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Are Christians Called to Take over the World?

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What does Genesis 1:28 actually mean? How are we to subdue the land? Is it by conquering the world? Or is it by influencing it? Join us as we explore the common misunderstanding of the Seven Mountain Mandate.


In a recent social media post, Kris Vallotton—Prophet and Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California—shared on the common misunderstanding of the Seven Mountain Mandate. “There’s so much confusion over something called the Seven Mountain Mandate. Often people interpret this language as if the church should take over the world. But nothing could be further from the truth, we are called to serve in a way that brings out the best in everyone. I think Constantine proved that forcing Christianity on everyone was a bad plan and a failed experiment.”

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What is the Seven Mountain Mandate?

“In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), developed a God-given, world-changing strategy. Their mandate: Bring Godly change to a nation by reaching its seven spheres, or mountains, of societal influence,” according to Generals International.

Bright and Cunningham “concluded that in order to truly transform any nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, these seven facets of society must be reached:”

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Family
  • Business
  • Government/Military
  • Arts/Entertainment
  • Media

Why the Confusion?

Compelling Truth explains, “These seven mountains are identified as the molders and shapers of society, impacting the way people think and behave … The focus of Christians following this teaching is on “occupying” or even “invading” these mountains, thereby “transforming” society. The 7-M movement grew out of dominion theology based in Genesis 1:28, but does not interpret that Scripture correctly.

And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ ” —Genesis 1:28

While an extremely important revelation to the body of Christ, as proven by William Wilberforce and the Clapham Sect in their strategy for the abolishment of slavery, “The 7-M movement [can be misunderstood] to pursue control over civil aspects of society as a part of a worldwide kingdom for Jesus” instead of influence through a life of service to these mountains.

 

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There’s so much confusion over something called the Seven Mountain Mandate. Often people interpret this language as if the church should take over the world. But nothing could be further from the truth, we are called to serve in a way that brings out the best in everyone. I think Constantine proved that forcing Christianity on everyone was a bad plan and a failed experiment. Like Joseph and Daniel of the Old Testament who served secular kings, we are called to serve everyone and help them fulfill their divine destiny. Jesus made it clear that people who want to lead or be great, must be the servants of all. Serving is the way of leadership in the kingdom. Forcing our way onto the world is not great leadership. Some accuse us of doing this very thing because we speak up on moral issues. It is important that we speak up on issues, but it’s also equally important that we love everyone no matter their persuasions. Someday Jesus will rule the world, in the meantime we should just serve really well and let our good works speak of our Father who loves everyone.

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Vallotton corrects the misunderstanding over this powerful mandate by concluding: “Like Joseph and Daniel of the Old Testament who served secular kings, we are called to serve everyone and help them fulfill their divine destiny. Jesus made it clear that people who want to lead or be great, must be the servants of all.”

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“Serving is the way of leadership in the Kingdom. Forcing our way onto the world is not great leadership. Some accuse us of doing this very thing because we speak up on moral issues. It is important that we speak up on issues, but it’s also equally important that we love everyone no matter their persuasions. Someday Jesus will rule the world, in the meantime, we should just serve really well and let our good works speak of our Father who loves everyone.”

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