My essays (here and here) last week on Brannon Howse led me to discover his DVD series The Jesuit Order Exposed! I’ve read Malachi Martin and Loyola himself and have some interest in the topic. But needless to say my interest was definitely stirred when I saw he had a section on “Dominion Theology.” What?
Sure enough, Mr. Howse is claiming that one of the main “areas of influence” the Jesuits use “to turn hearts and minds toward the church of Rome” is nothing less than “Dominion Theology.” Knowing the dismal level of understanding and discernment I’ve dealt with so far, I just had to hear this.
Even I was shocked, almost. First of all, Howse did not really deal with “Dominion Theology” at all. There was no citation of sources, historical connections, or even secondary claims. His whole premise of Jesuit “dominion” was premised upon the logo for Georgetown University. I am not kidding. The logo for this Jesuit university is an eagle with a cross in one talon and a globe in the other.
Howse explained that this means the Jesuits want to meld “both into one”—religion and world together—to get a “one world religion.” Just as his end-times views dictate, there will be a “revived Holy Roman Empire” in which the Jesuits will institute “a world-religious dominion—a theocracy.”
It would not be so bad it he remained focused on Rome and Jesuits, but he drug into this concoction the whole of dominion theology and everything associated with the term pretty much in any way. While admitting that Christians may be involved in politics, he advised: “but their motivation has to be for the Gospel, not some kind of Christian America or Dominion Theology as is so popular within the neo-evangelicals, new religious right, new apostolic reformation.” So he’s hardly confining himself to a critique of the Jesuits. He’s letting that critique bleed into all of dominion theology.
He emphasizes that such dominionism can’t be true, because the Bible is “clear” that there must be a revived Holy Roman Empire. “Daniel 2, Daniel 7, Revelation 13, Revelation 17 clearly say that.” Clearly. It will be “based in Rome” and “there will be a one world religion, a dominion theology.”
There was no discussion of the fact that premillennialists like Howse believe this too, they just disagree on the nature and timing. They believe Christ will return first to usher in a millennial era of—get this—theocracy, in which Christ will literally, physically rule with a rod of iron from literal, physical Jerusalem.
If that’s not a one world religion, I don’t know what is. So tell me, what’s wrong with a one world theocracy ruled by Christ, again?
But enough of that. Back to the Jesuits. We learn they are also the perpetrators of this great heresy known as preterism—the belief that most of those antichrist, beast, and harlot prophecies were fulfilled in the past. In particular, in AD 70.
Howse quips, “We have many evangelicals today who are preterist or partial preterist who are giving credibility to this doctrine which was actually started by a Jesuit.”
The culprit, as others have often noted, is a Jesuit known as Luis Alcazar in the 16th century. The problem is, the claim is false. Alcazar was hardly the first, and thus preterism was not “started by a Jesuit” (even if it was, that would not invalidate it!). Many early church fathers interpreted Matthew 24 and other texts in a preterist manner and understood them as applying to AD 70. Eusebius was one. There were many others.
Sorry, Brannon. This claim is simply not accurate.
But the best came a bit later when Howse’s guest, Chris Pinto, made the broadest, most sweeping claim of all. He said,
It’s so clear that all of these different movements, whether it’s Communism, whether it’s Dominionism, Reconstructionism, and so on, and this New World Order movement—they all seem to be a variety of different theological and political movements that are being intertwined over time, all headed toward the same objective, and it’s where that old phrase comes into being, you know, “All roads lead to Rome.” And that seems to be the case where this plan for world dominion is concerned.
I don’t guess I’ve heard anything so ridiculous since . . . well, the last time I reviewed on of Howse’s guests.
So Dominionism was started by Jesuits, and ultimately leads, alongside communism, to Rome.
I wonder what John Knox would say to that. Or Rushdoony, Bahnsen, North, DeMar, Gentry, or a hst of others, all of whom were Reformed and highly critical of Roman Catholic theology.
While this claim is a far-fetched stretch, if you stop and think for a moment, it should not surprise you. We are dealing with radical dispensational (or historical premillennial) types here. They see one goal in the future: there will be a one world order which subsumes all religions and all of culture.
Think about it: if you really believe that, then everything in the whole world, except your own little holy of holies, must inevitably lead to Rome. Everything. So “dominion theology” is hardly unique in this regard, isn’t it?
So on the one hand, given the radical bent of their eschatology, this claim makes sense. On the other hand, from the perspective of even a modicum of reality, the claim is absurd.
First of all, Jesuits did not invent dominionism. God did—on the sixth day when He created Adam and gave them dominion over all the earth. Christ renewed this covenant with His great commission to convert the world to obey everything He has commanded.
Peter enjoined this dominion when he asserted that Christ has already ascended to His heavenly throne (Acts 2:14-47).
Paul joined it when he said that we believers are ascended and seated with Christ, ruling from the heavens (Eph. 2:5–7).
Paul expanded its horizons to the far distant future when he argued that Christ shall not move from that present heavenly throne until all His enemies are made his footstool (1 Cor. 15:21–25). (This means no return before dominion!)
The author of Hebrews reiterated these points (Heb. 1:3, 13; 10:12–13).
So did John (Rev. 1:5–6; 5:10).
Brannon Howse is giving Jesuits credit for what he ought to be crediting the Bible.
Perhaps Jesuits do try to engage in world dominion. I am not surprised. It is a fallen version of what all fallen hearts try to do: work out the dominion mandate for which God created us. That impulse never left. All pagans and false prophets keep at it whether they articulate it or not. That does not make dominion in itself unbiblical or sinister. In fact, it challenges Christians to take it up before the enemy does.
The great problem is not that this occurs. The great problem is that Christian leaders like Howse, with their pessimillenial eschatology, gloomy horizons and prophecies of a helpless, passive church, keep legitimizing the dominion of evil men and refusing to assert or support godly dominionin the earth.
And once you realize that, you’ll realize that the real allies of Jesuit evils are not us evangelical Dominion theologians or Reconstructionists as they say, but the premils like Howse and Pinto who want to hold us at bay and let the Jesuits to succeed. For while these leaders expose the sinister Jesuit plot, their eschatology tells them not to lift a finger to stop it, or beat it. And it says to criticize as demonic any other Christians who try to beat it as well.
The Jesuit Order Exposed! Indeed! Along with its premillennial enablers.