In September 2009, two Texas pastors, Tom Schlueter and Bob Long, visited Rick Perry in the governor’s office. Schlueter and Long, who consider themselves prophets, told Perry of God’s plan for Texas. They claimed Texas was “The Prophet State,” anointed by God to lead the United States into revival. At the end of the meeting, Gov. Perry asked the pastors to pray over him. According to the pastors, God spoke as Schlueter laid his hands on Perry.
Schlueter and Long are members of a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation. Believers consider themselves modern-day apostles and prophets, in that they believe they communicate directly with God. They believe world disasters (such as Japan’s earthquakes and 9/11) are the result of mankind’s failure to heed their prophecies. Their beliefs are bizarre: one member believes the Democratic Party is ruled by Jezebel (unfortunately, I think he means the false prophet and not the excellent blog) and three other demons.
They also believe that it is their job to infiltrate government and politics, and they are beginning by creating an “army of God.”
Perry gave self-proclaimed prophets leading roles in The Response, a Christian prayer rally he held on August 6. The Response garnered widespread criticism for its blurring of church and state and the involvement of an anti-gay hate group. What escaped notice was that eight members of The Response’s “leadership team” are affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation.
The Response – and much of the New Apostolic Reformation – is based largely on the obscure Book of Joel, in which God sends the land of Judah faces drought and economic crisis to force the wicked citizens to repent. Joel is also an “instruction manual” for the End Times.
Is Perry really a believer? Does he believe that we’re nearing the End Times and that he must pull the country out of its wickedness and infuse religion into government? Or is he merely hoping his apostles and prophets can propel him to the White House?
Via Texas Observer.
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