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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22 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

    • The far right church has turned into something closer to Isis in attitude so people should be worried. This isn’t Christianity, this is dominance and theocracy.

    • And then go out on Monday and commit the same sins without reservation. Not a very high moral compass. It means nothing to go to church in Sunday and then on Monday, go back to screwing around in your spouse. Or lying, or stealing, or occupying the White House without a heart or conscience.

  2. It has nothing to do with Christianity,. It has to do with the consitution. The left is bent on taking our rights and tearing apart the consitution and the True Americans will not stand for that. The right is the only ones that seem to be fighting for the consitution if the left did the same perhaps they wouldn't have so many liberals making a run to the conservative side of the political spectrum. Just saying…

  3. Back in the early 2000’s I was still attending a Methodist church most weeks. One Sunday, Bill Bright was the guest speaker. I had never even heard of him before, but it didn’t take long for me to come to the conclusion that this guy was so full of crap, I wanted to walk out. In the revisionist history he related in his sermon, America was going fine as a Christian nation until liberals on the supreme court decided in the 50’s to impose separation of church and state, and how everything went to hell after that. I knew that it was Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase when he wrote about “a wall of separation between church and state,” and that things like slavery, concentration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII, and the treatment of the poor, didn’t reflect well on the lie that this was ever a Christian Nation. My thought at the time was that if Bright really believed this crap, he didn’t know what he was talking about, and if he didn’t really believe it, he apparently thought he had to lie to serve his god, neither of which was acceptable to me. That was more than 15 years ago, and I still get angry thinking about it. Hearing Bright speak was definitely a step on my slide towards atheism, and I’ll thank him for that, but I’m still glad he’s dead.

  4. Teri is delusional!
    • It has much to do with the newly minted (RW) christianity that is being forced down everyones throat!
    • The left is not trying to take away anyone’s rights; only trying to protect (everyone) from the elitist attitudes if the right. (ie; ‘true americans’ hog-wash)
    • The RW is trying to reinterpret the constitution by twisting it to fit their christian agenda by the Trumps and elitists of the party – using it as a tool to get what they want: money & power.
    • Where in the hell are people running? To the GOP??? Hardly! Some of the most influential; George Will for one, are denying the GOP over what they’ve become. Educate yourself – there are countless others – senators and representatives leaving office – repulsed at being coerced!
    • What you are ‘just saying’ is nonsense!!! Like so many who are slowly being brainwashed and tutored in the corrupted ways of the RW. (Right Wing of the GOP – in case you will deny this, saying you don’t understand.

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