The NAR, which stands for the New Apostolic Reformation, is a collection of non-denominational and independent churches rallying around a particular set of false biblical interpretations.
Popular teachers associated with the New Apostolic Reformation include C. Peter Wagner, co-founder of the World Prayer Center at New Life Church, Rick Joyner of the MorningStar Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill Johnson of the Bethel Church in Redding, California, Che Ahn, of the Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California, Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, Chuck Pierce of the Glory of Zion Church in Denton, Texas and prophets Lou Engle, Bill Hamon and Kim Clement, to name a few.
NAR churches can be found across the United States, in virtually every large city and small town.
According to the New Apostolic Reformation, God began to restore prophets and apostles over the last thirty to forty years. The idea is that when the church is properly guided by the appropriate spiritual leaders, it can fulfill its commission. This commission is seen as more than spiritual, as it includes cultural and political control.
The New Apostolic Reformation teaches that God’s intended form of church government is that the apostles and prophets are the ones who hold leadership over evangelists, pastors, and teachers. It is also being upheld very strictly that all churches and individuals who have the privilege over being overseen by an apostle, must make sure to tithe to their apostle, thus enabling the apostle to continue his ministry. Being part of the NAR includes a required commitment to tithe to its leaders, a minimum of ten percent of all their monetary income. This is also why they are always promoting their various business networks for Christian businessmen, making business a spiritual work, so all in their business networks also tithes to their leaders.
In the New Apostolic Reformation, apostles are seen as the highest of all spiritual leaders, being specially empowered by God. True maturity and unity is only found in those who submit to the leadership of their apostles. According to this teaching, as the church unifies behind the apostles, these leaders will develop greater and greater supernatural powers. Eventually, this will include the ability to perform mass healing's and suspend the laws of physics. These signs are meant to encourage a massive wave of converts to Christianity. These apostles are also destined to be recipients of the so-called Great Wealth Transfer (in the End Times), which will enable the church to establish God’s kingdom on earth. (See our teaching on the “Great Wealth Transfer” http://instituteoflove.net/?s=wealth+transfer)
Prophets in the New Apostolic Reformation are almost as important as apostles. These prophets have been empowered to receive “new” revelations from God that will help the church in establishing dominion. According to the New Apostolic Reformation, only prophets, and occasionally apostles, can obtain new revelations. Evangelists, pastors, and teachers cannot. The prophets’ new revelations are crucial to overcoming the world, and the success of the church depends on the apostles following through on the information prophets provide. Most of their prophecies are extremely vague and easy to re-interpret, and the New Apostolic Reformation is willing to modify them, since they set no standard of infallibility for themselves.
The thinking behind the New Apostolic Reformation is that, mankind lost its dominion that God has given them over the earth as part of the fall of Adam and Eve. And now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, it not only resolved our sin debt, but it empowered mankind, specifically Christians to retake control of the earth, as commended in Genesis 1 verse 28.
“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:28 NLT
The New Apostolic Reformation sees seven areas, also known as the “Seven Mountain” theology, in which believers are supposedly empowered and expected to dominate in the areas of government, arts, finances, education, religion, family, and media. Of these, the New Apostolic Reformation sees government as the most important because of its ability to influence all of the other facets of life. For this reason, they unsuccessfully tried very hard to have fellow Christian believer, Senator Ted Cruz be elected to become the next president of the United States.
In some ways, this is not unusual, as people should be expected to vote and lobby according to their convictions. But the New Apostolic Reformation’s true agenda is for its main leaders to have power, influence, and notoriety!
The New Apostolic Reformation goes so far to say that the church must take control of the seven major spheres of influence as described in the “Seven Mountain Mandate,” written by Johnny Enlow, in order for Christ to return to earth. Once the world has been made subject to the kingdom of God, Jesus will return and rule the world.
In an attempt to support their view, these false teachers of the NAR movement use the Old Testament verse in Isaiah 2:2, which mentions mountains:
“In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.” Isaiah 2:2 NLT
But this passage is about a vision that the prophet Isaiah saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. The “last days” in this verse has the meaning of the time of Israel’s restoration following an exile of the land and has nothing to do with the “Seven Mountain” mandate which requires all Christians to create a worldwide kingdom that controls the seven major spheres of influence in society before Christ returns.
The NAR and proponents of the “Seven Mountain Mandate” have abandoned biblical teaching on the end times, choosing to believe that Christians must set the stage for Jesus’ second coming by achieving dominion over the world’s systems. According to the “Seven Mountain Mandate” theology, Jesus will only return to a world that mirrors the kingdom of God. This idea parallels to the New Age teaching that anticipates a cosmic spiritual shift when man becomes a co-redeemer of Planet Earth.
Okay, now to the truth. There is absolutely no biblical requirement for Christians to take control of all the world systems in order to usher in Christ’s kingdom! None whatsoever! As a matter of fact, the Bible says that the world will grow worse, not better, in the last days! And it even warns us to stay away from certain sinful people!
“In the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2. Timothy 3:1-5 NLT
“But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” 2. Timothy 3:13 NLT
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.” 2. Peter 3:3 NLT
Jesus said that His followers are called to be the light of the world!
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
The “Seven Mountain Mandate” is very deceptive and dangerous! It puts a tremendous burden on believers to perform, make progress in their relative spheres of influence, encouraging perfectionism. Little emphasis is placed on the gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This movement is more about staking claims and taking control.
The New Apostolic Reformation and the Seven Mountain Mandate movements are led by false prophets! These false prophets denigrate the Bible and emphasize experience-oriented theology and the promotion of mysticism. It should be avoided and exposed whenever Bible-believing Christians encounter it!
The Bible specifically warns us not to believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit, but to test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God, because there are many false prophets in the world! (See 1. John 4:1)
Otherwise we will be immature like children who are being tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching and be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth! (See Ephesians 4:14)