This is the first of a series of Discerning the Times articles which will investigate what appears to be a growing spiritual stronghold within US politics. In these articles, I want to invite you into the process of discerning the presence of a stronghold by looking at its formation in order to develop prayer strategies and tactics to see the stronghold pulled down.
Francis Frangipane defines a stronghold as follows:
A demonic stronghold is any type of thinking that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, thereby giving the devil a secure place of influence in an individual’s thought-life.1
Strongholds begin in individuals’ minds, but if the stronghold grows and the individual is able to influence others a corporate stronghold emerges. If it grows unchecked it can have
Is this Political or Spiritual?
My original title for this Discerning the Times was:
Discerning and Naming the Creative Minority of the Demonic Stronghold that is forming in the US Democratic Party
I believe this is a long overdue discernment project—the intelligence preparation of the battlespace—for what I suspect will be a series of prayer battles that we will very soon be called into. But when I sent this out to the core discernment team, I received a lot of feedback and push back. Rather than just assimilate all of this information and rewrite the DTT, I want to bring you into the dialogue that I have gone through so you can join in the discernment, especially when it comes to something as controversial as naming names of those in a particular political party. I know it is a minefield that I am walking into, but if we just stick with safe generalities, we will not be prepared to engage in the work of prayer that Jesus is calling us to—engagements that are always specific.
First Jon wrote:
To begin with, I think we do need to be careful how we address this issue without creating more division within the Body of Christ. A better title would be “Discerning the Strongholds within American Politics”. I agree that many within the Democrat Party have gone “off the rails” with political positions on immigration, socialism, abortion (infanticide), antisemitism, transgender-ism and other social issues. However, we cannot ignore the problems within the Republican Party of pride, deception and their own “sowing of discord” within the halls of Congress and media….
So. . . are there demons working in the Democratic Party? Yes! AND in the GOP. But only when Americans can see themselves walking in freedom in Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit will those demons be put in their proper place. I know I’m preaching to the choir here but we have the authority, let us engage in this battle with wisdom so that Jesus Christ will be magnified.
My response to this is, “Amen!” I recognize fully the potential to give Satan grounds to stir up disunity within the body of Christ, especially in the area of political parties in which Christians may have strongly held opinions that differ.
Pauline from UK wrote:
Could it be helpful if once again, you prefaced this piece with the disclaimer that this is NOT a political piece per se. It is NOT about the fact that PRMI is anti-democrat. I know you’ve said it before but i think it needs to be said again.
Could you say something about the fact that Satan is building strongholds in all political parties, in all countries, with different emphasis at different times. There are good and bad policies, and people in both parties in the USA. No party or leader is exempt from the subtle attacks of the enemy.
Sorry to sound pedantic about this, but we cannot afford to alienate ourselves from our supporters and partners by letting misunderstanding or lack of clarity about our motives for writing articles get in the way. Satan loves to stir up strife.
Yes. I agree with this statement too. Before moving into this I want to state that this is NOT a political piece per se, even though we will be talking about the Democratic Party. This is a spiritual issue which impinges upon the political arena. I understand perfectly well that Satan does and is building strongholds in all political parties, in all countries, with
BUT this article is calling us to discern what Satan is doing at this time, especially in the leadership of the Democratic Party in the USA. As we receive guidance to engage in upcoming prayer battles of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we shall no doubt be led to discern the growth of strongholds in other parties and political movements.
One more observation from a Canadian Intercessor:
Many very good insights in this string. It is important to keep free of vilifying one party or another, and a lot of things are wrong in the political realm on all sides in the US and Canada, UK and the world. However, it appears right now that two strongholds have been built and perhaps are coalescing—the radical Left and radical Islam. This needs to be the focal point and we must guard against losing focus by an over emphasis on ALL that is wrong even as we do point out the picture is complicated…May the Lord grant wisdom as y’all get this finished.
Discerning what Satan is doing
Strongholds based on “struggle ideologies” are making dangerous inroads into the political parties in the USA, Canada, and the UnitedKingdom. These ideologies are rooted in the manufacture or deliberate escalation of conflict between races, religions, and other groups within society as a means of kingdom building. They are at their heart apocalyptic but the kingdom coming after their version of apocalypse is not God’s.
These ideologies include Marxism, Intersectionality, and Islam, and they assume many other names and guises throughout the realms of politics, education and the universities, commerce, media, and art. They are destroying and replacing the Judeo-Christian values and the Greek-born power of reason upon which the West and America were founded.
Identifying a Creative Minority forming within the Democratic Party
Having made these general statements, we turn to discerning the very real and particular evil that appears to be taking root in the Democratic Party in the USA.
There seems to be either the leadership core or the creative minority of a very powerful demonic stronghold taking root in the Democratic Party and daily growing in strength.
I believe that this may be configured around the following people who are forming an “Axis of Deception.” To encourage you to do your own research, I am going to take the risk of naming these people.
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s, D-Mich
- Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American political activist
They are being named in a number of discerning articles that I have been reading.
Here is an affirmation from Liz Cheney who makes the following statement pointing to the reality of this “Axis of Deception”
Freshman lawmakers pushing socialist agendas are directing the Democratic Party even further left than the progressives, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., laments.Rep. Liz Cheney: Socialist Voices ‘Driving’ Dems’ Agenda Now
“You see an embrace of socialism,” Rep. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, told “The Cats Roundtable”according to The Hill. “You see an embrace of policies that would fundamentally steal power from the American people and give it to the government. They would essentially make us slaves to socialism.”
“Those voices right now are driving the agenda of the Democratic Party.”
Rep. Cheney pointed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pushing her Green New Deal; Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) Muslim rebuke of Israel; Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) “impeach the motherf–er” call to oust the U.S. President.
“Right now they’re letting the most radical voices, including Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar and Tlaib, they’re letting them to set the agenda and they’re following them,” Rep. Cheney told host John Catsimatidis. “And I think that’s very dangerous for the nation. I hope that that will stop, but unfortunately I don’t see any signs that it will.”
As I looked at the pictures of these smiling ladies, I can see why they are so winsome. But if we pay attention to what they are actually saying and doing, we find that they are comparable to a “Trojan Horse” embodying these “struggle ideologies,”
Archetecture of a Stronghold
The following video explains how a stronghold can begin to form in a person and then expand through a creative minority.
Discerning the various components which together form a demonic stronghold is helpful in identifying and naming the stronghold as well as providing the information needed to effectively pray for its dismantling and destruction.
These components are shown in the following map of a demonic stronghold. Identifying the various components is one of the first steps of discernment. But before that can effectivly happen, the demonic cloaking needs to be pierced.
This demonic cloaking hides what the enemy is doing so that people, in general, are unaware of the stronghold’s influence. It provides protection for the stronghold, and keeps its activities hidden as it continues to grow.
Ways to Pray
- Pray for a piercing of the demonic cloaking that is hiding both the ideology and the people who are behind these four winsome faces.
- Pray for clear guidance to be able to name the elements of the demonic stronghold that is being built.
- As a first step to receiving the guidance as to the prayer strategy to overcome this demonic stronghold, pray for the development of a complete stronghold map.
For months intercessors have been discerning the growth of this stronghold, but I feel strongly that it is now time to mobilize intercession and spiritual warfare to defeat it.
Share Your Discernment with us
Please join us in doing the work of discernment. You can download a stronghold worksheet using the link below. Please share your discernment by helping to fill these in. Wherever possible, please back up your discernment with internet links to the news reports or opinion pieces that support your discernment conclusions.