Monday, May 24th, 2010 | Author:

Given all the talk around here about the End of the Age, this post by Pastor Anton Bosch, whom I’ve long respected, just jumped out at me.  See what you think.

Many Christians have been deceived into believing that they can somehow “convert” the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdom of God. In the process they have put their energy and hopes into bringing about the Kingdom of God by working towards getting more influence with government in order to transform government. Some even believe that Jesus will return once we have transformed the world and created the millennial Kingdom.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    SO TRUE! I think Francis Schaeffer did a superb job regarding this topic in his book “The Great Evangelical Disaster.” We are not here to make a “better world” or to create a comfy Christian culture. Ugh. In my house, we call this “top down” or “trickle down” Christendom– and it doesn’t work, nor is it righteous work.

    Kingdom Now theology was pretty popular in the mid and late 80s, when I became a Christian. I’m kinda surprised that this weirdo thinking is still around. But then again, I’m no longer keeping track of all the pseudo-Christian movements out there (and happier for it).

  2. Dave says:

    Many of the Protestants in the English Civil War held to this view, especially the Fifth Monarchy Men. They didn’t last long in power.

  3. akagaga says:

    It sounds like the same ideas keep getting re-packaged by another generation. We can add Calvin’s Geneva to the list, as well.

  4. John A. says:

    Francis Schaeffer was not an adherent of Two Kingdoms. He stood directly in the Kuyperian-Sacralist line of thinking. Basically the opposite of Two-Kingdoms……

    The opposite of Two Kingdom theology is….Christendom. Basically, that’s what Schaeffer celebrated and lamented the fall of….Christendom. Or if it’s easier…Constantinianism.

    Two Kingdom people usually reject the whole notion of Christendom as being an error. It is a Sacralizing…or Holy-izing of Culture. It’s transforming the city of man/kingdom of the world……into the Kingdom of God.

    This is not a peculiarity from the English Civil War…this is the mainstream teaching of Evangelical Christianity…especially since Francis Schaeffer and the much more extreme Rushdooney. There are several related ideas to this…Dominionism, Reconstructionism, Theonomy…….all these different ideas overlap and emphasize different related ideas concerning culture conquest, law, and societal reform.

    Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, Rick Warren, Sarah Palin…..basically the entire American Nationalist Evangelical world have all been affected by these doctrines. Some still hold to pre-millennialism, while in the Reformed world many who hold to this are Post-mils. The Pre-mils are inconsistent in trying to reform/set up the Kingdom when they believe it won’t happen until Christ returns….for many of them (Robertson/Dobson)….the Christendom idea is tied in specifically with the United States.

    The Reformation did not abandon the idea of a Holy Society. They just created a Protestant version of it.

    Many in the Reformed orbit wish to return to the Middle Ages….a holy culture. They say as much…they’ll just do it right this time.

    So what’s the problem? Well, what does the Bible teach concerning the Kingdom of God? Does the Bible actually warn against what they’re trying to do? What does the Bible teach concerning the Church’s relation to culture?

    Interesting post. Interesting blog.

    John A.