Samuel Rodriguez Joins Peter Wagner's International Coalition of Apostles
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Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 05:52:29 PM EST
The International Coalition of Apostles was formed in 2001* and represents probably the biggest religious constituency that most Americans have never heard of. As President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council, which purports to represent roughly ten million Hispanic Protestant evangelicals and five million Charismatic Catholics, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is now the ICA's highest profile apostle; it should be national news. Rodriguez has prayed together with Barack Obama and shared a podium with the late Ted Kennedy. Dubbed the Hispanic Karl Rove, Rodriguez  played a significant role in helping craft the Third Way's "Come Let Us Reason Together" governing agenda and has publicly declared his intent of fusing together the message of Billy Graham with the message of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A gifted public speaker and preacher, Sammy Rodriguez can pass as pseudo-moderate as necessary, and has been interviewed by Bill Moyers and Beliefnet editor Steve Waldman but can also be found, in church, inveighing against "radical Muslims. Radical homosexuals. Radical abortionists" and  "sissy Christians, Oprah Winfrey Christians."

Stylistically, Rodriguez might seem to have little in common with Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee but in fact the two appear so ideologically and theologically in sync that Hagee's former youth minister Warren Beemer, who at Hagee's 50th Anniversary of being in the ministry vowed to send an army of Cornerstone Church youth into San Antonio to claim the city for Christ, now heads the international youth ministry of Rodriguez' Third Day Believers Network ( 3DBN ).

I've previously covered Samuel Rodriguez in 'Hispanic Karl Rove' Helps Shape 'Third Way' Democratic Party Platform and Proposition 8 : A Proving Ground For The New 'Rainbow' Right. Here are some more Talk To Action stories which involve Rodriguez.

*A correction: this article originally dated the formation of the ICA to 2000. The ICA was formed in 2001.




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