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

By R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec

This critique presents a framework for figuring out and studying the frequent yet little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) stream. because the authors nation within the preface: "We write this e-book with significant targets in brain. First, to offer humans an concept of the sheer measurement and succeed in of the NAR stream. And moment, to systematize its key teachings and practices and overview them at the foundation of Scripture and cautious reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR standpoint crosses those limitations [that is, sure huge parameters, printed in Scripture and practiced within the historic orthodox church], and it does so partially due to wrong theology rooted in a incorrect figuring out of Scripture. we want to warn readers a couple of attainable confusion: a few critics have associated the NAR circulate with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. we don't do that. in reality, it truly is our rivalry that the NAR circulation deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This circulate has emerged out of self sufficient charismatic church buildings and, hence, has received a foothold in lots of of these church buildings in various degrees."

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The answer is revealed in Wagner’s definition of an apostle—a definition adopted by ICAL. ” What does that mean? Notice Wagner’s definition. An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned and sent by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of the Church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly for the expansion of the Kingdom of God [our emphasis]. ” In other words, they receive new revelation from God.

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. But this rarely happens, according to Wagner. “Why?

The notion that there could be contemporary apostles never came up in the seminaries I attended, not even as a suggestion. We were taught that the original 12 apostles had a singular, one-​of-​a-​kind mission that was completed by the time of their deaths, and that was that—the end of the brief life of apostles on Earth. 117 Wagner believes that this long-​standing attitude is changing. 119 And, of course, they’re right. Of all the changes involved with the emergence of the New Apostolic Reformation, the most radical of all is the following: the recognition of the amount of spiritual authority delegated by the Holy Spirit to individuals [Wagner’s emphasis].

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