Earlier this month, on June 10, leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)–including International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle, the apostle Ché Ahn, and prophets Kris Vallotton and Stacey Campbell–attended a private meeting with the Pope along with dozens of other Protestant leaders from North America and Europe. The NAR leaders’ participation in the meeting is troubling for a number of reasons.
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.
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.
Last Saturday, thousands of Christians gathered at a stadium in Baton Rouge for a prayer and fasting rally, called “The Response: Louisiana.” The event was led by Gov. Bobby Jindal, who appears to have presidential ambitions.
Yesterday, I watched the opening session of the 2013 Voice of Apostles conference in Orlando, Florida, sponsored by Global Awakening. Here are some of my initial impressions.
I think we are witnessing a time of leadership transition in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. The first-generation NAR leaders–those who formulated the major teachings of the NAR movement–have begun stepping aside and a new generation of apostles and prophets have risen to take their places.
There is another sign that the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement is becoming mainstreamed. Christian rock band Third Day has agreed to lead worship at the 2013 “Voice of the Apostles” conference –an NAR event–to be held in Orlando, Florida, next month.
Apostle Brian Simmons actually responded to a review I wrote of his new translation of the Bible, the Passion Translation. Yet, as you will see, his response shows poor reasoning, shoddy scholarship, and even apparent deception.