NAR influence in National Day of Prayer??

The influence of the New Apostolic Reformation is everywhere, it seems, including Assemblies of God. [1]

Over at Spirit of Error, Holly Pivec asks, “But has the National Day of Prayer been hijacked by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)?” You may want to read this. Click HERE

Holly Pivec and R. Douglas Geivett are co-authors of GOD’S SUPER-APOSTLES, a very helpful book dealing with the aberrant theology of the New Apostolic Reformation.

Among the book’s reviewers are George Wood, son of Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood, and Tim Challies. HERE is the link to the book, if you wish to learn more. Once you are at Amazon, scroll down for reviews.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before

Alcoholics Anonymous has spread the concept of a generic god, and convinced many there is no need for Christ–for the Higher Power is already accessible. Why is any of this important? If you are a Christian, and believe the Bible is the Word of God, it is clear the Lord hates the worship of false gods. We are not to join such a thing. We are to be separate in our worship.

All the media articles and pro-A.A. authors and praises from A.A. proselytes can’t change God’s command. What does He tell us:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them and be separate, saith the Lord… (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

If you are a Christian attending A.A., and you say to yourself, “Well, I don’t worship false gods,” the Lord doesn’t want you worshiping alongside those who bow to false idols.

Never in the Bible will you find an example where the Lord allows His people to worship Him in a religion where He is just one option of many. Josiah threw the false gods out of the temple; our wise (?) pastors of today bring them in by allowing A.A. in our churches.

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Berean Research

BEREAN RESEARCH–a good resource to know about…

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“Got Meat?” by Marsha West

You can find more of Marsha West’s work at the new discernment site

Marsha West writes:

Sue’s a self-professed Christian who attends church and a Bible study regularly and sings with the praise and worship team. Sue also practices yoga, consults a psychic medium, plays the Ouija Board game with friends and believes in reincarnation.

Sue and her boyfriend sleep together in the apartment she shares with two friends from church. No one questions what goes on behind closed doors. Sue and Tim, who’s an atheist, plan to marry someday so she believes God will overlook this “sin.” Her roommates are on the same page.

Because Sue is skilled at assessing a person’s character and motives — and she’s usually right — she boasts that she has the “gift of discernment.” Her roommates agree.

Whether or not Sue is a Christian remains to be seen. What’s clear by the choices she makes is that she’s out of God’s will. So, does a person who goes against God have the “gift of discernment”? What criteria should we use to determine if a person is discerning?

First off, there’s no doubt that God wants to mold our lives according to what is written in His Word. There’s no doubt that God wants to bring us into conformity with His will. And there’s no doubt that believers who conscientiously study the Bible will develop spiritual discernment. However, Christians looking for quick answers instead of truth can study the Bible until the Pacific Ocean turns into Hawaiian Punch and they’ll never truly know God’s will for their lives nor will they gain an ounce of discernment.

A thorough study of the Bible will equip believers with understanding and wisdom that leads to maturity. Christians who don’t know the Bible are unable to differentiate between God’s purpose and desire for their lives from their own aspirations.

The sincere Christian’s desire is to grow in the knowledge of our risen Lord and to walk in step with Him. Regrettably a large number of believers remain “baby Christians.” Baby Christians spend a great deal of time stumbling around like one-year-olds learning to walk, preferring milk to meat. There’s no time like the present for milk drinkers to introduce meat into their diet!

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14) (Emphasis added)

Got meat?

“The Bible is the revelation of things as they really are,” said the late Ray Stedman. “It represents the only truly realistic look at life that is available to man today. It is the only instrument provided by God that is adequate to the task of producing mature, well-adjusted, whole persons.” Moreover, “It’s not the book, but the Lord that the book reveals that is our food.”

Jesus Christ is our sustenance, our nourishment, our provision. No one who neglects the Bible will become a mature Christian. (Proverbs 1:5-7)

The Holy Spirit gives guidance to those who explore God’s Word. He shows us what He wants us to do and be. He’s our teacher and the dispenser of discernment. With the Spirit in our corner we won’t be taken in by counterfeits. We’ll come to recognize false prophets, aberrant teaching and flawed doctrine. What a person says and teaches should line up with Scripture or it’s false. John warns:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 1:1)

In this day and age many Christians don’t bother to test the spirits and fall prey to all sorts of false teaching. When believers decide to take the time to weigh and examine what’s being taught they won’t be deceived.

Sadly, the contemporary Church is so lacking in discernment that even self-professed Christians, like Sue, dabble in pagan practices. Believers say they’re dabbling for the fun of it, but that excuse won’t wash with God. In Deuteronomy 18: 9-12, He warns:

When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.

Could the Lord be any clearer than that? He despises sorcery!

Yet millions of Christians completely ignore God’s warning. Instead of taking Him at His word they demand to know what’s so wrong with astrology, holding séances, contacting spirit guides or angels — and what’s wrong with meditating? I mean, everyone’s doing it! Meditation is beyond the scope of this article but before I move on I need to point out that many Christians have been sucked into “Spiritual Formation.” SF promotes contemplative prayer (listening prayer, breath prayer, centering prayer) and those who practice this sort of prayer say they do it to connect with God on a deeper level and to hear His voice. In order to hear the voice of God, they believe, one must practice “Christian” mantra meditation. The aim in mantra meditation is to empty one’s mind of all thought. This technique, called Transcendental Meditation, has its roots in Hinduism which is a pagan religion. So let’s be clear: “Whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD.” If you don’t mind being an abomination (disgrace, repugnant) feel free to sit in on a séance.

Christians must come to understand that God made them and He owns them. The parameters He has set for His people to live by are for their ultimate good. God makes no bones about sorcery. It’s a health hazard!

Here’s the main reason it’s unhealthy. The occult arts are part of Satan’s strategy of evil tricks and deception, designed to lead humans astray. The Bible teaches that Satan and his demons (fallen angels) are real beings that exist in the spirit realm. These beings are out to destroy the human race. That’s why Paul warned believers to “Put on the full Armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph. 6:10, 11).

Unarmed Christians fall prey to deception so we must have a fair amount of knowledge on the cults and the occult. For the purpose of this article I’ll focus on the New Age movement because it is in the realm of the occult. The preferred term is New Age Spirituality (NAS). Call it what you will, “spiritually” is the modern day equivalent of ancient paganism. Neo-Paganism traditions and practices are deeply ingrained in our culture and have made inroads into the Roman Catholic Church as well as evangelical and mainline churches.

Defining NAS is difficult because it is both eclectic and diverse. There’s no hierarchy, no membership, no specific doctrine and no dogma. New Agers believe they are “one with the universe and a part of God.” Because we are ignorant of our divine nature, personal enlightenment during mystical experiences will bring us out of our ignorance into a total awareness of our divinity. Higher consciousness can be achieved through the help of so-called angels, spirit guides, psychics and through meditation, yoga (even so-called Christian yoga), drugs, and other Eastern religious practices.

One of the most distinctive beliefs of the New Age movement is monism — the belief that all of reality is essentially one. Hence, everything that exists is part of a single organic whole. Since all is essentially one, no difference exists between good and evil.

New Agers hold to pantheism — the belief that God is everything and everything is God. Simply put, God is an impersonal all-pervading energy and is one and the same as the universe. God is an “it” like the “Force” in Star Wars.

New Age religion not only goes against Scripture and tradition; it goes against reason.

Christianity believes that God has shown Himself in the pages of scripture. “God is separate from his creation,” said the late Paul E. Little. “He is transcendent — above and beyond His creation, the heavens and the earth. He is not a slave to the natural law He authored, but is independent of it and above it. He can override it at will — though normally He does not interfere with it. He is exalted and eternal, the world’s Creator, Sovereign, and Judge.” He is a personal, all-knowing, all-loving God.

There’s no question that the Bible condemns occult practices. So, would Jesus Christ involve Himself in something He condemns? No! Jesus never speaks through spirit guides, psychics or mediums, nor does He give guidance through the Ouija board. But demons do! Demons are powerful, odious and deceitful. For centuries demons have been masquerading as spirit guides, voices from beyond the grave, even guardian angles. What is their motive? To trick, to deceive and to control lives! Make no mistake about it: Satan’s aim is to take a multitude of humans to hell with him. Peter gave this stern warning to keep believers from stepping into the devil’s trap: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Satan has introduced many counterfeit gods. Berit Kjos explains what the world’s counterfeit gods are like:

“They must be strong but permissive; compassionate but amoral, unifying but tolerant toward all beliefs except those that clash with the vision of solidarity. This new, more affirming image has already permeated religions around the world. His names don’t really matter, for they would all represent the same universal deity — re-imagined under the banner of love, tolerance and unity.”

Sound familiar?

New Agers often sound like Christians. They’ll talk about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit — even the atonement and salvation. But don’t be fooled! They redefine Christian terms to fit their own religious beliefs, thus the importance of probing to discover what someone really believes about God. A discerning Christian will pick up on the deception. Always find out what a self-professed Christian believes about Jesus. Is He the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, as orthodox Christians believe? Is He the Son of God and the Savior of the world? If someone’s view of God is radically different from what the Bible teaches, that person is a counterfeit!

It’s important to note that every heretical doctrine that has slithered into the Church “begins with the misconception of the nature of God.”

Believe it or not, many New Agers actually read the Bible but it’s not the final authority in their lives as it is for the Christian. I often hear them on the radio or observe them on TV tossing out Bible verses and then manipulate the long-established interpretation to make it support their version of truth. Their defense is that they are “purifying the errors of Christianity.” Not surprisingly their purified version of words and concepts contradict the Bible. Tossing out Bible quotes and utilizing Christian terms does not translate into authentic Christianity. In fact most New Agers are anti Christian.

In many contemporary churches a New Age, metaphysical gospel has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Preachers may talk about God, quote Scripture, and speak fluent “Christianese,” but they’re counterfeits. So their eternal souls are separated from God and in need of reconciliation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

In our postmodern moral relativistic world, a person’s “feelings” and “experiences” take precedence over doctrine. Moreover, many believers have this idea that they’re free to pick and choose the parts of their faith that they agree with, and just toss out what doesn’t mesh with their lifestyle! This is the primary reason so many believers are involved in the sorts of pagan practices I mentioned earlier. What happens when Christians lose their scriptural base? They’re open to almost anything!

How do we remedy this crisis? Listen to the wise words of Ben Shin of Talbot Theological Seminary:

…if you want to go deeper in your relationship with God, then you have to know about Him and who He is. That’s why doctrine and theology are really key because they give us deeper knowledge of Him. (Emphasis added)

So — when a person is involved in any way, shape, or form in the occult arts, inform him/her what the scriptures say. A Christian will want to know the truth about everything, above all the practices God detests. If truth matters he/she won’t be satisfied with anything else. When confronted with truth, Christians are never to become defensive, proud or arrogant. Those who have adopted an unbiblical doctrine or have fallen prey to aberrant teaching must set aside their pride and own up to their mistake no matter what the cost!

Going back to Sue and her roommates, by now it should be obvious that they are immature believers at best and it’s possible they’re not saved. Does Sue have “powers of discernment”? I’ll let you decide.

Further Research:

Articles on Contemplative Prayer — On Solid Rock Resources

Articles on the New Age Movement — On Solid Rock Resources

Articles on the Occult — On Solid Resources

Articles on yoga — On Solid Rock Resources

© Marsha West

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On paper, Assemblies of God rejects New Apostolic Reformation teachings

So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? (Galatians 16:4)

In New Apostolic Reformation using Empowered21, Assemblies of God, to further agenda?, it was noted that Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs and other NAR people are listed as leaders in the growing Empowered21 movement. The article asked if certain speakers at the highly publicized E-21 gatherings would expose Assemblies of God saints to NAR theology.

Below is an excerpt from Holly Pivec’s article, where she shows the official position of Assemblies of God on NAR teachings, and then explains what is nevertheless happening in many AG churches. Pivec writes:

On paper, the denomination has rejected key NAR teachings. But, in practice, these same teachings are being promoted in many Assemblies of God churches.

On Paper

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“)

In Practice

I applaud the Assemblies of God executive leaders for their biblical discernment and willingness to stand against aberrant theology.

Yet, in actual practice, these same NAR teachings are being promoted in many Assemblies of God churches.

Why is that the case? For starters, the denomination has given its assemblies great autonomy. So, the higher-ups cannot possibly have knowledge of what is being taught from every local pulpit. And, even if they did, they might be reluctant to exert a heavy hand to stop the teachings.

But I believe the local pastor is the greatest factor in determining whether or not NAR teachings are allowed into an Assemblies of God church. The pastor is the gatekeeper. So, NAR teachings will come into any church where the pastor promotes those teachings or turns a blind eye to teachings that are being promoted by members of his church.

Read Holly Pivec’s entire article:

New Apostolic Reformation using Empowered21, Assemblies of God, to further agenda?

Bill Johnson and Cindy Jacobs of the New Apostolic Reformation are listed, along with others, as Leaders in the Empowered21 organization. [1]

The E-21 Vision Statement: “That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…By Pentecost 2033.” [2]

If Assemblies of God Pastor David Wilkerson were alive today, I believe he would be warning about the prominent roles NAR adherents are playing in two key Empowered21 gatherings scheduled for May 2015. The first will be in Amman, Jordan; the second in Jerusalem. [3] These Empowered21 meetings will have the participation of many Pentecostals, with millions more watching via the internet.

Assemblies of God interest and participation is guaranteed, as Assemblies of God General Superintendent George Wood co-chairs the Empowered21 Global Council, along with Oral Roberts University President Billy Wilson. [4]

In fairness to Dr. Wood, an email sent late yesterday may have been the first time Dr. Wood has been alerted as to the scope of NAR influence in Empowered21.

In the above 2014 YouTube video, NAR leader Cindy Jacobs expresses her excitement at being part of E-21. “It’s really end times stuff,” she declares. (at 2:07 in video)

Unfortunately, Cindy Jacobs will be in a position to spread her “end times stuff” to Christians around the globe. Jacobs is Co-Chair of Empowered21’s Jerusalem 2015 Ministry Track, Prophecy and the End Times. [5] What an NAR public relations victory!

Unlike Assemblies of God and many other denominations, Cindy Jacobs and other NAR leaders do not believe there will be a rapture. While the rapture is not a salvation issue, NAR eschatology is a strange misinterpretation of the Bible and comes with many potential consequences. Rather than being raptured, Jacobs believes the end time church will remain and conquer, taking dominion over the earth.

Nevertheless, she is being given a forum to potentially spread the NAR version of prophecy and end times.

Jacobs is a Dominionist who believes church governance should be changed. Authors Geivett and Pivec note “the NAR teaching that Christian unity is achieved through Christians’ submission to the leadership of apostles.” [6]

In other words, the NAR faithful believe apostles and prophets must be the ones who govern (rule?) the Body of Christ. NAR believes pastors should answer not to denominational authority, but rather to an apostle or a group of apostles. In the NAR view of things, denominations are a done deal.

While denominations certainly have problems, this is far better than relying on the extra-biblical revelations and authority of a group of self-appointed apostles.

When Empowered21 leaders met in Jerusalem in 2014. Oral Roberts President Billy Wilson told an interviewer, “Our big, big vision is bigger than all of us. It comes out of Habbakuk 2:14 that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. And the big vision is that every person on earth will have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033.” [7]

I am all for gathering together to pray the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to every man, woman, and child on earth. But praying for a Second Pentecost? When Bill Johnson gets excited about something, I get a little nervous. (at 12 seconds in above video)  .

Many excesses, abuses (remember Todd Bentley?) and absurdities have spewed from those associated with the New Apostolic Reformation. The latest is Chuck Pierce’s bestowal of a mantle upon Glenn Beck, a Mormon.

The NAR is all about networking. Empowered21 is also all about networking. I fear that as Empowered21 advances, so will the NAR, simply by staying involved and piggybacking on Empowered21.

NAR has already influenced a number of Assemblies of God churches. E-21 will certainly accelerate this.

The NAR is powerful, and thankfully does not rule the entire Body of Christ. But what have NAR leaders brought us? False eschatology, false visions, contemplative prayer (IHOP-KC and Bethel Redding), twisted doctrine, introduction to quantum mysticism (Bill Johson, Mark Chironna), occult Kabbalah (Pierce), and mantles to nowhere.

Authors Geivett and Pivec “urge you to watch for signs in your congregation that some are attracted to  NAR teachings and practices. We’ve learned that deliberate infiltration is not uncommon. Take care not to lend a platform to those with aberrant beliefs.” [8 ]

What better platform for the NAR than Empowered21?

Source Notes:

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“But NAR has been most influential within Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Evidence of this is the appointment of NAR apostles and prophets–including Bill Johnson and Cindy Jacobs–to the leadership of Empowered21, an initiative focused on shaping the future of the Pentecostal-charismatic movement,” write R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec, authors of A New Apostolic Reformation?, pg. 12





6. R. Douglass Geivett and Holly Pivec, God’s Super-Apostles, pg. 143


8. R. Douglass Geivett and Holly Pivec, God’s Super-Apostles, pg. 134

Her name was Sheerah, and she built two towns (1 Chronicles 7:24)

Have you ever read about  a woman named Sheerah in the Bible? Let’s look at a few verses from 1 Chronicles 7. Sheera is named in 1 Chronicles 7:24:
The sons of Ephraim were Shuthelah and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,
Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead whom the men of Gath who were born in the land killed, because they came down to take their livestock.
Their father Ephraim mourned many days, and his relatives came to comfort him.
Then he went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son, and he named him Beriah, because misfortune had come upon his house.
His daughter was Sheerah, who built lower and upper Beth-horon, also Uzzen-sheerah. (1 Chronicles 7:20-24)
Sheerah was likely the granddaughter or great granddaughter of Ephraim, who was one of the sons of Joseph. The Bible only mentions Sheerah here, and credits her as having built two towns, Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheera.
There are a number of references to Beth-horon in the Bible. [1]
The second town mentioned, Uzzen-sheerah, means portion of Sheerah. [2]
Who was this woman? Did she build upon a foundation or foundations of something that was already there? She is unknown to most Christians, which until this morning included me.
Source Notes:


Strong’s Concordance
Uzzen Sheerah: “portion of Sheerah,” a place in Palestine

Original Word: אֻזֵּן
Part of Speech: Proper Name Location
Transliteration: Uzzen Sheerah
Phonetic Spelling: (ooz-zane’ sheh-er-aw’)
Short Definition: Uzzen-sheerah

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China soon able to destroy “every satellite in space”?

“China will soon be able to destroy every satellite in space, a senior U.S. military official has said,” reports Zachary Keck for The National Interest.

From construction of artificial islands for geopolitical advantage to advanced space weapons, China is on the move.

Keck continues, “According to Breaking Defense, Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of the 14th Air Force, said this week that China’s amassing formidable anti-satellite capabilities. Raymond claimed that Beijing is already capable of holding every low-orbit satellite at risk, and “soon every satellite in every orbit will be able to be held at risk” by China’s anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities.”   continue reading article


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Spiritually Snookered By Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous has two spiritual purposes. One is to point unbelievers away from Christ; the other is to water down or weaken the theology of the Christians who have joined the AA religion. Because of exposure to the twelve step program there are many AA Christians who confuse “recovery” with sanctification.

Hurting alcoholics who do not know the Lord learn, through meetings and the AA Big Book, that they do not need Christ at all in order to have a relationship with the Father:

“The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and our lives in a way that is miraculous.” (AA Big Book, pg.25)

“[A]ll of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.” (AA Big Book, pg.28) click here to continue reading

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Feel Good Religion ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

Dead Works ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Dead - IBible Verse

I love the feel good religion,
like the one you hear today
I like knowing God loves me
no matter what I do or say.

I like giggling and laughing,
as the pastor jokes around
I like all the modern music
with that big band sound.

I like the laid back attitude,
the easygoing, off beat tempo
I love that the mega building
is progressive and contempo.

I like the main message,
about being richly blessed
I like the fact that my sins
I no longer have to confess.

I like not having to repent,
or change my ways or views
I like I’m not told anymore
what to God, is or isn’t taboo.

I love the feel good religion,
like the one you hear today
but, I love Jesus more . . .
so I think from it, I’ll stay away!


2 Corinthians 11:13-15

” For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,

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