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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Hillsong's Brian Houston faces sex abuse coverup inquiry

Hillsong's Brian Houston faces sex abuse coverup inquiry

Houston faces questions about the safety of his Hillsong empire, following the original charge: that Houston failed to tell police his father was a child sex abuser.

According to news reports, the abuse has been ongoing over years since the first reported incident involving a young boy in 1969 and 1970. The report says Frank Houston admitted sexually abusing the boy on one occasion and never preached again.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza's story

I write this to you not to come out to bash people but to sincerely warn people of the dangerous trend that has engulfed the N.A.R. church.

Eliza remembers being pushed down at the altar if she didn't willingly fall to the ground in the "spirit." She was part of a well-known "apostle's" church, and we are going to name him as to mark and avoid him. If you are part of one of these churches, take heart that you are not alone, and praise God that He is opening your eyes.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia's story

I was exposed to the "kundalini" spirit, and saw some people barking like dogs. At one of these meetings a well-known & respected AOG pastor declared that these manifestations were indeed from the Lord. I didn't stand a chance.

Olivia found a church in Australia, and began to grow in truth – or so she thought. Unfortunately, the New Apostolic Reformation is a counterfeit dominionist movement, and not biblical Christianity at all.

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Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

“Prophetic Activations” will happen next week at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, a clear indicator that Furtick is not just affiliating, but becoming one with the heretical New Apostolic Reformation.

I first noticed Furtick dipping his toe into the signs-and-wonders New Apostolic Reformation movement five years ago when he traveled to Australia for the Presence 2012 Conference with John Bevere, for “a golden fire of anointing, vision and miracles.”

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Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

"The fruit of this movement is destruction. It’s true though, when you are in it, you cannot see what is wrong.  You think, "oh, that is just a different way of looking at that verse."  You don't realize the full extent of what all the doctrines are that they are teaching."

Derrick is from the United Kingdom, and was introduced to the N.A.R. by a female relative who married a "prophet." From there, Derrick was plummeted into a dark world of demonic experiences and teachings that are opposite of the true Gospel of Christ...

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Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

"The pastor stopped in the middle of a sermon and said, “God is telling someone here that if you don’t stop doing that thing, He’s going to kill you.” Imagine how everyone must have felt that day – “Is it me?”

Andrew was submerged and drowning in every kind of N.A.R. practice one can imagine, and his congregation was abused at the hands of his "apostle." 

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Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

"I started watching GOD TV. There were stories of angelic encounters, oil dripping from the speaker’s feet, feathers and gold dust falling on the worshipers, rain falling inside of the buildings, and supernatural gems being found all over the church. Due to my strong Christian upbringing, I knew that those things were not coming from God, but I was so intrigued with it all that I kept watching it.

What you are about to read next from Mandy's GOD TV experience is one of the most frightening N.A.R. encounters I've posted yet (and this is number 20).

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Leaving the NAR Church: Angela's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Angela's story

"The senior pastor himself was declared as an apostle by an Elijah List prophetess, and that his church would be known as the “loving church.”Armed with this fresh knowledge, the church became fanatical in making that prophecy happen."

Angela's family member was beginning to see some strange red flags in his church and she knew she needed to do something about it. Having "apostles" and "prophets" in your church is a sure sign that your leadership has officially embraced the New Apostolic Reformation - even if they deny that they have.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

"Something supernatural is going on in the NAR movement. I once thought this to be the Holy Spirit. I now believe it to be demonic, Satan disguising himself as an angel of light."

Phil's hunger for God was idolatry. He was focused on wanting more and more experiences of God's "presence," but instead received the Spirit of the Age. That's because the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), is a counterfeit. It's not biblical Christianity at all.

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The morphing church: How Seeker-Sensual eventually becomes Secular

The morphing church: How Seeker-Sensual eventually becomes Secular

What happens over time when people are discipled to meet felt needs, rather than discipled to follow and obey Jesus Christ?  There is a progression in this type of theology, that will eventually go from bad to worse. I would make the case that Seeker Sensual churches eventually become Seeker Secular. What is the difference between the sensual church and the mainline liberal/secular church? Unfortunately, not much.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Penny's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Penny's story

"Thinking that we would be safe in a conservative church was a huge mistake. I was repeatedly told I was causing the devil to destroy the unity of the church. The NAR is infiltrating our churches and most Christians are unaware of the dangers."

Penny is from Canada, and after leaving her NAR-influenced church two years ago, she has yet to find a church family. Being without a church is tragically common for many who've come out of this infectious counterfeit.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Cole's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Cole's story

“I thought my voice could be one that would usher in repentance and reform. Oh how foolish I was to think I could accomplish only what the Holy Spirit can do.”

Cole wanted to stay in the only church he’d ever known, but God opened his eyes to the false teachings of the NAR church. Could he stay and make a difference? Be a light in the darkness?

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Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

"These people could see angels, see visions and interpret dreams. Some of the leadership would travel to Bethel for inspiration and guidance."

Sean writes to me from Cape Town, where the New Apostolic Reformation deception is thriving. He has seen his own pain in the many testimonies I've been writing about in this "Leaving the NAR Church series," and wants his brothers and sisters in South Africa to know that there is hope; that this is not what church is supposed to be.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jonathan's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jonathan's story

"The overall ambiance and feel of the services left me feeling confused. How come I wasn’t experiencing these gifts? Why couldn’t I speak in tongues? Why couldn’t I receive these visions and prophecies? Why wasn’t the Holy Spirit talking to me like he was to these people? And then it came to me: How could I learn to become like them?"

Jonathan soon did become like them, as he absorbed many New Apostolic Reformation teachings and practices.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

"After literally hours and hours of that prayer I saw myself as a 3 month old baby being raped by my father. I recovered memories about being raised in a satanic cult, abused in the most awful ways possible and suddenly the prophecy about giving my heart to Satan became clear."

Maaike is from the Netherlands, and her story of inner healing took her back to her childhood, where false memories were inserted into her head. This Sozo or Theophostic - type healing is foundational to New Apostolic Reformation "deliverance ministries," which Maaike was a part of.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

"After their prophecies, visions, and declarations were all proven false, not a single one of them apologized to the grieving father or repented of their vain and powerless deeds."

Carter has watched his dear friends fall hard for the counterfeit promises of a most dangerous deception. He has allowed me to share his story as part of a series on the practices and beliefs of the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

"The deliverance ministry counselor told my wife to close her eyes and allow the demons to speak through her. He explained that each demon has a name, and if bound “by the blood” must be truthful and submissive."

Jared and his wife had been experiencing what they called demonic thoughts, and sought help through a spiritual deliverance ministry. These spiritual warfare sessions are common in New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) churches and are gaining popularity in mainstream Evangelical churches. Spiritual warfare is one of the hallmarks of the NAR movement.

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