Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dominionists Taking Over Government

Rick Scarborough's Dominionist Altar Call from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Thirty years ago a relatively small group of pastors who thought that fundamentalist pastors were authorized to exercise dominion over both their congregations and their denomination organized politically to takeover the Southern Baptist Convention. Rick Scarborough was one of them.

Shortly after Scarborough and other fundamentalists were successful in taking over the SBC, Scarborough became pastor of First Baptist Church in Pearland, Texas where he led a successful effort to takeover City Hall. Sam Davis, a member of the Pearland community, has posted a blog entitled I remember Rick at the Pearland Progressive weblog that provides details about the effects of that political takeover on that city.

For the past few years Scarborough has been focused on mobilizing Christians across the nation to duplicate his efforts at Pearland. The video above is from a political revival meeting at First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma on Sunday, January 17, 2008.


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I used to think you were paranoid but I'm seeing signs of you are talking about.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to deal with my adult Sunday School class. The leaders are now handing out snippets from Fox News about the decline of morality in USA and then in late June we get to see videos of why the US is indeed a "Christian Nation."

K.L.MacKenzie said...

Wowee! That video is SO full of wrong, one hardly knows where to begin the takedown. From the warping of the 'altar call' (itself a somewhat dubious thing) to the literal wrapping of the altar itself in the American flag, this thing is horrid.

So I've two questions: Did the confluence of religion & politics begun in the late '70s & early '80s really metastasize into this 'American Jesus' heresy (or has this been around longer)? And: is there a way to gently point out to adherents that this line of thinking might NOT be in line with the Gospel? I'm not asking rhetorically, nor am I seeking a counter-movement type of response. If anyone has an answer (or is willing to play 'pointer') I'm wide open...