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dark_christian's dogemperor has done an enormous amount of research into the neo-pentocostal movement in the US and its roots in dominionist theology. dogemperor's experience with pentocostal churches is from the inside: having once been a believer and now a walkaway.

dogemperor's latest article, posted in various venues, makes clearer the links between some fairly innocuous-sounding programs, "Joel's Army"-style recruitment of "God Warriors," and some of the local propositions pushed by Sarah Palin while mayor of Wasilla. There are many links; I recommend following them, because they make clear the doublespeak that allows extreme beliefs to pass for "plain folk wisdom" and a certain appealling type of "populism" that, once researched, turns out to be for specific populations only.

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oldcroaker
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
One of the songs from Bible camp when a kid
1. Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see his banners go!
Refrain:
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.

2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
(Refrain)

3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
(Refrain)

4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
(Refrain)

5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and angels sing.
(Refrain)
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