July 15, 2011 | permalink
Today at Talk to Action, Rachel Tabachnick has a post about the links between presidential candidate Rick Perry’s August 6 prayer event and the New Apostolic Reformation, a national religious movement that has an aggressive ideology that seeks to establish control over all aspects of society, including education and government.
While most Americans have never heard of this movement, it has a wider reach than people imagine. Many people may be contributing to the movement without realizing it. At the Morning Star New York church that appeared in our daughter’s public school in New York City, P.S. 6, for example, it was not clear to me that every congregation member is aware that it is part of the NAR movement, or what that implies. When I asked a pastor there if Morning Star is members of that movement, one of them reluctantly replied, “I guess so.” He sheepishly told me that the religious movement the church is a part of has “apostolic leaders,” but was quick to assure me that it is “nondenominational” and welcomes people of all religious traditions.
It’s worth pointing out that the NAR appears to be forging links with more broadly accepted evangelical groups. At the last NAR service I attended, the pastor announced that he had been invited to a meeting at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. But the NAR is more extreme in its core ideology than people may realize, and its links with political figures like Rick Perry should be scrutinized carefully.