What in Africa is going on here?
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009
[NEWS FLASH!! Updated 3 Dec 2009 with some seriously scary info]
We have people called “The Family” also known as “The Fellowship”
We have Don Schmierer of Exodus International and the International Healing Foundation.
We have Scott Lively of Defend the Family- you can check out his story here: Defending The Family
We have Caleb Brundidge (Sexual Reorientation Coach) for Extreme Prophetic ministries run by none other than Patricia King – Apostle/Prophetess in New Apostolic Reformation, big supporter of Todd Bentley and Rick Joyner, etc. New Apostolic Reformation / International Coalition of Apostles headed by C. Peter Wagner.
Last year I wrote an article on Caleb Brundidge; he is an itinerant for Extreme Prophetic and a DJ for what he called “Club Mysterio” that hosted Ekstasis Worship dances/raves with Patricia King. My he has come far in his career since 2008.
We have Rick Warren author of Purpose Driven Life, etc, who has declared Uganda to be a “Purpose-Driven Nation“. Rick Warren also runs the Global P.E.A.C.E plan and is Barack Obama’s Christian adviser.
“Warren’s main point man in Uganda was Martin Ssempa, a pastor who is a strong backer of the Anti-Homosexuality bill. Ssempa has appeared at Warren’s Saddleback Church, although Warren distanced himself from Ssempa’s views in October and said he had cut ties with him in 2007.
But into Newsweek on Sunday, Warren also declined to condemn the pending legislation that Ssempa and others back:
“The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator,” Warren said. “However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”
In fact I think there is MUCH MORE to this entire saga than meets the eye.
OK both my eyes have just popped out my head (like in the cartoons)…
[Updated 3 Dec 209. This article since posting it has been bothering me. The link I originally had to ‘The Family’ did not make sense. So I went and did more research. Apologies, the original link I had was for another ‘cult’ group called ‘The Family’: www.thefamily.org. Please ignore this one.
The real FAMILY raises eyebrows, makes hairs stand on end, and sends cold shivers down ones spine.
- The Family or The Fellowship generally practises strict secrecy about its members or activities and as such, eschews publicity and asks its members not to speak about the group; some members have denied that the Fellowship exists. — (Getter, Lisa (September 27, 2002). “Showing Faith in Discretion”. Los Angeles Times. http://www.toobeautiful.org/lat_020927.html. Retrieved July 24, 2009.)
- Prominent evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, and the Family themselves, have described it as one of the most, or the most, politically well-connected fundamentalist organisation in the US.
- The Family also has relationships with numerous non-US government leaders. Lindsay reports that the Family “has relationships with pretty much every world leader— good and bad— and there are not many organisations in the world that can claim that.” — (Belz, Emily; Pitts, Edward Lee (August 29, 2009). “All in the Family”. World Magazine. http://www.worldmag.com/articles/15778. Retrieved August 14, 2009.)
- Hillary Clinton described meeting the leader of the Fellowship in 1993: “Doug Coe, the longtime National Prayer Breakfast organizer, is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship to God.” — (Hillary Clinton, Living History, Simon & Schuster, 2003.)
- In an interview in November 2009 with NPR, Jeff Sharlet alleged that The Fellowship’s influence was behind the recent proposed bill in Uganda calling for the death penalty for gays infected with AIDS. — (“The Secret Political Reach Of ‘The Family'”. NPR. November 24, 2009. http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=120746516. Retrieved November 30, 2009.)
Fellowship House – 133 C Street SE, Washington, DC:
- In 1980, the building was purchased by Youth with a Mission, Washington, D.C., Inc. (also known as Youth with a Mission National Christian Center, Inc.) YWAM
- In March 1990, YWAM (which also owns the C Street Center) purchased a nearby property located at 2200 24th Street North for $580,000. — (2200 24th ST N”. Dept. of Real Estate Assessments. Arlington, Virginia. June 30, 2009. http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/realestate/reassessments/scripts/Inquiry.asp?action=view&lrsn=7673. Retrieved August 30, 2009.)
Youth with a Mission YWAM:
- YWAM’s founder Loren Cunningham, along with Bill Bright of Campus Crusade developed a strategy in 1975 for influencing what they felt were seven main segments or spheres of society and culture. One of these segments included fighting a spiritual “battle” to “take back”, or redeem, the “mountain of government.” — (Video (posted on January 29, 2008). “Reclaim 7 Mountains of Culture”)
- Although the idea behind this teaching is to influence government through spiritual means, it has been the cause for some concern in the blogosphere. — (Wilson, Bruce, aka Troutfishing (July 11, 2009). “Ensign House Owned By Group Proposing Christian World Control Plot.” Daily Kos. Retrieved on July 12, 2009.)
New Apostolic Reformation: (Latter Rain / Manifest Sons of God movement):
- 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)
- 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]
- 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)
Controversial leadership model:
Fellowship leader Doug Coe is described as preaching a leadership model, and a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, comparable to the blind devotion that Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Chairman Mao, and Pol Pot demanded from their followers. [*]
In one videotaped 1989 lecture series, Coe said, “Hitler, Goebbels and Himmler were three men. Think of the immense power these three men had…But they bound themselves together in an agreement…Two years before they moved into Poland, these three men had…systematically a plan drawn out…to annihilate the entire Polish population and destroy by numbers every single house…every single building in Warsaw and then to start on the rest of Poland.” Coe adds that it worked; they killed six and a half million “Polish people.” Though he calls Nazis “these enemies of ours,” he compares their commitment to Jesus’ demands: “Jesus said, ‘You have to put me before other people. And you have to put me before yourself.’ Hitler, that was the demand to be in the Nazi party. You have to put the Nazi party and its objectives ahead of your own life and ahead of other people.” [*] [**]
Coe also compares Jesus’ teachings with the Red Guard during the Chinese Cultural Revolution:
I’ve seen pictures of young men in the Red Guard of China…they would bring in this young man’s mother and father, lay her on the table with a basket on the end, he would take an axe and cut her head off….They have to put the purposes of the Red Guard ahead of the mother-father-brother-sister — their own life! That was a covenant. A pledge. That was what Jesus said.[*][***]
David Kuo states that comparisons such as these aren’t representative of the picture Douglas Coe was trying to paint:
Kuo says Doug Coe wasn’t lauding Hitler’s actions. “What Doug is saying, it’s a metaphor. He is using Hitler as a metaphor. Jesus used that,” Kuo said. A metaphor for what? “Commitment,” Kuo answered. … [A] close friend told NBC News that Doug Coe invokes Hitler only to show the power of small groups — for good and bad. And, the friend said, Coe spends “99 percent” of his time during the sermons talking about the leadership model set by Jesus Christ. [*]
So my *scary organ music* was no co-incidence.
Actually I think I am going to be sick…
- [*] Mitchell, Andrea; Popkin, Jim (April 3, 2008). “NBC News Exclusive: Political ties to a secretive religious group”. NBC News. . Retrieved July 20, 2009.
- [**] Jeff Sharlet, The Family (Harper, 2008), p.254-5.
- [***] Jeff Sharlet, The Family (Harper, 2008), p.255.
- [1-5] from Examiner.com