Gingrich Faith Leader Wants To "Infect" One Million Young Americans
Bruce Wilson printable version print page     Bookmark and Share
Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 12:51:12 PM EST
[update: for related story, see Gingrich Faith Coalition Leader: Punch To Gut Healed Stomach Tumor]

Dutch Sheets is a member of Newt Gingrich's Faith Leaders Coalition -- as confirmed in January by researcher Rachel Tabachnick and noted in a February 27, 2012 story in The Nation). In a February 19, 2009 podcast, Sheets detailed (transcript below) an ambitious Internet-driven plan to "infect" one million young Americans per year with the dominionist Seven Mountains vision - that believers should infiltrate and take places of influence in key sectors of society and culture.

The 7M mandate has been promoted extensively by the NAR, including by Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee, prior to his blessing of Sarah Palin, as shown in 2005 church footage (see links, above) that emerged during the 2008 election. The Seven Mountains are: business and finance, religion, the family, education, media, arts and entertainment, and government.

Dutch Sheets is a major leader in the movement coalescing within born-again charismatic Christianity known as the New Apostolic Reformation. The NAR is the dominant tendency in Gingrich's Faith Leaders Coalition. The New Apostolic Reformation was covered in two full WHYY NPR Fresh Air segments, hosted by Terry Gross, aired in August and October 2011.

The NAR's sprawling national and state-level prayer networks serve as hubs for political organizing, and while NAR doctrine is heavily infused with the need to combat demons, the movement also advances a radical form of theocratic libertarianism. NAR leaders are currently distributing, in California, prayer guides that attack unions.

NAR politics skews toward the Tea Party spectrum, and is infused with paranoid anti-communist conspiracy theory. One of the NAR political ventures, the Oak Initiative, has promoted the claim that the Obama Administration's health care reform legislation contained a provision for the creation of a left-wing constabulary force like the Nazi brownshirts. The Oak Initiative (see link, above) heavily demonizes Islam.  

While the other NAR-associated leaders in the Gingrich Faith Coalition - notably George Barna and Jim Garlow - (Barna especially) have crafted lower-key public personas, Dutch Sheets is a firebrand within the NAR movement who serves as a "spiritual father" to one of the most virulently antigay pastors associated with the NAR, Damon Thompson, and has touted a form of faith healing in which pastors physically assault, onstage, advanced-stage cancer patients. Sheets also maintains that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Notable aspects of the NAR teaching include the doctrine that believers should destroy or neutralize, by burning, smashing, or flushing down toilets, objects deemed to be unholy, including profane books and "idolatrous" religious texts (such as Books of Mormon), religious relics (such as statues of Catholic saints, the Buddha, or Hindu gods), and native art (such as African masks, Hopi Indian Kachina dolls, and totem poles.)

While the NAR came to widespread public attention due to Texas governor Rick Perry's August 6th, 2011 The Response prayer event, which was dominated by C. Peter Wagner's apostles and prophets, by November 2011 NAR leaders were beginning to shift their support from Perry to Newt Gingrich - whose alliance with the hard religious right goes back decades.

Dutch Sheets' specific vision, described in his February 2009 podcast, of infecting a million young adults per year with the Seven Mountains ideology and vision, for Christian takeover of society, may not have come to fruition.

But the New Apostolic Reformation relentlessly targets young Americans, including through an ambitious nationwide effort, in which NAR ministries are participating, to establish Christian clubs in public schools throughout America - the subject of a new book by journalist Katherine Stewart, titled The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children.

Stewart can be seen discussing her book, in the video below, during a February 7, 2012 panel discussion hosted by Mark Crispin Miller and held at the McNally Jackson NYC bookstore.

[below: transcript of Dutch Sheets talk, in which he outlines a plan to "infect" one million young Americans per year with the Seven Mountains dominionist agenda.]

"What if I said to you that God has given us a strategy through which we can release a minimum of one million young people a year into different parts of our culture, with an understanding that they are sent there by God to change that part of society?

There's actually been a lot of talk lately about the "Seven Mountains", or pillars of our culture and society, that influence everything else - the Religion Mountain, the family, arts and entertainment, media, education, government, and business. We know that if we can impact each of those mountains and really bring the kingdom of God and its influence there, we can change our culture.

What if I said to you that we can send a million young people into those mountains every year, with a true revelation from God that they are called there, called to be a minister of the Lord there? That's ten million young people over the next ten years. If we could do that, we could change America.

We have that strategy, and we'll be releasing that at the conference this year, of the United States Apostolic Alliance, March 30th through April 2nd.

What if I said to you that we have identified 23 states that, according to Chuck Pierce in the vision he saw, have a righteous root that we can call on, or use, let's say - in other words, that state has something that God has done there that is a root put there by his spirit that can release, or out of it can grow life, etc. - we believe there are 23 of those states. And there are 27 that don't have that righteous root.

What if I said to you that we have a plan to begin to target those 23 states and move them toward awakening and reformation? Well, that doesn't mean we're going to abandon the other 27. We're not about to do that. It just means that we now have a strategy from the Lord of knowing what to do in each state.

You need to know where yours fits in that. You need to know, "Am I one of the 23, with a righteous root? And, if so, this should be our strategy." You need to know, "I'm one of the 27. This needs to be our strategy." You need to know where we feel like we should start. Because I believe there's six, seven, maybe eight states this year that we need to begin to target in a very significant way. We're going to talk about that at the conference this year. I really hope you can join us.

God has also given us a plan that I believe is very critical for where he wants to take us in this awakening and reformation. And that is, the joining of the generations in a more significant way. In fact, I believe God has put on my heart what I'm calling at this point a Reformation Institute.

And I believe - I'm very confident - that God has given us a plan through which we can infect these young people with the understanding that they're called to transform these mountains but then also to begin to prepare them to do that.

It's a web-based institute, it's going to incorporate not only who I am, what God has taught me, but many, many, many ministries that are functioning in our nation today - so that we can awaken these young people to what God is saying to them, put destiny in them, and then move them into the right website - so that they can hear the teaching they need to fulfill these assignments.

We have a plan to do this. I'm actually inviting several who have a voice to this young generation to this year's conference. We're going to try to marry who we are, the forties, fifties, sixty year olds, with this younger generation, and I believe there's a true joining that will take place this year that I think will launch us into the new.  

And, again, my prayer is that you will join us. I believe these strategies will work, I can't implement them without you, it's not going to be enough if you hear about them through the grapevine or secondhand. Come, listen, pray with us, join us, we're going to pray together, we're going to worship together, we're going to have some very long seasons of just worship - waiting in the Lord - seeking his presence.

I believe this will be, for some of us, perhaps the greatest gathering we've ever been a part of. Last year's national conference of USAA, many people told me, was the best they'd ever been a part of. I'm not satisfied with that, I believe this year's can be better. So would you pray about joining us? - Actually, don't pray about it, just come. And I'll see you there. God bless you."




Display:
In a February 19, 2009 podcast, Sheets detailed (transcript below) an ambitious Internet-driven plan to "infect" one million young Americans per year with the dominionist Seven Mountains vision - that believers should infiltrate and take places of influence in key sectors of society and culture.

So the interesting question is -- did they succeed? And if not, by what is the real number? 500,000? 50,000? 5,000? While I honestly do not know, my guess is that it's closer to 5,000 than either of the other two figures.

Thing is, the Internet has this habit of inoculating people against this type of infection too -- particularly young people who tend to be curious and see what else is out there.

I accept that American society is riven through with ignorant religious bigots who are in positions to do harm -- any casual perusal of the type of bills coming out of state houses these days is ample evidence of that, but those people are not the fruit of missions like this one -- they are simply people who have been promoted higher than their own level of competence intent on trying to make what they believe is a difference in society.

I would need to see real evidence of the large numbers Sheets claims they can attract to their cause before I can believe that it's go any chance of being more of a problem than the people we already have around today.

by tacitus on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 08:51:05 PM EST

...that Sheets' particular Internet driven ideological "infection" scheme probably didn't come to much.

But the point here is that Dutch Sheets is officially one of the "Faith Leaders" attached to a leading presidential candidate.

And, he's just one leader, among many. There are myriad evangelism schemes, many which are actually funded, that target children and young adults. What's the actual effect? - I don't think anyone really knows for sure. Sociologists and pollsters are about two decades behind the curve, so I'm a bit dubious about alleged metrics.

For example, the new trend - promoted by Peter Wagner's movement - is for believers to deny they are "religious" or, for that matter, even "Christian". In the new parlance, one is a "follower of Jesus". The formulation serves to attack the authority of institutional churches, which serves the purposes of the NAR quite well. And, it also probably skews polling data.


by Bruce Wilson on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 05:39:43 AM EST
Parent


... that the current dialogue taking place in the GOP primaries would be enough to make us take all of these activities very seriously, whether the particular project impacts 5,000 people or 5 million people.

The primary success of the NAR (and other  Dominionists, including Reconstructionists) has been their ability to promote their narratives - Christian nationalist and "Biblical economics" narratives that are now common.  This has involved  numerous different initiatives directed toward many different populations.  When one fails, they try something else.

We could continue to pretend this is fringe and not a threat to separation of church and state. It's true we are not as far down the road as Uganda or Guatemala, where a NAR pioneer is now the Foreign Minister, but the Dominionist impact in the 2012 presidential primaries is clearly visible to those familiar with their narratives.


by Rachel Tabachnick on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 11:10:32 AM EST
Parent

The sort of things we are hearing at all levels makes it clear that unless we stop these people, they will win.

They ARE winning, in spite of those who still claim that these are just a fringe group or that they're loosing.

They're going full steam ahead with all of their goals... destruction of public and higher education, defunding of social services (Florida is moving to cut ALL funding that helps the nearly-homeless to stay in their homes for instance), you name it.

The upcoming election is going to be critical, and then the ones after that as well.  I cannot stress enough the threat these people pose to us... those who oppose them.

by ArchaeoBob on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 07:29:43 PM EST
Parent

I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative..
check this out


by shaka22 on Mon Jun 01, 2020 at 09:07:25 AM EST
Parent
This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value. Im glad to have found this post as its such an interesting one! I am always on the lookout for quality posts and articles so i suppose im lucky to have found this! I hope you will be adding more in the future... mundschutz

by johncity on Tue Jun 02, 2020 at 04:17:59 AM EST
Parent
Keep up the good work , I read few posts on this web site and I conceive that your blog is very interesting and has sets of fantastic information. dentist Bern

by shaka22 on Tue Jun 02, 2020 at 08:55:41 AM EST
Parent
Great post I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this interesting and knowledgeable article.
máy lọc nước điện giải kangen


by shaka22 on Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 12:42:15 PM EST
Parent
I think this is an informative post and it is very useful and knowledgeable. therefore, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.
commercial electricians


by rorejiw902 on Wed Jul 15, 2020 at 03:03:20 AM EST
Parent
Thank you very much for this great post.
Upholstery Cleaners


by rorejiw902 on Thu Jul 16, 2020 at 07:07:46 AM EST
Parent
Thank you very much for this great post.
Upholstery Cleaners


by rorejiw902 on Thu Jul 16, 2020 at 07:09:09 AM EST
Parent








Doesn't there appear to be a backlash taking place against this kind of religious extremism in American politics? Santorum's odd invectives against JFK seem to have lost him points in the polls, for example. The war on women that the GOP has being pursuing recently has started to wake people up also.
A recent article in the Washington Post (?) said some GOP insiders are actually hoping they lose the upcoming elections so they can purge the party of its tea party (Christian extremist) infection.
Wishful thinking on my part perhaps, but I can't imagine the majority of the American people giving their rights away to theocrats wholesale.

by PastorJennifer on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:52:12 PM EST
Parent
But a minority of the population seems also to be drifting further into ideological extremism.

The problem seems to be that between the secular libertarian (and Koch brothers financed) wing and the New Apostolic Reformation (and Catholic far-right) influenced sectors of American conservatism, the most energized sector of the Republican base has gone very far right, even to the extent of holding very different understandings on basic realities and facts (Global Warming? - a hoax! Health Care Reform? - A secret left-wing plot to create a brownshirt army! Bailout for General Motors? - we're in Stalinist Russia! - and so on).

by Bruce Wilson on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 11:17:10 AM EST
Parent

Then I can only hope that their extreme narratives alienate people from their party, and the center reasserts a degree of sanity in the public square.

by PastorJennifer on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 05:03:39 AM EST
Parent
This article was written by a real thinking writer. I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer. I'll be back. youtube audio converter

by johncity on Sat Feb 01, 2020 at 12:46:25 PM EST
Parent
I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!.
http://afailingamerica.com


by shaka22 on Wed Feb 05, 2020 at 09:39:03 AM EST
Parent

Only aspire to mention ones content can be as incredible. This clarity with your post is superb and that i may think you're a guru for this issue. High-quality along with your concur permit me to to seize your current give to keep modified by using approaching blog post. Thanks a lot hundreds of along with you should go on the pleasurable get the job done. https://grupobarsac.com

by johncity on Mon Mar 16, 2020 at 05:08:28 AM EST
Parent
I think this is a really good article. You make this information interesting and engaging. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing. forklift training

by johncity on Tue Mar 17, 2020 at 07:16:27 AM EST
Parent
This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. http://sanskritijewelsbygeetika.com/

by shaka22 on Mon Apr 20, 2020 at 05:03:34 AM EST
Parent
I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

by shaka22 on Wed Apr 22, 2020 at 07:14:21 AM EST
Parent

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information... D365 Business Central Credit Card Processing

by johncity on Tue Apr 28, 2020 at 11:41:32 AM EST
Parent
Great content material and great layout. Your website deserves all of the positive feedback it's been getting. electromagnetic therapy machine

by shaka22 on Wed Apr 29, 2020 at 12:49:48 PM EST
Parent


I am continually amazed by the amount of information available on this subject. What you presented was well researched and well worded in order to get your stand on this across to all your readers. Privacy Impact Assessment software

by johncity on Sat May 30, 2020 at 05:16:18 AM EST
Parent



Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Credit Card Processing

by johncity on Mon May 04, 2020 at 08:00:01 AM EST
Parent

This article was written by a real thinking writer. I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer. I'll be back. grc tool

by johncity on Sat May 16, 2020 at 11:48:25 AM EST
Parent

Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it.
click over here


by shaka22 on Sun May 31, 2020 at 05:55:07 AM EST
Parent




This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post. tankstellen deutschland

by johncity on Wed Mar 18, 2020 at 06:28:16 AM EST
Parent
Most of the time I don't make comments on websites, but I'd like to say that this article really forced me to do so. Really nice post! Buy Psychedelics Online

by johncity on Fri May 01, 2020 at 02:57:54 PM EST
Parent



Good article, but it would be better if in future you can share more about this subject. Keep posting. Chiropractor Naples FL

by johncity on Sat Mar 14, 2020 at 05:23:38 AM EST
Parent

Your blog provided us with valuable information to work with. Each & every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep blogging, outdoor bar hire

by johncity on Sun Mar 15, 2020 at 06:09:13 AM EST
Parent

What a fantabulous post this has been. Never seen this kind of useful post. I am grateful to you and expect more number of posts like these. Thank you very much. Twain Harte vacation rentals

by johncity on Thu Mar 19, 2020 at 05:34:14 AM EST
Parent




I am no expert, but I believe you just made an excellent point. You certainly fully understand what you are speaking about, and I can truly get behind that. More Help

by farhanmalik on Tue Jan 22, 2019 at 08:26:57 AM EST


WWW Talk To Action


Cognitive Dissonance & Dominionism Denial
There is new research on why people are averse to hearing or learning about the views of ideological opponents. Based on evaluation of five......
By Frederick Clarkson (290 comments)
Will the Air Force Do Anything To Rein In Its Dynamic Duo of Gay-Bashing, Misogynistic Bloggers?
"I always get nervous when I see female pastors/chaplains. Here is why everyone should as well: "First, women are not called to be pastors,......
By Chris Rodda (95 comments)
The Legacy of Big Oil
The media is ablaze with the upcoming publication of David Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon. The shocking non fiction account of the......
By wilkyjr (58 comments)
Gimme That Old Time Dominionism Denial
Over the years, I have written a great deal here and in other venues about the explicitly theocratic movement called dominionism -- which has......
By Frederick Clarkson (62 comments)
History Advisor to Members of Congress Completely Twists Jefferson's Words to Support Muslim Ban
Pseudo-historian David Barton, best known for his misquoting of our country's founders to promote the notion that America was founded as a Christian nation,......
By Chris Rodda (59 comments)
"Christian Fighter Pilot" Calls First Lesbian Air Force Academy Commandant a Liar
In a new post on his "Christian Fighter Pilot" blog titled "BGen Kristin Goodwin and the USAFA Honor Code," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan......
By Chris Rodda (79 comments)
Catholic Right Leader Unapologetic about Call for 'Death to Liberal Professors' -- UPDATED
Today, Donald Trump appointed C-FAM Executive Vice President Lisa Correnti to the US Delegation To UN Commission On Status Of Women. (C-FAM is a......
By Frederick Clarkson (80 comments)
Controlling Information
     Yesterday I listened to Russ Limbaugh.  Rush advised listeners it would be best that they not listen to CNN,MSNBC, ABC, CBS and......
By wilkyjr (57 comments)
Is Bannon Fifth-Columning the Pope?
In December 2016 I wrote about how White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who likes to flash his Catholic credentials when it comes to......
By Frank Cocozzelli (117 comments)
Ross Douthat's Hackery on the Seemingly Incongruous Alliance of Bannon & Burke
Conservative Catholic writer Ross Douthat has dissembled again. This time, in a February 15, 2017 New York Times op-ed titled The Trump Era's Catholic......
By Frank Cocozzelli (44 comments)
`So-Called Patriots' Attack The Rule Of Law
Every so often, right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan lurches out of the far-right fever swamp where he has resided for the past 50 years to......
By Rob Boston (58 comments)
Bad Faith from Focus on the Family
Here is one from the archives, Feb 12, 2011, that serves as a reminder of how deeply disingenuous people can be. Appeals to seek......
By Frederick Clarkson (129 comments)
The Legacy of George Wallace
"One need not accept any of those views to agree that they had appealed to real concerns of real people, not to mindless, unreasoning......
By wilkyjr (21 comments)
Betsy DeVos's Mudsill View of Public Education
My Talk to Action colleague Rachel Tabachnick has been doing yeoman's work in explaining Betsy DeVos's long-term strategy for decimating universal public education. If......
By Frank Cocozzelli (39 comments)
Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers and Religious Right
This post from 2011 surfaces important information about President-Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. -- FC Erik Prince, Brother of Betsy......
By Rachel Tabachnick (118 comments)

Respect for Others? or Political Correctness?
The term "political correctness" as used by Conservatives and Republicans has often puzzled me: what exactly do they mean by it? After reading Chip Berlin's piece here-- http://www.talk2action.org/story/2016/7/21/04356/9417 I thought about what he explained......
MTOLincoln (148 comments)
Fear
What I'm feeling now is fear.  I swear that it seems my nightmares are coming true with this new "president".  I'm also frustrated because so many people are not connecting all the dots! I've......
ArchaeoBob (52 comments)
"America - love it or LEAVE!"
I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (71 comments)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (86 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (89 comments)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (96 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (94 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (50 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (70 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (59 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (48 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (83 comments)
Central Florida Sheriff Preached Sermon in Uniform
If anyone has been following the craziness in Polk County Florida, they know that some really strange and troubling things have happened here.  We've had multiple separation of church and state lawsuits going at......
ArchaeoBob (51 comments)
Demon Mammon?
An anthropologist from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the god of this world is Mammon. (Or, rather, The Market, as depicted by John McMurtry in his book The Cancer Stage of......
daerie (69 comments)
Anti-Sharia Fever in Texas: This is How It Starts
The mayor of a mid-size Texan city has emerged in recent months as the newest face of Islamophobia. Aligning herself with extremists hostile to Islam, Mayor Beth Van Duyne of Irving, Texas has helped......
JSanford (54 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.