The Next Great Awakening. . . or Great Deadening?

by Herescope

Day 6, we toured Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the many sites associated with our nation’s founding. In the mean time, David [Barton] and I flew back to New York City to be on the Glenn Beck Show with a group of about 7-8 pastors / Christian Leaders. Lance Wallnau flew in from Dallas to speak to the group in Philadelphia. Lance Wallnau was, as usual, exceptional in his laying out of how to see the culture transformed. After the show, David and I flew back to Philadelphia to catch up with the group once again.
– Jim Garlow [1]
The quotation above came in the midst of this summer’s Next Great Awakening Tour, which was hosted by Pastor Jim Garlow and David Barton, to visit the tourist sights of the First and Second Great Awakenings in America. This quote was from a “quick report” by Garlow, who announced the tour “is going awesome!”[2] The tour included Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Bob McEwen, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, along with other notables.[3] Most significantly, the tour featured Lance Wallnau, chief promoter of the controversial New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) doctrine, the 7 Mountain strategy of taking Dominion.

This fact gains considerable significance with the news this week, as both Jim Garlow and David Barton are undergoing controversy after partnering in a political/spiritual rally with conservative radio host, Glenn Beck, a Mormon.

This event with Beck, and this tour over the summer, are indicative of a new way that the evangelical Right is conducting itself. Why were these high-profile evangelical and political leaders openly fraternizing with Lance Wallnau?! Do they agree with his mandate to “possess and occupy,” take “territory,” “take the high places,” and “conquer”?[4] And how can they possibly call this agenda of aggressive Dominion-mongering a “Great Awakening”? That is the question that we will be addressing in a series of posts in the days to come.

The open association of David Barton and Jim Garlow with the New Apostolic Reformation leaders goes back several years at least. Cindy Jacobs, one of the leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation and her organization, Generals International, featured a “Raise Up An Army Convergence ’09” conference[5] in which Barton and Garlow were keynote speakers along with Chuck Pierce and Dutch Sheets, key “apostles” under C. Peter Wagner in the NAR. This conference was promoted on The Elijah List,[6] which is the chief media organ for the leaders, doctrines and events of the NAR. The event’s purpose was described by Cindy Jacobs: “to raise up a prayer army to both awaken and reform this nation,” and used all of the strident military rhetoric of the NAR’s prayer warfare agenda.[7] The Convergence ’09 appeared to have the full trapping of the extreme “worship” style that characterizes the leaders of the NAR.[8] Click here to continue reading and for endnote material.

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