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option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=2459&upda terx=2008-10-02+12%3A30%3A40 October 1, 2008 Palin's Apocalypse ANP: Would biblical prophecies influence Palin's foreign policy positions? Nobody's asking her so far. Does Sarah Palin believe in the Anti-Christ? Does she believe true Christians will be whisked up to heaven sometime in the near future? Does she expect Jesus to come back to earth in our lifetimes and battle the armies of Satan? Would biblical prophecies about Armageddon influence her foreign policy positions on Israel and Russia? These are urgent questions the media have failed to ask. According to Chip Berlet, a leading expert on the Christian right, mainstream reporters tend to view apocalyptic fundamentalists as a "silly little side show" in American political life, when, in fact, one of their own may soon be a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world. http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/8/114332/7479 Sarah Palin's Demon Haunted Churches - The Complete Edition By Bruce Wilson Mon Sep 08, 2008 at 11:43:32 AM EST See: http://vimeo.com/1679097 Palin's Churches, Thomas Muthee, Witchcraft and The Third Wave by Bruce Wilson 2 months ago: Sat, Sep 6, 2008 3:30pm CST http://vimeo.com/2028071 Palin's Muthee & Spiritual Warfare vs. Mother Theresa by Bruce Wilson 7 days ago: Tue, Oct 21, 2008 12:36pm CST http://vimeo.com/2016406 Palin Anointer Muthee Fights Catholics, Witches, and Python Spirits by Bruce Wilson 8 days ago: Mon, Oct 20, 2008 10:46am CST http://vimeo.com/1914214 Palin in my Prayer Group, Says Witchcraft-fighting "Spiritual Warfare" Leader by Bruce Wilson 20 days ago [NOTE, Aodio does not start untill 45 seconds into the video] Linked to the Alaskan Independence Party, Mary Glazier, as head of the Alaska Strategic Prayer Network ( formerly the "Spiritual Warfare Network" ) is a top leader in "Spiritual Warfare" at the cutting edge of a movement rapidly reshaping the face of Christianity worldwide. The New Apostolic Reformation proposes improving society by driving out witchcraft and "territorial demons". Mary Glazier says Sarah Palin has been in her prayer network for nearly two decades. Waslla AG news link: http://wasillaag.org/index.php?s=au&nid=3731 http://wasillaag.org/index.php?s=au&nid=3731&news_id=773 Our History Shortly after the complete of the new building, Pastor Riley stepped down as Senior Pastor after 35 years and was replaced by his son-in-law, Reverend Tim McGraw. Pastor McGraw led the church for 12 years. He was followed by Reverend Ed Kalnins, who is still leading the church today, 9 years later. Wasilla Assembly of God is blessed to have had consistent, long term Senior Pastors over the years, and we thank God for these 3 men. Paul Riley is still very active in the community even to today, ministering as a prison chaplain, and among the pastors of the churches of the valley. Untold lives have been touched by Wasilla Assembly of God. Many have attended the youth and children's programs. Many more have attended weddings, funerals, and community events in our buildings. Over the years, dozens from Wasilla Assembly of God have gone onto full time ministry around the world. And, now, with Master's Commission Wasilla Alaska in place as a ministry of the church, we anticipate hundreds being sent from this house into full time ministry http://app.razorplanet.com/acct/40149-8554/tmpl/index.php?s=au&nid=3731&news_id=756&preview=true Sabbatical Audio Resources for Continued Growth

Below you will find links to teachings that you can enjoy during the month of rest. The list is still being compiled, but will be complete by July. Real Player is required for most audio links. Audio Teachings: From Andrew Wommack: • "Our Sabbath Rest" • "Building Your Sense of Destiny" • "How to Hear God's Voice"

"Building Your Faith in the Way We Give" "We No Longer Need to be Conscence of Sin" "Effortless Change" "Change the Way You Relate to God Forever From Bishop Thomas Muthee: • "4 Keys to Unlocking Potential" • "How to Benefit from Authority" • "Alignement with Authority" From Jayme Montera • The Rooster Crows Again From Morning Star Ministries: REF: http://www.morningstarministries.org/ • "Genuie Faith in the Coming Days" from Rick Joyner "How to Journal" from Pastor Ed Kalnins... Journaling is a tool that God has given us to help us hear His Voice. • Part 1~ Getting Started • Part 2~Building Yourself Up In The Faith • Part 3~ Journaling Your Dreams "Clearing the Air For Revival" from Pastor Ed Kalnins... A pivotal teaching in preparing for what God desires. • Maintaining the Coming Revival, part 1 • Maintaining the Coming Revival, part 2~Dealing with the Canaanite Spirit • Dealing with the Ammorite Spirit • Tearing Down the Nations: The Hittites and Hivities • Overcoming the Gergashites • Overcoming the Perizzites and Jebusites

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http://www.squidoo.com/wasillaassemblyofgod The Mystery of the Scrubbed Sermons Recordings of the following sermons were deleted. Why?

The following is a list of sermons that were available on the Wasilla Assembly of God web site as audio or video recordings as recently as August 29, 2008. As soon as the vice presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin was announced, these sermons were all deleted. Why? What is the Wasilla Assembly of God church trying to cover up? October 16 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Bringing the Whole Week Together 60 min October 16 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Bitterness 41 min October 14 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Resolving Conflict with Authority (Parts 1 & 2) 1 2 October 13 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Alignment With Authority 47 min October 13 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya The Power of Connection 60 min

October 12 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya How to Benefit from Authority 96 min October 12 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Four Things to Help You Listen 41 min October 12 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Listening 66 min October 11 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya 4 Keys to Unlocking Potential 42 min October 11 2005 Guest Speaker Bishop Thomas Muthee from Kenya Introduction by Pastor Ed and message "Faithfulness" 75 min See: http://vimeo.com/1775569 Ed Kalnins : "I believe in the 5-Fold Ministry" by Bruce Wilson 1 month ago: Sat, Sep 20, 2008 7:09pm CST http://vimeo.com/1803251 Thomas Muthee on "Infiltration" of Economic Area by Bruce Wilson 1 month ago: Wed, Sep 24, 2008 9:46am CST http://vimeo.com/1803160 Thomas Muthee Introduces "Godly Infiltration" by Bruce Wilson 1 month ago: Wed, Sep 24, 2008 9:28am CST http://vimeo.com/1709545 Palin and the Holy Laughter Anointing by Bruce Wilson 2 months ago: Thu, Sep 11, 2008 8:18am CST Palin and the Holy Laughter Anointing http://wasillaag.org/index.php?s=au&nid=3731&news_id=9061

August 30th, 2008 Our Statement Concerning Governor Palin August 30th, 2008 Governor Sarah Palin did attend Wasilla Assembly of God since the time she was a teen ager. She and her family were a part of the church up until 2002. Since that time she has maintained a friendship with Wasilla Assembly of God and has attended various conferences and special meetings here. This June, the Governor spoke at the graduation service of our School of Ministry, Master’s Commission Wasilla Alaska. We have had some inquires into Governor Palin’s beliefs. We do know that Gov Palin is a woman of integrity. She is a servant of the people, she is a strong leader. As for her personal beliefs, Governor Palin is well able to speak for herself on those issues. As Alaskans we are excited about our Governor being selected as the nominee for Vice President. As residents of Wasilla, we are ecstatic about one of our own being thrust to the national forefront. However, as a church, it is not appropriate for us to endorse any one candidate over another. As believers, we are reminded in 1 Peter 2.13 that we are to submit to those in authority. 1 Timothy 2.1-2 tells us pray for those in authority. This we will do no matter who is elected. We wish the best to Governor Palin, and Senator McCain, as well as to Senator Obama and Senator Biden. May God continue to bless America. Click here to view the video... & Wasilla Assembly of God Church Alaska - Pastor Ed Kalnins - An Officia...Will voting for John Kerry send you to hell? A statement of clarification September 6th, 2008 Since the announcement of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential nominee for the Republican Party, there has been an intense media scrutiny of her life, and anyone ever connected with her. As we have stated previously, Governor Palin was once an attendee of Wasilla Assembly of God, and recently spoke at the graduation service of our Master’s Commission. Therefore, our church, our Pastor and our teachings have also been closely scrutinized. We would like to make some clarification. Over 100 sermons a year are preached from our pulpit. It would be impossible to not say something that could be found offensive by some, taken wrong by others, or twisted. We believe the Word of God is perfect and inerrant, but we are not. There are certainly times when our mouths have said things that our hearts do not mean. No one who regularly speaks in public is exempt from that. There have been times where we have said something that was interpreted in a way that we never felt nor believed. We have been accused of stating that anyone who voted for Senator John Kerry in 2004 would go to hell. We believe that accusation comes from statements that Pastor Ed made in a sermon on October 10th, 2004. The transcript of that statement is as follows: Okay, now I don’t know about you, I want you to remain standing, because church, we have got to pray about this presidential election coming up. I watched the debate. How many people watched the debate, debate number two? Man, I’ve never felt more grieved in my life. I mean, I’ve, every time I’ve watched the

debate, you say, “well, this president here does this, this president this here.” You know it sounds like, sounds like a bunch of people leaving a church. When I was sitting there, I said “God, why do I feel so gutwrenching??-- because that’s the same spirit when people come into your office.” (Pause) Come on. It’s easy to find what’s wrong, but it takes a spiritual, developed, mature person to pray in what’s right. Are you with me church? Church, I have never seen a line drawn like I did in presidential ele--, in this debate, number two. I’m telling’ ya-- I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. But if you vote for this particular person, I question your salvation. I’m sorry man. I’m not sayin’ a name, am I? I’m telling’ ya, if every Christian would vote righteously, it would be a landslide every time. Church, we don’t need laws to change people, we need the gospel. And we got, we got, I’m telling’ ya we gotta pray right now. So why don’t we pray right now church for this presidential election that’s coming up. We know that it is not man who judges who goes to heaven or hell, but only God the Righteous Judge. Salvation is not based on man’s works, but on the grace of God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Acts 4.12 tells us that “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Those who know our church and Pastor Ed know that we often say things in a humorous, tongue in cheek manner. We do realize the danger in that. This is the way in which Pastor Ed made the controversial remark. We do acknowledge in hindsight that it was careless, and we do apologize for that. This statement is not written as a defense, but as a clarification. We understand that a few will never choose to believe our heart in this, but we do want to do all we can to bring out the truth. We would like to reiterate that as a church, it is not appropriate for us to endorse any one candidate over another. As believers, we are reminded in 1 Peter 2.13 that we are to submit to those in authority. 1 Timothy 2.1-2 tells us pray for those in authority. This we will do no matter who is elected. We wish the best to Governor Palin, and Senator McCain, as well as to Senator Obama and Senator Biden. May God continue to bless America. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. ref: http://app.razorplanet.com/acct/40149-8554/resources/ClarificationStatement.pdf http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/593exjwr.asp Clinging to Her Religion The faith journey of Sarah Palin, 'Bible-believing Christian.' by Terry Eastland 9/29/2008, Volume 014, Issue 03 - A few weeks before the Republican convention, Time magazine asked Sarah Palin what her religion was. "Christian," she said. Asked whether she was any particular kind of Christian, she replied, "No. Bible-believing Christian." Ever since John McCain asked Palin to be his running mate, her religion has been high on the list of subjects journalists have pursued. Although Palin herself hasn't brought it up and has mostly declined to be interviewed on the matter, it is already clear that her religious background contains material unfamiliar to media and political elites. Few politicians at Palin's level describe themselves as Bible-believing Christians. Palin was baptized a Roman Catholic as an infant. When she was a teenager, she and her mother began attending the Wasilla Assembly of God. There she was "saved," as she has said, and also rebaptized, by full immersion, in Beaver Lake. At Wasilla High School, Palin was known for her Christian faith. In an interview, John Bitney, who went to high school with her and later worked for her in the governor's office, recalls that she was "just a Christian girl" who was well regarded for her character. He adds that she "didn't preach" at anyone. A basketball star, she led a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Palin, her husband Todd, and their growing family attended Wasilla Assembly of God until 2002, when they moved to Wasilla Bible Church. Palin also has worshipped at other churches, including the Church on the Rock in Wasilla. In Juneau, the state capital, she has gone to Juneau Christian Center. Of these four churches, two--Wasilla Assembly of God and Juneau Christian Center--are members of the Assemblies of God. Founded in 1914, the Assemblies of God is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country. Pentecostalism--which takes its name from the day of Pentecost when, according to the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles--is a movement that began in 1901 and is best known for its emphasis on the gifts of the Spirit, including speaking in tongues. The other two churches are freestanding congregations. The Church on the Rock is "charismatic," a term usually applied to more recent forms of Pentecostalism, while Wasilla Bible, the Palins' present church, is neither Pentecostal nor charismatic. Reporters ask whether Palin has ever spoken in tongues. Her spokeswoman has said that Palin doesn't consider herself a Pentecostal. A friend of Palin's told the New York Times that her family left Wasilla Assembly of God for Wasilla Bible in part because the latter's ministry was "less extreme." Exactly what Palin may have found "extreme" at Wasilla Assembly of God is unclear. In any case, Palin retains an evident affection for Wasilla Assembly of God, as does the church for her. The explicitly nondenominational

Wasilla Bible Church was started more than 30 years ago by a small group of families. The word "Bible" was included in the church's name to reflect the Scripture's centrality in the lives of Christians, says pastor Larry Kroon. In interpreting the Bible, he says, "we try to get at the author's intent" by considering the text as well as its history and structure. Kroon says that his church has had programs for children with special needs, that it supports the pro-life Heart Reach Pregnancy Center, which helps women in crisis pregnancies, and that it participates in house-building efforts undertaken by Habitat for Humanity. Rarely does Wasilla Bible have outside speakers, the most recent one a leader of Jews for Jesus. The church sometimes promotes events sponsored by outside groups, such as a recent Focus on the Family conference on overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction held in Anchorage. Those who attend Wasilla Bible tend to be social conservatives. Kroon describes himself as "pro-life." But the church, he says, doesn't get involved in politics. "We're extreme the other way. We put everything else down when we worship, whether it's politics or anything else. The church is the church. Worship is worship." In contrast, there has been some political preaching at Wasilla Assembly of God, where the senior pastor asked in a sermon whether people who voted for John Kerry in 2004 would make it into heaven. Wasilla Bible and the other three churches Palin has attended are often described as "evangelical." Palin isn't the first evangelical candidate on a national ticket--remember Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush--but she is probably the first to have either an Assemblies of God or a Bible-church background, according to John Green of the Pew Forum on Religion and Politics. In this respect she reflects the nation's changing religious landscape wherein mainline churches have been steadily losing members and theologically conservative churches have, at least until recently, enjoyed substantial growth. Reporters are justifiably curious about how Palin's religious beliefs might influence her approach to public service. But Palin appears to have given few explicitly religious talks that touch on governing. The only one in the public domain I can find is a talk she gave earlier this year to young people at Wasilla Assembly of God, which was posted on the church's website and is now on YouTube. Palin was introduced as "a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ," a person who doesn't simply "put on a show" but is "the real deal." Speaking for about 15 minutes, the governor recalled her time as a teenager attending the church, before asking the young people to pray for "our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure we're praying for: that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan." This is the prayer that ABC's Charles Gibson distorted in his interview with Palin when he asked her if the Iraq war is "a holy war." Palin wasn't telling the students that the Iraq war is "God's plan." Instead she was asking them to pray that the war would in fact be a "task from God." Beliefnet's Steve Waldman, defending Palin, wrote that such a prayer is "a totally appropriate desire for a Christian--and for a Christian politician. ... Where it gets problematic is when [Christian politicians] feel God is directing them to take particular steps or claim divine endorsement for their actions." Palin may have entered that problematic area when she asked the students to pray for the building of the Alaska natural gas pipeline: "God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gasline built. So pray for that." Did Palin mean here to say that "unifying people and companies to get that gasline built" was indeed God's will? Or was this simply a case of misspeaking? As for actions or positions involving religion that Palin has taken as a politician or elected official, there seem to be few. The New York Times reported that when Palin ran for mayor of Wasilla, she played up her church work. But in support of that assertion, the story offered only a quotation from her opponent: "I'm not churchgoing guy, and that was another issue: 'We will have our first Christian mayor.'" John Bitney recalls the race differently. "I don't remember [her church work] coming up," he told me. In a candidates' debate during her 2006 campaign for governor, Palin was asked whether it's all right for religious leaders to endorse candidates. Palin replied that religious leaders "have the freedom to say whatever they want to say," while cautioning that they should "be very careful" if they decide to make an endorsement. Palin seemed to suggest that the reason to be careful was that congregants who disagreed with the endorsement might put "fewer dollars in the offering plate." There are, of course, other reasons to be careful, too, including the danger that a pastor who endorses a candidate might see his church's tax exemption threatened and also the concern expressed by Palin's pastor, Larry Kroon, that worship be kept separate from outside activities. During that same debate, the question arose as to whether the public schools should teach alternatives to evolution such as creationism or intelligent design. Palin said: "Teach both [evolution and an alternative]. You know, don't be afraid of information. ... [Let] kids debate both sides." Palin also said she wouldn't push the state board of education to add such alternatives to the curriculum. And as governor, she hasn't. She's also been mostly on the sidelines with respect to same-sex marriage and abortion, issues often seen in religious terms. Running for governor, she expressed support for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and opposed abortion except to

save the life of the mother. She said she was as "pro-life as any candidate can be," citing her belief "in the sanctity of every human life." As governor, however, she hasn't pushed for an amendment forbidding samesex marriage or for laws or policies embodying her pro-life sentiments. Indeed, the so-called social issues have not figured prominently on Palin's to-do list in government. Rather, what has preoccupied her, as Bitney points out, are the traditional issues of state governance. "Look at the [public] record," he says. "She's pushed for the development of the gas pipeline, for ethics legislation, for economic development, for jobs, for less government." To be sure, Palin did sign a proclamation last year declaring a week in October "Christian Heritage Week" in Alaska. The point was to remind Alaskans of "the role Christianity has played in our rich heritage." The proclamation does not declare Alaska a Christian state or the United States a Christian country. It quotes various Founders (in some cases out of context) and highlights the influence of Christianity in the past--just as the Supreme Court does when it undertakes to uphold, say, a Ten Commandments display in a public place. Some people may get worked up about this proclamation, but it is essentially benign, fully within the well-trodden ground of America's civil religion. Finally, no discussion of Palin's religious biography would be complete without mention of her infant son, born after a test revealed his Down syndrome, and the child her 17-year-old daughter, unmarried but engaged, is carrying. In America today, some 90 percent of pregnancies where Down syndrome is diagnosed are ended by abortion, as are roughly half of all teenage pregnancies. The Palins' Christian convictions best explain their countercultural decisions in favor of nascent human life. Voters are free, of course, to make what they will of Palin's religion. It is part of who she is. And together with her hunting and fishing and lifetime membership in the NRA, her Bible-believing faith reminds the country of the vast cultural differences between the two parties--which is part of why Palin continues to excite the Republican base. Terry Eastland is publisher of THE WEEKLY STANDARD. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/08/palin.pastor/ September 9, 2008 -- Updated 0748 GMT (1548 HKT) Watch Palin's father talk about her religious upbringing » Pastor: GOP may be downplaying Palin's religious beliefs By Randi Kaye AC360° Correspondent WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) -- For more than two decades, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was a practicing Pentecostal. She belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. But though she attended the church from her teenage years to 2002, the Alaska governor hasn't talked much about her religion since joining the Republican ticket. Palin's former pastor, Tim McGraw, says that like many Pentecostal churches, some members speak in tongues, although he says he's never seen Palin do so. Church member Caroline Spangler told CNN, "When the spirit comes on you, you utter things that nobody else can understand ... only God can understand what is coming out of our mouths." Some Pentecostals from Assembly of God also believe in "faith healing" and the "end times" -- a violent upheaval that they believe will deliver Jesus Christ's second coming. "Our basic belief is that God is God and he knows where history is going and he has a purposeful plan and within the middle of that plan we live in an environment in our world where certain events would take place," says McGraw. "Sarah wasn't taught to look for one particular sign -- a cataclysmic sign. She knew as every Christian does ... that God is sovereign and he is in control." The McCain campaign says the governor doesn't consider herself Pentecostal. McGraw says Palin's Pentecostal roots may be being downplayed for a reason: "I think there may be issues of belief that could be misunderstood or played upon by people that don't know." When asked by CNN about Palin's beliefs, campaign spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton would only say the Republican vice presidential candidate has "deep religious convictions." Watch how Palin's religious roots formed » But how might her religious beliefs impact policy in Washington if the Republican ticket is successful? Palin's former pastor says he has no doubt her religious beliefs will influence her decision making when it comes to government policy. Regarding her desire to build an Alaskan pipeline and explore for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, McGraw told CNN, "Sarah knows that in Genesis, God creates the world and it's very good and that we're supposed to be caretakers in terms of not destroying the environment, so there's no way that Sarah is going to exploit or damage the Alaska tundra in the name of getting gas if she doesn't have to." Palin's neighbors react to her swift rise Six years ago, Palin left Assembly of God to join the non-denominational Wasilla Bible Church. But the Assembly of God says she still returns for special conferences and events, such as the graduation of ministry students in June. Video of a speech she gave at the church just two months before joining the Republican ticket is making the rounds on the Internet. Speaking of the troops in Iraq, Palin says on the video, "Pray for our military men and women who are striving do to what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to

make sure that we're praying for -- that there is a plan, and that plan is God's plan." Watch Palin speak at her former church » Her campaign says she doesn't mix her faith with government business. But Palin did ask her audience to pray for a $30 billion natural gas pipeline she is on a mission to build in Alaska. In the video Palin says, "I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas pipeline built. So pray for that ... I can do my job there in developing my natural resources. But all of that doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart is not good with God." McGraw, who was her pastor until 1998 and while she was mayor of Wasilla, says that Palin attended discipleship classes to strengthen her Pentecostal faith and that he counseled her on how to become a better leader. "Everyone has a way of viewing the world and Sarah does too and hers would be shaped by the common-sense practicality of how she's been shaped by the Bible -- which is basically the world view that says God loves people, people can access him and he's given us wisdom for living," McGraw says. He says Alaska has seen Palin's faith play out. As governor she passed ethics reform and took on what she's referred to as a "good-ol'-boys network." However, she has said she would not seek to impose her religious views on others. iReport.com: Share your thoughts on Sarah Palin "I think one of the most obvious ways it plays out is what you've seen -- is being courageous enough to deal with deception and corruption," McGraw says. Palin now attends the Wasilla Bible Church. She was there on August 17, just days before entering the national spotlight. David Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus, was a speaker. He told congregants that terrorist attacks on Israel were God's "judgment" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. Brickner said, "Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. When a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment -- you can't miss it." The McCain campaign says Brickner's comments do not reflect her religious views. Palin's spokeswoman says she is pro-Israel. Pastor Ed Kalnin, the senior pastor of Palin's former Pentecostal church, has also come under fire for his comments. In 2004, he told church members if they voted for John Kerry for president, they wouldn't get into heaven. He told them, "I question your salvation." The Assembly of God issued a statement online in response, which said Kalnin was "joking" when he suggested "Kerry supporters would go to hell." The statement went on to say: "We do acknowledge in hindsight that it was careless, and we do apologize for that. This statement is not written as a defense, but as a clarification." Palin has done little while in office to advance a social conservative agenda. She told The Associated Press in an interview in 2006 that she would not allow her personal beliefs to dictate public policy. "I've honestly answered the questions on what my personal views are on things like abortion and a lot of controversial issues," Palin told AP. "I won't hesitate to answer those questions about what my personal views are, but I am not one to be out there preaching and forcing my views on anyone else." But in the last week, her religious background and outlook has certainly spurred debate far beyond Alaska. http://procinwarn.com/crusades.htm “Crusades for Morality” Editor, The Sun (November 1992): "Take-over-the-world-for-Christendom" and Crusades for Morality. These are two of the "visions" in which Evangelical Christians are being manipulated and used. For the last 15 years, Evangelicals have increasingly been provoked to put their hope in Civil Government and the electing of candidates who stand for "Traditional Family Values". In fact "values" and "morality" have become the new gospel. A full page ad promoting "Virginity" in the Sun, on November 15th, was a perfect example of the new gospel (which is no gospel at all). Eight area churches yoked themselves with every cult and human philosophy on earth in preaching the gospel of good works and human morality. There is nothing Biblical about trying to get people who are not Christians to live like Christians. The only message for a follower of Jesus to proclaim is that God desires to reconcile to himself self-centered and rebellious humans. All of the Crusades, Inquisitions, and Holy Empires have produced nothing of eternal significance. The current crusade for "Morality" will be just as futile. I recommend, instead, the priorities of Noah. I recommend that we speak and act as the "Ambassadors" we are suppose to be. THE NEW WORLD ORDER - Part II Crusades for "Morality", Political Action, Social Activism Proclamation Home Page http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/21/religion-christianity-palin God bother in WasillaThe resurgence of religion now marks the widest divide between US and European politics Comments (167) Geoffrey Wheatcroft The Guardian, Tuesday October 21 2008 Article historyOf all the dramatic changes history has witnessed since 1945 - the economic miracle in postwar western Europe, the collapse of Communism and now the latest boom and bust - none was more unforeseen than the resurgence of religion. A new "revolt of Islam" was quite unexpected 50 years ago, when secular Arab nationalism seemed

the rising force, and when, for that matter, secular Israelis didn't guess that "religious Zionists" would one day make the running in their country. And yet what may be the most striking and important development is the renewed role of religion in the US, and its political implications. John McCain has tried to negatively associate Barack Obama with Jeremiah Wright, his fire-eating radical pastor (or former pastor), but much less attention has been paid to Sarah Palin's membership of the Assembly Church of God in Wasilla and to her own pastor, Ed Kalnins. When Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday, he said Palin was not yet ready to be president. He might have added that her religious opinions also raised questions about her fitness for high office. Religion may now be the largest gulf between Europe and the US. Mitt Romney, the Mormon who ran for the Republican nomination, spoke of the empty cathedrals of Europe, and Tony Blair was the oddity among European politicians in his public protestations of faith. Maybe Blair would be more at home in the US, if not quite at Saddleback, the "evangelical megachurch" in California, where McCain and Obama bared their sinful souls. Obama blamed his early "experiments" with alcohol and drugs on "a certain selfishness", and McCain confessed to his "greatest moral failing" with the end of his first marriage. And yet, weird and embarrassing as this sounded to Europeans, it would have done so to Americans also not long ago. For Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt to have taken part in any such event during the 1932 presidential campaign would have seemed quite absurd, or Harry Truman and Thomas Dewey in 1948. Four years later, Dwight Eisenhower had so little religious upbringing that he needed to be discreetly baptised before he reached the White House. In 1960 religion did become a factor, and earlier this year Romney invoked the memory of John F Kennedy to suggest his own eccentric faith shouldn't be held against him. But that was not comparing like with like. Kennedy was the first Roman Catholic to be elected president, and in a famous speech to protestant pastors in Texas he upheld the principle of the first amendment - the separation of church and state. But he was only insisting that a man of Catholic affiliation could be as good an American as anyone (something the Bible belt was far from conceding when Al Smith, another Irish Catholic, was running for president only 32 years earlier). What Kennedy did not say was that his career had been inspired by a devotion to Our Lady and the Sacred Heart. If he had, apart from the fact that anyone who knew him would have found it hard to keep a straight face, he would have lost the election. Nearly half a century later there has been a complete change. Palin's convention speech was held for a time to be the height of feisty wit; but much more revealing is what she and her pastor have said about "the end of days", an idea in which millions of American evangelical Christians sincerely believe. According to Kalnins, the Jewish people must be gathered into the Land of Israel as a preliminary to Armageddon. When that vast conflict comes the Jews will be converted, or possibly annihilated, and it will be followed by the Rapture. Already Kalnins sees "the storm clouds are gathering" through conflict in the Middle East: "Scripture specifically mentions oil instability as a sign of the Rapture. We're seeing more and more oil wars. The contractions of the fulfilment of prophecies are getting tighter and tighter." And he hopes to witness the Rapture soon. "I'm just looking at the turmoil of the world, Iraq, other places - everywhere people are fighting against Christ," he says. Since Palin is one of his flock, she presumably believes this too. She certainly believes that Jesus told us to invade Iraq: she said so from the pulpit. Not long ago John McCain was obliged to disown John Hagee, a Texan preacher with a huge following who is not only militantly hostile to Catholicism and Islam but believes that "Hitler was a hunter" who had been sent by God to drive the Jews to Israel. Even assuming that McCain does not become the next president, sceptical Europe might stop and think about where the fulfilment of prophecies could yet lead us all wheaty@compuserve.com http://www.adn.com/front/story/518514.html Nation examines Palin's beliefs Embraced by evangelical Christians, governor has been quiet about her views By GEORGE BRYSON and RICHARD MAUER Anchorage Daily News Published: September 7th, 2008 12:04 AM Last Modified: September 7th, 2008 02:23 AM In June, long before she was selected as the Republican nominee for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attended a religious gathering at the Wasilla Assembly of God, her former church. Standing there on stage and speaking to the college-aged graduates of the church's Master's Commission ministry, the governor reminisced about growing up in the fellowship -- "getting saved here, getting baptized by Pastor Riley in Little Beaver Lake Camp" -- while urging the new disciples to help fulfill the church's mission, as well as certain destinies for America and Alaska. Pray for the construction of the $30 billion natural gas pipeline, Palin told them. Pray for the military men and women overseas, "that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending (U.S. soldiers) out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for -- that there is a plan and it's God's plan." Later, senior pastor Ed Kalnins -- with Palin standing at his side -- spoke about tapping into Alaska's natural resource wealth in order to fulfill the state's destiny of serving as a shelter for Christians at the end of the world. "I believe that

Alaska is one of the 'refuge states' -- come on you guys -- in the Last Days," Kalnins said, raising his arm to underscore his point. "And hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to this state to seek refuge. And the church has to be ready to minister to them." Now that she's been selected as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, such comments raise questions: What are Sarah Palin's religious beliefs? What churches does she attend and who are her pastors? How have her beliefs played out in her public life in Alaska? What do they portend for a possible vice president? THE RECORD For someone who's been embraced nationally as being exactly what evangelical Christians want in Washington, Palin is surprisingly circumspect these days on the subject of religion. The authorized and recently published biography of her life, "Sarah -- How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down," by Kaylene Johnson, spends a total of three pages on the subject. McCainPalin spokeswoman Maria Comella told the Daily News on Friday that the candidate wasn't available for an interview. E-mailed questions on religious subjects weren't returned. The New York Times reported Friday that Comella had refused to discuss Palin's religion. So what's on the record? Palin considers herself a born-again conservative Christian. She supports teaching creationism in the public schools, outlawing nearly all abortions (even in cases of rape or incest) and prohibiting same-sex marriage. After becoming governor 20 months ago, on the other hand, Palin didn't balk at implementing an Alaska Supreme Court ruling that ordered the state to provide the same benefits to same-sex partners it provides to heterosexual couples. And she has yet to advance legislation that insists that creationism, or "intelligent design," be taught in public school science classes whenever biological evolution is taught -- as urged by a plank in the official Alaska Republican Party platform. Nor has she tried so far to eliminate standard sex-education classes in public schools in favor of the abstinence-only programs she prefers. That Palin hasn't yet pushed a religious conservative agenda isn't surprising, said state Rep. Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat and House Minority Leader. So far the governor has been consumed with the complex and contentious legislation involving oil taxes and a proposed natural gas pipeline. "She really didn't have much opportunity" to push a social agenda, Kerttula said. Should Palin return to Juneau and not go to Washington, Kerttula said, she expects the governor to focus on cultural and religious issues, like creationism and abortion. CHURCH INFLUENCE Palin reached into her own church when she filled the seat vacated last winter by Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, who's now serving three and a half years in prison for bribery, conspiracy and attempted extortion as part of the federal crackdown on Alaska political corruption. His replacement is Wes Keller, one of 10 elders in the Wasilla Bible Church and one of three candidates on a short list that was submitted to Palin by state Republicans. Another of the three finalists, Keller said, was also a member of the church. Keller said he got to know Palin when she and her husband, Todd, joined the Wasilla Bible Church in 2002. He thinks his appointment to the House seat probably had more to do with his own community achievements than his membership in the church. But his track record so far has pleased the religious right. In the recent legislative session, Keller sponsored a bill to make performing late-term "partial birth abortions" a felony. He also introduced legislation sought by the Alaska Family Council that requires all state-funded public libraries to install filters to protect kids from "inappropriate" material. Eventually he hopes to see the state mandate that intelligent design be taught alongside evolution, Keller said Friday. He also favors providing public funds to parents seeking private education through some kind of voucher system. Palin doesn't attend his church that often, Keller said -- he sees her maybe a half dozen times a year. "She isn't presumptuous. She'll often come in a little late and leave a little early." But he's convinced her faith is genuine. "I would say she has a servant's heart. ... I believe that she has purpose." BAPTIZED WHEN SHE WAS 12 Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1964 to Chuck and Sally Heath, Sarah moved to Alaska with her family when she was only a couple of months old. Her father taught science in high school. Her mom worked as a secretary. According to Johnson's biography, Sarah and her three siblings were each baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as infants. Later their mother gravitated toward the Wasilla Assembly of God -- a Pentecostal church that emphasizes a personal relationship with Christ -- and introduced the faith to her family when her children were still young. "With or without her husband, Sally bundled up the kids and took them to church every Sunday for morning and evening services and most Wednesdays too," Johnson writes. "As a little girl, Sarah sat through services fidgeting, staring at her shiny shoes and smoothing her skirt. "Over time, however, she began to notice that the words being spoken from the pulpit seemed directed not just to the general congregation but specifically to her. She found, too, that the music lifted her spirits in a way that nothing else did. And she discovered that when she prayed, she felt the presence of something far greater than herself." At the age of 12, Sarah joined her brother and two sisters in getting baptized into the Wasilla Assembly of God by pastor Paul Reilly, a family friend. Later, as a basketball star at Wasilla High School, she would become the leader of the high school's Fellowship of

Christian Athletes, writing Bible verses in her friends' senior yearbooks. WASILLA BIBLE CHURCH By all accounts, Palin has been an observant evangelical Christian ever since -- through college (attending five separate schools before graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism). Through the early years of her marriage to Todd, her high school boyfriend (in an elopement to a Palmer court house). Through the births and baptisms of Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. But the church the Palin family attends these days apparently varies. In 2002, Palin and her family shifted their allegiance from the Wasilla Assembly of God to the nondenominational Wasilla Bible Church, a move that coincided with Palin's run for lieutenant governor, her first bid for a statewide office. From its very modest origins, with only a few families 30 years ago, the Wasilla Bible Church has since grown into a fellowship that now hosts up to 1,000 parishioners a Sunday, according to senior pastor Larry Kroon, the church's first and now senior minister. They meet in an unadorned boxish building on the gravelly edge of the Parks Highway at the northwest end of town. "We're just a community church," said Kroon, a West Anchorage High graduate who later earned a degree in religious studies at Seattle Pacific University. "We weren't trying to follow some trend. We're not trying to lead a parade." The same goes for the Palins whenever they attend, he said. "When they come in here, it's 'Todd' and 'Sarah' and that's just it -- I really don't take their faith into the public arena for comment," Kroon said. "I value all our politicians, (our) public servants. ... I don't care if it's Obama, Biden, McCain or Palin. I think it's a noble thing to step into that arena." WORD OF GOD IS STRONG The same sentiment isn't always apparent at the Palins' former church, the Wasilla Assembly of God -- where its current pastor, Kalnins has publicly inveighed against Democrats while offering thinly veiled support for President Bush. In a sermon recorded in 2004, Kalnins doubted the chances that John Kerry supporters would ever get into heaven. "I'm not going to tell you who to vote for," he said. "But if you vote for this particular person, I question your salvation -- I'm sorry." The Wasilla Bible Church has made waves as well. Two weeks ago, a guest speaker, David Brickner -- a conservative Christian who condemns Jews who fail to accept Christ as the Messiah and tries to convert them through his Jews for Jesus ministry -- suggested that terrorism in Israel is God's judgment against Jews. The McCain campaign has acknowledged that Palin was in the audience. But in a press statement, campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said the governor did not know Brickner would be speaking, and Palin does not share the views he expressed. "She and her family would not have been sitting in the pews of the church if those remarks were remotely typical," Goldfarb said. Since winning her race for governor in 2006, Palin has also attended a large Pentecostal church in Juneau -- the Juneau Christian Center. She's also worshiped at the Church on the Rock, a sprawling megachurch in Wasilla. All four fellowships the family has attended appear to have one trait in common: They all insist on the inerrancy of the Bible. Their pastors preach that scripture is literally God's spoken word. Launching into a discourse on the purpose of man earlier this year, Juneau Christian Center pastor Mike Rose touted the Genesis version of creation while dismissing Darwin's theory of evolution, which some Christian faiths are willing to accept. Rose strongly disagrees with denominations that interpret passages in the Bible figuratively rather than literally. "If you really want to know where you came from -- and happen to believe the word of God, that you are not a descendant of a chimpanzee -- then this is what the word of God says," Rose said in a sermon recorded in April. "I believe this version." David Pepper, the senior pastor at Church on the Rock -- where the Palins occasionally worship in Wasilla -- takes his Christianity one step further, arguing that the purpose of the United States is to glorify God. "This nation is a Christian nation!" Pepper said last fall in a recorded sermon. "God will not be mocked! I don't care what atheists say! God will not be mocked! ... Judgment Day is coming. Where do you stand?" Contact reporter George Bryson gbryson@adn.com and Richard Mauer at rmauer@adn.com. http://www.adn.com/life/religion/story/463303.html Believe it or not, Alaska's one of nation's least religious states Church attendance is among the lowest in US By JULIA O'MALLEY jomalley@adn.com Published: July 13th, 2008 12:04 AM Last Modified: July 13th, 2008 10:35 AM - We have megacongregations, neighborhood Bible churches and strip-mall chapels of love, but a good number of Alaskans still aren't in the pews on Sunday. In fact, Alaska is one of the least religious states in the country, according to a study from The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Alaska responses to the forum's "U.S. Religious Landscape Survey" fell in line with most Americans, the majority of whom believe in God but are not tied to strict interpretations of any religion. In a few categories, however, Alaska stands out: Seems people here are among the least likely to attend church, pray or align themselves with a religious group. The survey was based on samples of 100 to 200 people in Alaska and 35,000 people nationwide. Because of Alaska's small sample, questions had margins of error up to 9 percent, but the trends echo other recent surveys of

religious attitudes in the Pacific Northwest. Among the results: • Church attendance in Alaska was among the lowest in the nation, at 22 percent. • "Unaffiliated" was the most common description of religious ties. There were slightly more unaffiliated people in Alaska than evangelical Protestants, who made up the single largest religious group. • Twice as many Alaskans (32 percent) said they seldom or never prayed, compared to 18 percent Outside. • One in four Alaskans weren't affiliated with a religious tradition, compared to one in 10 in the United States. • Seventy-seven percent of respondents said many religions can lead to eternal life. • Among the religious traditions, there were far fewer Jews and fewer Catholics than the national average, but slightly more mainline Protestants and twice as many Mormons (4 percent of the overall population in Alaska), and about three times as many following Orthodox traditions (3 percent). The number of evangelical Protestants -- 26 percent -- was identical to the rest of the nation. SEEKERS The survey reveals Alaska's independent-minded and live-and-let-live personality, said Bishop Michael Keys, with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It goes along with the state's frontier spirit and libertarian streak. "We don't want interference from anybody, whether it be government, or churches or institutions. That's a repeating pattern in Alaska," he said. "Therefore (people think), 'Why would I need a church?' "Greg Kimura, head of the Alaska Humanities Forum and professor of religion and ethics at Alaska Pacific University, said the survey results might be surprising to some, especially in Anchorage, where it sometimes seems you can't go a block without running into a church. Alaska may be conservative, but it doesn't come from religion. "We're more religiously pluralistic, more open to other religions," he said. "(The survey) tells us the opposite of the popular impression, that is that Alaska is religiously conservative." On the question of "the importance of religion in one's life," 36 percent of Alaskans answered "very important," while nationally 58 percent said religion was "very important." Fewer in Alaska said religion was "very important" than in any other western state. Mississippi had the highest number of people who said religion was very important, at 82 percent. Rev. Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple said the low church attendance and lack of emphasis on religion could have something to do with Alaska's reputation as an escape. People who want to leave their pasts behind may not want to attend church, he said. "I think it's the Alaska wilderness. People are here to get away from things. Some people are running away. They have not realized that God still loves them in spite of their failures in the past." Kimura said part of the issue is generational. Baby boomers left churches, he said. Their children weren't raised with religion, and now they're grown up and some are looking for a path. "Just because people aren't affiliated with a church doesn't mean they aren't open to religion, he said. He called Alaska's high number of unaffiliated people "seekers." Looking at it that way, Alaska has as many "seekers" as evangelical Christians. Keys said political and current events -- from the faulty information that led to war in Iraq, to lawsuits against teachers, to church scandals, to the economic downturns -- made people distrust institutions. That drove them from churches. "We live in a time of anxiety and powerful insecurity about institutions," he said. "I think that people are asking as many or maybe more spiritual questions they have ever asked." GOD IN NATURE Though they might not attend church, eight in 10 Alaskans believe in God or a universal spirit, just below the country as a whole, where nine in 10 believe in God, according to the survey. Catholic Archbishop Roger Schwietz said church attendance is low in part because Alaska is such an active, nature-oriented place. Many participate in subsistence and outdoor activities on weekends instead, he said. "It doesn't mean their faith is weaker, I think. It's just they're not as serious about attending weekly worship," he said. "People tend to believe in God and say belief in God is strengthened by beauty of the state." Kimura said Alaska attracts nature-lovers, and though they may not be religious, they are often spiritual. "The environmental movement is underwritten by spiritual values," he said. Keys agreed that people in Alaska find solace in the outdoors, and for them nature is like religion. "I know hundreds of people who have articulated well they find God in nature," he said. Four in 10 Alaskans pray daily, compared to the nation, where nearly six in 10 pray every day. The study may be picking up on Alaskans' different approach to spirituality, Schwietz said. People who don't attend church may well have different ideas about what constitutes praying, he said. "Often when they say they pray less, they are referring to formal prayers," he said. "There's a lot of praying that goes on that's more personal." The study also showed that Alaskans who do pray feel their prayers are answered less often than people in the country at large. TOLERANCE Alaska is one of the most tolerant states when it comes to accepting other religions and most open when it comes to religious interpretation. Seven in 10 people said that many religions, rather than just their own, can lead to eternal life. Nearly 40 percent of Alaska respondents said the Bible was a "book written

by men, not the word of God," compared to 28 percent nationally. Seven in 10 said there is more than one way to interpret the teachings of their religion, compared to six in 10 nationally. Alaska's results were similar to other western states and the Northeast. Prevo was particularly troubled by those results, both nationally and in Alaska. Christians should not believe there is more than one way to eternal life, he said. They also shouldn't believe, as another portion of the national study showed, that there is a heaven but no hell. "They are picking and choosing what they want to believe of what Jesus taught, rather accepting all he taught," he said. "A person who claims to be a Christ-follower does not have that option to pick and choose." He felt Christians had become more pluralistic over the last two decades, becoming more tolerant of other beliefs, and that was changing their politics. It was a sign that ministers were failing in their duties to teach Jesus' word as something that can't be modified according to someone's individual desires. "Jesus didn't leave any room for tolerance" when it came to deviating from his word, he said. Schwietz took another view, seeing religious tolerance by Catholics as a positive thing, in line with papal teachings. "We have to respect the way God works in everyone's lives," he said. Find Julia O'Malley online at adn.com/contact/jomalley or call 257-4591 See chart at: http://community.adn.com/mini_apps/assetDisplay/?ref=http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/07/13/02/56213ReligionCharts.graphic_large.prod_affiliate.7.jpg&summ=&sec=161&width=800&height=586 http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/10/11/as_governor_palin_at_times_bonds_church_and_st ate/ As governor, Palin at times bonds church and state By Garance Burke Associated Press Writer / October 11, 2008

This photo from the Web site of The Office of the Governor of Alaska, shows, from left, Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, Gov. Sarah Palin, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, being prayed over by Pastor Ed Kalnins and a congregation made up of nearly 20 different churches and denominations at One Lord Sunday in the Mat-Su Valley, Alaska on June 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Web site of The Office of the Governor of Alaska) See: http://gov.state.ak.us/large_photo.php?id=153 Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, Governor Sarah Palin, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski receive a blessing from Pastor Ed Kalnins at One Lord Sunday in the Mat-Su Valley http://vodpod.com/watch/1012853-pastor-baucham-provides-insight-to-candidate-vp-palin Pastor Baucham Provides Insight to Candidate VP Palin http://www.adn.com/3182/story/518522.html State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline By RICHARD MAUER rmauer@adn.com Published: September 7th, 2008 01:57 AM Last Modified: September 7th, 2008 02:39 AM Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska "to make sure God's will be done here." State records show that Palin submitted a travel authorization for a quick round-trip visit to attend the June 8 graduation of the Master's Commission program at the Wasilla Assembly of God, the church where she was baptized at age 12. The only other item on the agenda for that trip was a "One Lord Sunday" service involving a network of Mat-Su Christian churches earlier that morning at the Wasilla sports complex. The records show Palin flew from Juneau on Saturday, June 7. She returned to Juneau that Monday afternoon. The plane tickets cost the state $519.50, and she claimed an additional $120 for meals and other expenses. Palin couldn't be reached for comment Friday as she campaigned for vice president. Her spokeswoman at the McCain campaign said she wouldn't grant an interview. But Palin's spokeswoman in the governor's office, Sharon Leighow, said the state paid for the trip because Palin was invited to the events as the governor, not as a private citizen. "I know for a fact she gave remarks at the Wasilla Assembly of God as governor of

Alaska to the graduates of this particular program," Leighow said. OFF THE CUFF In her eight-minute remarks, delivered without notes except when she read a brief passage from the New Testament Book of Ephesians, she melded the issues of governance with a call to bringing Alaskans to God. "What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys as you go out throughout Alaska -- I can do my part in doing things like working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline." Palin said. "Pray about that also. I think God's will has to be done, in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that. But I can do my job there, in developing our natural resources, and doing things like getting the roads paved, making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded. "But really, all of that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's hearts isn't right with God. And that's going to be your job," she said. "As I'm doing my job, let's strike this deal. Your job is going to be: to be out there, reaching the people, (the) hurting people throughout Alaska, and we can work together to make sure God's will be done here." The Wasilla Assembly of God said Palin and her family stopped attending regularly in 2002, the year of her unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor. She now attends other nondenominational, evangelical churches in Wasilla and Juneau. Palin's talk was recorded by the church and posted on its Web site. It has since been removed, but the video has been copied to multiple sites on the Internet as Americans attempt to learn more about her since her surprise pick by John McCain as his running mate Aug. 29. Palin told the graduates her remarks were off the cuff because she wasn't sure she could attend. "I flew in from Juneau last night, fly to Juneau again tomorrow, so I didn't prepare anything, thinking that, no, our schedule wouldn't allow me to be here," Palin said. But Leighow said the graduation was one of two purposes for the trip. According to a six-minute promotional video by the Wasilla Assembly of God, the master's commission program is a live-in, year-long educational program for young adults. The church's description shows there's nothing secular about it. "The Master's Commission program is something that's going to take a young person and lead them for the rest of their lives in passionate journey for Jesus," the video says. The instruction is "designed to take students in from around the nation, and through that we're able to shape and mold disciples of the lord Jesus Christ." The program isn't just inward looking -- the graduates are expected take the message to people around the state. "We seek him in the morning with worship, with live worship, with intimate worship, to know him face to face," the video says. "The first part in the morning is to know God, and then from that afternoon you go out and make him known." A FAITH-BASED AUDIENCE In words similar to Palin's, the video stresses the program's ties to Alaska: "God has a destiny for the state of Alaska, and we know that master's commission is one of the keys that God is going to use to unlock his glory for that state," a speaker says. In an e-mail exchange on Friday, Palin's spokeswoman Leighow defended the use of state money by Palin to travel to Wasilla and participate in the event. Attending religious events is common for elected officials, she said. There was no violation of the constitutional separation of church and state in Palin's official appearance and remarks, she said. "Public officials travel and speak to a religious group as part of their official duties," Leighow said. "Virtually every day there is a state or federal public official who speaks to members of the faith community. The governor can speak to secular audiences as well as faith-based audiences, and Republicans and Democrats routinely do this." Leighow compared Palin's prodding of the young evangelical students to her attending the 2007 installation of Rabbi Michael Oblath at Congregation Beth Sholom in Anchorage. "What's the difference?" Leighow said. http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000038118/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Word_for_the/2008 /The_Army_of.aspx The Army of God Mobilizes, Part 39 Last week we discussed the extraordinary anointing to mobilize that manifested so quickly on Governor Sarah Palin. Instantly it seemed that she went from being the obscure Governor of Alaska to one of the most interesting people in the world. The interest in her was not all favorable of course, but she immediately began to rally crowds larger than the other candidates, a very rare thing for a Vice Presidential nominee. She also overwhelmed the others in the news coverage as well. This week I want to look a little bit deeper into how this happened, and why, not from a political perspective, but rather to understand this anointing to mobilize others. The moment I heard Governor Palin speak when she was being introduced as John McCain’s running mate I was impacted by her anointing for leadership. I felt strongly that I was listening to a President, and I do feel that she may be a future President. She had a notable focus and resolve, but it was more than that. It was not so much what she said, but her words had something behind them that gave them more power. This is an anointing. Last year, I was given a dream in which I was told that if we would honor the fathers, the Lord would release

revival in America in six months. I was told that we had to do this because it was through dishonoring fathers that had one of the biggest gates of hell into the country. I was also told that we would then have to honor the mothers because it was by dishonoring mothers and motherhood that the gate of hell had been opened that released abortion into the nation. We determined that one way we could start to honor the fathers was to hold a conference on honoring the fathers. It had such remarkable favor on it that many thought it was the most important conference we had ever hosted. Immediately after it, the Lakeland Outpouring erupted. Immediately after that, we had an outbreak of the Holy Spirit in our K-12 school that swept through the whole ministry and continues to this day. Miracles and healings that we used to see or hear about once a year are now happening weekly, if not nightly. Sarah Palin is a hero mother, and I think she is anointed to help recover the honor that motherhood is due. Could she sit in the most powerful office in the world while still raising a young family? Yes, I think she can, and she maybe also do it better because of her family. Without question, as the Vice President, her family will have more help than they would if she was not, but it is about more than that. There is something about being moored to the practical when you are in a high position of authority that grounds you with a perspective and wisdom that otherwise gets lost very easily. That is why I think the great Apostle Paul was required to make tents for a living while serving as maybe the greatest missionary of all time. This was not a waste of his time. That time kept him in touch with the practical and with people in a way that was essential for his calling. Certainly, sitting in one of the most powerful offices in the world will be demanding, but staying grounded can be a huge advantage. Another advantage for having a family, while being in such a powerful and demanding job, is the energy and inspiration that comes from having a family, which is greater than any other resource. After our relationship to God, nothing inspires and energizes like the love of a family. A family, with all of its problems, is not a distraction but fuel for the heart. We were made this way. That’s why the Lord said that it was not good for Adam to be alone, which is noteworthy because Adam had God at that time, indicating that God made Adam to also need family. As the Lord indicated, some are created not to need this, but they are very rare. Basic to the highest levels of leadership is also a need to stay in touch with the practical, and nothing does this like families. Having the adoration of the greatest crowds cannot inspire and fuel our souls like a family can. A special anointing is on Governor Palin to display this crucial truth. I have known many very successful people, and without question, without exception, those who lost their families would have given up all of their achievements to get their family back. One of the most important things that makes us a higher form of life is having a higher form of family. Of all the issues that are being discussed in this campaign, family is the most important. That is why the only commandment with a promise was to honor our fathers and mothers. The promise was that it would go well with us and that we would dwell long in the land that the Lord has given to us (see Deuteronomy 5:16). The favor of God that comes from this is more important than all of the other issues. www.morningstarministries.org Rick Joyner, 9/29/2008 http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000037741/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Word_for_the/200 8/The_Army_of.aspx The Army of God Mobilizes, Part 38 “Nothing in the natural could explain the reactions for and against her. It’s not natural. Usually a pick for the Vice President has a little impact and then it is over in a day or two. Not so here. McCain was hardly noticed anymore, which interestingly he did not seem to mind but actually enjoyed it. Palin’s announcement excited and mobilized the Republican Party, possibly like nothing else has so fast. Immediately, crowds were eclipsing those of any of the other candidates. This is an anointing for leadership. Palin has also excited opposition. It quickly went from what seemed to be a knee-jerk reaction to the news, to a very mean-spirited and deeply disrespectful tone. Feminists were actually using “the glass ceiling” to try to beat Governor Palin down. The accusations against her were so bizarre for a time that those making them were immediately humiliated and embarrassed as an increasingly discerning public reacted to the hypocrisy. The more the media tried to demean her, the more the public rose up and smote them back. This was very interesting to say the least. This is not to imply that the questions being asked about Governor Palin’s qualifications to sit “a heartbeat away” from what is considered the most powerful position on the planet are not legitimate. Many in both parties did question this, but did it with respect and appeared to do it objectively, which should be appreciated. The qualification to sit in such authority is what the campaigns are designed to establish or reveal. However, there is a difference between legitimate and respectful questioning of such important issues and attacking with evil motives by using deception and lies. The rage that also rose up against Governor Palin is the result of her anointing. We need to consider this when we are desperate for others to recognize us and our calling—if the true can recognize us, so can the devil. If our unveiling has not happened yet, we are not ready for it. I do feel that Governor Palin has a calling to leadership

that I recognized immediately when I first saw her speak. This does not necessarily mean that the McCain ticket is going to win this fall or that everyone who disagrees with her or challenges her is from the devil. However, there was a considerable amount of opposition that rose up that did cross the line and was easily recognizable as being beyond mere human disagreement. Some of the same has come against Senator Obama and the accusations leveled against him that are not true. He, too, has a remarkable anointing to mobilize people, and that will always cause a corresponding opposition. As we have discussed previously, the anointing to mobilize can be used for good or evil. The leaders of both the North and South in the American Civil War had a remarkable anointing for mobilizing multitudes for their causes. So have leaders on both sides in most wars, and yet one side can be far more righteous in their cause. The greater the anointing to mobilize, the more who will follow us, and the more that can lead to do good or evil. Therefore, if the time comes when others start to mobilize to us, we must be even more careful of where we are leading them. The ultimate Leader is Jesus. When He is lifted up all men will be drawn to Him. Therefore, the greatest anointing for drawing men will come by those who are manifesting Him more. To manifest Him more, we must keep our attention on Him and not those following us. There is a place for being aware of those the Lord has given us to watch over and to lead in His name for the sake of being responsible. I was shown a vision many years ago that I feel says it clearly. In this vision, I saw a pastor who would look at the Lord, and people started gathering to him. Whenever he turned from the Lord to look at the people, they would start scattering from him. Again, there is a place for knowing those we have been given to watch over and to be responsible for, but there is also a curse that came upon Israel when David “numbered the people.” If we are receiving our security from how people feel about us or how many are following us rather than from the Lord’s approval, we are in danger of leading them astray. The more people begin to follow us, the more we must keep our eyes on the Leader and resolve to get ever closer to Him.” www.morningstarministries.org Rick Joyner, 9/23/2008 http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000029450/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Daily_Devotional/ Day_95_Hesitating.aspx Day 95 - Hesitating Between Opinions And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word (I Kings 18:21). Our recent presidential election dilemma seems to be an accurate depiction of the spiritual state of the country. We are divided almost exactly right down the middle. Like the Mississippi River that divides the nation, and continually drifts from one side to the other, public opinion is generally so centrist that the extremes on either side can push it a little to one side or the other. It will then resist the pressure and swing back toward the middle. Is this good or bad? The economic interests of this country consider it a good thing. Wall Street leaders stated that their hope for the election was "continued gridlock in Washington." Wall Street is doing fine just the way things are, so they do not want the boat rocked in either direction. They prospered when one party controlled the White House and the other one controlled Congress. They like the huge budget surpluses, they want them to keep piling up, and they do not want anyone to come with enough influence to start spending it. For the moral interests of America, gridlock seems to be a bad thing, but is it? It can be either a great tragedy, or a great opportunity. It will be a tragedy if the good people of this nation continue to sit back and wait for the government to do what they are called to do. It can be a great opportunity if the good people arise and take the moral and spiritual leadership that they are called to take. My prayers will always be for the Lord to give us leaders who will stand for righteousness, truth, and justice. However, I do not believe that the destiny of this nation, or any nation, is found in its civil government, but in the church. Prayer can accomplish more than any election. One little prayer meeting can have more power than the United States Congress and United Nations Assembly combined. Prayer can move the hand of God in a way that no one can resist. The world has been shocked by just how fragile the government of the greatest democracy in the world has proven to be. The whole nation voted, but it seemed for a while that it would be just a few people who lived in a single county, or even a single local judge who would decide who would sit in the most powerful political office on earth. Circumstances set the stage so that when either one prevailed one half of the nation would feel that they were cheated. That set the stage for one to potentially sit in the most powerful office in the world, without much power. Wall Street may have liked it for a while, but even their prosperity is based on the faith of the people in the system, and that faith was close to being seriously eroded. The result of this shaking was an economic decline. It does seem that much of the remaining morality in America is based more on civic morality than a true faith in God and His standards. The stage is being set for the true heart of the nation to be revealed. We will not like what we see. Many who thought that they had been worshiping the true God will find that they have in fact only been

worshiping the idols fashioned by our culture. We are in desperate need for the church to arise with the prophetic resolution of Elijah to stand for the one and only true God, and have the power to demonstrate it. This is not the power of the vote, but the power of the Holy Spirit. As we are told in I Corinthians 4:20, "For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power." Before the church will be released with this desperately needed power, we too must stop hesitating between all of the worldly opinions. The Lord is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is not coming to take sides, but to take over. He is not going to come back because of the will of the people, but because of the will of the Father. The church in America does not need the ability to win votes, what we need is a return to our true Source of power. Then, as the great apostle declared in I Corinthians 2:4, we too will be able to say "And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." We need the ability to supernaturally demonstrate His power to men so that all who worship other gods can come to clearly understand that He alone is the one true God. My main concern is not the indecisiveness of the American people as much as it is the indecisiveness of the church in America. If the church in America had voted for moral truth rather than their idols, and their pocket books, this election would not have even been close. The last church that the Lord Himself warned in the Book of Revelation, represents the last day church. "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). As a citizen I was concerned about the outcome of the election. I am thankful to be an American. I believe in voting and praying for my country, but I am far more concerned about the general lack of prophetic resolution on the part of the church in America. My first citizenship is to another kingdom, of which I have been made an ambassador. I am more concerned about those who are called to be a part of the "holy nation" than I am this nation. Even so, I know that when the church awakens from her own moral depravity and spiritual stupor, there will be a witness of the one and only true God. Then the "prophets of Baal" will be silenced. http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000013848/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Word_for_the/200 4/Healing_the_Nations.aspx Healing the Nations ...” that, in general, Africans tend to grasp and understand the spiritual realm much faster and easier than those of European descent. This is one of the greatest gifts of all, and has therefore been under a terrible assault of the devil seemingly from the beginning. Some of the strongest witchcraft in the world is found in Africa, or where Africans are the dominant ethnic group in a country. Africa is now experiencing one of the greatest revivals in the world, and we can expect this great gift to result in some of the most powerful healing, deliverance, prophetic, and worship ministries to come out of Africa. Missionaries are about to be sent from Africa throughout the world that the entire body of Christ will be blessed by. Europeans, in general, tend to be more pragmatic, which can make them great engineers and scientists, historically, and greatly surpassing other cultures in this area. However, some of the world’s greatest engineers and scientists have been from African descent. Likewise, some of the world’s greatest composers have been from European descent. The African scientists have been able to see things others did not often see because they were not afraid to bring spiritual truths and insight into the laboratory. Likewise, European composers reached unprecedented heights by bringing mathematical precision and even engineering principles to their compositions. My point is when God made man in His image we really could interpret that as, God making mankind in His image. He made the different races and cultures for a reason. He gave some of His own characteristics to each one in a seemingly greater way so as mankind came together in unity, His nature would be seen. He gave to mankind a wonderful combination of uniqueness and individuality, but He also made us to all need each other to be complete. As we have said, racism is based on fear and/or pride. However, one is not a racist because they see distinctions in other cultures or races, as long as they do not do it out of fear or pride. We need to recognize, honor, and appreciate the distinctions that God gave to different people, and to different people groups. To not see obvious differences is to be blind, and/or dishonest. One of the greatest tragedies would be the elimination of any race. Likewise, one of the greatest blessings would be the release of all of the races, and all people, to be who God created them to be. Now some could take what I have said here to challenge mixed marriages. This is important to address before going on. This mentality can be understandable when considering how important it is to preserve cultural distinctions and heritage. However, there is no biblical case that can be made for God being against mixed marriages, and a good one can be made that He actually wanted the mixing of races and cultures to at least some degree. First, when the Lord ordained that His creation would reproduce “after their kind,” (Genesis 1:24-25), this was after their own species. This is a law which actually cannot be broken. It has been proven impossible

for any species to be able to mate with another species and propagate, challenging some very basic Darwinian theories. However, different races of people are still a part of the species of mankind, and since they can join across racial lines and reproduce, it is obvious this is not something that God prohibited. Why would He want to have the races intermingling? If He gave gifts to different races and cultures, does He not want them preserved? To a degree yes, but it is also obvious in the creation that the Lord made His entire universe to expand and grow. He loves diversity and uniqueness. It seems that He made us to be like a kaleidoscope to be ever changing and interesting. Also, just as breeds of animals that do not cross with other breeds become weaker and weaker with each generation, genetically the same is true with people. It does seem that, generally, mixed race children tend to be stronger, smarter, and healthier. Likewise, the “blue blood” noble families in cultures that will try to only marry within the nobility quite obviously get weaker with succeeding generations. These are some of those truths that the American founding fathers considered “self-evident.” So what is my point? First, we must be free to see the real characteristics of nations or ethnic groups, if we are going to be able to minister to them effectively. We also need to understand that generalizations are just that, and are seldom true of everyone. For this reason we must strive to know no one “after the flesh” but by their spirit. We also need to guard against judging whole people groups, or even individuals, by their most extreme elements if we are going to perceive them accurately. And finally, we must also make room for new and as yet undefined, people groups and cultures. In all of this it is right to honor heritages, gifts, as well as to acknowledge weaknesses. This must be done if we are going to receive from each other, or be able to help one another. I will never forget the time when, after a friend of mine had tried to teach our entire congregation a Jewish dance, all of the black women in the church got together and came to me afterwards. A little surprised by this delegation, I asked what they wanted. One of them spoke up and said that they needed to pray for me—for some rhythm! I acknowledged my desperate need, and asked them to please do it. However, it seems that all of them together did not have the faith to deal with such a powerful stronghold! I remain almost entirely without rhythm to this day, but I doubt there is anyone who enjoys more watching those who do have some rhythm worshiping the Lord with their gift. In the coming weeks we will deal with a few issues of how understanding other nations and races can practically help us in fulfilling the Great Commission. We will also see how racism will be one of the most deadly enemies of truth, and of our souls in the times ahead. We ourselves must be free of this evil if we are going to be lights in the growing darkness. Rick Joyner, 2/23/2004 http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000013339/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Word_for_the/200 5/Creating_a_Clean.aspx Creating a Clean Heart - Part IV This may seem like quite a diversion from our study of end time prophecies to be doing such an extensive study of the works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:18-21.However, this understanding is essential if we are going to be prepared for the end times, or for today. It is far more important to be abiding in the Lord than just understanding what is going to happen in these times. It is only by abiding in Him so that we see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and begin to understand with His heart, that we can see and understand anything correctly, including biblical prophecies. The next work of the flesh that is listed in this text in Galatians is “sorcery” or “witchcraft” (KJV). Certainly no true Christian would ever become involved in witchcraft, but the truth is that most are, even if unknowingly. How can this be? First, we often think of witchcraft in its extreme forms of black magic and devil worshipers. But, like many of the works of evil, there is often subtle, seemingly harmless, or even benevolent forms of them that entrap those who really do not mean to bring harm to anyone. They may even have good intentions, but are in fact using a form of witchcraft nonetheless. So we need to begin by defining just what witchcraft is. Such spiritual definitions will seldom be found in any dictionary, but we need to consider them from what Paul wrote in I Corinthians 2:1216: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. For this reason I sought a definition of witchcraft that was a work of the flesh many years ago. However, when Paul says here that “we have the mind of Christ” (not that he did personally), he was referring to something we should have corporately. Therefore, I always look for others to have parts of a definition that I do not have. This also means that what I am about to share with you may be incomplete, but I think that it is accurate.

Witchcraft is counterfeit spiritual authority. It is using any spirit other than the Holy Spirit to manipulate or control others with. This can be done to accomplish our own purpose, or even a noble purpose, and even something we feel called to do for the Lord. We may wonder how someone would try to use witchcraft or soul power to accomplish the works of God, but many try, which has caused some of the worst spiritual disasters in church history right up to the present. A noble purpose does not justify evil means. Tacking the Lord’s name onto a project does not mean that the Lord is behind it. The Lord, being the King of kings, above all rule, authority, power, and dominion, moves with a certain dignity and class in all that He does that is far above such things as trying to manipulate others, or use a dominating form of control. So are those who move by His Spirit in true spiritual authority. As stated, it is not only possible, but common for people to try to accomplish the purposes of God using what is in fact counterfeit spiritual authority or witchcraft. They manipulate people into giving to their cause, or use a form of control spirit to keep them committed and to get the job done. These are houses that we may claim are being built for the Lord, but He will not bless them with His manifest presence. This is like King David trying to bring the Ark of God to Jerusalem on a new ox cart. Oxen speak of natural strength in Scripture, and we often think we can bring God to our place in our own strength. David paid the price for this foolishness, and so do many wellmeaning, but misled, Christians. My daughter and I recently stopped in some used car lots to find her something to drive at college. Two of them were a joy to visit and the salespeople delightful. They wanted to sell us a car, but we did not feel any pressure at all. The third car dealer we visited was the opposite. I do not remember ever being subjected to such base manipulation in any potential business transaction. As we left, my daughter said she felt “slimed.” The whole experience was similar to what I think it would be like to get your hand caught in a meat grinder. I resolved to never step foot on their property again and would certainly never buy a car from them. You could feel hype and manipulation throughout that business. Sadly, it reminded me of some churches I have been in. The salesmen felt like some preachers I have met. I am not trying to be negative toward the church, because, like the previous two car dealers we went to, most are not like the third one. However, the reason that the third car dealer can stay in business and the reason that churches which are like it stay open, is because of a great number of people who allow themselves to be manipulated and controlled. As Paul the apostle lamented in II Corinthians 11:20: For you bear with anyone if he enslaves you, if he devours you, if he takes advantage of you, if he exalts himself, if he hits you in the face. The Corinthian church is still thought of as “the carnal church,” and the above is probably how such forms of base carnality, or works of the flesh, manifested themselves in this church. They were probably the result of the kind of authority they responded to—carnal people respond to carnal authority. Now we can continue to reproach the Corinthian church in our hearts and teachings, but it is likely that if they existed today they would be the most spiritual church on the planet in spite of their many flaws. Because most people do in fact live in a place of basic carnality, including most Christians as recent studies have proven, car dealers and churches like I briefly described above not only continue in business, but actually thrive. However, one thing we can count on, many temporary successes will prove to be ultimate failures, as we are told inI Corinthians 3:1013: According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. Works or accomplishments that are the fruit of the works of the flesh or carnal strength will have to be maintained by the flesh. The bigger such works become, the more striving that will be required to maintain them, and so the manipulation and control grows, until the leaders and the people break under the pressure. This is where you find the long train through history of devastated works and people who were supposed to be doing the work of the Lord. In politics, business, and sometimes even in family relations, these forms of manipulation and control can seem to be almost the fabric upon which all human relations are built. This is true to a large degree in this age. It will not be true of the kingdom, or those works that really are being built by the King. I have dealt with this form of witchcraft very superficially, as we have in fact dealt with the other works of the flesh superficially as well. We cannot go but so deep in a short format such as this. However, I do want to touch on one more increasingly popular form of witchcraft—that is the use of drugs. The words “sorcery” and “witchcraft” both mean to call on or conjure other spirits, which God’s people have always been strictly forbidden to do. We cannot serve the Lord and demons. It is noteworthy that the Greek word translated “sorcery,” and “witchcraft” in the New Testament is pharmakeia, from which we derive our English word “pharmacy.”

There is a reason why a large part of black magic involves making concoctions that supposedly empower those who take them with supernatural powers. It works. Does this mean that taking drugs can open us up to demons? We need to distinguish between those that are meant to provide healing to our bodies and those that are for the purpose of altering our consciousness. However, if we are purposely taking mind altering drugs, we can open ourselves to demonic oppression. Continued practice can lead to increasing oppression that leads to demonic possession to the degree that we no longer have control over ourselves, but the devil does. Of course this study could itself be a book, and deserves far more attention than we can give to it here. There is a co-relation between the increasing debauchery of our times and the increasing use of illegal drugs. This is a gate of hell through which the devil is pouring through. Do not open this gate to him in your own life. Let us also resolve that we do not want one thing in our life that God does not want us to have. Therefore, we will pursue what we are to have, and the works that we are to do by His Spirit, which is always recognized by the fruit of the Spirit. Rick Joyner, 3/21/205 http://www.morningstarministries.org/Articles/1000016186/MorningStar_Ministries/Media/Word_for_the/200 3/Therefore.aspx Therefore - Our study this week is from Ephesians 6:13: "Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” See “One reason why many lose their boldness is because they allow the enemy to draw them into a fight on his grounds. One of the highest priorities of any general in warfare is to choose the field of battle. There are some who are equipped by God to fight on different fields. There are those who are equipped to fight on the field of philosophy, science, or to confront witchcraft, etc. One basic wisdom we need to operate under is to refuse to be drawn into battles that are outside of our realm of authority unless we have a special commission from the Lord, which will include a special grace for the purpose. Even though we may refuse to be drawn into a fight on certain grounds where we are not equipped to fight, this does not mean we should ever retreat. In those cases we still take our stand and refuse to give any of our ground to the enemy. Regardless of how the enemy attacks us, any retreat on our part could only come from a lack of faith in the One we serve. That is why the truly righteous, who are the ones with true faith, will always be as bold as a lion. That is why we are told in II Corinthians 3:12, “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold” (NIV). As Christians we have a great advantage in this life—we can go to the end of the book and read the end of the story—we win! As we are promised in II Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ...” (NKJV). If you were called to do something and told you could absolutely not fail at it, you could be quite bold in it couldn’t you? We have been promised success in this life, and a victory that will last forever! How can we fail to be bold with such a promise from none other than God Himself? That is why those who have true faith in God will stand and not compromise their convictions under any amount of pressure that the devil brings upon them. The devil will test us, but those who really believe will always stand.” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/22/112455/831 Palin, dominionist intimidation, and *actual* witch-hunters by dogemperor Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 02:04:48 PM PDT A few days ago, I had reported on Palin's linkages to "Bible-based cult" promoter Bill Gothard...and, sadly, followup info proves that this may be far from her only links to religiously motivated abuse. It turns out that Palin--and Wasilla A/G--are intimately connected with "Joel's Army" promoters directly responsible for not only harassment of critics, but also a little-reported and growing humanitarian crisis in sub-Saharan Africa: namely, the growth of "Joel's Army" "exorcists" and people--including young children--fleeing for their lives from a literal "God Warrior" progrom. http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Alt/alt.politics/2008-09/msg01651.html More on Crazy Aunt Sarah's apocalyptic vision and her crazed Pentecostal beliefs ref: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/0244/84583 Part One History and Theology of the Third Wave http://www.sentinelgroup.org/ We are... a Christian research and information agency dedicated to helping the Church pray knowledgeably for end-time global evangelization and enabling communities to discover the pathway to genuine revival and societal transformation http://www.sentinelgroup.org/mission.asp Mission Statement The Sentinel Group is a community of cutting-edge researchers, filmmakers and ministers dedicated to the task of preparing needy communities for spiritual revival and societal transformation. We accomplish this goal by: Investigating the rising tide of divinely transformed communities to detect patterns and extract principles

Inspiring new hope and expectancy among Christians whose neighborhoods have not yet experienced the Father’s touch. Instructing inspired believers how to take the steps necessary for God to heal their land Involving revival advocates in a supportive international fellowship of transformation partners http://www.sentinelgroup.org/doctrine.asp Doctrine The Sentinel Group publishes no specific statement of faith, although we are enthusiastic proponents of the Lausanne Covenant, a widely-adopted declaration of evangelical faith and purpose drafted in the 1980s. A copy of this covenant is available on numerous web sites including those of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.The staff and constituency of The Sentinel Group are evenly balanced between evangelical mainline and charismatic expressions. Our theological worldview is perhaps best defined as "conservative charismatic." We believe that God has released His gifts and power on the earth today, but we also believe there must be accountability to God's Word and His church. We are convinced that prayer and spiritual warfare are an essential part of our mission to extend Christ's kingdom on the earth, but we also know that these practices can only remain healthy and effective if they are exercised in a spirit of wisdom and humility. “Statement on the Atonement, by George Otis Jr.” I believe that God's original intent in creating man was to share Himself in intimate fellowship. I believe that when man elected to turn his back on God and go his own way it broke the Father's heart. I believe that sin is nothing less than rebellion against the loving and reasonable law of God (I John 3:4, Romans 1:28). I believe that the intent of Christ's atonement was to repair this breached Relationship. I believe that God was willing to forgive his rebel children from the moment of their first offense, but He needed a mechanism that would allow him to follow through on his desires without damaging his children or the moral fabric of his Kingdom. I believe this mechanism was the shed blood and poured out life of Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus' decision to bear our sins was voluntary, but absolutely essential to our salvation. I believe that Jesus' sacrifice was intended not only to forgive our trespasses, but also to give us power to OVERCOME sin. If His supreme and gracious act does NOT motivate us to turn from sin, there is nothing more that God can do (Hebrews 10:16-18). I do NOT believe that the Atonement consists merely of moral suasion. I do NOT believe in a limited atonement – but rather that Christ died for all men (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Romans 2:11, Hebrews 2:9, I John 2:2). I do NOT believe there is salvation apart from the gracious Atonement provided by Jesus Christ. A Personal Response to Accusation: Unfortunately, individuals posting accusations of theological error on internet websites have never contacted me directly either to verify my beliefs or to check the accuracy of their statements. Some of the "quotes" cited are an incorrect interpretation of my beliefs. Others are fragments taken from a book I wrote 28 years ago entitled “The God They Never Knew.” It was written as a counterpoint to hyper-Calvinism, and interestingly enough, published by a reformed publisher (who obviously didn't consider it heresy). The thoughts I shared in this book (which has long been out of print) derived from three sources — Dr. Albert Barnes, revivalist Charles Finney, and P. P. Waldenstrom – the founder of the Swedish Covenant denomination. All three express concern that Calvinism's strict judicial emphasis — namely that every drop of Christ's blood paid for a discreet number of sins — is a distortion of Biblical teaching. As these gentlemen eloquently argue, the atonement of Christ is a complex and wonderful act that solves not one, but multiple problems. These include the need to have real guilt forgiven, the need to be delivered from the power of sin and moral defilement, the need for a motivational counterforce to our sinful nature, and the need to accomplish these things within the boundaries of our earthly life (see Heb. 9:27). Words have meaning, and their use in matters of this importance must be carefully weighed. Do I believe that Jesus paid for our sins? Absolutely! There can be no salvation apart from the poured out life of God's only Son. It is the supreme and all-sufficient sacrifice for our transgression. Does this mean that I believe that the substituted sufferings of Christ were in "exact equivalent" to my guilt? The answer is "no." Jesus' voluntary sufferings cannot, and should not, be thought of in terms of quantity. Such thinking will only lead us into a logical cul-de-sac. Consider the following: If the Atonement was an EXACT payment for sin, and all men are not being saved through it, then it could not have been made for all. (This is the Calvinist position that contends Jesus' blood was shed ONLY for the elect.) On the other hand, if we contend that the Atonement is an exact payment for sin that WAS made for all, then it follows that ALL will be saved through it. (This is universalism.) Since most Christians believe that Jesus blood WAS shed for everyone, and since it is obvious that only a minority are being saved through it, we must conclude that the essence of the Atonement CANNOT be reduced to an exact judicial transaction. What we must always keep

before us is God's intent or purpose in the Atonement. Why did He come to earth, lead a sinless life, and then allow that life to be taken? The answer comes back to love — to His profound and mysterious desire to enjoy intimate fellowship with His creation. Theories of redemption cannot be separated from the motive of reconciliation. The Atonement is about repairing a broken relationship. And make no mistake — the One receiving the atonement is no less eager for that relationship than the One making it. My concern, which I expressed in some of my earlier teachings, is that we not inadvertently portray the second person of the Godhead as being more loving that the first. As soon as God the Father is associated in our minds with retributive justice — "I demand to be paid back" or "give me blood" – we are walled off from Abba Father and the true nature of forgiveness. God has ALWAYS wanted to forgive and embrace his rebellious prodigals. He only needed a WISE WAY TO DO IT. As I stated at the outset, the scope of the Atonement is vast (even if most Christians understanding of it is inexcusably superficial). It is folly to assume that I can do justice to a subject this far-reaching in a brief writing. I am, however, hopeful these brief explanations have provided clarification on my position. http://www.sentinelgroup.org/links.asp Ministry Links Transformation Associate Partners (Many are featured in the Transformation Videos) Asenaca Caucau Epeli Kanaimawa Ian Shelton Jay Swallow John Mulinde / World Trumpet Mission Mr. Apisalome Tudreu Mr. Inosi Vono Ratu Osea Ngavidi Rev. Joseph Suren Rev. Suliasi Kurulo Roosevelt Muriel Thomas Muthee Vuniani Nakauyaca Walo Ani http://www.sentinelgroup.org/history.asp A Brief History The Sentinel Group was founded in 1990 by welltraveled missions researcher George Otis's, Jr. The ministry's early emphasis on restricted or underserviced frontiers was a natural extension of Otis' earlier work with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, an international missions movement launched in the early 1970s by Billy Graham. Throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Otis served as the movement's senior associate for restrictedaccess peoples, a role that took him into many nations of the 10/40 Window. It was during this period that his interest in prayer and spiritual warfare deepened.

During his travels, Otis noted that certain regions of the world manifested exceptional idolatry and spiritual oppression. The observation led to a salient question: Why does spiritual darkness linger where it does? In search of answers, Otis spent much of the 1990s interviewing a wide variety of subjects in some 50 nations. His conclusions were eventually published in a landmark book entitled The Twilight Labyrinth During this same period, reports began to surface of dramatic spiritual breakthroughs in some of the most unlikely places - places that included towns and territories within the 10/40 Window. What particularly interested Sentinel Group researchers was the number of cases in

which spiritual revival was followed by rapid improvements in a community's political and social fabric. Something was clearly going on. In 1995, the ministry began to investigate these reports in earnest. Fanning out across four continents, Sentinel researchers documented numerous examples of spiritually transformed communities. In June of 1999, these discoveries were released in an award-winning video documentary called Transformations: A Documentary. 2001 brought the release of the next documentary Transformations II: The Glory Spreads. In 2003, The Quickening was released, sharing expanded teaching on key definitions, core principles and common obstacles related to community transformation. Let the Sea Resound was released in 2004, documenting the modern-day revival currently sweeping the Fijian islands. In 2005, An Unconventional War was released, depicting how effective prayer and a remarkable churchstate partnership are bringing an end to one of the most brutal insurgencies in history. http://www.sentinelgroup.org/intercessors.asp# Serving Intercessors and City Changers The Apostle James reminds us that fervor is a central hallmark of effectual prayer. Luke stresses the importance of importunity, or perseverance. The challenge for many intercessors is finding a way to blend these two characteristics. How does one sustain fervency? While this can be done - we observed it with regularity in our studies of transformed communities - it necessitates developing a familiarity, even an intimacy, with the object of our prayers. If we are going to pray effectively for something, we must love it. We must know it. An important part of Sentinel's ministry involves showing intercessors how to investigate the spiritual pathology of their community. If there is an obstruction to God's power and presence, we help them discover what brought this situation about, and what can be done about it. The secular world refers to this process of discovery as either cultural geography or epidemiological surveillance (the latter relating to the tracing of an infectious outbreak back to its source). We prefer to call the discipline Spiritual Mapping.Our work documenting God's handwork during the past seven years has confirmed to us that certain "Core Principles" of transformation are always present. Many of our current resources offer additional teaching on these principles. http://www.sentinelgroup.org/contactus.asp Contact Information Phone: Toll Free (in the US and Canada): 800-668-5657 Local: 360-805-2989 FAX: 360-805-2993 Mail: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6334 Lynnwood, WA 98036 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm PST General Information: Information Executive Communications: Lisa Otis Art Director: Pete Berg http://watch.pair.com/transformations.html Transformations II -- the Glory Spreads City Transformation…Divine Visitation? By Dana Hoard Christians are being barraged with talk of city transformation from many influential spheres. The April 2001 mailer-insert from Focus on the Family's Family Research Council [James Dobson] offers the book When America Turned to God by Colonel Richard Geyer. The short review by Peter Rathbun of the American Bible Society reads: “Colonel Geyer challenges American Christians to envision a nation radically transformed by a return to God. He persuasively argues that we who follow Christ need to be more diligent in praying and working to bring about such a transformation.” [emphasis added] The second book advertised in the mailer is written by Janet and Craig Parshall, The Light in the City: Why Christians must Advance and Not Retreat “to dispel the specter of fear looming over the conservative Christian movement.” http://procinwarn.com/georgeotis.htm George Otis, Jr Mystical Warfare in Kitsap County--This article was written about one week prior to the referenced conference.-- Transformation & Unity "Transformation" and "unity" will be the topics of a gathering of religious leaders April 6th, 2001 in Poulsbo, Washington. The speaker at the conference will be Moral Government theology author and "Spiritual Mapping" advocate, George Otis Jr. of The Sentinel Group, in Lynnwood, Washington. The local newspaper, The Sun, bills this meeting as, "one of the largest interdenominational gatherings in Kitsap county" and calls Otis, "an internationally known missionary and researcher [who] will share with local Christians how to transform their communities through faith and prayer". "Author and speaker George Otis Jr. will speak to more than 100 local religious leaders and then to more than 1,000 people at Christ Memorial Church [building]" according to a March 31 article in the Bremerton Sun by Marietta Nelson. The meeting is actually being hosted by First Lutheran Church of Poulsbo who had previously hired Bill Robinson as a consultant in evangelism. According to the Sun article it was Robinson who invited Otis to speak after hearing him at Overlake Christian Church. "Between 40 and 50 churches from across the spectrum of Christianity are sponsoring the event. Robinson said he hopes Otis' stories will help unify the 'body of Christ' in Kitsap County."

Moral Government George Otis Jr. wrote The God They Never Knew in 1982. Winkey Pratney, another Moral Government teacher, lists Otis' book under "Moral Government" on his website page called, "Twenty to Change the World: Master Book List Of Apologetics Readings". Both Otis and Pratney have long had a ministry relationship with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The God They Never Knew is dedicated by Otis to Pratney, Harry Conn, and Gordon Olson. Conn and Olson both wrote Moral Government theology books that influenced many in youth oriented parachurch organizations. According to the "Apologetics Index" (which I don't necessarily endorse on everything) and several authors such as E. Calvin Beisner and Alan Gomes, Moral Government theology teaches that, "God does not fulfill some of His own prophecies. God changes His mind and is not immutable. God does not have sovereign control over earthly events. God does not know His future actions. God does not know ahead of time the free decisions of humans. God's foreknowledge is limited in the area of man's free decisions. Many of the things God predicted never came true." (Ironically, E. Calvin Beisner is a member of the Theological Review Committee of The Coalition on Revival (COR)). For more information on Moral Government theology, in general, and George Otis Jr., in particular click on the following links: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/m05.html - http://people.biola.edu/faculty/alang/Resource/YWAM.pdf Download the above pdf booklet for more info. (12/19/04) To examine the website of Otis' Sentinel Group follow this link: http://www.sentinelgroup.org/ Spiritual Mapping & Spiritual Warfare - The Sentinel Group website emphasizes "Community Transformation" and "Spiritual Mapping". The website speaks of two videos produced by the organization, "Transformations" and "Transformations II: The Glory Spreads". In promoting an upcoming conference in Seattle the site says, "You will hear firsthand from believers portrayed in Transformations and the soon to be released, Transformations II - The Glory Spreads. This gathering is carefully structured to allow time for personal reflection - time to listen, to respond, to worship, and to wait upon the Lord. Join us! And bring others who want their communities transformed! Together, we'll take a major step toward transformation of our own cities and regions." Also on the website is the following book offer: "Breaking Strongholds in Your City Edited by C. Peter Wagner "How to Use Spiritual Mapping to Make Your Prayers More Strategic, Effective and Targeted - C. Peter Wagner edits the unique collection of teachings and case studies presented by various contributers [sic] showing how to unite spiritual mapping with strategic, targeted prayer" Al Dager of Media Spotlight documents that George Otis Jr's "Spiritual Mapping" is among the unbiblical mystical techniques of "spiritual warfare" being promoted by the global, pervasive, loosely associated "World Christian Movement". The Media Spotlight series is being compiled into a book that can be ordered from: Media Spotlight, P.O. Box 290, Redmond, WA 98073-0290. Also, you may order Al Dager's book from his website: Media Spotlight Al Dager writes: "Spiritual mapping is a term coined in 1991 by George Otis, Jr. Art Moore, writing in Christianity Today, says: Spiritual mapping, says Otis, president of the research agency the Sentinel Group, is nothing more ethereal than creating a spiritual profile of a community based on careful research. It is a tool, he says, for intelligent prayer aimed at opening spiritually blind eyes to the gospel. Otis poured seven years of global research into his new book, The Twilight Labyrinth: Why Does Spiritual Darkness Linger Where It Does? (Chosen Books). He has identified 15 "transformed communities," of which 14 incorporated spiritual mapping. Two factors present in all 15, Otis says, are "persevering leadership" and "united prayer." Commitment is the key, he says. "God didn't move in Hemet until Bob [Bennett] bought a burial plot in the city." Otis has developed a 28-stage scale to measure the progress of a community from the "spiritual beachhead" phase to "spiritual breakthrough" to "spiritual transformation." Spiritual mapping does not begin until stage nine, Otis points out. "When you reach that point you have a core of intercessors in a community really petitioning God for a visitation," he says...."To explain the burial plot thing, a "World Christian" (someone involved in the WCM) must have a "commitment" in an area, such as a burial plot, home, job, etc., in order for God to work there. Though it still raises many eye brows among evangelicals, spiritual mapping is gaining broader acceptance, as evidenced by the AD 2000 United Prayer Track's Spiritual Mapping Division, which Otis heads. United Prayer Track coordinator C. Peter Wagner teaches a class on spiritual mapping at Fuller Theological Seminary.... Many of spiritual mapping's detractors have less of a problem with spiritual mapping than with its most common applications, "strategiclevel warfare"-defined by Wagner as discerning and praying against territorial spirits assigned to a community -and "identificational repentance." "Spiritual mapping is nothing more than keeping data on the beliefs of people according to geographic areas. The purpose at the WPC, however, is to disseminate

information to its constituents so that they may engage in unbiblical forms of "spiritual warfare."" http://www.fusionministry.com/whoweare.php Who We Are - Our Mission | Our Vision | Ministry Objectives | What We Believe Our Mission Fusion Ministries, Inc. is a ministry dedicated to the pursuit of God's presence and glory becoming a tangible reality in both individual lives and entire communities. We serve as a catalyst to ignite fire for revival and hope for transformation of communities, cities and in the nations. Fusion Ministries is called to be a trumpet for prayer, intimacy with Jesus, revival in the Church and transformation in our communities. Our passion is for people and cities to be restored by the love and power of Jesus, and for His glory and presence to be manifest in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Therefore, we are calling the Body of Christ to a radical lifestyle change, from Americanized Christianity back to the culture of the Kingdom of God, and from spectators on the sidelines to full participants in life's greatest adventure! We as a ministry are responding to the desperate cry emerging in believers for tangible, life-changing encounter with God that result in real, sustainable change in their communities. We are witnesses to God's manifest presence coming today to communities that have become places of habitation for His presence. And we rejoice in the testimony of Jesus as He responds to the cry of His people with dramatic displays of salvation, healing, and powerful restoration of lives and society. The primary emphasis of the ministry is to provide inspiration, consultation, and teaching key principles from God's word to encourage the citywide church to spiritually prepare for the habitation of God's presence. Fusion Ministries is called to serve as a "bridge" to connect three important realities of the Kingdom: the call to intimacy with Jesus, the vision of transforming revival, and the mandate to take this message of Jesus to the nations http://www.fusionministry.com/GlobalTransMovement.php The Global Transformation Movement | What is Presence-Based Transformation? | 10 Indicators of Community Transformation | Int’l Fellowship of Transformation Partners | Shared Values of the IFTP | Video Clips | The Global Transformation Movement Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do a something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told! (Habakuk 1:5) Today, as we “look among the nations and watch”, we see simultaneously God doing His greatest work of redemption in all of history, while satan is doing his worst evil with accumulative momentum. As the Bible makes clear in the last days, even in the midst of chaos and destruction, God is at work to magnify His Son and put on display the full victory of the cross. We are seeing this in a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit among the nations, with signs, wonders and extraordinary miracles on a scale that 100 years ago would be unthinkable! People in communities and cities globally are believing in God’s Word, His promise of salvation and transformation, and responding to His invitation to return to Him in covenant relationship. When we look at the nations today, we see hundreds and hundreds of communities experiencing supernatural transformation unlike anything we have seen so far in Church history. In the time of Habakkuk people would not believe even when they were told about the judgments of God. Much the same is true today about the power of the gospel in its supernatural transforming manifestations among the nations. This global transformation movement is being led by nameless and faceless individuals. In recent years through shared testimony and the documenting of the transformation occurring by the Sentinel Group, many of these leaders have now “found” each other. In the last 2 years, a relational network of friends has formed to encourage one another on the journey and discover together what the Lord is saying and doing in the area of transforming revival. These leaders come from dozens of regions of the world and are connected at a friendship and value-system level, meeting regularly to pray and encourage one another with what God is doing and to partner together to facilitate and fan the flames of transformation in the nations. This relational network is called the “Int’l Fellowship of Transformation Partners”. The transformation movement is accelerating and spreading across the nations. Currently no less than 500 communities have experienced supernatural transformation as God’s presence permeates people and society at every level. This isn’t a season of revival that is limited to one location or lead by a ministry, this is a widespread move of God sweeping across communities from one end of the earth to another, crossing denominations, ethic backgrounds, gender, spheres of society. Nobody is “managing” it or controlling the outcome. Why does God say to look among the nations? Because we cannot measure or base our faith on what we may or may not see in our own circumstances or context. Thus we are instructed to watch the nations and be amazed and respond in faith according to what the Lord is doing in our day! http://www.fusionministry.com/endorsements.php Endorsements "Rhonda Hughey is a first-rate strategist,

networker and teacher whose understanding of God’s ways is both deep and accurate. Her wisdom is increasingly sought-after by churches and ministerial associations who are eager to see their communities transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rhonda’s sterling reputation is a natural outgrowth of a character forged in the presence of God. She has become an excellent mentor precisely because she is a diligent student." "Rhonda is one of those rare individuals whose prodigious drive is matched only by her selfless spirit. Her foremost ambition is to see God’s purposes realized — regardless of who gets the credit. Having observed Rhonda in a variety of settings, I can honestly say that she loves Jesus as much as anyone I know. And that, above all, is why I take delight in commending her to you." George Otis, Jr. – Director, Sentinel Group & Producer of the Transformation Videos http://www.fusionministry.com/calendar.php 2008 Ministry Calendar January 14 - 21 Denmark Rhonda will be ministering at the National Prayer Conference at the Apostolic Bible College in Kolding on Wednesday, January 16th-17th. Rhonda will then travel to Aalborg, Denmark to hold a Transformation Seminar and minister in several congregations. 21 - 25 England Monday January 21st Rhonda travel to England for a week and will be ministering in various settings 22 - 31 Florida Wes and Jane Adams - ministry trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for our annual board meeting of the Healing Rooms Ministries of South Florida. February 1 - 21 United States 3 communities in the United States will participate in the “Divine Experiment” corporate consecration to prepare for transformation. See “Divine Experiment” on home page for more information! 17 - 26 Norway Rhonda will minister at a regional prayer conference in Tromsø Norway, speak at a leadership transformation consultation to encourage the pastors and leaders on the road to transformation. Special time with indigenous leaders from Northern Norway is planned to fan the flames of revival beginning to burn among the Sami (Lapland,Reindeer) People. March 11 - 12 Transformation Team meeting Council Bluffs & North Omaha 14 - 15 Transformation Consultation Transformation Consultation - Rochelle, ILL April 4 - 5 Regional Transformation Leadership Seminar Regional Transformation Leadership Seminar – Council Bluffs, IA 12 - 13 Transformation Consultation Transformation Consultation – Platte City, MO 17 - 18 Transformation Seminar and Leadership Consultation Transformation Seminar and Leadership Consultation – Ann Arbor, MI June 1 - 16 Global Transformation Leadership Training June 1st – June 16th – Global Transformation Leadership Training – Brazil In June, The Sentinel Group and the Int’l Fellowship of Transformation Partners (IFTP) are hosting a gathering for hundreds of leaders from every sector of Brazilian society for a unique eight-day summit to provide principle-based instruction on the process of transforming revival. Presenters will include some of the world’s most articulate and experienced revival catalysts. Rhonda Hughey serves on the IFTP leadership team andwill be one of 9 Transformation Associates teaching at this curriculum training event. The Brazilian delegates will be joined by transformation advocates from every corner of the world. These individuals, key leaders in their own right, are equally anxious to welcome a visitation of the Lord. They plan to translate the entire teaching package (which will be professionally video taped) and then distribute it within their respective regions. Following the Leadership Training Conference, Rhonda will stay in Brazil for an additional week to travel and minister with Fijian Chief, Vuniani. They will travel to the state of Rio de Janiero to speak to over 400 hundred pastors representing every denomination 27 - 28 June 27th – 28th – Grandview, MO Rhonda will be speaking at a Prayer Summit focused on personal transformation. For more information contact: Info@fusionministry.com August 23 - 1 Fiji Transformation Trip August 23rd – September 1st – Fiji Transformation Trip! We will be taking a team of 13 leaders to

the nation of Fiji for a transformation conference and tour of transformed villages! These leaders represent 5 communities where our team has been laboring over the years and we are anticipating a rich spiritual “deposit” of faith for them to carry home to their communities! During our time in Fiji, we will also be interviewing and gathering more testimonies for our book and to put on our website to encourage those hungry for God’s presence! Please join us in prayer for this special time. September 21 - 24 West Virginia statewide Pastors & Leaders Retreat September 21st – 24th Rhonda Hughey will be speaking at the West Virginia statewide pastors/leaders retreat. God has connected leaders across the state of West Virginia in relationship and desperation to see God move in transforming power in their communities! This is a very strategic time to envision, encourage and challenge these leaders to begin to prepare the way of the Lord for transforming revival! Pastor Lonnie Parton and one of his elders will join us from Council Bluffs to share his journey with the leaders of moving his congregation from a “program-driven” church to a “presence-driven” community of believers! Pray for God to meet with us during these important days! October 2 - 6 Haiti Transformation Trip October 2nd – 6th – Haiti Transformation Trip The Lord has opened a door wide to us to speak into the nation of Haiti. The Lord has made it clear He is leading us to sow a message of covenant and transformation among the pastors and leaders – a message desperately need into this devastated nation. We are serving a young leader from Haiti, James Adams, the young man from Haiti that I wrote about in my book “Desperate For His Presence”. Two months ago Haiti spiraled out of control into the worst crisis they have ever been in. Their food cost increased 50%, gas prices skyrocketed to $7 per litre of gas ($21 per gallon). Violence erupted in the streets and the people couldn’t leave their homes because of the shootings, the U.N. pulled out and Americans were evacuated. In the midst of the chaos, James returned to Haiti in June to meet with leaders who dared attend the meeting. In that meeting James shared the hope for transformation and showed them the Transformation DVD – they erupted in worship and crying out to God! Hope filled their hearts! They have begun to pass the one DVD they have around to each congregation and revival is breaking out in each congregation. Hope is coming to a people that have lived all of their lives in deep darkness that has covered their land for 200 years. 16 - 16 Mayor’s Breakfast, Nevada Missouri October 16th – Mayor’s Breakfast, Nevada Missouri Rhonda will be speaking at the first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in the community of Nevada. The Mayor is a believer who is involved in the emerging transformation journey in the community and desires to use his time in office to establish godly activities in the community. We are trusting the Lord to bring many leaders from various spheres of the community to this breakfast and to encourage them regarding God’s promises and blessings He longs to pour out on their community http://www.fusionministry.com/activities.php Ministry Activities 1. Leadership Consultations By invitation we presently are involved in a number of cities and nations providing strategic consultation to leaders who are seeking the Lord together for revival and transformation of their community. These consultations address foundational principles of building the House of the Lord in a community such as issues of humility, unity, development of a functioning corporate priesthood and canopy of prayer, changing paradigms and preparing a new wineskin that reflects Kingdom values, etc. Our heart is to build relationship with the leaders and community and serve them as requested on a long-term basis as they move forward toward transformation. The consultation process is beneficial on the beginning of the journey to set the foundation, vision and strategy and along the journey to bring fresh hope, testimony and encouragement. 2. Seminars These are 2-3 day gatherings that focus on calling the Church of the city back to her primary identity and purpose - to be a lover of God. Our seminars help establish foundational principles for helping a community become attractive to God's presence following the divine "prescription" in 2 Chron.7:14 and discuss the critical role of personal intimacy & transformation in that process. The seminars also establish Biblical principles and theology of the Kingdom of God related to revival and transformation of communities. 3. Revival & Transformation Summits The revival & transformation summits are 3-5 day teaching events provided to cities on the journey of transformation. They are geared toward spiritual leaders in the citywide church of the city who represent various spheres of society (marketplace, clergy, education, youth, political and mercy ministries, etc.) The purpose is to provide a focused pursuit of

God's heart to fuel the fire of revival and vision for transformation in the corporate body of Christ. The summits are held periodically in Kansas City in partnership with the Int'l House of Prayer and also available to host in other cities and nations as well. 4. International Transformation Associate & Resource Center Fusion Ministries serves as a leader in the national and international transformation movement facilitated by George Otis, Jr. of the Sentinel Group. We contribute to this alliance by serving as a transformation resource center in the United States through leadership consultation, preparing communities for the habitation of God’s presence and making key resources available. We also serve the global transformation movement by being carriers of “presence-based” DNA, by building relationship with other leaders and ministries on the transformation journey and through our teaching and seminar ministry. http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/8-Spiritual_warfare__2_.pdf For more information email: info@worldtrumpetmission.org All proceeds from the WTM media products are used for developing our Media Department and contributing to the teaching and prayer missionary work in the nations, that the ministry is called to carry out. The following World Trumpet Mission - Trumpet Media Products are available: • Transforming Your World: © 2005 John Mulinde Published by Progressive Vision Publishing Jerusalem Israel • Set Apart For God: © 2005 John Mulinde Published by Sovereign World Publishing UK • Effective Fervent Prayer Publisher: © 2002 Michael Kimuli Published by New Wine Press Chichester UK • Witchcraft In The Church and God’s Antidote: © 2005 Peter Winzeler Published by Gems Out of Africa Trumpet School of Destiny Material • TSD - Set Apart Bible Study Workbook 1: The Call – John Mulinde • TSD - Set Apart Bible Study Workbook 2: The Nazarite Walk – John Mulinde Videos • Transformations 2 Video – Account of a National Transformation by George Otis & Sentinel Group • Uganda – The Story of a National Transformation – by Ueli Haldemann & Ministries of Hope Switzerland Up coming titles: • Set Apart Bible Study Workbook 3: The Covenant Love of God – John Mulinde • Pursuing God’s Destiny – John Mulinde • The Wounded Spirit – John Mulinde • God’s Watching Priesthood- Michael Kimuli Faith Nakuya Trumpet Media P. O. Box 8085 Kampala Uganda Email: media@worldtrumpetmission.org. Updates will be posted on our website: www.worldtrumpetmission.org http://worldtrumpetmission.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=30 Vision and Mission The WTM Calling Blow the trumpet to awaken God’s Church into total consecration and discipling of all nations before the great day of the Lord comes! (Joel 2:1) WTM Vision: Nations discipled and the church prepared for the day of the Lord. WTM Mission Statement: Create momentum for revival in God’s Church for the discipling of every nation by; Prophesying about the times we are living in. Provoking individuals and institutions into total submission to God and His end time purposes Challenging believers to discover and pursue God’s destiny for their Nations Mobilising effective prayer to open up nations for God’s destiny Equipping and multiplying set apart disciples for global missions Calling all believers to stand as a set apart bride preparing for the return of her precious Master Harnessing resources in every nation towards promoting the Kingdom of God WTM Identity WTM is a prayer and prophetic movement provoking God’s church to transform nations The WTM Motto: “We are our message!!!” http://worldtrumpetmission.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=27 John Mulinde John Mulinde is the Founder, Director/Chairman of World Trumpet Mission (WTM); a revival oriented

missionary organization with headquarters in Kampala, Uganda. He is much sought after in many nations as a speaker on the subject of prayer, revival and community transformation. He is among the top National leaders who have played a key role in the transformation of Uganda and the church’s fight against AIDS. John has authored some books including “Set Apart For God”, book and 3 workbooks, “Transforming Your World” (including German translation), among others. A few years ago Pastor Mulinde established ‘The Prayer Mountain For All Nations’, an 80-acre hill near Kampala, dedicated for the purpose of fasting and prayer for nations. WTM’s annual AfriCamp conference brings together thousands of believers and leaders from around the world who come to seek deeper experiences with God every year in January. John is also on the International Board of Elders of the Jerusalem House of Prayer For All Nations, led by Tom Hess. He is a Transformation Associate in partnership with the Sentinel Group, an international ministry headed by George Otis Jr. http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/Spiritual_Warfare_-__An_Introduction.pdf WORLD TRUMPET MISSION – PRAYER TEACHINGS SERIES – COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLIES “AN INTRODUCTION” • What is spiritual warfare? • What is the purpose of the full armour of God? • How and why should we wear the full armour of God daily? • Who qualifies to contend with the kingdom of darkness? • Why do we have to use the Name of Jesus in warfare? • What is the purpose of angels in spiritual warfare? • How do we acquire legal authority to contend with the kingdom of darkness? • What type of warfare can I carry out and what authority do I have as an individual, in a family, in a church? • How important is UNITY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST in spiritual warfare? • How do I begin to pray and carry out spiritual warfare? “n this series of 10 lessons, we will be learning a few aspects of spiritual warfare and believe that they will answer a number of questions that Christians desiring to have successful spiritual lives ask. We shall answer these questions in greater detail in the lessons. However this introduction serves to give a simple understanding of what we are getting into.” “Through spiritual warfare. What is our license to carry out spiritual warfare? The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is only one legal ground upon which we can go into combat with the kingdom of darkness. The earth is now provisionally the Lord Jesus Christ’s, however; we must bring this into physical reality. Our license to contend with the kingdom of darkness is THE NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mark 16:15-18) Proverbs 1810 ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are saved’ Philippians 29-11 ‘Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father’ Who qualifies to carry out spiritual warfare in the Name of Jesus? God has committed to work through the people called by His name, when they, as described in the first paragraph, understand and walk in their position and STAND on the glorified name of Jesus Christ in warfare. God looks at His Son in glory, and when He sees us seated in Him, then His Son’s name and authority can be entrusted to us on earth and thus we qualify to engage in spiritual warfare. (Ephesians 2:6)” http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/7-Spiritual_Warfare__1_.pdf WORLD TRUMPET MISSION – PRAYER TEACHINGS 7 – COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLIES Spiritual Warfare (1) http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/8-Spiritual_warfare__2_.pdf WORLD TRUMPET MISSION – PRAYER TEACHINGS 8– COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLIES Spiritual Warfare (2) http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/9-Spiritual_warfare__3_.pdf WORLD TRUMPET MISSION – PRAYER TEACHINGS 9 - COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLIES Spiritual Warfare (3) http://worldtrumpetmission.org/downloads/teachings/10-Spiritual_warfare___4_.pdf WORLD TRUMPET MISSION – PRAYER TEACHINGS 10 - COMBAT IN THE HEAVENLIES Spiritual Warfare (4) http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/wagnerquotes.html C. Peter Wagner - Quotes & Notes compiled by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer - NOTE: Direct Wagner quotes are in italics. Spiritual Mapping - Strategic Information - Identificational Repentance About Wagner, J. Lee Grady, writing

in Charisma, states: "If the World Prayer Center is a spiritual version of the Pentagon, then Wagner is the church's Norman Schwartzkopf. . . And now that his command center is built, he's ready to launch his own spiritual version of Operation Desert Storm. Wagner's military strategy is calculated and convincing: He believes that in order to secure success for the "ground troops"-the missionaries, pastors and churches working on the front lines-there must be an "air force" that provides protection as well as strategic information about spiritual enemies.... "I believe Luke 10:19 in a literal sense, Wagner told Charisma during a recent interview, referring to the verse in which Jesus says He has given the church authority over Satan. "Jesus has given us authority over all the power of the enemy, so I believe we have authority over all levels of the demonic." ( J. Lee Grady, "God's Air Command, Charisma, May, 1999, p.72.) "Though it still raises many eye brows among evangelicals, spiritual mapping is gaining broader acceptance, as evidenced by the AD 2000 United Prayer Track's Spiritual Mapping Division, which Otis heads. United Prayer Track coordinator C. Peter Wagner teaches a class on spiritual mapping at Fuller Theological Seminary.... Many of spiritual mapping's detractors have less of a problem with spiritual mapping than with its most common applications, "strategic-level warfare"-defined by Wagner as discerning and praying against territorial spirits assigned to a community -and "identificational repentance." (Art Moore, "Spiritual Mapping Gains Credibility Among Leaders," Christianity Today, January 12,1998 Vol.42, No.1, Page 55.) In 1997, Peter Wagner’s Breaking Strongholds in Your City was published, and also The Twilight Labyrinth by George Otis. In the latter, insight into the spiritual darkness in cities is given, as well as methods to map and confront the powers of darkness. ... From 1991 tot 1999, Dr. Wagner taught spiritual mapping as a critical element for effective missions in his MC551 course at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. Approximately 800-900 pastors, ministry leaders, and lay persons received the fundamentals of spiritual mapping through Fuller courses. (George Otis and his Fallacious Teachings, Johan Malan, 2001, http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/otis.html) In July of 1999. C. Peter Wagner, coordinator of A.D. 2000 United Prayer Track, states: "I join Lynn Green in the deep conviction that unless the sins of Christians committed in the Crusades are remitted through the blood of Jesus Christ, barriers to sharing the love of God with precious Muslims and Jews will remain as high as they have throughout history." ("A Walk of Reconciliation," C. Lynn Green, (A.D. 2000 United Prayer Track, 215 Marengo Ave., #151, Pasadena, CA 91001). “I myself feel that God may be calling, equipping, and enabling a relatively small number of Christian leaders to move out in frontline, strategic-level spiritual warfare. And I also believe He is raising up large numbers of Christians to back up these people with moral support, intercession, encouragement, and material resources. God, I think, is in the process of choosing an expanding corps of spiritual green berets such as Eduardo Lorenzo, Cindy Jacobs, Larry Lea, Carlos Annacondia, John Dawson, Edgardo Silvoso or Dick Bernal, who will engage in the crucial high-level battles against the rulers of darkness and consequently see measurable increases in the numbers of lost people who “turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.” (Acts 26:18) (Peter Wagner, “Warfare Prayer”, (Ventura, Ca.: Regal Books, 1992), pp. p. 58) Spiritual Warfare Ties To Manifest Sons Of God and Latter Rain Peter Wagner is the Head of Global Harvest Ministries with their office in the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, USA. He is the leading person in the new movement for Strategic Spiritual Warfare. Wagner defined three levels of spiritual warfare: 1. Ground Level: Person-to-person, praying for each other's personal needs. 2. Occult Level: deals with demonic forces released through activities related to Satanism, witchcraft, astrology and many other forms of structured occultism. 3. Strategic-Level or Cosmic-Level: To bind and bring down spiritual principalities and powers that rule over governments. Wagner makes a lot of point 3 above. He says that the Satan sends senior demons from of the hierarchy of evil spirits to control countries, regions, tribes, communities, residential areas and social networks in the world. Their main aim is to prevent the glorifying of God in their areas. They appoint demons of a lower rank to strengthen them in their attacks. This false teaching originates from the sect The Manifest Sons of God. One of their apostles, Francis Frangipane, said: “There are satanic strongholds over countries and communities; there are strongholds which influence churches and individuals.... These fortresses exist in the thought patterns and ideas that govern individuals... as well as communities and nations. Before victory can be claimed, these strongholds must be pulled down, and Satan's armor removed. Then the mighty weapons of the Word and the Spirit can effectively plunder Satan's house.” The Latter Rain also holds this viewpoint. (Otis, Wagner and the Transformations Revival, Prof. J. S. Malan, University of the North, South Africa, and Ms. Louisa Coetzee, Cape Town, South Africa, 2001,

http://www.bibleguide.com/articles/english/transformation/transformations1.htm ) Sentinal Group/YWAM Connection - "Air War" "The Sentinel Group, led by George Otis, Jr., researched and published a book called Strongholds of the 10/40 Window (YWAM Publishing), which served as a guide for targeting our prayers. When we began we wondered if we might be able to help 1 million Christians to pray in one accord for the same nation on the same day during the month. However, when we finished, we found that 21 million had joined to fight the air war with powerful prayer!"(["Praying Through The 10/40 Window IV: A Message From Peter Wagner" (http://www.ad2000.org/ptw4wag.htm , posted 07/21/99)] "The book ("Million People Target Areas") helping us to target our prayers for this initiative will contain maps of each of the nations with the location of each of the cities and Strategic Towns within the nation. Many home-based and church-based intercessors will pray specifically for these cities and towns, and it is hoped that prayer journey teams will visit each one of them for on site prayer." (["Praying Through The 10/40 Window IV: A Message From Peter Wagner (http://www.ad2000.org/ptw4wag.htm , posted 07/21/99)] C. Peter Wagner was on the YWAM "Board Of Reference" for the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus and for the 30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus. (http://www.ywam.org/prayer/board.html ) 1. Spiritual Warfare - A laity-driven attack on spiritual strongholds has been moving through the American church for over 20 years now. Spiritual/prayer warfare is sustained, offensive prayer aimed at repentance, restoration and reformation. The movement has recently matured and become better grounded. Key Leaders: Dr. C. Peter Wagner, Global Harvest Ministries; John Dawson, YWAM; Cindy Jacobs, Generals of Intercession; Francis Frangipane, River of Life. (The Big Picture, David Bradshaw, James A. Rutz, http://www.myideafactory.net/bigpict.html ) Collecting Data On Everyone The World Prayer Center's president, New Apostolic Reformer C. Peter Wagner, identifies Lighthouses of Prayer as a ministry of the Prayer Room Network, part of their project to create a massive database of individual names, addresses, personal problems, 'felt needs' and current belief-systems — 'the Observatory'" (http://www.wpccs.org/prn_/login.cfm ). Legal Rights Of Demons "One of the more curious aspects of my pilgrimage into the field of spiritual warfare during the past few years has been the discovery that those who had been talking about it and doing it long before I even thought much about it did not agree among themselves about the nature of strongholds. They agreed that strongholds provide the forces of darkness a legal basis for doing their evil deeds both in individual people on the ground level and in cities and nations on the strategic level . . . . We have not been sure enough of what we are looking for exactly ..." (Confronting the Powers, Peter Wagner, pg. 237) Dominionism "The cultural mandate, which some refer to as Christian social responsibility goes as far back as the Garden of Eden. After God created Adam and Eve, He said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing... Both the cultural mandate and the evangelistic mandate are essential parts of biblical mission, in my opinion. Neither is optional. There is a growing consensus on this point in Evangelical circles. This was not true as early as twenty-two years ago when the Berlin World 'Congress on Evangelism was held in 1966. One of the first Evangelicals to stress the cultural mandate in a public forum was Horace Fenton of the Latin America Mission at the Wheaton Congress on the Church's Worldwide Mission, also held in 1966. Following that, the social consciousness generated by the social upheavals of the 1960's brought the cultural mandate to prominence until it was given a relatively high profile on the platform of the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne in 1974." (C. Peter Wagner, "On the Cutting Edge of Mission Strategy," Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, A Reader, Revised Edition (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1981,1992), pp. D-45-46.) Dominionism & Word/Faith Doctrines "As I have mentioned several times, the ultimate focus is world evangelization. Warfare prayer is not an end in itself, but a means of opening the way for the Kingdom of God to come, not only in evangelism, but also in social justice and material sufficiency." (C. Peter Wagner, Warefare Prayer excerpt, http://www.christian-faith.com/articles/citytakingpeterwagner.html ) Ecumenism – Catholics "Traditionally, the message of the Gospel in Latin America has appealed to the working class. But changes have begun to take place, and many middle and upper-class people are now opening their hearts to Jesus Christ. Some of this is happening through the Catholic charismatic movement." (C. Peter Wagner, "Look at What God's Doing!, excerpt from On the Crest of the Wave (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1983). "Probably the first Asian nation to become predominantly Christian will be Korea (with the exception of the Philippines which is already about 85 percent nominal

Catholic.)" (C. Peter Wagner, "Look at What God's Doing!" excerpt from On the Crest of the Wave (Ventura, CA: Regal Books. 1983) New Order of the Latter Rain "The ministry of Dr. C. Franklin Hall was lectured on in C. Peter Wagner's and John Wimber's Signs and Wonders course at Fuller Theological Seminary. Such was the influence and effectiveness of Dr. C. Franklin Hall!" (http://www.franklinhall.org ) New Apostlolic Reformation "I needed a name ... For a couple of years I experimented with 'Post denominationalism'. The name I have settled on for the movement is the New Apostolic Reformation." (C. Peter Wagner, The New Apostolic Churches (Ventura CA; Regal, 1998), p. 18.) A National Symposium on the Post-Denominational Church was convened by Dr. C. Peter Wagner at Fuller Seminary, May 21-23, 1996. Bill Hamon said that "this was a historical occasion in God's annals of Church history. It was prophetically orchestrated by the Holy Spirit to fulfill God's progressive purposes of bringing His church to its ultimate destiny. . . the consensus of the panelists was that there are still apostles and prophets in the Church, and there is an emerging Apostolic Movement that will revolutionize the 21st Century Church. (Streams, Rivers, Floods, Avalanches, cited by Jewel van der Merwe, Dsicernment Ministries Newsletter, http://www.discernment-ministries.com/Articles/streams.htm ) In Wagner's new book, APOSTLES OF THE CITY: HOW TO MOBILIZE THE TERRITORIAL APOSTLES FOR CITY TRANSFORMATION, he attempts to describe what the local role of these apostles might be. He defines Apostles to the City as those "whom the Holy Spirit gives an anointing for extraordinary authority in spiritual matters over the other Christian leaders in the same city." While not excluding others, Wagner hypothesizes that the most extensive pool for identifying apostles of the city is among the mega churches. (The Apostles Are Coming To Your City, Ready or Not by Orell Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2001) When asked what he (Wagner) thought the main stumbling block would be, that would keep leaders from embracing the Apostolic Reformation, Wagner cites "a commitment to tradition amongst ministers." Wagner states: "I think that some are bound by religious forms and functions that are ineffective and I think in many cases it is demonic influence." (The Apostles Are Coming To Your City, Ready or Not by Orell Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2001) In the brochure that I received, advertising C. Peter Wagner's conference in Brisbane, the following was written: "The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit that is changing the shape of Christianity globally. It is truly a new day! The Church is changing. New names! New methods! New worship expressions! The Lord is establishing the foundations of the Church for the new millennium. This foundation is built upon apostles and prophets. Apostles execute and establish God's plan on the earth. The time to convene a conference of the different apostolic prophetic streams across this nation is now! This conference will cause the Body to understand God's 'new' order for this coming era. We look forward to having you with us in Brisbane in Feb 2000." It was signed by Peter Wagner and Ben Gray. (Brochure For Brisbane 2000, as cited in Jumping On The Bandwagon - Australian Christian Churches Seduced by the Beat of a Different Drummer?, Hughie Seaborn, 1999, http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/bandwagon.html) Wagner is awaiting a "critical mass" of Christians to arise to take over the political systems of the world. (W. Howard, Despatch Magazine, Vol. 12:1, March 2000) C. Peter Wagner states “I believe that the government of the church is finally coming into place and that is what the Scripture teaches in Eph. 2, that the foundation of the church is apostles and prophets. Previous to this decade of the 80's and the 90's we practically ignored prophets and apostles and now we’re seeing, what I believe is a major reason. We’re going to new levels in prayer. We’re going to new levels in the spiritual. We’re going to new levels in healing and miracles. We’re going to new levels in deliverance of demonic deliverance. And so this is the new era we are going into and I don't know if it is coincidental or what, but its just as we are moving into the new millennium.” (C. Peter Wagner, CBN interview Jan. 3, 2000) NEW! "We have to understand that the church has a God-designed government. The church has a Goddesigned government. We now live, this is 2004, we now live in the second apostolic age. The second apostolic age began in the year 2001, ok? And in this whole first chapter in this book I argue my point, I think rather… I hope it’s convincingly, that 2001 marks, is the year that marks the second apostolic age, which means for years the government of the church had not been in place since about, you know, the first century or so. It doesn’t mean weren’t apostles and prophets, because the government of the… the foundation of the church according to Ephesians 2:20 is apostles and prophets, Jesus being the chief cornerstone. It doesn’t mean there weren’t apostles and prophets, it means the body of Christ hadn’t recognized them and released them for the office that they had so that they’d function as

apostles and prophets in the foundation of the church. But we now have that, I believe we’ve reached our critical mass in the year 2001." (C. Peter Wagner, Arise Prophetic Conference, Gateway Church, San Jose, CA, 10-10-2004) Considered Himself To Be An Evangelical, But Coined The Term "Third Wave" "The Third Wave is a new moving of the Holy Spirit among evangelicals who for one reason or another have chosen not to identify with either the Pentecostals or the Charismatics. Its roots go back a little further but I see it as mainly a movement beginning in the 1980's and gathering momentum through the closing years of the 20th century. I see the Third Wave as distinct from, but at the same time, very similar to the first and second waves. They have to be similar because it is the same Spirit of God who is doing the work. The major variation comes in the understanding of the meaning of "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" and the role of tongues in authenticating this. I myself, for example, would rather not have people call me a Charismatic, I do not consider myself a Charismatic, I am simply an Evangelical Congregationalist who is open to the Holy Spirit working through me and my church in any way He chooses." (C. Peter Wagner, as cited in Charismatic Chaos - Part 5, Does God do Miracles Today?, Copyright 1991, by John F. MacArthur, Jr., http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/CHAOS6.HTM ) There is no question that a new and exciting era has come upon Christianity in the twentieth century. It started with the Pentecostal movement at the beginning of the century, a movement which continues to multiply under God's blessing. It was joined by the Charismatic movement soon after mid-century. And now in these latter decades the Spirit is moving in what some of us like to call the third wave where we are seeing the miraculous works of God operating as they have been in the other movements in churches which have not been nor intend to be either Pentecostal or charismatic. (C. Peter Wagner, "Signs & Wonders Today", http://www.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/t00.html#thirdwave ) Paul Cain calls this the “Third Wave” (as do Peter Wagner and others). There are various definitions to the waves. “The first wave was known as the Pentecostal movement,(p.16) the second, the Charismatics (p.17), and now “I see the Third Wave distinct from, but at the same time similar to the first and second waves.”(p.18) Although Wagner says those in this new move have not chosen to be identified with the either group, they are joined with them. (C. Peter Wagner “The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit.”) In Signs & Wonders Today, written by Dr. Peter Wagner, "There is no question that a new and exciting era has come upon Christianity in the twentieth century. It started with the Pentecostal movement at the beginning of the century, a movement which continues to multiply under God's blessing. It was joined by the Charismatic movement soon after mid-century. And now in these latter decades the Spirit is moving in what some of us like to call the third wave where we are seeing the miraculous works of God operating as they have been in the other movements in churches which have not been nor intend to be either Pentecostal or charismatic." People Saved And Healed Before Preaching C. Peter Wagner writes in contrast, "People often will be saved and healed in Cabrera's meetings before he starts preaching" (C. Peter Wagner, The Third Wave, page 99, http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/nbbi/vineyard.html) Wagner Associations Brownsville: http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Despatch/vol93_email_snippets.html http://www.bibleguide.com/articles/english/transformation/transformations1.htm Assemblies Of God - Main Web Site http://ag.org/dhm/churchplanting/resc_books.cfm Toronto Blessing: http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Despatch/vol93_email_snippets.html http://server2.tacf.org/TACFBookstore/booktams/0830725768.tam http://www.bibleguide.com/articles/english/transformation/transformations1.htm Wagner calls people from Toronto Blessing churches in Bangkok to attend "Power '96": But before that, again, another stream began to converge during the time of the "Power 96" meeting in November of 1996. A group of pastors had begun meeting just prior to that time, with the vision for a city wide pastor's prayer meeting. At the Power 96 meeting, guest speaker C. Peter Wagner highly encouraged the pastors of Bangkok to take part in this meeting, saying that when pastors come together to pray, things happen. There's that much more authority. (What is "Christians for Revival"?, Thailand's Revival Network, http://www.antioch.com.sg/th/cfr/history.html ) Vineyard: http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Despatch/vol93_email_snippets.html He was assisted by C. Peter Wagner (church growth expert) who wrote the primer for the power manifesto of the Vineyards titled The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit. This is the book which helped launch the "Third Wave"

Pentecostal Movement, and is used as a major reference to understand power healing, e.g. the "Third Wavers" who were taught by Wimber that they were reliving the days of the apostles. They were told they too could perform miracle healing, exorcise evil spirits, and raise the dead as did Jesus and the apostles. Timber said that tongue speaking is not for our time. Who told him so? (The Story of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, J. E. Choate, http://www.bible-infonet.org/ff/articles/agents/112_02_15.htm ) Kansas City Prophets/Metro Christian Fellowship/Grace Training Center "Grace Training Center is on the cutting edge of ministerial training today. Over the last few years God has been raising up new wineskins for preparing men and women for effective ministry which are quite different from the traditional wineskins. Grace Training Center is one of those new wineskins in which impartation and anointing for ministry are just as important as receiving information in order to meet academic goals. Both are offered in Grace, and this double barreled approach will help you to become a winner in the kingdom of God". (C. Peter Wagner, Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute, http://www.gtckc.com/endorsements/ ) Alpha Course Dr. C. Peter Wagner, Professor Emeritus of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, says of Alpha, "The Alpha course is a wonderful and proven tool for evangelism in the local church, especially in mainline denominations. I enthusiastically support and recommend Alpha." (http://www.goodnewsmag.org/news/alpha_news.htm ) Renovare: One writer wrote: “Included in the extensive (Renovare speakers) list are Lloyd John Ogilvie, Jack Hayford, G. Raymond Carlson (General Superintendent of the Assembly of God, USA), David Hubbard (President of Fuller Theological College), Jamie Buckingham, TONY CAMPOLO, I. J. Packer, JOHN WIMBER, C. PETER WAGNER” - Messiah99 Conference (speakers) - C. Peter Wagner, professor… Fuller Theological Seminary (Hebrew Roots, The Four Waves & Their Roots, MORE Manifestations, LESS Bible!, http://www.seekgod.ca/more.htm ) Cell Church Movement http://www.nadei.org/resources/churchgrowth5.html Third Wave Connections In General One of the important results of this conference was greatly to enlarge the Renewal umbrella. Since Renewal first broke out in a congregation in Toronto, Canada, many thought that particular movement WAS the Renewal. Others were of the mind that Renewal instead was that which came out of Brownsville, Florida. At last, many of us have come to realize that the Holy Spirit is not divided; his umbrella is large enough to cover many aspects of Renewal. C. Peter Wagner is one of the greatest movers in Christendom today. The fact that he personally convened the conference, and invited certain Renewal leaders to be presenters, greatly enlarged the Renewal umbrella overnight. But even now I wonder how many understand the true implications of what just took place in Dallas. (THE LARGER UMBRELLA, February 18, 1998, Don Hawley, http://www.sabbath.com/donhawley/hawley49.htm ) Ecumenical One of the focuses of Celebration Jesus 2000 was spiritual warfare. Many of the leaders in the Charismatic spiritual warfare movement were featured at the conferences in New Orleans, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, including Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner, and Larry Lea. The movement practices all sorts of unscriptural things, such as identifying and binding territorial spirits, marching around objects or people to claim them for God, "holy laughter," taking territory from the devil by driving stakes into the ground, etc. (CELEBRATION JESUS 2000: END TIMES CONFUSION IN ST. LOUIS, David Cloud, http://www.whidbey.net/~dcloud/fbns/endtimesconfusion.htm ) Church Growth International sponsors the celebration of Jesus' birth in Jerusalem. Speakers include David Yonggi Cho, Jack Hayford, Robert Schuller, C. Peter Wagner, Tom Pelton and many others. (Jerusalem Celebration 2000, http://www.ncinter.net/~ejt/ytj11.zip ) Promise Keepers http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Despatch/vol94_pk_plan.html Another excerpt from "Extreme Privilege," the book now being published and distributed by Promise Keepers at their events. This segment was written by C. Peter Wagner. This is an excellent example in the field of what I've been calling "the assumption of a symmetrical universe," that is, of Christians who make up and repeat for their own purposes stories to support their inherent and false assumption that their "enemies" are doing exactly the reverse of what they do. Notice the insistence that such imaginary phenomena are real, and how these bogeymen are intentionally used to create fear and resentment against most non-Christian spiritual groups. This is not written and published by some fringe figure; this is from a book with the PK logo on its cover, to which Promise Keepers owns the copyright. (Mike Doughney, Soapbox cohost, Promise Keepers: More Book Excerpt: C. Peter Wagner: Satanic Covenant, http://soapbox.barf.org:8280/showthread.php?threadid=6348 ) March For Jesus “I believe the March for Jesus has the potential to become one of the most powerful vehicles for the advancement of the kingdom of God that we have yet known - generating new spiritual power for unprecendented evangelistic harvests,

as well as for measurable changes in our societies toward righteousness and social justice ... This kind of public declaration can do serious damage to the principalities and powers of darkness over a city ... What tremendous spiritual power will be released on that day I anticipate a world that will never again be the same.” (Ministries today May/June 1992, C. Peter Wagner - Marching for Jesus). http://www.intotruth.org/globalism/WCM4.html VOLUME 22 - NUMBER 2 (August 1999) THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT EVANGELISM VS. VANGELIZATION By Albert James Dager -- PART FOUR of Four DOMINION THEOLOGY The idea that the world can be turned to Jesus Christ is a fabrication of the dominionist mindset of the World Christian Movement's leadership. And, again, it is nullified by the Lord's own words: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14) This last verse, especially, spoken by our Lord Himself, does not allow for the world ever being won to Christ. It is the qualifying verse for all hose that are stated above, and all others that speak of the condition of the world during all time until His return. All Scriptures that speak of events leading up to the Lord's return offer no hope for the vast majority of mankind. Contrary to what is heard in the "Christian" media, and promoted by mystical, feelings-oriented movements that abound today, there is not going to be a revival that will bring the world to Christ. The world is, by God's design, under the rulership of Satan, and will remain so until the Lord returns. It is our task to win those individuals who will be saved through the preaching of the Gospel, but it is not our task to insert into every people group a nominal Christian presence. The "revival" being touted today is not the result of preaching the Gospel, but of emotional pleas for people to let God do good things for them, including saving them from hell. Since we know from God's Word that evil will abound toward the end and that few will be saved, we must reject out of hand the pleas of those within the WCM who would commandeer our time, energy and finances to further their religious agenda based upon the dominionist concept that Christ cannot return until the Church has established dominion over the nations. That dominion theology is at the heart of the WCM is evidenced by its leaders and those whom they cite for justification of their work. In an editorial, Ralph D. Winter states: Don't worry, all of my ideas relate to missions directly or indirectly. But that only seems to be true if you have followed the breadth of the mission we are talking about-the depth and breadth of the arresting phrase in the Lord's Prayer: "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth."... Missions isn't just "over there" on the "mission field." It is not as if Satan prowls the whole world but stops at the U.S. border. Indeed, missions is essentially the restoration of God's kingdom and rule and power on this earth. It involves the reestablishment of His glory, of His honor of His control of things.... This means that we must realize that our mission is a global mission not just a "foreign" mission. We must realize that stopping evil wherever it is found is part of that mission. (81) God's kingdom and rule and power over the earth do not need to be reestablished. He already has all rule and power over the earth, and His Kingdom exists throughout the universe. What Winter and the WCM want is to establish the visible manifestation of God's Kingdom on earth. This means they must "clean up" society. But that visible manifestation will not be realized until Jesus returns. Man's attempt to do for God what God has not authorized man to do is presumption and sin. The dominionist agenda of the WCM is further revealed in Winter's railing against the government for not spending enough on cancer research, and against the evils of gambling, tobacco and cocaine, as if the Church could somehow alleviate these problems. Out of the Lausanne movement, which formed the basis for the World Christian Movement, has sprung the University of the Nations (UofN), whose goal is to disciple the nations for Christ. On the website for the UofN, can be found the strategy for that organization headed by Loren Cunningham of YWAM: The seven spheres of influence described below will help us shape societies for Christ. God gave us these handles to use in carrying out Matthew 28 and discipling the nations for Him. We believe He is wanting all His people to see the importance of these seven areas and work in them to extend Christ's reign throughout the earth. (82) The seven spheres of influence follow: One of the purposes of the UofN in Europe is to counteract the influence of these philosophies, promulgated here on this continent, which have led the whole world on a path away from God. We want to put God back into the centre of higher education. And into the centre of the influential sectors of society, including the family, the Church, education, government, the media, the arts, entertainment and sports, and commerce, science and technology. Our goal is not to just make individual disciples, but to disciple the nations, to bring God's presence and ways into these influential parts of society in every country. In order to train Christians to minister effectively in these seven influential sectors of society, we have organised the University of the Nations into seven Colleges/Faculties, Christian Ministries - covering the Church Communication - covering the media Counseling and Health Care - covering the family Education -

covering education, Humanities, and International Studies - covering government The Arts - covering the arts and entertainment Science and Technology - covering science and technology (83) The World Christian Movement has a convoluted concept of what Christ requires of His disciples. By claiming that we are all to become engaged in these fields in order to capture them for Christ, the stage is set for guilt on the part of those who fail to live up to the demand. It also sets the stage for pride in those who do. But so, too, is the concept of Christ's sacrifice convoluted by some within the movement. Under the heading for The Media we read: Pick your least favourite news reporter. Get his or her face firmly in your mind. Then realise that this is a person for whom Jesus Christ hung on the cross-this is an individual worth the sacrifice of the Son of God. (84) Did you catch it? This is the basis for the neo-evangelical gospel: that all men are "worth" the sacrifice of God's Son. But if we are all worthy of His sacrifice, where does God's grace come in? No one is worthy of Christ's sacrifice. We are all unworthy; that's the essence of the Gospel: that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). We were alienated from God, worthy of death and destruction, not worthy of His dying for us. The neo-evangelical gospel is at the root of dominion theology as espoused by the World Christian Movement. As we look at the various organizations involved in the WCM we find that many are youth oriented, seeking to mobilize teenagers to accomplish their goal of world dominion. One such is TeenMania, a charismatic outreach known for its "Acquire the Fire" conventions, headed by Ron Luce. Acquire the Fire is a mega-gathering of thousands of teenagers throughout North America, who have a burning desire to change the world. At Acquire the Fire conventions, teens and adults alike are challenged to live radically on the edge of Christianity throughout their teen years and the rest of their lives! Acquire the Fire conventions present the gospel in a relevant format that will radically change the lives of all those present. Prepare yourself for a live praise & worship band, live comedy sketches, video roll-ins on huge, mammoth video screens and pyrotechnic "bombs" igniting throughout the convention! This year, more than 125,000 teens are expected to attend ATF conventions. Don't be left out, this convention is intense!85 This is how virtually all youth-oriented "ministries" present their form of gospel: flash-bang, emotion-driven attempts to garner "decisions" for Christ and for entering into the organization's "ministry." In order to enter into the ministry laid out for them, teenagers must take oaths such as TeenMania's WorldChanger 2000 Oath: I am determined to have passion for the Almighty God and to use that passion for His cause. I will love all, honor all, and lead all I can to Him. I am determined to keep my relationship with Jesus alive by keeping my quiet times. I commit to defend God's cause by being active in Bible Study, my church, and my youth group. I commit my mind to God and my courtship to purity. I am determined to honor my parents and to be accountable to Godly friendships. I refuse to live in slow-motion because I am determined to live a life of worship and holy actions. I commit to reach out through missions while I am a teenager. I will start a revolution in my hometown. I am determined to stand up, shout loud, sweat hard, pour out, give all, love, live, breath, and die if I must for the one who died for me. I am a WorldChanger. (86 ) This one-size-fits-all oath is a recipe for disaster, disappointment, humiliation, guilt and pride. Scripture forbids us to take oaths, but that doesn't stop those bent on manipulating others to further some religious agenda. And not even the elders of the Church are expected to do all that is required of these kids; how much less teenagers who have not even reached the point of full understanding and maturity? No one can determine to have passion for God; either he has it or he doesn't. A momentary response to an emotional plea means nothing. And God has not called children to "start a revolution" in their hometown. As far as honoring one's parents, that's fine. But what if one's parents don't want him involved in this movement? How does one honor his parents and disobey them? Suppose one's parents don't want him to go to the mission field while he is a teenager? Yet that is part of the oath according to "The Ten Challenges of a WorldChanger": A WorldChanger goes on a mission trip while he is still a teenager.87 TeenMania is not merely an organization unto itself, but a network of youth ministries from around the United States, touching many churches through their dynamic use of youth-oriented attractions. It also links with other similar organizations designed to mobilize youth for the "Cause of Christ": Christian dominion over the nations. Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan Out of the Lausanne GCOWE has also come a think tank called a "Working Group on A Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan" that was formally commissioned by the GCOWE 2000 conveners in September 1988. Out of that working group there was developed the "Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan," a document "compiled from the writings, statements, positions, conversations, discussions, suggestions, proposals, ideas, and interactions" of its members. The members of the Working Group were: David B. Barrett; Jay E. Gary; H. Vinson Synan; Todd M. Johnson; Leslie Brierley; Patrick J. Johnstone; Gary K. Clark; John S. Mbiti; Tom Forrest, CSsR; James W. Reapsome; V. David Garrison; Lamin Sanneh; and Manuel J. Gaxiola.88 Tom Forrest is a Roman Catholic priest heavily involved in the ecumenical deception of the Vatican. H. Vinson Synan is a well-known ecumenical charismatic. Jay Gary is

an ecumenical proponent of the United Nations whose beliefs closely align with New Age philosophy. John Mbiti, from Kenya, is working with Global Mapping International to compile African proverbs for integration into evangelization efforts. All in the Working Group are ecumenical toward the Vatican and/or liberal "Christianity," several leaning toward social reform as essential to their plan. To demonstrate the influence of these men, it is stated in the Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan (KGAP): All the members of this group were widely-experienced theologians, missiologists, or church or mission executives. Each of them has written or published extensively on and around our subject for a total of 280 years (an average of 21.5 years each).89 The Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan consists of "109 ideas or concrete proposals for overcoming present barriers to world evangelization."90 The formulators for the KGAP state that they are not proposing a new global plan from scratch, but are building on the current status and existing plans of 78 global mega-plans and 33 global giga-plans, as well as the rest of some 2000 plans in total, as sketched out in the book, Seven Hundred Plans to Evangelize the World: the Rise of a Global Evangelization Movement (Barrett and Reapsome, pub. by New Hope, 1988) In the Introduction to the KGAP list of goals, we read: If we are to have any impact on the complex world revealed by our diagrams and statistics, we must target and focus on a small number of sharply-defined, reasonably achievable, concrete goals. We propose that the Great Commission decision-makers think in terms of a short list of 200 global goals. Listed below is a selection of 186 or so such goals. You the reader, with your own interests, can add the remaining 14 or so from your own immediate concerns and priorities. Don't forget to ensure that the goals you add are each actually achievable (if we really tried) by AD 2000! The listing is a collective compilation of final goals put forward by agencies and protagonists, in most cases separately. A certain number appear secular or are goals of secular organizations but are being pressed by top executives in them who are committed Christians. Each goal is considered to be a final closure goal to complete an aspect of world evangelization by AD 2000 and to keep it completed beyond. In most cases, the phrase "by AD 2000" can be understood to mean "By AD 2000 and Beyond. Each goal therefore is based on a different or even unique definition of what it would mean to complete the unfinished task of the Christian world mission. Each represents a statement of what closure means in one or more of the 300 different and distinct dimensions of the concept "evangelization" and how it is measured and quantified. Together these goals take aim at the same overall target, expressed in the watchword "World Evangelization by AD 2000 & Beyond."... Christians can react to these goals in a variety of ways. We have 2 recommendations: (1) that we Great Commission Christians decide, announce and proclaim that all of these goals are our legitimate goals, and that we intend to press for the implementation of all of them; and (2) that individual Christians, groups, churches, organizations, or agencies select one or more of the goals and concentrate on implementing just these, in collaboration with other Great Commission Christians and agencies which have similar goals.91 (emphasis ours) We cannot disagree with all of the goals set forth in the KGAP, but many of them reach far beyond what the Lord has commanded and are even ominous, revealing the liberal social consciousness of many in the WCM. The overall tenor of these goals is dominionist, some being secular, some being spiritual, focusing on prayer, praise and worship, such as: 1. Establish 15,000 prayer movements by 1995 in every city over 50,000 population and on all 15,000 university campuses, evangelizing the urban and academic worlds by. 2000. 2. Enlist, by AD 2000, 30 million Christians to pray fill-tune every day for world evangelization, through a globally organized network of young pacesetter intercessors to cover all countries, cities, peoples, topics, needs, and persons.... 4. Enthuse all prayer-oriented or contemplative brothers and sisters, monks and nuns, to regain past monastic enthusiasm for world evangelization and to rededicate monasteries and convents worldwide by 2000 to prayer support for the Great Commission task.... 10. Link the world's 350 million Christian-owned computers by AD 2000 into one single global giga-network to facilitate Great Commission information exchange. This ambitious proposal (#10) seems harmless enough even desirable. Imagine how the Gospel could be furthered through such a network. However, consider that among the "350 million Christian-owned" computers are those that are in the hands of aberrant "Christian" religions and movements. Many belong to the Roman Catholic Church, and only the Lord knows to whom else. 13. Support research and development of alternative energy sources including solar power. This is fine for individuals, but should the resources of the Body of Christ be used to advance technological achievements as part of a perceived mandate for "evangelization" of the world? 16. Pursue systematic region-by-region dialogue with the world's organized atheists, agnostics, nonbelievers, and nonreligious, as well as with the great non-Christian world religions and newer cults and

religious movements, so that all may genuinely understand each other's position and the full message of Christ may be fully understood in all these contexts by 2000. Again, dialogue is a two-way street. Why is it necessary to "genuinely understand" each other's position? We already know that they are lost without Christ. If it is to convert them, dialogue isn't going to do it. Nowhere in Scripture are we encouraged to bring false belief systems together for understanding. This is a New Age concept designed to bring about "unity in diversity." And how can the full message of Christ be "fully understood in all these contexts"? The message of Christ is not understood in any context but the Word of God. This proposal reveals the WCM's belief that the Gospel is found in all the world's religions. Only here it is extended to atheism and agnosticism! 20. List all negative factors holding up world evangelization, target them, and make it increasingly difficult for them to continue uninterrupted. This is one of those ominous proposals. Since the WCM can't possibly interfere with Red China's (or any other major power for that matter) hindrance of evangelization, it stands to reason that the WCM must focus on lesser elements that they believe are hindering the attainment of their goals. Perhaps they might make it increasingly difficult for individuals and small organizations to continue uninterrupted? And how might they go about that task? 22. Redistribute the great majority of Christian resources of manpower, money, and methods across the world's unevangelized peoples and cities strictly according to need by 2000. How might the WCM redistribute our physical efforts, our money and our methods to the unevangelized peoples and cities? Why cities? It appears as if the WCM has a socialist agenda in the works. It is not up to any organization or movement to "redistribute" anything that belongs to someone else. We must each stand before the Lord to account for what we do with what He has given us. His Word forbids compulsion as an incentive for giving. Understand that, according to the WCM, "Christian" means anything that is nominally Christian. The United States is a "Christian" nation because the majority of its citizens claim to be Christian. Therefore, the resources of the United States must be redistributed to the governments of unevangelized peoples. This proposal fits well into the plans of the New World Order for redistribution of wealth. 23. Monitor and encourage a final massive attempt by AD 2000 at the promotion of human development in all its forms worldwide as an integral part of world evangelization. This is another secular, New Age proposal. Human development "in all its forms" includes psychological wellbeing, self-actualization, high self-esteem, and myriad other psychological attainments that have nothing to do with holiness and genuine faith in Jesus Christ. The liberal social proposals go so far as to encourage dialogue and cooperation with other religions, environmental groups and the United Nations: 25. Feed and nourish the world's 600 million persons on the verge of starvation both now and up to and during the year 2000 and see that they continue to live nourished lives thereafter. 27. Support WHO (World Health Organization) goal of safe drinking water for every soul on Earth by 2000 and beyond. 29. Abolish the global state of absolute poverty (per capita daily income of under US$1) by AD 2000 through massive redistribution everywhere of national and international wealth, certainly by all Christian denominations and agencies, also by secular organizations persuaded by Christian activists within them. 30. Raise the physical quality of life of all disadvantaged peoples of Earth to a livable level by 2000 and even higher levels beyond. 31. See the establishing of an international system of environmental accounts leading to positive action to improve the human condition. 32. See in each nation by 2000 the creating of plans for the sustainable use of its land. 33. Aid bodies working for reduction in rates of fossil fuel use to reverse global warming and environmental degradation. 34. Support WHO goal "Global Health for All by the Year 2000." 36. See every nation by AD 2000 reduce its infant mortality rate below 25 deaths per 1000 live births, its population growth rate to less than 1% per year, and increase its life expectancy to over 70 years. 37. Support UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Education Fund) goal to halve child deaths (38,000 a day in 1988) by 1997, then continuing to decrease by 2000 and beyond. Other secular pursuits include: Supporting WHO goal to increase worldwide immunization to 100% A final negotiated settlement to end the homeless status of all refugees Eliminate poverty housing Support UNESCO goal to increase adult literacy to 100% Monitor the status of human rights in every country Articulate and support codes of ethics for international business and other spheres affecting world

evangelization. _ Monitor, with the aid of Amnesty International and others, the status of statesanctioned police/military torture in all countries Abolish tobacco use A massive worldwide Christian movement opposing and outlawing all war, warfare, mass-destruction weapons, militarization, para-militarization, arms sales, arms traders, death squads, and all indiscriminate mass killings Throw the whole weight of Christian motivation behind the environmentalist goal of halting global warming by planting 15 billion new trees on Earth each year from 1990-2005 All noble pursuits. But they essentially require that God's people join hands with anti-Christ organizations such as the UN to accomplish them. This reveals the influence of Working Group member Jay Gary, whose ties to the UN and New Age philosophy are revealed in our special report Celebration 2000. And how can these goals be accomplished unless the WCM's movers and shakers are heading up the governments of the world or, at least, are influential in those governments? Poverty, starvation and their attendant evils are not economic problems. They are problems of governments that keep their subjects in poverty in order to justify their requests for foreign aid. That foreign aid is then used to further bolster the government's power and keep the elite living a lavish lifestyle. These and all such problems with governments will not be solved until Jesus returns to establish His rule over them. That the World Christian Movement believes that it has God's mandate to alleviate the world's problems is a testimony to how far it is removed from the purity of the Gospel. Along the spiritual vein, the KGAP reveals its bent toward the charismatic "signs and wonders" movement: 109. See the decade of 1990-2000 close as having been the greatest decade in Christian history for signs and wonders, miracles, conversions, evangelism and evangelization; with the greatest sign or wonder being Christians loving one another and gathering in unity everywhere. 110. Enable 300,000 itinerant charismatic evangelists to target unevangelized cities, countries, and peoples by 2000, demonstrating power evangelism (John Wimber's term), power healing, power intercession, and power encounters. 112. Deliberately exercise power evangelism in the world's least evangelized and most hostile environments so that by AD 2000 power Christianity (gifted ministries of signs and wonders) is not enjoyed solely in Christian lands. This is John Wimber's agenda which has gained a foothold among a vast number of churches beyond the Vineyard movement. (For an expose' of Wimber's false theology and methodologies see our special report The Vineyard.) There are many other proposals in the Kaleidoscopic Global Action Plan with which we find strong disagreement. These few are enough to make any discerning Christian think carefully before involving himself in the World Christian Movement. THE WORLD PRAYER CENTER Of late the focus on the WCM's dominionist agenda has spread from U.S. Center for World Missions in Pasadena, California, to The World Prayer Center, affiliate of Global Harvest Ministries, headed by C. Peter Wagner in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The World Prayer Center (WPC) is headed by C. Peter Wagner, Ted Haggard and Chuck Pierce (whom Charisma magazine calls "God's Generals"). It is touted as the "Pentagon of modern Christianity," "God's Air Command," and other militaristic nomenclatures. According to the World Prayer Center Web site: The World Prayer Center is a communications center, serving the Church throughout the world by linking prayer requests, practical needs, and reporting evangelistic breakthroughs. It will collect and compile requests from every continent as national prayer centers re port what God is doing and how His people ought to pray. Dr. Peter Wagner says, "We see our task as getting people in touch with one another to form interactive, human web networks that are properly equipped to wage effective spiritual warfare." The physical facility, located in Colorado Springs, will include the latest telecommunications system. It will also contain interactive touch screen monitors, prayer rooms, a spiritual mapping repository, classrooms, a large auditorium, and a bookstore containing the world's largest collection of prayer and spiritual warfare material.... Never in the history of the Church has it been possible to link believers throughout the world. The coordinated prayers of God's people will be concentrated on His objectives. The World Prayer Center will provide daily reports that will help prayer teams respond to rapid changes throughout the world and to mobilize believers in effective global intercessory prayer.... Since prayer is the precursor to every great move of God, a fully equipped nerve center with data and information about prayer needs throughout the world will enable intercessors to pray intelligently. The World Prayer Center networks prayer ministries, denominations, churches and cell groups. This creates a united prayer front that will end Satan's attempt to divide and isolate believers, and to blind so many to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.92 The World Prayer Center was built largely through the contributions of Pastor Ted

Haggard's New Life Church which neighbors the Center. According to the "Generals," the purpose of the Center is to wage spiritual warfare against principalities and powers that control cities, states and nations. It is their belief that if enough Christians engage in their charismatic form of "spiritual warfare" the nations will be turned to God. About Wagner, J. Lee Grady, writing in Charisma, states: If the World Prayer Center is a spiritual version of the Pentagon, then Wagner is the church's Norman Schwartzkopf. . . And now that his command center is built, he's ready to launch his own spiritual version of Operation Desert Storm. Wagner's military strategy is calculated and convincing: He believes that in order to secure success for the "ground troops"-the missionaries, pastors and churches working on the front lines-there must be an "air force" that provides protection as well as strategic information about spiritual enemies.... "I believe Luke 10:19 in a literal sense, Wagner told Charisma during a recent interview, referring to the verse in which Jesus says He has given the church authority over Satan. "Jesus has given us authority over all the power of the enemy, so I believe we have authority over all levels of the demonic."93 Wagner believes that, based on his understanding of this and other verses of Scripture, united Christian prayer will cause the demons to surrender, and victory over the nations will ensue. Housed in a 55,000 square-foot building, the World Prayer Center is home to the Observatory Research Center, which houses an enormous "spiritual mapping" system. That system is designed to compile in its computers the largest collection of data on evangelization ever assembled. Spiritual mapping Spiritual mapping is a term coined in 1991 by George Otis, Jr. Art Moore, writing in Christianity Today, says: Spiritual mapping, says Otis, president of the research agency the Sentinel Group, is nothing more ethereal than creating a spiritual profile of a community based on careful research. It is a tool, he says, for intelligent prayer aimed at opening spiritually blind eyes to the gospel. Otis poured seven years of global research into his new book, The Twilight Labyrinth: Why Does Spiritual Darkness Linger Where It Does? (Chosen Books). He has identified 15 "transformed communities," of which 14 incorporated spiritual mapping. Two factors present in all 15, Otis says, are "persevering leadership" and "united prayer." Commitment is the key, he says. "God didn't move in Hemet until Bob [Bennett] bought a burial plot in the city." Otis has developed a 28-stage scale to measure the progress of a community from the "spiritual beachhead" phase to "spiritual breakthrough" to "spiritual transformation." Spiritual mapping does not begin until stage nine, Otis points out. "When you reach that point you have a core of intercessors in a community really petitioning God for a visitation," he says.... To explain the burial plot thing, a "World Christian" (someone involved in the WCM) must have a "commitment" in an area, such as a burial plot, home, job, etc., in order for God to work there. Though it still raises many eye brows among evangelicals, spiritual mapping is gaining broader acceptance, as evidenced by the AD 2000 United Prayer Track's Spiritual Mapping Division, which Otis heads. United Prayer Track coordinator C. Peter Wagner teaches a class on spiritual mapping at Fuller Theological Seminary.... Many of spiritual mapping's detractors have less of a problem with spiritual mapping than with its most common applications, "strategic-level warfare"-defined by Wagner as discerning and praying against territorial spirits assigned to a community -and "identificational repentance."94 Spiritual mapping is nothing more than keeping data on the beliefs of people according to geographic areas. The purpose at the WPC, however, is to disseminate information to its constituents so that they may engage in unbiblical forms of "spiritual warfare." A good account of spiritual mapping was reported by Damon Adams in the south Florida Sun Sentinel through interviews with local leaders in the movement: In the hopes of removing sin's grip on South Florida, [Pastor Jonathan] Benz and others at Covenant Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens are waging spiritual warfare. The name of their weapon: spiritual mapping, a practice of pinpointmg and praying over geographic areas considered Satan's strongholds. Though rare, it is gaining acceptance among more evangelical Christians. Through newspaper clippings, local history and other research, a community's spiritual profile is compiled. Areas thick with crime and other problems are marked, sometimes with pins, as trouble spots. Once the area is mapped, the faithful pray for it, oftentimes going to the site for prayer. "With mapping, you can identify where places of prostitution are, drug dealing, murders. When you look at that, it allows you to pray more strategically," said Benz, pas tor of prayer and outreach at Covenant Community Church. "It gives you an idea why darkness congregates in certain areas." Believers say spiritual mapping is gaining worldwide interest, primarily with conservative Christians. In November 1997, more than 400 people attended the first International Consultation on Spiritual Mapping in Tacoma, Wash. Books on mapping, such as C. Peter Wagner's Breaking Strongholds in Your City, can be ordered on the Internet. And this year, the World Prayer Center, a hub promoting global prayer networks, opened in Colorado Springs to provide information on how to map. "If you have more information about an area, you're able to pray with more clarity, direction, understanding and focus," said Derrick Trimble, curator of the

spiritual mapping repository at the World Prayer Center."95 The World Prayer Center is giving spiritual mapping a tremendous lift through its database designed to provide the spiritual climate of not only nations, states and cities, but down to blocks and individual residences: Thus we need help to network or initiate research efforts throughout the U.S. That will track people down to specific addresses, block by block.96 Through a spiritual census, then, it is planned that every home -first in the United States and then worldwide - will have its beliefs cataloged in the WPC's computers. Their computers are linked with those of Global Mapping International (GMI), founded by Robert Waymire in 1983 on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Mission. GMI is now also located in Colorado Springs. It is the goal of the WPC and GMI to link all 330,000 churches in North America to their databases, and then all the churches in the world. Thus far, over 100,000 are linked. Eventually, churches working with the WPC will provide information on their members to aid in global spiritual mapping. What will this mean in terms of the WCM's design to identify and remove obstacles to its idea of evangelization? The concept of spiritual warfare in which the leaders of the WCM and the WPC engage is fantasy, largely influenced by the fiction of Frank Peretti, whose This Present Darkness is among the all-time best-sellers. (See our special report, This Present Darkness: Spiritual Warfare Fact or Fantasy?) With all the hoopla, sweat, screaming, wailing and jumping up and down that has gone on over the spiritual plight of cities these past several years there isn't a single one that has been won to Christ. And there won't be any. These efforts create nothing but black holes that suck up Christians' time, energy and money while exalting the leaders as God's anointed apostles and prophets. Some point to the recent decline in crime statistics in the United States as proof that the Church's prayers are being effectual. But the nation has had such declines in the past without all the clamoring we hear today. Recent news on the reduction in crime statistics make this claim a joke were it not grounded in the tragedy of abortion. Two widely respected researchers into the declining crime rate in the U.S. have come to the startling conclusion that legalizing abortion in the 1970s has reduced the number of potential criminals in the 1990s. Their findings, summarized in a report entitled "Legalized Abortion and Crime," resulted from three academic workshops at Harvard, the University of Chicago and Stanford. The authors emphasize that their findings do not constitute an endorsement of abortion, and say their research was motivated by a desire to discover the forces responsible for reducing crime. In particular, they said, they hoped that research into the reasons for the decline in crime would avert needless public spending on ineffective programs. But they concede their paper may be attacked as suggesting that abortion has a beneficial social effect or that certain groups should be encouraged to have abortions, an idea they insist they do not advocate.... When told of the paper, David O'Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee in Washington D.C., called the thesis bizarre. "You mean killing unborn babies in the '70s led people in the '90s to do less shoplifting?" O'Steen asked. However, the findings are not that simplistic. In their 45-page analysis, the authors detail the following findings: The timing of the crime drop in the 1990s coincides with the period roughly 20 years after the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion nationwide. Thus, the children who would have been born if the pregnancies had not been terminated would have reached the peak ages for criminal activity, roughly ages 18 to 24, in this decade. The five states that legalized abortion in the three years before the Supreme Court decision experienced drops in property crimes, violent crimes and murder before the other states. Places with high abortion rates in the 1970s experienced big drops in crime in the 1990s, even when accounting for a wide variety of forces that influence crime, such as income, racial composition and incarceration levels. Both individual states and multistate regions with higher abortion rates in the first three years after Roe vs. Wade later saw greater decreases in crime.... Every 10 percent increase in abortion in the years they studied later led to about a 1 percent decrease in crime, the authors found.97 While the dominionists wish to point to the decrease in crime, they must also admit that abortion - once a crime itself-is no longer counted in the statistics. How many multi-millions of crimes would we have to add to the list if they were counted as murder? Most of the "proof' offered as evidence that the charismatic prayer program is changing cities is centered on the enthusiasm generated by the leaders of the movement within the hearts of their church members: The building of the WPC The number of spiritual warfare conferences being held The increase in publications devoted to prayer and fasting Prayer walks Houses of Prayer More Christian intercessors Reconciliation of pastors to pastors Reconciliation of pastors to members

Charismatic-non-charismatic reconciliation Ethnic reconciliation in the churches Male-female reconciliation This last one is evidenced by the fact that women are becoming more equitable partners in ministry (female pastors and teachers) In truth, some of the "proofs," if traced to their end results will be found contrary to God's Word. WHERE ROMAN CATHOLICISM FITS IN - The dominionist mandate of the World Christian Movement is not a new thing. It is the same mandate claimed by the Roman Catholic Church, whose head, the pope, is believed to be the "Vicar of Christ" on earth. This title is not given to one who merely represents Christ on earth-all true believers do that. No, it is given to one who it is believed replaces Christ on earth. By this I mean that the pope is said to replace Christ as the visible head of the Kingdom of God over the nations of the earth. According to Roman Catholic teaching, Christ's Kingdom resides in the apostolic succession of the pope, believed to be the spiritual descendant of the Apostle Peter. Since Jesus told Peter that He was giving to him the keys to the kingdom of heaven, the Catholic Church claims that those keys reside with every pope throughout the centuries since. This is played down in today's ecumenical climate. But the evidence is found in the fact that the Roman Catholic Church is the only religious body whose headquarters is recognized by virtually all nations as an independent political state, and to whom they send their ambassadors. The Vatican was given its independence by Mussolini for the Papacy's promise not to interfere with his rise to power. For centuries the Roman Catholic Church was the most visible representative of what passed as Christianity. Its power over governments, inherited through the military power of the Roman Empire kept it entrenched as the authority over the heads of Europe and their colonized nations. With the 16th century Reformation that power was greatly weakened. Since that time the Roman Catholic Church has sought to reestablish its authority over the earth's governments. But first it must reestablish its authority over the earth's professing believers in Jesus. Having failed to accomplish this through pogroms of persecution, torture and death, and having lost its political power to a great degree, the Roman Catholic Church has for some time sought to woo what it calls its "separated brethren" back into its fold through a more benevolent approach its ecumenical outreach developed through the Vatican II Council. To begin, we should review what Vatican II says about ecumenism: Bishops should show affectionate consideration in their relations with the separated brethren and should urge the faithful also to exercise all kindness and charity in their regard, encouraging ecumenism as it is understood by the Church.98 The key phrase in this statement is "as it is understood by the Church." How the Roman Catholic Church understands ecumenism is different from how others might understand it: The term "ecumenical movement" indicates the initiatives and activities encouraged and organized, according to the various needs of the Church and as opportunities offer, to promote Christian unity.99 To the papacy the purpose of the ecumenical movement is to benefit the Roman Catholic Church (by bringing the "separated brethren" under papal authority): This sacred Council urges the faithful to abstain from any frivolous or imprudent zeal, for these can cause harm to true progress toward unity. Their ecumenical activity cannot be other than fully and sincerely Catholic, that is, loyal to the truth we have received from the Apostles and the Fathers, and in harmony with the faith which the Catholic Church has always professed, and at the same time tending toward that fullness in which our Lord wants his Body to grow in the course of time. 100 This is no secret among non-Catholic leaders who give the impression that Roman Catholicism is just another Christian denomination. There have been many expose's on the subject; it has been explained to them. So why do we see the World Christian Movement treating Roman Catholic missions as valid elements of their movement? Thomas Wang, writing in Perspectives, lists several evangelistic efforts through which he finds encouragement. Among them are: Charismatic Initiatives, "attended by 30 charismatic leaders from a wide spectrum of denominations including Roman Catholics, from many parts of the world"; Evangelization 2000, headed by Tom Forrest, the Redemptorist priest; and Pentecost '87, "A National Satellite Celebration of Catholic Evangelization" which took place in June, 1987.101 Also writing in Perspectives, R. Pierce Beaver champions the "great and courageous innovators of the 17th-century, the Jesuits." He speaks glowingly of how Catholic priests "supervised" Christian Indians in the New World, "christianizing" folk festivals, and introducing "Christian" (read, Catholic) feasts and fasts to them.102 Kenneth Scott Latourette follows suit with his contribution to Perspectives. Speaking of the rise of Christianity during the first five centuries, Latourette credits Roman Catholicism with a noble attempt to instill conduct along the lines that Jesus taught: By its discipline the Catholic Church as well as some of the bodies which dissented from it attempted to bring the conduct of its members towards an approximation of what Jesus had taught. As hundreds of thousands flocked into the Church and, in spite of the efforts of many zealous clergy, the lives

of most Christians were not much if any better than those of the adherents of the surviving remnants of paganism, monasticism arose.103 Latourette also credits Roman Catholic theology and liturgy with stimulating piety among the faithful after the rise of pragmatism in the West: Although it suffered losses, some of them serious, in general Christianity rose to the challenge. The Roman Catholic Church displayed features which had characterized it in the nineteenth century. Many of its hereditary constituency had their allegiance weakened or dissolved, but those who remained were more nearly consolidated under the Papacy. The See of Peter had a succession of able, upright men. There was fresh intellectual activity, especially in theology. The liturgical movement, Eucharistic congresses, and other developments stimulated piety.... Through the Ecumenical Movement it developed an expanding fresh approach towards Christian unity. 104 Notice that Latourette validates the Roman Catholic Church's claim that its oversight is "the See of Peter"! If he is not a Roman Catholic, he is certainly a good candidate to become one. C. Peter Wagner credits the Catholic charismatic movement with revival Latin America: Traditionally, the message of the Gospel in Latin America has appealed to the working class. But changes have begun to take place, and many middle and upper-class people are now opening their hearts to Jesus Christ. Some of this is happening through the Catholic charismatic movement.105 What Wagner doesn't tell us is that the Catholic charismatic movement in Latin America (and elsewhere) prays to Mary "in the Spirit," opposes true evangelical Christianity, and keeps the people bound to the false gospel and idolatry of Romanism. Throughout the Perspectives Reader Winter equates Roman Catholicism with Christianity and extols its virtues, particularly the monastic structures: ... the monasteries were uniformly the source and the real focus point of new energy and vitality which flowed into the diocesan side of the Christian movement. We think of the momentous Cluny reform, then the Cistercians, then the Friars, and finally the Jesuits-all of them strictly sodalities, but sodalities which contributed massively to the building and the rebuilding of the Corpus Cristianum [the Body of Christ, the network of diocese, which Protestants often identify as "the" Christian movement. At many points there was rivalry between these two structures, between bishop and abbot, diocese and monastery, modality and sodality, but the great achievement of the Medieval period is the ultimate synthesis, delicately achieved, whereby Catholic orders were able to function along with Catholic parishes and diocese without the two structures conflicting with each other to the point of a setback to the movement. The harmony between the modality and the sodality achieved by the Roman Church is perhaps the most significant characteristic of this phase of the world Christian movement and continues to be Rome's greatest organizational advantage to this day. 106 Notice, in this glowing report on the Roman Catholic system, Winter credits it with being part of the World Christian Movement. Is it any wonder, then, that Roman Catholic influences over nations and individuals is not deemed a target for spiritual warfare? The idolatry of other religious systems make those systems targets for the World Prayer Center's "strategic warfare." But the idolatry of Roman Catholicism is regarded as acceptable, not needing the attention of these ''prayer warriors." The real dichotomy in the World Christian Movement is its insistence that Christians must make the Gospel relevant to the culture to which it is taken, even to the point of incorporating pagan ritual by "christianizing" it. Yet is insists that it has discovered the means to overcome spiritual darkness: spiritual mapping and concentrated prayer. At the same time, it embraces the darkness of Roman Catholicism, which is bent on world conquest. In fact, Wagner accepts Roman Catholic countries as "Christian": Probably the first Asian nation to become predominantly Christian will be Korea (with the exception of the Philippines which is already about 85 percent nominal Catholic.) 107 Wagner credits Paul Yonggi Cho with spearheading the move of Korea toward Christian nation status. SUMMARY It is evident that the World Christian Movement is largely controlled by charismatic elements whose trust for victory is in the signs and wonders movement, and other spiritual deceptions. Yet as sinister as many elements of the World Christian Movement sound, we cannot neglect the fact that there is a definite zeal, however misdirected, among the grassroots populous involved. Many genuine brethren are following the only course set before them by their leaders. It would be good to see as much zeal among those who recognize the errors of the WCM, yet do nothing themselves to reach out to the lost. We can certainly take heart that God uses even the works of the flesh to accomplish His purposes in the hearts of those whom He has chosen. Let's not lose sight of the fact that many souls will be genuinely saved through the efforts of some involved in the WCM. Yet we cannot remain blind to the fact that there is a great deception underfoot, as prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:24. For such a deception to take hold, it is necessary that it appear not only Christian, but biblical in most respects. It is a deception that will lead many into the anti-Christ's lap, largely through the efforts of his false prophet. I am convinced that there is a Vatican Fifth Column at work within the Christian community. Those involved present themselves as Protestants or other types of Christians, but they are working for the Vatican's counter-reformation efforts.

Do not be deceived by outward evidences of signs and wonders, calls for Christian unity, or even the extolling of the virtues of Jesus. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) You, if you are involved in any of the movements associated with the World Christian Movement, are you absolutely certain that you are serving God in truth, and are not being led into deception? And on what are you basing your judgment? On the perceived "holiness" of its leaders? On the "good works" to which they testify? On the results (if it works it must be of God)? Or are you sufficiently versed in Scripture to be able to discern truth from error? Think about it. 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They are taught to ready themselves to engage in a final cataclysmic clash with the forces of Satan. This cosmic struggle, infused with the language of war, death and violence, leads inevitably to the slaughter by the righteous of all non-Christians. The photos of Palin hunched over dead animals she has shot are not simply images of a woman who is a member of the National Rifle Association. They are images of a woman who believes violence against nonbelievers is ultimately part of her religious life. The cult of masculinity is used to banish ambiguity, especially sexual ambiguity. It fosters a world of binary opposites: God and man, the saved and the unsaved, the church and the world, Christianity and secular humanism, and male and female. All in life is rigidly defined. Disorder and chaos are banished. Reality, when it is defined in these absolutes, is predictable and understandable, something deeply comforting to believers who have often had trouble coping with the messiness of human existence. All configurations of human life that do not conform to the rigid Christian model, such as homosexuality, are forms of disorder, tools of Satan, and must be abolished. This is why Palin opposes gay marriage and calls for gays to be cured. A world that can be predicted and understood, a world that has clear markers, can be made rational. It can be managed and controlled. The petrified, binary world of fixed, immutable and established roles is a world where people, many of them damaged by bouts with failure and despair, can

bury their chaotic and fragmented personalities. They can live with the illusion that they are strong, whole and protected. Those who do not fit into these narrow definitions must be proselytized and converted. The decline of America is ascribed to the decline of male prowess. This decline has led to weakness and moral decay. It has resulted in a bewildering human and social complexity that, often seen as feminine, is the work of Satan. This is why Palin consistently celebrates "male" values. James Dobson, one of Palin's most ardent supporters, has built his career on perpetuating these rigid male stereotypes. On his Family.org Web site he discusses "the countless physiological and emotional differences between the sexes." The article "Gender Gap?" on the Web site lists the physical distinctions between man and woman, including strength, size, red blood cell count and metabolism. For a woman, Dobson writes, love is her most important experience: Love gives woman her "zest," it makes up her "life-blood," it is her primary "psychological need." Love holds less meaning in a man's life than a woman's -- though a man can appreciate love, he does not "need" it. "Genesis tells us that the Creator made two sexes, not one, and that He designed each gender for a specific purpose," Dobson goes on. And these differences mean different roles: They mean the man is the master and the woman must obey. "One masculine need comes to mind that wives should not fail to heed. It reflects what men want most in their homes. A survey was taken a few years ago to determine what men care about most and what they hope their wives will understand. The results were surprising. [...] What [men] wanted most was tranquility at home. Competition is so fierce in the workplace today, and the stresses of pleasing a boss and surviving professionally are so severe, that the home needs to be a haven to which a man can return. It is a smart woman who tries to make her home what her husband needs it to be." Dobson says that to achieve this tranquility wives have to be submissive. He instructs the husband in how he "should handle his wife's submission" and goes on in Family.org to insist that "... submission is a choice we make. It's something each one of us must decide to do. And this decision happens first in the heart. If we don't decide in our hearts that we are going to willingly submit to whomever it is we need to be submitting to, then we are not truly submitting." The choice not to submit to the male head of the household, Dobson makes clear, is a violation of God's law. By disempowering women, by returning them to their "proper" place as a subservient partner in the male-dominated home, the movement creates the larger paradigm of the Christian state. The men's movement Promise Keepers, which at its height a decade ago drew tens of thousands of men into football stadiums, called on men to "take back" their role as the head of the household. The movement used the verse from Ephesians that calls on wives to "be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord" (5:22). Women were not allowed to attend the events, although some could volunteer at concession stands outside. The founder of the group, former Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, called the movement's battle against abortion the "Second Civil War" and lambasted gays and lesbians as "stark raving mad." He dismissed gays and lesbians as "a group of people who don't reproduce, yet want to be compared to people who do reproduce, and that lifestyle doesn't entitle anyone to special rights." The organization mounted campaigns such as "Real Men Matter," in which men were instructed to recover their maleness in a "morally-bankrupt, godless society." The goal of the movement, strongly supported by Dobson, was to help men regain their place in society. And while Promise Keepers is on the wane, its agenda is embedded in the Christian right. In the mega-churches the pastor, nearly always male, is obeyed by the congregation. It is the pastor who interprets the word of God. It is why Palin, along with Alaska Lt. Gov. Scott Parnell, went to be publicly blessed before some 6,000 congregants by Wasilla Assembly of God's Head Pastor Ed Kalnins. It is why she calls Kalnins, who claims that some parts of the globe are controlled by demons and that family curses can be passed down through generations, for guidance and advice. He is her male conduit to a male God. The male leader in this belief system governs through a divine mandate. He can heal the sick. He can speak in tongues. He can prophesy. And if Palin wants to remain in God's favor she must be guided by men like Kalnins. The movement builds concentric male fiefdoms. They radiate out from the home. They do not permit revolt, discussion or dissent. And women who buy into the paradigm, one that supposedly protects their families, makes their boys into men, their husbands into protectors and themselves into Godly Christian women, cede most of their personal, political and economic power. Those who are weak or different, those who do not conform to the stereotype, those who have other ways of being, must be forced by the stern father to obey. If they do not they will be destroyed by God. The religious leaders that Palin admires, such as Dobson, are petty despots. They travel on private jets, have huge personal fortunes and descend on the faithful surrounded by a retinue of burly bodyguards. These little kingdoms, awash in the male leadership cult, mirror the America they seek to create. In this America there is no questioning. In this America followers surrender their personal and political power. The divinely anointed male leader rules a flock of obedient and submissive sheep. All must hand over their freedom. All must cease to think independently.

The simple-minded earnestness on the part of believers such as Palin gives the Christian mass movement its sense of sincerity and decency. Believers are not brainwashed. They are not mindless automatons. They are convinced that what they are doing is Godly, moral and good. They work with the passion of the converted to bring this Christian goodness to everyone, even those who resist. They believe that what they promote is moral and beneficial. They fear for their own souls and they fear for the souls of those who remain unsaved. This earnestness, although employed for frightening ends, is a powerful part of Palin's attraction. She is willing to make great personal sacrifices for the cause of Christ. But nonbelievers, in the end, have no place on her moral map. Danuta Pfeiffer, who from 1983 to 1988 was the co-host on "The 700 Club" with Pat Robertson, was, on some level, the Palin of her day. She reached heights because of her celebrity status, usually reserved for men, although it was clear she always had a role subservient to Robertson's. She was the first person to be allowed to lead the mandatory half-hour chapel service held before lunch at the Christian Broadcasting Network, where "The 700 Club" is filmed. She was sent to speak at national Christian women's groups and later mixed audiences, numbering in the thousands, at several of the nation's largest mega-churches. Her reception at the gatherings she addressed was frightening. Crowds swarmed toward her. They asked her to touch them and heal them. Her status was nothing compared with that of Robertson, she said, "who stands for his followers as the embodiment of God's conscience." "They were seeking a message, a healing, hope, a little encouragement," she remembered. "They wanted a little piece of God. They thought I could give it to them. People wept when I prayed for them, touched them or hugged them. It was as if they were meeting a rock star." She was increasingly disturbed by the power that had been thrust upon her and the emotions unleashed by those who begged her for guidance. She understood how pliant these people had become and how cleverly they were being manipulated. The realization led her finally to leave the movement. Her experience was a window into how willingly followers hand over their conscience to these male leaders. Followers abandon all moral responsibility to obey those who elevate themselves to quasi-deities. "They trusted us more than their family," she said. "They thought we had a clearer path to God because we were on television. They thought we were on television because God put us there. We were prophets to these people. We were seen as people who could walk on clouds and heal and pray. We were God's special messengers. Pat was seen as having the ear of God. He had words of knowledge that could identify their deepest fears and illnesses. We would identify people on the air by speaking about the color of their clothes or an illness they had. We would say, ‘there is a woman with a blue blouse crying at this moment. She has bad hearing in one ear. She is being healed right now.' And viewers would claim these healings. They saw our presence on the show as a sign that we were anointed. They wanted to know how to live, how to operate on a daily basis, how to communicate with their family and friends, what jobs to get and how to interpret the world around them, even the daily news. They wanted every type of emotional, spiritual and physical information. We had this kind of authority over their lives. They abdicated their hopes and lives to us because we spoke for God." Palin enjoys the enthusiastic backing of the Christian right because she is blindly obedient to the male hierarchy. She does not question. She submits and obeys. Her views on abortion and marriage, on the Middle East, on gays and the war against Islam are precooked. They are handed to her by men who claim to speak for God. And in power she would be the perfect conduit for an ideology that seeks, in the end, to eradicate individual moral choice and replace it with subservience to a terrifying Christian fascism. Copyright © 2008 Truthdig, L.L.C. Chris Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, is the author of "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America." http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=478852&sid=WOR&sname= Now, Palin’s faith under scanner! New York, Oct 25: Sarah Palin's faith has come under close scrutiny after two videos, taken in her former church, surfaced on YouTube became an immediate hit. The first video showed a visiting preacher from Kenya praying fervently over Palin in a gravelly voice and asking God to favour her campaign for governor and protect her from "every form of witchcraft." The second video showed Palin at an event in June praising the African preacher's prayer as "awesome" and "very, very powerful." In an interview this week with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, was asked to "clear up exactly what you believe in" about her religious faith, including her involvement with Pentecostalism. Palin, a newspaper said, responded by speaking generally, but extensively, about how she counts on God for strength, guidance and wisdom. "My faith has always been pretty personal," she said .But she did not talk more specifically about her church affiliation or her beliefs. Since Palin left the Wasilla Assembly of God church six years ago, the paper said, she has not joined another church. What is known, however, is that Palin has had long associations with religious leaders who practice a particularly assertive and urgent brand

of Pentecostalism known as "spiritual warfare," the daily added. Its adherents believe that demonic forces can colonise specific geographic areas and individuals, and that "spiritual warriors" must "battle" them to assert God's control, using prayer and evangelism. The movement's fixation on demons, its aggressiveness and its leaders' claims to exalted spiritual authority have troubled even some Pentecostal Christians, the paper says. As governor, Palin appointed Patrick Donelson, a pastor and fishing guide who helped found a spiritual warfare ministry, to the only seat reserved for members of the clergy on the state's Suicide Prevention Council, the paper added. Religious leaders in Alaska, including Donelson, declined interviews, with several saying they had been told by the McCain-Palin campaign not to talk to members of the news media a newspaper report said. Russell P Spittler, provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and an eminent scholar of Pentecostalism, was quoted as saying, "Most Christians would accept the view that there are forces and powers in the world that oppose Christian virtues." But, Spittler added, "Spiritual warfare makes a religion of identifying demons by names and ZIP (Postal) codes." Promoters of spiritual warfare say its vocabulary sounds more militant than its methods. "The term 'spiritual warfare' sounds scary as all get-out if you're not biblically literate," said George Otis Jr, president of the Sentinel Group, in Seattle, which has helped spread the movement by producing video documentaries of spiritual warfare at work told the paper. Pentecostalism, is the fastest-growing form of Christianity, both in the United States and internationally, the report says. Pentecostals believe that the Holy Spirit can touch believers directly through spiritual "gifts" like speaking in tongues, divine healings, casting out demons and the ability to prophesize. Spiritual warfare is only one stream running through Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Of the four churches Palin has attended most frequently, three are either Pentecostal or "charismatic." The latter is a church that adopts Pentecostal practices but is not part of a Pentecostal denomination. Palin, according to the Times, has retained friendly relations with the pastor at the Wasilla Assembly of God church, Ed Kalnins. In June, she and other politicians were blessed by Kalnins in front of thousands at "One Lord Sunday," a multichurch - sponsored event at the Wasilla sports complex. - Bureau Report http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/10/7/54010/1830/Front_Page/Palin_and_the_Apostles Palin and the Apostles By Ruth Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 05:40:10 AM EST - Palin's Churches and the Third Wave series Following is a compilation of the work that our research team has done in recent weeks on Sarah Palin's churches and the New Apostolic Reformation. It documents both Palin's extensive personal links to the movement as well as those of her churches. The article also includes a description of the structure and theology of the New Apostolic Reformation. For more information and sourcing see the master document which links to the other articles and videos in the series at: www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/114652/6239 [please vote up the latest story in this series, currently at the Huffington Post, at Digg and Reddit. Thanks for your support] "Palin is a Prayer Warrior and Pentecostal," Pastor Jan-Aage Torp excitedly announced in his September 6, 2008 blog. Actually, it reads, "Sarah Palin er bønnegriger og pinsevenn!" Pastor Torp of Oslo, Norway, is an Apostle in C. Peter Wagner's International Coalition of Apostles, a network of about 500 apostles in the United States and 42 other nations. Torp reported in Norwegian that he had been visiting C. Peter Wagner and wife Doris during the previous week, at the time when Palin was named as a vicepresidential candidate. He reports the excitement about Palin in the media but points out an interesting thing that he says has not received so much attention in the US - that Sarah Palin is a member of the prayer networks under Peter Wagner and his Alaska prayer-leader, Mary Glazier. http://www.intheworkplace.com/articles_view.asp?articleid=22902&columnid=1935 Let’s Take Dominion Now! Dr .Peter Wagner Dr .Peter Wagner Let’s Take Dominion Now! Social transformation, as I have been saying, is one of the strongest words that the Holy Spirit is clearly speaking to the churches today. But before many of us would be prepared to accept that statement at face value, we would need to be assured that what we think we might be hearing from the Holy Spirit is truly biblical. We are sure, for example, that saving souls is biblical, but how about transforming society? I know this is a crucial question, because for years I would have said that working toward social change should not be considered a part of our Christian duty. I was taught that the world was supposed to get worse and worse, and the more it did, the closer Christ’s second coming would be. I believed that at some low point in history, all true believers would be snatched out of the earth and that those left behind would go through seven of the worst years of all, just prior to the Lord’s glorious appearing. Meanwhile, our job was to spread the gospel and get as many souls saved as possible so that they would be taken up with us in the rapture whenever it might come, and the sooner the better. However, I am now certain that there is a more accurate and a more biblical way of

understanding God’s mission for us, which I’ll try to explain as convincingly as I can in this chapter. Having said that, my hope is that not too many readers who happen to love the famous Left Behind series of books will decide to shut the book at this point and go no further. I will go on record as saying that I personally have read every one of the Left Behind series, and if more books come out, I plan on reading them as well. I have enjoyed each of them greatly, keeping in mind that they are fiction, pure and simple. Back to the Beginning An excellent starting point to explain the mission God gave us is to go to the story of creation itself. We are told in Genesis 1 that God created the earth and everything in it in five days, and then on the sixth day He created Adam and Eve. He created them, male and female, in His image. When He did, He blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). You may notice that I included that word “dominion” in the title of this chapter: “Let’s Take Dominion Now!” Why? Because the first words God spoke to humans, as recorded in the Bible, includes the mandate to “have dominion.” It wasn’t just Adam and Eve who were to have dominion; it was the whole human race that would “fill the earth” after Adam and Eve began being fruitful and multiplying. Apparently, having dominion over the rest of creation is something built into God’s original design for us humans; it is not an afterthought. To the extent that humans fail to have dominion, they also fail to live up to the fullness of their divine destiny. ”Your Kingdom Come” Moving from the Old Testament to the New Testament, let’s look at the Lord’s Prayer, an excellent starting point for understanding our mission in the world. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He replied, “In this manner, therefore pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-10). God’s ideal for human society is obviously the society that He directly oversees in heaven. It would follow, therefore, that this should also be the way that we live here on Earth, and that is what we should be praying for. Heaven is a place of peace and prosperity and health and happiness and morality and selflessness and well-being and harmony and understanding and kindness and high worship. To the extent that the society in which we live is not characterized by such qualities of life, it falls short of what God wants it to be. Since we are God’s people, we are responsible to do whatever we can to help our communities meet God’s expectations. I like the way that Bill Hamon expresses this idea: “The Lord has called us to be cultural architects—not just cultural critics.”1 As you can see, all of this can be summarized in the expression that we are using more than ever these days, namely “social transformation.” A Long Road I’m sad to say that it took us evangelical Christians a considerable amount of time to get to where we are today. It was too long a road. But the good news is that we are finally arriving. To trace this back, the beginning centuries of Christianity were a time of severe persecution. For the most part, believers did not have the power to transform the society of the Roman Empire, where most of them found themselves. Things changed for them in the fourth century, when the Roman emperor Constantine professed conversion to Christianity, stopped the persecution and declared his Roman Empire “Christian.” However, this new unholy fusion of church and state soon became corrupt, and both the church and society went downhill during the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, God’s will was not being done on Earth as it was in heaven! Then the Protestant Reformation came along in the sixteenth century, led by Martin Luther and John Calvin. Luther’s views of Scripture and of justification by faith produced one of the most positive changes in church history. However, he had a dualistic view of the church over against the world, and therefore he was never much inclined to push the church toward the mission of transforming society. Calvin, on the other hand, taught that believers are responsible for social transformation, and his followers began to believe that we have a cultural mandate (the mandate to transform society) as well as an evangelistic one (the mandate to save souls). One famous Calvinist, pastor and theologian Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), lived this out, entered politics, became prime minister of the Netherlands and caused tremendous positive changes in society as a result. Meanwhile, the modern missionary movement began around 1800, after William Carey went to India. While humanitarianism, such as starting schools and hospitals and orphanages, was a standard part of missionary ministry, overt efforts to transform the structures of society itself were few and far between. The evangelical missionary movement featured the evangelistic mandate, but not so much the cultural mandate. Toward the end of the 1800s, a liberal element of the church began promoting what was called the social gospel. They ended up going to the extreme of advocating that transforming society was all that was necessary and that saving souls was an idea of the past. Naturally, Bible-believing evangelicals reacted strongly against this, and they went to the opposite extreme of rejecting social ministry altogether. Taking dominion? That was, to them, something for liberals who didn’t believe the Bible! That history brings us up to the times that some of us living today can remember personally. I am among them. As an evangelical missionary in Bolivia during the 1950s and 1960s, I was of the persuasion

that our task was to save souls, make disciples and multiply churches. Period. The Congress in Lausanne A significant change came in 1974 when the evangelical movement, led by Billy Graham, held the International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne, Switzerland. At that point, evangelicals began reconsidering the place of the cultural mandate alongside the evangelistic mandate within the total mission of the church. This was a very important shift for those of us who now advocate social transformation. It turned out to be only a partial shift, however, in that the Lausanne Covenant insisted on subordinating the cultural mandate to the evangelistic mandate. Still, we evangelicals then began to have social responsibility on our radar screens, even though it wasn’t front and center. One event that did help to move social issues to the front and center of our agenda, particularly among evangelicals who were tuned in to the charismatic movement, was the publication of John Dawson’s bestselling book Taking Our Cities for God in 1990. The concept of taking a city was a tremendous innovation. After Dawson wrote his book, the literature expanded rapidly. He was joined by authors such as Ed Silvoso, George Otis, Jr., Ted Haggard, Jack Hayford, Frank Damazio, Alistair Petrie and others. The movement is concisely summarized in Jack Dennison’s City Reaching. Those who were involved experimented with a variety of terms such as “taking cities,” “reaching cities,” “prayer evangelism,” “reaching a nation,” “reformation,” “community transformation,” “revival” and “reconstruction.” By 2000, however, the most generally acceptable term became “social transformation.” In 2005, Luis Bush gave form to the movement by helping to organize a series of events called Transform World, with the first international meeting held in Indonesia. Time for Action! Now that we have social transformation on our evangelical agendas, it is time for action. I regard “social transformation” as the concept term. However, the action term that will best set us on the road toward that goal is “taking dominion.” Regrettably, a number of church leaders today have developed a negative reaction to the term “Dominion Theology.” The root of this goes back to that period of time following World War II that I discussed in the last chapter, when several pioneering movements attempted to resurrect the offices of apostle and prophet. Some leaders of those movements began to advocate “Dominion Theology,” using that very term. A related movement taught what they called Kingdom Now Theology. Some strong critics of these movements did their best to discredit their innovative leaders, and part of their procedure became an attack on Dominion Theology and Kingdom Now Theology. The critics were certainly right in pointing out a number of the errors of these pioneers both in theory and in practice, but in my opinion some of the critics opened doors for their own set of damaging extremes. Rejecting Dominion Theology and Kingdom Now Theology was one of them. Let me illustrate this with a recent experience of my own. One Sunday I was teaching a congregation the basics of what I have been advocating in this book. As I spoke that day, I did not mention the word “dominion.” When I finished, I spent time interacting with members of the congregation who wished to talk to me. One of them, after greeting me, said words to this effect: “Peter, isn’t there a danger that what you were talking about could be interpreted as Dominion Theology?” The unspoken implication was a warning that I might be in danger of crossing the boundary line into what had become to many a standard heresy. I could see the look of surprise on his face when I replied straightforwardly, “What I’m teaching is, in fact, Dominion Theology.” He respected me enough to respond that he would have to look into Dominion Theology a bit more carefully from then on. While we are on the subject, allow me to be more specific about what I brought up at the beginning of this chapter concerning the Left Behind series. For most of the twentieth century, the prevailing eschatology (doctrine of the end times) of evangelicals was premillenialism. We expected the kingdom of God to come after Jesus returned to the earth. Therefore, we were not called to attempt to usher in God’s kingdom. God would do that in His own time. Whole denominations have elevated premillenialism to an absolute doctrinal principle alongside doctrines such as the deity of Christ and justification by faith. This explains why some would reject Dominion Theology and Kingdom Now Theology. A paradigm shift toward social transformation would force them to leave their eschatological comfort zone. The Danger of Transformation Fatigue The question now arises, How effective have our efforts been since the cultural mandate joined the evangelistic mandate on our agendas? We have wonderful results to report concerning the implementation of the evangelistic mandate. For example, we began the decade of the 1990s with 1,735 significant unreached people groups, and by 2000 all except fewer than 500 had initial church planting movements in them. Unprecedented evangelistic harvests are being reaped in global hot spots such as China, Nigeria, Indonesia, India and Brazil. Some nations like Uganda and Guatemala are now over 50 percent born-again evangelical believers. But how about the cultural mandate? Since 1990, as I have explained, city transformation has been high on our priority lists. That, as I write this, was 15 years ago. Our best top-level Christian leadership has been involved with this in city after city across America.

God has been providing incredible new tools for getting the job done—tools such as identificational repentance; spiritual mapping; strategic prophetic prayer; massive all-night, stadium prayer events; strategic-level spiritual warfare; prayer journeys; pastoral unity; and the concept of the church of the city. In addition, Bill Bright, Elmer Towns and others made fasting popular, and I would guess that somewhere around half of American evangelical pastors have now experienced 40-day fasts. However, we cannot point to a single city in America that has been transformed in all of those 15 years! I foresee a danger—the danger of transformation fatigue! We must not become weary of well-doing. Satan would love to quench this move of the Holy Spirit by bringing a cloud of despair and hopelessness. Let’s bind that wicked spirit of fatigue and move forward with faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6). Faith-Building Examples A powerful faith builder is to know that it can be done. A city can be transformed. Let’s look at two examples of this, one from history and one today. Florence, Italy Let’s look back to Florence, Italy, before the Protestant Reformation. Girolamo Savanarola was a reformer before his time. He was a precursor of things to come. He prayed. He prophesied. He preached. He had an apostolic anointing to influence large numbers of people. Here is one account of what happened to his city: The wicked city government [of Florence] was overthrown, and Savanarola taught the people to set up a democratic form of government. The revival brought tremendous moral change. The people stopped reading vile and worldly books. Merchants made restitution to the people for the excessive profits they had been making. Hoodlums and street urchins stopped singing sinful songs and began to sing hymns in the streets. Carnivals were forbidden and forsaken. Huge bonfires were made of worldly books and obscene pictures, masks, and wigs. A great octagonal pyramid of worldly objects was erected in the public square in Florence. It towered in seven stages sixty feet high and 240 feet in circumference. While bells tolled, the people sang hymns and the fire burned.2 In Florence, God’s will was being done on earth as it is in heaven! Almolonga, Guatemala Twice I have visited Almolonga, Guatemala, a city of about 20,000 indigenous people, located deep in the Guatemalan highlands. What I saw was a true faith builder for city transformation. The process began in the mid-1970s when Mariano Riscajche, a struggling pastor, began casting out demons, especially the demon of alcoholism. Since then, transformation has come in several areas: • Spiritual awakening. The percentage of born-again Christians in Almolonga has risen dramatically from less than 5 percent to 90 percent at the present time. Previously the city was under a dark cloud of Satanic oppression, orchestrated by the ruling territorial spirit, Maximón. But now that the forces of evil have been pushed back, Almolonga enjoys open heavens, allowing the blessings of God to be poured out. Large, attractive churches are among the most prominent architectural features of the city’s hilly landscape. • Social harmony. Almolonga was filled with dysfunctional families that were devastated by drunkenness, adultery, wife abuse and child neglect; but now the city is filled with happy marriages, clean homes, wholesome schools and friendly people. • Material prosperity. Almolonga no longer suffers poverty caused by chronic drought and famine; now it enjoys agricultural plenty, producing vegetables that are record breaking in size. Carrots, for example, are the size of a man’s forearm. Crops are now sustained by a natural water supply that comes up from the ground rather than being dependent on rainfall. Farmers deliver their produce throughout Central America in Mercedes trucks that they purchase for cash, christening each one with a Christian name. • Law and order. Until Almolonga was transformed, it had no fewer than six crowded jails to deal with robbery, lawlessness and violence in the streets. Several years ago, however, the last jail was closed because of the absence of crime, and it was turned into a Hall of Honor, which is used for weddings and other celebrations. • Physical and ecological transformation. Almolonga was constantly victimized by plagues, diseases and violent storms. These have now disappeared, while the neighboring city of Zunil, only 3 kilometers away, which still honors the idol of Maximón, remains victimized by those very things. Almolonga is known for enjoying one of the highest qualities of life in all of Central America. Many people travel internationally to Almolonga just to see firsthand what God’s hand on city transformation really looks like. What Is Our Goal? With Christian leaders on all continents now tuning in to what the Spirit is saying to the churches about social transformation, it is important that, as much as possible, we all get on the same page concerning essential parts of the social-transformation equation. One of these essential parts, obviously, is the goal. Eddie Long, pastor of the 25,000-strong New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, has a passion for social transformation. His goal is clear. It is reflected in the title of his powerful book on the subject: Taking Over. Long writes, “Jesus took away Satan’s keys and power at Calvary, and it is up to us to

come along behind and subdue and have dominion over every evil work and every servant of evil.”3 The Measure for Success If we agree that we need to move with God for taking over a certain city, how will we know if and when we have succeeded? I think that a biblically rooted measure for success would be the birth of a new creation: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). If this is what the Bible expects of individuals who are transformed, why should we expect less of a city? If individuals can be born again, why can’t cities, made up of many individuals, be born again? Watered-Down Transformation I keep a file of transformation reports, anecdotes that truly are exciting, faith-building and glorifying to God. Here are some examples from different American cities: • The crime rate has gone down. • Adult bookstores began to close after prayerwalking. • Affordable housing is being built in the slums. • Two psychics moved out of town. • The rate of unemployment is much lower. • Employees of banks pray with their customers regularly and play praise music during the day. • A gay bar went out of business. • The mayor and the chief of police have been born again. • The biggest drug bust in the city’s history just occurred. • A Christian Chamber of Commerce was organized. • The newspapers are giving more favorable coverage to the churches and their activities. • Abortion clinics have shut down. • The school system has taken a turn for the better. Certainly we would applaud every one of these wonderful reports. But none of them alone, nor any combination of all of them, would verify that a city has been transformed, past tense. I believe that these reports are predicated on a watered-down version of transformation. In the global leadership circles in which I move, the focus of some of my friends is the process of transformation. My thought is that we should not be satisfied with reporting stages of the process as if they were the final goal. No, we should focus on complete transformation. I am not questioning the importance of reporting the process, but I want to emphasize that the process is only a means toward the end, not the end in itself. True Transformation What, then, should our goal be? I think it should be sociologically verifiable transformation. In other words, an independent professional sociologist, using standard social scientific measuring instruments, would draw the conclusion that the city has been transformed. One reason that I use Almolonga, Guatemala, as an example is that such a thing was done there. The Guatemalan equivalent of Time magazine, Crónica Semanal (June 24-30, 1994), sent its researchers to Almolonga and ran a cover story on the amazing transformation of the city. The title of the cover story was “The Defeat of Maximón!” Among other things, the article says, “The cult of Maximón and its followers has been reduced to a mere handful of individuals; and due to his downfall, the men of the city no longer drink liquor because of their evangelical faith. Therefore the annual festival to the idol . . . is now financed only by money collected from sightseeing tours of Japanese, Germans and Americans.”4 By using the term “sociologically verifiable transformation,” I am not trying to insist that professional academia be brought into the picture, although it wouldn’t be a bad idea. No, the Crónica Semanal cover story was done by a competent investigative journalist. Another convincing example of a grass-roots change agent reporting on substantial progress toward transformation is Eddie Long of Atlanta, whom I quoted previously. Here is Long’s report: Today I can honestly say that metropolitan Atlanta would miss [New Birth Missionary Baptist Church] very much if something caused us to move away or shut down. The New Birth congregation finances and operates vital support programs in the city and pumps large sums of money and thousands of volunteer hours into key areas such as youth offender intervention programs, public school programs, and support and outreach programs for homeless women and children. We are involved in every aspect of life, and we are making a major impact in the Atlanta metropolitan areas. This, in turn, is causing us to gain major footholds in the city infrastructure, . . . the criminal court system, public high schools, the Georgia State Senate, the United States Senate, and even into the White House itself. . . . When you are a politician in a major metropolitan area, it isn’t wise to dismiss or ignore a highly unified, committed, and motivated group of voters exceeding twenty-two thousand people representing almost every voting precinct in your city.5 Whether Atlanta will be transformed as completely as Almolonga remains to be seen. However, it would be fair to say that it has made considerable progress toward complying with our strict definition, that of sociologically verifiable transformation. If we can agree to use this definition, we then reaffirm our belief that

our city can become a new creation in Christ Jesus, and we can collectively move forward toward that goal. Our Biblical Mandate At the beginning of this chapter, I quoted Genesis 1:28, where God explicitly indicates that His original design was for human beings to take dominion over all of creation. However, Adam and Eve, tempted by Satan, proceeded to turn history upside down. By disobeying God and breaking his relationship with the Creator, Adam lost his integrity, his rulership and his personal destiny. He became a sinner and was no longer in the pure image of God. And worse yet, he has passed his fallen nature down genetically through every human generation since. Meanwhile, Satan was accomplishing his own purpose in the Garden of Eden. To understand this in depth, think of the difference between power and authority. If, for example, I own a .338 Winchester Magnum rifle, I have power. However, I cannot discharge that rifle in the city of Colorado Springs because I do not have the authority to do so. On the other hand, if I happened to be a Colorado Springs police officer with the same rifle, I would then have not only the power but also the authority to use that power. When Lucifer was in heaven, he had both power and authority. However, when Satan was cast from heaven, he retained his power, but he lost his authority. Adam was given authority to take dominion over creation, but he fell and created a vacuum of authority over God’s creation. Satan then stepped in, usurped Adam’s authority and became “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4) and “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and “the ruler of this world” (John 14:30). John went so far as to affirm that “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). How much authority, or dominion, did Satan actually acquire? Let’s go to Jesus’ third temptation to find out. Presuming that the temptations were real and not just someone’s dream or a figment of someone’s imagination, we see Satan literally taking Jesus up on a high mountain. Satan then shows Jesus all (not just a few!) of the kingdoms of the world. Then Satan says, “All these [kingdoms] I will give You if You will fall down and worship me” (Matt. 4:9). My point is that this temptation could only have been real if Satan actually had the power and the authority to deliver the kingdoms to Jesus. Significantly enough, Jesus never once questioned the validity of Satan’s claim over the kingdoms of the world. Jesus, the Second Adam While Jesus never questioned Satan’s dominion, He came to earth expressly to take it away from him. Jesus came as the second, or last, Adam (see 1 Cor. 15:45-47). The first Adam lost dominion; the second Adam will regain it. This was a new beginning of history. It is part of the New Covenant, not the Old Covenant. Jesus brought a new kingdom, namely, the kingdom of God. The first to announce the Kingdom was John the Baptist. He preached in the wilderness and said, “Repent, for the kingdom of [God] is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). This was the D-day of the invasion of the kingdom of Satan. During World War II, when the Allies established a beachhead in France on D-day, everyone knew that the war in the European theater was over. However, many more battles still needed to be fought until Hitler was finally defeated. Similarly, Jesus’ coming as the second Adam marked the beginning of the end of Satan’s defeat. It is now up to us, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to fight the battles needed to finish it. Jesus preached the gospel of the Kingdom; the apostles preached the gospel of the Kingdom; and He expects us to preach the gospel of the Kingdom (see Matt. 24:14). What is the gospel of the Kingdom? After the temptation, Jesus went to the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth and announced His agenda. We can surmise that this would be the basic content of the gospel of the Kingdom. It included preaching good news to the poor, healing the brokenhearted, bringing deliverance to the captives, giving sight to the blind, freeing the oppressed and preaching the acceptable year of the Lord (see Luke 4:18-19). A Fresh View of Scripture Following this pattern, our new paradigm for taking dominion includes a dual task: the evangelistic mandate (saving souls) and the cultural mandate (transforming society). Once we have this in mind, we will have mental tools to take a fresh look at two biblical passages that have been favorites of us evangelicals. The first is Luke 19:10, which reads, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Our old paradigm interpretation would make it read, “to save those who were lost.” But it does not say this. It says “that which was lost.” What is “that”? It is dominion over creation, which was lost in the Garden of Eden by the first Adam. Jesus, as the second Adam, wants to mobilize us to take back what the enemy has stolen. The second passage is the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” It does not tell us to make disciples of individuals in all the nations, which has been our standard, old-paradigm interpretation. Instead, we are supposed to make disciples of panta ta ethne, which in Greek means all ethnic units or social units or people groups. This is a term that denotes sociological groupings of individuals. The whole unit, or nation (including, of course, the individuals who belong to it), is supposed to be Jesus’ collective disciple and to observe in that society what Jesus commanded. We now see that the Great Commission’s biblical goal is nothing short of social transformation. Love L.A. I have used the bulk of this chapter to explain the ins and outs of the new paradigm that we have

for social transformation, namely, taking dominion. Now I want to show how the church in the workplace is absolutely essential for the practical outworking of this process. As I have mentioned, since 1990, we Christian leaders in America have been working on taking dominion, specifically city transformation. I lamented the fact that even with involving the best of our church leadership and employing the incredible new spiritual tools that God revealed to us, we have ended up with meager results. For example, I lived in the Los Angeles area for most of the 1990s, when I also happened to be one of the leaders of the global prayer movement. Cities all over America were enthusiastically organizing united prayer movements on a scale never before seen in our nation. One of the most notable movements of united prayer during that decade emerged in Los Angeles. Called “Love L.A.,” it was headed up by two of our highest-profile, national Christian leaders, Lloyd Ogilvie and Jack Hayford. Ogilvie, pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, attracted leaders of traditional denominations. Hayford, pastor of the Foursquare Church On The Way, attracted Pentecostals, charismatics and evangelicals. The meetings were held once a month in Hollywood Presbyterian Church, hosted by Ogilvie. Only those recognized as leaders could come. Hayford served as the MC. Never before in history had the leaders from churches and ministries in the Los Angeles Basin gathered together on a regular basis in both quantity and quality as they did in Love L.A. The meetings were characterized by exalting worship, powerful prayer, identificational repentance, ethnic reconciliation, humility and brokenness, a burden for the poor and oppressed, cries to God for mercy, pleas for a new Pentecost, openness to fresh revelation, confession of sin, healing, genuine sorrow for injustices in the city, prayer for those in authority and passion for the lost. We met, not just once, but month after month, year after year. Few cities in the United States surpassed Love L.A. in fervency, intensity, breadth and spiritual power. Love L.A. had a beneficial effect on the city. It was reported that both the crime rate and gang warfare were greatly reduced. A number of porn stores went out of business. Leaders noted a more pervasive sense of morality in the Los Angeles area than previously. The mayor of Los Angeles personally commended Hayford and others for the positive role that the church was playing in the city. However, let’s fast-forward to 2004, several years after Love L.A. ended. Had Los Angeles been transformed by Love L.A.? To answer this, let’s look at what Jack Hayford himself wrote in 2004 concerning Los Angeles: “The simple facts alone, my city’s being torn on the inside by gang violence and murder, polluted by homosexuality and pornography on the dark side, and suffocated with pride, self-centered snobbishness and sensuality on the ‘show’ side, is enough to self-destruct us.”6 Was Love L.A. effective in bringing transformation to Los Angeles? It was a noble effort, characterized by hard work, personal growth, new connections between leaders, a higher level of Christian unity in the city, favorable press coverage, but with all that, not much ongoing social transformation! What Is Missing? How do we explain the fact that with the best leadership, with state-of-the-art spiritual methodologies, with commitment of time, money and energy toward city transformation, the results still are not there? I have described Los Angeles because that is the prayer effort in which I was most personally involved, but I have heard similar reports from numerous other cities. There are at least four ways that this could be explained: 1. We have the wrong goal. We have no Christian mandate for city transformation, and therefore we are out of the will of God. It goes without saying that I cannot accept this explanation. 2. We have the right goal, but we are using the wrong methods. If this is the case, we have been victims of massive deception because Christian leadership across the board has regarded our methodology as originating with the Holy Spirit and it has been developed by some of the most gifted and godly servants of the Lord. 3. We have the right goal and the right methods, but we need to do it more. In other words, if we have been working toward social transformation in America for 15 years, we need to do the same things for another 15 years and hope for the best. This explanation does not appeal to me because in 15 years, I will be 90 years old! 4. Our goal and methods are good, but there is something missing. I like this explanation the best. Let’s look into it more. We can still use the same methods that surfaced in the 1990s and that we have since fine-tuned, but we need to add something needs to the equation. What, then, is missing? I believe it will help matters a great deal if we can avoid trivial answers to this question. For example, I recently received a rather lengthy report related to winning the war for social transformation. In it, the author suggested that three things were needed in order for us to turn the corner and see results: intimacy with God, unity in the regional church, and holiness and righteousness. I read that with dismay, because for 15 years we have been preaching those three things fervently and have been doing our best to attain them. All were present in Love L.A. I agree that we cannot do without these things,

but analytically speaking, I cannot see how any of these would provide a tipping point. Apostolic Leadership During the 1990s, we knew very little about apostolic leadership. Neither did we know much about the church in the workplace. But now we do. In chapter 1, I tried to make a case for the church in the workplace, and in chapter 2, I argued that there are apostles in the workplace. We need to move beyond the 1990s and integrate these concepts into our social-transformation efforts. Let’s look, once again, at the social-transformation graphic. One of the two major columns that support social transformation is the church in the workplace, and workplace apostles help to tie the whole structure together. A very important role in social transformation is that of territorial apostles. These are apostles to whom God has assigned key apostolic authority over a certain geographical region. I have no doubt that some nuclear-church apostles are also God-ordained territorial apostles. However, this new paradigm of the church in the workplace has brought me to the strong conclusion that the majority of territorial apostles will probably turn out to be extended-church apostles rather than nuclear-church apostles. This means that we need to get on with the task of identifying workplace apostles, writing their job descriptions, commissioning them and supporting and encouraging them in every way. Until we do, stories contributing to transformation fatigue are likely to increase. We will continue to wonder why it is so difficult to implement the commission that Jesus, the second Adam, has given us—the commission to take dominion. Let’s decide to move forward. Let’s take dominion now! ****Used with permission. The Church in the Workplace, by C. Peter Wagner, Regal Books. To order this book click on Faith and Work Resources.com link to the right of this page. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/4948/people.html Person Details/Background References

George Otis Jr. wrote a book in 1978 which has become one of the primary books endorsed by the modern version of the Moral Government of God Theology movement which denies the orthodox view of Christ's http://www.xs4all George Otis substitutionary death on the cross paying for our sins, the doctrine of the .nl/~ahein/m05.h Jr. original sin and the sin nature of man, among other things. George Otis Jr. tml is on the board of the church in Cali, Colombia which is pastored by Ruth Ruibal, and which is featured in George Otis Jr..'s film "Transformations". Thomas Multhee John Dawson Thomas Multhee is the pastor of the "Prayer Cave" in Kiambu, Kenya, and which is featured in the George Otis Jr. film "Transformations". The Prayer Cave is a "Word of Faith" church. They appear to support "drunkenness in the spirit". John Dawson is director of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Los Angeles, California, and teaches on spiritual warfare (of the form taught by Peter Wagner)

Wagner's World Prayer Center http://www.wpccs.org/is situated on the property of Ted Haggard's charismatic New Life Church, a church where people reportedly see angels. One of the many groups that Peter Wagner has formed or is involved with is called the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, an internationally recognized authority on prayer and spiritual warfare and one of the founders of the prayer center. Among those present were Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Cindy Peter C. Jacobs, Mike Bickle and Tommy Tenney.The group's statement was released Wagner after they met in Colorado at the end of February 2000. The council--formed to provide a corporate forum for leaders with a recognized prophetic gift--was born out of a similar gathering at the prayer center in January. At that time the group-which included many of those who met last month--warned of terrorist attacks killing people on American soil if churches did not pray fervently. They also say that it is necessary that every city has an Apostolic leadership over it before the end of 2003.

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Reports form the US State Department 2008 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/shrd/2006/80586.htm Africa Supporting Human Rights and Democracy:

The U.S. Record 2006 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor "If they think they can stop me from speaking against injustice, corruption and misgovernment …, then they are mistaken. It will not stop me." --Trevor Ncube, Zimbabwe journalist harassed by government …variety of national and international NGOs received US technical assistance and training to deal with the growing problem of separated and abandoned children. Many of these youths were stigmatized and unable to reintegrate into their communities because they were once child soldiers, gang members, internally displaced, child laborers, accused of witchcraft, or have disabilities. The United States worked to prevent child abandonment by establishing Child Protection Networks, assisting economic development in at-risk areas, and rehabilitating schools. Tanzania The United Republic of Tanzania is a multiparty republic consisting of the mainland and the Zanzibar archipelago. The union has a unicameral parliament and is headed by a president, who is also head of government. Zanzibar, although integrated into the country's governmental and party structure, has its own president, court system, and legislature and continued to exercise considerable autonomy. In the December 2005 union presidential and legislative elections, Jakaya Kikwete was elected president, and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party made significant gains in parliament. Observers considered the union elections to be largely free and fair. The 2005 presidential elections in Zanzibar were more contentious; despite significant improvements in administration of the elections, there were serious irregularities and politically motivated violence particularly in the urban areas of Zanzibar. The government’s overall human rights record remained poor, and serious human rights abuses occurred during the year. Police and prison guards used excessive force against inmates or suspects, at times resulting in death, and police impunity was a problem. There were continued reports of societal killings of elderly individuals suspected of being witches. Prison conditions were harsh and life threatening. Police routinely conducted searches without warrants, were often corrupt, and at times failed to bring detained individuals before a judge in the period of time required by law. The judiciary suffered from corruption in the lower courts. Freedom of speech and press were partly limited, governmental corruption remained pervasive, and authorities restricted the movement of refugees. Societal violence against women and girls persisted, including female genital mutilation. Trafficking in persons and child labor were problems. The U.S. strategy for promoting democracy and human rights was to help establish a more accountable, representative, and effective government based on institutions that actively promote rule of law, human rights, and democratic pluralism. To forward this strategy, the United States facilitated the government’s efforts to reduce corruption; …” http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2008/108362.htm Congo, Democratic Republic of the International Religious Freedom Report 2008 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the period covered by this report. However, excessive government response to violence by the primarily political group Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) resulted in deaths and detentions of BDK members and destruction of BDK houses and shrines. There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. However, there continued to be credible reports that families abandoned or abused persons accused of witchcraft or of being "witches." The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. Section I. Religious Demography The country has an area of 905,000 square miles and a population of 66.5 million. Approximately 55 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 30 percent is main line Protestant, and less than 5 percent each is Kimbanguiste or Muslim. The remainder generally practices traditional indigenous religious beliefs. Other religious groups include Jehovah's Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and Orthodox Christians. Most religious groups are scattered throughout the country and are widely represented in cities and large towns. Muslims are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Maniema, Orientale, and Kinshasa. Members of the ethnically based spiritual and political movement Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) reside predominantly in Bas-Congo, although BDK has never attempted to gain official recognition as a religious association. Section II. Status of Freedom of Religion Legal/Policy Framework - The Constitution provides for freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The law at all levels protects this right in full against abuse, either by governmental or

private actors. A statutory order on the Regulation of Nonprofit Associations and Public Utilities provides for and regulates the establishment and operation of religious institutions. Requirements for the establishment of a religious organization are simple and generally are not subject to abuse. Exemption from taxation is among the benefits granted to recognized religious organizations. A law regulating religious organizations grants civil servants the power to recognize, suspend recognition of, or dissolve religious groups; however, no official invoked this law in the period covered by this report. Although the law requires officiallyrecognized religious associations to maintain nonprofit status and respect the general public order, they are free to establish places of worship and train clergy. A 2001 decree allows nonprofit organizations, including religious organizations, to operate without restriction provided they register with the Government by submitting a copy of their bylaws and constitution. The Government requires religious groups to be registered; however, in practice unregistered religious groups operated unhindered. The Government requires foreign religious groups to obtain the approval of the President through the Minister of Justice, and foreign religious groups generally operate without restriction once they receive approval. Many recognized churches have external ties, and the Government generally allowed foreign missionaries to proselytize and did not interfere with their activities. Public schools permit religious instruction, and religious groups operate many public schools. Parents may choose to send their children to any school, religious or nonreligious. The National Media Regulatory Authority or "HAM" (Haute Autorite des Medias) may suspend stations, religious or secular, for hate speech or calls for ethnic violence. There were no reports of the HAM suspending a religious broadcasting station during the reporting period. The Government regularly consulted with several religious groups (including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, and Kimbanguiste). The Consortium of Traditional Religious Leaders served as an informal forum for religious leaders to gather and discuss issues of concern. The Government observes Christmas as a national holiday. Restrictions on Religious Freedom The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the period covered by this report. Abuses of Religious Freedom In response to acts of violence by BDK members, the Government conducted operations to restore its authority in the province of Bas-Congo in February 2008. According to a June 2008 report by the United Nations Organization Mission to the DRC (MONUC), at least 100 persons were killed in the course of these operations. The report concluded that police used excessive or unwarranted force against BDK adherents and destroyed more than 200 houses and every BDK temple they encountered. The report noted that BDK houses, shops, and hospitals were looted during the operation. It cited police for arbitrary and illegal detentions and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees. Although BDK ideology and practice contains spiritual elements, the BDK is primarily a political organization and was registered as a nonprofit rather than religious organization. In March 2008 the Ministry of Social Affairs rescinded the BDK's status as a nonprofit organization for noncompliance with rules governing nonprofits. There were no reports of persons detained or imprisoned on the basis of religion. However, in August 2007, security forces in Bukavu, South Kivu province, detained Father Roger Masirika, a Catholic priest, along with a number of military officers and civilians on suspicion of belonging to a rebel movement. The Government continued to hold Father Masirika without charge in CPRK prison in Kinshasa. Forced Religious Conversion There were no reports of forced religious conversion, including of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States. Section III. Societal Abuses and Discrimination There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. However, many families continued to accuse children and elderly persons of being witches and forced them from their homes. As in past reporting periods, there were reports of incidents of individuals attacked, tortured, killed, or driven from their homes when they were accused of being "witches." While "witch" is an imprecise term that is often applied to persons with developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems, there is a common belief that some persons have the power to cast spells on others or are possessed by demons. Accusations of witchcraft can cause widespread fear in a community. For example, in May 2008, according to MONUC, three persons were killed in Bandundu Province on suspicion of being witches. Such actions commonly follow a death that family members attribute to the work of a witch. Unlike in previous years, there were no reports of adults killing children accused of being witches. However, in Kinshasa in January 2008, a woman and other family members attempted to burn alive

her 7-year-old stepson who they accused of being a witch after his father died in an automobile accident. Police placed the boy in protective custody. There were also reports of parents abandoning or withholding food from children accused of being witches. Section IV. U.S. Government Policy The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. Released on September 19, 2008 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2008/108399.htm Zimbabwe - International Religious Freedom Report 2008 - Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to generally free practice of religion. The Government criticized, harassed, and intimidated religious leaders who were critical of government policies or who spoke out against human rights abuses committed by the Government. Church leaders and members who criticized the Government faced arrest, temporary detention, and, in the case of foreigners, possible deportation. Divisions between mainstream Christian religious groups and practitioners of indigenous religions continued. An interfaith council continued to work towards creating closer ties between different religious groups. The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government, religious groups, and non governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. Section I. Religious Demography. The country has an area of 150,760 square miles and a population of 11.6 million. It is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of the population belong to mainstream Christian denominations such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist Churches; however, over the years a variety of indigenous churches and groups have emerged from these mainstream denominations. While the country is overwhelmingly Christian, the majority of the population believes, to varying degrees, in indigenous religions as well. Religious leaders reported an increase in adherence to traditional religion and healers. Muslims account for 1 percent of the population, primarily in rural areas where Muslim-led humanitarian efforts are often organized. The remainder of the population includes practitioners of Greek Orthodoxy, Judaism, and traditional indigenous religions. There are also small numbers of Hindus, Buddhists, and Baha'is. While political elites tend to be associated with one of the established Christian churches, there is no correlation between membership in any religious group and political or ethnic affiliation. Section II. Status of Religious Freedom- Legal/Policy Framework. The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The law at all levels protects this right in full against abuse, either by governmental or private actors. The Constitution protects the right of individuals to choose and change their religion as well as to privately or publicly manifest and propagate their religion through worship, teaching, practice, and observance. Easter and Christmas are national holidays. There were no reports of non-Christians experiencing discrimination when celebrating other religious holidays. A July 2006 amendment to the Witchcraft Suppression Act (WSA) criminalizes any practice "commonly associated with witchcraft," but only if that practice is intended to cause harm. Spoken words alone are not considered a witchcraft practice or evidence of illegal activity. The amendment also criminalizes witch hunts, imposes criminal penalties for falsely accusing others of witchcraft, and rejects killing of a witch as a defense for murder. Attacks on individuals in witchcraft related cases appear to be prosecuted under laws for assault, murder, or other crimes. At the end of the reporting period, there were no new or outstanding cases under the witchcraft law. The Government does not require religious groups to be registered; however, religious organizations that operate schools or medical facilities are required to register those specific institutions with the appropriate ministry regulating their activities. Religious institutions are allowed to apply for tax-exempt status and duty-free privileges with the Customs Department. These requests were generally granted. Curriculums at public primary and secondary schools are set by the Ministry of Education. Many public secondary schools include a religious education course that focuses on Christian religious groups and covers other religions, emphasizing the need for religious tolerance. Most public universities offer degrees in religious education that primarily focus on Christian doctrine. The country has a long history of Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist primary and secondary schools. The Government does not regulate religious education in private schools. Since independence there has been a proliferation of evangelical basic education schools. Christian schools, the majority of which are Catholic, constitute one-third of all schools. Islamic, Hindu, and Hebrew primary and secondary schools are also found in major urban areas such as Harare and Bulawayo.

Restrictions on Religious Freedom Religious groups continued to be challenged by the Government's restrictive laws regarding freedoms of assembly, expression, and association. Although not specifically aimed at religious activities, the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) continued to be used to interfere with religious and civil society groups organizing public prayer rallies. Although POSA exempts religious activities and events, the Government generally views any public gathering that is critical of the regime as political even if the nature of the event is religious. The Government viewed with suspicion missionaries it considered politically motivated. Some missionary organizations occasionally experienced delays implementing humanitarian relief activities and in having their work permits issued. Abuses of Religious Freedom The Government showed favoritism to a breakaway faction of the Anglican Church loyal to the ruling party, allowing police to harass and arrest clergy and parishioners of opposing congregations. In April and May 2008, police stormed various Anglican churches, breaking up services and attacking worshipers, mostly women, with batons. Police violence against citizens during April and May also included arresting parishioners, interrogating priests and lay leaders, and locking doors of churches to keep worshippers away. In December 2007 after the CPCA appointed Reverend Sebastian Bakare as acting bishop of Harare, police reportedly disseminated leaflets advising congregations that only clergy loyal to Kunonga were authorized to hold services in the diocese's churches. On January 13, 2008, police forcibly disrupted church services at three Anglican churches in Harare and arrested three priests and more than a dozen parishioners opposed to Kunonga for holding services on church property without permission. They were later released without charge. On January 19, 2008, a high court judge issued an interim order compelling the two factions to share church properties and worship at different times. Police and Kunonga supporters continued to prevent Bakare from conducting services in several churches and to harass opponents of the deposed bishop. A final court decision granting control over church assets was pending at the end of the reporting period. In September 2007 Reverend Nolbert Kunonga, the Anglican bishop of Harare and an ardent supporter of President Robert Mugabe and the ruling party, attempted to unilaterally separate the diocese of Harare from its regional body, the Church Province of Central Africa (CPCA), ostensibly because he opposed the province's stance on homosexuality. Kunonga refused to relinquish control of church assets, including property and financial accounts, and prevented congregations that did not recognize his authority from worshipping in their churches. The CPCA responded by removing Kunonga as bishop and sought a court order to seize control of church assets. On August 18, 2007, police arrested 15 Christian church leaders, including Bishop Samuel Pasula, Reverend Gordon Chinogurei, and Reverend Patrick Tole, for attending an allegedly unsanctioned meeting. The church leaders contended that the event was a prayer meeting and thus exempt from POSA requirements. Police released the group that same day after they paid a fine. Several members of the group were arrested again on August 20 and held for 4 days before being released without charge. Forced Religious Conversion There were no reports of forced religious conversion, including of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States. Improvements and Positive Developments in Respect for Religious Freedom Practitioners of indigenous religions, including traditional healers, experienced improved relations with the Government. The Government was more inclusive of indigenous religions, of which it has traditionally been suspicious, and tolerant of witchcraft practices, which it had previously attempted to restrict. Unlike in previous reporting periods, President Mugabe made no negative statements about evangelical or indigenous churches, and he also met with leaders from these groups. Section III. Societal Abuses and Discrimination. The Muslim community believed isolated incidents of discrimination against Muslims occurred, although none were reported. There were continuing reports of tensions between traditional indigenous religions and mainstream Christian churches. Some indigenous churches' acceptance of polygamy and rejection of modern medicine were common sources of tension. One leader of a traditional religious group reported that he believed that traditional religious leaders were not always consulted or taken seriously by the mainstream religious groups, especially in terms of addressing the country's problems. However, religious leaders from a wide spectrum of churches and groups continued to discuss these matters productively in meetings of the interfaith council and suggested possible areas of cooperation, such as combating HIV/AIDS.

Section IV. U.S. Government Policy - The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government, religious groups, and NGOs as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. The U.S. Embassy widely disseminated relevant reports on religious rights and sponsored a lecture series by a prominent American civil rights activist who addressed diverse religious and civil society groups about the role of faith-based communities in social change. U.S. officials privately and publicly emphasized concern regarding intimidation and harassment of religious officials who criticized the Government. Released on September 19, 2008 International Religious Freedom Report Home Page International Religious Freedom Report Home Page Congo, Democratic Republic of the International Religious Freedom Report 2008 - Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the period covered by this report. However, excessive government response to violence by the primarily political group Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) resulted in deaths and detentions of BDK members and destruction of BDK houses and shrines. There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. However, there continued to be credible reports that families abandoned or abused persons accused of witchcraft or of being "witches." The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. Section I. Religious Demography The country has an area of 905,000 square miles and a population of 66.5 million. Approximately 55 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, 30 percent is main line Protestant, and less than 5 percent each is Kimbanguiste or Muslim. The remainder generally practices traditional indigenous religious beliefs. Other religious groups include Jehovah's Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and Orthodox Christians. Most religious groups are scattered throughout the country and are widely represented in cities and large towns. Muslims are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Maniema, Orientale, and Kinshasa. Members of the ethnically based spiritual and political movement Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) reside predominantly in Bas-Congo, although BDK has never attempted to gain official recognition as a religious association. Section II. Status of Freedom of Religion Legal/Policy Framework - The Constitution provides for freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion. The law at all levels protects this right in full against abuse, either by governmental or private actors. A statutory order on the Regulation of Nonprofit Associations and Public Utilities provides for and regulates the establishment and operation of religious institutions. Requirements for the establishment of a religious organization are simple and generally are not subject to abuse. Exemption from taxation is among the benefits granted to recognized religious organizations. A law regulating religious organizations grants civil servants the power to recognize, suspend recognition of, or dissolve religious groups; however, no official invoked this law in the period covered by this report. Although the law requires officiallyrecognized religious associations to maintain nonprofit status and respect the general public order, they are free to establish places of worship and train clergy. A 2001 decree allows nonprofit organizations, including religious organizations, to operate without restriction provided they register with the Government by submitting a copy of their bylaws and constitution. The Government requires religious groups to be registered; however, in practice unregistered religious groups operated unhindered. The Government requires foreign religious groups to obtain the approval of the President through the Minister of Justice, and foreign religious groups generally operate without restriction once they receive approval. Many recognized churches have external ties, and the Government generally allowed foreign missionaries to proselytize and did not interfere with their activities. Public schools permit religious instruction, and religious groups operate many public schools. Parents may choose to send their children to any school, religious or nonreligious. The National Media Regulatory Authority or "HAM" (Haute Autorite des Medias) may suspend stations, religious or secular, for hate speech or calls for ethnic violence. There were no reports of the HAM suspending a religious broadcasting station during the reporting period. The Government regularly consulted with several religious groups (including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, and Kimbanguiste). The Consortium of Traditional Religious Leaders served as an informal forum for religious leaders to gather and discuss issues of concern. The Government observes Christmas as a national holiday.

Restrictions on Religious Freedom - The Government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the Government during the period covered by this report. Abuses of Religious Freedom. In response to acts of violence by BDK members, the Government conducted operations to restore its authority in the province of Bas-Congo in February 2008. According to a June 2008 report by the United Nations Organization Mission to the DRC (MONUC), at least 100 persons were killed in the course of these operations. The report concluded that police used excessive or unwarranted force against BDK adherents and destroyed more than 200 houses and every BDK temple they encountered. The report noted that BDK houses, shops, and hospitals were looted during the operation. It cited police for arbitrary and illegal detentions and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees. Although BDK ideology and practice contains spiritual elements, the BDK is primarily a political organization and was registered as a nonprofit rather than religious organization. In March 2008 the Ministry of Social Affairs rescinded the BDK's status as a nonprofit organization for noncompliance with rules governing nonprofits. There were no reports of persons detained or imprisoned on the basis of religion. However, in August 2007, security forces in Bukavu, South Kivu province, detained Father Roger Masirika, a Catholic priest, along with a number of military officers and civilians on suspicion of belonging to a rebel movement. The Government continued to hold Father Masirika without charge in CPRK prison in Kinshasa. Forced Religious Conversion There were no reports of forced religious conversion, including of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States. Section III. Societal Abuses and Discrimination There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. However, many families continued to accuse children and elderly persons of being witches and forced them from their homes. As in past reporting periods, there were reports of incidents of individuals attacked, tortured, killed, or driven from their homes when they were accused of being "witches." While "witch" is an imprecise term that is often applied to persons with developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems, there is a common belief that some persons have the power to cast spells on others or are possessed by demons. Accusations of witchcraft can cause widespread fear in a community. For example, in May 2008, according to MONUC, three persons were killed in Bandundu Province on suspicion of being witches. Such actions commonly follow a death that family members attribute to the work of a witch. Unlike in previous years, there were no reports of adults killing children accused of being witches. However, in Kinshasa in January 2008, a woman and other family members attempted to burn alive her 7-year-old stepson who they accused of being a witch after his father died in an automobile accident. Police placed the boy in protective custody. There were also reports of parents abandoning or withholding food from children accused of being witches. Section IV. U.S. Government Policy The U.S. Government discusses religious freedom with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights. Released on September 19, 2008 International Religious Freedom Report Home Page http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/106142.pdf Order Code RL34509, Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy May 22, 2008 Lauren Ploch Analyst in African Affairs Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division "Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S., Policy, Summary - On March 29, 2008, Zimbabwe held presidential, parliamentary and local elections. More than a month later, the country’s political future remains uncertain. For the first time since independence, the ruling party has lost its majority in the National Assembly. After a month of rising tensions, the results of the presidential race were belatedly announced on May 2. They indicated that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had received more votes than the incumbent, President Robert Mugabe, but had failed to garner the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Reports of violence and political repression have increased significantly since the elections, which were held...Pre-Election Violence. According to a domestic human rights group, the year prior the 2008 elections was marked by a significant increase in incidents of politically motivated violence from previous years. In 2007, there were 603 reported incidents of torture, 865 incidents of assault, and 2,766 reports of arrest and detention. In the months directly preceding the elections, from November 2007 to March 2008, there were 1775 reported incidents of political violence.10 The government routinely deployed riot police to break up demonstrations, meetings and rallies, despite changes to the laws...speeches and statements to the press, they and other public officials,

including the President himself, have referred to opposition leaders as traitors, political witches, and puppets or agents of the West. In October 2007, the International Bar Association issued a report accusing Zimbabwe’s police of being “blatantly partisan” and suggesting that the force’s failure to guarantee equal protection of the law..." http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/shrd/2006/80586.htm Africa, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2006 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor "If they think they can stop me from speaking against injustice, corruption and misgovernment …, then they are mistaken. It will not stop me." --Trevor Ncube, Zimbabwe journalist harassed by government – “The United States focused much of its efforts on assisting the government and NGOs in addressing human rights abuses and aiding victims of those abuses. The United States participated in several multidonor commissions that addressed human rights abuses by the military. In addition, multiple US-funded NGOs provided legal support and other services for survivors of gender-based violence. US grantees expanded support to more than 10,000 female survivors of torture, rape, and abduction, particularly to assist victims in pursuing legal and judicial strategies. Other activities by US grantees included strengthening technical capacity among prosecutors, building public and official awareness of such crimes, and advocating an end to sexual and gender-based violence through policy reform. In Maniema Province, one US-funded NGO helped torture victims receive legal assistance during the year and organized workshops to disseminate copies of legislation and international agreements on human, women’s, and children’s rights. Another USfunded NGO in South Kivu Province aided 246 victims of sexual violence by providing medical help, trauma counseling, and training in human rights advocacy and education. A variety of national and international NGOs received US technical assistance and training to deal with the growing problem of separated and abandoned children. Many of these youths were stigmatized and unable to reintegrate into their communities because they were once child soldiers, gang members, internally displaced, child laborers, accused of witchcraft, or have disabilities. The United States worked to prevent child abandonment by establishing Child Protection Networks, assisting economic development in at-risk areas, and rehabilitating schools. Tanzania The United Republic of Tanzania is a multiparty republic consisting of the mainland and the Zanzibar archipelago. The union has a unicameral parliament and is headed by a president, who is also head of government. Zanzibar, although integrated into the country's governmental and party structure, has its own president, court system, and legislature and continued to exercise considerable autonomy. In the December 2005 union presidential and legislative elections, Jakaya Kikwete was elected president, and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party made significant gains in parliament. Observers considered the union elections to be largely free and fair. The 2005 presidential elections in Zanzibar were more contentious; despite significant improvements in administration of the elections, there were serious irregularities and politically motivated violence particularly in the urban areas of Zanzibar. The government’s overall human rights record remained poor, and serious human rights abuses occurred during the year. Police and prison guards used excessive force against inmates or suspects, at times resulting in death, and police impunity was a problem. There were continued reports of societal killings of elderly individuals suspected of being witches. Prison conditions were harsh and life threatening. Police routinely conducted searches without warrants, were often corrupt, and at times failed to bring detained individuals before a judge in the period of time required by law. The judiciary suffered from corruption in the lower courts. Freedom of speech and press were partly limited, governmental corruption remained pervasive, and authorities restricted the movement of refugees. Societal violence against women and girls persisted, including female genital mutilation. Trafficking in persons and child labor were problems. http://shadmia.com/2008/05/23/11-witches-killed-in-kenya/ 11 Witches Killed in Kenya Posted by shadmia on May 23, 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7415502.stm Kenyan arrests for 'witch' deaths Nineteen people have been arrested in Kenya in connection with the burning of 11 people accused of being witches. A police spokesman told the BBC that those arrested may not have been involved in the killings but possibly incited the attacks. Eight women and three men, aged between 80 and 96, were burned to death in the western Kisii district on Wednesday

The attackers moved from house to house with a list of suspected witches http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/world/africa/22brief-GANGKILLSSUS_BRF.html?pagewanted=print May 22, 2008, WORLD BRIEFING | AFRICA Kenya: Gang Kills Suspected Witches - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A group of up to 300 young men killed 11 people who were accused of being witches and wizards in western Kenya on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, in some cases slitting their throats or clubbing them to death before burning their bodies, officials said. The young men went through two villages, looking for anyone on a list of suspected witches and wizards that included the kind of spells individuals were believed to have cast, said Ben Makori, a local official. He said the villagers complained that the suspected wizards and witches were “making the bright children in the community dumb.” The deputy police spokesman, Charles Owino, said the gang hunted down the eight women and three men in the western villages of Kekoro and Matembe. Most victims were over 70 years old, Mr. Owino said. http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/12/kenya.witches/index.html By David McKenzie CNN KEGOGI VILLAGE, Kenya (CNN) -- It may be difficult for modern-day Western cultures to fathom, but in Western Kenya, beliefs in ghosts and witches are very real. And sometimes they have deadly consequences. In late May, news outlets in Kenya told the story of 15 people, mostly elderly women, who were murdered in a witch hunt near the town of Kisii. The killings shocked the nation. Villagers said more than 100 people gathered machetes and knives and stormed the village of Kegogi after midnight. "They started banging on the doors, they broke into the house and then they killed our grandmother inside," says Justus Bosire. "The mob was screaming and we panicked. We ran away and they came to our house and burned it to the ground." When Bosire returned to his grandmother's house, he found her dead on the floor in a bed of embers. His father is missing. "They claim that my grandmother and father were practicing witches," Bosire says. Watch Bosire describe her die » Belief in witchcraft is strong in this part of Kenya. A few days before the incident, a group of schoolchildren reportedly found a book in their school that listed all the people in the community who would soon die and the witches who would be responsible. iReport.com: Share your stories, videos from Africa For Bosire and his family, the killings are hard to believe. His grandmother, Peris, was the matriarch of the family. She was 86 but still actively farmed and dispensed invaluable advice to the family. Up the road from Bosire's house lives Paul Magoma. "I believe there is witchcraft and the witches kill," Magoma says while building a chapel. His fellow workers concur: Witches exist and can put spells on people. Others are skeptical the slain women were witches. At the top of a hill outside Kisii, Joseph Omache practices his craft. Omache is a shaman, or traditional healer. He throws bones and communes with ancestors to help heal physical and spiritual ailments. "It is very painful when somebody kills another person in the name of witchcraft," he says. "Why couldn't they come to me so that I can perform my herbal potion to identify the real witch so that I can go ahead now to trap him and then we can see what to do?" Omache says that in his 10 years of studies and decades of practicing, he has never come across a witch. "These are vendettas. It is not that people really bewitched somebody," he says, adding he believes that witch hunts are really about people expressing hatred and coming up with an excuse to hurt someone. The area is one of the most populated rural areas in Kenya. Over the years, farming plots have been divided and subdivided. Omache and others say they believe witch hunts are about greed and vendettas in a place where almost everyone struggles to survive. Whatever the reason, Bosire and his family must live with the consequences. Due to local taboo, they will never live in his grandmother's house. The doors are boarded, her belongings still lie charred on the floor. The family fears further attacks. "We are fearing for our lives," Bosire says. "I knew my grandmother since I was a young child and I have never seen evidence of her being a witch." http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/12/kenya.witches/index.html#cnnSTCVideo http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/Story/tabid/209/articleID/56725/cat/41/Default.aspx Mob burns 11 'witches'

and 'wizards' Thu, 22 May 2008 12:48p.m. - A group of up to 300 young men have burned to death 11 people suspected of being witches and wizards in western Kenya - in some cases slitting their victims' throats or clubbing them to death before burning their bodies, officials said. In some cases the gang pulled the victims out of their homes, slit their throats or clubbed them to death, said a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The victims were then thrown back into their homes, which the gang had already set on fire, the officer said. He said 36 houses were burned. "These people identified who is to be killed by accusing their victims of bewitching their sons and daughters," said Ndirangu, the commissioner in charge of Kisii Central district, where one of the villages is located. Ndirangu said that residents are superstitious and have often targeted suspected witches and wizards, but this week's attack was the most shocking in recent years. The police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said investigators had little hope of making progress because the villagers have refused to identify the people who carried out attacks. http://www.africancrisis.co.za/Article.php?ID=27575& Kenya mob kills 11 accused of being witches / Kenyan foreign minister deplores SAfrican attacks Date Posted: Thursday 22-May-2008 - Submitted by Leatherneck: Here's another Witchcraft article for you. The real funny thing about this was that there was another article on the same page - I'll attach both below. The second article reports that the Kenyan foreign minister was complaining about the xenophobic killings happening down in South Africa. People in glass houses shouldn't be throwing stones, now should they? Kenya mob kills 11 accused of being witches - By TOM ODULA, Associated Press Writer Wed May 21, 3:29 PM ET NAIROBI, Kenya - A group of up to 300 young men killed 11 people who were accused of being witches and wizards in western Kenya, in some cases slitting their throats or clubbing them to death before burning their bodies, officials said. The gang moved home to home through two villages, using a list of suspected witches and wizards and the kind of spells they were believed to have cast on the community, said Ben Makori, a local councilor. "The villagers are complaining that the (suspected) wizards and witches are making the bright children in the community dumb ... These (suspected) witches are not doing good things to us," Makori told The Associated Press. Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said that the gang hunted down the eight women and three men in the western Kenya villages of Kekoro and Matembe. Most of the victims were over the age of 70, Owino said. Senior administrator Njoroge Ndirangu said that the gang hunted down their victims Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said that investigators had little hope of making progress because the villagers had refused to identify the people who carried out attacks. In some cases the gang pulled the victims out of their homes, slit their throats or clubbed them to death, the officer said. The victims were then thrown back into the homes that the gang already had set on fire, the officer said. He said that 36 houses were burned. Another police officer, Mwaura Njoroge, said "it is likely that the people who committed these killings had personal vendettas against their victims." The violence was not believed to stem from a tribal dispute since the young men and the victims were members of the same tribe. Ndirangu, the commissioner in charge of Kisii Central district where one of the villages is located, said that residents are superstitious and have often targeted suspected witches and wizards. But this week's attack was the most shocking in recent years, Ndirangu said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24759141&GT1=43001 Kenya mob reportedly burns 11 ‘witches’- Police say locals accused women and men of ‘bewitching’ their children updated 3:37 p.m. ET, Wed., May. 21, 2008 http://www.bluemassgroup.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=13413 Witch Hunt Terrorism: Why Palin Can't Throw the Rev. Wright & Ayers Stones by: tblade Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 18:36:56 PM EDT (Not a joke, not just some weirdo stuff ... superstition actually kills kids. - promoted by Charley on the MTA) It looks like Sarah Palin is desperate enough to re-inject Reverend Wright into presidential politics. But I say let she who is without a crazy preacher cast the first stone. http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/20/171755/145/Front_Page/Palin_Muthee_and_the_Witch_Journali sts_Miss_the_Major_Story Palin, Muthee, and the Witch - Journalists Miss the Major Story By Ruth Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 05:17:55 PM EST - The story of Sarah Palin's anointing by Bishop Thomas Muthee was posted on this site on September 5th, and in the related Bruce Wilson video. Muthee's testimony about transforming Kiambu, Kenya by driving out a witch has now been picked up by press around the world including the London Times and Countdown by Keith Olbermann. [picture, right: Ed Kalnins & Thomas Muthee show off Rick Joyner books they distributed in Africa]. http://christianlook.blogspot.com/2008/01/assembly-of-god-burnt-in-kenya.html Raid on church leaves 35 dead as chaos spreads - (Personal note, looks like the locals know who did the killing in Kenya this

MAY ) http://www.asylumlaw.org/docs/showDocument.cfm?documentID=383 Kenya Country Reports on Human Rights Practices -2000 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor February 2001 “…Mob violence increased during the year, Occasionally mobs killed members of their communities on suspicion that they practiced witchcraft (see Sections 2.c. and 5); however, there were no known statistics about the number of deaths during the year. On October 3, a mob of residents of Nairobi's Kariobangi North neighborhood lynched three suspected child abductors (believed to be devil worshipers), including a grandfather who was walking with his grandchild (see Section 5). In late October in Kisii, police intervened to block villagers from killing seven suspected witches. Also in October, the press reported that villagers burned alive a suspected sorcerer in Kimburini.