Summary: Unrighteous dominion refers to an act of force or coercion toward an individual
or group for the sake of personal gain or glorification. It entails the forcing of
another’s will, regardless of how blatant or subtle the method. According to scripture,
God abhors unrighteous dominion and considers it a sin, taking constant measures
to avoid it completely in dealing with their children (4:6:7-10; 4:21:18-19; 5:4:55-57).
God adheres to the Doctrine of Minimalism, which prescribes the use of small and
subtle means combined with patience and a relentless will in order to accomplish
great and lasting achievements (5:14:45-51).
Shaemdiel’s efforts to achieve progression and glory through the Law of Immediate
Recompense was flawed in that it was rooted in unrighteous dominion and the rule
of moral tyranny (6:4:37-40).
God encourages their children to make covenants throughout their life. In the making
and keeping of covenants, an individual permits God to work and act on their behalf
while avoiding unrighteous dominion, i.e.: righteous dominion (7:5:11-12).
Many religious institutions engage in unrighteous dominion. The book of Wisdom portrays
an incident in which the Teacher rebukes a high priest for exercising unrighteous
dominion over his congregation (W:11:39-45).
For this must you, yourselves, most rightly know that the first law of Heaven is
not obedience but love instead; for those who love as God does love, even these have
no need of the law, to be themselves compelled in the doing of good, but do themselves
the goodly thing for the sake of love only.
For it is not through the law of many commandments that God would coerce that we
should seek the greater portion, but through love and godly wisdom only; becoming
ourselves, if we should choose, both well instructed and deeply learned in the things
which come from God; making of our life a prayer and a song which we would offer
up with joyful hands.
4th Endowment 21:18-19
And before the sum of all their seed did God place the Covenant of Promise; for in
this covenant did both the Father and the Mother pledge the fullness of their devotion,
to be as constant and ever watchful in the lives of those who lived; teaching here
and guiding there the place where they should go, but only if they be willing and
For God would force no child against their will, being themselves content to woo
and gently call, leading instead with gentle words of kind persuasion, drawn from
loving hearts; showing through their words and deeds the ways of life and sweet fulfillment.
For God did frown with cold disdain upon the forcing of the will, for in unrighteous
dominion did God take quick offense filled with sorrow, seeing that it was rooted
only in the authority and place of another, and not in love or kind regard.
Thus did God command that the angels should refrain from such authority as mere men
would seek to place upon the brightness of their persons, but to lead instead with
words of wisdom filled with kind affection.
4th Endowment 6:7-10
45. And though there move against me the whims of unexpected happenstance, still
shall I continue on and not relent; ever moving steadily on in achieving the whole
of our designs; being myself most ever careful to withhold my hand from unrighteous
dominion when opposing the Lord of Chaos.
46. For this do we as Gods abhor, that we should feel as those made weak and deeply
fearful; embracing to our soul the rule of force and unrighteous dominion in the
seeking of our true design; for only the fearful and ungodly will this most strive
47. Seeing therefore that Yaldabaoth should possess a will of his own, bearing upon
its fearsome tide the purposes, designs, intents and goals of so fearsome a master;
which will shall clash against my own midst move and countermove;
48. Causing that there should weigh most subtly against the whole of my design the
unexpected happenstance: How then shall I set right the course I deign to have, whereby
I might prove at last victorious; avoiding with watchful diligence the dark rule
of unrighteous dominion?
49. This then have I weighed in the hand and in my soul have well determined, for
in watching well the Gods of Heaven have I observed their own behavior; how that
in the working of their will they use most subtly the smallest of means, avoiding
through the smallest of measures the hurt of unrighteous dominion.
50. Thus in the Doctrine of Minimalism shall I use the smallest of measure to shape
and turn the greatest events, avoiding through the slightest and most subtle of means
the heavy weight of unrighteous dominion; for there is nothing made impossible to
those who are wise and patient, being in themselves most relentless and indomitable
51. For those who are wise do know most certain, that in using that which appears
as something small and insignificant today, if given time, will on the morrow prove
the hinge upon which greater events are turned; to cast the shadows into light, changing
defeat into victory.
5th Endowment 14:45-51
For in the Law of Immediate Recompense was there no room for individuality, for in
the law was even all the tribe made to suffer because of the sins of one; causing
that every man and every woman should think and act for the good of all, and not
for themselves alone.
Know then that in this aspect is there a benefit found which would prove to the good
of all; to create a sense of oneness in the minds of all those who would live within
the larger group, to make of many, one mind, one heart, one soul; creating within
the tribe a sense of harmony bound by a single purpose.
Yet in the darker aspect of the law is neither benefit nor reward, for in the law
of Shaemdiel did he alone decide what was good and what was evil; taking away from
the group and the individual the right to know these things for themselves; being
themselves made subject to the rule of moral tyranny.
Which moral tyranny is an offense to God, being itself rooted in unrighteous dominion,
suppressing through the fear of punishment, the moral conscience of every person
within the larger group; to make of every man and every woman a silent partaker in
the doing of dark and hurtful things.
6th Endowment 4:37-40
Thus in the taking of a covenant is God made a participant in your life, having set
aside through covenant, the scourge of unrighteous dominion, permitting that God
should act in your behalf, even as you, through covenant would act for God.
Behold and deep consider, for I am Areta, Supreme Mother of all the realms of Heaven,
having above me neither God nor Goddess, yet am I even now most deeply guarded through
the making of many covenants; having pledged through sacred honor the keeping of
my word and the receiving of another’s.