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New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry Message Board › harassment of non-Christians by "prayer warriors"

harassment of non-Christians by "prayer warriors"

Diane
DianeVera
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Post #: 432
Today (March 6, 2010) on Talk to Action, in a post titled Repent Amarillo's Spiritual Mapping and Vigilantism, Rachel Tabachnick writes about a Texas ministry called "Repent Amarillo," which:
... is making news for its spiritual warfare and vigilante tactics. The ministry has "spiritually mapped" the city targeting businesses deemed as evil, Masonic Lodges, the Islamic Center, a Buddhist Temple and even an Episcopal church accused of being "gay friendly."
On their map page, the targeted enemies are classified as "Sexually Oriented Businesses," "Occult/Witchcraft," "Idol Worship," and "Compromised Church's" [sic]. The website is full of military imagery and even audio clips with sounds of gunfire.
Rachel Tabachnick writes:
Repent Amarillo is headed by David Grisham, a part time pastor and security guard at a nuclear facility, but the ministry is part of RAVEN International headed by Troy Bohn whose RAVEN Amarillo site takes credit for the spiritual mapping and other activities. According to their biographies at RAVEN (which stands for Restoring A Vision & Evangelizing Nations) both Bohn and RAVEN leader Alex Hill were part of Amarillo's Dayspring Dream Center affiliated with the LA Dream Center led by Matthew Barnett. Bohn and Hill developed Dream Center ministries in Amarillo such as "Adopt-a -Block," before starting RAVEN International as an evangelizing arm of the ministry.
Judging by the listing on their blog, RAVEN now has thirteen branches in different places around the U.S.A., plus a branch in Canada and a branch in Mexico. The branch nearest to NYC is in Philadelphia.

A post on RAVEN Amarillo's blog brags:
We began the year with a witnessing outreach/stand for righteousness at the Route 66 Swinger's Club. This effort lasted most of the year. ... Thank you Lord. At this moment the swinger's club is up for sale as it is bankrupt. As far as we can tell, this is the first time in U.S. history that a swinger's club was shut down by direct actions by Christians rather than through law enforcement. The Lord has broken ground through our efforts. We know the physical locations of other swinger's clubs in other cities and we intend to use our experience to teach other ministries to shut down these clubs in their city. Amarillo has become a seed to be sown for the destruction of these demonic strongholds throughout the nation.
A post on Right Wing Watch, Amarillo's Army of God by Kyle, March 3, 2010, quotes a news story in the Texas Observer, He Who Casts the First Stone by Forrest Wilder, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 :
Perhaps the most insidious tactic Repent uses is trying to destroy the reputation of the swingers. In Amarillo, people can be ostracized over a whiff of impropriety. On one tape, Grisham directs followers to get the license-plate numbers in the Route 66 parking lot. “A new couple can be here three or four hours,” says Mac. “Whenever they leave, the Repent Amarillo group will call them by first and last name, know where they live, know where they work, just within a very few hours.”

Randall Sammons says he was fired from his job of 13 years in August after his boss learned Sammons was a swinger from another employee, a Repent member. He believes he’s now as good as blacklisted in Amarillo. “I’m screwed at finding a job,” Sammons says. Russell Grisham, David’s 20-year-old son who has a conviction on his record for hacking the computer system at his high school, has posted the names, photos and workplaces of swingers on the Internet, including one man whose wife works for a school district. (“Family-wise, it will kill both of us,” the man says.) In at least two instances, Repent members called swingers’ employers.
"David"­ is David Grisham, leader of Repent Amarillo. He's a pastor who also has a day job as a security guard at a nuclear-bomb facility.

Apparently the RAVEN group is NOT affiliated with the New Apostolic Reformation, but the aggressive "prayer warrior" tactics are similar.

P.S.: Here's a Think Progress article about Repent Amarillo: Christian Hate Group ‘Repent Amarillo’ Terrorizes Texas Town, Harassing Gays, Liberals, And Other ‘Sinners’, Friday, March 05, 2010.
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