Wagner Recognized by Delaware House for Commissioning Apostles (Copy of Tribute Included)
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 12:22:57 PM EST
This morning I contacted the offices of Rep. Daniel B. Short and Chief Clerk of the House Richard Puffer and confirmed that C. Peter Wagner was indeed the recipient of a tribute from the Delaware House of Representatives on January 19.  Right Wing Watch posted the link to the Global Spheres e-mail in which Wagner described his reception in Delaware, titled "Apostolic Government in Delaware," and describing the tribute by the Delaware State House for his work "commissioning apostles."  A copy of the tribute and full text follow the article.

[Update 2/2/12: The Delaware House Democratic Caucus contacted me with a statement explaining that individual members can approve a tribute and it should not be considered an endorsement by the Delaware House of Representatives. See a copy of the full text from the Democratic Caucus in the update at Right Wing Watch and also see this Talk2action diary.]

Wagner also recounts his reception by the mayor of Seaford, Delaware,  the Sussex County Council, and the Delaware State Senate.  He writes about "territorial apostolic government" including the following,
Meanwhile, for a year or more I have been in touch with apostolic leadership in the state of Delaware, the first state admitted to the union, about the possibility of organizing key apostles in the state and having their government recognized by the state. I was honored to be invited to sit with six of these leaders for an extended meeting on January 19, 2012. Preparations for this meeting had been going on for several months. Those present agreed to constitute themselves as the Delaware Council of Apostles, and they appointed one of their number to serve as Convening Apostle.

Blogger Christian Dem in NC had questioned the validity of Wagner's claims; a reasonable response since it is difficult to believe that a state legislature with an overwhelming Democratic majority (26-15) would approve a tribute to Wagner for commissioning apostles, and the tribute can not be found on the state's website of legislative activity.  In this case, truth is stranger than fiction and it demonstrates the need for more publicity about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and its mission of overlaying the current Protestant denominations with the NAR's own structure of apostles with authority over geographic areas.

I will be writing more about the meaning of "territorial apostolic government" in the context of the New Apostolic Reformation. The text and a copy of the tribute are below.  Also see coverage of the Delaware tribute at:

Right Wing Watch
Bartholomew's Notes

The full text of the House of Representatives Tribute is exactly as C. Peter Wagner described in the Global Spheres e-mail.  It reads,

Be it known to all that the House of Representatives recognizes Dr. C. Peter Wagner As an Apostle For the Occasion of Commissioning Apostles in the State of Delaware.  

On this special day of the Commissioning Service, we honor Dr. C. Peter Wagner for his many years of faithful service to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, and the advancement of His Kingdom. 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." Rev. 3:7.'

The House of Representatives extends its sincere congratulations and directs this tribute to be presented on this 19th day of January 2012.

(Signed) Robert F. Gilligan, Speaker of the House; Richard L. Puffer, Chief Clerk of the House, Representative Daniel B., Short, Sponsor."

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From the article "...it is difficult to believe that a state legislature with an overwhelming Democratic majority (24-17) would approve a tribute to Wagner for commissioning apostles..." This should come as no real surprise. The Democratic leadership has been working towards changing the perception that they are the party for the non religious for several years now.

by Mr Blackwell on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 03:12:22 PM EST
Seems to me that this legislature got snowed ... after all, not many of them have even HEARD of Wagner. The reason I found it hard to believe was that it is so difficult in most lower houses (federal and state) for the minority to even get a piece of legislation to the floor.

by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:43:14 PM EST
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Weren't the original twelve enough? They basically converted the entire Roman empire.
What does C Peter think he's doing? Bah humbug!

by rdrjames on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 08:58:05 PM EST
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The House has a 26-15 Dem majority.

by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:46:51 PM EST
I made the correction.  The 24-17 number was from the last legislative session, before the 2010 election.

by Rachel Tabachnick on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 10:41:31 PM EST
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Bear in mind that the Texas Legislature once passed a resolution honoring Albert de Salvo for "his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology." Albert de Salvo was, of course, convicted for being the Boston Strangler. Only to suggest that this resolution is so vague that most members probably were not aware who they were honoring. Which makes the work of this site and others who have been focusing on NAR and similar outfits all the more important. http://www.snopes.com/legal/desalvo.asp

by EleanorB on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:36:37 PM EST

As for me I'll stick with the original twelve, and their Lord!
Fortunately, Washington State is one of the most unreligious states in the union so we don't have to worry much about this cr-p. I'm glad to be a conservatively theological Christian here. I don't have to worry about those kooks much.

by rdrjames on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 08:54:47 PM EST


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