What is the New Apostolic Reformation?

What is the New Apostolic Reformation?New Apostolic Reformation

For years now I continued to hear about this mysterious group called the New Apostolic Reformation.  Who are these guys?  Is this the next secret society like the masons?  Is the NAR a new cult?  In this article I want to introduce you to who the New Apostolic Reformation is and give you a basic understanding of what they believe.  Make no mistake, the New Apostolic Reformation beliefs and goals are dangerous and should concern any serious Bible believing doctrinally minded Christian.

Who is the New Apostolic Reformation?

The NAR is a vast global network of self-appointed “apostles and prophets”.  This group has no official leader although many see C. Peter Wagner as the most influential and authoritative voice in the movement.  Some of the notable leaders who are affiliated with the NAR are Lou Engle of , Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer (IHOP), Ché Ahn, Stacey Campbell, Bill Hannon, Cindy Jacobs, Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries, Rick Warren, Todd Bentley, Earl Palk, Ted Haggard, Chuck D. Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Joseph Prince, Jim Laffoon, Mary Crum, Jack Deere,  Barbara Yoder, Alice Smith, George Otis, Bob Beckett, Charles Kraft, David Cannistraci, Eddie Smith, Ed Silvoso, and George Barna to name just a few.  Like I said, this movement is vast and it’s worldwide.

Apostles and Prophets are the Foundation of the NAR

One of the key beliefs in the New Apostolic Reformation is that apostles and prophets are for today.  These apostles and prophets are believed to receive revelations from God and then pass them down to their congregations.

NAR and the Fivefold ministry

Most of the New Apostolic Reformation crowd subscribes to a concept called the fivefold ministry.  The five in the fivefold is apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists.  The NAR puts a strong emphasis on all five offices (fivefold) being operational in the church.  They get this concept from:

Ephesians 4:11-13  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (12)  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  (13)  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

1 Corinthians 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

According to the NAR, apostles hold the highest authority, then prophets and then finally pastors teachers and evangelists.  This top down hierarchy makes the typical NAR church a perfect environment for oppressive and controlling Covering Theology.

Extra biblical revelations and the New Apostolic Reformation

Because the NAR subscribes to modern day prophets and apostles, they also put a strong emphasis on extra-biblical revelation.  Unfortunately, their revelations are not from the Lord.  The general rule of thumb amongst the NAR is if the revelation does not blatantly contradict the scriptures, and if it comes from a recognized apostle or prophet, it must be from God.  Just because a supposed revelation does not contradict with the Bible does not automatically mean it is a word from the Lord.  Secondly, these recognized apostles and prophets were appointed by men and not by God.  Thirdly, their revelations often contradict each other.  And lastly, they often do in fact contradict God’s word.

I guess I would also like to add that these NAR apostles and prophets are always steeped in damnable doctrines.  Doctrines like positive confession, the health and wealth gospel, and the little gods doctrine are amongst their unbiblical and dangerous teachings.  If these NAR Word of Faith types were really having day to day conversations with God, why isn’t God saying something about these heretical teachings?

And why are these Word of Faith/NAR type apostles and prophets always seeming to be involved in sexual scandals?

What does the New Apostolic Reformation believe?

Not only does the NAR not have an official leader or authority, the NAR also doesn’t have any official creeds or statements.  Nonetheless, you generally find the following beliefs in NAR circles.

Dominionism and the Seven Mountain Mandate

Dominionism is the belief that Christ cannot return until all the believers in Christ rise and take dominion over the world.  They hope to achieve this by taking over the seven most influential areas of society.  These seven areas are: religion, family, business, arts/entertainment media, education, and government.  This is often referred to as the Seven Mountain Mandate.  I will be exploring more about Dominionism and the Seven Mountain Mandate in a future post.

Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare

Another way that the New Apostolic Reformation crowd hopes to gain Dominion is through Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (SLSW).  SLSW encompasses a whole host of spiritual practices.  I will be writing posts on many of these practices in the coming days.  Some of these practices include: prayer mapping, prayer journeys, prayer walking, warfare prayer/worship, binding territorial demons, identificational repentance, breaking generational curses, and deliverance.

Why Is Understanding the NAR Important?

Not only is this movement ginormous (yeah that’s a word) and worldwide, it is also very influential.  The Nar even has political influence.  Notable people of political influence who have been used by the NAR include: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Sam Brownback and David Barton.

What we’re dealing with is a movement that believes that it is their duty to literally take control of the governments of the world.  Some leftist organizations are calling the New Apostolic Reformation a Christian Jihadist movement.  That, my friends, is not good.  We need to share the truth with these misguided believers and put an end to this nonsense.

Don’t miss my podcast series on the New Apostolic Reformation as well as my series on Dominionism below.  Look forward to more articles on this subject in the coming days.
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    Dear Siu-Ling,
    I am a mother of three and I am praying for your girls right now! My comment is coming a long time after yours but I know God is no respecter of time and can make put my prayers just where they are needed. Everyone here that has warned you to get your girls out is right. You will notice that the people who argue against this article probably sounds just like your daughters do when you raise concerns. It is a pattern you will see in everyone that exists in the spiritual fog that these churches create. Even the most timid member will stand up with impassioned cries if their church or leaders are questioned. One of my daughter said to me “if someone criticized my church or pastor I would listen and see if there is any truth in it, but even if there wasn’t a bit of truth it wouldn’t upset me because I know who they are, and I know God knows.” You will pretty much never find a member of one of these churches who isn’t very upset when challenges are brought against their church or their leaders. That’s one of the big symptoms of spiritual mind control and it is necessary to create this obsessive sense of loyalty to keep people from questioning.

    My church is in the process of trying to be seduced into this false doctrine. The new pastor considers himself an appointed apostle and his son as well. The eldership is nearly disbanded and Christians are being separated into “those onboard the Kingdom train” and “the spectators” who will miss out on the Kingdom blessing that the loyalists will receive.
    Our pastor behaves in secret like a narcissistic sociopath, but in public he is friendly, funny and enthusiastic. We are simply pulling people from the wreckage right now and praise the Lord, God is protecting and healing so many of them.
    There are lots of resources appearing now to help ‘battered sheep’ to safety and to restore the lives of those dragged into this spiritual abuse. For those who read this and think “my NAR related church isn’t like this”, it’s just that you’re standing too close to see the patterns. Step back, take some time away and you will see the scars and realize this is not of God. Have you noticed people disappearing? Being pushed sideways? Are you being told that not everyone will be able to understand the movement? Do you see transparency everywhere you look or are some decisions a little vague? Are you continually being promised you’ll see this and that if you do this and that”?
    God wants to lead you into the land of “enough”where there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more. Loving you as much as He does you will understand that all He wants to do is come back for you. There has been a time appointed and we’ve got a job to do with can’t be minimized into a “new movement”.
    I did my theological degree at a Pentecostal Bible College, but this has nothing to do with the Pentecostal movement. This movement has more to do with a desperate need within people to be valued, to be of importance, to be special by being part of something special…for these people the pure gospel does not fill the aching hole inside them.

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  • darryl October 19, 2015, 3:24 am

    Unfortunately the NAR are a CULT driven by Mammon!

    What the Apostolic Ministry IS NOT!

    Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
    (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
    Mt. 6:33 π Jn. 13:13-18 π Acts 13:1-2 π Rom. 14:17 π 1 Cor. 9:18 π 2 Cor. 11:7 π 2 Cor. 12:12-15 π Eph 5:3 π 1 Ths. 2:5 π 1 Ths. 2:6 π 1 Tim. 1:1 π 1 Tim. 6:9-10 π 2 Tim. 2:15 π 2 Tim 3:2 π Tit. 1:7 π Tit. 3:3 π 1 Pet. 2:22 π 1 Pet. 5: 2 π 3 Jn. 9

    ——————————————————————————–

    IT IS NOT a means for personal kingdom building.

    It is a mandate for all believers given the glorious privilege of presenting God’s kingdom of light to a lost and dying world in the hope that many more will be turned from darkness to light, to Christ Jesus the KING of kings, the LORD of lords, to HIS KINGDOM where HE rules and reigns SUPREME! ( Mt. 6:33 ; Rom. 14:17; top )

    IT IS NOT how many churches you have in “your” network.

    Apostolic building is a spiritual quality that results in the increase of Christ and His kingdom in the earth, not the increase of a network or of a mere mortal who sees himself “set” in place over his own personal creation and area of rule. Paul’s apostolic mandate was to make Christ known in a foundational way. The call of an apostle is to be gladly spent and used up by others ( 2 Cor. 12:12-15 ), not to build up a great network or a cleverly disguised pyramid scheme to swindle God’s flock for the first fruits, tithes and offerings for themselves by calling it a more excellent way of giving. ( Eph 5:3 ; 2 Tim 3:2; top )

    IT IS NOT about money.

    It is the quality of care for the local assembly and love for the saints. Peter wrote, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;” ( 1 Pet. 5: 2 ) And Paul wrote, “You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed – God is our witness.” ( 1 Ths. 2:5; top ) Paul declares, and calls upon his readers as witnesses, that he never used his ministry as a secret means of enriching himself.

    IT IS NOT a multi-level marketing scheme.

    A system of “church planters” where all the first fruits, tithes and offerings work their way to the top – ‘the Covering Apostle’ – is only a pyramid scheme to separate the unwary from their money. True Christian leaders have integrity with the Lord’s money. They refuse to take large amounts of monies for themselves; handle all finances with integrity and responsibility; and seek to promote Gods work in ways consistent with New Testament standards for leaders. ( Tit. 3:3 ; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; top )

    IT IS NOT about human glory. “I’m Apostle so and so.”

    Paul said, “We have never sought honour from men, from you or from anybody else.” ( 1 Ths. 2:6 ) Paul repudiates personal ambition. Paul never used his preaching to gain the honour, recognition and approval that men give but instead sought and taught that all men should seek God’s approval. ( 2 Tim. 2:15 ) Being Apostolic means faithfulness to the gospel, and to serve one another in LOVE! It’s about preaching the Gospel without any costs attached to it…FREE OF CHARGE…not turning God’s grace into a lucrative career and position of prestige, power and preeminence! ( 1 Cor. 9:18 ; 2 Cor. 11:7 ; Tit. 1:7 ; 3 Jn. 9 ; etc.; top)

    IT IS NOT about going wherever the “apostle” thinks he is welcome.

    It is not “sending” yourself or using your eloquence or charisma to collect resources so you can go wherever you’re welcomed or have gained a personal following. It is going exactly and only where God said you should go. ( 1 Tim. 1:1 ) Apostolic means that the messenger is truly sent by God. (this is Greek meaning of “apostle” – the word “apostle” is only a transliteration, imported into English to sound more official and important.) The only instance in the New Testament of this kind of sending is Barnabas and Saul – and this sending was confirmed by all present at that gathering. ( Acts 13:1-2; top )

    ABOVE ALL WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR CHRIST JESUS. CHRIST IN; set man-(NAR)OUT!

    Jesus said, “You call Me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you. In all truth I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: ‘He who shares my table takes advantage of Me…’” ( Jn. 13:13-18 ) And “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” ( 1 Pet. 2:22; top ) Anything else is a only man-made addition or a demonically authored counterfeit to the only true way to follow Christ. AMEN!

    Reply
    • Zelma Pack July 29, 2017, 1:00 am

      There are no apostles today as well as there are no prophets. The law and the prophet were spoken and after Jesus. The Apostle needs to see Jesus Christ both die and rise. No many of us will not fall under your false Gospel that is really the one world religion and yes we do know that great people are there. But we a Bureans and we know what the Bible says in the Greek and in the Hebrew. We are well aware of your music, when I heard there is a river I just wanted to cry. But I heard I saw I warned and I want nothing to do with any of you. May God Protect you from yourself. But we know the truth., Praise the Lord Jesus.

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  • darryl Samuels October 19, 2015, 3:07 am

    Unfortunately the NAR IS A CULT therefore this article was written to WARN believers of what they Truly are!

    What the Apostolic Ministry IS NOT!
    Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
    (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
    Mt. 6:33 π Jn. 13:13-18 π Acts 13:1-2 π Rom. 14:17 π 1 Cor. 9:18 π 2 Cor. 11:7 π 2 Cor. 12:12-15 π Eph 5:3 π 1 Ths. 2:5 π 1 Ths. 2:6 π 1 Tim. 1:1 π 1 Tim. 6:9-10 π 2 Tim. 2:15 π 2 Tim 3:2 π Tit. 1:7 π Tit. 3:3 π 1 Pet. 2:22 π 1 Pet. 5: 2 π 3 Jn. 9

    ——————————————————————————–

    IT IS NOT a means for personal kingdom building.

    It is a mandate for all believers given the glorious privilege of presenting God’s kingdom of light to a lost and dying world in the hope that many more will be turned from darkness to light, to Christ Jesus the KING of kings, the LORD of lords, to HIS KINGDOM where HE rules and reigns SUPREME! ( Mt. 6:33 ; Rom. 14:17; top )

    IT IS NOT how many churches you have in “your” network.

    Apostolic building is a spiritual quality that results in the increase of Christ and His kingdom in the earth, not the increase of a network or of a mere mortal who sees himself “set” in place over his own personal creation and area of rule. Paul’s apostolic mandate was to make Christ known in a foundational way. The call of an apostle is to be gladly spent and used up by others ( 2 Cor. 12:12-15 ), not to build up a great network or a cleverly disguised pyramid scheme to swindle God’s flock for the first fruits, tithes and offerings for themselves by calling it a more excellent way of giving. ( Eph 5:3 ; 2 Tim 3:2; top )

    IT IS NOT about money.

    It is the quality of care for the local assembly and love for the saints. Peter wrote, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;” ( 1 Pet. 5: 2 ) And Paul wrote, “You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed – God is our witness.” ( 1 Ths. 2:5; top ) Paul declares, and calls upon his readers as witnesses, that he never used his ministry as a secret means of enriching himself.

    IT IS NOT a multi-level marketing scheme.

    A system of “church planters” where all the first fruits, tithes and offerings work their way to the top – ‘the Covering Apostle’ – is only a pyramid scheme to separate the unwary from their money. True Christian leaders have integrity with the Lord’s money. They refuse to take large amounts of monies for themselves; handle all finances with integrity and responsibility; and seek to promote Gods work in ways consistent with New Testament standards for leaders. ( Tit. 3:3 ; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; top )

    IT IS NOT about human glory. “I’m Apostle so and so.”

    Paul said, “We have never sought honour from men, from you or from anybody else.” ( 1 Ths. 2:6 ) Paul repudiates personal ambition. Paul never used his preaching to gain the honour, recognition and approval that men give but instead sought and taught that all men should seek God’s approval. ( 2 Tim. 2:15 ) Being Apostolic means faithfulness to the gospel, and to serve one another in LOVE! It’s about preaching the Gospel without any costs attached to it…FREE OF CHARGE…not turning God’s grace into a lucrative career and position of prestige, power and preeminence! ( 1 Cor. 9:18 ; 2 Cor. 11:7 ; Tit. 1:7 ; 3 Jn. 9 ; etc.; top)

    IT IS NOT about going wherever the “apostle” thinks he is welcome.

    It is not “sending” yourself or using your eloquence or charisma to collect resources so you can go wherever you’re welcomed or have gained a personal following. It is going exactly and only where God said you should go. ( 1 Tim. 1:1 ) Apostolic means that the messenger is truly sent by God. (this is Greek meaning of “apostle” – the word “apostle” is only a transliteration, imported into English to sound more official and important.) The only instance in the New Testament of this kind of sending is Barnabas and Saul – and this sending was confirmed by all present at that gathering. ( Acts 13:1-2; top )

    ABOVE ALL WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR CHRIST JESUS.

    Jesus said, “You call Me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you. In all truth I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: ‘He who shares my table takes advantage of Me…’” ( Jn. 13:13-18 ) And “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” ( 1 Pet. 2:22; top ) Anything else is a only man-made addition or a demonically authored counterfeit to the only true way to follow Christ. AMEN!

    Reply
  • Brendan October 3, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Also, Every Nation has also publicly stated they do not believe in any form of dominionism or that believers are meant to rule over society.

    They have also publicly denounced ‘word-faith’ ‘blab it and grab it’ type beliefs, as well as the ‘prosperity gospel’. They have spoken against it on numerous occasions.

    You may not like everything about a church, but its amazing how people can just be guilty by proxy. ie Peter Wagner has spoke highly of EN and therefore they believe everything we believe.

    EveryNation is really your run of the mill charismatic church. And if you don’t like churches that still believe the gifts of the spirit are for today then fine. That’s a different argument altogether.

    While people within the church have referred to some leaders as a modern-day apostle that guy is not taking authority over anyone, controlling anyone, and he’s not claiming special privilege, or that he can write scripture.

    Reply
  • Brendan October 3, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Several pieces of gross information in this article

    1) They do not believe apostles are for today in the sense many people accuse them of. Apostle simply means sent one. Many people try to say the belief that apostles are for today mean they can write scripture forgive sins, etc … all things the original apostles did. This is far from what they are trying to say. Could apostles exist today in the sense that the fruits of some people’s ministry are similar? That is really the argument. None of them are claiming they were eyewitnesses of the ressurection or that they can write scripture.

    2) They do not believe that whatever a prophet says must be true so long as it blatantly contradicts scripture. The bible says to test words, to examine the fruit, etc. In no sense is anyone ever encouraged to accept a prophets word so long as it contradictrs scripture. That is ONE test, but not the only.

    Reply
  • Peter Johnston June 23, 2015, 10:16 pm

    I am very concerned that you claim to be giving sound theological advice, but you simply do not understand what NAR is about. Your mis-quotes and 1/2 truths are misleading. Being one of those ‘crazy’ prophets who gets a lot of words and visions from the Lord, I find you saying that these words are not from God is insulting. How do you know? Were you there? Your blanket statements are extremely uninformed and ill-advised. Remembering that there are only two sources of this kind of information (satan or God), and remembering that satan in not omnipresent, how would you explain the vision I had that predicted and described the earthquake that struck my city 3 years later – all witnessed. Your cessationist views are simply incorrect. NAR believe the Nicene creed, they also believe that no extra-scriptural word can be correct if it disagrees with scripture. They believe in the dominion of the Kingdom of God here on earth – just like Jesus stated “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” They just believe that God is alive and active, that He heals and guides and wants a personal relationship with people. They also believe that the old church leadership structures have failed to release the gifts that God has given to His children. Or do you not believe in the Gifts of the Spirit as described in Paul’s writings? If so then my two sons are a very big problem for you – both are documented miracles. So when you start giving advice, can I ask that you get your facts straight first. Also please note that the people you state above are involved in this movement are some of the foremost Christian leaders on the planet, with the fruit to substantiate that claim. Please add Bill Johnson, Danny Silk and Chris Vallotton to your list.
    You need to take much more care about criticising something you don’t understand. You look from the outside, but it appears that your own theologically coloured glasses have blinded you to a significant move of the Holy Spirit. Your words sound very close to the criticism of most of the new moves of God throughout history. Remember the Jewish scribes used your same words to criticise Jesus. Maybe you should wait and see.

    Reply
  • R.M.Sein April 11, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Sui-Ling,
    You daughters have been seduced into an extremely corrupt Christian sect, full of leaders who are adulterers, liars, greedy merchandisers,immoral, false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing .
    After many years in this sect , in close association with several of its’ leaders, we watched God uncover its’ ungodly foundations publicly.
    Your girls are being brainwashed.Get them out however you can.
    They will use them up and toss them aside when they no longer have a use for them.
    Those who were once members and reveal the truth of this sect are attacked vociferously in everyway possible to discredit them in an attempt to cover the truth.

    Get your girls out and run.

    Reply
  • GLENDON March 22, 2015, 3:33 pm

    The dominating doctrine ofthe NAR is Preterism, which is the belief that Jesus is NOT returning to earth, as (according to them) He already returned in AD70.

    They speak of having a Fulfilled Eschatological doctrine stance…meaning that ALL sripture has already been fulfilled.

    Reply
    • Mary March 31, 2015, 5:54 pm

      I have seen the devasting effects of the NAR firsthand. The “Church” is remarkably silent on the issue eventhough the NAR is ravaging Christianity. There is a great three-part DVD Series entitled Wide is the Gate by Caryl Matrisciana that remarkable in defining the NAR. Would you define the NAR as a cult?

      Reply
    • Anonymous October 9, 2015, 12:46 am

      Jesus is not returning to earth? Who is pushing this doctrine? Not the NAR thats for sure.
      Most would hold to a victorious eschatology, where the Church will rule and create a way for Jesus to return and take the place of the leadership. That’s really what it’s all about, creating space for Christ to rule and reign. Now IHOP-KC and it’s movement (which permeates all that is called NAR) holds to Historical (as in non-dispensational) Premillenialism with a Victorious Church. They share these beliefs about the Church but also believe that the saints will go through the trib but they will come out Victorious having overcome the Antichrist’s army. They will be spared God’s Judgement which is on the Antichrist and his Army.

      God bless you guys :) Would recommend you to look into Mike Bickle’s (IHOP’s leader) teachings which are all freely available on mikebickle.org

      Reply
  • Kara December 6, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Thank you very much for this informative article. This movement is unnerving.

    I live in Reading and am curious if you can tell me about the Reading City Church (formally called St. James) in Reading, PA, and its connection with the Assemblies of God as well as being part of the Hopewell Network of Churches (part of the NAR).

    The Reading City Church is part of the NAR but is listed here as an Assemblies of God church: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/reading-city-church-reading-pa.

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  • Siu-Ling March 27, 2014, 11:32 pm

    I have been doing a lot of research on Every Nation Churches and Ministries. got from somewhere that this organization started in 1994 by Rice Broocks and 2 others. And also found that this ministries are closely connected to NAR.
    My 2 daughters joined there church, I went once, did not feel comfortable about it and heard that they have prophet in their church and spiritual healings, that make me feel even more suspicious about this group. And one of the church leader had her training at Bethel church in Redding, CA.
    My daughters idolize the leaders there, I worry a lot, they often “choose” the people in the church instead of my advice as their mother. I cannot voice any of my doubt of their church, they “stand” up for their church right away.
    Do you know anything about Every Nation? I found out that they are the former Morning Star International and Marnatha Campus Ministry which was dibanned in 1989 and regrouped in 194 as Every Nation.
    Can you give me you background also? I went to Moody Bible Institute.

    Siu-Ling Benz

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    • Michael March 29, 2014, 10:15 am

      Hello Siu-Ling Benz,
      I know very little about Every Nation Churches. This is the first time I have heard about this movement. After about ten minutes of looking into these guys, I can assure you that they are definitely part of the NAR. I would be very concerned about your daughter’s involvement with this movement. The following is from Wikipedia about Every Nation.
      From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Every_Nation#Links_with_New_Apostolic_Reformation
      Links with New Apostolic Reformation
      Missiologist C. Peter Wagner identifies Every Nation as part of the New Apostolic Reformation, an offshoot of the charismatic movement that actively seeks to restore the offices of apostle and prophet to the Church and its leadership. C. Peter Wagner and the New Apostolic Reformation is closely associated with the Dominion Theology as evidenced by his book “Dominion!: How kingdom Action Can Change the World”[5] Rice Broocks authored a chapter about Every Nation in Wagner’s The New Apostolic Churches,[6] a key book about the movement. Rice Brooks and Paul Daniel were members of Wagners “New Apostolic Roundtable” and Jim Laffoon was part of the “Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders” until approximately 2003. Wagner has also taught on several occasions at MSI/EN’s own ministry school and at MSI/EN conferences. C. Peter Wagner has made controversial statements in the past. One controversial statement is that he believes Japan is under a curse because the Emperor had sex with a demon.[7] He goes on to say that the Japanese economy has suffered because of this. Wagner also indicates that in order for the Dominion Mandate (as part of the New Apostolic Reformation) to be fulfilled it is going to require Christians control vast amounts of wealth [8] (See video at 42:47)
      Dominion Theology
      The Every Nation website addresses its position on Dominion Theology by stating, “We do not believe in any form of theology that advocates Theocracy or a system where Christians dominate over non-believers.” [9] There are numerous statements wherein C. Peter Wagner does advocate Christian dominion over non-believers. Wagner has said dominion has to do with control, authority, subduing and ruling as kings.[10] Wagner does not state he wants rule by a Theocracy [11] At the same time, he wants Christians to take dominion of all areas of society. This includes government, the work place, etc.[11] Wagner does advocate the use of war in his Dominion book (See Chapter 6 of his Dominion publication- A New Reality: This means War!) [11] Wagner offers severe criticism of the anti-war movement.[12] He also indicates the New Apostolic Reformation is the most radical way of doing church since the Protestant reformation.[13] Every Nation Leader Jim Laffoon’s sermon, “To Reach and To Rule” reflects a position preached from the pulpit as high-ranking official at Every Nation of its vision for reaching the nations of the earth.[14] In in his “To Reach and To Rule” Sermon Jim Laffoon states the purpose of reaching nations is to rule them.[15] Jim Laffoon goes on to say the last 2000 years of Christianity reaching nations has had a limited goal of only reaching nations and not ruling those nations after they have been reached.
      My advice
      Talking to those who are caught up in these types of movements is often very difficult. They rely more on experiences than they do the written words of God. The only advice I can give you is to get her to fall in love with the Word of God. Maybe start studying the Bible together. Don’t launch into the arguments against the church she’s involved in for a long time. Just patiently build her fascination and love for the scriptures. The Bible is very black and white. God is very concerned about truth. I’m hoping that eventually God’s word will help her see the errors of the NAR. Another idea would be to watch apologetics videos online with her. Perhaps videos exposing the errors of different cults like Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, ect. These cults are obviously wrong about who God is and what He wants from us. They are also often started by leaders/visionaries that had a new spin on theology. The NAR is very similar to the cults. I was part of the hyper-Charismatic Word of Faith movement for many years. I started to see the errors of my church when I learned about different cults, how they start and how they operate. Charismatic leaders will manipulate their people just like the cults. The leaders are often idolized. If you question the leader’s revelations you will be disciplined or kicked out of the group. The similarities go on and on.
      As far as my credentials…I have no formal theological training. I have spent tens of thousands of hours reading and listening to theology based audiobooks and podcasts. I have gone through all of the college level theology courses that are offered for free on https://www.biblicaltraining.org/ I am self-taught and have no school loans in my name. It’s a wonderful feeling.
      I will be praying for your 2 daughters. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. The good news is that at least they are saved. I love you sister. Keep it up and keep praying

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      • Pat Eunis January 20, 2016, 3:15 pm

        Michael, regarding post of March 29, 2014, you state that you have not had any formal theology schooling, yet you have spent tens of thousands of hours being self taught by listening to others and by reading the books of other people.
        I commend you for such diligence to your studies.
        When did you have time to work a job and support yourself and your family?
        I would like to ask you if you have studied any of the ministry books that have been written by these great men of God:
        Dr. Grant Jeffreys (deceased), Hal Lindsey, Perry Stone and his father Fred Stone (deceased), Bill Cloud, Rabbi Jonathon Cahn, Rabbi Curt Landry, Zola Levitt, Pastor John Hagee, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Bill Winston,
        Dr. Jimmy de Young, Pastors & Evangelists Jimmy and Donnie Swaggart,
        E.F. Bruce, E.V. Hill, Pat Robertson, Evangelist Oral Roberts, Dr Billye Brim, and many other Bible Scholars who have gone to Seminary Colleges and Universities and gotten their many different levels of degrees.
        My husband has a 4 year degree in Theology and I have a 2 year degree in Biblical Studies of the Old and New Testaments.
        Have you studied from the original Strongs Thompson Chain Reference Guide which has the original Greek and Hebrew translations in it?
        What I have read from you is very offensive and very one-sided and opinionated. The scriptures that you have posted in some areas are very much taken out of context.
        You, sir, are misleading so many people and I do believe that this is the work of satan and his army of demonic spirits.
        I do believe that you owe God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit an apology for being so deceived about the Apostolic, Pentacostal, and Charismatic Believers. By the way, do you even believe in the prayer of pleading the Blood of Jesus over people who need a healing in their bodies.
        Do you ever preach/teach about Jesus Christ and the Cross and Him crucified? Do you believe in the Blood of Jesus?
        It is through the broken body of Jesus that we can be healed.
        It is through the spilled Blood of Jesus that we can be saved and receive forgiveness of our sins. Jesus paid it ALL of the Cross of Calvery.

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        • Darryl November 13, 2017, 1:06 pm

          Old Covenant Vs. New Covenant
          (Set Man Vs. Jesus Christ)
          Darryl Samuels & Neil Girrard
          ( in Adobe/pdf format )

          Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
          (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
          Isa. 56:10-12 π Mt. 2:6 π Mt. 9:17 π Acts 20:30 π Rom. 16:18 π 1 Cor. 12:25 π 2 Cor. 11:4 π Eph. 4:4 π Eph. 4:12 π Eph. 4:11-13 π Eph. 5:30 π Col. 1:15 π Col. 1:27 π 1 Tim. 2:5-6 π Heb. 1:1-2 π Heb. 2:11 π Heb. 7:12 π Heb. 8:13 π Heb. 9:15 π Heb. 12:9 π 1 Pet. 2:9
          New Testament, New Covenant apostolic Truth is the biblical pattern for the church today. I’m not talking about the current “apostolic move” and their man made dogma but according to the original teachings of Christ and the original apostles of Jesus’ day. They were the original first century apostles who were uniquely appointed and inspired by the Holy Spirit to write Scripture. Ephesians 4:11-13; top indicates that all 5 fold leadership ministry gifts continue to be essential for bringing the corporate body of Christ worldwide to the fullness in and for Christ. However, because some of the giftings are ignored or excluded, or because counterfeits of these giftings are embraced as genuine, new winds of doctrines will be uncritically accepted. The “fivefold ministries” more accurately describe functions in the body of Christ than positions. Therefore it is important for the Truth revealed by The Holy Spirit to be our guide for church doctrine. False teachings will be exposed and the purity of Christ’s original doctrine through the Holy Spirit will be handed down to the sincere believers IN CHRIST. God’s inspired Word will be the test of all teaching, and the church will be reminded that the Spirit’s inspired Word is ultimate truth and authority for the church today, tomorrow and forever.
          Under the old covenant Moses was the apostle, i.e. the one sent by God with His authority and Aaron the high priest of God’s people. Was there a change? Yes. “For the priesthood being changed [from Aaron and Levi to Melchizedek], of necessity there is also a change of the law.” ( Heb. 7:12 ) Why would there be a change? The Old was incapable of accomplishing what only the New could do. God does not mix new wine in old wineskins. ( Mt. 9:17 ) The teaching of “the set man” is an old covenant Levitical Order that was done away at Calvary through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and only Mediator. “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.” ( Mt. 2:6 ) In the Old covenant, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” ( Heb. 1:1-2 ) In the New Covenant God now speaks to us by Jesus who has received of the Father the promise of the Spirit and has poured forth the Holy Spirit into every sincere believer in the earth. Jesus now speaks to us and directs us by the Holy Spirit. That is how He functions as the Head of His Church. There is a direct connection or relationship through the Spirit. Yes, He still speaks and directs through men; but, it is not just one person but many that the Lord might use to speak to us by the Spirit. GOD tells us plainly in His Word that we are all priests. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” ( 1 Pet. 2:9; top ) The principle of this dogma of a man “set in place” takes the head of the Church, Jesus Christ, and replaces Him with fallible man. AKA “The Set Man” with the result that Christ is out and the set man is in. The set man now becomes the mediator between God and the church. This set man “subtly” elevates himself as the head of the church instead of him being a member of the body of Christ.
          The “set man” of the Old Covenant is no longer applicable to today’s New Testament sincere believers in Christ. We are all “in Christ.” Christ brings the church into Him. We cannot live outside of Christ. We are bone of His Bone and flesh of His Flesh. ( Eph. 5:30 ) The Will of God is in us. Christ “THE WILL” is in us. His will is made manifest in us! We function in Christ in us, the hope of Glory. ( Col. 1:27 ) We have received directly from The Father, through His Son. In the past your blessings came from the Father e.g.…From Elijah to Elisha (MY FATHER, MY FATHER)…and flowed down from Aaron’s beard, no, not any more my dear brethren…..Your blessings now come from the Son (MY SON,MY SON) and flows to all the brothers and sisters IN CHRIST! (Read Heb. 2:11 in context and compare with Col. 1:15 ) Because Christ Jesus is supreme over all things, God’s Word through Him is full, final and complete and transcends all previous words by God [old covenant Heb. 8:13; top ]. CHRIST IN, set man Out! Absolutely nothing, neither prophets, ‘spiritual fathers,’ ‘current-day super apostles,’ ‘tribal patriarchs,’ angels nor Moses has equal authority with God’s Son. He is the only source of eternal salvation and the only mediator between God and mankind.
          Unlike Jesus’ teachings, today’s self-appointed “apostles” – wolves in sheep’s clothing – teach a different gospel. (Refer to 2 Cor. 11:4 ) These hirelings (set men) now teach how they should be honoured – honoured above even that which Christ expected of His disciples! As a family of GOD, members of one body in Christ we should have equal concern for each other. ( 1 Cor. 12:25; top ) Spiritual gifts should not be the basis for honouring a person, considering one believer as more important than another. Rather each person (part) is placed in Christ’s body according to God’s will, and all members are important for the spiritual wellbeing and proper functioning of the body. Spiritual gifts must not be used in pride or for personal gain or self-exaltation, but with the sincere desire to help others and with a heart that genuinely cares for one another as families are supposed to do, exactly as designed by God’s perfect will.
          Paul prophesied, “From among yourselves [the elders] will arise men [calling themselves “super-apostles,” “tribal patriarchs” and “set men”], speaking a [Nicolaitan] corruption of the truth of Christ’s way, to draw the disciples away from Christ and after themselves [and their doctrines].” ( Acts 20:30 – interpolations added for clarity of the meaning of the prophecy) Any man who insists that you follow him at the expense of your responsibility to imitate, copy, replicate, duplicate the life and likeness of Christ is a false apostle, false prophet, false shepherd, false teacher, false whatever. Seek the Shepherd as to whether you even need any man any longer. (Heb. 5:12) If you do, find out from Him what man (or woman) you should watch and observe carefully (and not just listen to lectures, “sermons,” from this one) so that you might better hear the Shepherd for yourself. If you no longer need a man to help you hear and follow the Shepherd (which will be evident to and confirmed by those others around you who hear and follow the Shepherd), then seek Him as to whom He would have you to be an example, an “original,” that they might copy. This is the work of the ministry that is the responsibility of the saints ( Eph. 4:12; top ) and not the work of some unscriptural clergy class. This is the way the 1st and 2nd century believers overturned their world and is the only true way of following Christ and God.
          There is one body and One Spirit…One Faith…One God and Father of all, who is over all and in all. ( Eph. 4:4 ) This Scripture brings the point home. There can only be One Head, Christ Jesus. There can only be one body who are the sincere believers In Christ and there can only be One God and Father of all. This means that as a body/family of Christ here on earth there can only be One Father of the spirits ( Heb. 12:9 ), God our only Spiritual Father. Anyone hearing and obeying the voice of “another father” does not belong to the body of The Head Christ Jesus. They belong to “another body” and “another head,” the father of lies, Satan. Oneness in Christ means unity of the spirit that which cannot be created by human hands. It already exists to those who believe the truth received in Christ Jesus as the Chief Apostle and Christ’s works of redemption which is perfect and sufficient. No other redeemer or mediator is needed to give the believer complete salvation. ( 1 Tim. 2:5-6 ; Heb. 9:15; top ) The sincere believer is to draw near to God through Christ alone through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Christ gave us sincere believers gifted leaders/shepherds (1 Pet. 5) to train equip and prepare the whole body of Christ to do the work of the ministry. (Eph. 4) Spiritual Leaders are to equip the saints till Christ be formed in them – not till they themselves are formed – in the believers. This is so that the body of Christ, every member including the 5 fold, are to be trained and released for multiplication, edification and growth, the living stones, the temple of Christ in order that we grow in grace advancing toward spiritual maturity and grow in all aspects into the fullness of Christ, thereby no more being infants no longer being children who accept every wind of doctrine. We now have the knowledge of the truth by which we can reject false teachings holding and speaking the revealed truth of Scripture in love and contending the faith in a spirit of love. The love is first directed to Christ and then to one another…loving God and loving your neighbour.
          Many who are teaching this false doctrine of “spiritual fathering” and “set man” may be good and sincere people. However, they are sincerely wrong and must repent. There are also predatory wolves in sheep’s clothing who use this false doctrine to benefit themselves. Rather than pointing believers to Christ as their sufficiency, these so-called “spiritual fathers” recruit followers after themselves in order to extract from these followers the tithes, first fruits and offerings to do with as they please or deem fit, even if it means taking the tithes for a pleasure trip to Mauritius. They come up with a cleverly disguised “pyramid scheme” and a “more excellent way of giving” in order to swindle Gods flock. “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” ( Rom. 16:18 ) They create this network and pay a tithe of the tithes to the “covering apostle” that produces a great deal of unearned money. For example, a “super apostle” who is teaching this doctrine may have a hundred or sometimes a thousand different ministries personally paying him a tithe of their incomes in addition to his salary as the “Senior Elder” of a large church. “Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain. ‘Come,’ each one cries, ‘let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better.’” ( Isa. 56:10-12; top ) We can now understand why these “spiritual fathers,” “set men,” “patriarchs” and “super apostles” continue to preach and believe their dogmas. REPENT! The heart of God is on giving, not getting, and on serving, not being served. Jesus the perfect example. (Jn. 13)
          Apostles are not ceilings (Top Ranking) that prevent believers from going higher; they are foundations (servants) that push believers

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  • sabrina schleiger March 24, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Hey Mike,

    Being sick kept me out of church this weekend, so between yesterday and today I’ve listened to almost your entire series on NAR. Thanks for putting this out there! I have some relatives that are involved in this kind of teaching, and I never understood what they believed, just that their doctrine didn’t quite line up with what I was taught.

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