New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)

From this book, it gives the most balanced view of the NAR in regards to apolostic movement and survey on apolostic functions in US and UK.

http://www.lutterworth.com/product_info.php/products_id/2262

Download the three pdf files here

http://www.lutterworth.com/pub/apostles%20today%20foreword.pdf

http://www.lutterworth.com/pub/apostles%20today%20intro.pdf

http://www.lutterworth.com/pub/apostles%20today%20ch2.pdf

Below are some research into NAR.

What is NAR

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Apostolic_Reformation

Who founded NAR

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Peter_Wagner

About Peter C Wagner

https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Peter_Wagner&ved=0ahUKEwiE2JvL0-3RAhULuo8KHSEEAVEQFgiLATAT&usg=AFQjCNEkL8x8fn_VzfsdqK7RFYKZZWLxvw&sig2=DGKn_0hq0nLfQqJPPXKw3Q

In memory of him:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2016/october/in-memory-of-c-peter-wagner.html

http://www.charismanews.com/us/60747-apostolic-pioneer-c-peter-wagner-goes-on-to-glory

Critics of Peter Wagner

https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/hts/v72n3/26.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwiWl7Xy0u3RAhXFNY8KHbmWAR4QFgghMAM&usg=AFQjCNFs3mYs5aDmXW_ij1W0TZ1xAep7Hg&sig2=cBGEv2vAdNVcIpNLc2HH-w

Critics of NAR

NAR in Britain

https://www.google.com.sg/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.lutterworth.com/pub/apostles%2520today%2520ch2.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjgp4zu4_PRAhVMM48KHd7mClUQFggaMAE&usg=AFQjCNHU_QjU3sNGAIs2WlxD8d4_Q2i-MQ&sig2=SP2W21T1xeMcWGDFc3msCw

Article

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/newapostolic.html

Paper

https://www.academia.edu/27464056/A_critique_of_the_New_Apostolic_Reformation_NAR_movements_claim_that_the_lost_office_of_apostle_has_been_fully_restored_and_should_be_acknowledged_by_todays_Church

NAR Organisations

Harvest International Ministry (H.I.M.)

http://harvestim.org

International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (I.C.A.L.)

http://www.icaleaders.com

List of People who support NAR (incl Peter C Wagner, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren)

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/ChristianBookstores2.html

NAR In Singapore 

http://www.psa91.com/dominion01.htm

Does not seem like the Methodist in Singapore is suscribing to NAR

http://www.methodist.org.sg/index.php/component/rseventspro/event/84-cac-course-neo-paganism-in-the-church

Dr Brown meets Joseph Prince to discuss difference in a graceful manner in Singapore

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/62685-bridge-building-or-compromising-with-heresy

News Division say Dr Brown theology associated with NAR

http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/10/28/michael-brown-continues-to-deny-the-nar-defends-montanism/

http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/10/28/michael-brown-continues-to-deny-the-nar-defends-montanism/

Daniel Chew on NAR in Singapore

http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/ddd_chc82/theology/SingaporeChurchHistory.pdf 

C Peter Wagner himself defends it from social media.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/31851-the-new-apostolic-reformation-is-not-a-cult

Pitfalls in NARM (Todd Bentley)

http://www.apologeticsindex.org/797-c-peter-wagner

Who is Todd Bentley (associated with the Latter Rain Movement)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Bentley

Disassociation with the Latter Rain (Not The Latter Rain Revival which is Mormonism)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latter_Rain_(post–World_War_II_movement)

John Piper on the NRAM. I find his reasoning most balanced do far on weighing in on both Reformed and NRAM. 

http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-cautions-do-you-have-for-the-new-reformed-movement

NARM Defended advising disassociation with the latter rain movement

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2015/06/is-the-new-apostolic-reformation-movement-a-cult/

Bob DeWaay critic on NAR and LR

http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue103.htm

http://www.echozoe.com/archives/2519

Some consider Reinhard Bonnke part of NAR

https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/churchwatchcentral.com/2017/01/27/reinhard-bonnke-a-new-apostolic-reformation-apostle/amp/?client=ms-android-samsung

Again, John Piper brings a balanced perspective to the issue.

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/piper-addresses-strange-fire-and-charismatic-chaos

Much discernment and grace needed on both sides.

Google Trend

https://www.google.com.sg/trends/explore?date=all&q=new%20apostolic%20reformation

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Preach to Reap in His Time

One sows to the Spirit (one does good by preacheing to build faith) => One reaps from the Spirit (one receives life eternal – something good, i.e. here on earth [salvation] or there in heaven [the great reward])

IN DUE SEASON WHENEVER THAT MAY B IN GOD’S TIME

​Galatians 6:6-10 ESV

Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. [7] Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Crucified Passions of Flesh, Spirit Living

Called to freedom in Christ (redeemtion) implies live by Spirit not flesh => obtain fruits of Spirit => ability to not live by flesh (previously unattainable)

​Galatians 5:13-26 ESV

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [15] But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. [16] But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. [17] For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. [18] But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, [20] idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, [21] envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. [24] And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. [25] If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. [26] Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

The Logic of the Law and the Redeemer

Person 1 – Cursed without  Jesus

Verse 10 = Rely on works-> cannot abide by law and do ALL as required -> if so, law says person is cursed (includes everyone apart from Christ)

Verse 11 = live by faith -> righteous (includes no one apart from Christ)

Verse 12 = those described in verse 10 and verse 11 are mutually exclusive. Therefore, Inverse of verse 11 = not live by faith -> Not righteous. 

Combining Verse 10 & inverse of verse 11, rely on works (not live by faith in Jesus)-> cannot abide by law and do ALL as required -> if so, law says person is cursed or not righteous (includes everyone apart from Christ)

Person 2 – Blessed with Jesus

Rule of Redemtion => You can be redeemed, but with equivalent price – see the Israelite law and book of Ruth for example of redemtion). The reedeemer must be unblemish (unblemished lamb). The reedemer must be a person, in flesh and blood. The redeemer is to be cursed. Law says whoever hung on the tree is cursed. Thus, Jesus fufills the logic and is an approved reedemer of our souls.

Inverse logic of verse 11 and verse 12: live by faith in Jesus (not rely on works)->  Jesus redeemed us from the curse ->Justified before God-> receive blessings of Abraham -> received the promised spirit -> empowered to love

​Galatians 3:10-14 ESV

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” [11] Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” [12] But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” [13] Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us-for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”- [14] so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Holiness of God causes Dispropotionate Response of Repentance

To see God’s holiness is to see His goodness. Because he is perfect, its pure goodness and is an absolute and perfect measure of the heart. A little evil in one’s heart will be greatly magnified to negative infinity, causing a dispropotionately repentive response – realisation of utter depravity of our soul. This was Isaiah’s response. He was thus totally sold out to God thereafter, to also call others to a similar repentance.

I see His holiness and the train of glory, filling my unclean body, taking my guilt and sin away – he calls and sends, I answer and obey because of His grace and mercy.

Have you seen His glory?

​Isaiah 6:1-13 ESV

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. [2] Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. [3] And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” [4] And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. [5] And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” [6] Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. [7] And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” [8] And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” [9] And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ [10] Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” [11] Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, [12] and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. [13] And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.

New Church – A Subtle, Dangerous and Mystical Christian Cult

I chanced upon these websites of the New Church.

https://newchurch.org

http://www.swedenborg.org/Home.aspx

Felt nothing strange at first but abit wierd so I decided to search wiki and realised they rejected all the Christian creeds. They are ready to pounce on and consume unsuspecting victims. Appearance can truely be deceiving.

Before the New Church can be received, the doctrines of the older churches must be exposed in the open and rejected.

This is because the faith of the New Church is so opposite to the doctrines of the older Christian churches that they cannot coexist

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church

As commented by studylight,

We need not expect the Last Judgment for it has Already taken place; it was held in 1757 in Swedenborg’s presence.

http://www.studylightforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=52&t

This is in direct contradiction to the bible when Jesus says no one will know the time of his coming.

But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Matthew 24:36 ESV

http://bible.com/59/mat.24.36.ESV

Also confirmed by CARM,

This is a dangerous mystical non-Christian religion. Its denial of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit, the vicarious atonement, and rejection of Acts and the Pauline epistles clearly set it outside of Christian orthodoxy.

https://carm.org/swedenborgianism

Can you identify that this is a cult of Christianity? If not, you’re on dangerous grounds.

9Marks Christian Journal

9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. To that end, we want to see churches characterized by these nine marks of health:

https://9marks.org/about/

The 9 Marks of a Healthy Church


Main Website

​https://9marks.org

Google may frame, shape and distort how we see the world

Try searching “Did the Holocaust really happen?” in google. What is the top 5 impression of answers? 3 No and 2 Yes. So did it or did it not happen? I’m not highlighting any arguments but first impression counts and google does provide much first impressions. The main thing is that google is not authoriative and will search for truth and lies. I agree with the article title that Google may frame, shape and distort how we see the world. What do you use google for?

Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/11/google-frames-shapes-and-distorts-how-we-see-world?CMP=fb_gu

Christmas and fairy tales – Santa can stay

A good article on how fictional stories can enhance understanding of Christ. Especially true with one of the greatest authors of our times – C.S Lewis. There’s something about Santa and giving, relating to its origins from St Nichloas and his spirit of giving, and I shouldn’t throw my kid’s soft toy of santa out of the window!

http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2011/december/why-santa-belongs-in-your-kids-christmas.html?share=NMsqrwYwCySgAnZsNXAnusyPzSvpWwo3

Precious Desire

What do I desire? What makes me happy?  I desire to be loved, cherished, valued and esteemed. What’s good is perceived externally through my body sensory experience (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch), emotions and hormones.  In the same way, the same can be said about my worth and how others perceive me. These experiences passes into my mind and satisfies my heart’s desires. The bible says that God made everything good, including me!

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

GEN 1:31 ESV

Some desires are good for my well being while others are not. Sin came into the world through satan’s temptation, causing me to have desires contrary to God’s commands, like lust.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:6 ESV

In our world, the value or worth of a thing or person that we perceive is tied closely with our heart’s desires, and the higher the desire, the harder to get. The world found a way out of it using money to measure these values and desires. Isn’t this economics? Demand and supply – the higher the demand, the lower the supply, the greater the cost, well at least most of the time. A heightened level of desire for a thing or person requires a substantial amount of effort and wealth to obtain it. These desires can often trap us unknowingly and the bible cautions us about it.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15‭-‬17 ESV

The bible isn’t far off to state that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV

Rather than valuing life through money and wealth, God calls us to know and value him more than anything and everything else in this world, and to fear him. We cannot serve both God and money.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and  money.

Matthew 6:24 ESV

To fear the Lord and obey Jesus is more important than our desires. Sometimes it does not make sense and may not be logical from our perspective. But let us consider God’s thoughts and his love for us.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9 ESV

There is so much to know about God from the bible. Where do we begin? First, fear God, thats where we start.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

Let us learn be aware that there is a God who values us as his child when we hear and obey his voice. May you fear God and he will value you to be beautiful in his sight.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 ESV

Only God matters when we pass away,

Trust and obey Jesus Christ today.

– Article written by Kenneth YKX

Men are tempted to lust, women are tempted to be lust after

http://rickthomas.net/men-are-tempted-to-lust-women-are-tempted-to-be-lusted-after/

Prayer

Lord Jesus rescue my souls from the firey pit and far away from temptation. Let your  loving embrace lead my heart into a deep desire to do your will. I thirst for your streams of living water and eternal pleasures at your right hand – into your arms I’m so secure.

– Kenneth YKX

 

Diversity in deed, unity in spirit

​For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

1CO 12:12‭-‬31 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1co.12.12-31.ESV

What am I becoming?

​What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.  For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1CO 9:18‭-‬27 ESV

http://bible.com/59/1co.9.18-27.ESV