I recently came across the most disturbing video of American Christian Nationalism I have ever seen. You have to watch it to believe it.
It is prayer/declaration from the “FlashPoint” conference held in Atlanta, GA in July of 2022. It features people I’ve never heard of such Gene Bailey, Lance Wallnau, Hank Kunneman, Mario Murillo, and Dutch Sheets.
The prayer/declaration appears to be based on a strange synthesis of Kuyperian sphere sovereignty and a prosperity gospel with a political focus. Yes, you heard me right, it all looks and sounds like a neo-Reformed Pentecostal Dominionist theocracy.
While I have already said a few things about Christian nationalism before (see here and here), this is a whole different species of Christian nationalism. This Dominionist doctrine is off-the-chart and off-the-grid. It is esoteric in contents even as it is extravagant in its claims and deliberately totalizing in its ambitions. If there was a villain in a James Bond movie who was a Televangelist, this is probably what he would sound like.
I mean, consider the line, “We, the Church, are God’s governing body on earth.” Whoa, that is freighting your doctrine of the church with world domination. Then there is the equating of wokeness, the occult, and evil as if they are three heads of the same monster. Then, at the very end, there is a reference to energy independence and ensuring America’s military and economic hegemony over the world. It is God as America’s divine patron and the American church as the lord of the world!
Why bother saying anything in reply? I mean, it is just unhinged and an eccentric outlier.
Perhaps, but Christian nationalism is certainly making a comeback in the USA with many mainstream evangelicals in the USA now openly supporting it. This stuff gets a hearing and it is apparently growing. The “Victory” channel run by these guys regularly gets 250K views!!!
So it’s good to know what to say when you see it.
Accordingly, I have several thoughts, I call them the seven trumpet blasts against Christian nationalism.
1. Christian nationalism has a low view of Jesus and a terrible view of the atonement.
2. Christians are called to give political testimony, not to establish a political theocracy.
3. The Church will reign with Christ in the new creation, not over the current creation.
4. You cannot fulfil the Great Commission to the nations, nor can you claim your citizenship is in heaven, if you propound a belief that America is God’s favourite nation.
5. The American Constitution is not in the Canon.
6. The call to control the “Seven Mountains” is a false prophesy and results in an idolatrous political theology.
7. America needs saving from some of its worst Christians.
Let me unpack them for you!
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