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Friday, 02 March 2018 07:39

Apostolic Reformists and Dominionists: Emboldened by Trump, the Dangerously Devout Prowl DC

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MICHAEL L. WEINSTEIN, ESQ. FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

God 0302wrp opt(Photo: altemark / Flickr)Trump, our "Caligula-in-chief's" victory was only the first in a series of new realities we face. "Your Wildest Dreams Come True," is tragically not a reality TV show. And it augurs nothing less than a full-fledged Constitutional and national security crisis of Jovian magnitude.

To anyone who claims the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) (of which I am founder and president) has been crying wolf for asserting that Dominionists are intent on controlling our US military

It's time for your wake up call, wild dreamers.

An influential pack of Dominionist predatory proselytizing worship wolves was howling in Trump's DC hotel February 22-24 2018; the pack's fanatical leaders believe "God sent" Trump to the White House.

Heaven's rule is knock knock knockin' hard on our government's door my friends: it's called Dominionism.

Academics Chip Berlet and Frederick Clarkson popularized the term "Dominionism" in the 1990s. In "Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement Hiding In Plain Sight," Clarkson writes:

"Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological view, means, or timetable, Christians are called by God to exercise dominion over every aspect of society by taking control of political and cultural institutions."

Dominionists are Christian nationalist extremists -- modern iterations of medieval Crusaders. Dominionists are like the radical proponents of Sharia Law, only they champion the Bible and not the Koran. Dominionists dream of a United States ruled by a biblical set of Christian principles and reject the secular US Constitution.

These New Apostolic Reformists (NAR) see themselves as modern day missionaries, archaic crusaders and apostles, clamoring to spread their exclusivist and weaponized version of Christianity to the world, whether invited to or not. The radical fringe "New Apostolic Reformation" aims to create a dominating and totalitarian empire within Christendom. Al Jazeera once called NAR, "America's Own Taliban."

NAR and those of similar ilk have been on MRFF's radar for years.

For example, this 2014 article exposes the ridiculous yet extremely dangerousnotions espoused by Dominionist NAR types of the likes of the late Jim Ammerman, and Morningstar Ministries head Rick Joyner, who called for a "military takeover" to fix our nation.

Apostolic reformists are multiplying like ravenous bacteria and have been drawn to DC by a putrescent stench stronger than rotten raw Trump steaks. They've been attracted by a president who would be gloriously complicit in opening that door to satiate his narcissistic appetite by surrounding himself with these sycophantic Apostles in an Oval Office where the laying on of hands is followed by the opening of arms to theocratic rule.

I want to call attention to the excerpt from "Tea Party Republican -- Linked Religious Right Leader Calls for 'Military Takeover'" below:

"The identity of the NAR's alleged 'apostles in the military,' mentioned by apostle Dutch Sheets at a 2008 New Apostolic Reformation conference in Texas, is mostly speculative.However,  one such fundamentalist Christian monstrosityis known for certain -- the late Jim Ammerman, who ran a chaplain endorsing agency that is responsible for credentialing a substantial percentage of active-duty chaplains in the United States military."

Just days ago, a Dominionist minion, the same "Dutch Sheets" referenced above, came howlin' a similar tune in DC.

In the article "Dominionists Head To Trump's DC Hotel To Bring 'Heaven's Rule' To America," author Peter Montgomery writes:

"Sheets believes that God has a special plan for Trump. 'I'm very confident that there is an encounter with God that this man is going to have,' Sheets said of Trump, an encounter that will transform him into a modern-day John the Revelator, author of the apocalyptic biblical book of Revelation. 'I already believe God is using him … I believe He wants to make him a father of this nation, for this nation, to this nation.'

Sheets and others have been sending weekly notices calling for prayer and inviting people to take part in prayer calls forgathering. The prayer focus for this week included a specific request that the VIPs just around the corner would make an appearance: 'Pray that President Trump and Vice President Michael Pence will honor the invitation and come, even if just briefly.'"

This is absurdity by cowardly and craven presidential allowance and endorsement.

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Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, Esq. is founder and president of the seven-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). Mikey was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in US Defense by Defense News. Mikey represents over 54,000 active/retired/reserve servicemembers, is a USAFA Honor graduate himself, and formerly worked in and for the West Wing as legal counsel in the White House. Follow Mikey on Twitter and Facebook.