Straight White American Jesus

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Charismatic Revival Fury, Ep 4 Part II: Cindy Jacobs – General of Spiritual Warfare

Cindy Jacobs is one of the most influential independent charismatic apostles on the planet. And almost no one outside of charismatic circles has any idea who she is or what she does. It was through Cindy Jacobs that C. Peter Wagner came to believe that Christian prayer could be mobilized on a grand scale to affect and open up entire nations to the gospel. 

That infamous passage in Ephesians doesn’t just talk about little garden-variety evil spirits, but it also refers to “principalities” and “powers” and “spiritual hosts of wickedness.” Wagner and Jacobs and a whole bunch of other Charismatics come to believe that, not only are Christians called to do battle against those demonic “principalities” and “powers,” but that there is a profound interface between the spiritual world and the physical world. Wagner would eventually to call these “principalities” and “powers” “Territorial Spirits,” and he imagined elaborate hierarchies of demons – demon commanders, demon generals – who ruled over actual, physical earthly territories – and Cindy Jacobs is the spiritual warfare general par excellence.

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