I haven't had much of a chance to write about the New Apostolic Reformation lately, but earlier today I found a real lulu of an article in Charisma magazine penned by Cindy Jacobs. For those who don't recall, Jacobs is a self-proclaimed "prophetess" and "apostle" who is one of the main leaders in this fascistic subgroup of the religious right. You may know her as the yayhoo who suggested birds were falling over dead as a result of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In her latest piece, Jacobs muses on what to do about how to combat ungodly influences in our cities. Her solution? Lay siege to them through prayer.
The army of God is on the move and ready for battle strategy. A new breed of watchmen is emerging across the nations. This breed is ready to lay siege to its cities.It may look innocuous, but you have to remember that Jacobs and others of her ilk believe that in order for Jesus to come back, Christians must take over all aspects of our culture. So when Jacobs is calling for intercession against "strongholds," she is calling for her followers to pray against anything and anyone who isn't under "submission" to those of her ilk.
Ezekiel 4 gives a prophetic pattern for establishing the lordship of Christ in your area. Ezekiel was called of God to perform an intercessory act over the city of Jerusalem, much like Joshua when he was called to march around Jericho. Ezekiel's prophetic intercession provides a model—with principles found throughout the Word of God—on how to intercede for a city against spiritual strongholds.
How are they supposed to do it? According to Jacobs, there are four steps. First, make a map of the "strongholds" in a city, set a strategy to intercede for the city, implement it, and build a "wall of protection" around it.
As part of this strategy, "watchmen" should be placed at various points to "spy out, research and harass the enemy through intercession." This is all too familiar to me. For those who don't know, during my freshman year at Carolina I was tricked into joining a campus ministry affiliated with one of the more notorious dominionist/NAR outfits, Every Nation (which is itself a repackaging--or at least a linear descendant--of one of the more notorious campus cults of the 1980s, Maranatha Campus Ministries). They believed that God had "strategically" placed Christians all around the campus. Although it was never said, it was strongly implied that we were supposed to befriend people only with the purpose of converting them.
As anyone who's delved into these people knows who Jacobs thinks the enemy is. This is a woman who once declared war on separation of church and state and once said this country was in for a major "shaking" unless it elected more Republicans.