Saturday, August 13, 2011

Great, now I'm a Demon too

The Demons come in the form of ACLU, American United for Separation of Church and State, lesbians, gays, union members, teachers, policemen, firemen, and the entire Middle Class of America. Well, at least I'm in good company. A lot better company than all those angels in Republican Silly Party.

The little known radical theocratic movement behind Gov. Rick Perry

The movement is called the New Apostolic Reformation. Believers fashion themselves modern-day prophets and apostles. They have taken Pentecostalism, with its emphasis on ecstatic worship and the supernatural, and given it an adrenaline shot.

The movements top prophets and apostles believe they have a direct line to God. Through them, they say, He communicates specific instructions and warnings. When mankind fails to heed the prophecies, the results can be catastrophic: earthquakes in Japan, terrorist attacks in New York, and economic collapse. On the other hand, they believe their God-given decrees have ended mad cow disease in Germany and produced rain in drought-stricken Texas.

Their beliefs can tend toward the bizarre. Some consider Freemasonry a demonic stronghold tantamount to witchcraft. The Democratic Party, one prominent member believes, is controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. Some prophets even claim to have seen demons at public meetings. Theyve taken biblical literalism to an extreme. In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county.

If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldnt be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government. The new prophets and apostles believe Christianscertain Christiansare destined to not just take dominion over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the Seven Mountains of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe theyre intended to lord over it all. As a first step, theyre leading an army of God to commandeer civilian government.

In Rick Perry, they may have found their vessel. And the interest appears to be mutual.

By Charles Johnson

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