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More NAR in the news: Trump’s ‘bizzare’ pick to lead the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom

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Gov. Samuel Brownback

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has made international news multiple times in recent weeks. Last week I linked to a BBC report on NAR. Now see this Daily Beast article about President Trump’s pick to lead the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Kansas governor Sam Brownback. The article reports on Brownback’s “bizarre” ties with NAR leaders, especially the NAR prophet Lou Engle.

My co-authored book, A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement, also documents Brownback’s connection with NAR, including his key role in a NAR “identificational repentance” ceremony that took place at one of Engle’s Call events, in Nashville in 2007. For those who don’t know, identificational repentance is a NAR spiritual warfare practice which aims to cast out powerful demons that are believed to rule over specific geographical regions, such as the United States. NAR leaders teach that those powerful demons gained their control through specific sins committed on the soil of those regions, such as atrocities committed by Americans of European descent against Native Americans. So the only way to break a demon’s influence in a specific region is to hold an identificational repentance ceremony. During such a ceremony, a member of the offending party presents an apology to a member of the offended party, which is supposed to result in a spiritual cleansing of the land.

In this case, Brownback, representing the people of the United States, presented an apology to the NAR apostle Jay Swallow, a Cheyenne Indian. But Brownback went even further, following up the ceremony with a legislative act. He worked with Engle to craft a resolution in the U.S. Congress apologizing to Native Americans. The Native American Apology Resolution was signed on December 19, 2009, by President Barack Obama. NAR leaders saw the resolution–a formal apology on behalf of the United States government–as a big step toward their goal to take dominion and transform the nation.

Now, under the Trump administration, NAR leaders have gained unprecedented access to the White House, due to their support of him before and since the election. See, for example, this Aug. 4 article from Religion Dispatches, titled “A President ‘Anointed by God’: POTUS Shield and Religious Right’s Affair With Trump.” If Gov. Brownback could get a NAR-originated resolution signed into law, one wonders what other agendas NAR leaders may be able to accomplish with a new president more disposed to cater to them.


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 “More NAR in the news: Trump’s ‘bizzare’ pick to lead the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom”

  1. jeff Says:

    I believe God is really testing the Christians of this nation. NAR notables have been declaring Trump as some sort of King Cyrus deliverer for years now. These declarations are backed by their dreams, visions, and so-called prophetic words, and not the word of God. 

    Knowing that Trump’s spiritual adviser is Paula White (notorious prosperity preacher) should give pause to anyone who claims the name of Jesus when they regard President Trump. While Christians should give honor to the civil authority, recognizing it has been instituted by God, and follow the laws that do not interfere with serving our God, we should also recognize that the civil authorities are not a spiritual authority. 

    There is a difference, and there’s a reason why there’s a difference. Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the thing’s that are God’s.” 

    When people try to mix the two, watch out! 

    I fear many of them will wind up bowing down to the idol that the civil authority has set up for them instead of standing strong like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

  2. nannette Says:

    Seems as though the whole administration is loaded with false prophets.  Ed Decker is also a friend of Lou Engle.  I tried to find a church but it’s all the same.  Most of them have women Bible studies with Joyce Meyer, and Beth Moore.  If you say something your the bad guy, they don’t believe you.  Let them have their false prophets, that is what the Bible says, “For the time will come when thy will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”    2 Tim. 4:3  They don’t want sound doctrine.  They are just like the what Jesus said, “…Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”  Mt. 16:6  This is what they all say, “And they were astonished at His (Jesus) doctrine:  for His word was with power.”  Luke 6:31.  So what did they all want to do?  Kill Jesus!  They will accuse you of being the Pharisee, and tell you to “judge not”.

  3. John Thomley Says:

    Google “Michelle Bachman Apology” for details on her recent visit to Jerusalem with pastor Jim and Rosemary Garlow.
    I’m wondering if this was an effort similar to the Sam Brownback apology to the American Indians. Could this be another Identification Repentance Reconciliation exercise by NAR proponents?

  4. Dirk Flemix Says:

    The NAR Political Party here in South Africa did the Same . SA Chief Justice is a NAR Lay Pastor . and Member of the ACDP . the ACDP did the same ritual in Parliament this Year Apologizing to the Koi sun People the 1st people IN South Africa , The same identificational repentance ceremony was held in SA Parliament this year by the ACDP . http://trulightradioxm.org.za/teachings/the-false-doctrine-of-the-nar-movement-in-south-africa/

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