R&R Revival and Revolt
“We have sinned… in every sphere of influence…. But there is a remnant…. And if you’re looking… look no further. We will be there at the Lincoln Memorial. And that’s the kind of thing that will touch God’s heart….”
[NOTE: For important background information on this article, read "The Coalescing of the Christian Right with Apostolic Dominionism" by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, posted on Herescope, 4/8/10 here.]
Initially The Tea Party was populist, libertarian, limited government, anti-socialism and lower taxes, etc. But the first ever National Tea Party Conference in Nashville in February revealed that there has always been an overlap with Christian Right social issues. The Tea Party movement is in danger of being co-opted by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its radical agenda. Do the Tea Party folks realize what they are getting into?
Three very prominent Christian Right activists were not only invited to Nashville but had a very public presence. Rick Scarborough, former Southern Baptist minister and founder of the Texas-based Vision America, who also is on the committee for the upcoming May Day event, went to the conference with the purpose to unite the Christian Right with the Tea Party movement. Judge Roy Moore, who gained fame when he was removed from the bench for posting the Ten Commandments in his courthouse, and Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily were also invited speakers. Jonathon Kay, a critic who covered the National Tea Party Convention, reported:
I think the one thing that really did surprise me was the high level of explicitly Christian social conservatism on display here. One of the “breakout sessions” featured a speech from Pastor Rick Scarborough — who is most famous for trying to get America’s preachers more politicized. (“I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I’m a Christocrat.”) After his speech, a middle-aged female delegate with a twang stood up and said, during the Q&A, “All the media types are asking us why we’re here. Here’s what I say. We’re all here for a little R&R — revival and revolt. If you’re not a Christian, and a person of faith, you just can’t understand what we’re doing!!” She got a standing ovation.
That same evening Joseph Farah, the Christian conspiracy expert extraordinaire, also underscored the Christian identity of the Tea Party. (For my part this rings true, for in my little town I attended a Tea Party recently and everyone there was a Christian because I knew them all.) Farah’s remarks about Christians taking over the cultural institutions of society sounded very like the 7 Mountain Mandate of the New Apostolic Reformation which is about taking over the governments, economies, and social systems of our nation and the rest of the world. The LA Times reported on Farah’s remarks at the Tea Party Convention: Read Full article here