A New But Old Look at the Great Commission
Lance Wallnau, a renown Christian teacher, has reawakened an evangelistic strategy dormant for many centuries. His teaching on the seven mountains brings back into focus this important piece of wisdom: evangelizing the places of authority. Many in the past did the same.
St. Patrick focused on the Irish Chieftains and turned Ireland to God. He brought the presence of God through signs and wonders and the preaching of the Gospel into the government of Ireland, which at that time was made up of countless tribes. Once he turned their hearts to God, the patch work fiefdoms of Ireland turned to God.Today, despite being a nation filled with civil unrest, it ranks as one of the highest in church attendance and a Biblical world view. This is phenomenal when you look at the rest of secular Europe and their disdain for anything Christian. Patrick's work still reverberates.
Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary, evangelized the daimyo (warlords) of feudal Japan and turned whole villages and cities to the Lord. It was recorded that Japan had over 750,000 Christians during the sixteenth century and was just about to tip toward a full blown national revival, but two shoguns, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu, systematically purged the nation of any visible remnant of Christianity. Many were told to recant or face torture and execution. Many apostasized their faith or died in the name of Jesus. Whatever the case, the converted population was pretty sizable for that period of time. Xavier did well.
The Puritans, other colonial Christians, and their descendants took all seven mountains of authority in America, and for a time, the blessings of God flowed into every corner of influence. We were the strongest economy, had the best educational system, possessed strong family values, produced wholesome entertainment, modeled true democracy, practiced orthodox Christianity, and reported honest news. We exemplified for a time what a nation would look like when Christianity held the reigns of authority. Today, most of the mountains in the US, except for a few religious hills, are controlled by the Devil.
Lance Wallnau, with his teachings on the seven mountains, reignites our passion to get back into the fray and retake lost spiritual territory through a focused attack on the seven key mountains of influence. What are they? The government, education, arts, business, family, religion, and media mountains are the main ones. They make up the power blocks or places of influence for every nation on this earth.
Instead of just proclaiming the Gospel in a hit-or-miss fashion geographically, he challenges Christians everywhere to take a more laser guided attack on the authority structures of these mountains. If you control the top, you control the mountain. If you control the mountains, you influence the nation. If you influence the nation for the kingdom of God, you fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). It's chopping down the tree with the head of the axe rather than the handle. It's bringing the presence and power of God into the heart of these mountains and rising up in influence through a Luke 2:52 life. It's leaving the four walls of the church and getting into strategic places for the purposes of God.
In Luke 4:5-6 Satan tempts Jesus with these words, "And the Devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomever I will give it." These words reveal that kingdom, power, and glory go hand in hand. Every nation has level of power and glory that has been defiled by the Devil. He controls it. He gives it to whomever will bow to him and to his values (Luke 4:7).
In the garden, Adam and Eve forfeited their right to rule and reign over the kingdoms of this earth. Satan usurped their place through deception and now controls the world (1 John 5:19). The true power and glory of the nations are now shrouded and used for demonic purposes, but the Lord has disarmed and destroyed the authority of the devil (Col 2:15). Jesus and His church now rules and reigns (Matt 16:18). The bride armed with this truth needs to now retake these nations and uncover their true glory and power for the Kingdom of God. We are called to blow apart the demonic veil over the nations, kick out the demonic squatters, and retake our rightful positions. We do this by infiltrating each mountain of influence from the inside, not from the outside. We must become like Esthers, Daniels, and Josephs again. We must subvert the works of the Devil. The true glory and power of the nations must shine for God. Too many in the world have bit into the apple of temptation and settled for demonic glory and power. They follow the Usurper and will find themselves usurped into hell.
When Christians get into positions of influence within these mountains, nations become changed; the Great Commission becomes a reality (Matthew 28:18-20). All of the seven mountains carry a treasure that honors and belongs to the King of Kings. Revelation 5:12 states, "saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." The religion mountain carries honor; the media mountain carries blessing; the arts mountain carries glory; the government mountain carries power; the education mountain carries wisdom; the family mountain carries strength; the business mountain carries riches. They all belong to Jesus. The Kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior. We walk and conquer in that glorified eventuality.
In the days to come, I will write more on Lance Wallnau's Seven Mountain strategy in order to further establish this ground breaking teaching. We live in exciting times. Get ready to be launched. I got my helmet on. It should be a lot of fun.