Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan's story

“Not really knowing better, I let them do a deliverance session on me. Basically, you sit in a chair, they command the demons to come up and speak, and then they get bound and cast out.”

Morgan was immersed in a so-called “Deliverance Ministry,” in which he was introduced to the demons who dwelled within him. But demons do not dwell within regenerated Christians, as he soon discovered through Scripture.

Morgan has allowed me to include his story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.

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The Altered States of Contemplative Prayer

When we talk about Contemplative Prayer, right off the bat, we need to define our words. When I warn you of the dangers of Contemplative Prayer, what I'm not talking about is meditating on God's Word or contemplating His holy nature and character- which is what Christians are supposed to do!  No, I'm talking about the man-made methodologies used as a spiritual exercise to "experience God's presence." In spite of research and warnings from those who watch the trends coming into the modern church, mysticism and New Age prayer practices are increasingly appealing. 

We're seeing more prayer labyrinths being constructed, more classes and coaching on how to go "into the silence" to get visions and voices from God, and more how-to books that borrow from those who aren't even born-again Christians. What are these prayer practices, and why should you be concerned? A few years ago I explored those methods Pastor Chris Rosebrough, and we heard directly from those who teach these methods. Listen as Chris compares what they say to what God says.

Chris Rosebrough is the host of the daily radio program, Fighting For The Faith, heard around the world on Pirate Christian Radio, a broadcast group he founded to help Christians discern God’s Word by taking a look at what people say and teach in the name of Jesus and holding it up to the light of Scripture. I'm glad to be a part of his Pirate Crew!

Chris recently did a program titled, The Inventor Of Centering Prayer Teaches Us What It Is For, featuring Thomas Keating, one of the Cistercian monks who explains the theology/spirituality behind the practice and what Centering Prayer is ultimately for. (The same monk who taught Phileena Heuertz - whom we heard from today - how to do Centering Prayer.)

Phileena recently introduced "Gravity," a Center for Contemplative Activism:

Leaving the NAR Church: Dean's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Dean's story

“My leader whom I love and respect called me critical, judgmental, and condemning. He said I was too young and inexperienced, and that I was seeing only through my bias and biblical grid that I'd received at Bible school.”

If you've ever been masterfully manipulated by narcissistic leaders, this story will upset you. Dean had become a victim of the most vile manipulation of truth. His leadership convinced him that he was disobedient to God Almighty and needed to repent for raising concerns about false teaching.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Chrissy's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Chrissy's story

“I would always look up to these people getting "words from God" and wished that I could have this special relationship with Him as they did. I desired it - so why wasn't God speaking to me the way He spoke to them?”

Chrissy has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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Leaving thr NAR Church: Danette's story

Leaving thr NAR Church: Danette's story

“The hardest part about leaving a NAR church is that you are broken and enslaved BUT YOU DO NOT KNOW IT – because every time you turn around, someone is preaching ‘Jesus.’ And nobody wants to leave Jesus.”

The Jesus Danette worshipped as a child was a counterfeit. She has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Kent's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Kent's story

“We spoke glowingly of the “revivals” in Toronto and Florida. We wanted to be “drunk in the Spirit” like they were. In one service, the pastor’s message was about how the signs of the Zodiac told the story of the Gospel. I think there may have been one Scripture reference, taken way out of context, of course.”

Kent has allowed me to include his story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Rene's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Rene's story

When I asked her why she wouldn’t be concerned that maybe this teaching is not of God, she got very upset and told me I was trying to intimidate her with the “spirit of fear.”

Rene has been trying to contend for the truth with a friend who has been posting N.A.R. theology on her social media, and she has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Catrina's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Catrina's story

"We ladies had a morning of being taught how to prophesy. We were told to tell ourselves, 'I'm going to start prophesying, even if I have to start in the flesh.'”

Catrina has moved from church to church between Australia and New Zealand, always having to leave as the N.A.R. infection spread. Here is her story in her own words:

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jack's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jack's story

They revel in false prophecies and the greedy liars who give them. They have rejected the Word and me as the giver of the loving truth to them."

Jack's friends are lost to a counterfeit movement that goes by many names. But by God's Grace, Jack and his wife have found freedom in the Word of God. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Lydia's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Lydia's story

We sent her there with our blessing and financial support, gone from us for a year without contact for the most part and under their influence and NAR teaching.  Our solid home church, pastors and elders, supported and sent her off with their blessing as well. 

Lydia’s loved one was exposed and indoctrinated to the New Apostolic Reformation through Adventures in Missions (AIM) and The World Race. (See, The aim of AIM and the World Race.) The guilt she feels is compounded by the fact that this young woman will no longer listen to Lydia’s tearful Scriptural pleas for discernment.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Marissa's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Marissa's story

"He prayed over her, and my little girl truly believed God had healed her. I will never forget her face. She thought she was healed."

Unfortunately, Marissa's little girl was NOT healed. She became another victim of the countless "healing" events that take place all over the world under the banner of the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement that is shipwrecking the faith of millions.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Shelly’s story

Leaving the NAR Church: Shelly’s story

"The pastor said we were in rebellion, and asked us to leave the church before we caused any division. He asked the other leaders to avoid us and not to engage in any conversation with us. We were so dependent on this system that even though we spent the next 7 years looking for a church, nothing gave us the "thrill" that the former one gave us."

Many victims of the New Apostolic Reformation-style churches become very co-dependent on the authority of their church leaders over them. In Shelly's case, she has not been a member of any church since leaving this one.

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