By R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec
This critique presents a framework for figuring out and studying the common yet little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) move. because the authors nation within the preface: "We write this publication with significant pursuits in brain. First, to offer humans an idea of the sheer dimension and succeed in of the NAR stream. And moment, to systematize its key teachings and practices and overview them at the foundation of Scripture and cautious reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR standpoint crosses those limitations [that is, definite wide parameters, printed in Scripture and practiced within the historic orthodox church], and it does so partially as a result of mistaken theology rooted in a mistaken 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 reality, it truly is our rivalry that the NAR circulate deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This move has emerged out of autonomous charismatic church buildings and, hence, has won a foothold in lots of of these church buildings in various degrees."
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Like any other spiritual gift, this is a gift of grace and is unearned. The office of apostle is another story. 140 Apostles earn their office—grounded in public recognition that they are apostles—first by demonstrating that they have the spiritual gift of apostleship. 141 Genuine apostles need never appoint themselves to the office because others will recognize them as apostles and confer on them the office of an apostle. This conferral often occurs during a formal commissioning ceremony led by other apostles, as well as prophets.
IHOP, for example, was founded by Bickle following prophetic words about youth given by the prophet Bob Jones. Jones claimed he received over one hundred prophetic revelations between 1975 and 1983 about a youth movement that would rise in Kansas City, Missouri—the home base for IHOP. Jones said God showed him that “this will be the end generation that is foreknown to inherit all things. Their children will attain a level of the Spirit that they themselves will not attain. Their children and grandchildren will possess the Spirit without measure for they are the best of all the generations that have ever been upon the face of the earth.
Pastors must submit to apostles because they themselves don’t have what it takes to lead the church in advancing God’s kingdom. “The responsibility of pastors is to care for, nurture and comfort the flock. Very few pastors have either the gifts or the temperament to mobilize an army for war. 133 A pastor further agrees that his or her church will contribute financially to the apostolic network. 134 In turn, the apostle over an apostolic network assumes spiritual authority over the pastor. Since a pastor joins the network voluntarily, he or she is free to leave at any time.
A new apostolic reformation? : a biblical response to the worldwide movement by R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec