We believe there are only twelve apostles in the Church — those chosen and appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is founded upon the Apostles and Prophets with Jesus Christ being the Rock and Chief Cornerstone. The Twelve Apostles are those who walked with Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. They witnessed His life, works, death, resurrection, and ascension. Paul, who is considered the greatest of all the apostles, declares he was “one who was untimely born” (see 1 Corinthians 15:8). Although the book of Acts records Matthias being chosen by casting lots to replace Judas Iscariot, it is evident that Paul was chosen by Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. Thus, having seen the risen Christ, he was confirmed by Ananias by whom his eyes were opened, and was in time welcomed as an apostle among the twelve, particularly by Simon Peter. The Apostles were those who established the early Church as Christ intended. They operated in the fullness of the Spirit freely, which any believer should do when fully submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They also demonstrated the authority of Jesus Christ toward the early Church that brought about the necessary discipleship, accountability, and sanctification. As such, the twelve apostles became the authors of the New Testament, and their written works achieved canonization.
The NAR, as defined by C. Peter Wagner, is a movement established upon the premise that there are self-appointed apostles and prophets today who are to lead the Church in The Seven Mountain Mandate, which is an overtaking of the following world realms: Religion, Business, Arts, Media, Business, Education, and Government.
We believe the NAR is a heretical movement that leads the Church astray from the scriptural mandate Jesus Christ gave to the Church — which is to fulfill the Great Commission in teaching and preaching the Gospel as He taught us, and to go and make disciples baptizing them in His name. The Church was never instructed to take over the world, but to establish His Father’s kingdom. His command was to love and serve others. He instructed us to separate ourselves from the world. Although being in it, we are not to be of it. And all those who love the world are considered an enemy of God. When speaking of the world, Jesus Christ made it clear that it was an enemy. Thus, He overcame the world, and told us to rejoice although we may suffer tribulation and hardship. His life was one of humility, servanthood, sacrifice, and selfless love and devotion to His Father and the flock God entrusted to Him. The power He demonstrated was always within that context. He lived in complete humility and obedience to His Father. He never glorified Himself, but always sought to bring glory to His Father. Jesus Christ was about establishing His Father’s kingdom — not the kingdom of this world, which is of the devil. Jesus Christ overcame the world as a victor for all those who would follow Him.
The Seven Mountain Mandate, as proposed by the New Apostolic Reformation, begs of the same temptation the devil bade to Christ:
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve,” (Matthew 4:8-10, KJV).
In closing, we believe the New Apostolic Reformation is indeed a heretical movement that is directly contrary to the Lord’s command. It is a “last days” false teaching marked by false prophets, false teachers, and false apostles.
With regard to ministry endeavors, we are very careful not to endorse or work with those who embrace the New Apostolic Reformation.
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