Saturday, August 2, 2008

WorldNetDaily Article on Pastors & Politics

One Dave Welch wrote an article for WorldNetDaily defending Dominionism and attacking John MacArthur's anti-Dominionist position. The article fires and misses. I'm not going to dissect it in detail. I've alerted Dr. Gregg Frazer about the article and he's planning a response which we'll feature here. Here is the introduction to Welch's article:

"I'm not concerned about that (2008 presidential election) for five seconds. It has nothing to do with the kingdom of God. … His kingdom has nothing to do with this world." Those words spoken by renowned pastor, author and speaker Dr. John MacArthur recently as part of a radio interview, combined with his belief that our Declaration of Independence was an unscriptural act of rebellion, cry out for a biblically and historically accurate response.

The breathtakingly unscriptural nature of his position is tragically held by many evangelicals who have bought into the "sacred vs. secular" dichotomy....

Perhaps there is a case to be made for Dominionism, but Welch sure doesn't make it in this article. A few points. This passage is particularly telling:

We are blessed beyond measure that great preachers of the past such as Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, Jonathan Mayhew, Samuel West and legions of others adhered to that mandate rather than the "Abandonment Theology" position Dr. MacArthur is espousing.

LOL. John Wesley supported the British in the American Revolution. And West and Mayhew weren't even "Christians" as Welch understands and defines the term. They were unitarians who denied Jesus full Godhood or second place in the Trinity. Further, they were enlightenment rationalists who thought man should be ruled, not chiefly by the Bible, but "nature" and "reason." I discussed Samuel West's sermon in a detailed post about theistic rationalist principles being preached from the pulpit. In essence you have a theological unitarian, Rev. Samuel West, preaching that biblical texts must meet the test of "reason," such that "[a] revelation, pretending to be from God, that contradicts any part of natural law, ought immediately to be rejected as an imposture;..." Revs. Mayhew and West as enlightened unitarians hardly support Welch's "Domionist" position.

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