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Apostolic and Prophetic Lingo–A to Z

July 15th, 2014 | 6 Comments | Posted in Abraham S. Rajah, Developing Discernment

Apostolic and Prophetic Dictionary artI came across a very telling, new NAR resource. It’s called the Apostolic and Prophetic Dictionary: Language of the End-Time Church. This book is written by NAR apostle and prophet Abraham S. Rajah, and was released in December through Westbow Press, the self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.

It provides definitions for over 500 entries, most of which are for exclusive NAR terms. Here’s the description of the book on Amazon.

“The Apostolic & Prophetic Dictionary by Apostle & Prophet Abraham S. Rajah is a necessary tool for all who desire to be a part of God’s present-day apostolic and prophetic move. It features over 500 entries, most of which are present-day revelations needed for the body of Christ to fully embrace the model of the church seen in the book of Acts. It is well researched and full of the most insightful words and phrases needed for today’s Church. It promises to be unique, relevant and full of revelation. It will equip the most recent believer to ministry leaders. Learn Phrases and Words such as: Transfer of Wealth, Seven Mountain Kingdoms, Anointing, Impartation, Activation, Signs and Wonders, Prophets in the market place, Elijah company of Prophets, Apostolic covering, Joshua assignment, much, much more.”

When I discovered this book, I had two main thoughts. First, I was pleased to find a resource to explain the vast array of NAR terms–terms that can be baffling to people who are not closely acquainted with NAR teachings. Second, I recalled a wise caution I had read by a seminary professor named Andrew Jackson. The caution was about the dangers of Christian movements using “insider language” and was printed in an article Jackson wrote, titled “Forerunner Eschatology,” which critiques the end-time teachings of Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri (an NAR organization). Jackson wrote:

“A cautionary red light should go on whenever we discover any church or Christian movement creating, and extensively using, their own exclusive language. The habitual use of insider language by a Christian movement can develop a we-are-different culture vis-a-vis the greater church. Soon a person’s use of prescribed terms and phrases is the way to determine whether they are true ‘insiders.’ It can also easily create a ‘us’ and ‘them’ attitude within the Body of Christ. Many Christians living within such a cloistered culture can often find it difficult to leave or relate with other Christians, who do not speak ‘their language,’ and who are frequently seen as spiritually lukewarm or compromising.”

Jackson’s words should be heeded by those who have found themselves associating with NAR churches. The very fact that an entire dictionary of “apostolic and prophetic” terms had to be created indicates just how widespread the use of “insider language” is in the NAR movement. The NAR practice of using insider language has caused significant and painful division in the body of the Christ.

— Holly Pivec

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6 Responses to “Apostolic and Prophetic Lingo–A to Z”

  1. Kenny Lentz Says:

    Hello Holly,

    This dictionary of Apostolic and Prophetic Dictionary: Language of the End-Time Church is indeed a startling find. The implications point toward an overt, intentional tendency toward establishing groupthink, which is a classic method or phenomenon of mind control found to characterize certain organizations or movements.

    Perhaps some of your readers would be well served to search for a good introductory resource to groupthink, such as:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink

    The implications are much more serious than mere “divisions in the Church.” On the face of it, “divisions in the Church” are unfortunate.  However, throughout the history of the Church these divisions over doctrinal points and ecclesiastical practice have provoked much serious historical and exegetical and theological study of the Scripture and the writings of the early Church Fathers, in support of the ongoing public and polemical exchanges within the Church.  This polemical process has been proceeding apace from the First Century, being frequently found in the Apostolic letters, continuing with the early church Fathers and so on to this day.  The Reformation is of course a leading example of this self-corrective effort and effect, but there have been and continue to be many such throughout the history of the church.

    But groupthink is an entirely different and serious matter.  It is the insidious environment that nurtures religious cults, nationalistic wars of aggression, holy crusades, culture wars, ethnic cleansing;  extending to include fanatics who “seek to cleanse the world with the blood of the infidel.”  It is the environment that nurtures the “we vs. they” mentality, as pointed out by Prof. Andrew Jackson above.

    Again, as pointed out by Prof. Andrew Jackson above, it “takes captive” the minds of those identified with the group or movement.  In my estimation, the special insider vocabulary being promoted by the NAR is a classic, transparent and cynical move toward promoting groupthink among its followers.

  2. Riles Says:

    I bought the kindle version, and it sure affirms that NAR and WOF are kissin’ cousins.  Absolute nonsense.  Add the New Age teachings of the West Coast capital of NAR, Bethel, and one has a train wreck waiting to happen.  We live just SW of Portland, Oregon, and spent our anniversary this past May in Solvang, and Santa Barbara Cal.  The same weekend we left, a family from our former “church” was making a pilgrimage to Redding.

  3. M.K. Says:

    I remember one critic of the NAR and WOF back in 1998 (when dh and I were being excommunicated from our church) who said that defining terms with these people is like nailing jello to the wall, as soon as you figure out a tern or a concept they change it. He also said that keeping track of the new apostles was like watching the Indy500 with new stars zooming up the track and overtaking their mentors faster and faster with new prophecies and visions coming in as each new “star” tried to out do the others in the newest new thing.

    This may be useful as long as it lasts but there is so much “new” in the whole false teaching arena that I wonder how fast this will be outdated. The laughing revival became gold dust then angel feathers then gems with each fresh wave of “revival” needing to outdo the last in spectacular events to amaze the multitudes and bring in the money given in offerings at these events.

    While I was focused on NAR and WOF stuff which had been a problem in that church I went to, suddenly all around me emergent stuff started popping up. A few years back it was Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven movement.  Satan is sure sifting the church.

  4. Craig Says:

    Related to the NAR’s use of exclusive, insider language is their use of <i>loaded language</i> for detractors.  See here:

    http://notunlikelee.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/the-use-of-loaded-language-in-hyper-charismaticism/

    Even more startling are the the “Main Points” section in this link, detailing Robert Lifton’s “Eight Criteria for Thought Reform”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism

  5. keijo leppioja Says:

    Hello from sweden with joy to be here an telling my opinion by  the bible wisdom to knowing  the Lord will today by prophecy and by quard of the Holy Spirit in every time in alone moment when no one are lisnering us but the lord´s voice we will hear and be answered  our request in Christ,thanks and bless,keijo sweden

  6. Kathryn Says:

    A side note because I always tend to dig deeper.  I have perused the dictionary and noticed that it lacked the word “align” which is one of the NAR’s main buzz words.  “Aligning” is used in the title of a five volume anthology on the apostolic by Bruce Cook.  See Amazon’s description here: http://www.amazon.com/Aligning-With-The-Apostolic-Volume-ebook/dp/B00FZEO65Q

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