As I described in a June 11, 2009 story Ensign's "C Street House" Owned By Group Touting Plans For Christian World Control, founder of Youth With a Mission Loren Cunningham, whose organization owns the house where GOP Senators John Ensign and Tom Coburn enjoy cheap rent, espouses a doctrine known as the "Seven Mountains Mandate" in which believers seek to gain world control, by gaining influence over seven key sectors of society: religion, government, media, education, arts and entertainment, family, and business.
But the Seven Mountains idea is not unique to Loren Cunningham, and it is likely that Sarah Palin embraces the 7M Mandate's theocratic agenda:
In a 2005 religious ceremony (link to video footage) held as Palin was preparing to run for the Alaska governor's seat, two pastors publicly blessed and anointed Palin and in a short speech prior to the anointing, Kenyan religious leader Thomas Muthee gave an opening speech in which he clearly espoused, with Sarah Palin in the audience, the 7 Mountains Mandate.
The 7M Mandate is being promoted by a newly formed global Christian relational network, coalescing out of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement, which represents a radically different new form of Christianity, whose leaders Palin is extensively linked to, that most Americans do not even know exists: The New Apostolic Reformation.
The Seven Mountains Mandate, also known as the "7M Mandate" as well as "Reclaiming the Seven Mountains," is being promoted widely in a multilevel marketing campaign which includes websites with dowloadable Powerpoint presentations, affiliate programs, Teleseminars, professionally produced videos, inspirational posters and other dedicated graphic arts branding images, yearly conferences (1, 2, 3), and traveling motivational speakers such as Lance Wallnau.
[below: Lance Wallnau gives a short presentation explaining the Seven Mountains Mandate]
On June 7, 2009 Lance Wallnau gave a talk at Sarah Palin's central Alaska church (video clip from event), the Wasilla Assembly of God. Introduced by head pastor Ed Kalnins, who described first encountering the Seven Mountains idea through Lance Wallnau, Apostle Wallnau urged listeners to "invade" the Seven Mountains using overt and also covert methods.
Wallnau's message was not new to the Wasilla Assembly of God however. In an October 16, 2005 ceremony, shown in footage that the church tried to wipe from its website archive but which was rescued by a prescient blogger, Sarah Palin was blessed and "anointed" by three pastors, two of whom are advocates of the Seven Mountains Mandate: Wasilla Assembly of God head pastor Ed Kalnins and New Apostolic Reformation leader Thomas Muthee.
Prior to that anointing, Muthee articulated the 7M Mandate, starting with the declaration that "God is invading seven areas of society." But the Kenyan church leader went on to make very clear that it was Christian believers doing the will of God who were to invade those societal sectors.
Another religious leader tied to Palin, her prayer group leader Mary Glazier, has voiced an even more extreme version of Christian supremacy in which unbelievers are to be driven from "the land" (video documentation)
Dual disclosures from GOP Senator John Ensign and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford of extramarital affairs have over the past several weeks drawn media attention to the C Street House, which functions as a rental unit that provides Washington politicians with substantially lower than market rate rents but is registered as a church run by a shadowy Washington DC religious institution known as The Family, or The Fellowship. Ensign currently lives at the house and Mark Sanford has attended C Street's Bible study classes.
Media attention has focused on the secretive nature of The Family, the subject of an increasingly popular book by journalist Jeff Sharlet, with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow leading the pack by running, so far, three dedicated television segments (1, 2, 3) on The Family and the C Street House.
But so far the media spotlight has completely missed the wider picture; The Family is not the only parachurch organization that promotes anti-democratic religious ideology and wields influence both Washington and internationally as well. Youth With a Mission and Campus Crusade For Christ each boast yearly budgets to rival or exceed those of James Dobson's Focus On The Family and the founders of the two organizations have been billed, along with the late theocratic theologian Francis Schaeffer, as the original visionaries who conceived of the Seven Mountains Mandate.
Most importantly, YWAM and Campus Crusade For Christ are part of a militant stream that has erupted out of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity, which fielded the GOP vice presidential candidate in the 2008 election: Sarah Palin. Campus Crusade maintains a sub-ministry that focuses it evangelizing efforts on Pentagon members and politicians and staffers on Capital Hill.
[below: video documents wide range of New Apostolic Reformation leaders espousing the Seven Mountains Mandate, also known as The 7M Mandate, and Reclaiming the Seven Mountains]
[for an extensive list of stories exploring Sarah Palin's association with Third Wave and New Apostolic Christianity, see this Talk To Action site section.]