In Defence of the Faith

This is a difficult topic to write on because it will undoubtedly ruffle the feathers of some fellow Christians. I’ve written or posted over 60 articles on the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. This is the movement that continues to sweep through the Christian Church like a bulldozer. Evidently, according to the NAR Apostles and Prophets, God is doing new things within Christianity and one can subsequently find the latest decrees or prophetic announcements foretelling what is about to unfold, on numerous websites and multi media apps on the Internet. Visitations to heaven by some of these Apostles and Prophets are not uncommon, (nor are personal visitations here on earth) with face to face dialogue between these Apostles or Prophets, and angels or God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, which are then remembered verbatim, by the Apostles or Prophets and brought back and/or disseminated to the expectant and waiting sheep.

In addition, the sheep can now also learn how to heal and impart deliverance, just like Jesus did, at numerous “Signs and Wonders” schools, (in person on site or online) all for the tidy sum of a few hundred dollars. Monthly payment plans are usually available. One would think that when someone starts selling the alleged impartation of the Holy Spirit’s gifts, a red flag should instantly be raised. But is it?

Coupled with these “new revelations” and newly acquired skill sets, is a steady decline in Christians exercising biblical discernment. That would be where, we as Christians, search through the whole counsel of God’s Holy Word and verify as to whether, what they are subscribing to or being taught is “contrary to” the doctrines and Gospel that has already been given to us, in God’s Holy Word, for all time. Titus 1:9

“Experimental experiences” outside of the box, so to speak, usually provides more timely confirmation, whereas dedicated study of the whole counsel of God’s Holy Word, takes much more dedicated time. And as always, there is or at least should be, an earnest concern as to the source of our alleged confirmation, again which is covered in God’s Holy Word via Galatians 1:8 NASB “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” Biblical discernment for a Christian is NOT optional, because in order to know what is “contrary to”, one must know what is in “agreement with”. And isolated Scripture verses, often taken out of context, do NOT qualify as in “agreement with”. The WHOLE counsel of God’s Holy Word is the qualifier.

When one studies the whole counsel of God’s Holy Word, God’s Word covers not only what is right, but also warns about what is wrong. That would be where those words “contrary to” come into play.

Jesus warned us about the false doctrines of the Pharisees (the leaven) and false prophets. (Matthew 7:15)

Consider the words of Peter in 2 Peter 2:1-3 NASB “But false prophets also appeared among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their indecent behavior, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”

False prophets, destructive heresies, the way of the truth will be maligned. Is this happening today? Yes it is. Are you part of it? HOW DO YOU KNOW, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT OUR CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES AND BELIEFS? Do the doctrines of the NAR movement align with God’s Holy Word? Do you know what the Christian doctrines are? Do you know what the NAR doctrines are? Check my “Christian Resources” page (see Christianity’s Core Beliefs or Doctrines and New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Beliefs and Teachings) – for both, should you require a refresher.

Consider 2 Timothy 4:2 NASB: “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction.” How does one correct if one does not know? How does one rebuke if one does not know? How does one instruct if one does not know?

Read all of 2 Corinthians 11 but in particular, verses 13-15 which read as follows: “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” Emphasis is mine. Might that call into question the source of some of those angelic visitations that are so frequent with the NAR Apostles and Prophets? Are we not also instructed to “judge all things” (1 Corinthians 2:15) or “test the spirits“? And the benchmark for making judgements and testing the spirits is . . . . “examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11). And those same Scriptures are . . . . “and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17 NASB).

Defending our faith, which we are all called to do, is accomplished by studying the reasons why we believe what we believe. This means that we know the doctrines of our faith and what constitutes the Gospel of our faith, but it gets a tad difficult to defend them, or recognize deviations from them, when we don’t know what they are. This is the same problem that the Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthian church about. And that would be an example of the warning that the whole counsel of God’s Word provides us with.

Food for thought.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

23 comments

  1. I dont personally know anyone in that movement Bruce. Our culture of shallow water Christians is ripe for being deceived though.
    A spiritual leaders job is to get people into the Word deeper and deeper , follow Jesus closely and understand slivers happen in bearing the cross.

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  2. Now the Southern Baptist Convention has bought into the Seven Mountain Mandate. (I may have read about this on your blog.) Anyway, I thought I was safe in a Southern Baptist Church, having escaped from the false teaching of the Word of Faith. This is so upsetting to me! Thank you for speaking out and also for providing many excellent resources. Maybe you could write about how to address false teaching in your local church. I could leave, but where would I go? Blessings, Bruce!

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  3. I didn’t realized you have written that many articles and posts on NAR (60!!!). TY for your labor of love on a crazy movement

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  4. This is an important topic, as you know, Bruce. There are many, many being led astray and many others who are unwittingly imbibing the music and subtle teachings of this false movement. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for young believers to be a part of a sound, biblical church fellowship, in addition to studying these things for themselves.

    It’s probably important to stress to the uninitiated that these “NAR” churches never use the term “NAR” nor do any of those who serve as the de facto leaders of the movement. They all claim to be bible believing, bible teaching, Spirit filled believers who are walking with Christ, and they say and teach enough “correct” things that most are fooled. In addition to the churches directly aligned to this movement there are many other churches that are more subtly influenced by virtue of a pastor or pastors who are fans of the NAR leaders and who drink from that well privately and emulate what they see because they want their own churches to be “successful” also.

    It is ours to contend for the faith once delivered (as exhorted by Jude), but we can also praise the Lord that He is a Good Shepherd who is faithful to all of His own and will lose none that the Father has given him. I personally know some who have had their eyes opened to this danger and have left the church they had been attending due to its NAR leanings. Praise God.

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    • Hi Craig. I just responded to you on your blog after reading your testimony of God’s faithfulness post. Everything you have stated here is true. I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor. Thank you for taking the time to comment and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Blessings brother. – Bruce

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