Charisma Magazine reports on 7 mountains teaching and Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Last week, Charisma Magazine published an online article as a follow up on my reporting on the views of New Apostolic Reformation teachers in relation to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Other observers claim the bill may be the result of charismatic teaching on the seven mountains of cultural influence. Popularized by such leaders as Texas Bible teacher Lance Wallnau and pastor Johnny Enlow of Daystar Church in Atlanta, the teaching exhorts Christians to build God’s kingdom by taking dominion in the areas of business, government, religion, family, media, education and entertainment.


In a blog posting, Christian counselor Warren Throckmorton noted that Ugandan Bishop Julius Oyet, founder of Life Line Ministries and a strong supporter of the bill, included possessing the seven mountains of culture as part of a 16-year ministry vision he outlined in 2004.


Oyet, also head of the Born Again Faith Federation, which claims more than10,000 affiliated churches, reportedly prayed with fellow Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa outside Parliament after the anti-homosexuality bill was introduced in October, thanking God that Uganda would not be destroyed because its leaders were in obedience to God on the issue.


“I think that the theological soil for at least some of the proponents is that a nation’s laws about private consensual behavior must reflect Christian teaching in order for the culture to be preserved, reclaimed and reformed,” Throckmorton wrote.


“American teachers are exhorting their followers that national salvation is more vital to the mission of the church than individual salvation. Ideas have consequences. If the Ugandan believers viewed individual salvation as more vital, I wonder if the Ugandan proposal would have been advanced.”

Despite teaching which could lead many listeners to believe governments should reflect apostolic teaching on sexuality, Lance Wallnau and Peter Wagner both denounce the approach of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.




In a statement to Charisma, Wallnau, author of The 7 Mountain Mandate: Impacting Culture, Discipling Nations, said the seven mountains message is not about imposing laws but liberating spheres of influence. Although “the government in its sphere must enforce sanctions,” he said the proposed anti-homosexuality bill “seems like a severe sanction.”

He said Christians who crusade for social reform should consider the outcome of the Prohibition Act, which outlawed alcohol but also fueled organized crime.

“Christians had made a massive impact in the ‘temperance movement’ to stop drunkenness. Then they overreached with draconian legislation called the Volstead Act, and the backlash legalized alcohol,” Wallnau said. “To my brothers in Uganda I would say, ‘Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.'”


Although he commended Ugandan lawmakers for attempting to stand for biblical principles, he said legislating morality is not feasible. If Uganda wanted to legislate biblical principles, it would have to criminalize adultery and premarital sex and not single out homosexuality, he said.

“My position is that this is not a good way to do it,” Wagner said. “To legislate against sexual orientation is probably crossing the line. It’s like making a law whether parents can spank their children or not. It’s much too much of a personal ethical issue. … I would support raising up a national conscience against homosexuality and allowing the Holy Spirit to work that way.”

Wagner’s statement is interesting because he endorsed Johnny Enlow’s book on the 7 mountains teaching which essentially called for criminalization of homosexuality (Enlow also rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill).

In any case, I think these statements might be of more importance to many of the pentecostal teachers in Uganda than Rick Warren’s statement. The difference in coverage is unfortunate give the relevance of these religious leaders to the story still unfolding in Uganda.

5 thoughts on “Charisma Magazine reports on 7 mountains teaching and Anti-Homosexuality Bill”

  1. Hmm, Elisha, I guess you are not serious, but there is no evidence that I know of of anyone in Ancient Israel being punished with the death penalty for ‘supposed’ homosexuality in Leviticus. One of the remarkable things about the two texts in Leviticus is there is no evidence in any other Scriptures that this referred to homosexuality and no one until maybe Philo thought that homosexuality was immoral. (I am researching this at the moment, so I will clarify if I am in error, and will welcome anyone correcting me.)

  2. Gee…. we might have to thank Uganda for making homosexuality a non-issue in American life. If this goes on any further what with the passing on of people like Donald Wildmon and James Dobson the supposed ‘culture wars’ may come to pass with just a whimper.

  3. Elisha, do you actually BELIEVE anything you are saying? I don’t think so. Being saracstic and yanking chains, in my opinion. My advice: Don’t take his bait.

  4. AS americans we now regard our “cleansing” of the Native American to be a black mark on our history. We realize our mistake.

    I will not execute others who have different beliefs than I or who as guilty of sin as I. And I will stand against such a thing in any nation.

  5. “Although he commended Ugandan lawmakers for attempting to stand for biblical principles, he said legislating morality is not feasible. If Uganda wanted to legislate biblical principles, it would have to criminalize adultery and premarital sex and not single out homosexuality, he said.”

    Exactly my point. Biblical principles do call for mass executions and Ugandan lawmakers should be commended for adhering to Biblical principles. Unfortunately, Wagner, a man of refined Christian thinking, thinks the mass execution program is infeasible. Not immoral, mind you, but infeasible.

    Man is not qualified to assess the feasibility of God’s infallible word. I would also note that the Israelites had no feasibility problems when they exterminated homosexuals, fornicators, and adulterers, not to mention most of the other tribes they came across. If Moses could do it, so can we. American Christians can bring the same ingenuity and creativity to this feasibility problem as they did in cleansing the West and converting the Indian heathens to Christ.

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