Bishop Julius Oyet, Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill, the Antigay Crusade, and the NAR
Eleven days before the Anti Homosexuality Bill was introduced in parliament on April 29, 2009, the College of Prayer held a massive Kampala rally said to have been attended by over 50 members of parliament. Speakers included MP Nsaba Buturo, then head of the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, which since its inception has been a leading governmental ministry fighting gay right in Uganda, and MP Benson Obua Ogwal, who along with MP David Bahati is also a member of the COP “servant leadership team” in parliament, and who entered supporting comments when Bahati first introduced the bill in April.
The COP report on the April rally described American COP leaders praying over the Ugandan legislators, and stated that Julius Oyet “gave an eloquent exhortation rallying the participants to seize the moment and forcefully pray for the advancing of Christ’s kingdom throughout the nation.”
Several weeks after MP David Bahati tabled the Anti Homosexuality Bill in Parliament, on October 14, Fred Hartley III was on hand for another massive COP rally, that Hartley claimed was attended by 50 members of parliament. As Hartley stated on a November 27, 2009 U.S. radio show broadcast on Sirius FM,
“just two weeks ago I was with the members of parliament and had a marvelous time, these are dear brothers and sisters in Christ and they are in earnest about righteousness and the cause of Christ and the amazing thing is they are standing for righteousness in areas that where we have long ago sold ourselves down the river but they’re looking to us for spiritual mentoring”
The Seven Mountains Mandate
Julius Oyet is in the apostolic networks of C. Peter Wagner (see footnote #2), one of the leading figures in the controversial charismatic evangelical movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation, which promotes the “7M Mandate”, or the “Seven Mountains” mandate, under which believers are urged to gain control of key sectors of society (in this video, Lance Wallnau explains the 7M Mandate.)
Julius Oyet has also starred in one of George Otis Jr.’s Transformations videos, which serve as one of the main channels for distributing the NAR’s utopian, demon-haunted, and eliminationist ideology worldwide (see footnote #4).
Perhaps the biggest international apostolic network in the New Apostolic Reformation has been the International Coalition of Apostles, headed for its first decade, into 2010, by C. Peter Wagner. Like Julius Oyet, who has spoken at numerous U.S. events held by ICA members, Fred Hartley III has worked closely with ICA apostles, including Jacquie Tyre, who has served as the worship leader in Hartley’s Atlanta-area church and has served in various leadership position in Wagner’s apostolic networks, including as head of the Wagner Leadership Institute Southeast, which Julius Oyet has been listed as teaching a course for.
In the March 2010 interview with Dominic Mesmin, Julius Oyet described the anti-homosexuality campaign within the context of taking the “seven mountains” of society - government, business, religion, the family, media, education, and arts and entertainment.
One example of the “seven mountains” approach is the May 2011 appointment of Dr. Christine Ondoa, who serves as a pastor in Julius Oyet’s Life Line Ministries, to head Uganda’s Ministry of Health.
Ondoa received the appointment only two months after Julius Oyet, who had publicly prophesied that God would give Ondoa a ministerial post, had, together with National Task Force on the Anti Homosexuality Bill chair Martin Ssempa, delivered to the speaker of parliament the petition, signed by two million Ugandans, calling for speedy passage of the bill.
In August 2011, as reported in Ugandan media, Christine Ondoa provoked controversy with her claim that prayer could cure HIV/AIDS. The claim that faith healing can cure HIV/AIDS is accepted doctrine within the New Apostolic Reformation but some medical authorities have warned that the belief is impeding Uganda’s struggle to contain the AIDS pandemic.
LGBT rights activists and journalists have identified, as dramatically escalating Uganda’s persecution of LGBT citizens, a March 2009 anti-gay conference organized by Ugandan Stephen Langa that starred Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively - who claims that Hitler and top Nazis were gay and authored the 2002 book The Pink Swastika - Homosexuality in The Nazi Party. A photo taken during the conference appears to show Christine Ondoa meeting with Lively, Langa, and other American speakers at the conference.
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