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From the Pro Veritate blog, this is a helpful outline of some key teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) charismatic movement. I have posted articles on this movement before, but it seems necessary to continue to help make resources available to Christians and others who want to be aware of this movement and its growing power and influence.
The NAR promotes a convergence of teachings from various historical streams of theosophy, new thought, word of faith and and latter rain (to name a few). It is an apostate movement that has many branches and ‘churches’, and it has overtaken many previously solid churches, in almost every denomination.
The NAR has become a multi-billion dollar industry of books, CD’s, DVD’s, TV shows and conferences. Its extreme Dominionist teachings have prompted its members to be increasingly active in social and political arenas. Its growth and influence both in Western nations and other countries seems to be rivaling the spread and influence of Roman Catholicism in the past. Its false and spiritually dangerous doctrines and practices are certainly on par.
While teachings with the NAR movement vary somewhat in their emphasis, it is clear that all doctrines which form the biblical Christian faith are twisted by this movement into something utterly false and spiritually devastating. It claims not to teach doctrine, while teaching very specific and heretical doctrines. It leaders claims of constant, new revelation and their redefinition of most (if not all) Christians terms make it very hard to pin down in terms of doctrine. However, don’t be fooled. The NAR has very clear, discernible doctrines it is promulgating, if you only take the time and effort to see them in light of what the Scriptures actually teach.
It is essential that Christians educate themselves about this movement and its teachings. Many Christians are finding they have family members, friends and even their own churches being affected by the false and divisive NAR teachings that creep in through its many enthusiastic adherents. Its leaders consistently making attacks on biblical Christianity, and teach their adherents not to listen to those who in love, and out of concern for souls, point out the erroneous teachings.
Beliefs and Teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation
Introduction (excerpt from original article)
“In the past decade, a heretical movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has arisen among Pentecostal and charismatic churches. The primary belief that separates the NAR from orthodox Christianity is its claim that the offices of apostle and prophet have been restored to the modern church after being lost for centuries. Also known as the Third Wave of the Holy Spirit, the NAR has its roots in latter rain theology—the false teaching that miraculous signs and wonders such as healings, prophecy, and tongues are restored to the church in the present “end times” as a modern-day counterpart to Pentecost.
According to C. Peter Wagner, Presiding Apostle Emeritus of the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL), the “Second Apostolic Age” officially began in 2001, when the “lost offices” of apostle and prophet were allegedly restored to the church. As implied by the title “Second Apostolic Age,” the NAR apostles claim to possess authority equal to or even greater than the first-century apostles appointed by Christ, including Peter, James, and Paul. Some of the false apostles associated with this movement are Bill and Beni Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA and Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer.
It is extremely important for Christians to be aware of this heretical movement and of the false teachers associated with it. The NAR is infecting churches and organizations worldwide, even those that do not embrace the charismatic movement. The NAR is particularly targeting our youth. It is therefore imperative for Christians to recognize the false doctrines being promoted by these counterfeit teachers.”
Read the rest of the article here. (There are other related articles on the blog which might also be of benefit.)
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