We believe the Kingdom of God is victorious in history and that Jesus is NOW the King of the Earth, and that His increasing reign is coming through the obedience of His people as they fulfill the Great Commission, teaching the nations to obey all Christ has commanded. ” Dr. Jay Grimstead writes:
5. Christ, Not Satan, Is the Ruler of This Earth Now Ever Since His Ascension.
We deny that Satan is the ruler of this world in any sense that undermines the recognition of the rightful rule of Christ over the earth during this present age. We further deny that Christ will ever be given any more power by the Father over the earth than He was given at his first coming. The apostles were, as we are, given the task to get the inhabitants of all nations to recognize the historic and legal fact that God had made Christ the new “emperor” of the planet and that all logic, morality, and good sense required all men to repent of their sins and fall before Christ as Creator, Sustainer, Judge, Saviour, and King over all people on earth and that to not do so is to live in evil rebellion and in a psychotic state of unreality. The world does not have to get worse and worse. Christ commanded us to make the world better and better century by century. And every nation (except France) where serious Christians united to change their nation and bring forth the Kingdom of God on earth were successful to a measurable degree to which history clearly attests. (Articles 8, 9, and 10 of Concerning the Kingdom of God.)
Read the full official ICCP doctrinal statement on Concerning the Kingdom of God.
The above is excerpted from the soon to be published book Rebuilding Civilization on the BIBLE: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues by Dr. Jay Grimstead and Dr. Eugene Clingman.
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