C. Peter Wagner was interviewed this week by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. Gross is a seasoned interviewer who through kindness draws out what many other interviewers would never even get to in a subject.
Perhaps we found out more from Wagner than we ever wanted to hear. Wagner is the leader of the ever-morphing New Apostolic Reformation, a loose-knit group of “apostles” and “prophets” who seek to take dominion over seven “mountains”: business; government; media; arts and entertainment; education; religion; and family. The way to establish dominion in these areas is through prayer and the casting out of demons.
And Wagner sees a lot of demons in action these days. For instance, he says that Japan’s natural disaster woes as well the twenty-year decline in their stock market is due to the emperor of Japan having sex with the sun goddess. I kid you not. And we think Bill Clinton was stepping wide. He settled for a common intern when he could have had a sun goddess.
I could take this apart and offer my very opinionated opinions, but why should I when I can hand you the mic? What I am looking for is this: Is there any validity to Wagner’s approach to furthering the Kingdom of God? Is this part of the Christian’s life, or has Wagner and the NAR departed from what the Founding Fathers would recognize as even the barest form of Christianity? And finally, what do we do with movements such as these? Do we confront them or ignore them and hope they just go away?
Ok, it’s your turn at the mic. I am looking for constructive comments, not just dogpiling. Play nice.