You might have noticed a growing trend. More churches are hosting live simulcasts, featuring big-name Christian speakers, like one coming up Wednesday, called The Gathering 2016. There are a lot of reasons why they’re popular, which I’ll address below. But despite the popularity of the simulcast, churches need to be aware of a particular danger before they decide to host one of these events.
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.
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.
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.
I had fun being interviewed by the guys at Urban Theologian Radio in Phoenix, Arizona–a show where serious talk about theology and apologetics meets hip hop and pop culture.
I’ve been compiling a list of churches, organizations, and individuals in Washington that promote NAR teachings, practices, and/or leaders. I thought this list might be helpful for some of my readers who live in Washington or have friends who do.
Anyone who has concerns about the New Apostolic Reformation should keep an eye on two organizations.