God is with those fighting against LGBTQ people, says keynote speaker at Christian Fundamentalist rally

This weekend, about 3,500 people attended the Truth and Liberty Coalition’s annual conference in Woodland Park, about 15 miles from Colorado Springs, where speakers presented a theocratic view of the future of American politics. Bringing together religious leaders, authors, politicians – US Representatives Doug Lamborn and Lauren Boebert, Colorado Representative Mark Baisley, Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert – and activists, this year’s Truth and Freedom Conference was a showcase of conservative grievances, with reactionary politics and Christian fundamentalism out in the open.

“It’s happening because Christians haven’t been involved,” said Andrew Wommack, founder of Truth and Liberty, but also Charis Bible College and Andrew Wommack Ministries. “It doesn’t matter what they say. America was founded to be a Christian nation. It doesn’t work that way right now.

Wommack pointed to his own recent victory at Woodland Park, where the city council voted last month to cancel a previous agreement with Wommack, resulting in the forgoing of millions in potential property tax revenue for Charis’ new housing project, as a sign of his divine favor.

“God protect me, and he’s done great things here,” Wommack said. “We had a fight at Woodland Park and we won the fight. And just in August, man, the city released us and even admitted that what they were asking us to do was illegal. We won hands down. And so praise God, good things are happening.

On September 8, the first day of the conference, Charis Bible College announced a donation of $250,000 to the town of Woodland Park. “It is our joy to freely give back to the community we call home,” Billy Epperhart, CEO of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College said in a press release.

The theme of the event, taken up by Wommack and all the speakers to grace the stage in the 70,000 square foot Charis Bible College chapel, was a reminder that Christians should — must — get more involved in political and public life.

“Most of us don’t have a national platform like this, but if you would stand up and speak the Word of God in your workplace, in your family, in your church, and if you rise up and start taking a stand, I guarantee you that when things start to change, people will recognize that was God,” Wommack said during his opening remarks. “I say that Christians, believers, have responsibility to impact their culture.”

Specific areas of culture that needed Christian impact were picked up by many speakers – LGBTQ rights, racial and social justice, and COVID-19 restrictions were touched on by nearly every presenter during the event. of three days.

Wommack said, “Christians, believers, have a responsibility to impact their culture.”

“We should never have allowed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States of America,” said Mario Murillo, who spent four days in July hosting a tent revival at the Radiant Church in Colorado Springs. Murillo has also spoken out against events involving drag queens, citing the image of an “obese bearded man in a dress.”

Anti-abortion activist Janet Folger Porter, founder of Faith2Action and one of the main organizers behind six-week abortion bans or “heartbeat bills” echoes Murillo’s sentiment. “Oberefell has not settled the question of marriage any more than Roe vs. Wade settled the issue of abortion,” she said. “It will be reversed. Clarence Thomas said so in this latest decision in Dobbs. It will happen and we have to keep fighting until it happens.

Lance Wallnau, one of the keynote speakers at the event, said God helps in the fight against homosexuals. “We must pray for the unfinished business of the United States because America has gone astray,” he said. “It’s about promoting lesbian transgender ideology globally. It puts the LGBTQ flag, even the BLM flag, with our national flag. And God takes it away.

Bishop EW Jackson, a notorious homophobe who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013, told the public, “I wouldn’t vote for a gay man, I wouldn’t vote for a transgender, I wouldn’t vote for a witch.”

Wallnau, a supporter of Christian dominionismMandate of the Seven Mountainsexplained how progressives in Colorado took control of the “seven mountains” of cultural influence. “You see, in Colorado, you went from red to blue because the strategy was designed in those seven areas by billionaires and national activists who decided to make Colorado the test of how they could change the world. America,” he said. “Focus on the Family was here with Dr. [James] Dobson. What is the name of the pastor who fell? It had the big church here, the New Life. Ted Hagard. The World Prayer Center was there. C. Peter Wagner was fundraising in Korea for a World Prayer Center, and the devil said, ‘I’m going to overthrow the reddest of red states.’ He has three billionaires. One was an environmental fanatic, the other was a gay fanatic, and the other was just a progressive who wanted to take over. They pooled their money and they said, “Look, we can all arrange our schedule. So let’s just elect who we can elect and put in an office that could beat a Republican. They won’t always be ideal, but we’ll get the pitch.

Wallnau, who blamed political change in Colorado on billionaire George Soros, encouraged Christians to adopt a similar strategy. “You have to circle all seven mountains of Colorado,” he said. “It’s the Elysée here. You have to challenge the church, create your own media, have your own lawyers ready to fight back or challenge what they are doing when they try to bully you. You have to have your own wealthy investors, philanthropists and businessmen who get what is funded. And you have to mobilize small groups of Christians, of intercessors, of prophetic activists, who will work in different capacities, according to what they must be. deployed – could be the school board issue, could be constituency strategies, but you need to be able to have those groups that are ready to be deployed.

For Wallnau, the solution is simple. “We should have our people sitting at the gates.”

Murillo echoed a similar sentiment. “How did all these elections go? He asked. “They all happened before the pandemic, this insidious George Soros, Bill Gates, this network of globalists, Davos. There was all that. All that. The teachers’ union, all the tentacles of this monster were put in place long before the pandemic.

Porter also invoked the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab and the Georgia Guidestones, continuing the gospel tradition of espousing bizarre, paranoid conspiracies about the dangers of globalism and the secular world — a tradition established by the evangelical media scion. Pat Robertson in his book The new world order.

Speakers also paid tribute to famed evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most influential Christian evangelists of the 20th century, who befriended presidents and led a Christian media empire.

“You see, when I think of the word evangelist, I don’t think of what a lot of people do,” Murillo said. “I think of Dr. Billy Graham, who brought integrity to the ministry”

Wallnau speaking at Mike Lindell’s “Moment of Truth” summit in August.

Wallnau even paraphrased Graham who, in 1972, following a prayer breakfast, made a series of anti-Semitic remarks to President Richard Nixon. “Whatever your geographic sphere of assignment, that’s where God wants you to occupy the doors,” Wallnau said. “This is the Jewish promise that was made to Abraham: ‘You shall be the head and not the tail. You will be above, but not below. If people are confused about the head and tail, it’s a mutt. Why do you think 2.5% of Americans are Jewish and have such influence? It’s your gynecologist, your ophthalmologist. It’s your accountant, your lawyer, who does comedy. They own the club. If they’re in Hollywood, they’re producers. They own the banks. The Jews. Why? Because they are trained, ‘Be the leader.’ It’s a much better view than the tail.

Jews and homosexuals were not the only minorities targeted at the conference. The emotional catharsis of the three-day event was Saturday’s “9/11 Memorial Tribute,” which featured songs, a re-enactment of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and profiles of the victims.

Following the tribute, Truth and Liberty executive director Richard Harris, who frequently appeared alongside At public gatherings, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters told the audience, “Islam is the spirit of the Antichrist.”

Harris went on to note that transgender people and abortion also embody “the spirit of the Antichrist.”

The event ended with Murillo praying in tongues. “We’re going to win the walls,” he said. “We are going to win the elections. We will expose the devil and we will take back our country in the name of Jesus.

Barry F. Howard