Lou Engle's "The Call Uganda" Reported but NAR Remains Under Radar
Rachel Tabachnick printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Wed May 05, 2010 at 08:50:49 AM EST
The New York Times covered Lou Engle's May 2 "The Call Uganda," pointing out that speakers at the event did indeed provide support for Uganda's proposed draconian anti-gay laws. However, the fact that Lou Engle is a major figure in a larger religious movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) again escaped the notice of the mainstream press.  Engle was simply described as an "American evangelical."  Speakers at the event included Apostles John Mulinde and Julius Oyet, both stars in the NAR's "Transformation" series of movies which are advertised as shown to millions worldwide.  Both of these Ugandan apostles work extensively in the United States, including Mulinde's work training leaders of American college ministries through the Institute for Campus Revival and Awakening, held at Yale University.

These are not just anonymous American and Ugandan "evangelicals."  They belong to a specific movement with a clearly stated agenda that is rejected by many American evangelicals.


The New Apostolic Reformation is an effort to reorganize the Protestant church under the authority of the apostles and prophets of the movement and it is sometimes referred to as "Apostolic and Prophetic."  The movement has led a shift in evangelism efforts from saving souls one by one to "discipling" entire communities and nations.  Transformation is the buzz word that describes these efforts to "take territory" with the stated goal to ultimately take "Christian dominion" over government and society.  Part of this effort includes the use of spiritual warfare techniques such as spiritual mapping and networks of prayer warriors.

The apostles and prophets of the movement are making serious inroads into the American Religious Right and are demonstrating increased political clout in a number of nations in Africa, South American, and Asia.  The New York Times article did not reference the high profile and internationally broadcast appearances that Lou Engle has had with Republican leaders including Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bachmann, Sam Brownback, and Jim DeMint, among others.

Lou Engle is a member of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, one of C. Peter Wagner's inner circles of leaders,.  The New Apostolic Reformation and its numerous "Transformation" entities have been involved in Uganda for well over a decade and advertise close ties to First Lady Janet Museveni and other political leaders as shown in Bruce Wilson's Transforming Uganda.   Lou Engle's claim that he did not know about the pending anti-gay laws becomes more difficult to believe when one understands that he is in the inner circle of leadership of an international movement that has been working to "transform" Uganda since the 1990s.

In Religion Dispatches, Michael Wilkerson describes the participation of Apostles John Mulinde and Julius Oyet and provides a valuable inside look at the event.  However, he makes no reference to the larger New Apostolic (NAR) movement in which the apostles are involved or their leading roles in the "Transformation" movies, produced by George Otis, Jr., founder of Sentinel Group and a pioneer of spiritual warfare techniques and spiritual mapping.

The "Transformation" movies, produced from 1999 to the present serve as promotional tools for the concept of taking Christian dominion, along with the "Reclaiming the Seven Mountains of Culture" campaign which is being promoted across the U.S.

Transformations II: The Glory Spreads featured Apostle John Mulinde of World Trumpet Ministries in a vignette on Uganda, and Mulinde has also been featured in a number of subsequent "Transformation" movies.  Apostle Julius Oyet was featured in "An Unconventional War," a full length movie on the transformation process in Uganda. These movies claim that Uganda is being supernaturally transformed through the expulsion of demons in society followed by Christian dominion over government and society.  In the movies this transformation is shown as including the supernatural healing of AIDS and success in warfare against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army based on the destruction of demonic altars.  

Those who wish to understand the current atmosphere in Uganda and the role that the New Apostolic movement has played, need to see the "Transformation" movies which included the participation of  President and First Lady Museveni and numerous government, military and religious leaders.  

The relationship between American Religious Right leaders and Uganda goes far beyond a few visits and presentations.  Apostle John Mulinde, for instance, has a U.S. branch of his ministry and is advertising his ministries' work with both the Orlando and Baltimore police forces. The Institute for Campus Revival and Awakening held at Yale University, was founded to bring about "transformation" on college campuses.  Their website features co-founder, Dale Schlafer, followed by Mulinde.  Scroll down a little further and you will see Mark Daniel, who heads Mulinde's U.S. ministry.  Note that Jeremy Story of Campus Renewal is in this group.  Story advertises his organization as having "pioneered spiritual mapping at campuses in America over 14 years. The Lausanne World Pulse reported that George Otis, Jr., producer of the "Transformation" movies, was part of the original 2006 faculty.

Apostle Julius Oyet works extensively with the College of Prayer, which is headquartered in the Atlanta suburbs and has branches in West Palm Beach and in Ontario, Canada. Oyet also speaks at "Marketplace Apostle" events in support of the Reclaiming the Seven Mountains of Culture campaign and has been advertised for conferences as an expert on the Government/Church Mountains.  Julius Oyet was recognized by the Ugandan Parliament when the anti-gay bill was initially introduced.

The inability of the press to label this group as anything other than "American evangelicals" allows the NAR to continue to fly under the radar.  Even identifying them simply as belonging to the neo-Charismatic or neo-Pentecostal stream of Christianity would aid readers in understanding the current internal struggles and shifts in evangelical leadership in both this country and globally.  

The international growth of the Charismatic/Pentecostal stream internationally has greatly increased their clout both religiously and politically in nations around the globe. This segment of Christianity is now estimated to be a mega-block of over 500 million people. The NAR's efforts have organized and streamlined the ideology of millions of the nondenominational Charismatic sector, although it has also drawn the participation of some pastors in Pentecostal denominations as well as Charismatics in other denominations including Mainline Protestant and even Roman Catholic Charismatics despite the movement's demonization of traditional Roman Catholicism.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force which will lead thousands of events on May 6, has many New Apostolics at its helm, including Presiding Apostle C. Peter Wagner who has also served as a strategy leader for the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization and AD 2000 and Beyond. The Global Day of Prayer, which will be held on May 23, was founded by Graham Power, head of Transformation Africa and a member of the International Council of ITN (International Transformation Network) led by Apostle Ed Silvoso and Francis Oda.

Although they would like to claim that they define American evangelicalism, the New Apostolics do not represent all evangelicals, and their growing clout and "dominionist" agenda is extremely controversial thoughout the fundamentalist and conservative evangelical world. The NAR is a sectarian movement that refuses to label itself as a denomination because their goal is unification of the church under the authority of their leadership, and the eradication of denominational divides in preparation for the end times.  

The movement is in direct conflict with many evangelicals, the vast majority of Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic Church, and certainly with all non-Christian religions. The NAR does not represent all American evangelicals or even all conservative evangelicals. As the NAR's "Transformation" entities form religious/political entities in state after state, it is becoming increasingly necessary to be able to make this distinction.




Display:
Experts explained that babies are born with a sense of how much food they need and naturally stop eating when they are full.taxis melbourne


by cilky698 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 11:03:54 AM EST

I think it is so important to present yourself in the right way here. It is so important when it comes to get a job and running a business. You will get so much from it. topes de transito

by antichero on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 11:50:00 AM EST

head of Transformation Africa and a member of the International Council of ITN (International Transformation Network) led by Apostle Ed Silvoso and Francis Oda. smarsh


by volf698 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 07:25:13 PM EST

I rarely found this. I came across this and interesting stuff is present here.I will bookmark your website and share with my friends. best HCG drops

by volf698 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 10:12:34 AM EST

The NAR is a sectarian movement that refuses to label itself as a denomination because their goal is unification of the church under the authority of their leadership, and the eradication of denominational divides in preparation for the end times. https://1blick.de/

by volf698 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 12:32:37 AM EST

Useful information like this one must be kept and maintained so I will put this one on my bookmark list!discount louis vuitton


by mike12 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:37:27 AM EST

I try to reach my goals. Since then enjoy reading all the information that appears on your blog.Keep come. Loved it!topes de estacionamiento


by mike12 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:27:19 PM EST

Thanks for one more great article. Where by else could anyone obtain that kind of facts within this a perfect way with words.topes para estacionamiento


by mike12 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 04:50:11 PM EST

Julius Oyet was recognized by the Ugandan Parliament when the anti-gay bill was initially introduced.reductores de velocidad


by chineseboy on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:39:21 AM EST

 They want us to be their SIMPLICITY MAVENS and synthesize the information, providing them with the relevant information that is available at the bottom of the funnel.tapetes para entrada


by nilky698 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:50:28 AM EST


WWW Talk To Action


Real Religious Liberty is Not Oppression
This is a reposting of an op-ed I recently published at LGBTQ Nation -- FC Real Religious Liberty is not Oppression FREDERICK CLARKSON Senior......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Houston Mayor Ignites Fervor of Religious Right
The best take on Houston Mayor Annise Parker vs. the churches in her city is the story written by Marv Knox in the Baptist......
By wilkyjr (1 comment)
Four Stories
LGBTQ Nation   In my first bi-weekly column on religious liberty, I discuss how  "Religious liberty is a progressive and liberatory value, over which......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
Christian Right Voter Mobilization -- The Season Finale
One of the secrets of the success of the Christian Right over the years has been that opponents have taken the movement with insufficient......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Sins Of Omission: When Religious Right Leaders Speak, The Whole Truth Is Often Left Behind
When an individual doesn't feel like being absolutely truthful, there are a couple of things he or she can do. One is to simply......
By Rob Boston (2 comments)
Bishop Finn Under Vatican Investigation
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri has long been a symbol of the ongoing institutional intransigence in addressing......
By Frank Cocozzelli (4 comments)
"The $1-Billion-a-Year [Religious] Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven't Heard Of"
In honor of the 2014 incarnation of the event known as The Gathering, I've given an interview with Jay Michaelson, writing for the Daily......
By Bruce Wilson (5 comments)
(Un)Fantastic Five: A Remembrance Of Values Voter Summits Past
The Religious Right's annual "Values Voter Summit" (VVS) takes place this weekend. Americans United staffers Simon Brown, Sarah Jones and I will be there.......
By Rob Boston (7 comments)
The Christian Right's Voter Mobilization Strategy for 2014
My latest post at Political Research Associates is about how this weekend's Values Voter Summit fits into the Christian Right's wider electoral strategy for......
By Frederick Clarkson (2 comments)
NYT's David Brooks to Speak at Antigay Luncheon of Billionaires Who Fund Racist Preacher
Recently, government-encouraged outbreaks of mob violence against LGBT persons in countries from Uganda to Russia, and draconian new anti-gay legislation in those countries too,......
By Bruce Wilson (2 comments)
D'Souza's Downfall: Religious Right Favorite Sentenced For Campaign Donation Violations
Yesterday conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced to five years of probation and a term of community service for violating federal campaign laws. He......
By Rob Boston (1 comment)
Short Takes -- Taking Action Edition
Banned Books Week is being celebrated this year from Sept. 21-27.  Yes its time for the annual celebration of the Freedom to Read, sponsored......
By Frederick Clarkson (0 comments)
Archbishop Schnurr Throws Cold Water on the Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been an outstanding success in raising both awareness and research money needed to find a cure for Amyotrophic lateral......
By Frank Cocozzelli (1 comment)
The Secret Antigay U.S. Money Behind The WCF and the Global Evangelical War on LGBT Rights
[note to readers: this is an excerpt from my first installment in a Twocare.org/Center Against Religious Extremism series that will examine extensive ties -......
By Bruce Wilson (0 comments)
Race as Religion
Reading Edith Beer's book, The Nazi Officer's Wife, I ran across an interesting account of her fake marriage license.  She married a Nazi officer......
By wilkyjr (2 comments)

Deconstructing the Dominionists, Part VI
This is part 6 of a series by guest front pager Mahanoy, originally dated November 15, 2007 which I had to delete and repost for technical reasons. It is referred to in this post,......
Frederick Clarkson (1 comment)
Republican infighting in Mississippi
After a bruising GOP runoff election for U.S. Senator, current MS Senator Thad Cochran has retained his position and will face Travis Childers (Democrat) in the next senate election. The MS GOP is fractured......
COinMS (2 comments)
America's Most Convenient Bank® refuses to serve Christians
Representatives of a well known faith-based charitable organization were refused a New Jersey bank’s notarization service by an atheist employee. After inquiring about the nature of the non-profit organization and the documents requiring......
Jody Lane (3 comments)
John Benefiel takes credit for GOP takeover of Oklahoma
Many of you know that Oklahoma has turned an unrecognizable shade of red in recent years.  Yesterday, one of the leading members of the New Apostolic Reformation all but declared that he was responsible......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
John Benefiel thinks America is under curse because Egyptians dedicated North America to Baal
You may remember that Rick Perry put together his "Response" prayer rallies with the help of a slew of NAR figures.  One of them was John Benefiel, an Oklahoma City-based "apostle."  He heads up......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Yes, that's right. We have totally lost our religious freedom in Mississippi and it must be restored by our legislators. ......
COinMS (1 comment)
Bill Gothard accused of harassing women and failing to report child abuse
Surprised no one's mentioned this, but one of the longest-standing leaders of the religious right is in a world of trouble.  Bill Gothard has been active in the fundie movement for over half......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
Eugene Delgaudio may lose his day job as Virginia county supervisor
Surprised no one's noticed this, but one of the nation's most virulent homophobes is in a fight to keep his day job.  Eugene Delgaudio is best known as the head of Public Advocate......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents
This caught me by surprise. I guess times are a changin in Dixieland. ------------------------------------- Cross posted from the HRC blog. Starkville Becomes First City in Mississippi to Pass Resolution Recognizing LGBT Residents January 21,......
COinMS (0 comments)
Robert Knight: Running against evolution could potentially be a winner for the GOP
In one of the starkest instances yet of how far gone the religious right is, one of its leading activists thinks that he's found another potential wedge issue that could drive more people into......
Christian Dem in NC (2 comments)
First Catholic official convicted in child sex abuse scandal has conviction overturned
Last year, Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's secretary for clergy, was convicted of reassigning a priest whom he knew had molested a young boy to a parish that had a school attached......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
Quotes From Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas" Book v. Quotes From 1920s Anti-Jewish Propaganda
The point of this comparison is not to cast Sarah Palin as a Nazi. Rather, my intent is to underline uncomfortable similarities between contemporary "war on Christmas" talking points propagated by elements of the......
Bruce Wilson (0 comments)
Francis sets up commission on how to deal with pedophile priests
Late yesterday Pope Francis announced--apparently after some prodding--that he will set up a panel to advise him on how to deal with child abuse by priests. The announcement was a forthright acknowledgment by the......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
John Hagee: Jews will make deal with Antichrist before End Times
When John Hagee opens his mouth, you expect to hear lunacy.  An appearance earlier this month on TBN was no different.  On Friday, People for the American Way stumbled on a special prophecy-focused edition......
Christian Dem in NC (0 comments)
Doug Phillips Resigns From Vision Forum over "Inappropriate Relationship"
Doug Phillips resigned as president of Vision Forum earlier this week, citing an "inappropriate relationship."   Phillips posted an announcement on the Vision Forum website, stating, There has been serious sin in my life......
Rachel Tabachnick (2 comments)

More Diaries...




All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective companies. Comments, posts, stories, and all other content are owned by the authors. Everything else 2005 Talk to Action, LLC.