Noted apologist Dr. Michael Brown continues his association with and defends men and women who embrace warmed over Latter Rain theology. Over the years the Latter Rain cult has gone by many different names such as Kingdom Now, Manifest Sons of God and Joel’s Army. Most recently it has been dubbed the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Those who embrace NAR teaching assert that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of prophet and apostle. Allegedly modern-day prophets and apostles have been given the authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. What these people teach is not in the scriptures, brethren. Thus, it is unbiblical. So the question is, where do these self-appointed prophets and apostles derive their beliefs from? Blogger Jeff Maples writes:
The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit that is changing the shape of Christianity globally. It is truly a new day! The Church is changing. New names! New methods! New worship expressions! The Lord is establishing the foundations of the Church for the new millennium. This foundation is built upon apostles and prophets. Apostles execute and establish God’s plan on the earth. — C. Peter Wagner
Dr. Michael Brown is the go-to apologist for modern-day Montanists. Montanism is a heresy that arose early in church history, founded by its leader, Montanus, that believed, much like the charismatics of today, in ongoing prophecy and extra-biblical revelation. The movement was anathematized by the early Church, and it’s followers considered outside of orthodox Christianity. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a subset of modern-day Montanists that believe that the biblical office of Apostle is still open (or has been re-opened) today. The name, New Apostolic Reformation, was coined by the late C. Peter Wagner and continues to be the term used to describe the movement.
Some of the key tenets of the New Apostolic Reformation are: an ecclesiology that believes in governing Prophets and Apostles, a commission that focuses on harbingers and the “Seven Mountain Mandate,” (more on that later), Kingdom authority, and a faith that focuses less on sound, biblical theology, and more on “experience.” In many ways, the New Apostolic Reformation holds to a false Jesus, one who is centered around Gnostic/Shaman beliefs, and a false Gospel that places the emphasis on the Kingdom and Dominion as opposed to Christ alone.
Michael Brown, a well-known apologist for charismatic and New Apostolic beliefs has continued to deny even the existence of the New Apostolic Reformation, yet he continues to defend the tenets of this dangerous and erroneous theology under the guise of “Pentecostalism,” or “Charismaticism.” Brown has been given a pass for far too long by evangelical theologians and apologists, as his aberrant beliefs cause serious damage to the true Gospel. I want to be clear that I cannot and will not make a judgment on Michael Brown’s salvation, however, his actions and his theology deserve to be scrutinized, and Brown should be considered a danger to the commission of the church until he repents.
Brown has clearly shown himself to be in theological alignment with the New Apostolic Reformation. Recently, he invited one of Today’s most notorious NAR leaders, Bill Johnson, on his program and defended him. After mollycoddling the false teacher during the entire program, he was confronted on Twitter about his failure to ask Johnson any tough questions, and went on the defensive. He then stated that he would be unable to interact on Twitter, and gave an invitation to call into his show for discussion.
He was taken up on his offer and Chris Rosebrough phoned in on the show. Chris asked (rhetorically) if he should submit himself as a pastor, according to the teachings of C. Peter Wagner, to a female Apostle in his area, to which Michael Brown disagreed. However, he went on to defend Wagner’s teaching that there are modern day Apostles who have a “foundation laying ministry” today.