There are certain movements and certain theologies in the religious world today that label themselves as having "Dominion Theology" or "Kingdom Now". This theology is not based on the work of God but the work of man as the builder of the Church.
Dominion Theology is not a new theology as its being going on since the first century in the days of Augustine. Having came out of a Dominion Theology teaching educated this writer early in my Christian walk. For twenty three years I have researched the "Why" and "How" of dominion theology and have only concluded with the context of my writings at ChristianBlog and other various Blogs on the Internet. God Blessed this writer 23 years ago with His Divine Grace and since that time He has been continuously teaching me how to rightly divide the Word of Truth.
Here's a for instance. Those who teach the doctrine of Dominion Theology use the following Scripture...
Gen 1:26-28... And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Adam had dominion over natural Law, over animals, and over tangible Earth because He was created in the image of God with power over physical earth. Adam had a divine nature and also had dominion over tangible Earth. All this was lost in the Fall...as a result of the"original Sin".
When Jesus came He came to restore the Kingdom on Earth. This Kingdom was called the Kingdom of Heaven. Within this Kingdom on Earth man will have dominion over tangible Earth once again just like Adam had in the Garden of Eden...before the Fall. John the Baptist came preaching the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus sent out the disciples to preach the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Mat. 10:6...These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Here's where the snag comes in.
Matt 10:1-6...And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
During the ministry of our Lord...Jesus gave His disciples power. He delgated His power to them! He gave them power over devils, sickness, and tangible earth. Peter even walked on water! Man was given dominion...but it was lost due to a lack of faith and doubt.
Matt 14:29-31...And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
During the ministry of Christ while establishing the Kingdom on earth Jesus delegated power and authority to His disciples as witnesses for God to set up HIs promised Kingdom! The object was to establish the Kingdom of Heaven in Jersalem. To restore earth to the Garden of Eden! Jesus had power to "speak" and calm the storm. Man likewise would have power over this same natural law. Unfortunately Israel doubted and lost faith...thus without faith they would not have power and dominion over tangible Earth. This was caused from doubt and unbelief. In the Kingdom to come...Man will have power in that Kingdom and will be able to calm storms and move mountains. When Jesus withered the fig tree He also spoke of this dominion that man will have in the Kingdom of Heaven. Examine these words closely...
Matt 21:21...Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Luke's explanation defines it this way...
Luke 17:6... And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
In the Kingdom of Heaven man will have dominion like Adam had. This is Kingdom Authority. This is man's dominion over tangible Earth! This dominion was lost because Israel did not have faith the size of a mustard seed.
Kingdom Authority that Christ delegated in His Earthly ministry does not exist today in the Church. Man is not building the Church today either. Christ is! Christ said He would build the Church. Mat. 16 Christ is the Head of the Church now! Christ has all authority in Heaven and on Earth! Man does not have dominion over tangible earth...but man will have dominion over tangible earth in the future Kingdom of Heaven!
In the Kingdom Age Christ gave men authority to set up His Kingdom in Isreal! It did not happen because Isreal rejected the King and the Kingdom message! In the Church Age today Christ has all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Devils are subject to Him! Sickness is subject to Him! Don't mix up the Kingdom Age during the ministry of our Lord with the Church age now under Grace! ! You don't have to bind or loose anything or any demon. The New Testament after the death of Christ says...Submit to Christ...resist the Devil and He wil flee. Why does the Devil flee? Because you are subject to Christ the Head of the Church.
Rightly divide the Word of Truth! Make distinction between the Kingdom Age and the Church Age! See the difference between Law and Grace. Study to show thyself approved as a good workman to Christ! Don't get tangled up in movements or theologies that teach the bondage of human works. If you want to get tangled up in something get tangled up in Christ the Head of Church! He adds to the Church daily! He gives gifts unto men! He rules and reigns from the Throneroom. It's a greater blessing since He went to Calvary! Glory!