October 26, 2011

Frightening Christian Cult Wants To Take Over Government

Protesters holding signs that support science and the separation of church and state. They're opposed to Reclaiming Texas For Christ.

The New Apostolic Reformation movement believes they will soon complete their unsuspecting dominion (takeover) over government, and the rest (business, family, religion, media, education and entertainment) will be easy.


Last Thursday 200 anti gay haters of Islam quietly gathered at a Baptist church in North Dallas to pray, testify, and discuss the moral decay in Texas, and the United States. Despite a handful of noisy protesters, hardly anyone noticed they were there.

This group of white heterosexual Christians met at Lakewood Baptist Church to discuss how to reclaim Texas for Christ, which is part of a larger organization called Reclaiming America for Christ.

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement believes that it is their Christian duty to take dominion over the “7 mountains” of society; business, government, family, religion, media, education and entertainment. C. Peter Wagner advanced these principles, and named the movement New Apostolic Reformation.

The NAR apostles and follower’s believe that government “hand outs” and government mandated programs like Medicare and Social Security, is taking away from what’s always been the dominion of religion, their church, and their Christian faith. When they discuss hot button issues like when does life begin, or their animus for gay people and gay marriage, and that our cold-hearted government shouldn’t be assisting anyone because these programs are a communist plot, or socialist programs are expensively bad ideas, you can attribute that to NAR.

Kerby Anderson, Timothy Barton, Robert Jeffress, and Dan Panettii (pictured left to right) will speak at the Reclaiming Texas For Christ Conference in Lewisville, Texas

The press was not allowed to attend the Reclaiming Texas for Christ sessions, and I have only been able to find one article about the conference. Pamela Kimble, the chairman of Reclaiming Texas For Christ (RTFC) spoke with a lone reporter. [emphasis my own]
We believe that America is in crisis. Not just financially, morally or politically, but because our nation has not honored God in its successes or humbly called on Him in its struggles,” Kimble said. 
“The people at Lakeland Baptist Church were very generous and worked very well with us. The generosity of Lakeland Baptist was what brought us to Lewisville. It was an excellent location. We also want to say thanks to the Lewisville Police Department and the Denton County Constables office. Both were very helpful and provided security for the event.” 
“There was a huge amount of information presented by speakers this year. This was a conference of good news,” Kimble said. “We haven’t given up on Texas or the country. This is good news that people need to hear. While the majority of us believe that Jesus Christ is the answer, anyone of any faith is welcome to attend the event.” 
RTFC is a coordinated effort of Christian patriots to aid Texans in working together “to support the Biblical principles and moral values, which America was founded.” 
The group hopes to reincorporate Biblical principles and patriotic duty into American. It also believes “God’s moral laws” should be spotlighted in business.
RTFC is under the umbrella for Reclaiming America for Christ, which first formed in the 1990s. The group was dormant for a short time after it was formed, but recently, Pastor Paul Blair ignited a fire in the group and it has since grown. 
“Pastor Blair is part of the reason for our recent growth,” Kimble said. “He wants each state to set up its own group to reach people throughout the country. This group and the conferences are open to every denomination because that’s what our country is made of. We believe if people come here to live in America, there is a basic moral code that people of all faiths can abide by.”
Rachel Tabachnick of Talk2action, who has studied and written about this subversive group says, “Dominionism is simply that Christians of this belief system must take control over the various institutions of society and government. The anti-pluralistic and theocratic activities of the New Apostolic Reformation require more attention from those who care about the separation of church and state.”

They sound pretty benign at first - until you dig deeper and see their aims, and you see the names of their prominent devotees. While any Christian Faith is permitted to join them - they will tell you that it is their belief that they will be converting all the religions of the world to Christianity - and if you want to play their reindeer games, you have to ultimately sign on to living your life by their rules, their God, their apostles, and their Scripture.

When you see who’s associated with NAR, it’s a who’s who list of right-wing anti-gay extremists. Right now they can count at least 3 presidential candidates poised to work toward taking dominion over government. 

Current members of Congress affiliated with NAR are Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ), and Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL). Most of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and many members of the Tea Party Caucus, the hate group American Family Association, the Wildmon Family, Bryan “Brown Shirt” Fischer, the hate group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, Minister Lou Engle, and Scott Lively.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Gary Bauer, Wendy Wright, Richard Land, Andrea Lafferty, Kelly Shackelford, Ken Blackwell, Mat Staver, Rick Scarborough, Sally Kern, and NAR Apostles Cindy Jacobs, Judge Roy Moore, Harry Jackson and Samuel Rodriguez.

This movement is starting to create a schism on the right, because Christians and theologians recognize the false teachings, and they’ve been examining NAR and have correctly pointed out that NAR’s mission, and teachings, are inconsistent with the teachings of Christ.

Last May Marsha West a conservative Christian columnist sounded the alarm for other Christians, when she wrote about NAR.
This article will put to rest the notion that the NAR’s esoteric doctrines fall within the pale of orthodox Christianity. The hope of course is that the Religious or Christian Right will wake up and smell the coffee and sever all ties with these renegades. 
What’s astounding is that conservative Christian leaders, many of whom are biblically literate, fail to recognize blatant false teaching. For instance, some of them assume John Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, is an orthodox preacher when Hagee promotes unbiblical word-faith teaching! 
But this is not about John Hagee’s promotion of the doctrine of positive confession. This is about the unorthodox teaching and the sinister plans of the NAR. The reason I’m sounding the alarm is that more and more Christians are getting caught up in this cult. 
There are elements who support Christian Reconstructionism, within NAR, who advocate enforcing a death penalty for anyone who doesn’t convert, the LGBT community, atheists, pagans, abortion Doctors, anyone who has had an abortion, anyone who knows of an abortion and did not report it, anyone who doesn’t help identify LGBT people, which is pretty scary and informs the Uganda “Kill the Gays” movement.

Knowledge is power, and it’s important that we tell our family and friends about this subversive movement. Read Marsha West’s excellent columns. Check out Right Wing Watch and Talk2action, as they have extensive documentation. The election is about a year away, and we have to insure we remove these heretics from their political positions of power.

I will continue to monitor these groups, and hope that you will too. This is a serious and credible threat to our democracy, that could damage our republic more that anything we’ve seen before in our secular country.

More Resources


Talk2action

Right Wing Watch

Herescope: Peter Wagner Spins NAR

A Lethal Mix of Religion and Politics

NPR: The Evangelicals Engaged in Spiritual Warfare

Marsha West Columns

Herescope: The Doctrines of Dominionism

NAR is not a Cult

Religious Tolerance: Christian Reconstructionism, Dominionism, Theonomy, Dominion Theology


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