Palin’s Anti-Pagan Coreligionists

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  September 9, 2008 — 13 Comments

Here I was thinking to myself that the chances of a modern Pagan angle to the Republican VP pick of Alaska’s Sarah Palin would be truly minimal. Sure, you had her support of aerial wolf hunting (a cruel method that violates the ethic of “fair chase”), and her drill-happy attitudes towards ANWR, but nothing explicitly anti-Pagan had emerged. But a number of bloggers, most notably Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action, have been digging into Palin’s religious background and found some disturbingly anti-Pagan connections.

“Sarah Palin’s churches are actively involved in a resurgent movement that was declared heretical by the Assemblies of God in 1949. This is the same ‘Spiritual Warfare’ movement that was featured in the award winning movie, “Jesus Camp,” which showed young children being trained to do battle for the Lord. At least three of four of Palin’s churches are involved with major organizations and leaders of this movement, which is referred to as The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit or the New Apostolic Reformation. The movement is training a young “Joel’s Army” to take dominion over the United States and the world.”

These “Third Wave” Christians believe in supernatural powers, demon possession, curses, and ongoing spiritual warfare. Most of them are loosely grouped around C. Peter Wagner, founder of the World Prayer Center, and coiner of the term “Third Wave”. Wagner believes that one of the greatest opponents to Third Wave Christian dominance is The Goddess.

“Several of their top prophets and generals of intercession spent weeks in intensive prayer to “confront the Queen of Heaven.” This queen is considered by them to be one of the most powerful demons over the earth and is the Great Harlot of Mystery Babylon in Revelation … Wagner and his group also claim that the Queen of Heaven is Diana, the pagan god of the biblical book Ephesians and the god of Mary veneration in the Roman Catholic Church.”

Wagner is so serious about the “Queen of Heaven” (you know the one the ladies made cakes for) that he has written two books on the subject: “Confronting The Queen of Heaven” and “The Queen’s Domain”. Third Wave Christians participating in spiritual warfare against the Queen of Heaven believe their efforts (directly or indirectly) have caused earthquakes, hurricanes, large fires, and killed Princess Diana and Mother Teresa.

As for Palin herself, she spoke approvingly of being personally prayed over by Thomas Muthee just before winning governorship of Alaska. Muthee is a popular figure among Third Wavers for driving out the “spirit of witchcraft” that resided in Kiambu, Kenya.

“He and his wife committed to six months of prayer with various types of fasting before ever entering Kiambu. Their goal in prayer and fasting was to ask God to reveal the name of the demonic principality ruling over Kiambu and keeping the city under such oppression. God revealed through a vision that a spirit of witchcraft was the ruling principality there and that a number of other demonic spirits were functioning under the headship of witchcraft. An effective strategy for conquest would be to topple the spirit of witchcraft first and thus bring the coalition of evil spirits into disarray and drive them from the city.”

Muthee’s vision of spiritual warfare fits right in with the Third Wave’s, and he has spoken at churches across America, including 10 consecutive sermons at Wasilla Assembly of God (Palin’s main church until very recently). The idea of that sort of anti-witch hysteria being imported and cross-pollinating with extremist American Christianity is troubling.

While Palin has striven to present herself as a “post-denominational” Jesus follower, it should be noted that most Third Wave Christians also present themselves in this manner. Also, lest you think this article is some sort of liberal Pagan anti-Christian take-down, it should be noted that this Christian movement has been deemed heretical by several (conservative) Christian groups, including Fundamentalist Baptists.

What Pagans need to know, especially those who are considering voting Republican, is if Palin condemns or rejects the spiritual warfare teachings of the Third Wave movement. A movement that essentially espouses malicious Christian magic. Pagans have seen first hand that the religious opinions of Presidents have been used in the past by government agencies to deny us our legal rights. What would happen if our vice president thought we should be supernaturally eradicated?

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Broomstick Chronicles

    Great article, Jason! Thanks.Macha

  • Seneca the Younger

    Actually, Palin quit AoG because they got too weird for her. See my Palin rumors FAQ.

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    Seneca,I checked your FAQ, and the link that, in theory, debunks the “Palin as religious extremist” theory. However, Adele Morgan doesn’t qualify in which sense the church was too “extreme” for her (Palin). Nor does it explain her ongoing friendly visits and trips to WAoG years after she “quit” them (including a trip in June of 2008, where she spoke approvingly of being prayed over by an anti-witch “spiritual warrior”). So how was it too extreme? The speaking in tongues? I could care less about that aspect. What I am concerned about, and what this post highlights, is whether Palin holds to “Third Wave” theology. Specifically referring to their views on spiritual warfare.

  • Robin Edgar

    “These “Third Wave” Christians believe in supernatural powers, demon possession, curses, and ongoing spiritual warfare.”So how does this make “Third Wave” Christians so vastly different from your average run-of-the-mill pagan Jason? ;-)To quote Chuck Cosimano’s comment -“Perhaps it would be good to give them an example of how spiritual warfare can work two ways.”

  • Haloquin

    “So how does this make “Third Wave” Christians so vastly different from your average run-of-the-mill pagan Jason? ;-)” – Robin EdgarI thought that… but then I remembered two very important differences…Pagan’s tend not to think they have the one true way and that Christians should be wiped out…And, have you ever tried herding pagans?! I watched the documentary ‘Jesus Camp’ which is about the Third Wave Church childrens camps, and they work together in such huge, co-ordinated, faith-filled groups… do you think you could gather a pagan group that large, focussed and in agreement? Assuming you can find that many pagans who would join in fighting a spiritual war!If they are a serious threat then perhaps we need some serious defences, but I’m not to hot on going to war, personally.How many people think they are, in terms of spiritual warfare, a serious threat? The level of hate is scary enough, how many people think they have magical clout we should be worried about? How many people think it works like that? Can we, instead, work on filling our lives with love and compassion and beauty/balance/delight in both magical and mundane ways, and let the all-powerful force of love be our shield, our blanket, our guiding force. Let love shine out into the world and show the world an alternative to war and hate in the name of Faith.(PS: I saw the smiley, and understand the joke, but you raised a point worth addressing as serious, imo)

  • Sharon

    Haloquin said:”These “Third Wave” Christians believe in supernatural powers, demon possession, curses, and ongoing spiritual warfare.”So how does this make “Third Wave” Christians so vastly different from your average run-of-the-mill pagan Jason? ;-)The difference being, we don’t feel the need to eradicate other religions from the planet as part of our beleif in demons. Frankly these people scare the bejeezus out of me. (Not that I had much bejeezus to begin with but still!) Let us pray that these people never become the majority.Much love – sharon

  • shannon

    woah, this is a really comprehensive post on this sect. I like to hear about new religious sects because I think they are interesting social movements.

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