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Oct 03 2013

Pentagon Leaders Met with Collaborator of Preacher who Proposed “Military Takeover” of the Government

A few weeks ago, Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), sent out an email blast that began:

AFA meets with Air Force – my report to you

September 19, 2013

Dear Friend,

The American Family Association participated in high level meetings at the Pentagon on September 12, for a frank discussion on the loss of religious freedom by Christians in the Air Force and the Defense Department in general. See AFA’s Press Release here.

We made our point very clear…Christian soldiers and airmen have the right to express their faith and to maintain deeply held religious convictions in every area including homosexuality and homosexual marriage.

Representing AFA was cultural expert, talk show host and author, Sandy Rios. Also present were representatives from Family Research Council, Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, and Alliance Defending Freedom, part of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition which was launched in July.

The AFA, as I wrote in a previous post on this subject (which contains a lot of details that I’m going to skip here), is part of a new coalition of fundamentalist Christian organizations called the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition. This coalition was formed a few months ago for one reason — to lobby for the Fleming amendment to the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act, an amendment that would allow anti-gay discrimination and harassment in the military under the guise of “religious liberty.”

As I also wrote in my previous post, another subject of the September 12 meeting between Pentagon officials and representatives of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition was to get assurances from the Pentagon that Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), didn’t have the influence at the Pentagon that a rumor started by … um … the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition claimed he had. Yes, they had a meeting to get assurances that a rumor they themselves started wasn’t true!

One of the leaders of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition, who was at this Pentagon meeting representing the Family Research Council (FRC), is retired general William “Jerry” Boykin.

Now, with that background out of the way, let’s get on to the point of this post.

As has been widely reported over the last few days, Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries, has proposed a “military takeover” and “martial law” as the only hope to prevent the “serious tyranny” that we’re headed for under the Obama administration.

On the September 30 episode of his Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events TV show, Joyner said:

“We’re headed for serious tyranny. I think we’ve been used in some wonderful and powerful ways by God. We’ve been one of the most generous nations in history. We’ve done so much good. And that’s why I appeal to the Lord: Don’t let us be totally destroyed. Please, raise up those who will save us. And as I start telling friends from a long time that no election’s going to get the right person in there that can restore us because the system is so broken, so undermined right now — the whole system. I believe our only hope is a military takeover — martial law. And that the most crucial element of that is who to the martial [marshal?] is going to be. I believe there are noble leaders in our military that love the republic and love everything we stand for. And they could seize the government.”

Scary, huh? And what makes it even scarier is that a frequent guest on Rick Joyner’s Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events and other shows is none other that retired 3-star general Jerry Boykin, the same retired general who met with Pentagon officials a couple of weeks ago as a representative of one of the primary organizations in the so-called Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition. In fact, Boykin was the guest on Joyner’s Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events for four of the five episodes in the week leading up to his September 30 proposal for a military takeover of the government.

Boykin is also a collaborator in and board member of Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative, an organization of hundreds of Christian leaders whose stated purpose includes:

“For us, it is not simply about measuring, evaluating, or responding to the change around us but rather being change-agents and facilitating change in every aspect of our culture as we, the Oak Initiative, become infused into the areas of social, cultural, and political impact wherever we find ourselves. As individuals, being responsive where we work and live, as a group, conveying a message of true hope and sound change based on wisdom, communicated with grace and patience — with a long term goal in mind — the preparation of the Church to be all she is meant to be in a world that is waiting for her unveiling.”

These people, my friends, are what are known as “dominionists,” a term that means just what it sounds like — these people believe that they have a mandate to take dominion over everybody and everything. This isn’t a label that I’m placing on them; it is their language. So, I’m going to let them explain it to you for themselves. Take a minute to read this article, “How to Walk in Dominion,” from Charisma Magazine, the opening line of which is “God never intended for His people to live in defeat. He destined you to rule,” and explains that “The church’s voice is resounding with the desire to see the manifestation of our God-given assignment to rule and reign over the earth (see Gen. 1:26-28).”

And what else does this same Charisma Magazine promote? Rick Joyner’s Oak Initiative, an organization that has from its first appeal for leaders to join them used language very similar to Joyner’s shocking September 30 statement, saying from its inception in 2010:

“Our God is a martial God, and we must run toward the battle in order to have victory. Above all, we cannot fight to boost our egos or for earthly glory. We must run to the guns and face our enemies head on.”

(For a more detailed explanation of the fast-growing movement that these people are a part of and who they are connected to, see Bruce Wilson’s post “Tea Party Republican — Linked Religious Right Leader Calls for ‘Military Takeover’“)

Now, let’s get back to Joyner’s recent statement: “I believe there are noble leaders in our military that love the republic and love everything we stand for. And they could seize the government.”

We at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation also believe that there are leaders in our military who would stand with Rick Joyner, Jerry Boykin, and the other dominionists should they put out the call to seize the government. The only difference is that Joyner and Boykin think this is a good thing, and we think it’s something that needs to be prevented at all costs.

MRFF’s Mikey Weinstein is often accused of exaggerating and using hyperbole when he calls the dominionists within the ranks of our military a “national security threat.” But what do you think after reading what you’ve read so far here? Bear in mind that up until 2007 Jerry Boykin was an actual active duty 3-star general in the United States Army — and there are many others just like him, and just as high in rank, who are still in our military right now. Are the words “national security threat” really just hyperbole?

The July/August 2013 issue of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Decision magazine featured a photo of Jerry Boykin on its cover, and an article titled “One of the Most Dangerous Men in America.” And who is it who was labeled such a dangerous man? Mikey Weinstein!

Is Mikey Weinstein dangerous? Absolutely! He is extremely dangerous to people like Rick Joyner, Jerry Boykin, and anyone else — particularly those in our military — with aspirations to turn our country into a theocratic nightmare.

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  1. 1
    busterggi

    You know, if you just substitute Aryan/German for Christian in the Dominionist propaganda it sounds as though we’ve heard it all before.

  2. 2
    archfiend

    Joyner:

    “Our God is a martial God, and we must run toward the battle in order to have victory. Above all, we cannot fight to boost our egos or for earthly glory. We must run to the guns and face our enemies head on.”

    Well, so much for that “God is love” shit.

    No offense to the Society of Friends, but they and other religious pacifists just don’t attract big-bucks donations and masses of incoherent head-cases like the Dominionists do these days.

  3. 3
    dalbryn

    Got to reclaim those seven mountains.

  4. 4
    Jason

    It’s astonishing how quick these clowns are to throw their own weight around and exult in subverting democratic processes, yet they resort to nearly urging sedition when they can’t get immediate traction on changing things they don’t like. Does anyone else find it deeply troubling that partisan rhetoric has slid so far down the shitter that we’re not hearing about someone practically urging sedition after meeting with anyone at the Pentagon from a Justice Department press release?

  5. 5
    grumpyoldfart

    We must run to the guns and face our enemies head on.

    But until that happens we will happily accept cash donations (the bigger the better) from all of you ratbags who are silly enough to believe that one day we might actually succeed in our task.

    I always have to laugh at the lower order Dominionists who think that when the revolution comes they will be up at the top, making decisions and giving orders. In fact they will be the first to be liquidated because they know too much. The history of dictatorships makes that very clear.

  6. 6
    kacyray

    This is just straight-up demoralizing.

    Thanks for documenting this.

  7. 7
    kacyray

    That article by Bruce Wilson is mind-blowing.

  8. 8
    chris lowe

    Well why not! Join the jihadists like the Taliban and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Hezbollah and become another country run by religious zealots. Just what the world needs: more religion!

  9. 9
    chris lowe

    One problem is that those that had the underground press, with their smeared primitive leaflets and their wacky ideas being distributed on the seedy streets of downtown America now have professional grade printing and distribution systems that can be accessed nation wide. This seems to lend them an air of legitimacy that is undeserved.

    In a democracy all people have the right to stand on a soapbox and rant, so I’ve got nothing against what these people say, but it is deceptive to me to portray an air of professionalism and support in presenting these ideas as backed by massive support. More group initiatives employ Madison Ave.-like ad campaigns where the power to persuade trumps the legitimate exchange of ideas needed to power a dynamic civilization.

    Such advertising wars seem to breed intransigence rather than a healthy debate of ideas

  10. 10
    Mike Morrison

    The article you posted written by one Rebekkah Greenwood. I could not get past the very first paragraph. I did happen to randomly scroll down to the section title: “Moving From Defense to Offense”

    And it starts out by calling Satan’s team “the black team,” and The Lord’s team “the white team.” Yeah, some innuendo racist bullshit right there. And it talks about the game of football, as if Greenwood knows anything about football…..GUH. Really? She had a dream about God playing a football match against Satan!? And can’t even have it play out realistically? WTF? Seriously? Mind. Blown. Just….no. Ugh.

    And finally, luckily for us, the audience of this rambling BS is illiterate. This was the only reply to this article:

    “(see Heb. 12:1). We are destined to rule in life with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.That is what it says. The text of Hebrews states many things one of which is if you harden your heart against the voice of the Lord then it will end very very eternally bad for you. There are no grounds for using kingdom dominion for the pride of life the cares of the world the deceitfulness of riches or the err of balaaam using what God has freely given and created us to be to pursue the things of this world our own desires or using our authority and freewill to step down from any cross Jesus would have us bear. Jesus will be seated until the Father makes His enemies a footstool we battle against spiritual things the flesh is not going to cut it here. We are not so much as to say we shall go here or there tomorrow but as it is written if the Lord wills we shall go here or do this. Sonship is a process whuch God works by His Spirit for those who choose to fellowship and submit to Him and warfare is in His control. Paul put it this way I don’t swing at nothing. Hence carnal prayers and books without a revealed enemy apart from the prompting and power of God do little good if any at all. generational curses prayers that name and route demons. Either your Spirit led or not

    1. Punctuation!
    2. Spelling!
    3. Grammar!

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