A new apostolic reformation? : a biblical response to the by R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec

By R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec

This critique presents a framework for figuring out and examining the frequent yet little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) move. because the authors country within the preface: "We write this booklet with significant objectives in brain. First, to provide humans an idea of the sheer measurement and succeed in of the NAR circulate. And moment, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluation them at the foundation of Scripture and cautious reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR viewpoint crosses those obstacles [that is, definite large parameters, printed in Scripture and practiced within the ancient orthodox church], and it does so partly due to unsuitable theology rooted in a fallacious realizing of Scripture. we want to warn readers a few attainable confusion: a few critics have associated the NAR stream with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. we don't do that. in truth, it truly is our rivalry that the NAR stream deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This move has emerged out of self sufficient charismatic church buildings and, hence, has received a foothold in lots of of these church buildings in various degrees."

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The church’s mission depends on continued apostolic authority. ”123 In other words, without the authority of today’s apostles, the church cannot fulfill its mission of transforming societies and advancing God’s kingdom. But what, more precisely, are apostles authorized to do? The answer is revealed in Wagner’s definition of an apostle—a definition adopted by ICAL. ” What does that mean? Notice Wagner’s definition. An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned and sent by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of the Church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly for the expansion of the Kingdom of God [our emphasis].

Those who hold this Pentecostal view may refer to certain persons as Apostle William or Apostle Ann. But they don’t mean to imply that these people have the same authority as Peter or Paul. Far at the other end of the spectrum are NAR leaders who affirm the existence of apostles today and hold that these apostles have governing authority equal to the original apostles. On this permissive conception, apostles hold an official church office and wield unexcelled authority extending to workplaces, cities, and nations.

The camp is held on the Kansas City campus, as well as in other states. ”99 During the camp, ill people from the local community are invited to have the children pray for their healing. In addition to clubs and camps, Sunday school curricula have been created for churches to train children to work miracles. One such curriculum, called Kids Carrying the Kingdom, is designed for children ages six through eleven. It was developed by Kids in His Presence, a California-​based organization co-​founded by Mike Seth, the former children’s director at Bethel Church in Redding, California.

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