New World Order, Dominionism and Other Distractions to a Christian’s Hope

EARTHLY DISTRACTIONS from the gospel of Jesus Christ
EARTHLY DISTRACTIONS from the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 100-Year-Old Book on the New World Order

  • Dominionism & Kingdom Now Theology

  • A Christian’s Hope is not of this World

In March 1919, the American Baptist Publication Society published a 196-page book entitled The New World Order.  The book, written by Samuel Zane Batten in the aftermath of the First World War, contains much interesting information, such as this quote by British PM David Lloyd George: “We are laying the foundations of a new world.”

It is also interesting as this book appears to be an early example of “Dominion theology”  and spends the greatest part of it contents speaking of what men can do for God politically and socially here on this fallen earth.  [These teachings and their repercussions are summarized nicely in Dominionism and Kingdom Now Teachings.  Unfortunately, their impact is felt throughout the American church in 2013 in both word and deed.]

Representative thoughts of the entire book are found on page 19:

“We are coming to see that the kingdom of God in Christ’s conception never means anything less than a righteous human society on earth.”

“In this new vision, we find the summons to a great new task.  We are called to find the defects in the present social order and to lay new and Christian foundations.  We are called by the Christian hope to reconstruct the social order in accord with the will of God and the ideal of the kingdom.”

HOPE FOR THE CHRISTIAN lies not in the things of this world
HOPE FOR THE CHRISTIAN lies not in the things of this world

Of course, the Christian hope lies not in “righteous human society” or the “social order” or of anything of this present world.

What is the Christian’s hope?

“Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1, 7). Hope is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous (Proverbs 23:18). Without hope, life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18; Job 7:6) and in death there is no hope (Isaiah 38:18; Job 17:15). The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped (Psalm 28:7), and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed (Isaiah 49:23). The righteous, who have this trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God’s protection and help (Jeremiah 29:11) and are free from fear and anxiety (Psalm 46:2-3).

The New Testament idea of hope is the recognition that in Christ is found the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises (Matthew 12:21, 1 Peter 1:3). Christian hope is rooted in faith in the divine salvation in Christ (Galatians 5:5). Hope of Christians is brought into being through the presence of the promised Holy Spirit (Romans 8:24-25). It is the future hope of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6), the promises given to Israel (Acts 26:6-7), the redemption of the body and of the whole creation (Romans 8:23-25), eternal glory (Colossians 1:27), eternal life and the inheritance of the saints (Titus 3:5-7), the return of Christ (Titus 2:11-14), transformation into the likeness of Christ (1 John 3:2-3), the salvation of God (1 Timothy 4:10) or simply Christ Himself (1 Timothy 1:1).”

Everything that takes time from the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ–whether it is “a new vision,” a “great task” or any other man-concocted scheme–is a distraction from the Great Commission.

This NWO book was linked to remind believers that despite the best-laid plans of man; regardless of the decades-old machinations of the enemy: nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39

Believers do not need man-authored books to know that persecution and tribulation is soon to come: it’s all laid out clearly enough in the Bible.  However, believers should see in this coming persecution great hope–and should need nothing more than the assurances given in God’s Word of eternal deliverance.

Believers: Do not be distracted.  Keep your eyes on Christ.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2:8

by Jeremiah J. Jameson

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