Quick Thoughts: What is the “Seven Mountains Mandate”?


Lyndon Unger of Mennoknight, who also blogs for The Cripplegate, has written an excellent piece on the Seven Mountains Mandate (SMM).  This is a subject we’ve reported on many times to remind people of the unbiblical nature of this so-called mandate.  Still, a large number of professing evangelicals are unaware that SMM is the brainchild of the New Apostolic Reformation false teachers who like to think of themselves as modern-day “apostles” and “prophets.”  Because the NAR is steeped in Eastern Mysticism it is considered a cult-like group.

Unger states the obvious: NAR leaders are after people’s money so that they can wield power and influence in the seven spheres and evangelize the world with their false gospel.  What concerns him is that two men who didn’t even believe in the sufficiency of Scripture started SMM and these same men foolishly “gained propositional revelation from a vision and based a rather large component of their lives on it.”

So – now to Unger’s piece:

NAR's Seven Mountains

If you’ve heard of the New Apostolic Reformation, you’ve heard of many strange ideas.  One of those may be the “Seven Mountains Mandate.”  What is that exactly?  Well, the Seven Mountains Mandate is an idea that originates in a vision that Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM) and Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru, and author of The Four Spiritual Laws) both had in 1975 (read about it here and here and here and here). The idea was that there are seven spheres (circles of cultural influence) that were the key to world evangelism; if a person could “reclaim” each sphere, they would establish Christianity across the globe and finish the great commission (and as a side benefit, usher in the second coming). Cunningham was told (by God, no less), that he had to infiltrate each sphere to successfully evangelize the world.

What were those seven spheres?7m-Row

The spheres were:

1) Family.

2) Church.

3) Education.

4) Media.

5) Celebration (i.e. whatever culture celebrates – entertainment, sports, etc).

6) Economy.

7) Government.

Cunningham claims he got the term “sphere” from 2 Cor. 10:13-16, but the rest of it was from God.  Cunningham then told all the young people under him to enter those “spheres” as missionaries. He then talked about how Caleb requested the “mountain” in Joshua 14:12, so the “spheres” were re-named “mountains”.  Loren Cunningham then opened a university in 1978 to attempt to train people to conquer those seven mountains. YWAM alone is currently training over 25,000 people a year to take over these “mountains”.

Here’s a little video that summarizes the idea: View the video and continue reading


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5 Responses to Quick Thoughts: What is the “Seven Mountains Mandate”?

  1. Timothy Kobernik January 6, 2020 at 11:52 pm #

    i am looking for more scripture to support or refute, but you seem to be bringing emotions and divisiveness instead. What do you have to encourage followers of Jesus?

  2. COMALite J October 28, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    There is only one place in the Bible where the two-word phrase “seven mountains” appears: Revelation 17:9, which reads:“And here is the mind that hath wisdom: the seven heads [of the Scarlet-Coloured Beast mentioned in verse 3] are seven mountains on which the woman [Whore of Babylon as shown in earlier verses] sitteth.”

    Funny they should use that metaphor to describe their “holy” mission.

  3. Aloysius December 16, 2020 at 11:31 am #

    Daniel, Kings of Israel, Joseph, The Judges Have impacted/influenced all the Seven mountains/systems in Major ways.. If the saints of the old testament did this how much more should “the more glorious covenant” people do?

  4. Hopefully Devoted March 9, 2021 at 7:06 am #

    Seems to me, given the strong delusion that we are now in, that the seven mountains are indeed showing themselves one and the same with the 7 heads (mountains) of Revelation’s first beast. Which one suffers a seemingly mortal head wound? The world economy? Then miraculously revived by a new order based on blockchain total oppression?

  5. David L July 8, 2021 at 10:03 am #

    There is a big difference between being the salt and light in theses areas and thinking we can control these areas. The USA was founded by people who understood the difference and expected Christians to influence government and society.

    Tragically, many Christians don’t understand the two OT Biblical words commonly translated as sanctify or consecrate.

    The Nazirite (nazir H5144) is about separating FROM. It was an outward act that was to reflect the inward, but it did not change the heart – Sampson. These separations were usually temporary.

    Qadash (H6942) is about separating TO. The word Holy, qodesh (H6944), comes from Qadash. Your marriage is holy when you are faithful to your spouse, not because you don’t have friends of the opposite sex.

    We are commanded to love (agapao G25) everyone like we love our self (Matt 22:39). It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin. (John 16:7-11).

    We are salt and light when people are attracted to the Spirit of God who lives within us. His transformational power can make us different in a way that draws people to us, just like the way they were drawn to Jesus.

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