Whenever one thinks we have seen every variation of Christianity possible, a new one comes along. Here is one that fits our changing culture.
The Independent Network Charismatic, (INC) is a loosely aliened group of “Christian Entrepreneurs”. They believe in super natural miracles and divine intervention. Their goal is to capture the “seven mountains of culture”, business, government, media, arts/entertainment, education, family and religion.
In a past time, accomplishing such a goal would have started by “planting churches”, growing one family at a time. The INC passed on the long slog of planting churches and has grown by holding stadium prayer events, conferences, training schools and media events. INC plans to have its members in leadership of business, politics and media. It is a top down effort.
INC believes when its advocates are in leadership positions across the country there will be biblical morality, harmony among people, peace instead of war and no poverty. It wants to transform units like cities, ethnic groups and nations instead of individuals.
The link, written by two university professors who have been studying INC, says its growth has been amazing. While other branches of Christianity have been falling, this group, starting 1070 has gone steadily at 3.24% per year. One of its several websites receives 25 million hits per year.
Its contemporary media approach appeals to young people. They hold healing events in emergency rooms.
One of INC’s hallmarks is experimentation and change. There can be no better formula than changing with the times.