If you think this stuff only matters to charismatics, think again!
When I previously saw the Third Wave linked with Sarah Palin on heresy hunters sites, I didn’t pay much attention. However, Huffington Post just ran a post based upon the same shoddy reporting, scare tactics, and guilt-by-association as the heresy hunters.
If you want to be able to sort through the religious propoganda being served up, you might want to brush up on what these doctrines actually are. I had no idea when I started digging into this that it would be pertinent to politics.
I am neutral in this election, and I don’t really care who your candidates are, but I think this is really slimy. The way things are slanted in the article, it makes everything charismatic look crazy and aggressive. And there are already over 300 hundred comments agreeing with every word of the article. It doesn’t bother me that people might oppose Palin as a candidate. It does bother me that the article fabricates an air of religious paranoia concerning her.
Although it had nothing to do with Palin or her church, the article managed to pack in references to Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard, John Hagee, Rodney-Howard Browne, several to Todd Bentley, head-butting and kicking, William Branham, several to the movie Jesus Camp, Operation Ice Castle, The Queen of Heaven, The Great Whore of Babylon, and a bizarre quote from Ana Mendez.
Every healing evangelist is not as bizarre as Todd Bentley. Every prophetic person is not as extreme as Stacy Campbell. Every apostle is not as imperialistic as Peter Wagner. There are many sincere people and leaders involved in these movements that don’t exhibit the extremes of the people who are more visible.
From what I can tell, Sarah Palin was a member of a local AofG church since childhood. This church is now connected with Morningstar Ministries. Their belief in spiritual warfare, territorial spirits, and generational curses is pretty typical for prophetic churches. Their openness to exuberant worship and manifestations is also pretty typical of charismatic churches. End of story.
Yes spiritual warfare can be taken to extremes. However at its most basic level, it is simply the belief that it is effective to pray against evil and spiritual darkness. Spiritual manifestations can also be taken to extreme, and I believe they have been recently. However, authentic spiritual manifestations would also look bizarre captured on video for the uninitiated observer.
From my post yesterday, you can see that most charismatic churches today have at least some latter-rain influence, particularly those in the apostolic-prophetic branch. That does not automatically imply that they have adopted the extremes and excesses of the movement.
The extremes of latter rain belief are repeatedly quoted in the article leaving the reader to conclude that these are the beliefs of Palin and her church. The conspiratorial tone of the article suggests that Palin is a plant of the Third Wave movement to implement their plans for world takeover.
“The movement is training a young “Joel’s Army” to take dominion over the United States and the world.”
Sure. And Obama’s Muslim, right?
Could we maybe just stick to the facts people?
Update: One of thousands of stupid quotes I read today:
“Look, if someone was a member of the actual Taliban, we’d darn well say it was relevant. The AoG is the same thing but in Christian garb.”
Ewww, those scary AG people!