By Rick Becker 4 May 2020
When you hear the term “seven mountain mandate” or “seven spheres of society” be assured you’re not dealing with a principle in the New Testament, but with the heresy of dominion theology as espoused by those caught up in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) The NAR are failing, and will continue to fail in their unbiblical quest to influence and transform society, but have achieved massive success in influencing churches. The reason for that is found in 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” The latest denomination to be influenced by what can only be described as an agenda from the pit, is the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
This mandate to influence the seven spheres or mountains of society is based on the belief that the church should take dominion of the kingdoms of this world before Christ can return. It’s a quest to get the earth to look like Eden again, and the teaching itself is known as Kingdom Now or Dominion theology. One way of understanding it is that Kingdom Now theology attempts to create what God has described as a future kingdom under his rule on a new earth, in this present dispensation. Perhaps it’s the appeal of a just and prosperous society on earth in this dispensation that has lured an increasingly woke SBC. While they may distance themselves from the bizarre manifestations, practices, and certain teachings of the NAR, the SBC has published a prayer guide that is based on the seven spheres/mountains of society identified by Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham.
Self appointed general in the faith, and false prophetess Cindy Jacobs describes the roots and strategy of the Seven Mountain Mandate as follows: “In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), developed a God-given, world-changing strategy. Their mandate: Bring Godly change to a nation by reaching its seven spheres, or mountains, of societal influence. They concluded that in order to truly transform any nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, these seven facets of society must be reached: Religion, Family,Education, Government, Media, Arts & Entertainment and Business.”
The SBC prayer for the 2020 theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth into the Seven Centers of Influence in America for the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2020”
The “Seven Centers” are nothing less that the New Apostolic Reformation’s “Seven Spheres.” The SBC has used the phrase “centers of influence” whereas the NAR typically refer to mountains or spheres of influence. Two other minor differences are that the SBC has made the “Military” a sphere on it’s own (whereas the NAR view the military as part of the governmental sphere) and exclude entertainment as they probably perceive it as being part of the “Arts” sphere. Comparison of the seven areas of influence below:
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee prayer guide:
On the surface, and to those unfamiliar with the NAR, the prayer may seem to have godly intentions based on scripture, but those familiar with the NAR know the power of a little leaven to leaven the whole lump. Once the insidious teachings of the NAR gain a foothold in a church or denomination, the result is always the same – incremental deception. Typical NAR phrases appear in some of the SBC prayer descriptions:
“..ask God for a great spiritual awakening in the United States…”
“Pray for each person working in the media and arts professions to find new ways to use their talents and technology to fill the airwaves with the glory of God.”
“..and for financial blessing and prosperity to return. Pray for
supernatural understanding of what is needed for a safe return to
“Pray that the glory of God will fill churches across the nation in a new and
Believers within the SBC should be concerned, very concerned. The mere fact that this prayer guide based on the NAR seven spheres of influence was even published, is indicative of SBC leaders with little discernment. Hopefully (and shamefully) they are ignorant of what a wicked movement the NAR is.
For more information of the New Apostolic Reformation: