Gospel Centered Dominion

One charge that I have heard made more than once against the Christian Reconstruction movement is that it lacks gospel centrality. Some would say that spending too much time in the areas of politics or cultural transformation takes away from a focus on the glorious news that through the cross of Christ God has reconciled sinners back to himself. Some would even say that proponents of Christian Reconstruction look too eagerly for salvation from the government instead of Christ. These indictments against dominionism serve to show that their opponents have a faulty view of the Christian Reconstruction movement.

The gospel should be the absolute center of any and all thoughts that go through the head of the Christian. The gospel is the foundation from which all other things are built on. The apostle Paul calls the gospel “of first importance.”[1] The gospel should break us, take us, motivate us, and enable us to live lives of obedience to Christ.

The goal of the Christian Reconstructionist is, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring all areas of life in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. This means taking all the so-called “secular” areas of life[2] and Christianizing them. The end result is the ultimate Christianization of culture. Christians should be active in the various areas of life, not for selfish gain and popularity, but to win the culture for Christ.

The foundation of this very idea is the gospel. The regeneration of ungodly men is the only  thing that makes this type of cultural transformation possible. The Christian Reconstructionist does not seek to change culture without the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. The new birth is the most basic necessity to the Christian Reconstructionist. Christianizing culture does not occur by force, but by the sword of the Spirit. The church should not be in the business of coercing obedience.

Everything starts with regeneration. The more people are converted, the better society will be. Orthodox Christianity tells us that this can only come about by the sovereign decree of God. God alone can bring salvation to fallen man. Salvation does not come by force from Christians, but by the irresistible grace of the Creator of all things. The more God’s people are sanctified, the more society becomes sanctified. If all the people of the world were converted in an instant, what would the world look like? Would it look the same, or would it be better?

Christian Reconstructionism is gospel centered. God is sovereign in the redemption of culture just as he is in the redemption of man. The culture can be won for Christ because Christ has defeated sin and death. That is our basis. When the self-government of man is changed, families are changed, churches are changed, and society is changed, all to the glory of God. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).

Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. 1 Cor. 15:3
  2. http://blackcoffeecalvinist.com/onward-christian-soldier/
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