The Recent Spread of Dominion Theology

This book has already had a remarkable effect on several national television ministries. I can think of two TV preachers who have switched their eschatologies as a direct result of having read this book. One of them once mentioned publicly that the book changed his thinking, but he remains fearful of promoting it. Its uncompromising postmillennialism has scared TV ministers, who are probably afraid of scaring away the bulk of their financial supporters, who remain premillennialist.

Pat Robertson was so concerned that his evangelist peers might think that he had switched to Chilton's version of post-millennialism that he wrote a personal letter to many of them (including one to me) in the summer of 1986 that stated that he had not adopted Chilton's theology. He mentioned Paradise Restored specifically. Then he outlined his own views, in which, as a premillennialist, he somehow completely neglected to mention the Great Tribulation. That a doctrine so crucial to premil-lennial dispensationalism as the Great Tribulation could disappear from his theology indicates the effect that Chilton (or someone) has had on his thinking.

Nevertheless, the spread of dominion theology is not simply the result of the writings of the Christian Reconstructionists. If it were, it would only be some backwater operation. The Holy Spirit moves widely when He changes a civilization, so that no single group can claim exclusive credit for God's work. The change in Pat Robertson's thinking (and the thinking of many premillennialist) had begun several years before Paradise Restored appeared. Rev. Jimmy Swaggart begins a highly critical article against "kingdom now" theology, including Pat Robertson's version, with a lengthy excerpt from a speech given by Rev. Robertson on Robert Tilton's Satellite Network Seminar on December 9-12, 1984. This was several months before I handed Rev. Robertson a copy of Paradise Restored, and about a month before the first edition of the book was published. He had already made the switch away from traditional dispensa-Here is what Robertson said, as excerpted by Rev.

Swaggart. See if it sounds like traditional premillennialism to you. (It didn't to Rev. Swaggart.)

What's coming next? . . .I want you to think of a world [with] . . .a school system . . . where humanism isn't taught any more and people sincerely believe in the living God . . . a world in which there are no more abortions . . . juvenile delinquency is virtually unknown . . .the prisons are virtually empty . . . there's dignity because people love the Lord Jesus Christ.

And I want you to imagine a society where the church members have taken dominion over the forces of the world, where Satan's power is bound by the people of God, and where there is no more disease and where there's no more demon possession. . . .

We're going to see a society where the people are living Godly, moral lives, and where the people of God will have so much that they will lend to others but they will not have to borrow . . . and the people of God are going to be the most honored people in society . . . no drug addiction . . . pornographers no longer have any access to the public whatsoever . . . the people of God inherit the earth. . . .

If Pat Robertson had said that this blessed condition is going to come after the Rapture, and also after seven years of tribulation for Israel, when Jesus returns in glory to rule in Person on earth, then Rev. Swaggart would have no objection. He believes all these things, too, if you are talking about the seventh dispensation, the millennium in which Jesus personally rules the earth. But this dispensation is not what Rev. Robertson had in mind:

You say, that's a description of the Millennium when Jesus comes back . . . [but] these things . . . can take place now in this time . . . and they are going to because I am persuaded that we are standing on the brink of the greatest spiritual revival the world has ever known! . . . hundreds of millions of people are coming into the kingdom ... in the next several years.1

Pat Robertson has presented a message so completely post-millennial in its tone that it is difficult to understand why he continues to insist that he is still a premillennialist. I have never seen a public pronouncement of any postmillennialist that is more

1. Jimmy Swaggart, "The Coming Kingdom," The Evangelist (Sept. 1986), pp. 4-5.

detailed in its description of a coming era of external blessings. I know of none who thinks it is coming in the next few years, but Pat Robertson did, in late 1984: ". . . you mark my words, in the next year, two years . . . the next three or four, we're going to see things happen that will absolutely boggle our minds. Praise God!"2

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