As Robert Henderson puts it, America once had a Judeo-Christian value system. The Bible and prayer were allowed, even encouraged, in public schools; the phrase "traditional marriage" was redundant; abortions were illegal; neighbors treated each other decently, and deals were made on a handshake.
But in the 1960s, that decade of secular victories, all hell broke loose. The nation fell under demonic influence, and Christians, including evangelicals, chose to retreat behind church walls.
For anyone who lived through the rise and reign of the Religious Right, this idea might seem revisionist. To understand Henderson's point, however, you must consider eschatology, or end-times belief.
As researcher Rachel Tabachnick describes, the Left Behind eschatology, which has dominated many sectors of the evangelical Christian church for more than a century, teaches that there will be a rapture of good Christians, leaving the Earth to the anti-Christ's reign before Jesus' return.
Members of the new apostolic movement are, to varying degrees, rejecting that narrative, she says, "going to a very dominionist eschatology, in which believers must essentially take control of the earth themselves before Jesus will return.
"Christians are not supposed to leave the earth, they are supposed to stay and fight. The believers are going to be triumphant, they are going to win. They are going to conquer evil, save the nations, transform the world, then Jesus will return."
Henderson pushes back somewhat on Tabachnick's description.
"None of us believe that we are going to take over the world, and make it this wonderful place for Jesus to come back," he says. But, he continues, "We should want the world to look more like heaven than hell at Jesus' coming. When the Lord comes, he'll put the last enemy under foot, which is death. If he's going to put the last enemy under foot, that means all the other enemies are our responsibility."