"This book is dedicated to the King of the nations, Jesus Christ, and to the reformers of old...who are now watching in that great crowd of witnesses cheering us on. I pray that we make them proud and that we bring many nations to the feet of our King so that both His and their labour is not in vain. the fullness of their promise is found in us (see Heb. 11:40)"I am sure that Mark Byron would also find the implication that Christ's work on the cross was a complete failure if Christians can't "bring nations" to the feet of Christ to be abhorrent too. But while he and I might already know of these sorts of arguments, others may not. The word needs to get out. And that is one reason why dominionism matters. More to some than to others, certainly, yes. But it matters nevertheless. If you would say that Faytene is merely using rhetoric, I can point you to one of many passages in Marked, where you could say that she has a literal meaning in mind. From page 31, emphasis continuing to be mine:
"....There is something inherent in the nature of God that loves growth and wants to take over! Recently a preacher friend of mine, Banning Liebscher, said something that I wholeheartedly believe in. He said, "The new breed of revivalists that God is raising up has a 'take-over' mentality. they are convinced that God has called them to take over the world!...."What does that mean? Faytene was kind enough to explain one aspect of what she meant when speaking in the run up of The Cry Vancouver in 2009. She was talking about some Canadian political poll results and coverage, which led her to think that a Cry event held previous to that in Ottawa, had a spiritual impact when she said the following:
“I want to show you guys something that will help you, will help us all together, to understand the power that is in our hand, the power that is in this room and the power that will be in our hands tomorrow. What you’re seeing right here is actually a political graph because that is what the newspapers, in Canada, currently track. This is politics, like, and like hockey and stuff. One day we’ll chart spiritual progression when we control the media. (Audience cheers and applause.)”She is talking about actual Canadian newspapers that report on hockey and things like that. When "we" control the media, she explains, the actual physical newspapers will have very different stories because the actual physical editors and reporters now working for the media will be "we", the dominionists. Not a surprise to those familiar with the "seven mountains" that the dominionists feel a need to take over, eh? Rhetorical excess, Faytene has offhandedly explained here, can have a practical result. Mark has advanced some very wise and practical counsels in his post. In writing on the dominionists, we should not be prey to fear and we should try to be accurate in judging their actions and activities. It's very fair that other Christians don't feel the interest in dominionists that I do. But acting as if they don't exist is a mistake. I feel a burden to ring the bell, in case it is needed. Mark's post, nevertheless, is a caution to think carefully about what I do and argue, which I welcome wholeheartedly.