Just this morning, an announcement went out from TheCall, asking its list of followers to join a national prayer-and-fasting movement aimed at "the spiritual darkness of the homosexual agenda" and the "restraining" of our "ideology." TheCall is not just another fringy extremist church group -- we need to pay serious attention to this move it's making. Lou Engle, founder and leader of TheCall, is not the familiar old bible-thumping enemy like Jerry Falwell and James Dobson. A major figure in the New Apostolic Reformation that I've been writing about, Engle has close ties with the violent anti-abortion movement called The Army of God, who stirred up such a frenzied atmosphere of attacks on abortion clinics that they finally incited someone to assassinate the well-known doctor George Tiller.
Now Engle's front is calling for 21 days of national prayer against the "unseen spiritual powers" (meaning the unholy demons that allegedly possess you and me). But that's not all. His own movement also calls for acts of "martyrdom" -- meaning followers who are willing to commit violent acts, including murder, who will willingly go to prison or be shot down by police, so they can rid the world of the movement's "enemies," namely prominent abortionists and LGBT leaders and the like.
In other words, leaders like Engle can keep the blood off their own hands, and themselves out of prison, by merely inciting others to riot. Their weapons are other people who leap into "Christian soldier" mode and pull the trigger.
Engle isn't a name that is well-known to many of us, but he travels with familiar figures like Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee and Oliver North, among others. Gingrich has been described as one of what Engle calls "the wallbuilders." So when Gingrich is talking and religious rhetoric is coming out of his mouth, you can bet that powers like Engle are moving the former Speaker's lips.
TheCall's message (which is below) has to be read in its entirety, to get the full fanatical sweep of what Engle is calling for. So I've copied it verbatim from the email I saw.
In my opinion, we will now see the violent Army-of-God-type of inciting turned openly against the LGBT community. These extremists are nothing like the conventional enemies we've gotten used to fighting. Yes, they do have an interest in raising millions of dollars to spend on lobbying Prop 8, like the Moral Majority and the Mormon Church did. Yes, they do circulate anti-gay petitions, and hammer on voters, and try to get bills passed or defeated. They even pay for ads on TV. But they're coming at politics from a radically different place, which is essentially a form of religion-motivated domestic terrorism that is apparently being winked at by conservative American government and law enforcement who don't have the brains to see how dangerous it is.
All that these pro-violence fringies need to win is to set in motion some out-of-control people with guns, along with less lethal forms of extreme harassment. That's what they did to create such a forbidding climate around abortion clinics that most women's access to legal abortion in the U.S. has now been virtually eliminated. The fringies didn't even need to get abortion formally outlawed in all states as well as federally. All they needed was to scare so many people that most abortion clinics closed down.
Now they are made bold by their success against abortion -- by the fact that they have lots of friends in Washington D.C. now, and the federal government has done nothing (other than arrest Tilller's murderer) to crimp their activities. So now these extremists are moving down their hit list to the next item on it, namely the LGBT movement.
Their kind of targeting is all it will take to greatly narrow our ability to maintain an open existence, both individually and collectively. Their terrorist-type harassment of us, of our daily lives, our events and activities, and of anyone who supports us, from the media to politics, can suddenly start closing doors in our faces -- just as it did to women seeking abortions. It won't do us any good to have hate-crime laws if the laws aren't enforced. It won't do any good to have marriage rights if ministers and officials are frightened away from performing same-sex marriages. Abortion was legal too, and the federal government actually arrested and prosecuted a lot of violent anti-abortionists -- but that didn't stop the anti-abortion forces, who eventually got control of the battlefield simply by frightening most abortion doctors and their staffs away from their practices.
So, if we expect to outmaneuver these extremists, and win the victory over them, we very much need to study what happened to abortion medicine, and to the now-vanishing "right of a woman to have an abortion," if we are to understand the M.O. that is about to be unleashed against us.
Nobody should be surprised that the extremists are going this far. In the late 1970s, the original gang of young extremists (the so-called Jesus Freaks) openly declared war on three things -- legalized abortion, the gay movement and feminism. And for 30 years they've stayed on course with keeping their word. First the abortionists, then the "homosexuals." When they're ready, they'll get around to the women's movement.
Incidentally, the New Apostolic Reformation, which I've been writing about, is the movement with which Sarah Palin has reportedly been associated, through her home-town church in Alaska. Massive campaigns of prayer and fasting that target specific groups in specific cities -- in this case, the upcoming Gay Pride event in Charlotte, NC on July 25 -- are a hallmark of the NAR, along with ranting about "unseen demonic powers," and the ultimate aim to govern the United States with an "apostolic" government.
Here is Lou Engle's email message to his faithful this morning:
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< "God Has a Better Way"
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you may know, three years ago, I sent my son and several young people to San Francisco to pray that the love of God would be poured out on the homosexual community in the Castro district. For three years they wept, worshiped and witnessed in the Castro. Then the Prop8 contention arose. I found myself in the great challenge to represent Christ's love to the homosexual and at the same time stand against deception and the homosexual agenda that is threatening to mainstream destructive lifestyles and laws into the veins of American life and culture. Jesus modeled the proper posture and was described by the Apostle John as full of grace and truth. We must be filled with the love, compassion and mercy of Christ when ministering to the homosexual, but we must recognize the spiritual darkness behind the homosexual agenda and confront it with massive intense fasting and prayer.
Five years ago we launched a prayer movement that became Bound4LIFE and is now multiplying across the nation contending against abortion and praying for adoption. It is time to raise up a nation wide prayer movement now to stand in the gap crying to God to restrain the homosexual ideology that is hostile to biblical ways and the freedoms we have been able to live in and enjoy in the 233 years of our American history. Even now in certain places christian schools are being pressed to teach pro-homosexual curriculum. Pending hate crime bills will make it extremely difficult for people simply to speak truth on this subject in the public square. In Massachusetts we are very near the point where pastors will not be able to preach biblical truth without punitive measures being taken against them.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, a great stand of truth with compassion is now being made through the church that is actually turning the tide of the homosexual agenda there. Dr. Michael Brown, well known as a catalyst in the revival in Brownsville, is spearheading this movement, speaking with clarity the biblical understanding of the homosexuality, but also ministering and witnessing in love to the community.
This past weekend we called for a 21-day season of fasting and prayer in Charlotte and in Atlanta declaring we must win the battle against spiritual unseen powers if we are going to see freedom for the homosexual and the restraining of the ideology. 40 years ago the Stonewall Riots of New York City, marked the beginning of the homosexual revolution. 40 years later we are coming to the ripening and legal empowering of the movement. Apart from God there is no way of turning this back. We are headed the way of many European nations, but I believe the Lord wants to raise up a "Stonewall" of intercession, a prayer stand if you will, expressed in Ezekiel 22:30 "I looked for a man to stand in the gap to build up a wall before me ...".
In Charlotte, and on this 21-day season of fasting, we are seeking to begin to build that wall of prayer. After my time in Charlotte I came home and watched that movie, Facing the Giants with my children. I was stunned at the last part of the movie when the Richmond Giants are on the one yard line ready to score. The opposing coach shouts to his team who have been experiencing spiritual revival, "Build me a stonewall!" The team stops the giants from scoring on four downs and then in amazing turnaround score themselves. I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me "Build me a Stonewall of intercession that could hold back this giant rumbling across America."
On July 25th, the 21st day of the fast, we are calling those whose hearts stir them from around the nation, to come join Dr. Michael Brown for a day of intercession and public sensitive witness on Charlotte's gay pride day. Our desire is that God would raise up a house of prayer to contend there against the spiritual powers behind the ideology and to contend for an outpouring of the delivering power of Jesus that can set the homosexual, the transgender, and the porn addict free. Come take your stand with our brothers and sisters in Charlotte and cry out to God for a great mercy to sweep over America. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
----------------- Check my September 2008 archive for more articles on the NAR.