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The Apostate New Apostolic Refomation: The fastest growing movement in the world.

Discussion in 'Apostasy in the Local Church' started by agtg, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. agtg

    agtg Member

    The New Apostolic Reformation is an apostate Christian movement built upon a hyper-authorarian pyramid scheme structure. Each of these ministries has their own guru-like apostle that sits at the top of their ministry. But the whole movement, because of it's affiliations, really reflects a much larger global pyramid structure much like the Catholic Church which is built upon a world-wide spread of archdiocese ministries. In other words, the larger structure, because of their affiliations and lines of authority, reflects many pyramids building up into a larger pyramid.

    While the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR for short) disguises itself as a mainline evangelical movement, it is actually under-girded by many extreme doctrines and practices that defy typical fundamental Christian beliefs.

    For one thing, it believes that God has recently restored the office of apostle and prophet in the last 30 years. They believe these apostle and prophet leaders have the same authority as 1st century apostles and prophets whom God used to establish the church and write the New Testament. That means these men believe they are able to bring forth new doctrines and practices built upon "revelatory" experiences such as dreams, visions, and things they hear in their head presuming the Holy Spirit is instructing them.

    This, of course, is very dangerous as it veers from the supremacy of scripture and places greater authority in the hands of wicked, sinful men.

    Second, it has magnified the Spiritual gifts taught in the New Testament in such an unbalanced manner that it disturbs sound doctrine for the sake of any opportunity to display spiritual power. Basically, its desire for spiritual power is insatiable, and the people within the movement cast aside all Biblical warnings against occult practices to achieve such power.

    Moreover, it's bent on spreading it's reach and control over the churched or unchurched across the globe. One of the most successful attempts to infiltrate non-NAR churches is through music ministries such as Jesus Culture and Hillsong. Both of those ministries are headed up by NAR apostles and because the music is easy on the ears and people want to sing along, they inevitably begin to look into those ministries further and wind up going deeper into the movement until they end up trapped in a local church affiliated with the movement.

    Additionally, the NAR believe God wants them to take over the earth and prepare it so that Jesus may return. This drive has brought forth a doctrinal mandate to overtake 7 spheres of the world's cultures. This demented doctrine is known as the 7 mountain mandate. The mountains being: religion, education, business, family, government/military, arts and entertainment, and media.

    And while that sounds like a wildly unachievable goal, the movement is actually making great inroads in these realms of culture across the globe.

    Rather than spreading the gospel of Christ to expand, it works feverishly to construct organizations built upon deep, cultist relationships of submission and authority that ensnare and entrap its followers. One of the ways it expands itself is to train disciples through ministry schools.

    Having attended Dr. Brown's Fire School of Ministry, I can give some insight into the cultist practices. Firstly, every semester starts with a mandatory weekend retreat which was nothing more than a tactic to soften people up to prepare them for their aberrant doctrines the students would soon encounter in their classrooms. The school program had a mandatory "deliverance" course where students had to confess every sin they've ever committed in their entire lives on a hard-copy document which was then submitted to the teacher leading the class. Students were continually pumped for information through weekly "accountability" questionnaires which delve into personal information about their daily lives. Students were not allowed to attend other church services without permission from the leadership. If a student questioned what was going on, they would be targeted and have a mid-level leader assigned to check on them frequently in order to exert a stronger arm of control over the student. Many of the leaders had no qualms about bullying a student to their face if they questioned things or noted un-Biblical practices. I experienced all of these things directly myself when I attended Fire School of Ministry (a video testimony to my experience at Fire School of Ministry can be found below).

    The movement even has its own media propaganda arm known as Charisma magazine online which pushes "articles" which exalt the leaders of the movement and their demented doctrines. Moreover, they regularly feature articles that subtly berate and goad the movement's followers not to question the leaders and to submit for the greater good of the movement. All of this is dressed up in the guise of giving all to Jesus. Meanwhile, it is the earthly kingdoms of these men and women at the top of the pyramid schemes which benefit from such deep, blind allegiance.

    They work subtle subversion towards mainstream evangelicalism through mass-media, as well, approaching the general public with the disguise of a mainline Christian conservative. This can be seen in movies such as War Room which was marketed as a typical Christian movie about prayer, but in fact pushes extreme ideas that are reflective of contemplative, emergent heresies as well as un-Biblical NAR strategic spiritual warfare doctrines.

    Also, this subtle subversion can be seen in likes of Dr. Brown through his prolific article writing spread through conservative websites. Additionally, his radio show The Line of Fire is aired in cities across the nation and his persona is one as a conservative Christian even though his actual beliefs are extreme and in line with the fringe, ultra-charismatic NAR doctrines.

    He broaches these subjects subtly on his show, often acting as though he isn't really an adherent, as if it's merely a point of discussion when, in fact, he is feeding anyone who listens NAR Kool-aid in small amounts until the notions infect their own belief systems and they are drawn into the delusional movement themselves.

    The biggest offenders leading this movement all have ministry schools to train underlings and expand their pyramid scheme as those students rise up in their own positions and draw their own followers. Since tithing (giving one tenth of one's income to the church) is one of the fundamental doctrines, this means money gets funneled upward along the lines of authority the pyramid structures maintain. This is a clear money-making scheme not unlike Amway.

    The following names are the most well-known leaders and apologists for the movement:

    Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding church in California
    Cindy Jacobs
    Lou Engle
    Kris Valloton
    John Bevere
    James Goll
    Mike Bickle of IHOP International House of Prayer Kansas City
    Dr. Brown of Line of Fire Radio, Askdrbrown.com, Brownsville Revival, and Fire School of Ministry. Dr. Michael Brown Dr. Michael L. Brown Michael Brown
    Naomi Dowdy (a regular on Brown's Line of Fire and speaker at his school of ministry)
    Sid Roth (TBN show It's Supernatural)
    Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries
    C. Peter Wagner (deceased, but was one of the leading teachers and proponents of the movement)
    Jen Johnson (Bill Johnson's daughter)
    Carl Lentz
    Steven Strang
    Lance Wallnau
    Graham Cooke
    Francis Frangipane
    John Paul Jackson (deceased)
    Wendy and Rory Alec (founders of NAR television media outlet God TV)
    Amanda Wells
    Lana Vawser
    Kong Hee and Sun Ho
    Brian Simmons
    Shawn Bolzer
    Che Ahn
    Jon Arnott
    Randy Clark
    Banning Liebscher of Jesus Culture music ministry
    Benny Hinn
    Steve Hill (deceased)
    John Kilpatrick
    Stacy Campbell
    Carl Lentz
    Steven Furtick (just held an "apostle/prophet" conference at his church)
    Brian Houston of Hillsong United music ministry
    Heidi Baker
    Bill Hamon
    Bob Jones (deceased)
    Paul Cain (deceased)
    Dutch Sheets
    Todd Bentley
    Patricia King
    Kim Clement (deceased)
    Brian Houston (Hillsong)
    Rod Parsley
    Steve Schultz (Elijah List website)
    John Wimber (deceased)
    Jennifer Leclair (Charisma Magazine Online)
    Rodney Howard Brown
    John Eckhardt
    Jack Hayford
    Yonggi Cho
    Reinhard Bonnke
    Chuck Pierce

    Most of these modern ministries have their roots in the false revivals of the 1990's such as the Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revival, two bombastic, chaotic, riotous events known for outrageous and weird manifestations such as the following:

    uncontrollable fits of laughter
    being knocked out cold
    people being pinned to the floor by an unseen force
    being drunk in the spirit
    thrashing uncontrollably
    rolling around on the floor
    writhing around on the floor
    shouting and screaming uncontrollably
    shaking uncontrollably
    making animal noises such as barking like a dog, roaring like a lion, rooster noises

    In general, these so-called revivals were marked by uncontrolled mayhem, all attributed to the Holy Spirit moving upon the people in attendance despite the fact that the Book of Galatians plainly states one aspect of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control.

    Since there is no Biblical standard for how to judge whether a physical manifestation is from the Holy Spirit or a demon, accepting such behaviors blindly as a move of God is completely out of bounds of sound doctrine.

    Additionally, the weird manifestations which these movements are known for are actually widely seen in demonic religions such as Hinduism and new age and occult movements. And though the revivals of the 1990's are long gone, more subtle forms of these un-Biblical manifestations such as goosebumps, feelings of drunkeness, being knocked out and slain in the spirit, are still active in the movement and unsuspecting congregants are led into these demonic "worship experiences" during the music at the outset of church services.

    A final hallmark of the movement is its desire to "lay hands" on everyone and anyone. Bethel Redding has spread the practice of "fire tunnels" where people line up across from each other and others walk through between them and allow dozens of people randomly place their hands all over them in an attempt to "impart" something spiritual from one person to another.

    These impartations are a lot like how Hindu gurus lay hands on their followers to stimulate them into wild, fleshly manifestations which are clearly demonic in nature.

    There are countless testimonies of people who have come out from the New Apostolic Reformation on the internet. You will find some of them below:

    http://starscrowned.blogspot.com/2011/03/ihop-international-house-of-prayer-is.html?m=1

    http://beyondgrace.blogspot.com/2011/02/mother-of-all-ihop-casualties.html

    https://ihopcult.wordpress.com/

    https://ihopisnewage.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/an-ihop-horror-story-another-one/

    http://designofprovidence.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-interview-with-former-ihop-kc-member.html

    https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/an-escape-from-bethel-and-the-false-prophetic/

    https://kimolsen.net/2013/07/11/a-testimony-how-god-rescued-me-from-bill-johnsons-cult/

    http://bereanresearch.org/dominionism-nar/

    http://www.becarefulhowyouhear.com/ministries-exposed.html





     
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  2. pixelpusher

    pixelpusher Well-Known Member

    Back when the Brownsville Revival was going on, we were attending a charismatic church that actually got up a delegation of men from the church to attend. I refused to go, thankfully, in hindsight. Something just was not right. As I was researching it, the most apt description was "pandemonium", which of course means wild, loud, unruly, but more precisely, "place of all demons". It was not too long after that group returned, "changed", that our church broke up. Dave Hunt and TA McMahon's The Berean Call was instrumental in helping lead me out of that WOF toxic faith. Thanks for posting these lists, agtg.
     
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  3. SevenofNine1

    SevenofNine1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah I notice a lot of women and men preacher are becoming prophet or apostive I asking them who appointed these people who are appotenie creditanl in Cathoic church they have paperwork in LA Archidisoce and Vatican
     
  4. Everlasting Life

    Everlasting Life Through Faith in Jesus


    This sounds a lot like what they do in scientology.
     
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  5. SevenofNine1

    SevenofNine1 Well-Known Member

    More like kissing the ring with Vatican aka Godfather with the Pope making Vatican offer they can't refuse LOL!
     
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  6. Everlasting Life

    Everlasting Life Through Faith in Jesus

    Was thinking about this thread and had some similar thoughts. I was thinking about a phrase I've heard before: the church that prays together stays together. It sure does seem that this charasmatic "prayer" is being used to create common ground to pull churches back under the RCC umbrella. It's the velvet glove approach instead of the torture approach.
     
  7. jonshaff

    jonshaff Fellow Servant

    Good work guys, excellent thread!
     
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  8. SevenofNine1

    SevenofNine1 Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah there was movement among LA Ardisocoes before King of pedopllic prieests Roger Maghoney got his man busted for sexual abuse in minor just fizzle around the time in late 1990s in SO CAL I remember that
     
  9. Mike Evans

    Mike Evans Well-Known Member

    Are there any figures indicating how this movement is growing? C. Peter Wagoner was fond of boasting of its rapid growth (and takeover of churches). Some refer to it as the 'Christian Taliban'. I believe the false revival of Azusa St and then the Charismatic invasion of discernment-void mainline churches was designed to lead to the present situation today, ie. with this perverse version of the gospel now virtually the face of evangelical Christianity. Any reports on how Furtick's NAR sideshow went? Angus Buchan got a big crowd in SA but not sure if it was the hoped-for million. He is thick with Rick Joyner. S. Africa was greatly corrupted by early false prophet John G. Lake,who was very into the 'little gods' heresy and an alumni of Azusa st. A big influence on people like Hagin,Copeland, Bickle and Johnson.
     
  10. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

    Dr Michael Brown I'm told denies this

    post exists

    Great post btw
     
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  11. lusisfall

    lusisfall New Member

    The only bits I would add to this excellent post would be to mention Lance Wallnau to the list of leaders core to the movement. He created the concept behind the 7 Mountains Mandate (spheres of influence, etc).

    It might also be helpful to reference Kundalini when bringing up the comparison to Hinduism and how many of these manifestations that occur are direct mirrors to what happens when the supposed coiled serpent at the base of the spine is awakened when gaining that spiritual experience or transference from those Eastern gurus / meetings through the laying on of hands, etc. Being directly influenced by the demonic realm would help explain why Bethel takes on an anything goes attitude and admits that their BSSM is a testing grounds of sorts, allowing the "spirit" to move unhindered.

    Many have written more regarding the kundalini connection, in particular Caryl Matriciana (wide is the gate DVD series & more), and also former Bethel adherant Andrew Strom, who has come out from under the movement to expose its deception, though still remaining a charismatic to some extent.
     
  12. Hol

    Hol Worships Him Staff Member

    That is a very good series by the late Caryl Matriciana.

    Welcome to Rapture Forums lusisfall!
     
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  13. Everlasting Life

    Everlasting Life Through Faith in Jesus

    Great video!!! So important for the church to watch out for this.

    Key question asked: Why are these "manifestations" seen in the 'christian' community so similar to the Eastern religions and Kundalini cults and yet not found in scripture? The "impartations" are exactly similar.

    Mr. Strom feels this is a false holy spirit (on a side note, I think the Jesus Calling books are in the same vein as this stuff, it constantly talks of supposedly Jesus presence and love like warm sunshine, etc. basking in love etc. )

    As far as not being found in scripture I know he means in terms of promoting this activity. These behaviors are actually descriptive of possessed individuals.

    So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth. Mark 9:20
     
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  14. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    That's a lot are these figures true 360,000 million.
     
  15. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

    even the memes are warning folks of the NAR

    (such as a meme of Warren from Hollyoaks)

    [​IMG]


    (and the meme of 2 folks from Unter Uns, a german soap)

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  16. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

  17. SevenofNine1

    SevenofNine1 Well-Known Member

    WOW they got heavy hitter just imagine all star team for Football and Basketball
     
  18. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

    The New Apostolic Reformation And Why It Is A Threat.
    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” -Matthew 7:15-20[​IMG]

    The New Apostolic Reformation is the fastest growing sect of so called Christianity in the professing Church today.

    Todd Friel, host of Wretched Radio, puts their number at upwards of 369 million people currently involved with the movement.

    The NAR is a theological evolution largely formed and influenced by the Charismatic and Pentecostal church movements.

    That being said, not all Charismatics or Pentecostals hold to this doctrine.

    The NAR is fairly new to the scene, having first appeared in the late 1990’s.

    The term New Apostolic Reformation was coined by self proclaimed prophet C. Peter Wagner,

    who now has a school in Pasadena, California: the Wagner Leadership Institute, which helps to raise up and train leaders to join and guide the NAR.

    Because this is not an official organization, they do not necessarily intend to take people out of their own churches.

    Rather, their methodology is designed to teach individuals their doctrine and theology and in return those individuals help to teach and disciple others with what they have learned, taking it into their own homes, churches, and social circles.

    So the NAR is not a stand alone denomination,

    it has no authority structure set in place

    which results in the fact

    that they have no model for church discipline or biblical discernment of any kind when it comes to the practices of people within this movement.

    There is also absolutely no room in this movement for biblical accountability or criticism, because extra biblical revelation sets the precedence for what is being taught.

    One of the major foundations for this movement is based on a non-traditional interpretation of Ephesians 4:11

    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.


    They take this and use it to promote a view point known as the Five Fold Doctrine or Five Fold Ministry.

    They believe that the office of apostle and prophet are still open today,

    and specifically that the office of apostleship was re-opened in 2001. Another one of their major themes is what is know as Dominion Theology.

    This teaches that there are seven cultural mountains to be conquered:

    business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion, to help bring back the reign and second coming of Christ.

    This is something that is wildly popular among their youth, as it gives them a sense of importance and purpose as they begin an attempt to conquer these seven mountains with the intention of rising to positions of prominence and power within them.

    It also involves spiritual warfare in the sense that believers have power over demons and are able to wage war, bind demons, and cast them out of certain areas or cities that the NAR is attempting to conquer.

    To help better understand some of their beliefs, C. Peter Wagner has listed some of the main differences

    between the doctrines that the conservative Christian Church would hold to and what NAR Doctrine revolves around:


    Apostolic governance – The Apostle Paul’s assertion that Jesus appoints apostles within his church continues to this day.

    The office of the prophet – There is within the Church a role and function for present-day prophets.

    Dominionism – “When Jesus came, He brought the kingdom of God and He expects His kingdom-minded people to take whatever action is needed to push back the long-standing kingdom of Satan and bring the peace and prosperity of His kingdom here on earth.

    Theocracy – Not to be confused with theocratic government but rather the goal to have “kingdom-minded people” in all areas of society.

    There are seven areas identified specifically: religion, family, education, government, media, arts & entertainment, and business.

    Extra-biblical revelation – There is available to all believers the ability to hear from God. “

    The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it, however.”

    Supernatural signs and wonders – Signs and wonders such as healing, demonic deliverance, and confirmed prophecies accompany the move of God.

    Relational structures – Church governance has no formal structure but rather is by relational and voluntary alignment to apostles.

    “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” -Colossians 2:8

    Some of the big names associated with this movement are Bill Johnson the lead pastor of Bethel Church

    and co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding Ca.

    Jesus Culture, a highly popular band in the Contemporary Christian Music genre also out of Bethel Church.

    C. Peter Wagner former professor with Fuller Theological Seminary and chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute.

    General Mike Bickle (he was apparently given the title of general by God during a visit to heaven) founder and leader of the International House Of Prayer.

    Lance Wallnau among many things he is known for being the most active preacher on Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope.

    Chuck Pierce self proclaimed prophet and president of Glory of Zion Ministries.

    Che Ahn lead pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California.


    As well as Dutch Sheets, Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, and Georgian and Winnie Banov to name a few.

    This is not by any means an inclusive list, but helps to lend understanding as to some of the bigger names out there that are pushing this movement.

    This movement is largely spread and funded by concerts, youth conferences, and events that draw massive crowds. These events are wildly popular among the youth in this nation.

    They have obtained a vast influence and popularity in our culture and you may even sing some of their songs in your church. I believe that as faithful slaves to our God and Father and the Lord Jesus Christ we must put distance between ourselves and those who peddle compromised and even sometimes blasphemous doctrines.

    John MacArthur has said this regarding the confrontation of false doctrines:

    “First, if you are to be a faithful prophet in a nation in decline and crisis, you must expose false religion where it exists.

    This is not a time for tolerance, this is not a time for embracing everybody and saying it doesn’t really matter what you believe as long as you follow your heart. L

    isten, this world is full of damning false religion.


    I have been accused throughout the years of being intolerant and I accept that as a compliment.

    Of course I’m intolerant. I am as intolerant as God is, as Christ is, as the Bible is of anything that damns peoples souls while promising them heaven.

    It is a direct message. We’re not just talking about making people feel good, we confront lies.”


    In light of these truths, stop endorsing these people as legitimate leaders of the faith,

    stop using their music, and stop acting out of a lack of concern or cowardice,

    unwilling to confront these people and their lies from your pulpit and warn the flock with which you have been entrusted.

    We need to be willing to evaluate everything that we encounter.

    Likewise, let us be committed to the personal study of scripture so that we may be able to discern properly when we are confronted with anyone or anything that claims to be teaching biblical doctrine.

    May we be committed no matter what the cost to our God and Savior.

    “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” -2 John 10-11

    -Brian


    https://handlingthewordoftruth.org/2017/07/12/the-new-apostolic-reformation-and-why-it-is-a-threat/
     
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  19. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

    History of the NAR cult infiltrating the marketplace.


    By churchwatcher / July 26, 2017 / New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)


    Since the beginnings of the New Order of the Latter Rain cult, Branham’s influence has left its mark on many in this New Order – that is, Apostles and leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation.


    Not just in the church but in ‘marketplace ministries’.


    Os Hillman gives us a fascinating history of the development on how this cult tried to influence the culture back in the 1950s.

    In saying this, there are some things worth noting in this video that confirm the NOLR influence from 1951 onwards:

    1. His mention of FGBMFI in 1951 (read excerpt at the end of this article to see how it is deeply connected to the Latter Rain cult).
    2. He pits the Christian gospel against the NAR gospel: “So all throughout this period we see from 1930 to 1977 a focus on evangelism to the marketplace. These men [inaudible] came to know Christ. And when they would go back in their churches and their was really no place for them. And so they felt like they were second class citizens. And that’s why so many of the uh, marketplace ministry groups begin. Because they didn’t feel like they were being validated for what, you know, in how to bring Christ into their world. And so it was during this time that we would oftern hear people say, ‘I’ll never do business with a Christian’. And I’m sure you’ve heard that before. But the reason is that it was all the ‘Gospel of Salvation’ instead of the ‘Gospel of the Kingdom’.” [2:16]
    3. Hillman mentions how the 1990s focused on ‘Social Transformation’ and how Henry Blackaby, Billy Graham (BOLR/NAR adherent) and NAR Apostles such as C. Peter Wagner and Ed Silvoso helped shape the NAR’s influence in the marketplace.
    4. Hillman’s language on the 7 mountain mandate helps people identify what the NAR also call it: “We have been hearing the terms ‘reclaim the seven mountains of culture’. And this is an initiative that I believe, is a season of the Lord that we’re in right now because we’ve discovered that these seven spheres of culture – arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion – these are the seven spheres that most define culture. This awareness came as far back as 1974 when Bill Bright and Lorren Cunningham both got a word from the Lord that said these are the seven mind-moulders, or gates, or mountains that define culture.” [5:34]



    Source: Os Hillman, History of the Faith at Work Movement, Vimeo, https://vimeo.com/10532484, 29/03/2010. (Accessed 15/07/2017.)




    WHAT IS FGBMFI?

    FGBMFI stands for Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. It has influences and roots in the theology and associations of William Branham and the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) cult.


    In other words, what Hillman is giving us is the history and development how the NAR cult has been infiltrating societies on a global scale.

    John Weaver in his book ‘The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement’, examines the link between FGBMFI and the NOLR cult. (Note – Weaver sometimes writes FGMBFI.)

    “According to James Collins, Branham “worked closely” with the FGBMFI leader Demos Shakarian during the height of his early revivals (Collins 27).



    Indeed, Branham was the keynote speaker at a number of FGBMFI meetings during the initial years of that ministry, and was instrumental in the creation of several chapters of the organization (Tallman 199-200).


    In turn the FGBMFI also at times supported Branham… The FGBMFI, which played a crucial role in kick-starting the Charismatic Renewal, in many ways shared Branham’s skepticism about the benefits of denominationalism, though to a moderate degree…



    The FGBMFI was aimed at church laity, allowing laity to translate the message of the Healing Revival to the more refined environment of a “hotel ballroom or a restaurant.” Yet, in significant ways, the message was the same. People spoke of their healings or the deliverances that they had undergone. The FGBMFI also played a large role in the promotion of the “faith teachers” (Zeigler 653; see also Harrel Jr. 148). It is plausible that some of the doctrinal innovations pursued by the WOF movement might have had their origins in interaction with Branham’s teachings, whose influence over both the WOF and modern deliverance movements was considerable.

    It is impossible to assess the degree to which Demos Shakarian, the founder of FGBMFI, borrowed from Branham and the Latter Rain movement. The leading chronicler of the FGBMFI, Matthew Tallman, points out that there are tantalizing connections between the development of the FGMBFI [sic] and the Latter Rain movement.


    A number of significant players in the formation of the Latter Rain movement, including T.L. Osborne, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen, and David Duplessis also were instrumental in the formation and growth of the FGMBFI [sic] as well (Tallman 188-189).


    Demos Chakarian also invited Carlton Spencer, the then-president of Elim Bible Institute to a “convention in Washington in 1953,” which as Riss points out,


    highlights the “Latter Rain influence upon the early development of the Charismatic Renewal (Riss 140). Tallman points out that the perception of the Latter Rain movement that “older Pentecostal denominations had become formalized and spiritually hardened resonated with the ecclesiological and pneumatological hermeneutic of Shakarian (Tallman 190).

    What is clear is that Shakarian’s particular ecclesiological commitments were able to mesh with Latter Rain and Branhamite doctrine in surprising ways.”

    Source: John Weaver, The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers: NC, Published 2016.



    https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/07/26/history-of-the-nar-cult-infiltrating-the-marketplace/
     
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    billiefan2000 Well-Known Member

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