Here's what I wrote about Rick Joyner and other self-styled prophets back in 2005.
At this point, there doesn't seem to be a coherent political agenda to this group of prophets. The Elijah List site has an ad up to "Pray for our president and ALL in authority." It tends to strongly lean towards your garden-variety conservative stance on things, but the prophecy crowd isn't overly politically active.
What folks like Bene might want to keep an eye on is if this prophecy crowd starts to get political. The fans/followers of Joyner and the other prophets are a minority within charismatic circles, but they tend to be well-placed within their churches. If that Morningstar/Elijah List circle starts to make pronouncements that move people in a particular direction, it could have a surprising influence in charismatic and Pentecostal circles and then out into general evangelical circles.
It's not a problem now. It could be in the future. I'm not seeing anything sinister beyond a strong theocon view of things, but the strong followership of "the prophets" could make that circle worth keeping an eye on.
Well, that day has arrived... in spades.
In a statement issued today, prophetic minister Rick Joyner—founder of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, S.C., and a member of the newly formed Freedom Federation—called the health care plan "sinister." He said the bill is "obviously designed to put the authority to determine who lives and dies in America in the hands of government bureaucrats."
"Call me an alarmist and I will agree with you—I am going to do my best to sound the alarm against evil in every way that I can," Joyner wrote.
He called on Christians to stop the legislation by lobbying against it and then voting out of office any Congressional leaders who support it. "We can expect persecution for standing against such a bold and obvious attack of the spirit of death, but no Christian should fear death, and no Christian will want to live in the world that is now taking shape," Joyner said.
I'm not thrilled with the legislation as it is presently taking shape, but I don't share Joyner's snarling opposition. It will be contractionary to the economy, as employers who either aren't providing health care or aren't quite meeting the specs of what will be required will see their costs increase. That will mean higher prices, lower take-home pay and some businesses that will either close altogether or cut hours, creating higher unemployment.
If you want an example of what this might look like, think of the stagflation of the late 70s; however, this supply shock will come from added health insurance rather than higher oil prices and have the positive externality of the working poor getting better health care. Growth in other sectors in the economy might have us do far better than the stagflation era (recall that we grew despite the Clinton tax increases thanks to added technology, added logistically savvy and a level-headed monetary policy) , but this should have a contractionary effect to the economy.
However, I don't see this as demonic nor on the level of Hitler or Stalin. FDR or LBJ, maybe, but not the heavy artillery of historical bad guys. To be honest, I see more of the demonic in Joyner's overreaction to this bill than in the bill itself.
Yes, that may get me some flamage from the prophetphiles on the web, but this effort isn't doing the cause of Christ any favors. Going to the mat on mandating abortion coverage might be justified, but the plan as a whole seems more theologically benign.
I don't see any scripture that says "Thou shall not the king pay for all the doctors and hospitals" nor anything mandating such treatment, thus I am inclined to pull my theological punches on economic issues.