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How to spot a NAR book

We documented in our books that the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) has penetrated mainstream Christianity. Many people find this hard to believe, claiming they've never heard of the NAR. I suspect one big reason this movement has flown under the radar for so long is because people don't know what to look for.

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.

A NAR Bible — The Passion Translation revisited

A few years ago I wrote a four-part series about The Passion Translation–a new NAR translation of the Bible being produced by the NAR apostle Brian Simmons. This series of posts has been among my most read. Since many of my newer readers may not have heard of the Passion Translation, I reprinted Part 1 below.

Heidi Baker’s claim to be an apostle

Recently I wrote about Bill Johnson’s attempt, in a Christianity Today article, to distance himself from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Now I address Heidi Baker’s denial—also reported in Christianity Today– that she’s part of the NAR.

Don’t let this be your kid: disturbing video of girl from Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.

I frequently hear from Christians who are concerned that their child has gotten involved with Bethel Church in Redding, California. If you don’t know, Bethel Redding is one of the most influential organizations in the controversial New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement and is led by the NAR apostle Bill Johnson. It’s also one of the most popular churches in the United States, and young people are being drawn to it in droves.

The West Coast continues to ‘rumble’–Night 53

Today will mark Night 53 of the “West Coast Rumble”–a revival that broke out at churches in Seattle and San Diego. Meetings are characterized by claims of miraculous healings and angelic visitations. The revival is connected to the Azusa Now rally held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on April 9–an event that drew over 56,000 participants.

Yes, Bethel Redding and Bill Johnson are part of the New Apostolic Reformation

Following Christianity Today’s recent cover story on Bethel Church in Redding, California, I’ve been contacted by people wondering about Bill Johnson’s statements made in that article distancing himself from the New Apostolic Reformation.

Brain Stopper No. 5: Bill Johnson’s Book Ban

One brain stopper, I call the “Book Ban,” is employed by Bill Johnson–senior pastor and NAR apostle over Bethel Church in Redding, California. Johnson tells his readers not to read books that are critical of teachings he promotes. He does this in his popular book When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles.

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.

Epic fail: Vallotton’s 5 non-biblical tests for a true prophet

I was disturbed this week by Kris Vallotton’s article titled “5 Tests of a True Prophet.” I was even more disturbed to see that his article was published by Charisma Magazine.

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