Pastor at Cory Booker's Church Calls for Return to Time When Only Christians Could Vote in Newark
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Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 10:17:39 AM EST
Is Cory Booker's church fair game for discussion in an election?  When the senior pastor endorses Booker in a video released by his senate campaign, I would say yes.  David Jefferson, Jr., senior pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, endorsed Cory Booker's candidacy in a video released by his senate campaign in early August as part of the "Voices for Cory" series.  The evangelistic outreach pastor at Metropolitan Baptist is Apostle Bernard Wilks, who has led and organized municipal events, and is head of Transformation Newark. Wilks has called for the return of the city  to Puritan Newark's guidelines allowing only "Christian believers" to vote or hold leadership roles in the city. The significance of this is not just it's shock value, but in understanding the symbiosis of the school privatization and extreme "free marketers" funding Booker, and the Religious Right leaders who redirect the frustration and anger of those most impacted by our current economic structure. For more on the role of Wilks' Transformation Newark see a previous article. Video after break.
Wilks is discussing "The Nehemiah Plan," a term that is being used to discuss Transformation campaigns around the country. The audio is poor, but it's worth the effort. The transcript is below the video.
Here is the thing.  The city's charter specifically specified - and the expert on this is Lloyd Turner and I guess Joanne has a lot of it too, maybe by studying and some by osmosis -   the charter did specify that Newark was to be a representation as closely as possible to the Kingdom of God, here on earth.  All of the voting citizens of the city, all of them were believers and members of the church.  They allowed others to reside there but they didn't have the same rights and privileges as those who were committed to Christ. Now, the original charter required that, and some how that aspect of our spiritual heritage has been lost, where it was the body of Christ that was the [total?] leadership with governments over the city.  So, we want to see that restored as much as possible and we want to see the residents of this city no longer in great affliction and no longer a reproach.

Wilks is an apostle in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), apostolic covering for Transformation Newark and Pray for Newark. He is also a member of the International Coalition of Apostles. This phenomenon of NAR networks infiltrating existing churches can be seen all over the country.  Communities across the nation are being introduced to the "Transformation" agenda of Ed Silvoso, founder of International Transformation Network and described in more detail in this article.  The Global Day of Prayer is an outgrowth of ITN and its transformation campaign. The city transformation plan calls for merger of church and state and a mandate for control by born-again Christians over society and government.  Newark has become a model for this effort or a "detonator city" as described by Wilks and other Transformation leaders.
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Wilks wears many hats, including leading Transformation Newark, ReMa, the Resident Minister's Alliance, and the Urban Transformation Strategic Operations Council.  In this photo of the latter group, Wilks is meeting with Newark City Council president Mildred Crump and Transformation Newark leaders planning the city's celebration of the Global Day of Prayer and Newark Night Out.

Newark Night Out is part of New Jersey's "National Night Out Against Crime," an event to foster links between law enforcement and the community. Events across the city were hosted by the city, Bernard Wilks, Transformation Newark, and ReMA leaders and affiliated churches.

According to their publicity, ReMA activities also include:

-Host the Clergy Annual Clergy Appreciation Banquet, at Metropolitan Baptist Church  
-Host the Annual National Day of Prayer celebration on City Hall Steps.
-Hosted Political Candidates forum at Newark Symphony Hall
-Founded the Heritage Employment Learning Placement (HELP) Center (ex-offender Employment Agency), 
-Host the Annual (Cherry Blossom) Walk-A-Thon

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ReMA has hosted Transformation Collaboration meetings between pastors and government leaders.  In this meeting at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Wilks, Sr. Pastor David Jefferson, and ReMA leaders report meeting with some of Newark's city council members and "former NJ Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Essex County Urban League president Vivian Cox Fraser, the Chairman Behavioral of Health at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Dr. Trevor Forbes, Columbia University professor and advisor to the Newark Water Group, Dr. Brendan O'Flaherty, Essex County Freeholder (and chief of staff to Senator R. Rice, Sr.), Rufus Johnson, Founder of Evangelism Explosion, Dr. Bill Iverson, UMDNJ Health Clinician Jacelyn Matthews."

DeForest "Buster" Soaries was the former secretary of state under Gov. Christine Whitman, an unsuccessful GOP candidate for the U.S. House in 2002 (losing to Rush Holt) and is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey.  Soaries is described in his bios as a pioneer of faith-based community development and appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a public director of the Federal Home Loan Bank.  Bill Iverson, also listed in above attendees, is considered the "grandfather" of the late D. James Kennedy's Evangelism Explosion.  Iverson is in his mid-80s, but has recently planted several multi-ethnic PCA churches in Newark.

Leaders from Ed Silvoso's  ITN, Lloyd and Joanne Turner, can be seen at the far end of the table in the photo above of the Newark city council president meeting with Transformation Newark leaders. The Turners are the couple referenced in Bernard Wilks' video above. Lloyd Turner is the author of a book published by Silvoso's ministry on "transforming" New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania through supernatural means. A democratic gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, Max Myers, has also written and taught about the need for new "supernatural leadership" to transform the state.  

In 2011, Silvoso held his annual "City Transformation" conference at Metropolitan Baptist.  It included the participation of pastors David Jefferson and Bernard Wilks and was advertised through ReMA.  Although Silvoso may not be familiar to many readers, this could be compared to Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson holding a convention at a church at the height of their political clout. Today's religio-political leaders somehow remain invisible to much of the population as they plant organizations in communities across the nation.  
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Silvoso's 2012 summit on city transformation was held in Vallejo, California. The video "Transformation Vallejo" was premiered at the event held at Union Baptist Church and cosponsored by Transformation Vallejo.  One of the keynote speakers at the 2012 summit was Gerald Whittaker of Transformation Newark.  Whittaker was chosen to give the opening prayer at Booker's 2010 "State of the City" address. Whittaker is also at the meeting of the Urban Transformations Strategic Council pictured above.

The Daily Beast has an article today questioning how Cory Booker got himself "in such a dumb mess" with his equity payoffs and internet startup.  The article continues, "There is an irreconcilable dissonance between the guy who cares so much he lives in public housing and the guy who uses his connections to become a millionaire while working a full-time, highly paid government job."  Yes, there is, and there are other reconcilable differences between Booker's progressive persona and what has been going on behind the scenes in Newark.

Programs from Silvoso's 2011 and 2012 summits shown below.
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That video quote of Apostle Wilks on second hand citizenship of non-Christians is a demonic jewel of a quote; short and to the point.

May I suggest that it be given a place in the left hand column along with Sarah Palin and John Hagee?

by Villabolo on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 03:41:24 PM EST

Have the choice between a Tea Party Republican and a Stealth Dominionist Democrat. Ugh. Is there someone running on any third party? Unfortunately, too many Dems blindly support anyone with a D after their name, regardless of how bad they may be. And unfortunately, whomever wins is elected in NJ, but has an effect on all of us. And either way, it's a vote for theocracy and free market capitalism.

by phatkhat on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 02:35:47 AM EST
The "They're both the same" argument was used to great effect in the 2010 elections here in Florida.  I heard that parroted from every direction at times.  I consider it to be one of the reasons why we lost this state (along with evidence that voting machines were rigged and Democrat "advisors" ignoring effective and decent ways of getting name recognition - namely signs and bumper stickers).

I did note that it was the steeplejackers who parroted "Both parties are the same!" the loudest and longest.  So we now have Rick Scott and a bunch of Tea Party Republicans doing everything in their power to eliminate freedom and equality in this state (especially for the poor), while they're selling it off bit by bit to the highest bidder.

This article discusses one of the few exceptions in that the candidates are both bad.  However, as stated elsewhere, people are trying to steeplejack the Democrats left and right.  I have found one thing to be very effective in combating at least some of those steeplejackers... start pushing separation of church and state with an emphasis that the churches cannot dictate to the state.  That tends to send steeplejackers into a raging tizzy, and I've seen a couple thrown out because it became obvious as to what their real goals were (and because they started breaking the rules about personal attacks and so on).

by ArchaeoBob on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:29:12 AM EST

The post on the call of the pastor for Return to Time When Only Christians Could Vote in Newark proved to be a good read. This site is helping me to know more on the happenings in the locality. Keep up the good work guys Mozzarella Stretching Curd   

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