On August 13, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry jumped into the 2012 presidential race. He announced his candidacy at a RedState gathering of conservative bloggers in Charleston, South Carolina by saying,
Attendees were thrilled that Perry had decided to come to their gathering to make his announcement. Charleston resident Milan Waters said that he backs Perry "110 percent." He went on to say:
Not long after making his announcement, national polls showed the Texas governor rocketing ahead of Mitt Romney and the rest of the announced candidates as the first choice of Republicans for president in 2012.
But who exactly is Rick Perry? Perry revealed a lot about himself at a Texas-size prayer event of largely Christian evangelicals at Reliant Stadium in Houston on August 6, 2011, by announcing that he was an unabashed "born-again" Christian: as proof to that effect, the event resembled more a huge evangelical "praise and worship" meeting than a political event.
NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BUT ...
Almost simultaneously with the release of Tabachnick's observation, investigative reporter Forrest Wilder of the Texas Observer published an extensive article on Perry's prayer event and his endorsers, "Rick Perry's Army of God." Wilder wrote:
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION — YES, BUT ...
There are, of course, a great many Christians who would say that condemning Perry for his association with NAR is "guilt by association" — and they would be right.
But as we have said so many times before on this website, the associations we keep, the friendships we make, and the institutional relationships we sustain - especially our religious and political ones - go a long way in defining us as persons. As a result - and more often than we care to admit - these relationships imply endorsement, endorsement not only of the people with whom we associate, but more often than not, of their ideas as well. Certainly this is true of political and religious organizations; and the more extreme these organizations are, the more true it becomes.
For example, when it was discovered that Democrat Lloyd Bentsen - Walter Mondale's vice presidential running-mate for the 1988 presidential election - was a member of an all-white, all-male country club in Texas, he was forced to resign his membership; it was felt that, should he continue his membership, he would be passively "endorsing" concepts which were repugnant to important Democratic constituencies. Indeed, it is politically impossible today for most Democrats to associate themselves with any organization which implicitly or even peripherally sanctions "sexism," "racism," "homophobia," etc.
Why? - because even the Political Left realizes that association with such organizations more often than not implies, at the very least, passive endorsement; a type of "indifference" which in the long run can often be more damaging than active participation.
People seem to instinctively realize that the strands of our relationships, one with another, provide a conduit through which ideas are transmitted. And that these ideas, if left unchecked, have a way of using the web of our personal and institutional relationships to propagate themselves. By such means, ideas introduced initially by only one person or by a small group of persons - if persistently pursued and not actively opposed - have a way of ultimately affecting the ideological fabric of the entire community.
AND THE SAME IS TRUE OF RICK PERRY ...
Of course, if it was true for Lloyd Bentsen, it's true of Rick Perry. Moreover, there is something more that points to the conclusion that Perry's association with NAR is not a "happen-chance" one; Perry's connection with the New Apostolic Reformation did not begin with the "The Response" rally in Houston on August of this year. It goes back several years. For example, on September 28, 2009, representatives of NAR visited Rick Perry at his office in Austin, TX - Tom Schlueter of Arlington, TX and Bob Long of San Marcos, TX.
Both Schlueter and Long oversee small congregations, but they are more than just pastors: They consider themselves modern-day "apostles and prophets," blessed with the same gifts as Old Testament prophets, and the same authority as New Testament apostles; they speak as the oracles (or mouthpieces) of God.
At the meeting with Perry in the governor's office, Long and Schlueter told Perry of God's grand plan for Texas. A chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was "The Prophet State," anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role.
The day before the meeting, Schlueter had received a prophetic message from Chuck Pierce, an influential prophet from Denton, Texas. God had apparently commanded Schlueter—through Pierce—to "pray by lifting the hand of the one I show you that is in the place of civil rule."
It was Governor Perry to whom Pierce indicated that Schlueter should "lay hands on." To that end, Schlueter prayed before his congregation:
And grasp hold the governor did. At the end of their meeting, Perry asked the two pastors to pray over him. As the pastors would later recount, the Lord spoke prophetically as Schlueter laid his hands on Perry, their heads bowed before a painting of the Battle of the Alamo. Schlueter "declared over [Perry] that there was a leadership role [for Perry] beyond Texas, and that Texas had a role beyond what people understand."
PERRY: USING A PLUMB LINE TO MEASURE THE UNITED
TOP LEFT: Lou Engle; TOP RIGHT: Lou Engle speaking to his followers which often number in the tens of thousands at his rallies; BOTTOM: what Engle and others of his ilk are aiming at. Engle serves on C. Peter Wagner's elite Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, part of Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation. Engle focuses on op-position to gay rights and abortion rights, and Engle has repeatedly forecast that conflict over abortion rights may lead to a second American civil war. Journalist Bruce Wilson says that Engle's antiabortion militancy comes within the context of an emerging strategy which Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich, two of the GOP's more astute politicians, appear to have understood to be a potentially winning formula for the new Christian Right and a resurgent GOP; and if that's true about these two men, it is certainly true of Perry. [Please see our article, "The Christian Right: Creating a New and Ominous Strategy against the Left."]
As we just indicated, Perry's use of the term "Joel's Army" at "The Response" was no accident, in addition to that, it was very frightening. An army of "GOD-MEN," that's how Jack Deere, another "apostle" affiliated with NAR describes "Joel's Army;" an army that will be -
"... totally unique. There's never been one like it and there never will be one like it in ages to come ... It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before ..."
Reuven Doren, another NAR "prophet," says that this army will be able to -
"... move into things of the SUPERNATURAL that no one has ever moved in before ..."
"So my point is this, that there will be a manifestation of the sons and daughters of God. And it won't be this baloney that we've heard of in the past; I mean, there's been a few people tried to walk through a wall like this over here and knocked their brains loose, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a manifested son of God; if anyone walks through this wall over here, they're not going to tell you about it - I mean, they're just going to do it. And sons of God don't tell you they're sons of God, they'll just show you! Amen."
"... the ... premise of spiritual revival [which will culminate in the conquest of the world by the forces of Christianity] ... hinges upon the rising and completion of the ministry of the prophetic 'Son of Man Company' ... Today the Lord is calling forth a 'Son of Man Company' [meaning "Joel's Army"] ..." [For a further description of the kind of "New Christianity" that we are talking about here, please see our article, "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles;" please also see our article, "A Luciferic Christianity."]
Begin the slaughter …
NOTE: One should take careful note of the fact that when the prophets of NAR talk about "God-Men" they are talking about men who have become divine in the EXACT same sense that Jesus is divine. [Again, we URGE you to see our articles, "Luciferic Christianity" and "The God-Men of the American New World Order System."]
These are the Christian SUPERMEN who become "kings in life" and the "bondage breakers" for the rest of the human race. Francis Frangipane says:
"... there's going to be a CLEANSING ... there's going to be a PURGING ... coming forth ... and everyone that's living under the immorality cover ... will be brought down ..."
And Jack Deere goes on to say:
"When this army (i.e., Joel's Army) comes, it will be large and mighty. It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before ... 'begin the SLAUGHTER and begin it in the temple (i.e., the church) and begin it with the elders, the leaders of my people'.
"And they walk through the land and they start and they begin to SLAUGHTER ... He has already started the SLAUGHTER ... and it is coming now among the church. He'll start with the leaders, but he'll move out into the church (and beyond)."
And these are the "crazies" with whom Perry is making "common cause?" — the implications here are profound, especially when one considers that there is little to distinguish between what NAR is bent on creating and what Heinrich Himmler created in Germany's SS.
Naturally enough, there will be many Christians who will say that we are bending the truth too far in drawing a parallel between what NAR says it is bent on creating, and what Hitler created in 1933. However, if words mean anything, there is little to differentiate between the hideous language used by Hitler and Himmler and the language used today by the "prophets" of NAR. [Please see our article, "The God-Men of the American New World Order System."]
Words are words, and more often than not, they convey EXACTLY the meaning they appear to be conveying. It's only those who don't want to hear what's being said who try to "water down" the meaning of such horrible language, and say that people don't really mean what they have so plainly said.
Hitler was bent on creating a MASTER RACE that transcended the boundaries of humanity. He attempted to forge his class of SUPERMEN using "race," "genetics" and the occultism of Valhalla; Christians in the United States are attempting to give birth to their race of SUPERMEN using the "magic" and "spirituality" of a DEMENTED form of Christianity. But the goal is the same: the creation of a race of SUPERMEN with which to conquer and subdue the earth.
The "GOD-DREAM" - man becomes God just as much as Christ is God [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]
"We shall unremittingly fulfill our task ... We shall take care that never more in Germany will [goodness] ... be threatened by evil. Pitilessly we shall be a merciless EXECUTIONER'S SWORD for ... [the sake of good people everywhere]."
"Blow the trumpet in Zion!" the cry goes out from the leaders of NAR: Hear the noise of the chariots! The chariots are leaping across the mountains! The army of the Lord is approaching! The earth will quake before them; the heavens shall tremble. A great people and a strange. There hath not been ever the like. Utterly awesome! DON'T YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF IT? Just think, you will be able to climb the wall like men of war. Even when you fall on the sword you will not be wounded. Crowds clap and cheer as they visualize the wondrous feats they will be able to perform in the Name of the Lord! No one wants to miss God and not be a part of what He is doing! Tears well up in the eyes of hungry seekers as they wait for the approach of this army. God is raising up an army in these last days to execute judgment and dominion throughout the earth." [Taken from a quote from Jewel van der Merwe, an opponent of this kind of thinking who was essaying to describe the seductive "pull" behind NAR'S "GOD-DREAM," the same "GOD-DREAM" that so bewitched and enchanted the German people in the 1930s and very early 1940s.]
Jacobs seated on
NAR believes that HORRIBLE things will happen to those who ignore today's "prophets and apostles." For example, last year Cindy Jacobs, another NAR "prophet," warned that if America didn't return to biblical values God would cause a "tumbling of the economy and dark days will come," according to Charisma Magazine. To drive the point home, Jacobs and other NAR aficionados — including "Response" organizers Lou Engle and California pastor Jim Garlow —organized a 40-day "Pray and Act" effort in the lead-up to the 2010 elections. While the primary goal of the "Pray and Act" effort was aimed at defeating the "forces of secularism" (meaning the Democratic Party) in the 2010 election — an effort they claimed (with some justification) was highly successful notwithstanding the ridicule heaped upon them by liberals — a second very important effort was organizing the "YES ON PROPOSITION 8" campaign (the anti-gay initiative), which was also successful, despite the fact that it is now being challenged in the California Supreme Court.
NOTE: The virulent language used by Garlow, Jacobs, Engle and other members of NAR in the effort to elicit the support of Christians for Proposition 8 was indeed breathtaking, AND IT IS INDICATIVE OF THE ATTITUDE THAT THE ADHERENTS OF NAR HOLD TOWARD ALL THOSE DEEMED TO BE ENEMIES OF NAR'S RELIGIO-POLITICAL AGENDA.
For example, Lou Engle — already cited above — remarked,
In Kansas City in 2009, Engle was heard to remark,
The curses that NAR's prophets hurl against those it deems to be "enemies of God" are enough to make one's blood curdle. For instance, C. Peter Wagner claims to have caused the Japanese stock market to collapse because the emperor of Japan was reputed to have had sex with the sun-goddess.
NOTE: The charge made by Wagner that the people of Japan are CURSED because their emperor slept with the "sun-goddess" is so loony that one wonders if some insane liberal didn't make it up. But here is the tape of Wagner making the charge:
And be clear here: Wagner is not talking about some mythical Japanese Emperor who existed in the legendary past, but the present emperor of Japan!
The curses of other NAR prophets are reputed to have caused the recent 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the destruction of New Orleans by Katrina, the crash of the New York stock exchange, etc.
According to NAR "prophet" Mike Bickle, God's prophets called similar curses down on Israel in the time of the Prophet Joel, and what is happening today regarding the curses that the NAR "prophets" are hurling against God's enemies are merely a "righteous repeat" of what happened 2,800 years ago; for example, Bickle writes:
"The Book of Joel describes a crippling drought and economic crisis—sound familiar?—in the land of Judah. The calamities, in Joel's time and ours, are 'sent by God to cause a wicked, oppressive, and rebellious nation to repent'."
The ad hoc followers of NAR (i.e., those not DIRECTLY connected to NAR, but who are generally supportive) are many, and not a few of them are very prominent members of evangelical Christianity today; they include such prominent figures as John Hagee, James Dobson, Tony Perkins and Rick Warren. Indeed, Wagner was Rick Warren's mentor for his dissertation at Fuller Theological Seminary. That dissertation was the foundation for Warren's book The Purpose Driven Church, which was followed by Warren's blockbuster book The Purpose Driven Life. Warren's dissertation promoted the idea, also advanced by Wagner's movement, that evangelical churches should be set up as a dictatorship very similar to that of Rome's.
Those who are associated with NAR politically include — in addition to Perry - Sarah Palin and Sam Brownback, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Jim DeMint and many, many others. This is quite frightening when one realizes that each one of these personalities stand at the forefront of the Republican Party today.
Think about what this portends in the light of statements made by the founder of NAR, C. Peter Wagner:
"Our divine mandate is to do whatever is necessary ... to retake the dominion of God's creation which Adam forfeited to Satan in the Garden of Eden. It is nothing less than seeing God's kingdom coming and His will being done here on earth as it is in heaven."
Do whatever we can to take dominion over the earth.
As we indicated earlier in this article, words are words, and more often than not, they convey EXACTLY the meaning they are meant to convey. It's only those who don't want to hear what's being said who try to "water down" the meaning of such horrible language, and say that people don't really mean what they have so plainly said.
Wagner went on to say:
"DOMINION HAS TO DO WITH CONTROL. Dominion has to do with rulership. Dominion has to do with authority and subduing and it relates to society ... Dominion means being the head and not the tail. Dominion means ruling as kings."
Dominion has to do with control
But the kind of control advocated by Wagner and NAR has nothing to do with God, and everything to do with how the rulers of this present evil world rule (Galatians i:4); Jesus said:
"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
"But IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU: BUT WHOSOEVER WILL BE GREAT AMONG YOU, LET HIM BE YOUR MINISTER [SERVANT];
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant [slave]:
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:25-28)
For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." Matthew 23:13-15)
Children of Hell! — that's what Jesus says that the "apostles and prophets" of NAR are? — and if that is the case, one wonders about exactly who Perry is, and what he may portend for the future.
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