Take Me to Church: Brother Bobby and the Seven Mountains
“Christians are now facing discrimination,” Governor Bobby Jindal said during a campaign stop in Iowa last weekend. “Why don’t we save some money and get rid of the Supreme Court?”
Some might view Jindal’s statements merely as presidential campaign rhetoric, but conversations with his inner circle indicate that remarks like, “Christianity is under assault today in America,” are coming from his sincerely-held religious beliefs.
One of Jindal’s closest spiritual advisors is Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills. He is an advocate of “dominionism”, sometimes referred to as the “seven mountains theory”.
“The Seven Mountain Theory is a teaching that came down from Frances Schaeffer at L’Abri University, back in the early 70s, and Bill Bright with Campus Crusade for Christ,” Mills explained. “They identified seven major areas of influence, and the importance for men and women of faith to have influence upon those areas.”
The premise is, since God gave man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28), Christians need to take dominion over arts, entertainment, the media, business, education, religion and the government. By doing so, they will ensure Christ’s second coming. Mills preached about it at Jindal’s prayer rally in January.
“These seven spheres of influence are under enemy occupation right now,” Mills preached during Jindal’s prayer rally at LSU’s PMAC in January. “These belong to God.”
And Mills prayed then, “We pray that You will give us government, arts and entertainment, education, the church and the family; that our ambassadors would occupy the high places.”
Bobby Jindal is apparently one of the chosen ambassadors. There are several photos circulating of Mills and others “laying hands” of blessing on the governor, and during the January prayer rally, Mills spoke of one particular occasion of “anointing”.
“December 2013, we knelt in prayer with our governor, and tarried for over an hour, asking God to break unholy alliances.”
It should also be noted that Rev. Mills offered the invocation at the event kicking off Jindal’s presidential campaign.
“Heavenly Father, we come before Your throne today, and we thank You for Your servant, our friend, Brother Bobby Jindal, who’s made himself available for service to this great country.”