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“New Apostolic Reformation”
by Art Sadlier   
May 1st, 2015

Dominion Theology, Kingdom Now and Replacement Theology are close cousins. They have always dominated the Mainline Protestant Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. In Recent years they have swept into Evangelicalism.

The false teaching of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has greatly impacted evangelical churches with the error of Dominion Theology. Though many would not endorse much of their doctrine, yet they are impacted by their Dominion Theology. They dominate TV and impact believers.

The key verses they use to support their erroneous teaching are Genesis 1:26, 28, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth..... And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Those who are committed to Dominion Theology claim erroneously, that these verses give man legal authority over the whole earth. All these verses do is give man administrative rule over the animals and plants that God created. Man is to be a steward of God’s creation, not the owner.

In God’s own time, He will bind Satan and set His Son on the throne of David in Jerusalem to rule the world with a rod of iron.

Dominion Theology is based on three errors.

1 – Satan usurped man’s dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve.

2 – The Church is God’s tool to regain from Satan the control of the earth.

3 – Jesus cannot and will not return until Church has regained dominion by taking control over the earth’s governments and social institutions.

Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). We are obviously not called to change the world, we are called out of the world and we are to proclaim the gospel that calls others out of the world.

Many, including the Religious Right, are partnering with NAR and Word of Faith in order to win the culture wars. The misconception is that we need to rescue society from moral decline. That is a totally unbiblical concept, the world is a sinking ship; we are to rescue the passengers, not the ship. Our task is to preach the gospel that saves the soul. To transform the culture and bring moral reformation to men and women will not keep them out of hell; it is ultimately a waste of time and a distraction from salvation. Only Jesus Christ can bring about a world filled with righteousness.

When men and women are saved, they are to become salt and light in the world. Their transformed lives will have convicting influence on those around them. I repeat, our calling is to save men out of the world, not to save the world. This world is a sinking ship.

When the antichrist shows up on the world scene, the followers of the New Apostolic  Reformation, Word of Faith, New Agers, Mormons, Hindus, and Buddhists will have been well prepared to embrace his message of pagan spirituality and ecumenism which will be promoted by signs and wonders, as described in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”

The following is a list of 13 heretical teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation.

1 – The NAR believes the primary purpose of the Church is to take back dominion of the earth from Satan and to build and establish a physical Kingdom of God on earth.

They are committed to reclaiming what they refer to as the seven mountains. The seven mountains are Arts and Entertainment, Business, Family, Government, Media, Religion and Education. These have fallen into Satan's domain and must be reclaimed for God in order to bring about the kingdom of God on earth, they say. What they are aspiring to build is not kingdom of God but the kingdom of Antichrist.

God has a program for establishing His kingdom in this world and it involves the destruction of this world system and the coming of Christ to rule on the throne of David. The tribulation period is about destroying the kingdom of this world. That destruction is consummated in Revelation 19 as Christ returns to the earth. "

This is helping to set the stage for the program of world government advocated by men like David Rockefeller who said, “Would that I had the power to bring to your minds the vision as it unfolds before me! I see all denominational emphasis set aside….I see the church molding the thought of the world as it has never done before, leading in all great movements as it should. I see it literally establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.”

2 - The New Apostolic Reformation believes in the promotion of a social gospel and social justice instead of biblical evangelization of the lost.

Social justice is a code word for socialism and that is the essence of the social gospel. They are involved in creating a society that will bring equity and fairness to the people of the whole world. That seems good, but it can only be accomplished by Jesus Christ when He comes to set up His kingdom. Socialism has never brought good to men anywhere at any time; in fact it has always been a curse on men.

The believer has been called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ which brings salvation to the soul and gives the followers of Christ a new life and a new destiny in a new kingdom. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).

These men of the New Apostolic Reformation are laying the ground work for the coming program of socialism that Antichrist will introduce.

3 - The New Apostolic Reformation promotes ecumenism.

These people are willing to work with anyone who will promote their kingdom agenda. Again they are misguided and are laying the foundation for the coming kingdom of Antichrist. The program of Antichrist will involve a new world religion which will unite all religions. You can see the extent of the deception that these men are under.

4 - The New Apostolic Reformation is committed to a communitarian philosophy that seeks to bring the Church, the government, and corporations into an equal partnership in solving world problems and bringing about global peace and stability.

In the book of Revelation we see the program of Antichrist and it consists of these very same three components. In fact the similarity is frightening. This corresponds remarkably with Rick Warren’s Peace Program and his three legged stool.

5 - The New Apostolic Reformation believes the Great Commission is not primarily about biblical evangelism and discipleship but about awakening Christians to their need to take back dominion over the earth and establish God’s Kingdom on earth.

This teaching turns the biblical concept of the church upside down. Apart from individual salvation everything else we may do for the world is without eternal value. Unregenerate people are lost people, no matter what kind of a world they live in. That does not mean we are not to love people and seek to help them, but we must not lose sight of man’s basic need. We are to impact the world by being salt and light in the world, convicting men of sin and bringing them into the kingdom of God's dear Son. God has a time and a program to rescue this world and bring His blessings upon it.

Who is it that would encourage men and women to abandon the gospel?

6 - The New Apostolic Reformation has a radical commitment to electing so-called Christians to public office in order to establish a Christian government, or theocracy, for God’s Kingdom on earth.

What could possibly be further from Gods’ declared purpose for the Church? Jesus said, “....My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36).

It may well be as the great apostasy unfolds that many so called Christians will fill political offices, but if they are a part of the kingdom of this world what value would it be?

7 - Members and leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation promote pagan spirituality.

Their promotion of contemplative prayer allows them to receive new messages, supposedly from God. They claim these messages are equal to the Word of God, and this sets them free to teach and promote whatever they want, apart from the Word of God. They are consequently receiving direction from a source other than the Word of God.

8 - The New Apostolic Reformation believes prophets and apostles are for today.

This error gives them authority over the church that God has not given them. Because they claim this high office they cannot be questioned and must be obeyed. This also gives them liberty to teach false doctrine through supposed new revelation. This in turn destroys the authority of the Bible, what could be closer to the heart of Satan?

They also use this authority to demand money to support their extravagant life style and buy TV time to promote their false teaching.

9 - The New Apostolic Reformation believes that signs and wonders validate their authority.

They believe that God is restoring lost offices to the church. This gives them apostolic authority that cannot be questioned. Many members of NAR believe they have the power to raise the dead. It reminds us of 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

10 - The New Apostolic Reformation believes in spiritual evolution.

Spiritual evolution is a common belief within Fabian socialism, the Emergent Church, the communitarian church growth movement, and the New Age movement. It will play a major role in bringing many of the world’s religions together as one.

This NAR teaching is consistent with the New Age movement, declaring that man needs to tap into his “Christ Consciousness.” Men need to recognize the god within. When enough people do that the world will take a new evolutionary leap forward.

11 - The New Apostolic Reformation is blatantly hostile toward Christians who refuse to accept its secret revelations and self-appointed leadership.

These false teachers claim to have a secret revelation that others do not have. Because they are apostles they have an ongoing revelation and they are not to be questioned or disobeyed. They are not to be held accountable to the Word of God, because they claim they have new revelation from God.

12- New Apostolic Reformation leaders use traditional terms deceptively.

Rob Crabtree warns, “Watch for the development of new terms and redefinition of old terms with new shades of meaning that will be utilized in an attempt to accommodate the various types of Kingdom Now theologies.”

13 -The NAR belief system is not based on studying the Bible in context through exegesis but rather on a commitment to interpreting the Bible through personal opinions, feelings, desires, and experiences—also known as the practice of isogesis.

Exegesis is the method of studying the scriptures by using scripture to interpret scripture. Isogesis robs the scripture of its authority and it becomes tool to advance the ideas of men.

The source of NAR is the Latter Day Rain movement which morphed into the Word of Faith movement and is now known as the New Apostolic Reformation. These false teachers are very prominent on TV and pretend to be evangelicals. They are deceiving multitudes of unstable souls.

Remember our authority is the Word of God and not man’s interpretations. God has spoken in His Word and He holds you accountable for what He has said. You will not be able to plead that you were deceived because obedience to the revealed Word will bring right understanding. Disobedience to the Word brings blindness to it.

Matthew 13:12-16, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.”

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:1-2).

When those who claim to be God’s people begin to compromise with the world they begin to love the world, and they begin to seek to rescue the world and it’s the culture, and they forsake their divine mandate. Nowhere in the Epistles do we find the idea that the church is to rescue the world.

The divine mandate for the church is to preach the gospel. When the gospel is preached and propagated, individuals are confronted about their sin and are challenged to repent. When individuals are converted, their lives are to become salt and light in the world, along with other believers. The lives of believers are to impact the world about sin and bring conviction on sinners. An assault on society for their sins is no substitute for holy living. We are to preach against sin because God hates sin, not to bring about social transformation.

In the early centuries of the church age, the believers were separated from Rome. They made no effort to change or influence Rome, even as Rome sought to wipe them out. They simply preached the gospel and multitudes were saved. In a sense, the church eventually conquered Rome by the sheer numbers of converts.

The church then gave up her separation and began to influence both the culture and the government. It was through this process that Rome finally conquered the church.

Our mandate as Disciples of Christ, is to preach the gospel, not to seek to change the culture.

In 1948 the church repeated this fatal error in the birth of New Evangelicalism. From the beginning of New Evangelicalism, men who were at that time fundamentalists, abandoned separation from the world and began trying to influence and change the culture. This has been a disaster and the church has been changed by the world. The effort by evangelicals to influence and change the world goes on today, and it will never work. The more involved the church becomes in the world, the more the church becomes like the world.

Dominion Theology is a perversion of the purpose for the church; it replaces the preaching of the gospel with another gospel, the social gospel.

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