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The problem with Bethel Redding’s Firestarters ‘prophetic activation’ class

I recently returned from a trip to Redding, California, where I visited Bethel Church, led by popular NAR apostle Bill Johnson. Many things were taught during my visit there that troubled me. Especially troubling was the adult Sunday School class called Firestarters.

End-time apostle and prophet, Lou Engle–The new Billy Graham?

Lou Engle, founder of The Call and a leader in the New Apostolic Reformation, has been making an audacious claim to audiences in large stadiums and churches across America: that the “mantle” of the aged Billy Graham is about to fall on him and his followers.

NAR leader Brian Simmons reveals a new chapter of the Bible

I recently ran across a television interview Brian Simmons did last year with Sid Roth, where he makes a number of startling statements about his Passion Translation–statements showing just how dangerous this so-called Bible translation is.

What could be wrong with learning to “hear God’s voice”?

Recently I heard about a Christian youth conference in Anchorage, Alaska, called Fusion, that drew more than 800 teenagers and church youth workers from across the state. In addition to performances by nationally known music artists, the conference featured “training classes” on a variety of topics to help students grow in their faith. Two of these classes promised to teach them “how to hear God’s voice.”

Reader Mail: ‘Is this my fault?’

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.

12 resurrections? Show me the evidence

I’ve written before about the Dead Raising Team–a NAR organization, led by Tyler Johnson, that trains people to go to funeral homes, morgues, and family homes where bodies are being kept and raise the dead by offering “prayers of resurrection.” The teams claim to have seen 12 resurrections to date, as a result of their prayers.

Listen to my latest interview: God’s Super-Apostles

Last weekend, I spoke with Derek Gilbert, at View from the Bunker, about the New Apostolic Reformation and my two new books analyzing this worldwide movement.

The Apostle Generals

When you see someone in the NAR movement referred to as a “general” that is another way of calling them an apostle–for those in the know.

Bob Jones’ Death: ‘A Marker’

I just finished watching the memorial service held for Bob Jones–a leading prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation movement who died Feb. 14. While watching the service, I was struck by two things.

Are You Doing the ‘Greater Works’?

Recently, I wrote a two-part series of posts examining a new film called Deadraiser. The film’s premise is that Jesus commissioned all Christians to heal the sick and raise the dead. So, if you are a Christian, then should be performing these miracles as a part of your normal Christian walk, according to the filmmakers. […]

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