…NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation. … It is like Grape Nuts – it’s not grapes and it’s not nuts. It’s like Christian Science – it’s not Christian and it’s not scientific. Well, the New Apostolic Reformation isn’t new, it isn’t apostolic, and it isn’t a reformation. But it is a rapidly expanding movement being generated by some of the same old troubling false teachers and false leaders that have been around in Charismania for decades, always dishonoring the Holy Spirit, always dishonoring the Scripture, always claiming miracle signs, wonders, visions, dreams. ~ John MacArthur
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. (Source)
- Also known as Dominionism, Third Wave, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, Charismania.
- Its founder was C. Peter Wagner who claims that the Church of the 21st Century will be ruled by Apostles and Prophets. Wagner has anointed himself NAR’s “Presiding Apostle.”
- Linked with the Kansas City Prophets “who brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever”; likewise Word Faith and Pentecostal movements.
- Not governed by an official denomination, it is led by alleged apostles and prophets.
- Teaches that the new apostles and prophets are to be the government for the emerging “New Order” church.
- Claims there will be a reformation greater in scale than the Protestant Reformation.
- Claim direct revelation from God and many allege that Jesus and angels visit them in person. Some of them declare that they have visited heaven many times and had conversations with Jesus as well as the Prophets and Apostles.
- NAR’s extensive mission outreach throughout the globe has caused the astonishing church growth that’s happening in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Denigration of the Bible and Sola Scriptura.
- Experience oriented theology and based in emotionalism.
- Steeped in mysticism.
The founder of the New Apostolic Reformation is church growth specialist C. Peter Wagner. Wagner served as Professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Missions until his retirement. Until recently he was president of Global Harvest Ministries and is currently Chancellor emeritus of the Wagner Leadership Institute. Prominent member of the International Council of Apostles Chuck Pierce was his successor.
NAR “Apostles” and “Prophets”:
- Peter Wagner,
- Chuck Pierce,
- Bob Jones
- Paul Cain
- Cindy Jacobs,
- Mike Bickle,
- Rick Joyner,
- Bill Johnson,
- Todd Bentley,
- Lou Engle
- Becky Fischer
- Cold Hard Facts on Cults By Marsha West
Better gear up for the 5 major changes coming to the Church By Marsha West
- Bill Johnson, Jesus Culture and Bethel Church
- Bill Johnson…scroll down–Apologetics Index
- Peter Wagner–Apologetics Index articles
- Peter Wagner–Quotes & Notes By Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
- Peter Wagner Redefines Genesis 1 By Sarah Leslie
- The Cell Church By Sarah Leslie
- Chuck Pierce, the Kabbalist Apostle and Heir Apparent for the NAR By Orrel
- Coalescing of the Christian Right with Apostolic Dominionism By Ken Silva
- Contend for the faith that was for all delivered to the saints By Mike Ratliff
- Dangers of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) By John Park
- Does the Bible Really Say We’re Not to Judge? By Marsha West
- Gladiator-style takedown of demonic forces, Part 1 Part 2 By Marsha West
- IHOP & the Latter Rain—Herescope
- Is IHOP a cult? One intern’s story By Amy Spreeman
- Joel’s Army By Jewel Grewe
- John Wimber & the Vineyard–Deception in the Church
- Kansas City Prophets–Deception in the Church
- Mike Bickle/IHOPKC Research Links–Apostasy Watch
- My Response to “The Response” Gov. Rick Perry’s Call to Prayer
- National Repentance: May Day 2010–NAR leaders gather with conservatives
- Networking for Transformation, Part 1-4—Herescope
- New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson By John Lanagan
- “New Apostolic” Church Movement By Mike Oppenheimer
- New Apostolic Reformation–articles, blogs, multimedia
- New Apostolic Reformation articles–Deception in the Church
- Prophet or Heretic: Rick Joyner–Apologetics Index articles
- Quick Thoughts: What Is The “Seven Mountains Mandate”? By Lyndon Unger
- Roots and Fruits of the New Apostolic Reformation By Bob DeWaay
- Seven Mountain Mandate—Herescope
- Should Christians Hold Prayer Vigils With Apostates? By Marsha West
- Spiritual Warfare Evangelism: How Did We Get Here? By Orrel Steinkamp
What the Bible says:
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1