I generally like Peter Kirk, but his stance in defending Wagner (a link to all my stories on Wagner) and the Bunch and trying to deflect the charge of dominionism from them is wrong. First, Wagner has come out now, now that their is significant media attention, to declare that he isn’t like those dominionists. The problem is, is that the internet has a long memory and Peter’s words are well recorded. He says that he doesn’t believe in a theocracy, but in other places, he promotes a theonomy. He loves the Seven Mountain Mandate which is built upon Christian Reconstructionist principles. He no longer believes in the Gospel by discipleship, but instead, believes in forced social transformation of entire social groups and maintains that that is what is meant by the Great Commission:
Formerly, I thought my task was to go to as many nations of the world as possible and save as many souls as possible and plant as many churches as possible. Now I take the Great Commission more literally when it tells us not to make as many individual disciples as we can but to disciple whole social groups—such as entire nations. This is kingdom theology.
From C. Peter Wagner‘s book:
“Acts 3:21 talks of Jesus being in heaven “until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” Restoration also means “transformation,” and this dates back to the beginning, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. Even though Jesus came and changed history. He is waiting for us to do our part in bringing restoration to pass in real life. Meanwhile, He is reigning through us until “He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet” (I Corinthians 15:24-25).
“It is our task to become spiritual and social activists until Satan’s dominion is ended” (ht)
And, and why seven?
The number 7 is a boiled-down version of the original 17 spheres that were delineated in “worldview” documents prepared by the Coalition on Revival in the 1980s, when COR served as a “melting pot for Charismatic Dominionists and Reconstructionists.” These worldview documents, described in detail in Al Dager’s book Vengeance Is Ours (Sword, 1990), contained theological and political positions that were “mandatory for all Christians to implement . . . in society.”
So, which Wagner are we supposed to be believe? The one who wants media control or the one who shrinks from media attention?