Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders and their Spooky Time

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Dr. Bob Smith certainly did read the Bible. Yet, as Susan Cheever states, “Bob began every morning with meditation and prayer and twenty minutes of Bible study. Like Bill, Bob believed in paranormal possibility and the two men spent time ‘spooking,’ invoking spirits of the dead.”[1]

Early AA member Tom Powers saw the AA co-founders firsthand as they engaged in spiritualistic practices the Lord detests. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) “Now, these people, Bill and Bob, believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.”[2]

It is not well known that Dr. Bob was a Mason. Suspended in 1934, he gained reinstatement after being sober for some years.[3] According to John Weldon, “The truth is that Masonry is a distinct religion that espouses teachings incompatible with Christian faith in the areas of God, salvation, and other important doctrines.”[4]

Want to learn more? READ

Source Notes:

1. Susan Cheever, My Name Is Bill, pg. 197

2. PASS IT ON, A.A. World Services Inc., pg. 280

3. Cedric L. Smith, PGM, Grand Secretary of Masons in Vermont

4. John Weldon, The Masonic Lodge and the Christian Conscience, CRI DM 166, pg. 1

 

NAR “apostle” Mark Chironna scorns Christians concerned with end times

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:13)

Promoting his latest webinar, Mark Chironna writes, “It is becoming increasingly evident that preoccupation with end-time scenarios is ‘in vogue’…BUT ONLY within a small subculture of the Body of Christ. Trans-generationally, the majority of the Church globally is seeing something that the Western Church seems to be missing and misinterpreting.” [1]

As is usually the case with New Apostolic Reformation apostles and prophets, Scripture is secondary to dreams, visions, and new revelations.

According to Chironna, “You and I need to decide whether or not we will be part of a company of believers, followers of Jesus, who will participate in the new thing that the Spirit is doing in the earth, or whether we will passively continue to misinterpret the signs of the times and follow the same mistakes previous generations have by being distracted by endless speculations that we are warned not to get involved with.” [2] (emphasis mine)

Like Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Mark Chironna leans towards new age/quantum mysticism. That became obvious when Chironna spoke at Bethel Redding. READ

Chironna declares, “It is time to LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, however that cannot happen unless we embrace the Prophetic Paradigm of the Spirit, and not the pathetic paradigm of foolish speculation based on Scriptural misinterpretation. [3]

I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; (Revelation 2:2)

Source Notes:

1. Leap into the Future: The Spirit’s 21st-Century Prophetic Paradigm Orlando, FL-June 12th and 13th

2. Ibid

3. Ibid

“Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church” by Marsha West

[You can find many other well researched articles at Berean Research.]

According to Marsha West:

John Burton has written a piece entitled “Ancient and Emerging: 5 Major Changes Coming to the Church.”  Before you get all excited, or maybe even concerned over those changes, you should know a bit more about Burton.  As it turns out he’s a “prophet” in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.

According to his blog, John Burton, he “has been developing and leading ministries for over 20 years and is a sought out teacher, prophetic messenger and revivalist. Burton has authored ten books, has appeared on Christian television and radio and directed one of the primary internships at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City.”

That Burton was associated with IHOP-KC could only mean that he has served under IHOP’s Pied Piper Mike Bickle.  I spent quite a bit of time researching Bickle for a piece I wrote and discovered his strong ties to the NAR or what some refer to as Dominionism.  Also identified was his involvement with the Kansas City Prophets (KCP).  According to Pastor Ken Silva, the KCP:

brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever. These so-called prophets were a group of men that coalesced around a church known as the Kansas City Fellowship, pastored by Mike Bickle, that attracted a following of other likeminded churches in that region. (More on the KCP here)

It gets worse.  Mike Bickle believes that God speaks to him in an audible voice.  But here’s the kicker.  He has visited heaven – twice.  On one visit he told false teacher Bob Jones:

I stood in this room and it had…clouds, it was a room only maybe 20 by 20 or 30. It was a little room. It had clouds in the bottom, on the top and the walls…I stood there, I was at the Lord’s left hand, and I stood there, this was not a dream, this was as real as life here…I know it wasn’t a dream or a vision… (There’s more to the story  here)

I included Bickle’s background and a snippet of the tall tale he spun on his alleged visit to heaven to highlight the fact that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

So here’s my question: why is John Burton proud of his association with a false prophet who’s the main man at IHOP-KC?  IHOP –KC is viewed by many mainstream scholars as a cult because it is a “false, unorthodox, extremist” sect of Christianity (dictionary.com).

On his blog Burton calls himself a “prophetic messenger and revivalist.” Revival?  What revival?  There’s no sign of any sort of “revival” in America or any place else (except an occult revival), so the “revival” the so-called prophet refers to is……where?

Before I get to the 5 major changes “Prophet” John B predicts, those of you who are unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of the NAR should know what we’re dealing with. Over the years it has had many handles such as Kingdom Now; Latter Rain; Joel’s Army; Manifest Sons of God – they keep changing the name as if this will allow them to keep their heretical teachings hidden.

What is the goal of the NAR loons leaders?  To transform society into the kingdom of God on earth.

How do they hope to accomplish this lofty goal?  By taking control of various aspects of society.  (Here’s the plan)

Apologetics Index describes it as a:

dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

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. (emphasis added )

So, keeping John Burton’s background in mind—especially the part about his affiliation with IHOP-KC– here’s what this so-called prophetic messenger revealed about the future:

I call this the ancient and emerging church. Ancient because it’s rooted in scripture; emerging because the biblical structure has been largely forsaken. What will this ancient and emerging church look like? Here’s just a small peek into a grand shift in the structure of the church:

1. Services will become more like prayer meetings. One of the greatest indictments on the church today is that prayer is not the driving force. Today, people tend to choose churches based on the appeal of the teaching and the worship instead of the fervency of prayer. If the church was a house of teaching, or a house of worship, that would make sense, but it’s not. The church is a house of prayer for all nations. Every person in the church will function as a burning intercessor and the services will be marked by this unified groan of fiery prayer.

2. Personal need will give way to personal mission. Today, churches are often more like organic, socially driven hospitals. People tend to use the church as a way to meet their personal needs instead of serving it as a minister of God. This is going to change. Of course, there will still be personal ministry and true needs will be addressed.

However, instead of the church functioning as a hospital, it will once again function as a mission-driven military. The mission will take precedence. The saints will be equipped for service, not for personal survival. In this ancient and emerging model, their will be MASH units that will take very good care of the wounded with the primary purpose of getting the soldier back into battle. Apostles will again lead with governmental authority and pastors will be seen as the main leader less and less as they focus more on shepherding and less on primary leadership.

3. Teaching will be minimized while instruction is emphasized. Teaching is mostly for personal edification while instruction is mostly for corporate assignments. Today, most churches focus on teaching principles of scripture, providing truths that will help Believers navigate through their lives and giving nuggets of biblical info. While there will still be important Bible teaching, apostolic instruction will emerge as a necessary new ministry.

There is enough Bible teaching online, on CDs, in books and on video to turn every one of us into personal spiritual giants. We need to take it upon ourselves to grow. What is lacking, however, is apostolic leaders, military commanders who give instruction and assignments to a ready army. Teaching is personal growth-based while instruction is a call to corporate action for the sake of mission fulfillment.

An example of apostolic instruction is this: The apostolic leader gives a corporate assignment for everybody in the church to fast for a week and then show up together to prayer walk through the city streets. It’s a corporate call to action versus biblical study. It’s mission focused versus personal growth focused. Personal growth will be largely our responsibility between services so we can be ready to respond to the corporate instruction where we will receive our assignments.

4. We will gather together most days of the week. The 24/7 church will again emerge as the church drives culture instead of reacting to culture. Cares of life will lose their power as we simplify our lives and put corporate prayer and mission ahead of most everything else.

This may be the most challenging change for Christians. Today, Sundays are the days to set aside for corporate worship while we give precedence to our ‘normal lives.’ In The Coming Church, the very reason we live will be to pray on fire together every day, receive apostolic assignments and then move out into our lives as kingdom ambassadors. It wouldn’t be surprising if a tithe of our time is what became the standard. Two to three hours a day, whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or evening, or even in the late night hours, will be given by every believer to praying on site together with others, ministering and giving ourselves to intercession-fueled kingdom ministry. Of course, much of what we have been giving ourselves to will have to be eliminated so we have the time necessary to devote.

5. Worship will be supernaturally driven. There is a new sound coming to worship, and it’s not simply a new style. There is a supernatural, otherworldly groan of intercessory worship that will explode out of the entire body as a new breed of trembling worship leaders lead the way into the shock and awe of the glory of God. We will no longer simply sit in a pew or stand with a raised hand while a familiar worship song is sung.

The prophetic, groaning sounds of Holy Spirit facilitated worship will make it normal to shake and fall to our faces as we cry Holy! The natural, logical sing-a-longs will be no more. We will have a hard time standing as God’s Shekinah and Kabod glory resides in his church. Worship teams will practice less and pray in the Spirit with tears in their eyes more.

Of course, this is an extremely limited glance into the many, many changes that are coming. I wanted to share this to provoke you to preparation. There is much that you and I enjoy in the church, or that is comfortable to us, that we will have to let go. Again, the coming church will be troubling and shocking, but it will result in the power and life that we have been crying out for.

God is about to answer that cry.

This is…..nauseating.  My head is spinning.  Seems the Church is in for some BIG changes, at least according to “Prophet” John B.  Notice that the changes he purports would empower a few and turn the rest of us into mere puppets.  Sound familiar?  The message he’s sending is that we mustn’t hold to God’s sacred Word as our final authority.  No.  We must abide in what those who are supposedly hearing from God tell us.  I mean, really?  Coming from someone with his decidedly unbiblical theology it’s pretty easy to figure out where this rubbish came from.

Hint: The Evil One

We are not to fear evil, brethren.  We are not to back away from it.  We are not to cower in the corner.  We are commanded to:

Armor of God Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,  and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel… Ephesians 6:10-19  (emphasis added)

I’ll close with this admonition: Stand against the schemes of the devil!

Recommended:

Dominionism and the Rise of Western Imperialism by Sarah Leslie

Dominionist are on the move…and they mean business by Marsha West 

Research Sites:

Herescope

Deception in the Church

Apologetics Index

Copyright by 2015 by Marsha West.  All rights reserved

“God” tells NAR “prophet” about Dominionist Seven Mountains plans

The New Apostolic Reformation is not an organization. These are networks of “apostles” and “prophets” who believe the Second Apostolic Age is here. This means the age of denominations has passed and it is these “anointed” apostles and prophets who are to govern the church.

From the NAR we have such luminaries as C. Peter Wagner, James Goll, Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, Mark Chironna, Brian Simmons, Cindy Jacobs, and many others.

These people are Dominionists–they believe Christ cannot or will not come back until Christians have taken control of the earth.

Cindy Jacobs actually told a rapt congregation that the Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism. [1]

NAR adherents believe gaining societal control for Christ means dominating the Seven Mountains (spheres) of Culture.

Now, just as “God” showed Cindy Jacobs the Lord’s Prayer is about Dominionism, Lana Vawser, another false prophet, is claiming God told her this:

“Suddenly I heard the words ‘Seven mountains of culture’ (media, education, arts, religion, business, government, family). ‘I want to release My people into these seven mountains to bring LIFE to these mountains and see My nation TURNED AROUND, but My people must be in position.'” [2]

The Seven  Mountain mandate is an NAR construct.

But “God” had more words for Lana Vawser:

“I am calling My people to come before Me and to ask Me what part they have to play in the seven mountains of culture. For I am releasing My people that are positioned in great acceleration into these mountains in the United States to bring about a demonstration of MY GLORY STORY! My STORY of reconciliation, of repentance, of restitution, of restoration, of rebuilding, of healing.

“I am releasing specific Kingdom keys right now into the hearts of My people with specific insight into how I will use them in this nation to bring about great change. It is NOT over. The story has not reached the end. I want to do something new, something glorious, but My people must enquire of Me and not abort that which I want to release. My people must continue to cry out.” (emphasis Vawser’s and “God’s”) [3]

It is apparent the NAR recently made great progress in terms of exposure and influence in the Assemblies of God denomination through the Empowered21 organization’s recent Jerusalem gathering. [4]

Non-Pentecostal Christians should not be casual about the NAR, because this movement may well enter the unlikeliest of churches and denominations through politics and other means. [5]

Source Notes:

1. http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/05/16/god-showed-cindy-jacobs-the-lords-prayer-is-really-about-dominionism/

2. Lana Vawser, United States, You are Pregnant with a Glory Story and Destiny Gates are Opening, Elijah List Newsletter, 5/25/15

3. Ibid.

4. http://mywordlikefire.com/2015/05/21/assemblies-of-god-exposed-to-new-apostolic-reformation-through-empowered21/

5. Marsha West, http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/111011

New Apostolic Reformation leader’s unstable foundation

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:13)

 

Since C. Peter Wagner essentially founded the NAR, and has mentored Cindy Jacobs and many others, it is important to briefly examine his own theology—which is, frankly, a train wreck.

Wagner is willing to work with “apostles” who don’t believe in the Trinitarian God. Wagner has acknowledged there are some NAR leaders who are Oneness Pentecostals. [1]

Thus, when Wagner writes about a “lighter doctrinal load in the Second Apostolic Age” [2] this apparently extends to cooperating with those who hold to the heretical Oneness understanding.

Wagner himself aligns with open theism, the blasphemous belief that God does not necessarily have foreknowledge of all things. [3]

New Apostolic Reformation figures such as Mike Bickle of IHOP-KC, Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Chuck Pierce, Cindy Jacobs, James Goll, Mark Chironna and others have not brought unity, but a Dominionist garden of aberrant teaching, a fascination with visions and dreams and alleged prophecies—prophecies which, in contradiction to scripture, are not even expected to always be accurate.

The NAR is all about Wagner’s “lighter doctrinal load,” and all too often, the revelations of a false “Holy Spirit.”

1. C. Peter Wagner, Changing Church: How God Is Leading His Church Into The Future, (Published by Regal Books From Gospel Light, Ventura, Ca., USA 2004), pp. 157-158
2. Ibid., p. 152
3. Ibid., pp. 153-154

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Turning To God

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
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We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;
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for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
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You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
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so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
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For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.
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For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
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and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
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Fake (or demonic) Glory Feather Cloud from an “Apostolic and Prophetic” ministry

“Look at the feathers, man! Look at the feathers!” (52 seconds in video)

Jeff Jansen leads Global Fire Ministries International, which is described as “Apostolic and Prophetic.” [1] The website claims, “Jeff flows in a strong prophetic and miracle healing anointing that releases the tangible Glory of God everywhere he goes.” [2]

Jansen’s alleged glory feather cloud is somewhat similar to the glory cloud (?) which occurred in Bill Johnson’s church some years ago. [3]

There is another similarity as well. In 2012, Bill and Beni Johnson each contributed chapters from their own books to The Physics of Heaven. Co-authored by Ellyn Davis and Bill Johnson’s personal assistant, Judy Franklin, with the Foreword by Bethel’s Kris Vallotton, the book is shocking in terms of its New Age/quantum mysticism implications.

Referring to the eleven contributors to The Physics of Heaven, co-author Ellyn Davis stated:

“[The contributors of the book] all agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very “vibrational level” that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.” [4]

Co-author Judy Franklin wrote, “This book is just a precursor to the revelation that God is going to give us when He releases a new, transforming sound.” [5]

As noted in The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, The Physics of Heaven “describes what God is supposedly going to bring about. A theme of the book is that God may somehow bestow incredible power on believers through vibrations/sounds/frequencies/energies, with “sound” mentioned a number of times throughout the book.” [6]

Note the commonality with Jansen’s expectations. Jansen wrote,

“The sound of the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is being released upon this generation. It will change and restore everything it touches right down to the core structure or subatomic level. That sound creates breakthrough, which enables transformation in regions, revealing the true intentions and purposes of God. Now, in our time, a generation must wake up from its slumber and rise to release the fresh, new sound of Heaven on the planet.” [7]

Jansen predicts,

“In this season, a new sound is being released upon the earth again, and that sound is ushering in a new era in the glory of God in nation transformation. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is roaring again, unleashing His furious sound through a supernatural family.” [8]

New Age “Christianity” continues to rise.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (1 Timothy 4:3-4)

Source Notes:

1. http://globalfireministries.com/jeff-jansen-ministries

2. Ibid.

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew0Dk1qdAa4

4. Ellyn Davis, The Physics of Heaven (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, Kindle Edition, 2013), Kindle location: 477

5. Judy Franklin, The Physics of Heaven, op. cit., Kindle location: 188.

6. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15508  (Go to: Quantum Sounds?)

7. Jeff Jansen, Unleashing The Furious Sound of Glory: The Roar of Power and Love That Transforms The Earth, Elijah List Newsletter, 5/22/15

8. Ibid.

Assemblies of God exposed to New Apostolic Reformation through Empowered21

A few comments, observations, and a question or two for Assemblies of God General Superintendent George Wood and his E21 co-chair, Billy Wilson of Oral Roberts University:

Sit under the teaching, gifting, and anointing of the world’s top Spirit-empowered pastors, leaders, and teachers. –E21 promotional for Jerusalem 2015 event [1]

In the past few years we have seen a dilution of biblical doctrine occurring throughout the Body of Christ. Now, it seems anything called “Jesus”—The Shack and Jesus Calling come to mind—is welcomed without question by huge numbers of Christians.

Is the same thing happening in terms of the Holy Spirit? Are increasing numbers in the visible church beginning to place less emphasis on doctrine in order to facilitate Spirit-empowered unity?

This brings us to the Empowered21 organization:

“Could the world experience a second Pentecost? That’s the hope of a global movement called Empowered21, with organizers setting their sights on Jerusalem, where the first Pentecost took place.” [2] (bold mine)

A second Pentecost?

Empowered21’s Vision Statement explains the organization’s highest goal: “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.” [3]

The E21 organization is now positioned to guide millions of Pentecostals and Charismatics around the globe. Visibility and influence is accelerating through two key E21 gatherings, the first in Amman, Jordan (May 15-16); the second in Jerusalem (May 20-25).

As noted, E21’s Global Council is co-chaired by Billy Wilson, President of Oral Roberts University, and Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

Assemblies of God leader George Wood’s high level involvement in Empowered21 means Assemblies of God participation at these events is a certainty. The Jerusalem events will be live streamed over the internet, and literally millions of AG members could be watching.

According to Global Council co-chair Billy Wilson, “We are serving the entire Spirit-empowered movement from charismatic Catholics to non-denominational Christians to historic Pentecostals, uniting them together for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit in our generation.” [4] (italics mine)

Charismatic Catholic Oreste Pesare is an E21 Global Council Leader. [5] Pesare heads the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, (ICCRS) and still bows to the Pope, and to Catholic teaching. [6]

Pesare notes, “We are Catholics. Our faith is not just based on the Holy Scriptures but also we have a tradition in the Church so the popes and the bishops and the institution of the Church…codified things to the people of God through documents.” [7]

Thus Empowered21 is ecumenical in nature.

While a number of E21 Leaders (Word of Faith preacher Kenneth Copeland and others) are problematic, the focus here will primarily be on those who are under the New Apostolic Reformation umbrella, either in E21 Leadership or as speakers/teachers at E21’s Jerusalem2015 Conference.

The Jerusalem gathering almost seems designed as a public relations bonanza for the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and this global exposure could serve to draw many Christians who are unfamiliar with the teachings of this movement.

Spreading like black oil upon a blue sea, the NAR seems poised to flow far beyond Pentecostal and Charismatic circles.

What exactly is the New Apostolic Reformation?  It “is a new religious movement led by men and women who claim to be prophets and apostles. They claim they have authority and functions akin to those of the Old Testament prophets and Christ’s apostles. All Christians are expected to submit to their leadership and receive their new revelations. In this way they plan to form the church into a miracle-working army. This army will transform society and prepare the way for God’s kingdom to be established on earth,” states R. Douglas Geivett. [8]

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16)

The Assemblies of God denomination officially opposes a number of major NAR teachings including Dominionism (the belief the Body of Christ will take control of the earth before Christ returns), [9] and strategic level spiritual warfare (that demonic hierarchies or principalities in a specific area must be identified and prayerfully combatted before the gospel can effectively progress). [10]

Furthermore, Assemblies of God rejects the very bedrock teaching of the NAR, that modern day apostles and prophets must govern the church. [11]

With so many powerful NAR figures in key positions, why is Assemblies of God leader Dr. George Wood the Global Council co-chair of Empowered21? What kind of message does this send?

A highly placed source states AG leadership feels it is important to be involved in order to have biblical impact on those at the E21 event. This is admirable, but it seems a certainty the conference will increase NAR’s sphere of influence.

Continued participation in the NAR-favored E21 renders Assemblies of God official opposition to NAR theology meaningless and irrelevant. A number of AG churches are already receptive to NAR concepts and personalities. 

…Christians should flatly reject the New Apostolic Reformation’s teachings and those who choose to be associated with it. – gotquestions.org

Can two walk together except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

NAR heavyweights Bill Johnson and “prophet” Cindy Jacobs are in E21 Leadership, [12] and Jacobs herself is a high profile teacher/speaker at the conference.

Cindy Jacobs was not only a featured speaker (along with George Wood and four others) at the Amman, Jordan event, but is the co-chair of the Jerusalem2015 Prophecy and The End Times Ministry Track. [13]

Here is a good example why Christians should be very concerned that she has such prominence in E21. Several years ago, speaking before a rapt audience, Cindy Jacobs put her heretical NAR spin on the Lord’s Prayer.

According to Jacobs:
1. “…and God showed me [The Lord’s Prayer] was a prayer and every part of the prayer is an element on how to reform and transform a nation.” [14]

2. The Lord’s Prayer “is the prayer of intercession that will help bring into manifestation the original Genesis Mandate to fill, subdue, multiply and have dominion in the earth.” [15]

3. “So we have authority to reverse the Genesis curse of poverty and death. Not only do we have the power to do so, we have the mandate. You have to understand this.” [16]

4. “This was our commission in the Garden and it never changed…and so, because we didn’t understand our commission sin came into the world and it began to deteriorate the ability we had to steward the earth.” (emphasis mine) [17]

“Dominion theology consistently usurps Millennium promises and tries to apply it to the present age in order to justify its agenda to transform society into the Kingdom of God on earth,” writes apologist Al Dager. [18]

So Jacobs, a false prophet, will be leading the Prophecy and The End Times Ministry Track, despite her aberrant NAR eschatology.

She is also prominent in the How To Pray And Intercede Effectively Ministry Track, [19] even though she believes cities and nations must have demonic strongholds identified and attacked through prayer before the gospel can be effectively delivered.

While this is not to dispute the existence of territorial spirits, nowhere in the Bible do Christians come against hierarchical or territorial spirits in order to remove them from areas. In the Bible, God’s people prayed that people, not territories, would be delivered from demonic spirits.

This NAR prayer strategy has changed the understanding of many in terms of spreading the gospel.

The founder and Grand Poohbah of the New Apostolic Reformation is C. Peter Wagner. It was C. Peter Wagner who first declared the age of denominations had passed, and the Second Apostolic Age had finally arrived, when apostles and prophets could once again govern the Body of Christ.

C. Peter Wagner also got the ball rolling in terms of strategic level spiritual warfare. He writes, “When the demonic obstacles are cleared away, the church can grow. Unbelievers are no longer blinded by the god of this age, and they can hear and respond to the gospel.” [20]

This approach has been implemented by the NAR in numerous locales. Referring to the effort in Resistencia, Argentina, Wagner states, “[O]ur friend Cindy Jacobs helped design and manage the strategic-level spiritual warfare phase of the project.” [21]

While Jacobs is the co-chair of the Jerusalem2015 Prophecy and The End Times Ministry Track, the other co-chair, Tom Hess of Jerusalem House of Prayer, is an NAR apostle. [22]

The co-chair of the How To Pray And Intercede Effectively Ministry Track is NAR mover and shaker, Faytene Grassechi. [23]

Becky Fischer, who “energetically promotes NAR teachings through her organization, Kids In Ministries International,” [24] is co-chair of E21’s Jerusalem 2015 Your Sons and Daughters Ministry Track.

You might remember Fischer from the documentary, Jesus Camp.

Incredibly, the NAR has even been given the co-chair of a Ministry Track about raising our children in the Lord.

You see what a problem this is? Even if these people do not say one contrary thing, they are still being introduced to potentially millions of Pentecostals, and with Assemblies of God leader George Wood as Global Alliance co-chair, approval and acceptance is virtually guaranteed.

How many invitations are going to be extended to Jacobs, Grassechi, Fischer and others based on their time at the Jerusalem conference?

Desire for manifestation of the gifts of the spirit, and for spiritual experience—a Second Pentecost?—should never trump doctrine. Nor should the desire for spiritual unity. Yet this is just what appears to be happening through Empowered21.

E21’s “welcome aboard” to allegedly charismatic Catholics, is in direct opposition to the Bible. The dominance of NAR in E21 should concern Christians who do not believe the Body of Christ should be ruled by modern day apostles and prophets who churn out false predictions and decrees with astonishing regularity.

The NAR has, all too often, offered revelations of a false “Holy Spirit.”

E21 events have been scheduled some years into the future. Unless something changes, Empowered21, with its goal of spirit-empowered unity, will ultimately serve as a powerful springboard for NAR teaching and influence.

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(Bonus: Here is an excellent article concerning: AG position papers on NAR theology)

Source Notes:

1. E21 Jerusalem2015 promo
2. http://cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2014/March/World-Ready-for-a-Second-Pentecost-Outpouring/ (Chris Mitchell of CBN reported May 31, 2014)
3. http://empowered21.com/about/vision-statement/
4. What Is Empowered21? How a global initiative to emphasize the work of the Holy Spirit began at ORU, Danielle Parker Stoltz, ORU Fall 2014, Excellence Magazine
5. http://empowered21.com/about/leadership/
6. Charisms and the growth of the Church, Oreste Pesare iccrs.tv/Dettaglio.php?id_liv3=159
7. Ibid
8. http://www.thegoodbookblog.com/2015/apr/29/gods-super-apostles-an-interview-with-doug-geivett/#
9. Assemblies of God Position Paper, The Kingdom of God, PP_The_Kingdom_of_God.pdf
10. Assemblies of God, Spiritual Warfare (Attacks of Satan), http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/topics/sptlissues_spiritual_warfare.cfm
11. Assemblies of God Position Paper, Apostles and Prophets, pp_4195_apostles_prophets.pdf
12. http://empowered21.com/about/leadership/
13. http://www.jerusalem2015.com/ministry-track-test-2/
14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VuDNWWeqzM#t=148
15. Ibid.
16. Ibid.
17. Ibid.
18. Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight, “The Response: Texas Governor Rick Perry Calls For Revival” http://www.sitelevel.com/query?crid=10c4ba683069178d&query=dominionism&SB=GO

19. http://www.jerusalem2015.com/ministry-track-test-2/
20. C. Peter Wagner, The Book of Acts: A Commentary, (Published by Regal from Gospel Light, Ventura California, U.S.A., 2008), pg. 257
21. Ibid., p. 256
22. http://www.alternet.org/story/145796/heads_up%3A_prayer_warriors_and_sarah_palin_are_organizing_spiritual_warfare_to_take_over_america
lgbtqnation.com/2011/09/rick-warren-say-hes-not-conspiring-with-c-peter-wagner-to-rid-the-world-of-homosexuals/
23. Marci McDonald, The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism In Canada, (Published in Canada by Vintage Canada, a division of Random House of Canada Limited, in 2010), p. 269
“…feature the key figures in the New Apostolic Reformation from Faytene Krykow [Grassechi]…” p. 269
24. R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec, A New Apostolic Reformation, (Published by Weaver Book Company, 1190 Somerset Dr., Wooster, OH in 2014), p. 27

Bill Johnson, Empowered21 Global Council Leader

NAR “apostle” Bill Johnson of Bethel Church of Redding Ca., like Cindy Jacobs, holds a Leadership position in the Empowered21 Global Council. Please note in the E21 bio below, the reference to  his “growing apostolic network.” The Empowered21 organization clearly accepts the New Apostolic Reformation.

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

Bethel Church • www.ibethel.org

Bill Johnson is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Bill is a fifth generation pastor. He and his wife Beni lead a growing apostolic network that crosses denominational lines and builds relationships that enable church leaders to walk in both purity and power. (bold mine)

False Prophet leading “Prophecy And The End Times” Track at Empowered21 Jerusalem Conference

New Apostolic Reformation figures will be introduced to many via live streaming of Empowered21’s Jerusalem 2015 Conference (May 20-25). There is no warning to viewers just how different NAR theology is from biblical Christianity. Cindy Jacobs was recently featured here in this video where she claimed “God showed” her The Lord’s Prayer is really about Dominionism: click

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Now, she is about to be given access to many through Empowerment21. Below is the E21 Ministry Track information about Prophecy And The End Times Ministry Track co-chair Cindy Jacobs.

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Does God still give us prophetic insight today? In these last days, the Lord is actively revealing and confirming his word to guide His Church into fresh conquests for His glory and purposes. This ministry is still alive and well. Respected leaders on the prophetic word will share insight to what God is revealing to this generation.

Cindy Jacobs

Cindy Jacobs (Co-Chair)

Co-Founder • Generals International
Cindy Jacobs is a respected prophet who travels the world ministering to others. She received her Doctor of Divinity from Christian International in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and a second doctorate from the Asian Theological Association for her work with unreached people groups. She has written for such publications as Charisma, Ministries Today, and Spirit-Led Women and has also authored many books.

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