NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION: A Quick Overview
A few items about a relatively new movement within the Christian Church, the New Apostolic Reformation, that has gathered strength over the last several decades. This article is not intended to be anything other than a brief introduction to the term, ‘New Apostolic Reformation‘ and give a few resources for those readers interested in learning more.
What is the New Apostolic Reformation about and how has it spread?
First, how it has spread. Basically, it has used television and word-of-mouth to engage its followers.
—UPDATES at end of article.
What is the New Apostolic Reformation?
Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.
They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture.”
Much more information on the New Apostolic Reformation at the above link.
This movement appears to thrive, as always, where weak Biblical teaching is present. In fact, one of the basic tenets of the movement (that man delivers the Kingdom to Jesus Christ) is not Biblical. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ returns to save the church and the earth from man itself.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
” And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
“And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”
So, as can be seen, far from delivering the earth into the hands of Jesus, Jesus appears in the nick of time to deliver the earth from the machinations of men.
Even if those men believe very sincerely that they have the capacity to set up a kingdom worthy of Him who will “smite the nations” with a sharp sword. In fact, the Bible warns of men in the end times who will set up a worldwide government–along with a one-world religion.
The Bible warns that these men are NOT of God and will use deception to snare their followers. Some have labeled this worldwide one-world government the “New World Order.”
An article at Spirit of Error.org does a nice job listing the main beliefs of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. The article also compares how churches in the Assemblies of God denomination officially and unofficially treat the movement.
The author, Holly Pivec, first lists the official position of the Assemblies of God regarding the NAR (see below) and compares the official position with what takes place “in practice.
The Assemblies of God USA has published a number of official statements taking stances against many NAR teachings. Here are some key NAR teachings that have been rejected by the denomination’s leadership.
The Assemblies of God has rejected the teaching that present-day apostles and prophets should govern the church (see papers titled “Endtime Revival”, “Apostles and Prophets,” and “Prophets and Personal Prophecies“)
The Assemblies of God has rejected the teaching that the church should work to take dominion of the earth prior to Christ’s return–a teaching known as “Kingdom Now” or “Dominion Theology” (see papers titled “Endtime Revival” and “The Kingdom of God“)
The Assemblies of God has rejected the teaching that the end-time church will become a victorious, militant army so it can take dominion of the earth–a teaching known as “Manifest Sons of God” or “Joel’s Army” (see paper titled “Endtime Revival”)
The Assemblies of God has rejected the teaching that Christians must identify a hierarchy of demonic spirits (also called “territorial spirits”) and wage battle against them for the gospel to advance–a teaching known as “strategic-level spiritual warfare” (see paper titled “Spiritual Warfare“)
The Assemblies of God has rejected the teaching that spiritual gifts, such as prophesying and healing people, can be imparted by church leaders through the practice of laying their hands on people (see paper titled “Imparting of Spiritual Gifts“)
How do many Assemblies of God churches treat the NAR? Continue reading: The Assemblies of God and the NAR.
PRO and CON
Three articles, one pro-NAR and two others contrary, provide a good informational basis for informed readers.
Introduction to the New Apostolic Reformation (Pro) Collection of articles posted at the website of Global Harvest Ministries, an organization led by C. Peter Wagner, “designed especially, but not exclusively, to meet the needs of leaders who have become a part of the New Apostolic reformation.”
The New Apostolic Reformation (Contra) by Orrel Steinkamp, D. Min
This much-publicised new paradigm can be traced to the Latter Rain movement of the 40’s and early 50’s. Even though the Latter Rain of the 50’s faltered and fell into disrepute with the death of William Branham and the repudiation by the Assemblies of God it was kept alive by certain survivors and reintroduced in a veiled manner into the Charismatic Renewal of the 60’s and 70’s. Few people have realised just how influential the Latter Rain movement was and how effectively Latter Rain concepts were introduced into the Charismatic Renewal.
A Strong Delusion: The New Apostolic Reformation DeceptionBytes, by ‘Mishel’.
Alarmingly, these apostolic churches represent one of the fastest growing segments in the church today. In an article entitled New Apostolic Reformation and the Faith and Work Movement, John Rowell states the following “David Barrett, editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia reports 1,000 apostolic networks on record in his global database. These networks are found on six continents and account, by his estimate, for some 100 million believers worldwide. Dr. Wagner estimates that in the US alone there are as many NAR churches as there are Southern Baptist congregations – something approaching 40,000.
STILL MORE INFO:
- Assemblies of God
- Dominion Theology
- Latter Rain Movement (post WWII)
- New Apostolic Reformation
- The New Apostolic Reformation: Influence and Teachings
UPDATE: March 17, 2014 — C. Peter Wagner, the man behind the NAR, wrote an article entitled The New Apostolic Reformation is Not a Cult. It’s the opinion of this writer that Wagner is correct: the NAR is not a cult.
It is far more dangerous than a mere cult.
It’s a cornerstone of the antichrist world religion that’s currently being built–and the New Apostolic Reformation is almost ready for prime time.
IN Wagner’s article, he discusses the the “Seven Mountains” doctrine upon which the NAR is built. The Bible gives its readers a clue about the Whore of Babylon: that great, satanic counterfeit church of the end times.
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”
C. Peter Wagner is 100 percent correct: the New Apostolic Reformation is not a cult. It is much more than that.
UPDATE: March 26, 2014
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- Last Days: What does the Bible Say about the End Times?
- Apostasy: New Age Laodicea in Joel Osteen’s America
- The Roman Road to Salvation through Jesus Christ
- Persecution of the Saints: The Fear and the Pit and the Snare
- New NAR “bible” a dangerous heresy (standupforthetruth.com)
- Understanding Dominionism (crookedcrosses.wordpress.com)
- Assemblies of God General Superintendent Defends Biblical Teaching on Sexuality (juicyecumenism.com)
- JOHN MacARTHUR: BIBLICAL WARNING ABOUT FALSE TEACHERS (kimolsen.wordpress.com)
- Assemblies Of God Hails Mahama’s Galamsey Task Force (modernghana.com)
- AG Church in Iran may not survive after the arrest of Pastor Robert Asseriyan (theglobaldispatch.com)
- Christian Pastor in Iran Arrested During Prayer Meeting; Church Threatened With Closure (voiceofthepersecuted.wordpress.com)
- Iranian Authorities To Christians: Anyone who tries to enter the church will be arrested (vineoflife.net)
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