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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Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

"I gathered her up in my arms and went forward, excited and hopeful that my little grandchild was going to receive a MIRACLE. I really believed, in that moment, that this fellow actually had some kind of special anointing that would assure that the baby would get healed."

Ever been promised a special "Word from the Lord," during a revival conference? Or an immediate healing by someone commanding that God cooperate?  That's what Tom experienced seven years ago in Canada.  Tom's experience with some big-name New Apostolic Reformation celebrates gave him a unique window into how these so-called miracles work.

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Cru gives students free tickets, mixed messages about The Shack

Cru gives students free tickets, mixed messages about The Shack

Cru™ (Formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), is promoting its free ticket giveaway to college students to see the film and take their friends. And in an almost apologetic way, the ticket site includes a caveat stating that Cru “does not endorse the movie.” That's the small-font italicized quip at the very bottom of the website's page. A footnote.

Free tickets. Not endorsing.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

"I saw what I was doing as a band member as not leading people in worship, but participating in 'conjuring' the Holy Spirit to 'come down'.  The Holy Spirit being defined as the euphoric feeling that the droning music creates."

As you'll learn from Glenn, oftentimes NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) teachings filter into churches by way of worship music.  While contemporary styles can glorify Christ, there are certain methods musicians like Glenn are taught to use repeating phrases, musical tones, and ethereal lyrics designed to seductively manipulate your mind into a mystical consciousnesses.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. According to my family, we are “troublemakers,” “harsh,” “divisive,” “ignorant,” and my favorite, "tricky."

Fortunately and by God’s grace, Heather and her husband were not tricked into believing the counterfeit doctrines of the New Apostolic Reformation.  But, like many of you, her extended family fell hook, line and sinker for the NAR, and is trapped in the bondage of a movement that contains doctrines of demons. 

Heather 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: Erin's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Erin's story

“Everyone seemed to feel God's love all the time and have crazy experiences, dreams, visions, prophesies. I was dissatisfied with just Bible study. I wanted more, and was constantly seeking more prophecies and visions and signs.”

Erin 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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The Hard Truth About Mike Bickle and IHOP

The Hard Truth About Mike Bickle and IHOP

Why do people have concerns about Mike Bickle's International House of Prayer (IHOP)?  Millions and millions of people around the globe have been impacted by IHOP, and have been taught theology that is not true.  Today Chris Rosebrough interviewed Steve Kozar and me for a Fighting for the Faith podcast, in which the three of us discuss the history and ministries of this worldwide organization based in Kansas City. We compare Mike Bickle's teachings to the Word of God. 

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Leaving the NAR Church: Malcolm's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Malcolm's story

"Anyone could interrupt the sermon, grab a microphone, and give a word from the Lord. This became more common, and the pastors loved it! "

Malcolm was born and raised in a church dabbling in mystical SOZO Healing Prayers,  Soaking Prayers, Fire Tunnels and more.

He has allowed me to include his story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. It is at its core an anti-biblical counterfeit that sounds almost like biblical Christianity.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Dylan's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Dylan's story

"I had the most painful conversation with my wife that night that I've ever had when she got home, and I knew that we had to move out of town and leave Pentecostalism..."

Oftentimes I've found that psychological abuse goes hand-in-hand with the hierarchy model of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The emotional and spiritual abuse from Dylan's Australian church (not to mention the false teaching), was so intense that he packed his wife and five children up and moved away.  Australia is rife with New Apostolic Reformation and its mystical teachings.  

Dylan gives us an inside glimpse at the heartache of his small-town church. Make that former church.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Katie's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Katie's story

"We were told that being uncomfortable just meant we had to breakthrough into what God had for us on the other side..."

Katie grew up in New Zealand, where the New Apostolic Reformation and its mystical teachings are infecting many churches. Her particular church dabbled in Word of Faith, SOZO and the Patricia King prophetic influence.

She has allowed me to share her story in a series about a fast-growing movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. It is at its core an anti-biblical counterfeit that sounds almost like biblical Christianity.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Joshua's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Joshua's story

"We would have classes on how to interpret dreams. Many of the people in the church would claim to see angels quite often."

Joshua served on a worship team in Dallas, where he saw first hand the devastating impact of "NAR" teachings on his faith and the faith of his friends.

He has allowed me to share his story in a series about a fast-growing movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. It is at its core an anti-biblical counterfeit that sounds almost like biblical Christianity.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jessie's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jessie's story

"I had no idea that I was in the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation), or part of the Word of Faith movement. I didn’t even know those terms existed. I simply went to the church that I found most exciting, cutting edge and challenging. I had been saved out of the occult and so I was aware of the spirit world. When the Toronto blessing began I was right in there too.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Dina’s Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Dina’s Story

"I was so addicted to the experience that I was always on the hunt for more."

Dina’s story is one of many from people I’ve met who desire as I do to see the New Apostolic Reformation movement exposed for what it is: An anti-biblical counterfeit that sounds almost like biblical Christianity.

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.

Eight years ago, Dina left the church she was a member of.  This is her story in her own words:

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Local Church Finds Perfect Way to Avoid Offending the Lost

Local Church Finds Perfect Way to Avoid Offending the Lost

Last Sunday, False Hope Fellowship launched a campaign aimed at creating a safe place where those who have been disappointed by the world can come to find hope. “This program has been in the works for some time,” said Pastor Ear-Tickler, “and after much prayer, we are confident that this plan is just what we need in order to minister to the felt needs of our community.

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