entrance of the King of glory into history: "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all

8. "Introduction* to J. Marcellus Kik, An Eschatology of Victoiy (Nutley, NJ

Presbyterian and Reformed, 1971), p. vii.

the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10, 11). This new age was extended when He died, rose again, and ascended into heaven. It reached us Gentiles through the power of the Holy Spirit that was first displayed at Pentecost. Yet there are many Christians who are so worried about a satanic imitation of the New Testament's new age that they are afraid even to think about the transformation Christ's work and the Holy Spirit have produced. They act as though they believe that Christ's new age is only a shadow of the so-called New Age Movement. They forget Christ's announcement:

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).

Though we have endeavored in this book to be fair to Mr. Hunt and others, and have avoided inflammatory rhetoric, this book necessarily has a somewhat negative tone because it is predominantly a response to and critique of another man's theology. Thus, we must stress at the outset that our purpose is not to divide further the grievously divided church of Jesus Christ. We consider Mr. Hunt and other critics of dominion theology and Christian reconstruction mentioned in this book to be brothers in Christ.

We hope and pray that this book will promote further discussion of the issues that Mr. Hunt has raised and thereby contribute to the strengthening of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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