Gotquestions.org: What is the New Apostolic Reformation?

The following is taken from Gotquestions.org, and you can link to Godquestions.org at the end of their article:

The New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR, is a loose collection of non-denominational and independent churches rallying around a particular set of biblical interpretations. The New Apostolic Reformation approaches church leadership and biblical interpretation differently from mainstream Protestant denominations.

Of particular distinction are the role and power of spiritual leaders, a literalist approach to spiritual warfare, and an overt interest in cultural and political control. Unfortunately, this has led to some unscriptural approaches to faith and spirituality.

Growth in the New Apostolic Reformation is driven primarily through small groups and church planting, often completely independent of a parent congregation. The movement is not centrally controlled, and many of its followers will not self-identify as part of it or even recognize the name.

All the same, thousands of churches and millions of believers adhere to the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation. Popular teachers associated with the New Apostolic Reformation include C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, and Kim Clement.

The New Apostolic Reformation teaches that God’s intended form of church governance is apostles and prophets, holding leadership over evangelists, pastors, and teachers. However, this has not been the case for the vast majority of Christian history.

So, according to the New Apostolic Reformation, God began to restore prophets and apostles over the last thirty to forty years. Only now, as the church is properly guided by the appropriate spiritual leaders, can it fulfill its commission. This commission is seen as more than spiritual, as it includes cultural and political control.

In the New Apostolic Reformation, apostles are seen as the highest of all spiritual leaders, being specially empowered by God. True maturity and unity, per the New Apostolic Reformation, is only found in those who submit to the leadership of their apostles.

According to this teaching, as the church unifies behind the apostles, these leaders will develop greater and greater supernatural powers. Eventually, this will include the ability to perform mass healings and suspend the laws of physics. These signs are meant to encourage a massive wave of converts to Christianity. These apostles are also destined to be recipients of a great wealth transfer (in the end times), which will enable the church to establish God’s kingdom on earth.

Prophets in the New Apostolic Reformation are almost as important as apostles. These people have been empowered to receive “new” revelations from God that will aid the church in establishing dominion. According to the New Apostolic Reformation, only prophets, and occasionally apostles, can obtain new revelations. Evangelists, pastors, and teachers cannot.

The prophets’ new revelations are crucial to overcoming the world, and the success of the church depends on the apostles following through on the information prophets provide. Most of their prophecies are extremely vague and easy to re-interpret, and the New Apostolic Reformation is willing to modify them, since they set no standard of infallibility for themselves.

According to New Apostolic thinking, mankind lost its dominion over earth as part of the fall of Adam. So Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only resolved our sin debt, but it empowered mankind—specifically, Christians—to retake control of the earth. The New Apostolic Reformation sees seven areas in which believers are supposedly empowered and expected to dominate: government, arts, finances, education, religion, family, and media. Of these, the New Apostolic Reformation sees government as the most important because of its ability to influence all of the other facets of life.

As a result, the New Apostolic Reformation overtly encourages Christian control over politics, culture, and business. In some ways, this is nothing unusual, as people should be expected to vote and lobby according to their convictions. The New Apostolic Reformation, however, is often accused of pushing for outright theocracy.

Spiritual warfare, according to the New Apostolic Reformation, is meant to resolve worldly concerns. For example, economic troubles or health problems in a particular city are seen as the result of a demonic spirit’s influence.

Prayer, research into the specific name of that demon, and other spiritual disciplines are then applied in an effort to combat this presence. This is necessary not only for the health of the region, but also because the church cannot take “dominion” over that area until the demonic control has been lifted.

Biblically, there are major problems with the New Apostolic Reformation. Claiming that Christians have access to certain spiritual gifts is one thing, but their distinctive approach to the role of apostles and prophets is a stretch from what is found in the Bible. More to the point, the office of apostle requires traits which are impossible today. For example, true apostles must be personal eyewitnesses of the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 9:1, 15:7-8), specifically designated as apostles by Jesus ( Galatians 1:1, Acts 1:2, Luke 6:13), and already verified by miraculous signs  (Matthew 10:1, 2 Corinthians 12:2, Acts 5:12).

The idea of  new revelations from God, especially those that come in the form of vague, easily reinterpreted mysteries, runs counter to the idea of a faith delivered “once for all” to mankind (Jude 1:3). The fact that New Apostolic Reformation prophecies frequently turn out to be false suggests a false spirit behind those predictions (Deuteronomy 18:22).

The same holds true for miracles: the ideological father of the movement, C. Peter Wagner, decreed the end of European Mad Cow disease in 2001—and the disease is still being diagnosed and treated some fourteen years later. The tendency of the New Apostolic Reformation to treat spiritual warfare as a type of Christianized voodoo is not only unbiblical, but dangerous.

Likewise, the emphasis on an earthly kingdom contradicts Jesus’ own declaration that the Kingdom of God was spiritual, not political (John 18:36). It places an unhealthy emphasis on political and worldly approval, rather than Christlike influence.

Though it uses the word new, the New Apostolic Reformation is actually a reworking of a very common, very old approach. Since the beginning of Christianity, various groups have claimed to have a “new revelation” from God to correct all of the errors of the present world. These movements contend that “real” spirituality or maturity or truth is found only by those who listen to their leadership. Some of these sects, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism, endure and become religions in their own right. Others fade away.

Much of what the New Apostolic Reformation teaches has at least some basis in Scripture, albeit carried much further than the Bible intends. That, however, still makes those doctrines unbiblical, and Christians should flatly reject the New Apostolic Reformation’s teachings and those who choose to be associated with it.

Recommended Resources: A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement by Geivett & Pivec and Logos Bible Software.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html#ixzz3Zg9NWWkV

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Ancient Anna in the Temple

Why is Anna in the temple?

She’s in there night and day

Worshiping and fasting

She kneels down to pray

Ancient Anna in the Temple

Her prayer is far from done

Her desire never changes–

To serve the Holy One

With prayer and while fasting

She comes before her Lord

Praying for her people

For Israel restored

Speak not while she’s before Him

Say not a single word

She’s on her face in the Holy Place

Seeking to be heard

And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage. She never left the temple, serving night and days with fastings and prayers. (Luke 2:36-37)

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SIN, REPENTANCE AND THE CROSS OF CHRIST

Originally posted on Following Jesus Christ:

                                         SIN, REPENTANCE AND THE CROSS OF CHRIST

 

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you but Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live for righteousness, for by his wounds you have been healed” 1 Peter 2:24

 It grieves me deeply that so much of the focus of popular “Christian” teaching and preaching today deemphasizes or even ignores sin – the very reason Jesus came to earth – and instead focuses on more humanistic things such…

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Beth Moore’s False Vision

Beth Moore claims God gave her a vision of Catholicism as part of biblical Christianity.

The Council of Trent’s ruling of hundreds of years ago has never been overturned by the Catholic Church. That historic ruling by the Catholic Church makes clear the division in belief. http://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification

What about the Pope’s “infallibility”? http://www.reachingcatholics.org/eternal.html

And what about praying to Mary and the saints?
I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)

What about seeking forgiveness of sins through a priest?
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 5:6)

And what about the Eucharist? http://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Eucharist.html

What about purgatory? Where in the Bible is there a temporary version of afterlife suffering? http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/Purgatory.html

Pope Francis is clearly a kind man, and a humble man. But that is not the issue. I am grateful for the stand Catholics take on abortion. I am very grateful for my Catholic education and my Catholic friends. But that is not the issue.

Catholicism is not biblical Christianity.

 

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Proof There is No Discernment: Daniel Plan Wins Christian Book of the Year

Originally posted on Steak and a Bible:

Waking up to this news today made me want to go back to bed. According to The Washington Post and a number of other news outlets, Rick Warren’s book “The Daniel Plan” won Christian book of the year last night. 

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C.S. Lewis warned about A.A. co-founder’s spiritualism

A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson’s well documented communication with evil spirits is sometimes disbelieved.

C.S. Lewis believed it. When a concerned Tony Guggenheim wrote Lewis a letter informing him of Bill and Lois Wilson’s biblically forbidden activities, C.S. Lewis wrote back, “This is necromancy. Have nothing to do with it.” [1]

Lewis was clearly horrified the A.A. cofounder was involved in spiritualism.

His letter gives good advice regarding these biblically prohibited practices. This is good advice, too, regarding A.A. and the 12 Steps.

Source Notes:

1. Susan Cheever, My Name Is Bill, pg. 207

A Matter of Faith Movie Trailer/Request From Writer-Director

Host a community outreach movie night at your local theater!
We all know the power of theatrical movies and now you can host A Matter of Faith at your favorite local theater as a one night engagement that we will set up for you.

 
 
In the beginning….Evolution?

That’s what your kids are learning in schools and universities across this great land of ours. So let’s see if we can impact viewers with the truth about Creation, and more importantly, share a heartfelt gospel presentation through this movie event. Plus, as a gesture of appreciation you receive 10% of ticket sales. We only need to pre-sell 130 to 140 tickets to make the event happen, anyone can do this!  

To learn more how to set up your outreach event, just email us your contact information or call us at the numbers below and someone from our team will give you more details.

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“Liberalism’s warm, fuzzy god” by Marsha West

Marsha West writes:

For a number of years a woman I know, I’ll call her Rachel, has wrestled with giving her life to Christ. She admits she really wants to, but how can she when she’d have to serve a God who allows murderers into heaven and sends “good people” to hell? It would be awkward to have to explain to her husband, family and friends that they’re bound for hell if they reject Christ.

In other words, Rachel won’t play by God’s rules because His rules make her uncomfortable. In her way of thinking the God of the Bible is too punitive for her sensibilities. And besides, what kind of God would allow a serial murderer into heaven who professed a belief in Christ only minutes before going to the gas chamber while at the same time condemn “good people” to hell for their unbelief?

Liberals like Rachel require a more palatable religion, one that’s all-inclusive and, of course, fair. They desire a warm fuzzy God. The liberal’s ideal God is a sort of jolly ol’ St. Nick figure. The liberal’s jolly ol’ god has a Naughty and Nice list but his heart is so big that he often overlooks naughty children’s indiscretions (even the ones who are unrepentant) and delivers the goods to them anyway. He’d be unloving if he didn’t bend a little.

Rachel has yet to place her faith in Christ because it’s unthinkable that God would send “good people” to hell. Her major stumbling block is that she’s acquainted with a number of “good people” who aren’t Christians — and are a whole lot nicer than some Christians she knows.

Rachel contends that a just God wouldn’t send nice folks to hell for all eternity simply because they reject Jesus Christ. Click to continue reading Marsha West’s article

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CTT | “I Love My Church”

Originally posted on Faithful Stewardship:

ILMCOur family had an absolutely amazing weekend. The ministry outreach project went very well and we were all so blessed to take part in this event. The turnout was far greater than we had anticipated, which lead to more work being done at each site than was planned, which is a huge Praise the Lord! As soon as we get a hold of the photographs and video taken we will be sharing it here. I believe that this is the sort of good work the church should be engaged in each of their communities. To my knowledge, there were volunteers representing 5 different local churches (Reformed Baptist, Free-Will Baptist, and Pentecostal) coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ to do good work. Today’s post is not in any way related to this event.

Have you seen bumper stickers, t-shirts, or yard signs that bore the “I love my church” slogan…

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Need help?

Many have been helped by The Most Excellent Way, and perhaps your church can implement this as well.

Check it out: http://www.tmewcf.org/

There is also Teen Challenge, which I highly recommend. Don’t let the name give you the impression it is just for teens. It is for anyone with an addiction problem. Check out its beginnings: http://www.teenchallengepnw.com/history

Please check out Setting Captives Free. This is a wonderful ministry that can be utilized online.
http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/

And there is U-Turn For Christ, founded by a Calvary Chapel pastor, with branches in many states. Check them out: http://uturnforchrist.com/about/overview/

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