Former NSW Christian Democrat MLC and Family First NSW leader Dr Gordon Moyes has warned that Christian fundamentalists who want to impose religious laws on society are operating in Australia.

“Dominionism is a new cult, started in USA, but today is present in Australia,” Moyes warned in a recent newsletter.

“Dominionism is not a new denomination. Rather [it is] an interrelated mindset followed by some members of a wide range of extreme fundamentalist and some Pentecostal Protestants.

“Dominionism is a term used to describe the tendency among some politically active conservative Christians to seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, with the goal of a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of Old Testament law. Their aim is to control ‘the seven mountains’ — the peak bodies of business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion.

“They take a fundamentalist attitude to many issues and oppose evolution, changing moral standards, university agendas, all other religions, opposing all schools not run by Christians, traditional cultural practices, abortion, homosexuality, the teaching of palaeontology on the dating of the earth, all philosophy, psychology and psychiatry, the United Nations [and] scientific beliefs on climate change.

“Dominionism is a doctrine which demands the total remaking of society to conform with the laws of the Old Testament, and it states that the second coming of Jesus Christ will never occur until ‘God’s kingdom’ is established on earth for a thousand years.”

Moyes warned that there were already around six small organisations in Australia pushing a dominionist agenda.

Moyes wrote that The Sydney Morning Herald had recently run an article in which the three leading dominionists in Australia were named, “none of whom has graduate theological training in Biblical studies but are a retired soldier, an elderly politician and a country dentist”.

“Another is a Melbourne-based self-anointed ‘Apostle’,” Moyes wrote.

The Star Observer understands that the Melbourne-based leader is Pastor Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries, while the three named in the SMH are Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace, the Reverend Fred Nile and the National Alliance of Christian Leaders convenor Graham McLennan.

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