Proponents of the seven mountain (7-M) mandate say and teach that the Church must take control of seven important aspects of society, or "mountains," before Jesus will return to earth.
Is the seven mountain mandate biblical? What is the 7-M mandate?
The seven mountains are:
These seven mountains are identified as the molders and shapers of society, impacting the way people think and behave. The mountains are sometimes referred to as "pillars," "shapers," "molders," and "spheres." The focus of Christians following this teaching is on "occupying" or even "invading" these mountains, thereby "transforming" society.
The 7-M movement grew out of dominion theology based in Genesis 1:28, but does not interpret that Scripture correctly. The 7-M movement teaches followers to pursue control over civil aspects of society as a part of a worldwide kingdom for Jesus. Some point to Isaiah 2:2 which mentions the establishment of the Lord's temple on the highest mountain. Some also believe the ushering of Jesus back to earth is dependent upon them establishing moral laws and punishments based on the Old Testament.
The 7-M movement grew as self-appointed prophets and apostles added their input based on dreams and visions and other revelations they claim to have received. The seven mountain mandate is now espoused by so-called prophets and apostles, some associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, who say they have special knowledge or revelation from God. They focus on control—both of society in general and of their followers by placing expectations of continual advancing upon the "mountains" making each more honoring to God. However, the Bible clearly says the world will get worse rather than better before Jesus returns.
The seven mountain mandate, followed by some in Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, is unbiblical, damaging to the witness of Christians, and confuses Christians who follow it.
The main teacher of the 7-M movement is a man named Lance P. Wallnau who expanded Jesus' Great Commission to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:18–20) to include social transformation. He teaches that the Church, established in most every nation, has little influence on the culture around it and that must significantly change. He has identified the seven spheres of society in which that influence must be increased, sometimes calling them the "gates of hell" which serve as portals over the "kings" or influence-shapers.
Wallnau teaches that the Abrahamic Covenant in which God promises Abraham lasting inheritance, coupled with Deuteronomy 28:12–14 that Israel should lead nations, leads to a conclusion that the Church should claim that promise and fulfill that mandate. Individual Christians, Wallnau says, should take the greatest control or power over the largest mountain or peak they can in their sphere of influence.
The 7-M movement places upon Christians a mandate to dominate world systems to usher in Jesus' return. Spiritually, these ideas are closely associated with New Age thoughts that call for a spiritual shift in which humans become co-redeemers of earth.
Though Jesus calls Christians to be lights in the world (Matthew 5:14), there is nothing in the Bible that requires or encourages them to dominate world systems to make them more like heaven and trigger Jesus' return. The Bible, in contrast with this teaching, says that in the last days the world will be further from God's ideal rather than parallel to it (2 Timothy 3:1, 13; 2 Peter 3:3). Christians are called to actively share the gospel of Christ and be His ambassadors in a lost and dying world (Matthew 28:18–20; 2 Corinthians 5:17–21). We should have an impact on society, but not through domination or forceful change. Rather, we are to share the love of God with others, stand up for His truth, and eagerly await Jesus' return when He will make all things new (Revelation 21).
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