C. Peter Wagner invented the term "New Apostolic Reformation" and then pronounced himself God's appointed leader of it:
“I needed a name … For a couple of years I experimented with ‘Post denominationalism’. The name I have settled on for the movement is the New Apostolic Reformation.” (Source: C. Peter Wagner, The New Apostolic Churches, Ventura CA; Regal, 1998, p. 18.)
It's a loosely knit association of churches and ministries on the outer fringes of anything resembling Biblical Christianity. Supernatural Signs & Wonders; Dominionism; The Latter Rain Movement; Joel's Army; The 7 Mountain Mandate; Third Wave Revivalism; IHOP; Bill Johnson's Bethel Church, The Hillsong Media Empire, Rick Joyner's MorningStar Ministries... these are all a part of this shape-shifting movement in one way or another. It is gobbling up churches and deceiving millions around the world.
Some key beliefs of the NAR are:
- We've entered a "2nd Apostolic Age" that is marked by increasing Signs & Wonders.
- Christians should somehow take over the world; they have a great "Destiny" to achieve as royalty.
- The Holy Spirit has a bunch of new demands that aren't taught in the Bible; fresh "Revival" is His new emphasis, so ongoing meetings, conventions and lengthy worship sessions are needed with professional rock bands, smoke machines and emotional speakers who yell a lot.
- A great end time harvest/outpouring will occur once we battle enough demons, perform enough miracles and unify under these new Apostles, (who yell a lot).
- God is giving new revelation to his Prophets/Apostles but they will make many mistakes in the process and that's okay, but following the Bible too closely makes you "religious" and narrow-minded...
Here are a number of different articles from different theological and denominational backgrounds that all agree that the "New Apostolic Reformation" isn't new, isn't apostolic and isn't a reformation: