C. Peter Wagner, one of the most influential leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), died Friday at age 86. Many people who are part of the global NAR movement have been deeply influenced by Wagner without knowing it.
When most people think of “taking the Lord’s name in vain,” they usually think this refers to saying God’s name in profanity. That’s a start, but there’s actually another way people are in danger of taking God’s name in vain (which basically means to treat his name lightly). They do this by claiming God told them to say something he didn’t actually say.
I often receive comments on my blog written by people claiming that the King James Bible is the only translation people should read and that all other translations are untrustworthy. I disagree with this view strongly.
If you live near Southern California and you have a junior high, high school or college-aged student, I urge you to take them to Stand to Reason’s “ReThink Apologetics Student Conference,” tonight and tomorrow in Costa Mesa, California.
You might have noticed a growing trend. More churches are hosting live simulcasts, featuring big-name Christian speakers, like one coming up Wednesday, called The Gathering 2016. There are a lot of reasons why they’re popular, which I’ll address below. But despite the popularity of the simulcast, churches need to be aware of a particular danger before they decide to host one of these events.
Today I was interviewed by Chris Rosebrough on his show Fighting for the Faith about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and my two co-authored books about this movement.
We documented in our books that the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has penetrated mainstream Christianity. Many people find this hard to believe, claiming they’ve never heard of the NAR. I suspect one big reason this movement has flown under the radar for so long is because people don’t know what to look for.
I recently ran across a television interview Brian Simmons did last year with Sid Roth, where he makes a number of startling statements about his Passion Translation–statements showing just how dangerous this so-called Bible translation is.
Recently I heard about a Christian youth conference in Anchorage, Alaska, called Fusion, that drew more than 800 teenagers and church youth workers from across the state. In addition to performances by nationally known music artists, the conference featured “training classes” on a variety of topics to help students grow in their faith. Two of these classes promised to teach them “how to hear God’s voice.”