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 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.
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.
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.
Today will mark Night 53 of the “West Coast Rumble”–a revival that broke out at churches in Seattle and San Diego. Meetings are characterized by claims of miraculous healings and angelic visitations. The revival is connected to the Azusa Now rally held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on April 9–an event that drew over 56,000 participants.
Following Christianity Today’s recent cover story on Bethel Church in Redding, California, I’ve been contacted by people wondering about Bill Johnson’s statements made in that article distancing himself from the New Apostolic Reformation.
One brain stopper, I call the “Book Ban,” is employed by Bill Johnson–senior pastor and NAR apostle over Bethel Church in Redding, California. Johnson tells his readers not to read books that are critical of teachings he promotes. He does this in his popular book When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles.
Last year, I reported that New Apostolic Reformation teachings and practices have made inroads into the National Day of Prayer and asked the question, “Has the National Day of Prayer been hijacked by the NAR?” Unfortunately, this year, the NAR appears to have gained more ground in this event.
I received a question from a reader who has been troubled by a popular NAR teaching. I share her question here, along with my reply, because I know other readers may be struggling with the same question.