Yesterday's broadcast of Fresh Air on NPR featured a conversation about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which is a movement that every atheist, agnostic and secularist needs to be educated about. Rick Perry is deeply involved with and support by this movement and many of the movement's "apostles" i.e. their leaders, were backers of and participants in his prayer event. If Rick Perry for some "un-godly" reason gets the nomination, the New Apostolic Reformation movement will stop at nothing to get him elected and this cannot happen.
Below are highlights from the Fresh Air interview between host Terry Gross and guest Rachel Tabachnick who researches the impact of the religious right and end-time narratives on American politics. She writes for the website Talk To Action:
- In emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus is establishing a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role.
- Two ministries in the movement, The Call, led by Lou Engle, and the International House of Prayer, led by Mike Bickle, helped organize Rick Perry's recent prayer rally, where apostles and prophets from around the nation spoke or appeared on stage.
- ...this group believes is that they must re-organize Protestant Christianity under their leadership. So instead of having all of these different denominations in Protestantism, they would unify the church, the Protestant Church, into one body under the leadership of their apostles.
- And then the other thing that distinguishes them is this idea that in order to do this, they must take control over society and government and that they will do this in large part through this warfare that they are conducting with demons.
- This is a very political movement. In fact, I would call it a religio-political movement in that it has networked across the United States in something that looks like a hybrid between a religious denomination and a political party.
- For example, they have what are called prayer warrior networks in all 50 states, and they have very strong opinions about the direction they want the country to take. They teach what is called dominionism. And the idea of dominionism, or dominion theology, is that all areas of society and government should come under the control of God through these apostles and prophets, and that all of these areas of society should represent Christian and biblical values.
- They have interesting campaigns. One that's been very successful for the last few years is called the Seven Mountains campaign. And what this means is they teach that they are reclaiming the seven mountains of culture and society. And those mountains are arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion.
- The New Apostolic Reformation has another campaign that's been very successful and this is called Transformations. Transformation is the buzzword for bringing communities into dominion or gaining dominion over culture and government in a community. And the movement has put out transformation videos since 1999.