Speaker Mike Johnson draws scrutiny for ties to far right Christian movements

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YOUSEF: The tone, message and involvement of certain evangelical leaders put into public view Johnson’s connections with figures that Taylor considers to be Christian extremists. Johnson is a Southern Baptist, but it’s his ties with a particular network of non-denominational, charismatic Christians that’s drawing scrutiny. The network is known as the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR. The movement is small but growing quickly, and so is its political influence. Its followers believe there is a theological imperative to bring America under, quote, “biblical governance.” They have a plan. It’s known as the Seven Mountains Mandate, or dominion theology.

FRED CLARKSON: Dominionism is the theocratic idea that Christians are called by God to exercise dominion over every aspect of society by taking control of political and cultural institutions.”

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