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Old 23rd March 2017, 05:23 PM
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How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline

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In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry – now secretary of energy in the Trump administration – came to the center stage at “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry quoted from the Bible and preached about the need for salvation that comes from Jesus. He concluded with a prayer for a country he believed to be overwhelmed by problems:
“We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government.”
He then proceeded to ask God for forgiveness for forgetting “who made us, who protects us, and who blesses us.” In response, the crowd exploded into cheers and praise to God.

Five years later, on April 9, 2016, and 1,500 miles away at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, tens of thousands of people gathered to pray for the supernatural transformation of America. The event consisted of more than 16 hours of healing sessions, worship music and prophecy from some of the most popular Charismatic Christian leaders in the world.

While not directly affiliated, these two events and the leaders who organized them are central players in a movement that we call “Independent Network Charismatic,” or INC, Christianity in our recently released book, “The Rise of Network Christianity.”

Based on our research, we believe that INC Christianity is significantly changing the religious landscape in America – and its politics.

Here is what we found about INC

INC Christianity is led by a network of popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as “apostles.” They have close ties, we found, to conservative U.S. politicians, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and more recently President Donald Trump.

Charismatic Christians emphasize supernatural miracles and divine interventions, but INC Christianity is different from other charismatics – and other Christian denominations in general – in the following ways:
  • It is not focused primarily on building congregations but rather on spreading beliefs and practices through media, conferences and ministry schools.
  • It is not so much about proselytizing to unbelievers as it is about transforming society through placing Christian believers in powerful positions in all sectors of society.
  • It is organized as a network of independent leaders rather than as formally organized denominations.
INC Christianity is the fastest-growing Christian group in America and possibly around the world. Over the 40 years from 1970 to 2010, the number of regular attenders of Protestant churches as a whole shrunk by an average of .05 percent per year, while independent neo-charismatic congregations (a category in which INC groups reside) grew by an average of 3.24 percent per year.

Its impact, however, is much greater than can be measured in church attendance. This is because INC Christianity is not centrally concerned with building congregations, but spreading beliefs and practices.
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Old 23rd March 2017, 05:52 PM
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Three words: Lyle Freakin' Shelton.

Part quotes only. Read 'em in full at the linkies provided.

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...(an interviewee said) Shelton “was particularly keen on dominionism and theocracy and the idea that society should operate within a very conservative Christian moral framework … I seem to remember reading somewhere that in recent years he’s denied knowing what dominionism is, which seems very odd to me.”
ABC article from Ms C. Stephenson, late of these shores:

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Is there sufficient evidence to suggest that the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is at the forefront of this ideological holy war?

In order to achieve their aim, dominionists plan to infiltrate, influence and eventually take over seven key spheres of society: business, government (including the military and the law), media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

This strategic approach to "taking territory" is part of the Reclaim 7 Mountains movement, to which the ACL subscribes. If it wasn't so serious - and it if wasn't working - it would be funny.

This is ideological (or spiritual) rather than military warfare, but it's war, nevertheless. Lance Wallnau, a leading exponent of the 7 Mountains strategy describes it as a "template for warfare." It seems to be no coincidence that the ACL board recruited highly experienced professional military strategists (Jim Wallace and David Yates) to lead the organisation and its youth wing, Compass Australia.

It's only fair to acknowledge that the ACL has stated clearly its aim is not an Australian theocracy. And yet the ACL clearly has its roots in dominionism, having been formed as an offshoot of America's politically motivated Christian Coalition of America.
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