A new apostolic reformation? : a biblical response to the by R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec

By R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec

This critique offers a framework for figuring out and reading the frequent yet little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) move. because the authors nation within the preface: "We write this booklet with significant ambitions in brain. First, to offer humans an concept of the sheer measurement and succeed in of the NAR circulate. And moment, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluation them at the foundation of Scripture and cautious reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR standpoint crosses those obstacles [that is, yes wide parameters, printed in Scripture and practiced within the old orthodox church], and it does so partially due to improper theology rooted in a unsuitable figuring out of Scripture. we want to warn readers a few attainable confusion: a few critics have associated the NAR flow with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. we don't do that. in truth, it truly is our competition that the NAR circulation deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This circulation has emerged out of autonomous charismatic church buildings and, hence, has won a foothold in lots of of these church buildings in various degrees."

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169 Numerical growth, then—according to Wagner, a widely recognized church growth expert— is a sign of God’s blessing. 171 Wagner documents his discovery of this connection between fast-​growing churches and their apostolic leadership in his 1999 book Churchquake: “In 1993, a pattern of divine blessing . . began to be apparent to me. That was when I began my research . . ”172 Wagner acknowledges that church growth trends don’t in themselves validate the New Apostolic Reformation if its teachings cannot be supported by Scripture.

An apostle will send out others who are equipped to fulfill their roles in expanding the kingdom of God. An apostle will raise up future leadership. 158 Limits of an Apostle’s Authority Though apostles have extraordinary authority, they still have limitations, five of which we look at here. First, apostles have limited spheres of authority. No one apostle has authority over the entire church. 159 They explicitly deny the authority of the Pope and see his role as unbiblical. God gives apostles limited specific spheres of authority.

Pastors must submit to apostles because they themselves don’t have what it takes to lead the church in advancing God’s kingdom. “The responsibility of pastors is to care for, nurture and comfort the flock. Very few pastors have either the gifts or the temperament to mobilize an army for war. 133 A pastor further agrees that his or her church will contribute financially to the apostolic network. 134 In turn, the apostle over an apostolic network assumes spiritual authority over the pastor. Since a pastor joins the network voluntarily, he or she is free to leave at any time.

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