EXPLORING THE OUTER EDGES OF SOCIETY AND MIND

A 3rd Wave Charismatic Power Encounter in a Rio de Janeiro Cemetery

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on November 6, 2018

“My child, I have given you the keys to My kingdom. In my power and authority you will be able to bind the power of the enemy and loose the captives from his dominion. You will know the mystery of My kingdom and will bring the glad tidings of My kingdom to those who live in darkness…”

– John Eckhardt, Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare – Biblical Principles to Beat the Devil (Charisma House, 2011)

BfLmNyqBOn November 2nd, 2018 a group of around 30 ‘prayer warriors’ stormed a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to disrupt Umbanda practitioners in the midst of a Day of the Dead ceremony. This event is what the late C. Peter Wagner, a pioneer of the 3rd Wave charismatic movement, would call a ‘power encounter’.

Drawing on examples such as Daniel in the lion’s den, Elijah’s conflict with Jezebel, Peter’s conflict with Simon the Magus, and other Biblical events where the righteous become mediums for a divine show of force – power encounters are part of an ends justify the means approach to theocratic spirituality. In particular power encounters occur when religious leaders have determined that an area, organization or individual is under the sway of a ‘demonic stronghold’ which must be torn down through prayer, evangelism and if necessary more occult means of direct spiritual warfare.

“… we ought to see clearly that the end DOES justify the means.  What else possible could justify the means?  If the method I am using accomplishes the goal I am aiming at, it is for that reason a good method.  If, on the other hand, my method is not accomplishing the goal, how can I be justified in continuing to use it?”

– C. Peter Wagner, Your Church Can Grow – Seven Vital Signs Of A Healthy Church, p137 (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1976)

This violent system of applied spirituality has taken root in denominations, congregations and parachurch organizations influenced by theorists such as C. Peter Wagner, John Eckhardt, Tim LaHaye, Joyce Meyer, Rick Joyner, Bill Bright and innumberable others who operate under the auspices of ‘kingdom dominion’ and bringing the Kingdom of God to earth through politicized and weaponized religious ritual and social infiltration.(1)

News reports focus on these as evangelical believers – however the tactics employed represent the integration of weaponized information warfare techniques developed by ecumenical theorists operating within an alternative network of supernaturalist believers that has built up outside of denominational bounds in the wild lands of exorcism country.

The Brazilian news outlet Jornal O Dia’s report on the November 2nd incident gives a good sense of what these techniques look like when put into play on the ground:

Images of a group of at least 30 evangelicals expelling about 15 Umbanda and Candomblé supporters who participated in a service at the Maruí Cemetery in the Barreto neighborhood of Niterói are causing outrage in social networks. The event occurred on the Day of the Dead. One Facebook post, made by Agência Afro Notícias has already reached almost one million views this afternoon.

From the images, a minute and seventeen seconds, men and women dressed in yellow shirts, invade the area where the followers of Umbanda were, near tombs, in the place known as Cruzeiro. To the cries of ‘Jesus has power’, ‘The name of Jesus is powerful’, ‘the devil leaves’ and ‘sorcery leaves!’, The Umbandists, who were in the company of some candomblecistas, became trapped and ended up dispersing.”(2)

The media’s attention has been drawn to politicians whose use of spiritual warfare rhetoric opens up discussions on the dangers of theocracy and the influence of fundamentalist Christian groups in the political arena. It is a clear sign of the movement’s growing success that a significant number of politicians would show solidarity through campaign speeches. In reacting to charges of mal-intention Wagner offered up a candid picture of the movement’s motivations, along with a sophisticated strategic plan for invoking influence in society without obvious coercion:

“The usual meaning of theocracy is that a nation is run by authorized representatives of the church or its functional religious equivalent. Everyone I know in NAR would absolutely reject this idea, thinking back to Constantine’s failed experiment or some of the oppressive Islamic governments today. The way to achieve dominion is not to become “America’s Taliban,” but rather to have kingdom-minded people in every one of the Seven Mountains: Religion, Family, Education, Government, Media, Arts & Entertainment, and Business so that they can use their influence to create an environment in which the blessings and prosperity of the Kingdom of God can permeate all areas of society.”(3)

Wagner’s publishing imprint, Arsenal Books, carries an apt name considering they provide the training material necessary to carry out these goals – and the success of their infiltration can be seen both in the continued harassment of indiginous and traditional faiths around the world by spiritual warfare groups associated with these parachurch ideologies and in the way that their violent rhetoric has become so central to the public face of mainline Christianity.

While atheist pundits focus on what they see as irrational elements, and the potential for active violence predicated on such strong martially based language, what is missed is that Wagner himself provides a more strategically sound means of social control, a simple three step process of infiltration,assimilation and activation.

Sources:
(1) Satan’s Target: Your Mind – Supernatural Living in the American Marketplace – https://modernmythology.net/satans-target-your-mind-supernatural-living-in-the-american-marketplace-c6c38c616778

(2) https://odia.ig.com.br/rio-de-janeiro/2018/11/5590154-video-de-evangelicos-expulsando-fieis-de-religioes-africanas-de-cemiterio-de-niteroi-viraliza-e-provoca-reacoes.html 

(3) https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/31851-the-new-apostolic-reformation-is-not-a-cult

Special thanks to Antonio Fagundes Filho for the link to the O Dia article. 

I Come to the Garden Alone – Pentecostal Reflections on Trance Mediumship & Spiritualist Practice

Posted in > BLACK CADILLAC REVIEW, > SOUND by David on October 7, 2018

Voice excerpt from Don Basham’s sermon ‘Occultism: The House of Satan’

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” I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear falling on my ear
the Son of God discloses.

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tarry there,
none other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of his voice,
is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
and the melody that he gave to me
within my heart is ringing. (Refrain)

I’d stay in the garden with him
though the night around me be falling,
but he bids me go; thru the voice of woe
his voice to me is calling. “

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Physical medium Sylvia Howarth creates spirit art, Reeth, England, 2013. (Photograph: Shannon Taggart, SEANCE – Fulgur Press, 2019)