The National Examiner reports:
Governor Rick Perry, who recently intervened for Christians against a lone agnostic child in a school prayer dispute, has allied himself with Christian dominionists, who seek to establish a Christian theocracy in the USA.
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If Governor Rick Perry (R) of Texas runs for president of the United States, he will have one of the most unusual and specific bases for his platform of any candidate in many decades—the spiritual visions of the ancient Hebrew prophet Joel.
Perry has jumped on the “Joel’s Army” bandwagon, claiming in his promotional message for his The Response prayer and fasting event in Houston in August: “Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response.”
The language of Joel 2, written centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, and referring to a time after the return of the Hebrews from their Babylonian exile, has been reinterpreted by some Christian groups to be a prophecy referring to the “end time” or Apocalypse. The “response” Perry is talking about is the one Joel 2 calls for when God’s people are confronted by an Apocalyptic crisis. In part a call for fasting and prayer, it is also a description of a powerful army of God.
One group which has for many years taught a theology based on Joel 2’s crisis or “shock doctrine”, is the Kansas City prayer organization IHOP (International House of Prayer), headed by Mike Bickle, part of what was known in the 1990s as the Kansas City Prophets, a neo-charismatic movement of Christian “dominionists”, who seek to transform the USA into a Christian theocracy.
Perry lists several figures associated with IHOP and with TheCall movement, started by IHOP associate Lou Engle, as part of the leadership team for the governor’s August 6 The Response event. Lou Engle is the same religious figure who preached in Uganda in 2010, alongside speakers who praised Ugandan laws that would allow for imprisonment and execution of homosexuals.
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