Someone please explain NAR....

Batfan7

Well-Known Member
Okay, I read the beliefs of the New Apostolic Reformation movement from wikipedia. And I'm pretty sure the church I attended back in college, where I got saved, was/is a member of this movement. So I get their reasoning, even if I was never comfortable with a lot of the spirit-filled stuff (as an example, the church reasoned that people shout and jump and wave banners at football games, so shouldn't we be MORE excited about our God than we are about football? I don't personally enjoy that style of worship, but I get their reasoning). So what is heretical? What is it about this movement that violates scripture? I really want to know! If I hold some sort of belief that is wrong, that's the kind of thing I'd like to know about! That and I'm the kind of person who researched Mormonism before I rejected it just to make sure that I'm holding onto the truth, so I like holding my beliefs up to scrutiny since I feel it only strengthens my faith.

Thanks in advance!
 

Everlasting Life

Through Faith in Jesus
https://bereanresearch.org/dominionism-nar/

New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)



The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.

They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture. (Source)

…NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation. … It is like Grape Nuts – it’s not grapes and it’s not nuts. It’s like Christian Science – it’s not Christian and it’s not scientific. Well, the New Apostolic Reformation isn’t new, it isn’t apostolic, and it isn’t a reformation. But it is a rapidly expanding movement being generated by some of the same old troubling false teachers and false leaders that have been around in Charismania for decades, always dishonoring the Holy Spirit, always dishonoring the Scripture, always claiming miracle signs, wonders, visions, dreams. ~ John MacArthur

Fast Facts:

  • Also known as Dominionism, Third Wave, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, Charismania.
  • Its founder was C. Peter Wagner who claims that the Church of the 21st Century will be ruled by Apostles and Prophets. Wagner has anointed himself NAR’s “Presiding Apostle.”
  • Linked with the Kansas City Prophets “who brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever”; likewise Word Faith and Pentecostal movements.
  • Not governed by an official denomination, it is led by alleged apostles and prophets.
  • Teaches that the new apostles and prophets are to be the government for the emerging “New Order” church.
  • Claims there will be a reformation greater in scale than the Protestant Reformation.
  • Claim direct revelation from God and many allege that Jesus and angels visit them in person. Some of them declare that they have visited heaven many times and had conversations with Jesus as well as the Prophets and Apostles.
  • NAR’s extensive mission outreach throughout the globe has caused the astonishing church growth that’s happening in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Denigration of the Bible and Sola Scriptura.
  • Experience oriented theology and based in emotionalism.
  • Steeped in mysticism.
Common Traits

Here are 6 traits, beliefs, and some of the common lingo used by adherents:

1. “APOSTLES”

We’re in a “Second Apostolic Age.” There are new Apostles are on the earth today, anointed by the laying of hands to represent and speak for God here on Earth. These “Super Apostles” are equal to the original Apostles – the ones who witnessed Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and were appointed by Christ Himself to the office. Since these new apostles are commissioned by God, their authority may not be questioned.

2. “KINGDOM”

Rather than preach the Gospel of the cross, Apostolic leaders are working to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. They do this by taking dominion of earthly kingdoms or “mountains” of government, media, entertainment, education, business, family, and religion. Leaders often talk of city building and organize prayer walks to pray against demonic strongholds. They often speak of being mission-focused rather than being Christ-centered.

3. “DESTINY” “PRESENCE” “GLORY”

Though members are not always charismatic, they frequently emphasize a manifestation of “Glory” and “God’s presence,” and often have a special anointing to receive direct revelation from God, perform healings and other signs and wonders. They teach that our purpose is to achieve our dream destiny so that we can change the world.

4. “REVIVAL”

Revival on a massive scale is key in this movement. There is a strong emphasis on an “end times harvest” through a great awakening that we can usher in. Often these revivals are held in stadiums and reach millions around the world via live stream technology; they are marketed and produced like rock concerts. All scripture verses about an end times falling away are ignored, and get replaced with hyped-up claims about the Next Big Thing that’s always just around the corner.

5. “UNITY”

Unity (at the expense of biblical doctrine) is almost always used as both the how and the why in this movement. Unity for the sake of bringing Heaven to Earth is leading to the blurring of doctrinal and denominational lines, often bringing together well-known leaders of charismatic, reformed, Word of Faith, seeker-emergent, progressive and Roman Catholics churches, all under one umbrella.

Finally, NAR churches almost always abandon a major tenets of Christian faith:

6. NAR DENIES THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE.

NAR adherents may believe in the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, but God’s breathed-out Word is just not enough for them. Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sins is not good enough; the promise of eternal life in Heaven is not good enough.

Leaders:

The founder of the New Apostolic Reformation is church growth specialist C. Peter Wagner. Wagner served as Professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Missions until his retirement. Until recently he was president of Global Harvest Ministries and is currently Chancellor emeritus of the Wagner Leadership Institute. Prominent member of the International Council of Apostles Chuck Pierce was his successor.

“Apostles” and “Prophets” and others intrenched in the NAR cult:

More…

John Kelly, Bill Haman, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, James Goll, John Eckhardt, Jim Laffoon, Jack Deere, Johnny Enlow, Barbara Yoder, Charles Kraft, Bob Beckett, Che Ahn, Naomi Dowdy, Mary Crum, Jack Hayford, John Arnott, Stacy Campbell, Patricia King, Phil Pringle, Yonggi Cho, Beni Johnson, Jen Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Carl Lentz, David Barton, Steven Strang, Robert Stern, Stephen Strader, George Otis, Ed Silvoso, Janet Porter, George Barna, Mary Glazier, Thomas Muthee, Tom Hess, Samuel Rodriguez, Eddie Smith, Lance Wallnau, Loren Cunningham, Bob Beckett, Os Hillman, Jacqueline del Rosario, Jill Griffith, Francis Oda, Graham Power, Francis Frangipagne, Wendy Alec, Amanda Wells, Katherine Ruonala, Lana Vawser, Kong Hee & Sun Ho, Theo Wolmarans, Jennifer LeClaire, Ben Fitzgerald, Shawn & Stacie Bolz, Michael Koulianos & Jessica Hinn Koulianos and many others.

Leaving the NAR Church:

In a series of blog posts, we take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth. You can read their stories here.

What the Bible says:

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

What you can do:

First, pray! Then, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. If your church has any part of the six traits listed above, you’ll want to humbly alert your leaders. We’ve included links below to many of the best research articles, and will keep this list updated....


There's more helpful articles at the end of this article above.



This thread explains some of the teachings, the fruits of NAR and how people left this movement:

https://www.raptureforums.com/forums/threads/testimonies-of-ex-nar-church-members-who-found-a-real-bible-preaching-church.124200/
 

Batfan7

Well-Known Member
https://bereanresearch.org/dominionism-nar/

New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)



The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.

They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture. (Source)

…NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation. … It is like Grape Nuts – it’s not grapes and it’s not nuts. It’s like Christian Science – it’s not Christian and it’s not scientific. Well, the New Apostolic Reformation isn’t new, it isn’t apostolic, and it isn’t a reformation. But it is a rapidly expanding movement being generated by some of the same old troubling false teachers and false leaders that have been around in Charismania for decades, always dishonoring the Holy Spirit, always dishonoring the Scripture, always claiming miracle signs, wonders, visions, dreams. ~ John MacArthur

Fast Facts:

  • Also known as Dominionism, Third Wave, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, Charismania.
  • Its founder was C. Peter Wagner who claims that the Church of the 21st Century will be ruled by Apostles and Prophets. Wagner has anointed himself NAR’s “Presiding Apostle.”
  • Linked with the Kansas City Prophets “who brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever”; likewise Word Faith and Pentecostal movements.
  • Not governed by an official denomination, it is led by alleged apostles and prophets.
  • Teaches that the new apostles and prophets are to be the government for the emerging “New Order” church.
  • Claims there will be a reformation greater in scale than the Protestant Reformation.
  • Claim direct revelation from God and many allege that Jesus and angels visit them in person. Some of them declare that they have visited heaven many times and had conversations with Jesus as well as the Prophets and Apostles.
  • NAR’s extensive mission outreach throughout the globe has caused the astonishing church growth that’s happening in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Denigration of the Bible and Sola Scriptura.
  • Experience oriented theology and based in emotionalism.
  • Steeped in mysticism.
Common Traits

Here are 6 traits, beliefs, and some of the common lingo used by adherents:

1. “APOSTLES”

We’re in a “Second Apostolic Age.” There are new Apostles are on the earth today, anointed by the laying of hands to represent and speak for God here on Earth. These “Super Apostles” are equal to the original Apostles – the ones who witnessed Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and were appointed by Christ Himself to the office. Since these new apostles are commissioned by God, their authority may not be questioned.

2. “KINGDOM”

Rather than preach the Gospel of the cross, Apostolic leaders are working to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. They do this by taking dominion of earthly kingdoms or “mountains” of government, media, entertainment, education, business, family, and religion. Leaders often talk of city building and organize prayer walks to pray against demonic strongholds. They often speak of being mission-focused rather than being Christ-centered.

3. “DESTINY” “PRESENCE” “GLORY”

Though members are not always charismatic, they frequently emphasize a manifestation of “Glory” and “God’s presence,” and often have a special anointing to receive direct revelation from God, perform healings and other signs and wonders. They teach that our purpose is to achieve our dream destiny so that we can change the world.

4. “REVIVAL”

Revival on a massive scale is key in this movement. There is a strong emphasis on an “end times harvest” through a great awakening that we can usher in. Often these revivals are held in stadiums and reach millions around the world via live stream technology; they are marketed and produced like rock concerts. All scripture verses about an end times falling away are ignored, and get replaced with hyped-up claims about the Next Big Thing that’s always just around the corner.

5. “UNITY”

Unity (at the expense of biblical doctrine) is almost always used as both the how and the why in this movement. Unity for the sake of bringing Heaven to Earth is leading to the blurring of doctrinal and denominational lines, often bringing together well-known leaders of charismatic, reformed, Word of Faith, seeker-emergent, progressive and Roman Catholics churches, all under one umbrella.

Finally, NAR churches almost always abandon a major tenets of Christian faith:

6. NAR DENIES THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE.

NAR adherents may believe in the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, but God’s breathed-out Word is just not enough for them. Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sins is not good enough; the promise of eternal life in Heaven is not good enough.

Leaders:

The founder of the New Apostolic Reformation is church growth specialist C. Peter Wagner. Wagner served as Professor of Church Growth at the Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Missions until his retirement. Until recently he was president of Global Harvest Ministries and is currently Chancellor emeritus of the Wagner Leadership Institute. Prominent member of the International Council of Apostles Chuck Pierce was his successor.

“Apostles” and “Prophets” and others intrenched in the NAR cult:

More…

John Kelly, Bill Haman, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, James Goll, John Eckhardt, Jim Laffoon, Jack Deere, Johnny Enlow, Barbara Yoder, Charles Kraft, Bob Beckett, Che Ahn, Naomi Dowdy, Mary Crum, Jack Hayford, John Arnott, Stacy Campbell, Patricia King, Phil Pringle, Yonggi Cho, Beni Johnson, Jen Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Carl Lentz, David Barton, Steven Strang, Robert Stern, Stephen Strader, George Otis, Ed Silvoso, Janet Porter, George Barna, Mary Glazier, Thomas Muthee, Tom Hess, Samuel Rodriguez, Eddie Smith, Lance Wallnau, Loren Cunningham, Bob Beckett, Os Hillman, Jacqueline del Rosario, Jill Griffith, Francis Oda, Graham Power, Francis Frangipagne, Wendy Alec, Amanda Wells, Katherine Ruonala, Lana Vawser, Kong Hee & Sun Ho, Theo Wolmarans, Jennifer LeClaire, Ben Fitzgerald, Shawn & Stacie Bolz, Michael Koulianos & Jessica Hinn Koulianos and many others.

Leaving the NAR Church:

In a series of blog posts, we take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth. You can read their stories here.

What the Bible says:

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1

What you can do:

First, pray! Then, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. If your church has any part of the six traits listed above, you’ll want to humbly alert your leaders. We’ve included links below to many of the best research articles, and will keep this list updated....


There's more helpful articles at the end of this article above.



This thread explains some of the teachings, the fruits of NAR and how people left this movement:

https://www.raptureforums.com/forums/threads/testimonies-of-ex-nar-church-members-who-found-a-real-bible-preaching-church.124200/
Thank you, that was educational. Having read this, I'd say that the church I attended had a few of these, but they must not have been heavily NAR. They had "apostles", but they defined it as a pastor over several churches rather than someone equal to the New Testament apostles or someone with special visions. They believed in individual revelation, but it was never to supercede Scripture. In fact reading the Bible was very heavily encouraged and taught.

I would agree that any church that follows the definition of NAR above is heritical. I'm feeling reassured that I'm not harboring some awful unscriptural ideas. Thank you again!
 

Anewcreationinjesus

Well-Known Member
Here's another great article about roots and fruit of NAR by Bob De Waay...I got a folder chock full of research and I would say this is one of the most helpful articles also looking at the history of NAR too ...as the terminology and ideas have gone under different names over the decades ...and the baton has been passed between different people ...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/rejoiceforevermore.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/the-roots-and-fruits-of-the-new-apostolic-reformationbob-dewaay/amp/

Another bit of "light reading" about dominionism is very interesting as well ...

http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
 
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athenasius

Well-Known Member
Here's another great article about roots and fruit of NAR by Bob De Waay...I got a folder chock full of research and I would say this is one of the most helpful articles also looking at the history of NAR too ...as the terminology and ideas have gone under different names over the decades ...and the baton has been passed between different people ...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/rejoiceforevermore.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/the-roots-and-fruits-of-the-new-apostolic-reformationbob-dewaay/amp/

Another bit of "light reading" about dominionism is very interesting as well ...

http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
Your links are to 2 very good resources that helped me immensely as I left (was excommed) out of that bad church in 98. I found Bob DeWaay and his Critical Issues Commentary very helpful, and his old essays are all still up at CIC. He posts fresh ones about once a year now, but all his stuff is excellent.

Sarah Leslie writes for Discernment Ministries which was started by Jewel Van derMerwe and her late first husband Travers who did a REALLY good book on what was wrong within the very bad groups that were around before the Toronto Blessing and the actual NAR. All common roots into the Latter Rain Movement and Jewels late husband was combatting the waves of heresy that were starting to flood into Charismatic churches thru Word of Faith (WOF) and the Kansas City Prophets (before Mike Bickle even got going with his IHOP)

I think it was called Strange Fire and there's been other books since with that title, but it sure helped me figure out what was wrong with what I'd been seeing, and that I wasn't going crazy.

I saw links to several other helpful sites. Sandy Simpson's Deception in The Church (DITC) is another resource I quickly go to as well as Lighthouse Trails.

Dave Hunt's Berean Call is still going under the direction of his long time side kick McMahon, and I check in there when I need to figure out what's wrong lately.

The rise of gnostic heresy is so strong, whether it's NAR stuff, Word Faith, Kansas City prophets, or Mike Bickle or the many odd and crazy things the Emergent church is up to.

It all boils down to people being led away from God's Word the BIBLE, a finished canon, a final WORD ----

====off into subjective feelings and fantasies, myths, mystics and all kinds of stuff that is NOT THE BIBLE.
 

Anewcreationinjesus

Well-Known Member
I get emails from ICAL so I can see a bit what’s going on - it’s far worse now than a few years ago...the whole thing is like a business website..the Name of Jesus barely mentioned and most certainly not exhalted. It’s all about the all important Apostles...what would we (and God) do without them ...:sarcasm
It's wonderful to hear the testimonies of rescue out of this entire NAR network ...the interesting and sad thing is that most people involved probably don't even realise either the history or that they're actually part of the network!! All they hear about is "destiny" and "awakening" and "activate" and they think it sounds so wonderful, so biblical!

Yes I keep an eye on various websites like ical, bethel Redding etc. BCR are planning an "arise and build" expansion project, and ical have a big "the bridge" conference later this year and my question is:

A bridge to what??!!! A bridge to infiltrate the "new apostles" further into different denominations is my guess ...
 

Anewcreationinjesus

Well-Known Member
An example to keep an eye on what they're up to at the US branch of ICAL ...

http://www.uscal.us/about/

Clearly their plans are to keep on "apostlising" in each country (they have a very clear network of "horizontal" "vertical" "apostles" "convening apostles" if you look at the main ICAL website....also, in a "not satire" moment, Che Ahn in his new "apostlising" book used the phrase "nuclear apostle" which to me sums up the "super power" mentality behind all this ...

Clearly their plans are also to NARise the young people based on that link above ...it truly is like an international cult under people's very noses ...
 
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