I’m writing this post out of frustration and confusion. I keep running into infrequent posts where the lines of the contents within these posts intersect with a false Gospel and false practises which I simply cannot condone or accept as originating from God’s Holy Spirit. I’ve written many articles on the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. I’ve literally spend hundreds of hours researching and reading books from a number of authors within the NAR movement, in particular Bill Johnson (Bethel Church in Redding, California) and Graham Cooke. And it isn’t just the non-orthodox Christian doctrines and practises that these so called Apostles advocate within their books, there are also a good number of videos available on YouTube which showcase some of their practises and highlight these false doctrines, so it cannot be said that there is a misunderstanding via a written word.
I haven’t posted any articles on this particular subject of the NAR movement for a while now but I can assure you that I have been keeping abreast of it’s ever increasing influence and expansion and infrequently updating my list of informative links on the NAR within my “Christian Resources” link page (under “N” for New Apostolic Reformation). I have however, posted a number of articles on The Passion Bible Translation, a so-called translation which is authored by one of the NAR Apostles (Brian Simmons) and endorsed by Bill Johnson. If the background of TPT composition itself and the so called legitimacy of The Passion Bible Translation doesn’t raise red flags for Christians, I’d have a hard time imagining what indeed would.
I think the part that baffles my mind is that I can read posts where Christians can quote scripture like there’s no tomorrow and be bang on with regard to spiritual realities as per our total dependency and reliance in Jesus AND AT THE SAME TIME quote and promote the writings of other individuals who are clearly associated with the NAR movement and in particular, Bill Johnson and his church at Bethel. And when I say associated with I don’t mean on a casual basis, I’m talking about where they are literally preaching or teaching at Bethel church or Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry.
And is there anything to be concerned about from a Biblical perspective regarding Bethel’s Supernatural School of Ministry? Aside from the numerous YouTube exposes of unbiblical manifestations attributed to God’s Holy Spirit, the following three links are provided for your consideration:
Please note that the last of the three links that are provided above includes a 39 page document that was presented to the leaders of Bethel by Lindsay Davis, who was single at that particular time but is now married, who attended BSSM, prior to being expelled, for speaking out about the school.
And if you think that Bethel is just one church and it’s influence is relatively small, you would be mistaken. We’re talking about a multi-million dollar organization that takes in approximately 60 million dollars + per year. No, that’s not a typo, that’s sixty million + dollars per year.
Check out the following link and please take the time to read all of the comments at the bottom of the article:
I can understand someone who is NOT conversant with the scriptures, being taken in by this movement, who hasn’t taken the time to do the necessary research and investigate the claims and background of the New Apostolic Reformation, but what truly bothers me is when I encounter a Christian who DOES know the scriptures and is still taken in with this deception.
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
And just so that you are aware of how the dot’s of this movement move right up to the White House, here’s another noteworthy link that should cause Christians concern:
Two scripture verses immediately come to my mind. (I know, there’s more.)
And this is precisely what happens when we shift our focus off of God’s Word and the focus of God’s Word, which is always Jesus, onto experience.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!