Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; - 2Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)
When the NAR was first conceptualized by C. Peter Wagner nearly thirty years ago the primary feature was the false authority paradigm that pretended God was putting the band back together be reforming the apostles and lo and behold, Wagner was one of them! There was however also an element of changing American culture that has become the core feature today, dominionism. The original dominionists were hardcore and insisted that they had to conquer the culture in order to facilitate the second coming of Christ. Enough people pushed back so that the modern NAR dominionists rarely say this, but they clearly believe it by their theology. The seven-mountain heresy is preparing the world for Christ's return in principle. NAR apologists like Dr. Michael Brown are very clever nowadays to pretend this is just a reasonable expectation for Christians to influence the world. Nonsense. Placing apostate Christians into elected offices for the purpose of forcing legislation is nothing more than trying behavior modification on the unsaved. The problem is they do not get saved and, in all likelihood, have another reason to not want to accept Christ or the gospel message. Christians have tried to influence culture forever and they were always wrong. The crusades were wrong. The Spanish Inquisition was wrong. The Salem Witch Trials were wrong. The massacre of the indigenous peoples of America was wrong. The Temperance Movement was wrong. God never instructed us to influence culture, take over cultural mountains, or establish a theocracy. The idea is the gospel saves people OUT from the culture. The problem is the NAR worships the culture and tries to redeem it or save it. That will never work.
In order for the NAR to develop this false theology they need to rewrite America history. They argue that men fleeing persecution were actually trying to establish an evangelical Shangri-La here in the new word which is historical nonsense. The reality is this country was founded on rebellion due to economics, not religion. There were some true believers like John Adams but for every one of him there is an atheist or a deist. Thomas Jefferson rejected Christ as God and rewrote the bible removing all mention of His deity and miracles. So, the false NAR narrative says that the Founding Fathers wanted a Christian utopia but somehow, someone let in all of these other non-Christian folks when they weren't looking and that the country has abandoned God, especially because of all the global leftists. This garbage is propped up of course by the Republican Party who pretends to share the Christian cause but is only really concerned with power and money. The above link is from Charisma News and again highlights how poor their understand of the bible and history truly are. Let us reason once more together.
"Has the great apostasy already started? What if the things we're seeing today are simply the signs of things that Scripture already foretold of its happening years ago? In a nation that used to be so profoundly based on biblical principles, America today is almost unrecognizable from its founding. At the very basic level, the religious concept of God and a general sense of morality has always been part of the culture, and many of the ideologies and values today would have never been acceptable." - Abby Trivett
It is true that we look quite different but that is not always this horrible fact, as presented here We no longer own other people as slaves. We no long commit genocide against the people who were here first. We no longer allow children to not go to school and instead work 20 hours per day in sweatshops for virtually no money. The changes Abby is speaking to however are fictional. They start with America being founded largely on biblical principles, which it was not. The founders were very deliberate to separate out church from government. The NAR tries to be cute and pretend they didn't really want that but despite what Florida thinks, you can't change history. The answer to her opening question however is yes. The Great Apostasy has started but buckle up for where she thinks this is evident. It is truly biblically ignorant.
"But not anymore. The latest Pew Research study discovered that "about 28% of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated, describing themselves as atheists, agnostics or 'nothing in particular' when asked about their religion." However, there is something worth looking at in these statistics specifically in relation to Christianity. "Most 'nones' say they were raised in a religion, usually Christianity," the Pew Research study found. "Yet today they tend to be disconnected from religious institutions. Not only have they shaken off religious labels, they also have largely shaken off involvement in churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious organizations."