Holly Pivec of Spirit of Error has a list of books the serious Christian will want to avoid, even if it’s on display in a so-called Christian bookstore or a Christian website that sells books and other “religious” paraphernalia. Sadly, many “Christian” books are written by people who are not authentic Christians but are in fact wolves in sheep’s clothing. Holly reveals how to spot the counterfeits. She writes:
We documented in our books that the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has penetrated mainstream Christianity. Many people find this hard to believe, claiming they’ve never heard of the NAR. I suspect one big reason this movement has flown under the radar for so long is because people don’t know what to look for.
So how do you spot the NAR? Let’s take a look at some top-selling books and I’ll show you how.
Look at the publisher.
Destiny Image Publishers was founded by Don and Cathy Nori specifically to “publish the prophets.” If you spot their telltale logo– a capital letter D with a flame of fire inside–you know you’ve encountered the NAR.Charisma House has also published many NAR books, though they also publish more traditional Pentecostal and charismatic books.
But don’t stop after looking at the publisher. Some mainstream Christian publishers also publish NARbooks, like Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing Group). That’s why you must also look at other giveaways, like a book’s author.
Look at the author and endorsers.
Some popular NAR authors to watch out for include Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton (both of Bethel Church in Redding, California), Mike Bickle (International House of Prayer), Rick Joyner (MorningStar Ministries), Randy Clark (Global Awakening), Cindy Jacobs (Generals International), Heidi Baker (Iris Global), Che Ahn (Harvest International Ministry), and Dutch Sheets. Endorsements from any of theseNAR leaders should also give you pause.
Countless NAR authors (as well as NAR musicians) have come out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and it’s affiliated Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. So watch for references to all things Bethel in author bios.
Look for NAR buzzwords.
Certain words in a book’s description can be useful clues for identifying it as NAR. Pay special attention to words like “apostolic,” “prophetic,” and “revivalist.” Also watch for phrases like “bringing heaven to earth, “manifest presence,” and “supernatural ministry.” “Sozo” is a very popular practice in NARchurches. The “fivefold ministry” teaching is typically NAR. And so are teachings about “releasing” angels, “operating in the courts of heaven” and “breaking curses.” There are many more NAR teachings and terms, but you’ll pick up on them over time. Continue reading