The Call: Spiritual Warfare in the Field of Martyrs
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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 02:01:43 PM EST
On November 1, 2008, I attended The Call - a rally organized by Lou Engle at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium - attended by 33,000 (according to organizer estimates) over a twelve hour period. Citing the state's "fog of Jezebel confusion"* Engle organized this incarnation of The Call to support Proposition 8 - a California ballot proposition that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. During the event, Engle warned that the decadence in the state "will release a spirit that is more demonic than Islam". The Call is a large-scale traveling revival that purports to offer participants an edifying day of fasting and prayer away from the temptations of secular culture. But far from being a quiet zone for collective meditation, TheCall was a anxious assembly of endtime spiritual warriors.

My documentation of the event can be seen in this video:

As Max Blumenthal notes in a piece today on The Daily Beast, the event was bankrolled by prominent dominionists - including the notorious Christian Reconstructionist Harold F. Ahmanson. This connection illustrates the ways in which Christian right leaders from radically different theological perspectives routinely find common ground in the dominionist mandate to "purify the nation" through political means.

The "call" of the title was to spiritual warfare - to "break the 40-year Berkeley rebellion" (a reference to what they see as the rampant spread of secular values following the Berkeley protests of the 1960s) and to cleanse the city of San Francisco. Engle's apocalyptic battle cry, "As California goes, so goes the nation" was the underlying theme of the event - if the "sanctity of marriage" falls in the trendsetting state of California, the nation won't be far behind. The crowd was reminded by Engle, James Dobson, Tony Perkins and others of a Christian right maxim: the traditional family structure forms the foundation of a Godly society and to undermine it is to join forces with the Antichrist.

Toward the end of the night, the stakes were raised when an increasingly agitated Engle and a young campus leader from UC-San Diego called the crowd to ready themselves for martyrdom. The 20,000 or so who remained in the stadium after 12 hours of spiritual warfare seemed all too willing to comply.

* Engle stated here his belief that the spirit of Minerva (Roman goddess of warriors, poetry, wisdom and medicine) controls the state of California.




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Engle is in C. Peter Wagner's Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE).  Mary Glazier, who claimed Palin as part of her network, is also a part of this inner circle of Prophetic Elders. Lou Engle was also in the movie "Jesus Camp" but his appearance in the film received little attention at the time.

The list of people on the advisory team of "The Call" is an example of the merging of the New Apostolics with other Dominionist leaders to pursue common goals. Also, the video at the The Call Institute provides a good example of the current face of Dominionism.  These can be found on the website www.thecall.com under the "About" pulldown tab.

by Rachel Tabachnick on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 10:35:51 AM EST


If they'd take some basic courses in sociology or anthropology, they'd learn that their ideas about family are very wrong and narrow-minded.  If they'd take a step further, they could also learn that their ideas about families don't even match the situation in New Testament times!!!

I rather laughed when I read their "prophesy" that if Proposition 8 failed, it "will release a spirit that is more demonic than Islam".

Well, maybe a "spirit" of freedom and tolerance for difference (which they would hate more than Islam) would "be released", and I would say that such a "spirit" would be more "Christian" and "Godly" than anything I've heard from the dominionists!!!

Their "prophets" give the REAL ones a bad name.  They also don't seem to understand what a prophet is and is not.

by ArchaeoBob on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 11:11:11 AM EST


Looking at the picture from the video on this blog- does it seem to others (as it looks to me) that the beard and so on is fake?

Maybe it's not- but it does look that way to me!!!


by ArchaeoBob on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 11:13:29 AM EST


There is some serious medieval-ism going on with these so-called prophets. Couldn't be a Chinese, or Indian, Aztec, or Native American deity - had to be a Roman (white European) one. Even their imaginations are bigoted.

by SharonB on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 04:35:20 PM EST

Minerva is the goddess on the State Seal of the State of California

by JerrySloan on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 01:02:17 AM EST
Calafia was the warrior queen of a Black Amazonian tribe in a once popular knightly romance of the type satirized by Cervantes.

by NancyP on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 08:27:53 PM EST
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but intellectually lazy.

by SharonB on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 03:11:34 PM EST
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