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NAR leader Brian Simmons reveals a new chapter of the Bible

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.

What could be wrong with learning to “hear God’s voice”?

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.”

Our books on the NAR recognized by World Magazine

World Magazine has again recognized my book A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement, co-authored with Biola professor Doug Geivett. Our book is featured in the magazine’s latest issue, along with three other titles, in “Books of Popular Theology.” Here’s an excerpt from the article: Is God actually sending hundreds of […]

[ More ] July 27th, 2016 | 2 Comments | Posted in My Books |

‘Unity’ that is not unity: ‘Together 2016′

Christians from across church backgrounds will gather, Saturday, July 16, at the National Mall for an event called “Together 2016.” Participants are praying and fasting for at least one million people to attend. The purpose is for Christians to set aside their doctrinal differences and unite by focusing on Jesus and spiritual awakening. But is this kind of unity a good thing– or even unity at all?

Buzzfeed features my post ‘Fortune Cookie Prophecies’

I was delighted to see that three days ago Buzzfeed featured my blog post “Fortune Cookie Prophecies,” which contrasts the silly, vaguely worded predictions made by so-called prophets in the New Apostolic Reformation with the startling, specific predictions made by genuine prophets in the Bible.

California bill threatens freedom of Christian colleges

I’m breaking from my usual reporting to inform my readers about a California bill (Senate Bill 1146) that, if passed, will severely limit the ability of the state’s Christian colleges and universities to operate according to their biblical convictions about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

[ More ] June 27th, 2016 | 2 Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous |

NAR leaders meet with the Pope

Earlier this month, on June 10, leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)–including International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle, the apostle Ché Ahn, and prophets Kris Vallotton and Stacey Campbell–attended a private meeting with the Pope along with dozens of other Protestant leaders from North America and Europe. The NAR leaders’ participation in the meeting is troubling for a number of reasons.

A NAR Bible — The Passion Translation revisited

A few years ago I wrote a four-part series about The Passion Translation–a new NAR translation of the Bible being produced by the NAR apostle Brian Simmons. This series of posts has been among my most read. Since many of my newer readers may not have heard of the Passion Translation, I reprinted Part 1 below.

Heidi Baker’s claim to be an apostle

Recently I wrote about Bill Johnson’s attempt, in a Christianity Today article, to distance himself from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Now I address Heidi Baker’s denial—also reported in Christianity Today– that she’s part of the NAR.

Don’t let this be your kid: disturbing video of girl from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.

I frequently hear from Christians who are concerned that their child has gotten involved with Bethel Church in Redding, California. If you don’t know, Bethel Redding is one of the most influential organizations in the controversial New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement and is led by the NAR apostle Bill Johnson. It’s also one of the most popular churches in the United States, and young people are being drawn to it in droves.

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