Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sarah Palin & Theocracy& The Great Commision

"Do you think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (NIV)
Matthew 5:17:Bible

On this another anniversary of 9/11 we once again grieve for those who lost their lives that day. We also wonder at the madness of those who committed such an outrageous and brutal act. And we can all agree that those who were involved in organizing this act of terror should be made to pay for what they did. For some of us it is just another example of Robert Burns' apt phrase " Man's Inhumanity to Man".

But to others 9/11 takes on another significance as a sign from God that the End-Times are near and that Biblical Prophecies are now coming true.Are they right? Well this is based on their interpretaions of the Bible and especially " The Book of Revelation " of St. John. Once they take this book as literally true they then go back through the Bible to add more details, prophecies & revelations to their overall vision of the End-Times and Armageddon including the rise of the Anti-Christ etc. To one faction a Kingdom of True Believers or Saints will be established over all the nations which is then followed by Judgement Day whereas for others the true believers are taken away by the Rapture.Those left on Earth will suffer greatly and so on until Jesus descends from Heaven and straightens everything out.

In any religion there are differences of opinion about what the main tenets of that religion are. In Christianity there are a host of different factions or sects each claiming certain teachings of Jesus for instance are more important than others or they interpret those teachings in different ways. Some believe that there is room for different interpretions while others claim only certain interpretations of the teachings of Jesus or the Prophets are acceptable. One of the more conservative views holds that the Bible in its entirety is to be taken as the literal word of God and that there are no substantial errors in the Bible or contradictions (Bibical Inerrancy ). The seeming contradictions have only the appearance of contradictiction. So with ample thought, devotion & prayer these contradictions are resolved or dissolve as it were.There are also no grey areas everything is back or white so everything is known for certainty. And the only thing which one truly needs to know or can know about the world is contained in the Bible. This means that the Earth is not billions of years old but is only six thousand years old or for some a 100,000 years old. Therefore Darwin's Theory of Evolution is heretical and pernicious. Whatever occurs from Hurricanes to wars to Global Warming that is they would argue if Global Warming it were true. As for fossil fuels oil coal etc will not run out for God Will Provide as God Will's The New Crusade against all heretics and infidels.

To a large and growing group of Evangelicals the various sects or schools of Christian theology have all gone astray and need to be brought back to God'Word & God's Law. They therefore reject any sort of ecumenical movement. In their view the World is a Fallen World and must be redeemed by the true believers of Jesus and the Holy Word of the Bible. They are not satisfied with living within society alongside all those who have been in their view misled or are in the possession of Demons or Satan Himself or the Anti-Christ. They therefore preach a militant activism to reshape society in this case mainly American society so that it conforms to God's Will and God'Laws. To do otherwise is to be an appeaser who attempts to forego the battle in order to be left alone and to live in peace while permitting society to fall further under the rule of Satan.Therefore they believe they must enter into all the realms of society including the political real in order to reshape society accordingly.Since 9/11 these groups have increased in leaps and bounds and have become more and more outspoken and militant. To them 9/11 was a sign from God that their time had come and that they should rise up and take control of American society and then the world to transform the world into God's Kingdom.

Sarah Pallin's Churches appear to be apocalytic & Fanatical. She will continue to Crusade against all other religions. The church is Domiinioist or Reconstructioist that is they believe that Go's Law needs to be instituted in America . They condemn notions about tolerance and compassion. The laws as they exist in the Old Testament are to be the laws of the land and not some quasi-liberal BS written by the Founding Fathers of America or interpreted by corrupted Supreme Court Justices or those in the Congress or Senate. All laws must be based upon Biblical principles. Abortion, homosexuality,pre-marital sex , atheism, blasphemy, disobedience to authority must be punishable by the creation of Codified Religious based laws.

The church believes in the Great Commission that is the spreading of its version of Chritianity throughout the world by any means. They believe that the churches or Holy Places and their Idols or statues must be destroyed. The Taliban most notably did this to the Giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan. So Islamic, Hindu, Buddhists places of worship and all their paintings, statues and iconography must be destroyed. With this kind of message may in fact be appealing to enough Americans to giver Palin & McCain victory. Though this message of intolerance may upset those of us who believe in religious tolerance and mutual understanding it will appeal to many Americans. Such an appeal can also give a cover story or rationalization for those who don't want Barack Obama as Presient because he is not white. Or to put it in other terms all that is considered to be part of " Liberal Ideology " must be rejected since liberals and all those who believe in tolerance, understanding & a multicultural society are in fact Godless and further are agents of Satan and the Anti-Christ. Therefore Obama can be understood as an agent of Satan or the Anti-Christ.

Does this sound Apocalyptic
Would Nuclear War be welcomed by these people.
One wonders how far they would go but it partly would depend on how they interpreted certain political events. If a voice from on high tells them to Nuke Iran then maybe if they have their finger on the button they will. Just look at what George W. Bush has done claiming that he was guided or told by God to do what he has done. So the rest of us should be afraid of individuals who suffer from such delusions of grandeur.

"This World Has Nothing For Me
I Will Follow You..."
words from a song by radical Christian Evangelicals.

Given this sentiment why bother to try to do anything beyond bringing the World to Jesus. Therefore, problems such as poverty, hunger, war are all just signs of the end-times or merely signs of the Fallen World.

Palin's Demon Haunted Churches

from : brucewilson /September 06, 2008 at YouTube
also see Bruce Wilson's article at Huffington Post September 7, 2008

Sarah Palin's Churches and the Third Wave: New Video Documentary
By Bruce Wilson

Palin's churches are actively involved in a resurgent movement that was declared heretical by the Assemblies of God in 1949. This is the same 'Spiritual Warfare' movement that was featured in the award winning movie, "Jesus Camp," which showed young children being trained to do battle for the Lord. At least three of four of Palin's churches are involved with major organizations and leaders of this movement, which is referred to as The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit or the New Apostolic Reformation. The movement is training a young Joel's Army to take dominion over the United States and the world.

In the video you will see the Wasilla Assembly of God's participation with major international ministries that believe churches must be restructured for the end times under the authority of prophets and apostles anointed by God. A new breed of super Christians will have powers to get messages directly from God, heal the sick, and lay claim for God to cities across the world through "strategic level spiritual warfare" against territorial demons. You will see 'slaying in the spirit' by cell phone anointing, visions of a portal to Jesus on the third floor, and accounts of a village being saved by expelling a witch. The video is accompanied by documentation in articles at www.Talk2action.org. The articles include further links of Palin's churches with major leaders of this extreme movement including Rodney Howard-Browne, the person given credit for the beginning of 'holy laughter' outbreaks at revivals around the world. Involvement with the activities of other major leaders is revealed including Rick Joyner, Steve Thompson, Lou Engle, Frances Frangipane and more

also see:
The Lord's Generation
You See Dry Bones / But We See An Army

Dry Bones drama by Chosen at the Call Nashville 7.7.07
"To become His Offensive Army to impose the will of God" Karen Wheaton

see more at YouTube. Check out Jesus Camp .
also see website Joel'Army & videos connected with this group and others.

also see: from AleterNet :Theocratic Sect Prays for Real Armageddon
By Casey Sanchez, Southern Poverty Law Center. August 30, 2008.

Members of Joel's Army are fighting to bring about the millennial reign of Christ.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Todd Bentley has a long night ahead of him, resurrecting the dead, healing the blind, and exploding cancerous tumors. Since April 3, the 32-year-old, heavily tattooed, body-pierced, shaved-head Canadian preacher has been leading a continuous "supernatural healing revival" in central Florida. To contain the 10,000-plus crowds flocking from around the globe, Bentley has rented baseball stadiums, arenas and airport hangars at a cost of up to $15,000 a day. Many in attendance are church pastors themselves who believe Bentley to be a prophet and don't bat an eye when he tells them he's seen King David and spoken with the Apostle Paul in heaven. "He was looking very Jewish," Bentley notes.

Tattooed across his sternum are military dog tags that read "Joel's Army." They're evidence of Bentley's generalship in a rapidly growing apocalyptic movement that's gone largely unnoticed by watchdogs of the theocratic right. According to Bentley and a handful of other "hyper-charismatic" preachers advancing the same agenda, Joel's Army is prophesied to become an Armageddon-ready military force of young people with a divine mandate to physically impose Christian "dominion" on non-believers.

"An end-time army has one common purpose -- to aggressively take ground for the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Dread Champion," Bentley declares on the website for his ministry school in British Columbia, Canada. "The trumpet is sounding, calling on-fire, revolutionary believers to enlist in Joel's Army. ... Many are now ready to be mobilized to establish and advance God's kingdom on earth."

Joel's Army followers, many of them teenagers and young adults who believe they're members of the final generation to come of age before the end of the world, are breaking away in droves from mainline Pentecostal churches. Numbering in the tens of thousands, they base their beliefs on an esoteric reading of the second chapter of the Old Testament Book of Joel, in which an avenging swarm of locusts attacks Israel. In their view, the locusts are a metaphor for Joel's Army.
Despite their overt militancy, there's no evidence Joel's Army followers have committed any acts of violence. But critics warn that actual bloodletting may only be a matter of time for a movement that casts itself as God's avenging army.

also see article from Daily Kos:Sarah Palin's connections that McCain doesn't want you to know about- Sarah Palin: Dominionist Stalking Horse by dogemperor Fri Aug 29, 2008

There are quite a number of extremely troubling links between Sarah Palin and neopentecostal dominionists--enough that, in truth, she may be ultimately as much of a "dream candidate" for the dominionist movement as Mike Huckabee was. Even worse, she's running in a manner that has been frighteningly successful for dominionist groups since the early 80's--specifically, as a "stealth candidate".

Palin's Assemblies linkage:

The first link in and of itself is a doozy--and one of the most damning indeed. No less than the official newsletter of the Assemblies of God of Alaska promotes her proudly as one of the denomination's own, and she was actually feted at an official function of the Assemblies' Alaska District as recently as this year:
The opening night banquet of the 2008 Alaska District Council was honored to have Governor Sarah Palin address the delegates and guests. Governor Palin spoke of her appreciation for the Assemblies of God and requested that the Council pray for both her and the State of Alaska. Superintendent Ted Boatsman, who was Palin’s junior high pastor at Wasilla Assembly of God, along with Pastor Mike Rose of Juneau Christian Center, where Palin presently attends church when in Juneau, laid hands on the Governor and led the Council in prayer.

Palin, who was elected Governor in 2007, is Alaska’s youngest governor and the first female governor of the state. She just recently gave birth to her fifth child, Trig. Palin spoke of the faith challenge she faced when learning that Trig would be a Downs Syndrome child. However, she and her husband, Todd, believe that every child is a gift of God, deserving of life, and that God was asking them to accept His will for their lives. The Alaska District Council believes that the State of Alaska is blessed to have a woman of faith and courage as Governor.

A look at the home website of Palin's church tends to be revealing. Among other things, a particular Assemblies buzzword associated frequently with Hillsong A/G and New Zealand Assemblies churches shows up ("Destiny", here, is a buzzword for "Joel's Army", and is being preferred even as the phrase "Joel's Army" is getting enough negative spin that even the Assemblies is now having to do some rather massive spin control); cell churches are promoted (of the same sort that are linked to short-term and longterm psychological damage and are among the most coercive tactics ever documented in spiritually abusive groups). The church, like a number of other large Assemblies churches, is the center of a dominionist broadcast TV center whose programming is carried across multiple channels in Alaska.

In a trend that has been recently documented by no less than Southern Poverty Law Center (in its recent report on the Joel's Army movement), the church operates a Seven Project-esque targeted recruitment campaign aiming at teens (this is common across the Assemblies and across "Joel's Army" groups in general; fully a third of the documented national-level front groups operated by the Assemblies target teens).
And...believe you me, Palin's church is definitely "Joel's Army"...

also see: Elijah's List

and :Todd Bentley's Violent ministry at YouTube

& BattleCry Ministries

on Dominionism & Reconstructionism and its connection to the Rise of Militant Evangelicalism and the Religious Right see:

Theocracy Watch: Dominion Theology (1/5)at YouTube

and see: Christian Reconstructionism,Dominionism at Religious Tolerance.org

and from the Reconstructionst Official website: THE CHALCEDON FOUNDATION

and so it goes,

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