Ted Cruz's evil theology
The influence of the radical Protestant sects on US policy has always been significant. Representative of the extreme heretical movements of Protestantism founded the US and laid the foundations of the ideology of American exceptionalism, putting forward the idea of the so-called "City on the hill." During the 20th century, Christian Zionism and the associated Dispensationalist movement pushed apocalyptic prophecies to the forefront of American politics. Dispensationalism believes that Russia is the biblical Gog - the king of the North - who will attack Israel before the end of the world. Contrary to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, they are convinced of the closeness of the Jews as a nation after they rejected Christ, and believe that United States has a duty to support "God's chosen" people. That movement had a tremendous impact on Ronald Reagan, who entered into a close alliance with the pro-Israel neo-conservatives.
The outcome of the upcoming presidential election in the United States may be the coming to power of a representative of an even more odious representative Neo-Protestant current, compared to which the usual Dispensationalists may look like innocent children. We are talking about Ted Cruz, an adherent of the theology of Seven Mounts Dominionism.
Family of apostates
Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, who emigrated from Cuba in 1975, apostated the Catholic Church and became an Evangelical Christian; by his own admission he had a born again experience. Following his conversion, his son and wife (with Irish descent and also a Catholic) also became born-again Christians. In the 1980’s, Rafael Cruz was already involved in politics. He said he was on the state board of the Religious Roundtable, a Christian and Jewish religious organization that worked to elect Ronald Reagan. An ardent adept of the new faith, Rafael tried to raise his son in the spirit of Protestant exclusivity. Dominionism had a special place in this ideological set of notions.
The nature of Dominionism
The ideology of the Dominionist current in Protestantism is very simple: its adherents believe that God chose them to rule the world, or at least rule the US. It is about creating a radically Protestant form of government, based on the Old Testament law of ancient Israel.
The term “dominion” refers to the following verse from the King James Bible Genesis 1:28, the passage in which God grants humanity "dominion" over the Earth:
And God blessed [Adam and Eve], 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.
The founders of this movement have interpreted the above verse as: the godly descendants of Adam, that is Protestants, are obliged to rule the world. The most popular branch of theology is the movement of "Kingdom Now”, which is popular among neo-Pentecostals and has a Gnostic flavor. According to the movement, since the time of the ascension of Christ, Satan has ruled the world, but God speaks periodically to specific people who are obliged to help him regain the lost ownership (dominion). Thus, the task of Protestants became to seize the commanding heights of activity in various areas of public life, and in the end, receive power. This branch of Dominionism is related to the American Protestant current - named the Third Wave Movement; it is also known as the New Apostolic Reformation. Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, who endorsed another candidate, Donald Trump, also belongs to a part of this movement, named ‘Joel Army’.
American-German geopolitical analyst William Engdahl describes the aims of this current:
“It is based on the idea that in the end times there will be an outpouring of supernatural powers on a group of Christians that will take authority over the existing church and the world. The believing Christians of the world will be reorganized under the Fivefold Ministry and the church restructured under the authority of Prophets and Apostles and others anointed by God.”
The movement has strong millenarist features that evoke images of the most radical Protestant sects of the Reformation. So Dominionists believe that the "Gospel of Salvation" is to be replaced by the "New gospel", their own teaching:
“The Church must grow past the 'Gospel of Salvation' message and understand that it is only when we begin to implement the principles of the 'Gospel of the kingdom' that we will really begin to see change in lives and cities and nations. The Church has no understanding of this realm. . . The Church must grow up.”
Another trend within Dominionism is connected to Calvinist circles and the movement "Christian Reconstructionism". Its followers also believe the necessity of a concentration of power in the hands of the Protestants, but also offer a totalitarian ideal of a coherent social system based on the Old Testament laws. Founder of this movement Rousas John Rushdoony is famous for his justification of slavery and the proposal to introduce the death penalty for witchcraft and all manner of perversions. It is less popular than the evangelical version of Dominionism, but some of their ideas are gaining popularity among other Protestants. Similar ideas are supported by Ted Cruz's SuperPAC, well-known evangelist David Barton.
World Domination as a goal
Supporters of the movement believe that when they will be able to achieve their goal, the second coming of Christ, and the end of the world will take place. Moreover, the "Kingdom of God" is understood by them as a kingdom on earth, organized on the model of the Israel in the Old Testament, headed by the prophets and judges. This kingdom has not only the right, but also the obligation to impose by force its own order within the US, as well as on the outside. The aim is to achieve world domination. A physical, earthly "Kingdom of God", established in the United States, must subordinate all nations and people.
Sarah H. Leslie, a former Christian Right leader and prominent critic of Dominionism, describes the heretic nature of the movement:
Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can 'incarnate' Christ and function as his body on Earth to establish his rule of the kingdom. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man's efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished.
Unsurprisingly, neoconservatives support Dominionism, and Dominionists in turn advocate closer ties with big business and the state. Business becomes a tool for achieving global domination of radical Protestants, and the Protestant mission becomes an instrument of American businesses’ global expansion. Sarah Leslie notes:
Creating an outpost for new corporate markets in undeveloped Third World countries, particularly those rich in natural resources, is being done in the name of "kingdom-building…" Mission groups are taking up the quest for corporate expansion and financial gain by linking with business corporations, who are taking up the "mission" to expand their markets in the name of kingdom building. Meanwhile, C. Peter Wagner has cooked up a new definition of ekklesia (Gk. Church) to fuse the Church with the corporate workplace.
There is another motif that binds neocons and Dominionists: Dominionists, as well as Dispensationalists, believe that support for Israel will become the focal point of US foreign policy, because Jews still remain the “chosen people”.
Seven Mountains Dominionism and Ted Cruz
Seven Mountains Dominionists, to which Cruz's father and Cruz himself belongs to, believe that Protestant Christians must take dominion over the seven aspects of culture: family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business, and government. The name of the movement comes from Isaiah 2:2:
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains”
The aforementioned David Barton believes that, “If you can have those seven areas, you can shape and control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world.”
The father of Senator Cruz, Raphael Cruz, is an ardent supporter of this ideology. He is a key figure in the electoral campaign of his son and a prominent Dominionist preacher who visits key churches all over the country, and urges the faithful people to vote for his son.
In his book new book, A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America, Rafael Cruz reveals his Dominionist agenda:
"The Bible tells us that we are the salt of the earth and light of the world ... Does not that suggest that our influence should touch every area of society-our families, the media, sports, arts and entertainment, education, business, and government?"
Rafael Cruz believes in his son’s mission, a key element of which is the “end-time transfer of wealth". Dominionists believe that good people (which they are) must take away all the money from the bad people (everyone else), and that this will bring the Second coming of Christ, of course.
In August 2012, at the New Beginnings Church in Irving, Texas, Rafael Cruz delivered a sermon where he described his son as a Christian "king" who was anointed to preside over an "end-time transfer of wealth" from wicked people to the righteous. It is noteworthy that this statement was made in the mega-church of Christian Zionist Larry Huch. The Daily Beast cites this episode:
"Surrounded by Jewish symbols including a menorah, a Jewish star on the lectern, and a shofar in his hand, Pastor Huch noted that 2012 would be the year of" divine government-that God will begin to rule and reign. Not Wall Street, not Washington, but God and God's people will begin to rule and reign." (According to Huch, this was because of the numerological significance of the number 12, not the Mayan calendar.)
Then he said, "I know that's why God got Rafael's son elected-Ted Cruz, the next senator. But here's the exciting thing ... in a few weeks begins that year in 2012, and this will begin what we call the End Times transfer of wealth ... When gentiles begin to receive this blessing, they will never go back financially through the valley again. They will grow and grow and grow ... We will usher in the coming of the messiah. "
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According to his father and the evangelical pastors that support him, Ted Cruz is anointed by God to help Christians in their effort to "go to the marketplace and occupy the land ... and take dominion" over it.
Among the main sponsors of Cruz’s presidential campaign are just two people who have successfully carried out an “end-time transfer of wealth” - the billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks. Farris Wilks is pastor of the Assembly of Yahweh – a sectarian church that combines political Dominionist Christianity, messianic Judaism, and "the morality of the market". In particular, a key fundraiser of Cruz does not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, and celebrates the Jewish holidays but not Christmas.
Assembly of Yahweh consider themselves to be chosen and more “Jewish” than the natural Jews and believe that they will establish the Messianic kingdom promised to Israel, with the center, of course, in America.
Ted Cruz – a future disaster?
Ted Cruz prefers to not clearly state his religious beliefs, as Ideas of Dominionism, if they are clearly explained, may cause many of his non-radical supporters to drop their support for him. But he did not refute any of the allegations towards his father, who brought up his son in his spirit. The fact that Cruz is surrounded by zealous Dominionists, as well as his comments on his father's books, in which he slightly supports his ideas, shows that he himself is a Dominionist.
The coming to power of Ted Cruz will be a huge success for radical Protestant circles and neo-conservatives, which can position the country on the verge of war with all of the outer world that consists of merely “infidels” whose destiny, according to Dominionists, is to be conquered and to give all their wealth to the American chosen elite. The foreign policy of the United States, which is less rational under Obama, will pass to the hands of crazed fanatics who believe that they should spread the true faith all over the world, the lobbyists of Israel, and large businesses (there are close links between Cruz and Goldman Sachs, where his wife Heidi is working, which are known to everyone). From the orthodox Christian standpoint, the worldwide "Kingdom of God" that the Dominionists want to establish is more likely to be the kingdom of the Antichrist.
American radical Protestants do not believe that even more moderate Protestants are true Christians, not to mention the Catholics and the Orthodox. If at the beginning of an era of US imperialism, the United States justified the seizure of the Philippines by the need to evangelize the population of the islands, though they have been Catholics for centuries, it is not difficult to imagine what will happen if the seat of pragmatist-imperialist Ted Roosevelt will be occupied by Ted Cruz, who believes he will bring the end of the world.