The Radical “7 Cultural Mountains” Conservative Movement and Why Liberals Should be Terrified

This post by Allen Clifton originally appeared at Forward Progressives.

It’s no secret that the Republican party is actively trying to turn this nation into some form of theocracy. Well, at least socially. The GOP is some kind of hybrid where their economic ideologies are based on the philosophies of Ayn Rand (a devout atheist) while their social ideologies are based on some warped view of Christianity that I call “Republicanity.” You might be saying to yourself, “It doesn’t make any sense for a political party to base their economic ideologies on someone who didn’t believe in religion while supporting social issues based on religion.”

And you would be right. It makes absolutely no sense. Which is another reason why I don’t consider most of these people actual Christians.

But beneath this continued push to turn the United States into a theocracy lies a much deeper, more dangerous movement that most people aren’t aware of. This movement is called the “7 Cultural Mountains,” or is sometimes referred to as the “7 Mountains Dominionism.”

What is this, you ask? Well, it’s an effort to place “Christian” control over seven areas of our lives these radicals have labeled as “pillars of society.”

The 7 areas are:

  1. Arts and Entertainment
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Family
  5. Government
  6. Media
  7. Religion

The 7 Cultural Mountains website describes their movement as:

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. About a month later the Lord showed Francis Schaeffer the same thing. In essence, God was telling these three change agents where the battlefield was. It was here where culture would be won or lost. Their assignment was to raise up change agents to scale the mountains and to help a new generation of change agents understand the larger story.

This website is designed to help educate those who wish to become change agents in culture for Christian values and to connect like-minded men and women for a common vision.

Basically, two people got together for lunch and claimed to have “simultaneously” received a message from God. Around the same time another individual was also given a similar message. That message basically being that Christianity should control seven key areas of society.

These are the people who literally think they speak to God.

It’s also the underlying message behind much of what the Republican party — in particular tea party Republicans — are pushing for.

Politicians that openly speak about receiving messages from God, basing campaigns on injecting religious beliefs into their policy making and believe that this nation was founded on Christian principles (Government). Social policies which are crafted based on religious ideology that define what constitutes a marriage and when life is created (Family). A government controlled by people who believe this nation is a Christian nation (Religion). The continued push to cut funding for public education to such low levels that private school is the only alternative for a decent education. Private schools which are often religiously based (Education). They constantly attack any and all media entities that don’t agree with them, while perpetuating the belief that only their media can be trusted (Media). They’re heavily backed by radical right-wing billionaires, many of whom advocate for open discrimination in the workplace based on religious beliefs (Business). Then they often blame gun violence on video games, claiming it’s entertainment (not guns) that needs more regulative control (Arts and Entertainment).

If you don’t believe this movement has already worked its way into our government, you’re fooling yourself. And as the tea party continues to gain power within the Republican party, this movement will only grow in influence.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely terrified by the thought of this. Some radical, right-wing religious movement based on the idea that three individuals simultaneously received a message from God hoping to force religion into seven major aspects of everyone’s life.

And this isn’t just some radical movement that can be easily dismissed. There are prominent figures in American politics right now that subscribe to the “7 Mountain” ideology. Of course they won’t admit that this is their plan, because it would freak out everyone who isn’t some right-wing radical. However, if they slowly continue to inch their way into the mainstream, they’re hoping we don’t realize what it is they’re trying to do.

It’s the escalated attack on a woman’s right to have control over her own body. It’s new voter ID laws that disenfranchise voters who often don’t vote for these radical right-wing politicians. It’s attacking any and all media sources as “left-wing propaganda” if they don’t spread the message of the GOP. It’s trying to have a Constitutional Amendment which defines what is or isn’t a marriage. It’s saying there’s such a thing as a “traditional family,” a definition that’s pulled from their religious beliefs.

It’s just a whole host of issues they’ll continue to chip away at, hoping to eventually gain victory before they push forward with their “conquering of the 7 mountains.”

And if liberals don’t become more aware of this — and fight against it — this is the future we’re going to end up facing.

Which is something that should terrify ever liberal in this country.

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. interesting parallel to Marxist-Leninist dogma where the communist party would control the commanding heights of the economy and society all to produce the new Soviet man or woman as the state and culture were brought under complete domination by the communist party and all opposition to the state was crushed. I don’t believe that the Soviet dogma talked about the seven mountains but the parallel to the commanding heights of the economy and society are certainly similar as is the belief that their right to control these heights or mountains were either due to divine right or due to culmination of a communist revolution, in both cases, the religious right or the communist party would be firmly in charge and tolerate no opposition to their right to rule.

    • Religion has used this philosophy for 2500 years. They knew they had to control the masses. The Kings, Priests, Court Jews, Military "Knights", Town Crier's, Court Jester's, etc ruled every part of your life for their gain.

      The Priests were teachers, Doctors, Scientists and propagandists via the pulpits. The Knights were the protectors and invading conquerors that were paid by share of the spoils. The Court Bankers were always Jews because it was illegal to lend money and the Kings thought the Jews were all ready going to HELL so they ran the finances for the LORDS.

      The town crier's and court jesters were the Rupert Murdoch's and FOX… of today.

      Communism like any system of power was corrupted by self interests. BUT… Communism let their own die by hunger and slavery not by sword invading nations. Stalin and Pol Pot were raised and educated Christians.

      Christian Capitalism has developed into GREED and ENVY and every thing the Bible warned us about.

      The Evangelical right in the USA is hellbent on creating a Christian Nation and the return of Israel to the JEWS and then Jesus will return and save them all.

      Trump and his 7 mountains BS Troops of blind faithful are no different to ISIS… they want what ISIS want. Total DOMINION over ALL……… All 3 Abrahamic religions have the same BOOK, same Prophets and same GOD.

  2. The absolute WORSE thing anyone who is aware or and understands the implications of the “7 Mountains of Influence” is to label all of “terrified”. I am very concerned,. but i am NOT, nor ever have been “terrified”. That is exactly what they want to hear. That is what they feed on, along with your hate (which rarely, if ever, accomplishes much of anything) distain and liberal rhetoric. I understand and YOU understand what “Liberal” means to those of us who took the time to actually study the difference between conservative and liberal. They are worlds apart…but they have common goals with the exception of those conservatives who are obsessed with a Theocratic run empire where the entire culture and society is based on an Abrahamic/Christian theology and ideology. “Liberals” know how every single theocratically run culture in the world has ended up and how they imploded under the weight of their own short sighted understanding of humanity. They did not then, nor would they now accept the fact that not only are color and cultures different, but also religions. There are thousands of people of alternative religions in the USA alone. What would a Theocracy do with them? We KNOW what they did historically. They killed them, just as Christians attempted to do doing the Crusades. Just as ISIS is trying to do now. Those they didn’t kill they either deported or pushed into conclaves and used them as slaves as the Egyptians did. The history of theocracy does not wash. I see NO reason to be terrified, but I DO see a reason to fight the ideology – and in a way THEY understand. No backing down. No minced words. Start with their own history and call out their lies and exaggerations. They more they try and bombard you with “their truth” , counter with FACTS (and make sure they are honest and true!) Tell them over and over again as they do us… never, never back down.

  3. It only scares people who never set a foot in church. Drive down the street. See all those churches? They're all filled with people every Sunday.

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