The Church’s Chief End

There is a popular false doctrine, among others, that is being taught in many “churches” in our day. It is called “Dominion Theology.” It is the belief that the “church” will take dominion (control) of the earth before Jesus returns. This “belief” maintains that the world should be brought under (reconstructed) the lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas: social, moral, political, judicial, military, family, art, education, music, etc. The problem with this idea is that certain men will supposedly be used of God to accomplish this feat.
This may sound wonderful but it is found nowhere in the Bible. Instead, we find Matthew 24 which describes a great tribulation on earth. We also find that, before Jesus comes, an evil ruler will gain great power and will deceive many. Some, including me, think that along with a government ruled by this evil man will be a one world religion of sorts. The Beast will have his false prophet.
The Bible teaches that when Jesus returns HE will rule and reign. It will not be a group of men using the name of Jesus (along with other “great teachers”) to influence and control others.
So, what is the mission of the church? Dan has found an excellent article originally posted at The Banner of Truth. I thought I would share it with you.

The Battle Cry

An Article by Peter Barnes, From The Banner of Truth

There is much debate in the modern church about what exactly is her mission. Often the answer that is given is not so much wrong as lop-sided, and exaggerated implications and conclusions are drawn from that. There are probably three main views: the Church exists to glorify God; the Church exists to build up the saints; and the Church exists for mission, to evangelize the world. These three views should not be played off against one another, and a grasp of each one will prevent us from misinterpreting any one of them.

The Church’s first task, surely, is to glorify God. Paul says that ‘whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Cor.10:31). Earlier in 1 Corinthians, Paul had said, in the context of sexual ethics, that we are to glorify…

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4 Responses to The Church’s Chief End

  1. Jasper says:

    You are right, if there was any Dominion Theology that way, that is the dominion of the Beast. The true Church is not to build that dominion at all — even if it such a dominion had been written to happen.
    “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight […] But now my kingdom is from another place.”

    • Chris says:

      So true, Jasper.

      You have found an excellent verse to fit with this post. Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. There was no prophecy that stated anything about him setting up a kingdom on earth at that time.
      He died a humble death so that our sins could be forgiven.
      He came as a lamb “to the slaughter” the first time.
      The next time He comes, He will return in glory. He will defeat the beast and the false prophet. Revelation 20 is pretty specific. Christ will reign for 1000 years and then:

      “7 When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. 9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

      I believe these verses are literal truth.

      It’s good to hear from you, Jasper.

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