Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen asks a good question. Many people would like to know the answer. Should we believe that prominent apologist Michael Brown is deeply embedded in the New Apostolic Reformation cult, as Maples claims? In this piece, Maples presents the evidence for his suspicions. He writes:
Dr. Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Line of Fire and Vice President of FIRE School of Ministry, is well-known as an apologist for modern day Montanism. Montanism is a heresy that arose early in church history, founded by its leader, Montanus, that manifests today in Pentecostalism, Charismatic churches, and most notably in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) founded by the late C. Peter Wagner.
Michael Brown has continually denied being a part of the New Apostolic Reformation, yet his association with its adherents is conspicuous and suspicious. It’s difficult to ascertain exactly why Michael Brown continues to deny his affiliation with them.
One of the key tenets of the New Apostolic Reformation is the theology of “new wine,” that teaches that God is “pouring out” a renewal that manifests in so-called prophecies. The goal of the new wine movement is for those who are spiritually hungry to receive “more” of God. C. Peter Wagner, who coined the term, New Apostolic Reformation, published in Arise Magazine on September 1, 2000,
Every time Jesus began building His Church in a new way throughout history, He provided new wineskins. The growth of the Church through the ages is, in part, a story of new wineskins. These new wineskins appear to be at least as radical as those of the Protestant Reformation almost five hundred years ago.
Michael Brown, who continues to deny his association with the New Apostolic Reformation, said during his address on leaving Brownsville,
And I said, listen, my understanding is that this revival is not about Brownsville or the Assemblies of God. It’s bigger than that, and we need to put the new wine into some new wineskins – [I’m] not calling the Assemblies old wineskins – but just a curriculum that would reflect the new wine of revival. And the brothers agreed with that.
This is clearly NAR speak. The New Apostolic Reformation sees itself and its “Apostles” as those who are bringing about spiritual revival in the church today. Further, Charisma News reports Michael Brown saying to them regarding separation from Brownsville,
It was difficult to be a church-planting movement and part of a church that had denominational church-planting rules. To us, the issue of apostolic fathering could not be fully released in that denominational [AOG] framework. That, by the way, is a big part of why the separation happened. Continue reading