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Lives Destroyed by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
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What is the NAR?
The NAR stands for the "New Apostolic Reformation". Leaders within this movement believe they are the new apostles who will pave the way for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The problem is, almost all of their teachings are extra-biblical.
The word "extra-Biblical" does not simply mean that their acts are not in the scriptures. It means they are not condoned by scripture, are warned against both directly in explicit warnings and indirectly in the stories of the history of men and women who trusted God, and who walked away from God.
Those within the NAR attempt to block their churches' members from listening to arguments of this sort. Bill Johnson, of Redding, California, for example, tells his church that the Old Testament no longer applies. This is because many detractors refer to OT scriptures to counter the signs and wonders of Bill's Bethel church and ministry.
I am going to relate to you some personal experiences of people I knew who got into NAR doctrines like "soaking", "fire tunnels" and false healings. If you have a similar testimony, please, please, please post a comment. People need to be warned.
As Christians, we should pray both against the growth of this false movement and for those who are already ensnared- both leaders and captives.
Soaking False Doctrine
What is Soaking?
Soaking is part of a New Age movement called "the third wave". Soaking originates in eastern religions. It is popular in Buddhism and Hinduism. It is a type of spirit meditation. The idea is to just lay back and "open up" to allow spirits to enter. In the West, this activity is now called soaking.
In the Third Wave, also called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), the claim is that people should "open up" to the Holy Spirit of Almighty God. However, in this group, with the exception of John Paul Jackson, they rarely reference scripture, or even use the name Jesus. All of them, including JPJ, twist scripture. JPJ and Bill Johnson are the most adept- both were raised in Christian households, attended church, and know the Bible well. They are skilled at warping it to fit the mold of the end goals.
Soaking is not justifiable using scripture. This word is found nowhere in the Bible. Neither is the idea of just opening oneself to anything. In fact, in Revelation, God expresses his joy with the Bereans- because they tested every word they heard against the holy scriptures.
Another scripture tells us that if two or three prophecy, we should consider what is said. If we are only told to consider a prophecy delivered from two or three prophets, how much more cautious should we be with teachings?
Search the scripture. Is soaking found there? Opening oneself to spirits with abandon?
One way false religions defend themselves is to reinterpret or redefine the position of their opponents. NAR leaders tell their followers detractors simply do not believe in healing. That is untrue. Here is a great book on deliverance- the Biblical way.
The Ice Cream Shop Owners
When I first moved to Modesto a few years ago, I met the owners of a downtown ice cream shop, a married couple. The wife's mother got involved with the NAR. I want to be clear: these are wonderful people, who care about others. Through them, I also met a contractor and his wife, who remain my friends today.
This wife's mother refused to back out of following Rick Joyner and Bill Johnson. At these meetings, gold dust and perfect gemstones appeared. She said she received one of the gemstones at a meeting. I asked to see it, but her response was a little like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. She was possessive of it, and refused to show it to anyone.
One day, as I prayed, the Holy Spirit told me to pray for the health of the contractor, our mutual friend. I obeyed; off and on over the following weeks, I prayed for his health.
A Curse on the Contractor
A few weeks following the warning, the ice cream shop wife, her mother, the contractor, and his wife, and a few others were in a prayer meeting. The mother, who possessed the gem, crossed the room and stopped in front of the contractor.
As the contractor later told me, "She placed her bony finger directly on my sternum."
Then, with her finger on the center of his chest, she said, "I bless you with health."
Immediately, the contractor crumpled to the floor in pain. He instantly suffered a major heart attack. He barely survived. While he recovered, he lost work. Eventually, the bank repossessed his backhoes and his trenching business failed. The old friends' great friendship ended after this chain of events.
The owners of the ice cream shop lost their business, too. They also divorced.
Remember: One of the key indicators of a false prophet, as given to us in the scriptures, is the presence of "all iniquity". Here we see financial ruin, attacks on health, and division (divorce and broken friendships). If the NAR works its way into your life, you can expect to find these things increasing.
It does not end there.
Curse on my mother and grandmother:
My wife refused to believe these things were based upon a rejection of God to follow the teachings of men. She invited the now-single, former shop owner and her mother to attend her (my wife's) birthday party.
The night preceding the party, the Holy Spirit warned me in a dream, "Do NOT allow her to slap you on the back."
The day of the party was nice. A few good friends visited. We sang praise songs and the shop owner's mother played guitar. I kept her in front of me the entire night. I either sat on the couch or leaned my back on a wall.
As people began to leave, I went to the door to bid farewell. The mother came from behind, slapped me on the back as she passed, and said, "Tomorrow, you will have a good day." She meant it as a blessing. But, here is what happened:
The next day, my mother had a nervous breakdown and was checked into a mental clinic. My grandmother fell down some stairs, and was hospitalized. The fall was so bad, all her children and grandchildren were called to make a last visit. Today, my mother is fine. However, my grandmother never fully recovered, and passed on three months later.
If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay [it] to heart. (Malachi 2:2)
This scripture sums up what eventually befalls those who get into NAR false doctrines, and choose those lying signs and wonders over giving glory to the Father. Those who refuse to give glory unto the name of God, He turns their blessings into curses. This woman believed she was blessing the contractor and me. But, she cursed us! She is a nice lady, who wanted to serve God. Do not think you are better than her and can stay in such nonsense untainted. Please, if you are in the NAR, get out! Repent of it, and break curses.
Are you beginning to see the correlation between destruction and the NAR? They claim many, many healings, even raising the dead. However, when ABC challenged Todd Bentley to provide one person to testify of his or her healing, all Bentley's team could produce was one letter from a lady who basically said she "felt better", though she was not completely healed.
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3-foot high angels
The Assembly of God Pastor
Todd Bentley proclaimed him healed. But, this man died.
I did not personally know this man. However, I made a friendship with a former AoG pastor who knew him through monthly meetings of AoG pastors in the Tacoma area of Washington state.
This man developed a visible tumor, the size of a softball. Doctors said it was inoperable, and he would have maybe three years to live. The man heard about Todd Bentley of the NAR, in Lakeland, Florida. He went. Todd (a name which means "fox") had been vetted by several of the biggest names in the NAR: Che Ahn, Peter Arnott, Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, and other "distinguished apostles" converged to bless and commission Todd Bentley using anointing oil provided by Chuck Pierce.
When he returned, he was praising God and proclaiming his healing. The softball-sized lump was gone.
Three months later, he died. The tumor had somehow, in the meeting with Bentley, internalized. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? An external, large tumor disappearing from sight to hide inside the body? Is it a healing if life expectancy is reduced from three years to three months?
Later, when forces too strong for FreshFire Ministries to suppress came forward with information about Todd Bentley's affairs (two, not just the one with his new wife), all the pastors who certified Todd came out admitting they felt some kind of reservation or check in the spirit.
Do you have a check in the spirit about these people and their powers?
Bentley was preaching drunk on stage and could not control his lust. The biggest leaders gave him "a kingly anointing". Bill Johnson said to Bentley, "you receive the anointing as well as anyone". So, Bill Johnson felt something was wrong with Bentley, but honored him before a national television audience and elevated him to equal status with other NAR princes.
How often does Bill do that? How much of his ministry does he really believe? A good tree does not bare evil fruit.
Prophesying when you know something is wrong, and proclaiming a man healed, who then dies 92% sooner than expected are completely different than what we see from Biblical prophets like Elijah and Elisha. The Internet coined a new term to describe what Bentley and Johnson do on a regular basis, prophelying.
All These "apostles" Anoint Bentley
Todd Strikes a Man on Stage
Engagement Ruined by False Prophecy
I have a friend living in San Jose. He worked very hard for the church. He met a nice woman in the church, and they were engaged to be married. They planned to marry after his fiancée completed her bachelor's degree in business. One weekend, Kris Vallaton came to their church.
He prophelied, "Someone in this church is going to become a Supreme Court Justice!" He looked around until his eyes settled on the business student, an attractive young woman. "It is you!" he proclaimed, and pointed directly at her.
She dropped out of her business major curriculum and entered a pre-law tract. A woman who never even considered a law career quit what had always been on her heart for something else. But, the story gets worse.
She decided that working hard to become a Justice required too much hard work to be married. She broke her engagement.
Have you shared this on Facebook yet? People are dying. Lives are being destroyed.
An Outstanding Family Afflicted with Health Maladies
Several years ago, I initiated a conversation in a Save Mart. As I guided the conversation around toward salvation, the woman began to preach to me many things I was glad to hear. My wife and I attended their church a few times. The pastor taught about peace, the people prayed and believed in God. It was a nice, mid-sized church. The most popular couple were the woman I met, we'll call her Jane, and her husband, who we will call Jim.
They have 9 children. The youngest, a late surprise, was 9, and very beautiful. She had a child's ministry of giving hugs. It may seem a bit silly. But, she really gave the warmest hugs. I could really feel love when she hugged, and I liked those hugs! They are a really great family. All the children believe in God. One is now an associate pastor.
Jim had an excellent job. They lived in the same family home they had always owned.
After 19 years, Jim quit his job as chief engineer in a hospital, sold his home, and moved his wife and youngest daughter to Redding to attend Bethel church under Bill Johnson.
I saw him last week, back in Modesto- the reason I now write this article.
After he arrived in Redding, his new job began to dry up. He had to return to the Central Valley so that his friends in the HVAC business could find him another job. He would be retired from the hospital now, if he had remained there.
About two years after returning from Bethel, when I met him, his wife had undergone several surgeries for a constant series of bulges (hernias) in her stomach. His beautiful daughter had back surgery to correct a twisting spine (this sounds like the serpent spirit that enters the spine, which the NAR movement shares in common with Black Buddhism). Surgeons cut 5 ribs and twisted her spine into place. She has metal fixtures to keep it in place. His wife had to have a full "shield" canvas inserted into her abdomen to keep all of her innards inside.
This seems to be very common: people trade one demon for a worse demon, or for more demons. We see only the results. People who allow this Trojan Horse of the NAR into their lives suffer for it.
And, the most bizarre part is this: Those who go to Bill's establishment believe they are better off. They believe, like the AoG pastor from Washington, that they are healed. But, a neutral outsider, just observing the obvious, can plainly see they have suffered heavily. This seems to be very consistent. I believe this is part of the strong delusion. (2 Thes 2:10-12, Isa 44:20, 2 Tim 4:4, Romans 1:28).
Are YOU Worse?
If you ever participated in NAR conferences or events, and one layed hands on you, are you worse off? Please be honest for the benefit of us all.
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This man's life is ruined, too. He just doesn't know it. You won't believe this.
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My Own Testimony of Demonic Affliction from an NAR Affiliate
A few years ago, a small local church began to have a revival. A new leader came into a church full of octogenarians. There were some healings, and the Holy Spirit lead several leaders in the Christian community to start attending services there. My wife and I joined this mini-revival.
There were more healings. A lot of healings. People were being saved. One woman prayed for her ill neighbor over the phone. Her lymphoma healed that same hour. The neighbor got saved and started attending services. Another woman had lung cancer and several other maladies, and a few months to live. One of the ladies in the church called two others. They prayed for her, and she also was healed! One day, I experienced a pain in my left shoulder. The Holy Spirit guided me, and I said in the worship that we should pray for people with pain in their left shoulder. Three people came up- and the Holy Spirit healed all three. It was amazing.
Later, the pastor (without telling anyone) started to read about Todd Bentley and the "Lakeland Revival", aka "Florida Outpouring". He also began to read Bill Johnson and other NAR leaders.
Some problems arose in the church. People started to become ill. Strange people began to join the church, fans of Bill Johnson. The son of our neighbor, a member of the church, started having sex with his girlfriend. He ran away with her. They supported their love by robbing McDonald's franchises. He had been an assistant manager, and knew policy required them to hand over the cash. He was caught and convicted in three states.
The assistant youth pastor (21 y-o?) impregnated one of the youth (19?).
The youth pastor was fired (not the assistant) when he cautioned the pastor that Bill Johnson and the NAR are extra-Biblical. Instead, a young couple replaced him. The pastor thought these newcomers were Bill Johnson fans. About this time, all the people who the Holy Spirit brought in at the beginning, when all the seniors were praying for revival, left. Most of the seniors had already left. In the place of their valuable prayers, demonic teachings came in.
Before Bentley admitted to drunkenness and left his wife to marry his second mistress, I compiled a CD of Todd Bentley's doings, his tattoos (3 of 4 scriptures on his skin are actually about Satan; one tattoo is a "death mask" of Jesus, a kind of art-spell against Jesus). He refused to even look at it. He said he did not have time to look at it. The paid, full-time pastor of a small congregation in a small town did not have time to review information warning that he was bringing demonic activity into the church. Wow. I repeated the research and posted an article here: Todd Bentley's Tattoos.
After Bentley confessed the drunkeness was true, and divorced his wife, no apology came from the pastor for not believing me.
I began to warn members of the church that Bill Johnson (whose face went up on the overhead during at least two sermons) and Todd Bentley were working for the devil. People asked the pastor if he was into Bill Johnson. Despite quoting Johnson, using NAR keywords like "soaking", flashing Johnson's face on the big screen, and despite conversations between him and me, this pastor told at least two members that he "never heard of" Bill Johnson. These two returned to me and reported this denial.
Bill Johnson's face went up on the big screen. "Fire tunnels" came into the church. The pastor shared how he started "soaking" and how great it was. Meanwhile, he repeated to those who asked him that he was not into Bill Johnson. He even denied knowing who Bill Johnson is! I warned a few members. When they asked the pastor, he denied any knowledge. I guess he forgot I visited his house, and saw the books on his coffee table.
Again, I want to assert strongly to readers of this article: These are great people! They are wonderful and kind. They have all beautiful, intelligent children.
Personally, my finances began to suffer. I lost my job. I started working for myself. I finished work, and customers would not pay. Invoices piled up, unpaid. I got evicted and moved. The new house foreclosed while I was there. Financial woes continued. My wife began to have strange pains in her abdomen. We racked up $20,000 for one ER visit. Though the Holy Spirit finally told me I could give up on the pastor (about the same time the anti-NAR youth pastor was fired), my wife continued there because her friends went there.
Again, as I have said before- these are all wonderful people. Even the strange couple were friendly.
Only when my wife finally stopped asking to attend that church did my finances improve. I got several new customers. Invoices began being paid immediately. The transformation was amazing.
I have another incident, also bizarre. Read on...
Demons Transfer by the Laying on of Hands
I went to a meeting of Angela Greenig in Tracy, California. I loved her testimonies of bringing people out of Satanism, and bringing prostitutes to salvation. Further, respected friends spoke well of her.
When I arrived, I saw a Bill Johnson book for sale at the desk where I paid for my conference ticket. I mentioned it to the girl cashiering, who did not know anything about it other than they sold for $10 each.That was my first warning. But, I ignored it.
How many warning signs have you ignored?
The second warning came when I saw Greenig in person. In my BC (before Christ) days, I was a Marine and a woman chaser. I have had girlfriends. I have been in strip clubs. Sexual sin had me bound, and I thought I was free. Basically, I know those spirits when I see them.
When I saw her, I felt a glimpse of what a young man is looking for among the women in a bar. Angela is a very beautiful woman. And I don't mean just beautiful, she has a special kind of "attraction". In a bar, a man looking for romance might explore this further with flirtatious conversation. I'm not saying she has a full-born spirit of lust. I'm saying I caught a glimpse of something.
Later, in her preaching, she swung her hip in a curious way to punctuate something she said. It was very sexy. I have never seen a woman in church, the workplace, or even an academic environment rock her hip like that. This is a hip move strippers used to arouse men and inspire tips. I was shocked; but, her later testimony confirmed that she got saved out of stripping.
Angela came into the audience, prophesying over people. She touched a few women and said they had been the victims of rape. She called over some other ladies to pray for her, saying they had found peace and healing- after also being raped. All the women said this was true. It was awesome. Then, Angela came over and said my wife had also been raped. That was just completely wrong. My wife was a virgin when we met. I am the only man she has ever been with. She has never been sexually assaulted.
Next, Angela came over to me. She said I did not want to be a pastor because I believed that the job of a pastor is a thankless labor, and all the people burden pastors, who must work very hard. True, I heard this teaching while in the Methodist church, where pastors are worshiped, "poor Pastor Kent, he works so hard, and people burden him with all their problems." I heard the same in an independent church I attended, where the pastor's family also expected pastoral worship and honor.
However, the week before I went to see Greenig, the Holy Spirit corrected me on this false teaching.
He told me, "The work of a pastor is not a painful labor. It is a joy to bring the love of God to them, pouring out love like a living spring" (something like that). I completely changed my thinking about the work of pastors; it felt like a weight lifted. Then, Angela walked up and got it wrong. She had old intel. As she walked off, the thought hit me, "She's a psychic... pulling old information from a demon unfamiliar with last week's conversation with the Holy Spirit." Just then, Angela stutter stepped. An expression of shock crossed her face, she looked back at me very quickly, said nothing, then went back to the crying rape victim.
That was my third warning. It is amazing how much we can overlook to see the show, isn't it?
I later went through the "fire tunnel". The line was long and slow. The man behind me said he felt what he was seeing was not of God. I said it was. He said he was leaving. I attempted to convince him to remain. He was a martial artist, a jiu jitsu instructor. He told me he brought 8 people into the Kingdom just the previous month. That was my fourth warning. He left, I remained in line.
But, the words of the jiu jitsu instructor were not fruitless. Before entering, I prayed, "Lord, if this is not of you, then do not let me fall when the others do." Sure enough, though everyone was "slain in the spirit" ahead of me, I only got pushed back by Angela Greenig.
But, this was not without effect. As Angela pushed me back, I felt something electrical enter my head and kind of curl up at the base of the back of my skull.
As Angela walked away, two of her helpers saw me still standing and moved toward me. As they came close to Angela, I saw her put up her palm in front of her stomach and quickly move it back and forth. The wave-off was not meant to be seen by me, I'm sure. She knew something was up. They turned and went elsewhere.
I have been in many conferences and prayer sessions. I have felt the Holy Spirit many times. It has never felt "electrical" like that did. I have never felt the Holy Spirit focus on one part of my body. The sensation in the back of my head troubled me a lot.
Though my gift as a watchman for the Father is dreaming, I ceased having dreams. I began to pray and pray and pray. I accepted I erred greatly in allowing this. I repented and prayed in the deliverance style, commanding demons to leave me.
An NAR demon spoke to me
After repenting to my Father in Heaven, I commanded demons to depart and not return. (I had to remove any "unrepented sin" right of the enemy.) As I prayed, I said, "I want nothing to do with what is not of God."
Then, a spirit spoke to me. "Yes, but people will be healed and you will become famous," it said.
"I don't want you!" I proclaimed. "I want nothing to do with anything not of God. Go and do not return," I commanded. I prayed another twenty minutes, and went to bed.
Still, a week later, dreams remained absent. I prayed again, breaking chains and removing bondages. I prayed against blocks and snares. Again, I heard the same voice attempting to entice me.
"But people will be healed and you will become famous," it said.
"I only want to serve God," I said. "I do not care to be famous. I will heal people by the power of the Kingdom of God according to His promises, and not in friendship with the enemy," I said. Then, I felt it break. My dreams returned as they had been before.
If you, or anyone you know, has participated in a fire tunnel, or even entered an NAR meeting, prayer to break demonic works needs to happen. I mean this sincerely, with the love of Christ.
Update: My Grandfather Died within 24 hours of NAR pastor visit
My wife refuses to believe these NAR types are spiritually corrupt- whether they know it, or not. She recently returned from a long trip abroad caring for her mother.
A few days after adjusting to the California time zone, she phoned the wife of the pastor from the Oakdale church we abandoned. I left there as soon as the Holy Spirit gave me the go-ahead. Before that, I watched it become more and more spiritually perverse and bizarre. I worked hard to find another church. We even moved. Finally, my wife stopped attending there. But...
The pastor's wife showed up at our home so she and my wife could share breakfast and catch up. My wife invited her in, of course. And, she stepped into our home. I was called over to greet, and did so. I shook her hand and said, "Congratulations on your pregnancy." That's it.
The next morning, at 2 a.m. (I found out later), my grandfather, perhaps my favorite relative, ever, was wheeled into the ER. They determined he had internal bleeding and the medical staff slowly began to kill him in the standard manner they call "helping". At 8 a.m., he went to be with the Father.
I doubt this happens every time: meet an NAR leader, and your relative dies. However, I know better. Perhaps the impact is heavier for those who should know better, yet do not act accordingly.
My grandpa's 90th birthday party planned for a few days later was cancelled.
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Update on My Family
After a year of living in Ukraine, I have been able to look back and recognize that far more than what I originally put into this article began during our time at the NAR-friendly church. My wife had several bizarre health issues. I also suffered some misfortunes.
My wife once had severe pain in her lower abdomen. She could do nothing but lay in bed for three days. She had other pains and issues. A lab report said she might have cancer. I got bit by a dog. Four teeth broke the skin. But, one of those landing perfectly on a major nerve. The region beyond that remained numb for years. Still today, it remains a dull pain.
Our finances suffered tremendously. When I finally convinced my wife to attend Calvary Temple in Modesto, and completely quit the Oakdale church, we began to make money. Still, my wife kept asking the old (NAR-tainted) Christians for prayer. She fellowshiped occasionally with a few of the ladies, too.
Once we moved out of the country, our finances completely revived. Now, we are comfortable.
It helped greatly to move to another city, away from the NAR spirits. Much more, the move out of the country really helped. Our finances meet our needs, and more. My health is improving. So is my wife's.
Once outside of their influence, my wife began to look at videos of the bizarre nature of the NAR teachers. Before, she disregarded it as religious sniping. Now, she understands it is all from the enemy of God.
My advice to you is to move away. Repent of your involvement- as we did. And, command any and all unclean spirits that entered your life through the NAR or any other false religion to be gone and never return.
More Must Know about the NAR
- How God Rescued Me From Bill Johnson’s Cult
A man travels to Bethel on advisement. His testimony shows control, idol worship of leaders, and the strange twitchings and jerkings, of course.
- Adrift In the River of God
A repented former NAR member retells events leading up to her church and Christian community being overrun by barking, jerking, and unholy writings.
- PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts
Dr. Pat Holliday on Watchman Radio, overviews the history of Bob Jones (in an asylum) and the NAR leaders (opening star portals) and her work casting demons out of people in North Florida- who got them at Lakeland under Bentley.