The figurative expression, strange bedfellows, is used in reference to situations wherein political or other mutual interests can bring together people who otherwise would not unite.
This saying is taken from a line in ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, spoken by a shipwrecked man who finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster: “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”
Thousands of Christians gathered at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Nov. 1, to fast and pray in support of Proposition 8 — which would ban same-sex marriage.
“The Call” received support from prominent evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson (who spoke at the event) and from many Southern California churches — even though its list of organizers reads like a “Who’s Who” of the apostolic-prophetic movement.
Well-known “apostles” and “prophets” behind the event include founder Lou Engle, C. Peter Wagner, Che Ahn, Rick Joyner, Bill Hamon, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets and more.
What’s the problem with this?
The apostolic-prophetic movement promotes modern-day “apostles” and “prophets” who claim to wield unlimited authority and give new doctrinal revelation in addition to Scripture. It’s teachings have historically been considered outside orthodox Christianity.
Why would mainstream evangelicals like Dr. Dobson, Michael W. Smith (Christian musician) and Steve Douglas (president of Campus Crusade) partner with this fringe movement?
My guess — and hope — is that they aren’t aware of the organizers’ teachings. But in their zest to support marriage and family values, their participation gives the movement greater visibility and credibility in mainstream evangelicalism.
As a result, many Christians who never heard of Lou Engle or Cindy Jacobs or Dutch Sheets before are going to want to learn more about them, buy their books and attend their churches. Then they’re going to start being exposed to dangerous apostolic-prophetic teachings.
A few of the many names on the advisory board you will easily recognize:
Peter and Doris Wagner, Steve Strang, Dutch Sheets, Rod Parsley, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, James Goll, Che Ahn, etc.
And yes, this is the same Cindy Jacobs who recently organized the praying over the bull on Wall Street.
On the National board, we have the addition of Wesley and Lakeland prophetess, Stacey Campbell.
The NRA (New Apostolic Reformation, headed up by Peter Wagner) appears to be an organization which is quickly being accepted by many in the main-stream Church: at least if they have a common goal they will work together.
The danger in compromising ones doctrinal beliefs, so as to unite together ‘today’ for a common political goal, may lead tomorrow, to uniting period.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” – 2 Cor. 6:14-18