The executive director of the “influential” Coral Ridge Ministries, whose pastor is Rev. D. James Kennedy, once infamously remarked:
“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ–to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.”
This statement, of course, has been held up as proof of a Christian plot to rule the world, particularly when faced with the globally dominating goal of Islam. Defenders, including Grant himself, claim that they are not out to subvert the U.S. Constitution, which makes them different from Islamists, who want to overthrow the Constitution and impose sharia law on Americans against their will. It’s an important difference, but since technically speaking Grant is probably correct that the New Testament mandates could be interpreted to compel Christians to dominate the world regardless of any national constitutions, in reality the critics are probably correct to be on their guard against this kind of speaking, from whatever faction it may come.
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