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Deceptive “7 Mountains” strategy | illuminism re-packaged for Christians

The 7 Mountain Strategy exposed:


Pastor G. Craig Lewis

The speaker, Pastor G. Craige Lewis, is the founder and creator of EX-Ministries — an organization dedicated to exposing false-doctrines and other deceptive attacks against Biblical Christianity.

The video you just watched was a special feature of his latest video-series known as “Trojan Horse 2 – Pride of Life” .

In this video, pastor Lewis has done an excellent job breaking down the ‘new-age’ deceptive teaching known as the “7 Mountain Strategy”.

What is the 7 Mountain Strategy?


7 Mountain Strategies

The 7 Mountain Strategy is essentially a religious idea that teaches Christians that the only way they can impact society for GOD is by penetrating the 7 cultural spheres (or mountains) of society.

The 7 Mountains are…

  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Family
  5. Government
  6. Media
  7. Religion

Where Did The 7 Mountain Strategy Originate?


Bill Bright

According to several sources, the earliest occurrence of the 7 Mountain strategy was in 1975 by an American preacher known as Bill Bright.

Bill Bright is famously known for being the creator and founder of Campus Crusade — an interdenominational organization that promotes worldwide evangelism.

According to the legend, Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham (another prominent Christian) were sitting down having lunch together when God simultaneously gave them both a message to give to one another — and that message essentially said that in order to impact any nation for Jesus Christ — they must impact the seven spheres (or mountains) of any society.

It was this that lead to the creation of the “7 Mountain Strategy” ideology that we commonly see spreading in the Christian arena today.

The 7 Mountains Strategy: ‘New World Order’ repackaged for Christian

Whether the story about these men is true or not — I cannot say,
but one thing we can point out for sure is that this ideology is un-biblical not to mention very deceptive.

This ideology teaches Christians that in order to influence any civilization for Christ, they must first infiltrate the different sectors of humanity and “take them over”.


Depiction of Stephen’s stoning. (Acts 7:54-60)

Clearly the early apostles did not know about this doctrine considering the fact that they spent the majority of their time…

  • Being Poor
  • Being Beaten
  • Being thrown in Jail
  • Being Stoned

Now I ask you, does this sound like the apostles were “Dominating” any sectors of society?

In fact, it sounds like they were doing the complete opposite.

  1. They did not dominate Arts & Entertainment because no one wanted to hear what they had to say.
  2. They did not dominate Business because they were poor
  3. They did not dominate Education because they were considered Fools.
  4. They did not dominate Family because they LEFT their families to preach the Gospel
  5. They did not dominate Government because they were often in Jail.
  6. They did not dominate Media because they were virtually kicked out of any city they went into.
  7. They did not dominate Religion because they were stoned and Crucified for believing the Gospel of Christ.

So apparently the apostles did not dominate ANY of the 7 Mountains.

But if the 7 Mountains strategy is true and the only way to influence society is by getting at the top of each sector and influencing it from above — How then did only 12 apostles manage to turn this world upside-down?

Answer: By their radical obedience to GOD.

Obedience is greater than influence

In the Bible, the Gospel of Christ started with nothing more than 12 men who were radically obedient and willing to allow God to use them in their lives.

It was through their obedience that God used them to spread the gospel to every corner of the earth and to perform many signs and wonders in the name of his son Jesus Christ.

The 7 Mountains Strategy is just another attempt to get Christians to succumb to the desires of becoming “somebody” in this world and its evil systems.

Furthermore, the concept of it is nothing more than an infinite maze that will entrap any christian who attempts to run it.

It is the equivalent of placing a mouse in a maze that has no exit.

mouse-mazeBut as if that was not bad enough, even if the mouse does make it to the cheese, the entire maze has been laced with mouse-traps.

The 7 Mountains Strategy teaches Christians that they must get to the top of the system in order to influence the world for Jesus Christ

— but here is the Kicker, guess WHO is in charge of this World’s systems?

(2 Corinthians 4:3)  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

(2 Corinthians 4:4)  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Here the apostle Paul clearly tells us that Satan is in charge of this world’s systems. Therefore do you really think he would allow a Christian to actually get to the TOP? (not if they are still a Christian)

But what Satan is deceitfully doing is trying to convince Christians to TRY to get to the top of his system, because 10 times out of 10 — either they will Never get there, or he will own them before they get there.

  The Transformation: Rejecting Conformity

Although there is nothing wrong with having a nice job and a reputable title, as Christians we should not consumed with attaining it.

Our primary goal and objective should be for us to continue our transformation until we have been completely transformed to the image of Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith. (Romans 8:29 / Hebrews 12:2)

Although God may sometimes bless us to have high positions and notoriety in life — the day could very-well come where God may require us to give up all that we have, even as Job did. (Job 1:6-22)

Would you still love God if you had nothing?

When Jesus was preparing his disciples for the great commission, he told them to forsake themselves, pickup their crosses, and follow him. (Matthew 16:24)

Likewise Christians today must be willing to do the same.

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  • Phil

    Joseph was a Prophet sent by
    God into Egypt, trained therein, took a wife, had children there and
    saved Israel thereby. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and
    Abednego were sent by God into wicked societies and trained in them and were made
    10x’s wiser by God to bring solutions and reveal God to those evil generations. There is
    a balance in what you’re saying and what needs to be accomplished in society.
    Godly people need to go however maintain Godliness first and foremost at all costs.
    The ground there is precarious so in this I agree.

  • Austin

    Yes Phil, I agree that both Joseph and Daniel went, as did Daniel’s three friends, but they were all captives of one sort or another. They just weren’t out “job hunting” so they could give their respective families a better life. God raised them up to be rulers, as he did with Queen Esther, and eventually Mordecai too, but these people were unique in their generations. They were not the norm.

    Admittedly Joseph’s brothers also ascended to become the keepers of Pharoah’s herds, which is a kind of success story, but the millions of people who were descendents of the twelve tribes became slaves under a future Pharoah – hardly a success story when an entire nation becomes enslaved.

    The problem with giving ordinary Christians a Joseph or Daniel template, is that those two were key figures in all of Jewish ans secular history. Most Christian people will never sit on a golden throne, or ever be in a position to advise kings and emperors, so trying to make your average believer fit into those moulds is problematic to say the least, and impossible to say the least, for the majority.

    While we can learn a lot about character and the dealings of God from those situations, we can never fully emulate them nor should we force others into those moulds “for the Kingdom” When this occurred during the shepherding and discipling era some decades ago, a lot of innocent people were damaged due to the heavy expectations of their leaders.

    I suspect that similar outcomes will result within this ‘seven mountains’ era – many people will try to ‘take the Kingdom’ within their specialty area, but fail miserably because they are trying to make it happen, and in so doing, resist and/or reject the sovereignty of God in the process.

  • Stephanie Venturo

    this doctrine is a sure fire way of discouraging the saints… i recently heard of it by Peter Wagner…the first impression of this was boy you are not going to convince Christians in the middle east of this at all…America really needs to get on it’s knees and cry out to Father to forgive them. I was saved because some people were being kicked out of upper New York towns and having to live in the woods in the cold etc….they are people some of them found killed by roadsides or other extreme places…now I do know God cares for us and supplies our needs but He can call some of us as martyrs…as people without much of this world’s goods or any of it …yes this is a bad doctrine

  • David Harding

    Hello…. I believe that the “Seven Mountains Mandate” is a response to the “Long March” of the Marxist “Cohen” ideology. If you think that all this is an illuminatti NWO plot…I understand what you mean…. but where are the bad fruits that have been born by this group of people. “you shall judge them by their fruits” said Jesus.

  • blackyb

    Thanks Rev. America has a real problem with what is coming down on us. Word needs to get out.

  • Michele Simmons

    So, the question is: Do you believe that prayer changes things? In my estimation, the God of this universe can place people strategically in any location that He wants…the 7 mountains of influence are what drives this world. People are affected by the things that are said and done in these spheres of influence. I for one, pray that the Lord’s hand would be in each of these spheres of influence. He said, “If my people (that’s us as Christians), would humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then HE will hear from heaven and heal our land” 2Chronicles 7:14 Our land needs healed ~ what better way for us to ask God to change things, than by praying for those that are IN the 7 different spheres, that the Lord would intervene and things would change. It’s not about me being a ‘big shot’ in any of those spheres, but of calling on the Lord of Heaven and Earth to infiltrate those 7 spheres to change the moral compass back to where right is right and wrong is wrong and that HE would be our guide!

  • Hope Derby

    The mountain of the Lord’s House is the the Father’s House of Prayer for all nations. Jesus transferred the understanding of the Father’s House of prayer to His own Body. “Tear this temple down and I will raise it up in 3 days” So His body on Earth, all of us as Father’s sons and daughters in Christ, are now the Father’s House of Prayer for all nations that is to be established in 24/7 worship and prayer above every other mountain.

    That is what is being prophesied in Isaiah 2:2. The impetus for all of this has come from 24/7 houses of prayer established in Jerusalem. Are you saying that this is not a move of God?

    If Jesus taught us to pray like this: “Let your Kingdom come, Let your will be done on Earth as it IS in heaven” and we see in Revelation 4 that how God’s government works is through day and night worship and intercession around the throne, then isn’t this 24/7 pattern of worship and prayer on earth a fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer? Aren’t we supposed to be seeing from this unparalleled worldwide increase in worship and prayer, the great harvest of souls, the fullness of the gentiles come in, then all Israel saved that triggers resurrection from the dead ?

    What part of any of this is unbiblical?

    What people call ‘dominionism’ is a complete misunderstanding of the Kingdom and how the Kingdom comes to Earth as it Is in Heaven. You suggest that it is something that it isn’t in order to prove it is wrong.

  • Hope Derby

    My worry about your thinking about this is that have you based your critique on false understandings of how this concept came and hence its origins. Your understanding about Loren Cunningham and Bill Bright is misinformed. Here is the account in Loren’s own words.

    You also seem to be critiquing the concept based upon what some who are teaching it say. Even if what some people teach on it is ‘off’ (and whether it is or not isn’t the issue as the opposition to truth is always to try and sow a lie alongside the truth in order to discredit the truth God is revealing) that is not the same as truly examining where this came from.

    The early Christians were always combating those who took the truth of what they preached and twisted it for their own ends to serve their own self-appointed ambitions.

    You have to look at the fruit of the ministry of Loren Cunningham and of Bill Bright, arguably 2 leaders whom God has used most to reach a younger generation. And then if you are saying that what they testified out of their own mouths is a lie and a deception, that they are liars and deceivers effectively, that is a very very big accusation that you need to back up before publicly expressing your views.

    Did you realize that the great commission in Matthew 28 was given to the apostles AFTER Jesus had called them to go to a specific mountain that He had appointed, and AFTER they had gone there and worshiped Him. We focus so much on the outcome of this and completely ignore the process that led to this authority to disciple nations being given. And by the way those whom He summoned there had left everything to answer this call. It was not a cheap thing. Read the story of the Moravians. Their 100 years of 24/7 worship and prayer led to a huge missionary movement in which thousands of Moravians gave their lives to take the gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the Earth.

    The Bible is replete with God summoning people to mountains to worship Him. The entire process of discipleship that Jesus was commissioning His followers to go into all the world to make disciples, was about worship. “The Father seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth” so “The Father has sent to me to seek and to save he lost” In John chapter 4 the entire region of Samaria is evangelized out of a conversation with one woman about worship.

    The outcome of true worship is mission and the purpose of mission is to disciple up true worshipers of the Father. So what you call ‘dominionism’ is not what you say. It is a call to mission by raising up 24/7 worship and prayer at the top of each of these spheres or ‘mountains’ the Father’s House Of Prayer for All Nations in order that His Kingdom comes in every area of life. We want to see what is in Heaven come to Earth in fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer to fulfill the Father’s will.

    Our challenge is to take worship and mission out of our buildings and into the spheres/mountains (the terminology is less important than the call) in which the rest of the world lives their lives.

    Why can’t we see networks and models of interrelated, connected 24/7 worship and prayer happening in family homes all across the nations, in school buildings, in workplaces, in government institutions, in hospitals, in sports and entertainment arenas. Why is that such a shocking concept to believe for? Wouldn’t that be a radical sign that God has moved in our nations? Wouldn’t that begin to look like a Bride made ready for her Husband? Wouldn’t that truly begin to look like the “light of the World, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden” that we are meant to be? Wouldn’t that look like the fulfillment of Isaiah 60 prophesying about the Father’s House: “Arise Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has arisen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the Earth and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over You, and His glory will be SEEN upon you”?

  • Cj Warren

    Hello- I read your article of the 7 Mountain teaching. Several years ago I ordered a DVD of Lance Wallnau’s introduction on this mandate (via Daystar Sharathon gift). I watched him dance around the seminar with both hands up depicting what is commonly known as the ‘el diablo’ hand gesture. I don’t think he was signing ‘love’ all over the place.

    Sadly, not too long after shredding Wallnau’s DVD, I went back to a church here in Phoenix only to discover the ‘now’ quite famous worldwide traveling pastor had written his own book on the 7 Mountain mandate. If I hadn’t seen with my own eyes what Wallnau did with his hands on that DVD… I would not be so skeptical of this teaching. It is this mandate that keeps me away from this particular church.

    As an educator I see the use of hand gestures being used copiously now by Christians and from the pulpit. These sorts of gestures started in the occultic realm. Too few Christians discern the real spiritual intent of such behaviors being played out in the natural realm.

  • Dale Cash

    The author of this judgment has no understanding of the message, just like the Pharisee’s who had all their doctrine nailed down, didn’t understand the message of Jesus the Messiah. The teaching about 7 spheres of influence in society doesn’t insist that Christians have to dominate these spheres for God to win a nation. It merely points out that even in the most godless empires of history God has always had Esther’s, Daniel’s, Joseph’s, & Nehemiah’s who were able to serve in these empires without losing their witness, and at the proper time were able to influence decisions that turned things around for the people of God. Paul was all about speaking to Government leaders. He spoke to a Governor, a King, and eventually to Caesar. The angel of the Lord told him he’d survive his third shipwreck, because it was God’s will for him to stand before Caesar. It also points out that when Christians demonize systems and leave them entirely (like education) we remove the salt & light, and allow the enemy to create strongholds in those areas. Religion demands things be divided into Sacred/Secular, but the Kingdom of God is always expanding, and Rev. tells us that one day a trumpet will sound and a proclamation will be made “that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord”. My question for those who spend all their time using the bible to attack other believers who are trying to impact and influence society is this: show me your fruit, how many nations have you impacted?