The New Apostolic Revolution and the First Amendment; A Lethal Mix of Religion and Politics

The Constitution’s Bill of Rights, specifically the First Amendment’s  freedom of religion and separation of church and state seems to possess a loophole.

That loophole is a useful device for The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) to reclaim one of it’s “seven mountains of society,” government.

The NAR is an “emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture,” according to journalists at NPR. The leaders of NAR are called “apostles” and “prophets.”

The separation of church and state is opposed by apostles of the NAR,the religious group have made this very clear.

NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ host, Terry Gross, interviewed Rachel Tabachnick of Talk2Action, an online watchdog for Religious Right movements in the US, and discussed the New Apostolic Reformation,it’s associations politically, globally and Rick Perry’s association with NAR key leaders.

“[Their issues are] anti-abortion, anti-gay rights — but they also have … the belief that government should not be involved in social safety nets, that the country is becoming socialist, if not communist … — all of what we’ve come to call ‘Tea Party issues’ of very small government. In the case of the apostles, they believe this because they believe that a large government that handles the safety net is taking away what is the domain of the church and of Christianity,” Tabachnick said in the NPR interview.

New Apostolic Reformation's Reclamation of the 7 Mountains

The reclaiming of the ‘seven mountains of society; business, government, family, religion, media, education and entertainment is part of the NAR’s “Spiritual Mapping”  and “Dominionism” theory.

“Dominionism is simply that Christians of this belief system must take control over the various institutions of society and government,” Tabachnick said. Spiritual Mapping is the plan of action used in the “Seven Mountains Campaign.”

In a detailed 36 page research paper conducted by a Talk2action research team the NAR and its affiliations throughout the world are discussed.

“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,”  said Talk2action researchers in the report, Spiritual Mapping and Spiritual Warfare – Muthee and The “Transformations” Franchise.

The report lays bare claims by the NAR’s “Transformation” series of videos  that”prayer warriors” who engage in “spiritual warfare” and “demon warfare” are successful in cleansing societies. According to Tabachnick, “The mountains have fallen under control of a demonic society.”

The Transformations series shows communities affected by societal ills before and after NAR’s influence.

“The before stage is plagued with horrendous social ills, environmental degradation, crime, poverty, and illness. Then, the “Spirit-filled” Christians from across the denominational divides come together in intercessory prayer and fasting to bring miraculous transformation: empty jails, healing of AIDS, the rebirth of coral reefs and re-population of wildlife, booming agriculture with extra harvests of giant vegetables, improved public schools, and communities of religious unity,” the Talk2action report said.

“The videos demonstrate the taking control of communities and nations through large networks of “prayer warriors.” whose spiritual
warfare is used to expel and destroy the demons that cause societal ills,” the report says. Some of the videos can be viewed here at these links;

Transformations I (1999)- Cali, Colombia; Kiambu, Kenya; Almolonga, Guatemala; and Hemet, CA.

“Noted Investigative Reporter George Otis Jnr,” is the narrator  of the Transformations 1 video. Otis works for The Sentinel Group who produces these PR videos for NAR and is himself a “Spiritual Mapping advocate.”

Transformations II (2001)- First Nations in Canadian Arctic, Outer Hebrides, and Uganda.

“The revival portrayed in the movie is claimed to have resulted in instantaneous healing of thousand of AIDS patients. Narrator George Otis claims these miracles were confirmed by astounded doctors,” according to the Talk2action report.

Let the Sea Resound (Transformations IV, 2004) – Fiji

“The historic reality is very different from what is portrayed in the movie, which almost completely ignores the Indo-Fijians,” the Talk2action research team stated in the report.

“The “stars” of these videos have already played a role in promoting witch hunts in Africa, endorsing death squads in Guatemala, the de-Catholicizing of Brazil, and the mythology of miraculous curing of AIDS in Uganda,” the report stated and continued, “A number of researchers who have written on the current wave of witch hunting and demonology among Christian groups in Africa and on other continents have found that the revival of the obsession is often sourced in the spread of American introduced theology.”

The impact upon the societies infiltrated is far from the glorious account given by NAR. Stories of witchcraft printed in The New York Times and The Guardian when read without knowledge of the NAR’s activities seem archaic and isolated. Using information gleaned and new knowledge gained from the Talk2action  report, these ‘witch hunts’ could be the “spiritual warfare” of “casting demons out” in order to reclaim the 7 mountains  of society.

The New York Times Witch Hunts in Gambia said that, “The president, it seems, had become concerned about witches in this country of mango trees, tropical scrub, dirt roads, innumerable police checkpoints and Atlantic coastline frequented by sun-seeking European tourists mostly unaware of the activities at nearby Mile 2 State Central Prison, where many opponents of the regime are taken.”

The Guardian’s Children are targets of Nigerian witch hunt stated, “Such names as New Testament Assembly, Church of God Mission, Mount Zion Gospel, Glory of God, Brotherhood of the Cross, Redeemed, Apostalistic. Behind the smartly painted doors pastors make a living by ‘deliverances’ – exorcisms – for people beset by witchcraft, something seen to cause anything from divorce, disease, accidents or job losses. With so many churches it’s a competitive market, but by local standards a lucrative one.”

NAR's leading American architect C. Peter Wagner, the man who came up with the name New Apostolic Reformation

NAR’s leading American architect C. Peter Wagner, the man who came up with the name New Apostolic Reformation, also a self-proclaimed ‘missiologist,’ has been studying the growth of churches who share common ideologies since the 1970′s.  The ‘wineskins’ Wagner mentions are the shared NAR ideologies and activities that move the church into the 21st century. Witch hunts are a part of that shared ideology.

In chapter 14 of The Transforming Power of Revival Wagner states that, “What, however, are the new wineskins of the 1990s?  Where does the blessing of God seem to be resting today?  The answer to this question began coming into focus in 1993.”

Number 1 on Wagner’s list of 1990 wineskins, “The African Independent Churches.  These roots go back to the turn of the century when large numbers of contextualized African churches began breaking away from the traditional mission churches,” Wagner said.

The Baltimore Sun in 1993 ran the headline, 44 die as murderous and puzzling witch hunt frenzy grips western Kenya.

Wagner’s ‘wineskins’ are,”Crystal Cathedral” and “Community Church of Joy” are among the most prominent congregations in our country.  “Icthus” churches are multiplying in England.  On a recent visit to the Philippines I came in contact with “The Warm Body of Jesus Church.”  One of my favorite churches in Argentina is “Waves of Love and Peace.”  In Kenya, Thomas Muthee pastors “The Prayer Cave.”  A friend told me of a church in Zimbabwe called the   “Dodge the Devil and Go Straight to Heaven Church”!

Sarah Palin, 9th Governor of Alaska In office December 4, 2006 – July 26, 2009

Sarah Palin’s connection with NAR is through Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee, another “star” of the transformation video series. Video from a Wasilla Assembly of God service in 2005 shows the anointing ceremony of Sarah Palin by  Muthee.

According to the Talk2action report, “Palin also knew of  Muthee’s fame and purpose since, according to an Associated Press article, she had viewed the video long prior to her anointing ceremony.” During the Palin anointing ceremony Muthee  told her to “invade and infiltrate society,” language used specifically in spiritual mapping and the Seven Mountains Campaign.

Thomas Muthee, the star of the New Apostolic Revloution video series 'Transformations' and also the man who anointed Sarah Palin.

Muthee appears in Transformations 1 in a segment where he rids “Mama Jane” of demons and thus restores peace and harmony to Kiambu, a village in Kenya.

This is done through the expulsion of Mama Jane, who Muthee accuses as the
“source of witchcraft hovering over the place.” The Talk2action report states that  “Mama Jane Ngemba is alive and well in Kiambu, a large and densely populated suburb of Nairobi.”

Lou Engle, leader of The Call, a rock concert prayer festival for NAR members.

Muthee’s connection with Rick Perry is through NAR. Perry’s August 6th prayer rally in Houston Texas was organized in part by NAR Two prophet elders were present at the prayer rally, dubbed The Response.

Lou Engle, NAR prophet, based Perry’s prayer rally after The Call, also an NAR event which is held around the globe. The Call is a rock concert prayer festival for NAR members. The next event is scheduled for November 11th in Detroit Michigan; its purpose is to fight the “demonic purpose of Islam,” Tabachnick said.

Engle himself is staunchly against abortion and gay rights. In an online plea opposing the Freedom of Choice Act, Engle said,” The laws of God are good for society and for the well-being of its people. The passing of FOCA would be an act of lawlessness in the highest degree and will only increase and magnify the tragedy of abortion to children, to mothers and society.”

Engle also has said that gay people are controlled by demonic spirits and has claimed that his son is now “expelling demons from homosexuals and supposedly this cures them of their homosexuality,” Tabachnick said on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Michael Bickle of International House of Prayer.

Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer was also present at Perry’s prayer rally. Bickle is called a “jock turned pastor” in the Texas Observer’s Rick Perry’s Army of God.

Journalist Forrest Wilder who wrote the Texas Observer piece says that Perry tells his students that societal ills of today are the calamities mentioned in the Book of Joel, “sent by God to cause a wicked, oppressive, and rebellious nation to repent.”

“To secure God’s blessing, Joel commands the people to gather in “sacred assembly” to pray, fast, and repent,” Bickle tells his students. Advice that Rick Perry also counsels,

Rick Perry, Republican, 47th Governor of Texas

“With the economy in trouble, communities in crisis and people adrift in a sea of moral relativism, we need God’s help,” Perry says in a video message on The Response website. “That’s why I’m calling on Americans to pray and fast like Jesus did and as God called the Israelites to do in the Book of Joel.”  Perry defended himself against Texas critics on Fox News by telling host Neil Cavuto, “a prophet is generally not loved in his hometown,” Wilder said in his article in the Texas observer.

Michelle Bachmann Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th district

Michelle Bachmann too has connections with the NAR. In an article in The Nation Michelle Bachmann, Wife in Chief?

“If you vote for Michele Bachmann are you really voting for her husband, Marcus, the pray-away-the-gay psychologist?”

“The Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands,’” she told the crowd at a Minnesota mega church.”

With language that is biblical in tone and affiliations to NAR, Perry and others like him are threatening the separation of church and state. Religion and politics make bad bedfellows and the authors of the US Constitution knew this.

1st Amendment to the Bill of Rights, US Constitution

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”