(And Why Should We Be Concerned About It?)
Posted by Christine Pack
A movement inside of Christian evangelicalism called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has gathered lethal momentum very unexpectedly. This movement had up until recently only been taught and believed inside the hyper-charismatic movement (think IHOP, Kansas City Prophets, Mike Bickle, etc.). But now, having somehow “jumped” from its normal carrier, rather than being “contained” as a strange belief system that would only impact a limited number of people, it suddenly began to go viral when in the United States big names on the political right began to align themselves with the big names from the charismatic Christian side.
Why exactly has the NAR, which makes alarming use of militant “warfare” language and talks of “taking dominion” over the world “one mountain at a time,” [PLEASE visit this page to see worrying evidence] gotten so big, so fast, and with so many big political names attached?
In my view, it’s because there are many on the political right, who, despite their moralistic stance, have a tendency to be more invested in political strategy, power and numbers than in sound doctrine and biblical truth. Thus, to the political right without discernment, Numbers = Power. And I suspect this is what happened: they looked out over the landscape of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement (which is an extremely large segment of professing Christians), decided this was representative of “Christianity,” did the math, and then jumped on board.
|The 7 Mountain Mandate|
But let me back up here and give a little background information about the NAR. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), as I noted, is a movement that has its roots in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements (Latter Day Rain, Kansas City Prophets, International House of Prayer-IHOP, Joel’s Army). This movement is loaded with self-appointed “apostles” and “prophets” (who take Ephesians 4:11-13 out of context to to defend the idea that the office of apostle and prophet are still valid today). The leaders of this movement believe and teach that Christians have a mandate to reclaim “for Christ” Seven Mountains of influence, which they have designated as:
This movement and its 7 Mountains Mandate has been very enticing to Christians who hold to a Dominionist view (the idea that the church’s role is to “take back” dominion of the earth from Satan), and has also been extremely seductive to the Conservative Right, because hey, the idea of knuckling down and working hard is what America is all about, right?
So there you have it: combine the errant “doctrine” of Kingdom Now/Dominionism from the Pentecostal/Charismatic camp with the moralism of the Conservative Right, and you’ve got one dangerous pandemic, because both groups, in their own ways, are tremendously influential and powerful.
Who are the players in the NAR movement? It’s a long list that is growing longer by the day, but below are some of the names currently associated with the NAR.
And please note that the presence of a name on this list does NOT mean that the person in question showed up only one time on a random list somewhere or attended one NAR conference, and then disassociated themselves. Each person on this list has had repeated associations and/or dealings with the NAR, and without any record of concern over the heretical theology of the IHOP/New Apostles aspect of the NAR. Now having said that, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all who are on the list are high level movers and shakers in the NAR……I do think that some could be somewhat innocent as to the core theology they’ve become yoked with. So my article is not an attempt to smear or slander anyone, but to highlight some repeated associations that are causing concern:
- C. Peter Wagner
- Bill Bright
- Mike Bickle
- Rick Joyner
- Chuck Pierce
- Pat Robertson
- “Joel’s Army”
- “Latter Rain”
- “Manifest Sons of God”
- Cindy Jacobs
- Mike Jacobs
- Lou Engle
- Ché Ahn
- Todd Bentley
- Dutch Sheets
- Jim Garlow
- Os Hillman
- Paul Cain
- Chuck Colson
- Lance Wallnau
- Loren Cunningham
- Bill Johnson
- George Otis, Jr.
- Ed Silvoso
- Jack Hayford
- Tommy Tenney
- Charles Kraft
- John Eckhardt
- Bill Hamon
- Gabe Lyons
- The Tea Party Movement
- Texas Governor Rick Perry
- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
- Senator Jim DeMint
- Senator Sam Brownback
- Michele Bachmann
- Mike Huckabee
- Glenn Beck
- Jim Garlow
- David Barton
- Newt Gingrich
- Gary Bauer
- Frank Gaffney
- Chuck Norris
- Janet Porter
Friends, the NAR is a dangerous and rapidly growing movement that is, sadly, capturing the hearts and minds of many conservative Christians who have been enticed with the idea of “saving” the world though Christian activism.
In truth, Christians are not ever, anywhere in Scripture, promised easy lives, or even the “right” to live in freedom. But please note that the siren lure of political activism is nothing new. Do we not remember that even Jesus’s disciples repeatedly jockeyed for position in the earthly kingdom they wished for and desired for Jesus to institute?
“They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.” (Mark 9:33-34)
And even after Jesus’s resurrection, they were still questioning Jesus about the earthly kingdom they hoped for:
“So when they met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?'” (Acts 1:6)
The NAR teaches that, through the advancement of medicine, science, technology and the gospel, this world is getting better and better. That through strategically “capturing” each of the designated “mountains,” we will set up Jesus’ earthly kingdom, and that once we have accomplished this, Jesus will return as the glittering jewel in the crown of his earthly kingdom.
But is this true? Is this what the Bible teaches? Let us let Scripture lead us on the matter of Jesus’ kingdom:
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.'” (John 18:36, my emphasis)
The life of a born again Christian is not complicated. Become reconciled to a high and holy God through the shed blood of Jesus, share the gospel, be persecuted, and die.
But the seductive lure of an earthly life in which we (the Christians) control the earth and all that is in it, is a dream that dies hard. And now the NAR, with its utopian vision of heaven on earth, has once again showed us that very few people are willing to do as Jesus taught us, and that is to “Count the cost“ (Luke 14:25-35) and“Take up your cross and follow me“(Matthew 16:24). Flee from this movement, my fellow Christians.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Prov 14:12)
- The Roots of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
- The False Gospel Message of the NAR
- Why the NAR is Dangerous, and How It Gathered Lethal Momentum
- The Coalescing of the Christian Right with Apostolic Dominionism
- The 7 Apostolic Spheres
- The Theology of the 7 Mountain Mandate
- The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Makes Strange Bedfellows
- The Tea Party’s Strange Bedfellows and What They Believe
- Articles Documenting the Theological Problems with the NAR
- Say No to Rick Perry’s “The Response” Prayer Event
- Do Not Be Deceived
- Potentially Millions of Evangelicals Compromising the Gospel by Joining With Glenn Beck
- I’m Sorry, Glenn….It’s Over. It’s Not Me, It’s You.
- Christians Putting the Flag Before the Cross? – Part 1
- Christians Putting the Flag Before the Cross? – Part 2
- “Why I Believe Christians Should Not Participate in Governor Perry’s “The Response” and Why It is NOT “Just A Prayer Event” (by Brannon Howse)
- Pastor Justin Peters Explains Why the Word of Faith Movement is Dangerous and Unbiblical – Part 1
- Pastor Justin Peters Explains Why the Word of Faith Movement is Dangerous and Unbiblical – Part 2
- Todd Bentley – “Kick Her In The Face”