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.Read More
A blog by Amy Spreeman
Elevation’s pastor Steven Furtick is aligning with Jesse DuPlantis, Perry Stone and others for Apostle Rod Parsley’s annual Dominion Camp Meeting. Parsley says he is ready to release a seven-times greater anointing into your life.Read More
“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.Read More
“The evangelist (Todd Bentley), preached and instructed viewers to lay hands on the TV screen for impartation to occur. I told God I would use that anointed impartation to lay hands on and heal my sick husband…”
Kara has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.Read More
“There is a deep sadness in me, a sorrow over wasted years and opportunities. I get angry with myself for having been deluded and so easily led into false doctrine and practice.”
Christopher got swept up in the “Third Wave,” another term for the New Apostolic Reformation. I love how he tells of his journey out!Read More
“How lonely and devastating it is to find out that something you believe in so strongly can be so wrong, and that cognitive dissonance disorder is very real to all of us who share this journey.”
Candice is one of many Christians who has watched helplessly as the New Apostolic Reformation infected the church and the friends she loved.Read More
“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.Read More
“I felt like someone was guiding me. I saw the throne of God, the houses all a jeweled, and people walking over the gold bridges while beautiful streams flowed.”
After visions of heaven, young Sadie's experience (which she thought was from God), soon devolved into horrific nightmares, depression, and attempted suicide.Read More
“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.Read More
“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.Read More
“A woman used to go to church every morning to send the devil away from every seat. She would make a performance of that. It was quite scary to hear the cries and screams every Sunday morning.”
Maria has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.Read More
“I had been largely sheltered from false teachings for most of my life. That all changed in 2011 when I met a guy who told me about this great church he was attending, and invited me to go with him.”
What started out as a kind invitation ended up as a full-blown nightmare for this woman, who witness the worst of the demonic realm that is the NAR.Read More
“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.Read More
"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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
What's in a name? When the name and title of "General" is used in a church leadership context, it's a rank that ought to be a red flag for you. You see, General is code word for Apostle. So is Rick Warren a General in the NAR sense?Read More
"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.Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More