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One to Watch: Torben Sondergaard

Sondergaard headshotMany people have asked me what I know about Danish evangelist Torben Sondergaard, the founder of the Last Reformation movement, and whether he’s part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

In short, he is part of NAR. Although my area of focus has been on American leaders of NAR, I do want to draw people’s attention to this European teacher as someone to watch. Three things are clear about Sondergaard, based on a five-minute video clip from one of his teachings. This Youtube clip is titled “How to Remember the 5 Fold Church Ministry” and is part of a longer teaching by Sondergaard, titled “Reformation of the Church System.”

Three things you need to know about Torben Sondergaard

1. Sondergaard advocates a view known as “restorationism.” This is the belief that the church, after the first century, lost important truths and fell into apostasy. Those lost truths are now being progressively restored by teachers such as Sondergaard. Restorationism is promoted by aberrant groups, such as the New Apostolic Reformation movement, along with cults of Christianity, including Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

last reformation cover art2. Sondergaard promotes the present-day governing offices of apostle and prophet, which is the core teaching of the New Apostolic Reformation. Notice, in the video clip, how he references the NAR “fivefold ministry” teaching that the church is to be led by apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds (pastors), and teachers. He describes a prophet as one who points out sin in individual’s lives and gives direction to the church–functions typically reserved for an individual who holds an authoritative office in the church, not just someone who has a prophetic gifting. He also says that a prophet and apostle work in tandem–a common teaching in NAR.

3. He’s very influential. The video teaching I linked to above is No. 17 in a 20-part series produced by an online school founded by Sondergaard, called the Pioneer School. His school teaches people, among other things, how to do miraculous healings. The first lesson in this series, titled “Come Out of the Box,” has received over 300,000 views. In addition to starting a school, Sondergaard has produced full-length Youtube movies, including The Last Reformation: The Beginning (2016), which has received over 800,000 views, and a new movie “7 Days Adventure With God.” These movies claim to document miraculous healings Sondergaard and his followers allegedly perform when they go out on the streets and interact with people they encounter there.

This map from the Last Reformation website shows Sondergaard’s extensive reach. Have you personally encountered his teachings?

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Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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58 Responses to “One to Watch: Torben Sondergaard”

  1. Notdecievedanymore Says:

    David you had some experience in this movement. So did I. But that does not make them true Christians.

  2. Chris Coghlan Says:

    Before I give my own personal experience with TLR, I would like to know how Torben can call himself an apostle when one of the criteria for this position is to have witnessed the resurected Christ.

    Now for my story.

    I recently did a ten day tour of Israel with a group or people from The Last Reformation. I did not know anything about them as I was blindly led into it.

    The tour leader knows Torben Sondergaad personally and put a very heavy emphasis on what Torben taught and his interpretation of Acts. There was very little emphasis placed on the Gospels and any other books of the Bible.

    I have arthritis in various joints of my body which gives me a lot of pain.

    On the first day one of the TLR team laid hands in me and prayed for healing of my arthritis. Nothing happened so she said that sometimes it takes time.

    Two days past and she asked me if the pain was gone and I told her it had not. She then blamed me by saying that I did not have faith and that I have to ask God for the healing.

    Should this be the case then there is no need for anyone to lay hands on someone and pray for healing.

    Throughout the tour there were times for evangelising TLR style. Once back on the coach the TLR leader would ask for “testimonies”. These to me appeared to be boastful as it was about what they had done not God. Quite a number would make claims that people were healed of pains.

    One claimed to have prayed for a wheelchair bound woman and that her deformed leg was partially straightened. The woman was still wheelchair bound so I do not see why God would only partially heal a person and still leave them unable to walk.

    There were no miraculous healings of the lame walking, blind seeing type.

    On day six I was asked by one of them if I had healed anyone, if I was baptised by full immersion, baptised in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. I said that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers and that my tongue is English. I was told that I am not saved because I was not baptised by the Holy Spirit and did not speak in tongues as they are heavenly languages that we do not understand.

    From my own personal experience they came across as very cultish with a strong emphasis on Torben’s teaching and healing.

  3. Josh Says:

    The Last Reformation is a dangerous cult with a very mentally disturbed leader. Period. There are many (legal) reasons why Torben Sondergaard left Denmark overnight after the release on the Danish TV2 of a 3hrs documentary filmed inside his “movement” where one could see all kind of abuses and manipulations. He now claims that God ask him to move to Florida but it appears that Torben’s God never heard of “permanent visa” and therefore Torben Sondergaard is assigned to a residence and has to report any of his moves to the authorities. Hopefully the US immigration will soon get tired of this bozo and send him back to Denmark where he can face the justice of his own country.

  4. Bev Says:

    Hi, My name is Bev and God lead me to The last reformation where I received healing from ME and Fibromyalgia which I had had for 28 years, for 15 years I was in a wheelchair to go out as was in pain 24 hrs a day That was two and a half years ago and I have gone from being a very luke warm christian to one that has a very personal and real relationship with Jesus Christ now. My whole life is devoted to reaching others and sharing the gospel now and thats only possible through Christ and his faithfullness to me. The Last Reformation isn’t something you join but it is something to encourage you to go out and live your faith. I don’t follow Torben I follow Jesus and never have I been encouraged to do so. But his teaching got me back into my bible checking things out for myself. My life has so changed and my relationship with Jesus is back on track thanks to TLR. Please don’t be so quick to judge as I know there is a real heart for Jesus at the root of TLR.

  5. Ex TLR Says:

    Hi Bev

    Are you completely healed and can document this?

    Reason. As part of TLR and being leader (green dot) we saw many so called healings. People would experience less pain and or symptoms would disapper for a short period of time. Nearly always the people would have the problems again.

    On investigating this we discovered striking similarities to hypnotic healing. We saw videos of people being operated on using hypnosis and no pain killers. We concluded that most of the healing we were seeing was like this. When the hypnosis wore off then the pain amd symptoms came back. We do not believe that many were actually supernatural healing from God.

    This lead into a second thing. The deliverance side of things. Similarly, people who were open to hypnosis could put themselves into a state where they could manifest any thing you made them believe. It was the power of their mind which was doing the manifestations and not demons in them.

    Then there was a 3rd angle of what happened. Other people were doing more extreme deliverance stuff in TLR circles. They were talking to demons etc. Now i believe they were channelling. I do not believe the people had the demons but it was necromancy intonthr underworld. All of people continued to have demon related problems for a long period of time. I strongly feel most of it is actually psychological and not spiritual problems.

    I hate to shatter dreams. I believe God does heal. I believe he does do miracles and set people free. Basically, do not believe we need to go around proving God thru mircales or desperate people will start faking it or making money from it. Also dont believe in demon hunting like some in TLR do as it rrally puts people into bondage in the ling term.

    Wish you all the best with your recovery and healing.

    Blessings in Jesus

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