New Apostolic Reformation and Rick Perry
National Apostolic Reformation and Rick Perry
New Apostolic Reformation and Rick Perry
Every century has its lunatic fringe masquerading as a religious group. The early Christian community saw wars between the chrestianos (those who believed that a physical Jesus would return to lead them in a violent war to wrest the Roman Empire away from the non-Egyptians) and the christianos (people who believed that there would be a spiritual transfiguration and revitalization of peace), that gave way to the incendiary warfare of the emerging Christian Church created by the pagan Emperor Constantine in 325 CE. There was no peace.
The early Church was beset with numerous charges and countercharges against the divinity, even the humanity of Jesus, and the repeated argument (today found in Matthew 10:34-35) was used to raise banners and launch blood crusades that reached official sanction in 1095. The crusades were not about faith, but about the theft of land and gold, the conquest of cities, and the enforcement of one brand of orthodoxy: Christian, Muslim, or other. It was repeated regularly, from the Peasants War (1525) to the Wars of Religion (especially in France throughout the sixteen century), to the clarion of Hitler's wars that he claimed he was waging against the Jews to testify to his Christian faith: "I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord" (Hitler, Mein Kampf) and required every member of his military to wear the slogan "Gott mitt uns" [God is with us].
Today the greatest threat to the world, to the USA, and to the private right of everyone to believe or not to believe in a deity or deities is threatened by C. Peter Wagner and his brand of intolerance known as New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The NAR has endorse Rick Perry for president, as Perry has promised to scrap the 16th (collection of income tax) and 17th (the right of all people to elect their senators) amendments to the US Constitution because they show "populism" and allow the people to decide, while Perry, deep in the pay of the radical right and obscenely wealthy want the USA to return to the days of government control by the few and not the many (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/seven-ways-rick-perry-wants-change-constitution-131634517.html).
Alice Peterson and other "Apostles" of the new church demand the destruction of all art that does not embellish the NAR, identical to the Taliban that dynamited the 1700 year-old Buddha statues along the Silk Route in Afghanistan. To this end the "Apostles" of the Cherokee and other American Native nations attacked with hammers and other weapons their own heritage and history, destroying as did the Roman Catholic Church of the Middle Ages and the Pentecostal movement after 1900.
It is the goal of the NAR to launch a worldwide battle to awaken Jesus so that he will return from the sky on horseback, to fight against those who do not follow what the NAR claims to be a rigid set of rules for life. Jesus, of the New Testament, had only two rules: to love the neighbor as oneself (Mark 12:30-31) and not to judge others (Matthew 7:1, cp. Acts 10:24). Marriage is to be contracted when young and only between one-man and one woman, although throughout the Bible its men had many wives: from Jacob marrying two of his first cousins (Genesis 24, 28-29), to Solomon having 700 wives (1 Kings 11:1-3). Jesus never married. He lived only with men and left the garden with a naked youth (Mark 14:51). He never made one comment on marriage, and the most he did, according to the Bible, was to change water into wine (John 2:1-11) to further the drunken celebration marriage (Matthew 11:19), with his own family think that he was demented (Mark 3:21).
Rick Perry would change all that. If elected he would create a theocracy far more dangerous to freedom than anything the dreamed o by either the Christian Inquisition or contemporary Iran (http://firedoglake.com/2009/08/05/rick-perry-advocates-theocracy/).