I have been looking at the New Apostolic Reformation, otherwise known as the NAR, Dominionists, or Dominionism. My previous posts on this subject, Sounding the Alarm on The New Apostolic Reformation and More Distinctives of the NAR will quickly get you up-to-date. As well, it never hurts to do a deeper Internet dive to find our all you can about this movement
Ministries such as Grace to You, Lighthouse Trails, Worldview Weekend, just to name a few, cover this false teaching to varying degrees.
This movement and its 7 Mountain Mandate has been very enticing to Christians who hold to the idea that the church's role is to "take back" dominion of the earth from Satan in order for Jesus Christ to return.
The distinctive teaching of the New Apostolic Reformation is that God has restored the offices of apostle and prophet to the church. Leading figures in this movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God's plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them.
They place a great emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation claiming newly revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) that cannot be verified by Scripture.
Who are some of the names associated with this teaching?
Influential NAR churches in the United States include Bethel Church in Redding, California (pastored by apostle Bill Johnson and home to the music of Jesus Culture), and MorningStar Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina (pastored by Rick Joyner).
You can also learn more about the Dominionist views from other well known adherents such as Os Hillman, Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, YWAM, Jack Hayford, Cindy Jacobs, and Gabe Lyons with a very simple internet search. Some associations are startling.
But is this Dominionist view true? Is this what the Bible teaches? Scripture must lead us on the matter of Jesus' kingdom:
"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.'" (John 18:36)
The life of a born-again Christian is not complicated. Become reconciled to a high and Holy God through the shed blood of Jesus, share the gospel, be prepared to face persecution, grow in sanctification, and pass on one day to eternal glory.
The NAR, with its Utopian view of how heaven will be established, has shown us that very few people are willing to do as Jesus taught: That is, "Count the cost" (Luke 14:25-35) and "Take up your cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24).
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