There is a theological current primarily in American evangelism, called Dominionism, which seeks to re-establish the primacy of their version of the Christian church within modern society.

It is based on Genesis 1:28. which mainstream Christians typically understand as meaning that God gave humankind responsibility over the Earth, similar to the Islamic “khalifullah.”  However in Dominion Theology it is understood as a mandate for Christian dominion in all affairs.

An article from South Australia outlines this approach.

“Their declared goal is to take control of society. And the US government is in its sights. It wants ‘One nation, under God’ … their god.
Only once this is achieved, followers believe, will Jesus return in the Second Coming, initiating the End of Days and the prophecies of the Book of Revelation.” [Adelaide Now, 8 January 2019]

One extreme strand of these Dominionists  has developed the theory of the seven mountains that must be dominated.

They claim the Bible verses of Isiah 2:2-3 instruct their followers to take control:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”

It argues there are seven such ‘mountains of the Lord’.

The key to this thinking is from the last book of the New Testament, Revelations 17:1-18, which hinges on verse 9: “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains.”

Mainstream Christian theologians regard the reference to ‘seven’ as indicating Rome –  built upon seven hills, the enemy of monotheism, but adherents of this sectarian view argue that this beast – and its seven heads that are mountains – represents the structure of society itself. [The ‘Seven Mountains’ conspiracy,  Adelaide Now, 8 January 2019]

South Australia is a hotbed of this kind of political theological activity.

According to Mike Seccombe “The religious right is on the march in South Australia, literally putting the fear of God into party moderates.”

“So troubled is the party hierarchy that earlier this month it demanded some 400 aspiring members sign statutory declarations pledging support to the party constitution and its candidates.” [How the religious right is trying to take over the Liberal Party, Saturday Paper, 26 June 2021]

Their intentions are obvious from the website of Southland Church and sermons from pastor Rob Norman, “the main organising force for Pentecostalism in politics.”

One emphasises the “persecution” of believers. A second focuses on power.

In another, published on June  1,“Christians and Politics”, congregants are called to take on the “mission” – to get active in party politics and use their numbers to influence policy and the selection of candidates.

“Norman celebrates the outcome of the May 2019 federal election, and the man who led the Coalition to its narrow victory.”

There are mainstream Liberal party members who understand the threat. One describes the state election in WA as a train wreck, attributable to the dominance of many branches by Pentecostal churches.

She also “…noted how attempts by the Victorian right to stack in members of conservative religions – in that case, Mormons along with various minor ethnically based congregations – “blew up” the party and resulted in the expulsion of 150 members.” [Saturday Paper, 26 June 2021]

The  Seven Mountains Mandate is a strategy of political and cultural infiltration and conquest, and a propaganda weapon for the cultivation of the Christian Right.

“The parallels between Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph and Scott Morrison’s “miracle” election win are remarkable. A week on, it’s increasingly apparent this was a Trump-like victory.” [AIM Network, 13 February 2020]

The notion of total social domination by a particular religious cult is politically dangerous.

It assumes the subservience of all who do not adhere to the beliefs of the Dominionists to their control of the seven mountains, education, religion, family, business, government and the military, arts and entertainment, and the media.

It is a totalitarian world view.