I stand by all my earlier criticisms of Reconstructionism. Still, when I study the doctrine of sanctification and the image of God (particularly the Shorter Catechism’s language!) I cannot help but see “dominion” as an inescapable concept.
Reconstructionism’s problem was that they “grasped” too early. Many were trying to take over a compromised system and …I don’t know what they planned to do. Even when Gary North said (correctly) that the takeover will be by regeneration, not revolution, that begged the question, “Well, why bother with all this law-teaching on taking over the government at all?”
To make matters worse, if the Constitution is a compromise with Freemasonry, which I agree with Gary North and think it is, then why bother with the “Christianity and the Constitution” narrative?
The shame, though, is that dominion got so associated with Reconstructionism that no one will speak of it today. But if you reject a metaphysical approach to salvation and sanctification, and opt rather (and rightly) for a covenantal approach, you are left with something like dominion.
But don’t be alarmed. This doesn’t mean we have to go recon. It just means we need to be honest about the bible’s language.
- We’ve been renewed in the whole man after the image of Christ.
- We are priests and kings (Revelation). This is ruler language.
- We should not submit again to slavery (Galatians 5-6)
- We have the spirit of the Lord, which is freedom (2 Corinthians).
- If sin is ethical in content and not metaphysical, then salvation is ethical deliverance. Thus, dominion.
- John Wyclif.