The Dishonoring of God in Popular Spiritual Warfare Teaching - Bob DeWaay
Many popular teachers question God's sovereign rule over His own creation. Their unbiblical scenario goes like this: God made Adam the ruler of the world; Adam committed "treason" and turned the rightful dominion of the earth over to Satan; and Christ's atonement was to regain this lost dominion. According to this theology, however, Christ turned the rulership of the world over to the church when He ascended into heaven. The church consequently lost it back to Satan by ignorance, unbelief, and dis-unity. Now in these last days supposed prophets and apostles are being raised up to take control over the Satanic forces in the heavenlies and Christianize the world. This happens as the church takes cities through binding and casting down the spiritual forces of darkness that rule over them. Many dominion spiritual warfare teachers embrace this scheme, though differing on some details.
The "dominion" scenario and its underlying theological premises are unbiblical. We shall consider the various claims of this teaching point by point and compare them with the teachings of the Bible. Quotations of popular teachers who espouse various new spiritual warfare teachings will be given to show how widespread these ideas have become.
God Lost Dominion - P1 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
False dominion teachers claim that God made Adam ruler of this world, but he committed “treason” and turned over dominion of the earth to Satan. Christ then reclaimed dominion and then turned it over to the church, who then lost it back to Satan. We quote Kenneth Copeland, Ed Silvoso, and Earl P...
God Universal Authority - P2 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
Last week we discussed the claim that God no longer has dominion over the earth. In this episode we show that delegated authority is not transferred or lost authority. We cite multiple passages from the Old and New Testaments that clearly show that God has always been in control of His own creat...
Descended into Hell - P3- Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
In the next two episodes we will be discussing the Ransom Theory of the Atonement. We begin this discussion by showing from Scripture that Jesus did not descend into hell to wrestle with Satan but rather ascended directly into heaven.
Ransom Theory of the Atonement - P4 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
According to the Ransom Theory of the Atonement God offered Christ to Satan as a ransom for sinners. The ransom theory is connected to false dominion theology when they use it to explain how God supposedly regained the authority over the earth that he transferred to Adam, who then lost it to Sata...
The Blood of Jesus - P5 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
False teachers claim that the blood of Jesus is a metaphysical force or an entity in the universe that has power over demons. We show that this is false. The blood of Jesus was the price that was paid to “reconcile us to God” and “cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is not a force to be used...
Trials According to Warfare Worldview -P6- Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
Warfare worldview teachers claim that we have still have problems in the world because the church has failed to gain control over the heavenly places by defeating Satan and the demons. We show that God has always been in control of His universe and that we still have problems because we live in ...
Trials According to Providential Worldview -P7-Dishonoring God/Spiritual Warfare
Last we discussed the warfare worldview, showing that false teachers blame the church for the trials that we suffer in this life. This week we discuss the providential worldview, showing that whatever God providentially allows Satan and his demons to do will ultimately be for our benefit and His...
The Jezebel Spirit - P8 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
False teachers claim that Jezebel in Revelation 2:20 is a spirit that is currently controlling much of society and even the church. They claim that the church must war against the Jezebel spirit to regain authority. In this system the modern prophets are the Elijah who fight against Jezebel. We ...
Christ Is Our Highpriest - P9 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
Dominionist spiritual warfare teachers claim that there is power in our words. One text that they misuse to support this claim is Hebrews 3:1. Francis Frangipane writes, "Christ, as the High Priest of our Confession (Heb. 3:1), takes our words, whether in faith or unbelief, and allocates back to...
Understanding Unity - P10 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
A consistent theme in dominionist spiritual warfare teaching is the supposed power in words and unity. According to these teachers, we can give Satan a foothold through our words and disunity. We reject this teaching and show that true unity is found only in the person and work of Christ.
Held in the Heavens ? - P11 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
In this episode we discuss a quote from Earl Paulk’s book “Held in the Heavens Until.” Paulk said, "Until the Church exercises her authority, Jesus Christ will never return." Though Paulk has since been discredited, this teaching is still around. We show from Acts 1:7 that the “times and epochs ...
The Great Commission - P12 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
Ed Silvoso claims that the church can give Satan jurisdiction in the heavenly places through anger and grieving the spirit. We examine the Scriptures to show that this is false. Jesus commissioned His church to preach the gospel to the uttermost ends of the earth. We show that dominionist spirit...
Certainty or Circumstances - P13 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
In this episode we show that one cannot determine spiritual realities based on symptoms or circumstances. Bob DeWaay uses Jeremiah 44:15-25 to show the error in doing so. In Jeremiah’s day the people determined to worship the Queen of Heaven rather than obey God because they believed their lives...
Authority Over Angels ? - P14 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
We begin this episode with a quote from John Dawson, in which he claims that we must speak “authorization for action on the part of angels.” We call this over-realized eschatology. Christians today do not have authority over angels. We go on to discuss the dominionist misuse of the Tower of Babel...
Babel - P15 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
In this episode we show how dominionist spiritual warfare teachers misuse the tower of Babel narrative. They claim that Babel shows the power of human unity. It is our claim that Babel shows that God’s sovereignty and authority over human affairs.
Nero Theology - P16 - Dishonoring God in Spiritual Warfare
The emperor Nero is famous for blaming the church for the burning of Rome. In this episode we show how false teachers similarly blame the church for whatever is happening in the world, and we encourage listeners to preach the gospel and rest in the sovereignty of God.