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Prayer cures AIDS, claims Uganda Health Minister tied to New Apostolic Reformation

First of two parts. (Part 2 is here.)
By Bruce Wilson, Talk2Action.org
Sunday, September 4, 2011

Amid belated media recognition that the apostles of church-growth guru C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation dominated presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s August 6th “The Response” prayer event, some pundits are rushing to dismiss the political influence of dominionist factions within evangelical Christianity. But Wagner’s movement now exerts influence over the health policy of an entire African nation, with a population bigger than Texas: Uganda.

Christine Ondoa

As reported in Ugandan media, in May 2011 Dr. Christine Ondoa was chosen as the new head of Uganda’s Ministry of Health. The position will give Ondoa authority over a significant portion of Uganda’s foreign HIV/AIDS mitigation funding, which in the year 2010 included over $270 million dollars from the United States.

Along with her role as a medical professional, Christine Ondoa also serves as pastor in the Life Line Ministries of apostle Julius Peter Oyet, one of the most powerful clerics leading Uganda’s ongoing crusade against gay rights.

Julius Oyet’s Life Line Ministries runs a Uganda branch of an international faith healing ministry under Wagner apostle Cal Pierce, head of the International Association of Healing Rooms. Cal Pierce’s Healing Room Ministries lists almost 400 healing room branches in cities and towns across the United States, and well over 1,000 internationally.

Since her appointment as Health Ministry head, Ondoa has promoted the claim, an established tenet of Peter Wagner’s apostolic movement, also advanced by Oyet’s Life Line Ministries, that HIV/AIDS can be cured through prayer. According to a story published September 2008 in the Uganda Daily Monitor, “Unverified faith healing is posing a threat to adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) by persons living with HIV/Aids.”

Apostle Julius Oyet has stated that “even animals are wiser than homosexuals”, forthrightly declared that homosexuality should be a capital crime, and claimed to have co-authored the internationally condemned, so-called “kill the gays” bill–submitted in 2009 by a member of Oyet’s elite “College of Prayer” group in Parliament.

As reported by evangelical psychologist Warren Throckmorton, who has closely tracked Uganda’s anti-homosexuality campaign, Julius Oyet was one of two religious leaders who in April 2011 presented to Uganda’s parliament a petition, reportedly signed by 2 million citizens, calling for passage of the Anti Homosexuality Bill. Oyet has an official commission from the Ugandan government, through parliament, to rally public support for the bill.

The College of Prayer and eliminationist legislation

According a 2008-2009 annual report from the Alberta, Canada Spruce Grove Alliance Church (PDF file of report), both Christine Ondoa and Julius Oyet have visited the church under the auspices of the Atlanta-area based College of Prayer International, which is currently soliciting funds for Julius Oyet’s branch of the ministry, College of Prayer Uganda.  The College of Prayer International’s 2007 990 tax form shows payments of over $11,000 to Oyet, for travel expenses.

A team from the Spruce Grove Church helped to launch The College of Prayer Uganda, which officially began with an April 18th, 2009 inaugural “Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast” reportedly broadcast on Ugandan national television and attended by over 50 members of parliament. The ceremony was officiated by MP Benson Obua Ogwal, who along with MP David Bahati is a member of Julius Oyet’s elite COP “servant leadership team” in parliament.

According to the official web site of Uganda’s parliament, the Anti Homosexuality Bill was originally introduced on April 29, 2009, by MP David Bahati, with supporting comments from MP Benson Obua Ogwal, described in Ugandan media as a longtime personal friend of Christine Ondoa.

Recognized by the Deputy Speaker of the parliament in conjunction with the bill’s introduction was Christine Ondoa’s church head Julius Oyet, then serving as Vice President of Uganda’s Born Again Faith Federation, and pastor Martin Ssempa. Oyet works closely with Ssempa, formerly a close ally of Purpose Driven Life author Rick Warren. Pastor Ssempa has been noted internationally for his work against gay rights in Uganda.

According to an account originally posted on the College of Prayer International web site, describing COP’s April 18, 2009 inaugural prayer breakfast, speakers included Nsaba Buturo, then-head of Uganda’s Office of Ethics and Integrity and a leading backer of Bahati’s bill, Julius Oyet, who “gave an eloquent exhortation rallying the participants to seize the moment and forcefully pray for the advancing of Christ’s kingdom throughout the nation”, and College of Prayer International head Fred Hartley, III.

Baal worship

Hartley’s keynote address was based in Biblical scripture from I Kings 18, which describes a confrontation, between the prophets of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, that ends with the wholesale slaughter of the Baal prophets. C. Peter Wagner’s apostles  often depict homosexuality as a manifestation of Baal worship.

Wagner apostle Lou Engle, cofounder of The Call who serves on Wagner’s Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders along with other apostles known for their work against LGBT right such as Cindy Jacobs and Bishop Harry Jackson, traces the moral decline of Israel’s King Ahab to his marriage to Jezebel, a member of the Sidonian tribe who, according to Engle, “worshiped Baal and Ashteroth… Their religion was essentially a fertility cult that involved child sacrifice, lewd and licentious worship, and fertility rites that were both heterosexual and homosexual in nature” (page 84, Elijah’s Revolution: Power, Passion and Commitment to Radical Change, by Lou Engle and Jim W. Goll, Treasure House, 2002)

On June 1, 2009, six weeks after Fred Hartley’s Elijah/Baal keynote sermon, Julius Oyet’s ministry launched a 42-day long prayer and fasting event which included the following exhortation to Life Line Ministries members:

“Pray for a fresh anointing and God’s wisdom, discernment upon Apostle Julius as he leads the fight against Human sacrifice and all evil battles in the Land, may the mantle of  Elijah be upon him as he dealt with Baal dominion (I Kings 18:39-40, Psalms 45-7; Deuteronomy 4:6; 1 kings 4: 29)”

Two weeks after MP David Bahati “tabled” (put on the table) the Anti Homosexuality Bill in October 2009, activating the bill within the legislative process, College of Prayer International head Fred Hartley, III led a two-day COP training session to “mentor” Bahati and 50 other members of parliament.

He warned them to stay away from witchcraft, “told the MPs that if they prayed in line with the Kingdom of God they would be able to cast out demons,” and picked out eight parliament members, including David Bahati, to personally mentor for three years as part of College of Prayer Uganda’s “servant leadership team,” according to the Ugandan news service New Vision. “You have to confront the enemy, Satan, using God’s authority,” Fred Hartley told his Ugandan pupils.

On November 27, back in the United States, Hartley made a radio show appearance in which he stated:

“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”

As shown in video from “Missionaries of Hate”, a Current TV documentary expose’ on American involvement in Uganda’s deteriorating LGBT rights situation originally aired in May 2010, Julius Oyet has accompanied Martin Ssempa, under the auspices the “Inter Religious Task Force Against Homosexuality”, at meetings (made internationally notorious by the Current TV footage) during which Ssempa has screened fringe gay pornography in an attempt to portray homosexuals as unusually prone to coprophilia. Ssempa has also been accused of orchestrating the publication, in a Ugandan tabloid, of lists of suspected homosexuals.

Continued: See Part 2 here.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. Wow, first Bachmann “prays the gay away” and now this?

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:21am
  2. lol

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:22am
  3. Smh…

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:25am
  4. This poor nutter scares me. :(

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:25am
  5. BULLS##T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:27am
  6. Uganda is out of hand…

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:29am
  7. oh yeah, and it also cures cancer and solves the global warming! Whatever… It’s time that Uganda have a really progressive government, not a church instead.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:30am
  8. I wish it did :(

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:36am
  9. While research has shown that illness in general is tempered by prayer/meditation/positive thinking, it is a beneficial SUPPLEMENT to medical care and an effective pill regimen. Congrats, “Health” Minister, you just doomed a significant portion of your present (and soon to be) HIV+ population to slow death.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:37am
  10. Huh?…intresting! what else does “prayer” cure? i have diabetes..bad back from a car accident..nerve damage…so as far a diabetes let’s just ignore the factor of DNA playin a part in that..hhmmm…as far as the back i’d like to take a minute an thank “GOD” for all he’s done for me! all in all it’s nothin but a load of shit to me!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:40am
  11. bullfukinshit

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:48am
  12. Ain’t that a bitch?! Smdh

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:53am
  13. pinche loko!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:55am
  14. Veryyyyy sad. The medical field needs to step up their game !!! Or is the way the Tea Baggers want to eliminate what they deem undesirables…….

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:55am
  15. “Show me”. I said, with my fingers in her gaping mental wound.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:55am
  16. Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:03am
  17. Isn’t it ironic that those who claim to have exclusive knowledge of the truth and know the only path to heaven spew so many lies and create so much hell.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:06am
  18. Gawd the ignorance. Prayer, if one chooses to believe/practice it is an adjunct TO not a replacement FOR intelligence and effort. Surely even a Fundie can understand: If we’re caught in the middle of a big lake and a violent storm rolls in, by all means PRAY!!! AND your ass better also be rowing for ALL you’re worth, or I’m throwing your sorry butt overboard!

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:13am
  19. How sad

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:20am
  20. Facepalm

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:49am
  21. A PRAYER CURED SOME AIDS?!? Oh wait…it hasn’t? Ohhhhh then maybe we should find a MORE PROGRESSIVE way of finding the cure instead of praying to a God that may or may not exist, eh? Jeeze, stupid Theocracies…=_=

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:56am
  22. First Uganda and its genocide of a whole culture within its population, second an attempt at a second genocide of part of its population because of what they do in their bedroom, and now ignorance and stupidity will lead to a genocide of all HIV infected people, which will include everybody who comes into sexual contact with these so called prayer healed HIV affected people. Leave all these morons from the last 20 years up until now in power in Uganda and soon, there will be nobody there anymore for them to use their imbecile power over.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:02am
  23. @Martin….I think thats the oh so veryyyyyy sickening idea. Termination……..

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:36am
  24. I think the U.N. should be funding an underground railroad to get people OUT of this (and similar) countries.

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 12:22pm
  25. If it was true, AIDS would probably not exist anymore… (um, it still does, so there goes any credibility to that theory)

    Posted on Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 10:59pm
  26. More gay people are born every day, they won’t stop it, and they sure as hell won’t be making friends with other countries if they have a BS theocracy like that.
    Ignorance like this led to the dark ages, if it wasn’t for the fucking church we could be out exploring the goddamn galaxy by now!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 6:43pm
  27. Prayer can be a positive influence on disease sure for a persons emotional needs but should not be used as the “cure”. foolish.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 11:46am