C. Peter Wagner: “NAR is not a cult!”

C. Peter Wagner

C. Peter Wagner

The man credited with being the “father” of the New Apostolic Reformation is surprised at the negative feedback his experience-based movement is getting in the media, especially in the left-wing liberal groups.

But he is perhaps missing the biggest outcry of all is coming from those Christians who adhere to Scriptural truth; who believe that the Bible is sufficient.

That’s why it’s important you read our White Paper on Dominionism (NAR), after hearing Wagner make a compelling case for this unbiblical, dangerous movement.

Wagner has gone on the defensive of this fastest-growing Christian movement in Charisma Magazine today, explaining why dominionism, the office of Apostle And Prophets are fine for today, and why NAR followers think it’s fine to engage in Spiritual warfare with the demonic:

The NAR is definitely not a cult. Those who affiliate with it believe the Apostles’ Creed and all the standard classic statements of Christian doctrine. It will surprise some to know that the NAR embraces the largest non-Catholic segment of world Christianity. It is also the fastest growing segment, the only segment of Christianity currently growing faster than the world population and faster than Islam. Christianity is booming now in the Global South which includes sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and large parts of Asia. Most of the new churches in the Global South, even including many which belong to denominations, would comfortably fit the NAR template.

The NAR represents the most radical change in the way of doing church since the Protestant Reformation. This is not a doctrinal change. We adhere to the major tenets of the Reformation: the authority of Scripture, justification by faith, and the priesthood of all believers. But the quality of church life, the governance of the church, the worship, the theology of prayer, the missional goals, the optimistic vision for the future, and other features, constitute quite a change from traditional Protestantism.

The NAR is not an organization. No one can join or carry a card. It has no leader. I have been called the “founder,” but this is not the case. One reason I might be seen as an “intellectual godfather” is that I might have been the first to observe the movement, give a name to it, and describe its characteristics as I saw them. When this began to come together through my research in 1993, I was professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, where I taught for 30 years.

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3 Responses to C. Peter Wagner: “NAR is not a cult!”

  1. Claude Gagné September 22, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    If his movement is not heretic what else is ? The man is a danger for the real christians…

  2. Faith October 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    The NAR is heretical on many accounts. Dominionism is just one more heresy. Jesus brings in His kingdom, NOT us. It is the height of arrogance to think that we can do this and He is restrained until we do, it is just the opposite, we are restrained until He does, He is restrained by nothing. And bible prophecy points to the fact that He said He will do it, not us. A good reading of Revelation and Matthew 24 will show it, among many other places in the bible.

    That doesn’t mean we can throw out what goes on in the supernatural realm. See Ephesians 6. We are to pray and the gifts including casting out demons are for today. But I provided biblical proof in another comment already. It is important when we read the bible to really digest and absorb what is being said, and not allow it to be tainted by what some ‘teacher’ has said. Remember, the bible says we don’t need anyone to teach us if we have the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth.

  3. Darren Bailey March 8, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    Pretty sure it is a cult. I was an active church member for 17 years in a former Pentecostal church which left the Assemblies of God and joined with Jonathon David. The teachers and teachings SUPERSEDE the Bible and their prophecies are considered higher than it. I have met Jonathon David in Malaysia, along with my (then) pastor and elders. I’d never heard of him. I brought back a pile of teachings from him – DVDs which on return to England disintegrated to dust. Fact. I bought and paid for these at my expense OBO the church at the request of my pastor (who didn’t pay for them either). Since then I have left my church and went to another one in good standing with the Assemblies of God. It renamed itself, drew itself away from regular teachings, disavowed connection with the pentecostal movement, and now operates directly under Malaysian control. It used to be a force for good in my town. Now it’s a horror show avidly avoided. Part of the Great Apostacy sweeping the Earth. I even know the leaders wrote to Government and demanded they take notice of this new northern powerhouse because they control the spirit realm. Political demands were stated and politely returned. This is the delusion operating now, so, without any doubt, this by any definition is a cult, regardless of whatever creed it professes. Based on firsthand knowledge of its leaders and Mr David.

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