I was contacted by the pastor of a church, requesting help with drafting a position paper against the New Apostolic Reformation. This church, like so many others, had experienced disunity and decline due to the introduction of NAR teachings.
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.
Christians from across church backgrounds will gather, Saturday, July 16, at the National Mall for an event called “Together 2016.” Participants are praying and fasting for at least one million people to attend. The purpose is for Christians to set aside their doctrinal differences and unite by focusing on Jesus and spiritual awakening. But is this kind of unity a good thing– or even unity at all?
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.
Last year, I reported that New Apostolic Reformation teachings and practices have made inroads into the National Day of Prayer and asked the question, “Has the National Day of Prayer been hijacked by the NAR?” Unfortunately, this year, the NAR appears to have gained more ground in this event.
On Saturday, June 13, thousands of Christians are expected to gather at a coliseum in South Carolina for a prayer rally called “The Response SC.” Many seem unaware that this event is about much more than simply praying and fasting on behalf of the nation.
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.
What disturbs me about this documentary is that it appears its creators have lumped together all U.S. evangelicals with the New Apostolic Reformation movement.