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A helpful summary article on the heretical NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) charismatic movement, from Amy Spreeman at the Berean Examiner:
Is your church shifting into becoming NAR apostate? It could be, and your leaders might not even be aware.
The New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR, is a counterfeit, unbiblical movement that has been gaining worldwide momentum. Its anointed celebrity leaders, meanwhile, are scurrying to distance themselves from the “NAR” label (invented by NAR founder C. Peter Wagner), especially now that discernment reporters have been shining the light of Scripture and the sheep have begun to take notice.
How does a Christian recognize the red flags if their leaders deny being associated or affiliated with the more recognizable founders and celebrity leaders? There are 6 distinct traits that characterize NAR’s core teachings, even if leaders or churches deny they have anything to do with the NAR brand.
Read the rest of the article here.
There are other excellent articles linked at the bottom of the page, as well as a Fighting For The Faith podcast episode in which Chris Rosebrough and Amy Spreeman discuss the NAR, its teachings and its influences.
For many years the NAR movement has taught false doctrine and recycled old heresies (kenosis, word of faith), and has widely influenced many churches in virtually all denominations. NAR leaders and its adherents operate their churches in cult-like fashion, claiming new and exclusive revelation directly from God. This revelation invariably contradicts Scripture, and the movement has redefined virtually all of the Biblical terminology Christians are familiar with. LIke Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, NAR folk can seem like they are Christian until you dog a bit deeper and ask for them to define their term.
Be watchful…even apostate churches like Hillsong and C3 that may not seem to be part of the NAR movement have direct ties (and friendships) to the NAR leaders, and promote them through their conferences and book promotions!