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The BBC reports on the New Apostolic Reformation

July 25th, 2017 | 4 Comments | Posted in Miscellaneous, Size and Influence of the NAR

BBC podcastLaura Hubber,  a BBC reporter, recently investigated the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement and particularly how this movement has attracted millennials. Listen to her report, “Bringing Heaven to Earth,” here (a podcast). Notice that Hubber does not use the term “New Apostolic Reformation” in her report, but this clearly is the movement she describes.

NAR leaders she addresses include Bill Johnson (Bethel Church in Redding, California), Che Ahn (Harvest International Ministry), and Lou Engle (The Call).

One thing from Hubber’s report that struck me is the reasons the young people she interviewed said they were drawn to NAR. Multiple individuals said they had a hunger to experience “more” than they were experiencing in mainstream churches–including a hunger to see the occurrence of miracles and supernatural phenomena. In my own research of NAR, I’ve found this desire to experience “more”–and specifically the miraculous–to be a major attraction to NAR.

If you’ve ever been a part of NAR, what attracted you?

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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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4 Responses to “The BBC reports on the New Apostolic Reformation”

  1. Jeff Says:

    The “more Lords” of today are nothing new:

    Numbers 11:4-6 recounts how the Israelites grumbled and lamented having to eat the manna in the wilderness.That manna, of course, was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ and the supernatural provision of God! Yet these people wanted something more, something exciting to their taste-buds, something that tickled their flesh. The simple, pure provision of God wasn’t enough.

  2. kadri liisa Says:

    I watched it now on my laptop. And sure young people want more. Even in my country there is in baptist church 3D church most young ppl are there and it is bit extreme too…:(
    Never heard of INC but will read this research.

  3. jane Says:

    James E Barber aka Ralph Grisnnell calls himself the Apostle Jimbo and threatens, people, especially women, on the internet not to mess with the “new apostolic reformation.
    This is another cult.

  4. Brian Westcott Says:

    I was briefly a part of the NAR through the Vineyard in October 2008 to April 2010.  I’m still a Charismatic and I had a Charismatic experience when I received the gift of speaking in tongues the day after my birthday in 2009.

    I became pretty disillusioned with the NAR because it’s very self-centered.  All they ever focus on is signs, wonders, and miracles.  They never talked about Jesus, repentance, the cross, becoming born again, testing the spirits, etc.  It felt more like a cult and everyone was drinking the poisoned Kool Aid.

    I listened to the BBC podcast and it was very insightful and sad at the same time.  I certainly wanted more and can relate to young people wanting more spirituality, meaning, and purpose in their lives.

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