The New Crusaders
“Preterism & Kingdom Now”
The Doctrines Of The Apostate Church
By RL Forrest
There is a heretical movement sweeping through the Christian world today. It is taking the Church by storm. Many sincere Christians are joining its elite ranks, heeding the battle cry, "Destroy the enemies of Christ and set up his kingdom on earth!" The troops have donned their battle gear and have heeded their generals' commands. They are on the march, going forth conquering and to conquer. These, are the New Crusaders.
This emerging apostate church must first conquer the hearts and minds of the body of Christ before it can succeed at world domination. 'Kingdom Dominion' or 'Restoration Theology' is the basic belief system behind this emerging apostate church. It is a dangerous blend of Roman Dominionism (the elite shall rule the church), a-millennial (no thousand year reign of Christ), post millennialism (That Christ in and through the Church will rule and reign the world for one thousand years), Replacement Theology (the Church replaces Israel) and Restoration Theology (belief that the restored offices of Prophets and Apostles will lead the victorious church to restore the world to the condition before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden). These, and many other false teachings are entrenched in this movement. As a result. Kingdom Dominionists are driven to defeat all enemies of Christ and to transform the world into the Kingdom of God. They believe that if they fail, Christ CANNOT return. People are not to expect the Lord's 'imminent return'. Many are changing their beliefs and joining the ranks of these heretics. Why are so many Christians being caught in such an obvious trap?
As the world slides downward into the moral abyss, Christians are righteously taking a stand against the evil tide that is encompassing them. The Lord did tell us to 'occupy' until he comes (Luke 19:11-13). Jesus did call his Church "the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13). However, the Great Commission given to us by the Lord is not to change or conquer the world, but to preach the gospel and be witnesses throughout the world (Acts 1:6-8). It is impossible to change a persons heart, especially by force. God must do it in his own time, and in his own way "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 55:8) But when change does not happen as quickly as we would like or in the way that we would like, we become anxious. We do not want to wait upon the Lord. In the face of great evil around us, fearful Christians can be turned to doctrines that seem right, but are not scriptural. The Lord continually warns us not to be fearful and anxious in his Word, and for good reason. Fear and anxiety will destroy our faith.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;..." (1 Timothy 4:1,2)
DOCTRINES OF DEVILS
Kingdom Dominion leaders are self-proclaimed "prophets" and "apostles". They claim to have knowledge of the Scriptures and knowledge of God from direct revelation that is hidden from "less spiritual" Christians. They claim to be speaking for God Himself. Yet, the Bible declares that "no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation" ['2 Peter l:20] Secret knowledge from direct revelation that is not available to the "less spiritual" is the basis of the age-old heresy of gnosticism. This is the heresy that the Apostle Paul battled in his time and that Christians are still battling today.
The elitism of the ecclesiactical hierarchy that permeates Kingdom Dominionism was rebuked by Jesus Christ himself. "So hasth thou. also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. which thing I hate. Repent: or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth" (Revelation 2:15,16). The doctrine of the Nicolaitians in essence is victory over the people (nike = victory and laos = people). The word laity is derived from this same root. The power of this hierarchy, is in its control of the masses. Its leaders proclaim themselves to be the only way to God. These spiritual elitists claim the sole right to interpret scripture and to speak for God himself. Their disciples are not looking up to heaven for the redemption of souls, but to the militant church here on earth. Submission will be gained, if necessary, by the power of the rod of iron used in the name of Christ. In this way they win spiritual victory (power) over the people.
RETURN TO PERGAMOS
There is also great power created by the marriage of the Nicolaitan hierarchy to the state. (Per = through, gamos = marriage) Christ rebuked the Church of Pergamos in Revelation 2:12-17. Jesus said that Satan's seat (throne) is in Pergamos and that Satan dwells there. Antipas was martyred in Pergamos for his faith in Christ.
The priests, in Jesus' day were given only as much power as the Roman state delegated to them. The death sentence that the Jewish council pronounced upon Jesus could not be carried out until it was given approval by the Roman government. The Jewish hierarchy used the power of the Roman state, while the Roman state supported the Jewish hierarchy. Their mutual goal was control of the people in that territory.
When Satan took Jesus up Into a high mountain and tempted him. he "showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him. All this power will I give thee and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and To whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me. all shall be thine." (Luke 4:5-7) Satan tempted Christ with the power and glory of the kingdoms of the world which belonged to Satan. In return he wanted worship.
The New Crusaders (Kingdom Dominionists) are succumbing to the same lure that Satan used to tempt Christ. These new conquerors are attempting to force the Kingdom of God (Theocracy) upon the world, working through the worldly satanic system, building it from the bottom up. They are using social reform to infiltrate the world system in hopes of transforming it into the Kingdom of God. Their quest for power over the kingdoms of the world comes with a heavy price. Satan demands worship in exchange for the power of the world system. The use of the world system to build the kingdom of God has always been a satanic plot.
When Christianity is forced upon the world system, the power and influence of the Church will be weakened and will lead to false teachings and practices.
Their quest for power over the kingdoms of the world comes with a heavy price.
Satan demands worship in exchange for the power of the world system.
"... and the dragon gave him his power, and his seal. and great authority... and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast..." (Revelation 13:2-12)
This power gained by the marriage of church and state (Pergamos) has been wielded with great strength throughout human history.
THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
In 312A.D,, prior to the Battle of the Milvlan Bridge, Emperor Constantine saw a cross of light superimposed upon the sun, accompanied by the Latin words "In Hoc Signo Vinces - By This Sign You Shall Conquer". Constantine adopted the cross as his army's emblem before the battle. He was victorious.
Constantine then proclaimed freedom for all religions. Persecution of Christians ceased. Christians had found favor with Emperor Constantine. He gave jurisdictional authority to bishops over civil matters. The bishop's verdicts were final and civil authorities had to enforce these bishop's verdicts. Constantine appointed bishops to judge church disputes with himself acting as final judge in these ecclesiastical matters. However. Constantine eventually ordained a new kind of persecution. He ruled that everyone in his empire must become a Christian. Many people who were not truly Christians were forced to claim that they were. The influence of these non-Christian church members eventually weakened the power and influence of true Christianity, and led to false teachings and practices. Not only did the Christian Church become a state church, but it also brought the Roman Empire into the framework of false Christian eschatology. The Roman Church held the view that the Roman Empire was a vehicle of God's will for the Christianization of the world. This false and satanic belief became prevalent and was used for centuries to control the masses, both kings and commoners. The Empire became the Holy Roman Empire. The Crusades (which means marked with the cross) were religious wars against those the hierarchy deemed to be the enemies of Christ. It was fought for the purpose of building the Kingdom of God on earth. Its troops were marshalled into battle to regain Jerusalem by human force. It failed, and will fail again.
It was the power of Pergamos that plunged the Holy Roman Empire into the Dark Ages.
The scriptures were only available in Latin, a language known almost exclusively by the ecclesiastical hierarchy. As a result, the Word of God was hidden from the masses and became a 'secret knowledge' known only to the hierarchy. Secretly, this Nicolaitan hierarchy mixed their traditions with the Scriptures and fed it to ihe people. People had to turn to them in order to receive anything from God. The people had to go through them to talk to God. The people had to go through them in order to obtain favor with God. The people bought indulgences from them in order to obtain forgiveness and salvation. The Roman Church had become God to the people.
LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
Martin Luther, and others like him, saw the heresies and corruption entrenched in the established church. Luther boldly put the church on notice with his Ninety-Five Thesis and nailed them to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. Germany on October 31, 1517. The response was severe persecution and the slaughter of thousands of true Christians who refused to bow the knee to worship the church hierarchy. Just like in the days of Nero, the blood of the martyrs were the seeds of growth of the true Church of Jesus. In the days of the Antichrist, history again, will be repeated with the severe persecution for those who hold onto the true Christian faith.
With the printing of the Guttenberg Bible, the Word ot God appeared in the people 's own language and brought light into their dark world. No longer could the Nicolaitans have power over the people, unless the people willingly remained ignorant of the scriptures. The same holds true today. As Christians, we are told in Ephesians 6 "take unto you the whole armor of God. that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. and having done all, to stand.” The "sword of the Spirit. Which is the word of God:" is part of our armor. There is no need to go to man for the interpretation of the scriptures 'These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie. and even as it hath taught you. ye shall abide in him." (1 John 2:26,27) Everyone who is a born again believer is already anointed with the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised. We have no need for the false prophets and apostles of the Kingdom Dominion / Restoration movement who twist the scriptures to support their doctrines. and "make merchandise" of God's people. (2 Peter 2:1-3)
BIBLE BELIEVING CHRISTIANS ARE THE ENEMY
The perpetrators of the doctrines of Kingdom Dominionism are building a worldwide super-church. They are establishing this super-church in the name of Christ and are engaged in a religious war. These New Crusaders, of this apostate satanic church, have targeted Bible-believing Christians as their enemy in this battle. They are waging war not only on Christians, but on the Bible itself, denying biblical doctrines and substituting the doctrines of devils. They are fully prepared to plunge the world into the dark ages once again,
Over the years as their crusade has gained momentum, they have elevated the prophecies of their false prophets to doctrine, on equal stature with scripture. Now, shamefully, they place their doctrines above the Word of God, the Bible, They also twist the scriptures to win converts for their cause.
They wage spiritual war on Israel. They pillage the promises of God to Israel saying that they are now Israel (Replacement Theology) so that they can add these promises of God to their own war chest. But the Lord told Abram, that He "will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee". (Genesis 12:3)
Like the Romans before them. they envision their kingdom to be the vehicle of God's will on earth. Thus attacking true biblical eschatology (the scriptural prophecies of the end times).
They march onward like locusts, covering the land. deceiving, and being deceived. Their ranks are storming our Bible-believing Churches, attacking the biblical doctrines from within. They have infiltrated our seminaries, which are now producing so called "bible scholars" and are attacking on the front lines. Like wolves in sheep's clothing, they gain our trust as scholars of the Word, when actually they are ravenous wolves lying in wait for the flock.
Since the Kingdom Dominionists, Kingdom Now must build a kingdom on this earth before Christ can return, they and their disciples are not looking for the imminent return of the Lord. They do not believe in the rapture of the Church. They are the last day scoffers mentioned in 2 Peter 3:1-5: walking after their own lusts, willingly ignorant of the Word of God. Their disciples are deceived, and they are all unprepared for Christ's soon return, Jesus wept over the Jews because they did not know the time of their visitation by their Messiah. These Jews did not have a proper understanding of Christ and the Kingdom of God. They expected Jesus to take control of the Roman Empire when he first came 2000 years ago. When he didn't, many lost the faith they had in Him. The same is happening to many sincere Christians today. They don't have a proper understanding of Jesus and eschatology and are falling into the ranks of apostasy. They are being deceived and are becoming the rank and file of these apostate Crusaders. But, Jesus in his patient love for his children, warns them: "... Come out of her. my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins. and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18:4.5) Therefore, "let us hold fast, the profession of our faith without wavering" (Hebrews 10:23).
For the Lord is coming' "He that testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20)
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Revelation 19:11-16 KJV