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What is the Cultural Mandate?

Dr. John Barber records God's Cultural Mandate, or Dominion Mandate, to mankind. "And God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'"

Here God charges the first man and woman to rule the earth. However, they are not to tend the creation any way they see fit, but unto God's glory. Adam and Eve were each created to be God's viceroy, which is a person that reigns "in place of the King." They are to rule on earth in place of the King of heaven just like a governor of a province might rule as the representative of an earthly sovereign.

The Cultural Mandate is the church's directive to affect every area of life for King Jesus. Man's original stewardship of the earth developed beyond his humble agrarian beginnings to use all the earth's resources as a means to advance worldwide civilizations. Consequently, the work of the Cultural Mandate is an all-inclusive concept that extends to every sphere of life where man's mind and hands are employed to control and utilize the processes of nature for the good of all. The Church must see in this command its role in shaping every area of life according to God's will - including politics, the fine arts, science, law, medical ethics, and more. end

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