The New Apostolic Reformation is a heretical movement that has captivated the minds of many unsuspecting believers. 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.
Adherents to the NAR’s teaching, see’s the church's role to "take back" dominion of the culture from Satan in order for Jesus Christ to return. Their distinctive teaching is that God has restored the offices of apostle and prophet to the church and that pastors and teachers have a lesser role of influence on society. 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 that they will govern.
C. Peter Wagner (1930-2016), who is considered the founder of this fraudulent movement argues in his book, The Changing Church, that the fundamental principle of the Reformation – a commitment to Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) “causes religious leaders to concentrate NOT on what the Spirit is saying (present tense), but on what the Spirit said (past tense) in a former season.” Wagner’s view is emphatically opposed to Sola Scriptura. He continues by stating, “today we have entered another new wineskin, which I call the second apostolic age.”
He goes on to say, “Satan tries to prevent God’s new times and seasons from coming by sending evil demonic spirits to work particularly on our minds. If they are successful, we begin to think wrongly about the new wineskins that God desires to develop.”
So … if you take issue with his assertions, you are being influenced by demons.
It cannot be overstated … the NAR is blatantly arrogant in its assertions and self-appointments of apostles and prophets and ignorant in its understanding of Scripture.
The very words of Jesus are diametrically opposed to the teaching of the NAR when Jesus answered Pilate:
'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)
In this, Jesus was saying His kingdom is not connected to the here and now, to politics, culture, or mandates of reclamation … otherwise he would have fought. Rather, Jesus will one day conquer the evil world system when He returns to establish His reign and rule.
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 … "Count the cost" (Luke 14:25-35) and "Take up your cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24).
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Prov 14:12)
Be on your guard against this movement beloved. If you see it in your church, confront it. If it won’t leave, you should. Find a church that is driven Biblically, not full of the fanciful ideas of movements such as the NAR. God is still on the throne, where His sovereign rule is still in place and always will be. Jesus will one day return to earth to establish His kingdom, with no help from man, and only at the command of the Father. In the meantime, pray for His soon return, and strive forward for the sake of the gospel as though lives depended on it … because they do. In His timing … HE will establish His rule and reign, His Kingdom, forever.
© Clint Holden Ministries