A few weeks back, I wrote a post about Rick Joyner and The Oak Initiative, one of the “prophetic intercessor” groups that, like Lou Engle and The Call and Cindy Jacobs and General International, are becoming increasingly active within the more “mainstream” Religious Right.
Like The Call and Generals International, The Oak Initative is a member of the Religious Right “supergroup” known as The Freedom Federation and Joyner, along with Engle and Jacobs, participated in the group’s “Awakening” conference earlier this year, sitting on a panel on “Pastors and Political Activity” with Rick Scarborough and Richard Land.
Later this month, The Oak Initiative will be hosting its first ever Oak Convention in South Carolina which is scheduled to include Joyner, Samuel Rodriguez, Lance Wallnau, Jerry Boykin, Cindy Jacob, and others where they will discuss methods for gaining influence over their version of the 7 Mountains:
At this time it is important to establish a leadership forum that focuses on the current major areas of dominant influence and crisis, including:
1. Spiritual and moral
2. Government and politics
5. Social Issues
To do this we want to establish a leader and a council to address each of these spheres. Organizing this will be one of the major goals of the August Oak Convention. We will be establishing each of these with a Chairman, Asst. Chairman, and a staff devoted to both Research and Communications. The purpose of these councils will be to provide an accurate assessment of the great issues of the times, and to propose answers and solutions to them.
And among the ways they hope to do this is by creating their own “Christian Intelligence Service” and building their own media empires [PDF]:
The formation of a Christian Intelligence Service
This is for training an army of “watchmen” who are skilled in discerning important issues or events as they unfold, and can gather basic information about it that is accurate and trustworthy.
One of the number one issues that seems uniform across nations and cultures at this time is a deteriorating trust in the media for accurate reporting and information. Most of the people on earth have never had government information sources that they trusted to be accurate, but in recent times even the most trusted governments have had a significant collapse of integrity and trust. If this void is not filled with truth and accurate information, the level of deception of the people will continue to grow. We believe this is a basic call of Christians who are supposed to be a light in their times, which is more than just preaching the gospel, but it is also exposing what is hidden in darkness with the truth that will set people free. We believe fundamentally that all men were created to be free, and that the basis of all freedom is truth.
The formation of media outlets with the highest standards of integrity and accuracy
We intend to build a world-class media outlet that is built more on trust and integrity than just style and technology, though we intend to be good at these too. The body of Christ has the people resources to quickly become a great light that shines in this darkness with truth. We have the ability to almost immediately reach virtually every major nation, and most of the world’s population with news and information for less than the cost that is now paid to a single executive at present media outlets.
And of course the aim of all of this is decidely political, as demonstrated by this new ad The Oak Initiative has posted on its YouTube page which declares that America regrets electing President Obama and the Democrats because they are a threat to this nation and so “we’re coming after you” and “now you will pay” in 2010:
Update: Apparently this video has been around for a while and is not an original Oak Initiative ad.