The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) started many years ago, but only in 1996 did they have their first public organizational conference. Until that time they were working “in secret” as individuals and independent organizations. Actually. their doctrine and goals are shared and promoted uniformly. Here are some of their false doctrines and some scriptures to prove why they are NOT true Christianity!
First, let’s get to the core. False NAR is of the world at its core. What are the things of this world that entice and deceive? 1 John 2:16. They are the lust of the flesh – physical comforts and desires; the lust of the eyes – material wealth, goods, and pleasures that can be seen and attained, and the pride of life – high esteem for self with desire for honor and recognition from others. The world and false religion promote man’s ability to be god of self and to succeed by mans’ efforts. It is all about what “I want” and what “I can do”. This feeds pride and selfishness. NAR also appeals to human flesh and senses by offering spiritual emotions, worldly prosperity, deliverance from trouble, quick healing, healing of the inner man, and to equip people to conquer in all worldly things. Does that sound to you like the Word of God or the tempations of Satan? NAR will dangle what people want by saying what they want to hear to get them in their door. (2 Timothy 4: 3-4)
What are the main false doctrines of NAR?
- Apostolic and Prophetic Goverance
They position apostles and prophets “as appointed by God” to head the dictatorial governance of the church…. with pastors, elders, and denominational executives to manage all other believers. This is a heirarchy of dominating religious leadership…with submission of the “sheep”…often with a message of “do not touch God’s anointed”. They explain that only mature, extraordinary, priviledged people are able and equipped with “miraculous powers”.
Ephesians 4: 11-13 and 1 Corinthians 12:28 do tell us about ministries and giftings of God. But, they are positions of service and not of dominating religious governance. God can use anyone in the body of Christ for these ministires and callings. An apostle is a “messenger” of God. A prophet is someone who speaks God’s true Word. A pastor or teacher is someone who helps mentor or disciple a new believer by teaching God’s Word and being an example of its application. All are to build up God’s people (1 Peter 2: 5-9), not rule over them. Jesus is the Head, Leader, High Preist, Prophet, and King over His church, His people. (Hebrews 3)! Yet, Jesus is also the Good Shepherd who takes care of and serves His sheep . Jesus says that the greatest in God’s kingdom is the one who serves most (Luke 2:26). God is not a respecter of persons (2 Chronicles 19:7, Acts 10:24, Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, 1 Peter 1:17). In Revelation 2:15, Jesus says he hates the Nicolaitans who rule and control over people religiously through power and recognition. Remember how Jesus spoke to the hierarchy of religious leaders when He walked the earth.
Whie the NAR claims Ephesians 2:20 requires an established foundation of apostles and prophets, it is misinterpreting this verse. This verse is about the prophets of the Old Testament and the 12 apostles as foundational in origin, with Christ being the Cornerstone. They were the original spokesmen and messengers of the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies concerning Him and the 12 apostels were first to spread the good news (gospel) of Jesus! We are all living stones as the temple of God, built on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, the NAR teaches that the prophet is set in the church to “foretell” the future as speaking for God. Ecclesiastes 8:7, “Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?” The Bible says that God has already spoken all His prophecies in His Word…. and they all point to Jesus! God’s Word is complete. In Revelation 22: 18-19, the end of God’s Book, He specifically warns about anyone adding or taking away from His Word and His gospel, His prophecy! Their subject matter is wrong because the prophecy of God is about Jesus. Typically, they make declarations concerning personal prophesies, coming worldly events, or vague uplifting thoughts. They do not have God’s same prophetic focus of the good news of Jesus Christ!
Also consider that Old Testament prophets were expected to be 100% accurate or it meant the death penalty (Deuteronomy 18: 21-22). NAR prophets do not stand up to those scriptural standards. They claim it is human to miss the mark sometimes. The Old Testament prophets were very detailed, while the NAR prophets speak in generalizations and vague language. They are actually operating in “fortune telling” or “psychic reading” or “soothsaying” – which God hates. (Deuteronomy 18: 10-14, Isaiah 2:6, Jeremiah 27:9, and many others.)