Shepherding/Discipleship Movement Survivor's Blog

The present-day impact of the Shepherding/Discipleship movement from the perspective of a former member of Morning Star International (now Every Nation Churches and Ministries).

Friday, January 13, 2006

Take Dominion 2

I thought I had read pretty much everything on the 'Net dealing with Christian Reconstruction and Dominion Theology, but here's another article I stumbled upon today. Here are some key quotes:

Rushdoony claimed to have 20 million followers -- but Reconstructionists say many of their followers don't know they've enlisted.

Reconstruction isn't shy about its motives and beliefs. But its tactics for growth are stealthy -- aligning with and then recruiting people and groups who share concerns over, say, abortion or evolution.

(Both Katherine Yurica and Frederick Clarkson say essentially the same thing, arguing that this is intentional. Reconstructionist Gary North expreses admiration for stealth tactics here, as does former MCMer and Forerunner editor Jay Rogers.)


Recruits to Reconstruction's adopted causes soon find the movement has a blunt distaste for pluralism and democracy. North wrote in 1982 -- in an effort to reach Baptists -- "We must use the doctrine of religious liberty ... until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God."


The University of Georgia's Larson says it has gone unnoticed by many, perhaps the majority, of Americans for a simple reason. "A hundred years ago," he says, "newspapers published the sermons preachers preached on Sunday. Everyone knew what the Baptists believed, or the Lutherans or the Presbyterians. That's no longer the case. And it has worked to the benefit of [Christian Reconstructionists] as they doggedly pursued their goal."


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