Spiritual warfare

At the World Prayer Center

I thought the reference to the queen of heaven might mean Mary, but it turned out I was wrong. A glance at commentaries on Jeremiah 7:18 revealed that she was the Assyro-Babylonian Ishtar, the goddess of war and fertility introduced to Judah by King Manasseh. At the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the queen of heaven is viewed as "one of the most powerful spirits in Satan's hierarchy," according to WPC president C. Peter Wagner. For Wagner and the WPC, confronting the queen of heaven with the proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord is a central and defining task.

The organization's zeal is apparent when one walks into the WPC "observatory." Hanging from the ceiling is a sword, which represents the power of prayer, a weapon that will be used to wage war against the queen of heaven and other evils.


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