Ted Cruz’s campaign is fueled by a dominionist vision for America (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Now that Ted Cruz has an Iowa victory under his belt, it is time to take a deeper look at his Christian approach to politics. What is his real vision for America? Cruz likes to talk about “taking back” or “reclaiming” the United States. What does he mean by this?

Many Americans — Christian or otherwise — may find the answers to these questions disturbing.

Cruz’s shoe leather campaign in Iowa targeted the state’s large number of evangelical Christians. But not all evangelicals are the same.

Donald Trump appeals mostly to those connected with the Christian prosperity movement, a form of evangelicalism that celebrates the accumulation of wealth as a sign of God’s blessing.

Marco Rubio appeals to suburban, educated, middle- and upper-middle-class evangelicals. These evangelicals normally avoid the Pentecostal prayer meetings of the prosperity crowd and change the channel when televangelists show up on their big screens.

Cruz resonates with the evangelical culture warriors. He mixes what New York Times columnist David Brooks describes as political “brutalism” with a belief that he is engaged in a fight with the devil for the soul of the nation. It is only a matter of time before Cruz assumes the role of the Old Testament prophet Elijah and tries to cast down fire from heaven to destroy the “prophets of Baal” who oppose his campaign.

When Cruz says he wants to “reclaim” or “restore” America, he does not only have the Obama administration in mind. This agenda takes him much deeper into the American past. Cruz wants to “restore” the United States to what he believes is its original identity: a Christian nation.

Read about this at Religion News Service

First discovered by Sarah Leslie, publisher of Christian Magazine and also this can be seen on News with Views, Kelleigh Nelson

Read about Dominion Theology 

This explains a lot about yesterdays post about Cruz's father and Glenn Beck anointing Cruz as the next Messiah.

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What is puzzling to me is the fascination that Mormons seem to have with Cruz.  Usually Evangelicals and Mormons don't mix.  There seems to be a commonality there that eludes me.  Beck is also Mormon, if memory serves me right.

Mormons are like every other group - good, bad and indifferent.  Some are energized by money, some by power, some by ministry.  How else do you explain Harry Reid and Orrin Hatch, Andy Biggs and Bob Worsley, George Romney and Mike Leavitt, Bay Buchanan and Mo Udall.

The donor class has bought off otherwise conservatives and Trump is the biggest threat to their ability to run the country and increase their finances and power EVER!

what you say makes a lot of sense.  I guess my general impression of Mormons has always been one of wholesomeness, family first, etc.  I don't see how they fall for someone with the charisma of a snake oil salesman.  To me he's just too oily.

My wife, who looks for the best in everyone, has always been VERY uncomfortable with Cruz - not even wanting to hear him speak.  Look at it this way, Cruz has picked the oily Constantine Querrard as his state campaign manager.

Funny you mention worsley, watch HB 2018, personal property rights on 3rd read.

There is NOTHING funny about Worsley - even mentioning him brings some level of angst.  As to HB2018, I am somewhat confused as to what you are referring.  HB2018 is a Stevens bill re: Flat Tax and the Senate has not had a Third Read on that bill yet.

Unsubstantiated. 

Substantiated:  https://www.quora.com/Is-Ted-Cruz-a-dominionist?share=1

I'm surprised AFA didn't come out with this before the election here.  It's fact.  And it's scary.  Many have long known about this but Cruz does a pretty good job of keeping it secret.  He is a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Houston.  Fact.  Texans know all about the SBC.  Have since the 50's.

This rumor came about due to a sermon from his father Rafael Cruz. He said he was quoting scripture from the Old Testament.  Please do not pass on unsubstantiated information.

I also read this with a bit of disbelief at first.  I've long known he was some kind of charismatic Christian even though he and Heidi belong to the Southern Baptist Church in Houston. She is 7th day Adventist or Jehovha's Witness or something.  Never gave it any thought.  This got me to wondering, though.  It's important enough for several religious non-political sites to write about it.  I believe it to be true.  I'm still gathering information about this. It has to do with the 7 mountains.  I've read enough and put it together with Beck and Rafael Cruz having a ceremony in Utah anointing Cruz as the king until the second coming, the next Messiah sent by God or anointed by God.  Very strange.

Here is what Rafael said about scripture. "  https://www.quora.com/Is-Ted-Cruz-a-dominionist" There is simply no connection with this to some kind of subversive takeover from a church.  I ask you again to please not post unsubstantiated stories. 

What kind of substantiated info do you want?  Links like yours?  Aren't there some of those posted from reputable sites in the article?  BTW, I have that quora link already along with many others on this topic.  Maybe I will send them to AFA or post them myself.  I've been holding on to them but maybe I should post them.  I'll think about that.

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