C. Peter Wagner is widely regarded as the man responsible for the New Apostolic Reformation which gave rise to the self-proclaimed prophets and apostles like Lou Engle, Cindy Jacobs, Jim Garlow, Lance Wallnau, Rick Joyner, Chuck Pierce, and the other Dominionist/7 Mountain advocates who are slowly working their way into the Religious Right mainstream.
For months, I have been trying to hammer home the point that when these activists refer to themselves as “prophets” and “apostles” on par with Jesus, they mean that literally.
And just to drive home that point, here is audio of Wagner speaking during the Generals International webcast earlier this month as he explains how, through the Holy Spirit, people like himself can perform miracles that outshine even Jesus Christ himself:
The Holy Spirit was the source of all of Jesus’ power during his earthly ministry. Jesus exercised no power of or by himself. We can do the same or greater things than Jesus did because we have access to the same power source.
And so the whole ministry of Jesus from the beginning to the end was a ministry of the Holy Spirit through Jesus’ human nature. And that is why, when you think about it now and think about what I’ve just said, we can believe that Jesus said “he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also, and even greater works than these will he do because I go to my Father, I go to my Father and send the Holy Spirit.”
So we now have the Holy Spirit, we have the Holy Spirit and when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit – which is absolutely essential, we’ve got to be filled with the Holy Spirit – but when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit we can move into ministries such as the Reformation Prayer Network and we can pray for the transformation of our neighborhood, we can pray for the transformation of our city, of our state, of our nation, of our government mountain, the family mountain, the arts and entertainment mountain, the education mountain, the business mountain.
We can pray for all these mountains with power because we have that power that Jesus had and it’s up to us to be in a place where we’re open to release that power of the Holy Spirit so that His name will be know and that His kingdom will advance.
This is the theology at the heart of the New Apostolic Reformation which is slowly infiltrating the Religious Right with the rise of people like Lou Engle and behind the Dominionist/7 Mountains ideology that Christians must gain control of every aspect of cultural power.