Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles

“Prophetic Activations” will happen next week at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, a clear indicator that Furtick is not just affiliating, but becoming one with the heretical New Apostolic Reformation.

I first noticed Furtick dipping his toe into the signs-and-wonders New Apostolic Reformation movement five years ago when he traveled to Australia for the Presence 2012 Conference with John Bevere, for “a golden fire of anointing, vision and miracles.”

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Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick's story

"The fruit of this movement is destruction. It’s true though, when you are in it, you cannot see what is wrong.  You think, "oh, that is just a different way of looking at that verse."  You don't realize the full extent of what all the doctrines are that they are teaching."

Derrick is from the United Kingdom, and was introduced to the N.A.R. by a female relative who married a "prophet." From there, Derrick was plummeted into a dark world of demonic experiences and teachings that are opposite of the true Gospel of Christ...

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Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew's story

"The pastor stopped in the middle of a sermon and said, “God is telling someone here that if you don’t stop doing that thing, He’s going to kill you.” Imagine how everyone must have felt that day – “Is it me?”

Andrew was submerged and drowning in every kind of N.A.R. practice one can imagine, and his congregation was abused at the hands of his "apostle." 

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Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy's story

"I started watching GOD TV. There were stories of angelic encounters, oil dripping from the speaker’s feet, feathers and gold dust falling on the worshipers, rain falling inside of the buildings, and supernatural gems being found all over the church. Due to my strong Christian upbringing, I knew that those things were not coming from God, but I was so intrigued with it all that I kept watching it.

What you are about to read next from Mandy's GOD TV experience is one of the most frightening N.A.R. encounters I've posted yet (and this is number 20).

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Leaving the NAR Church: Angela's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Angela's story

"The senior pastor himself was declared as an apostle by an Elijah List prophetess, and that his church would be known as the “loving church.”Armed with this fresh knowledge, the church became fanatical in making that prophecy happen."

Angela's family member was beginning to see some strange red flags in his church and she knew she needed to do something about it. Having "apostles" and "prophets" in your church is a sure sign that your leadership has officially embraced the New Apostolic Reformation - even if they deny that they have.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Phil's story

"Something supernatural is going on in the NAR movement. I once thought this to be the Holy Spirit. I now believe it to be demonic, Satan disguising himself as an angel of light."

Phil's hunger for God was idolatry. He was focused on wanting more and more experiences of God's "presence," but instead received the Spirit of the Age. That's because the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), is a counterfeit. It's not biblical Christianity at all.

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The morphing church: How Seeker-Sensual eventually becomes Secular

The morphing church: How Seeker-Sensual eventually becomes Secular

What happens over time when people are discipled to meet felt needs, rather than discipled to follow and obey Jesus Christ?  There is a progression in this type of theology, that will eventually go from bad to worse. I would make the case that Seeker Sensual churches eventually become Seeker Secular. What is the difference between the sensual church and the mainline liberal/secular church? Unfortunately, not much.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Penny's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Penny's story

"Thinking that we would be safe in a conservative church was a huge mistake. I was repeatedly told I was causing the devil to destroy the unity of the church. The NAR is infiltrating our churches and most Christians are unaware of the dangers."

Penny is from Canada, and after leaving her NAR-influenced church two years ago, she has yet to find a church family. Being without a church is tragically common for many who've come out of this infectious counterfeit.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Cole's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Cole's story

“I thought my voice could be one that would usher in repentance and reform. Oh how foolish I was to think I could accomplish only what the Holy Spirit can do.”

Cole wanted to stay in the only church he’d ever known, but God opened his eyes to the false teachings of the NAR church. Could he stay and make a difference? Be a light in the darkness?

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Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Sean's story

"These people could see angels, see visions and interpret dreams. Some of the leadership would travel to Bethel for inspiration and guidance."

Sean writes to me from Cape Town, where the New Apostolic Reformation deception is thriving. He has seen his own pain in the many testimonies I've been writing about in this "Leaving the NAR Church series," and wants his brothers and sisters in South Africa to know that there is hope; that this is not what church is supposed to be.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jonathan's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jonathan's story

"The overall ambiance and feel of the services left me feeling confused. How come I wasn’t experiencing these gifts? Why couldn’t I speak in tongues? Why couldn’t I receive these visions and prophecies? Why wasn’t the Holy Spirit talking to me like he was to these people? And then it came to me: How could I learn to become like them?"

Jonathan soon did become like them, as he absorbed many New Apostolic Reformation teachings and practices.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Maaike's story

"After literally hours and hours of that prayer I saw myself as a 3 month old baby being raped by my father. I recovered memories about being raised in a satanic cult, abused in the most awful ways possible and suddenly the prophecy about giving my heart to Satan became clear."

Maaike is from the Netherlands, and her story of inner healing took her back to her childhood, where false memories were inserted into her head. This Sozo or Theophostic - type healing is foundational to New Apostolic Reformation "deliverance ministries," which Maaike was a part of.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Carter's Story

"After their prophecies, visions, and declarations were all proven false, not a single one of them apologized to the grieving father or repented of their vain and powerless deeds."

Carter has watched his dear friends fall hard for the counterfeit promises of a most dangerous deception. He has allowed me to share his story as part of a series on the practices and beliefs of the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Jared's Story

"The deliverance ministry counselor told my wife to close her eyes and allow the demons to speak through her. He explained that each demon has a name, and if bound “by the blood” must be truthful and submissive."

Jared and his wife had been experiencing what they called demonic thoughts, and sought help through a spiritual deliverance ministry. These spiritual warfare sessions are common in New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) churches and are gaining popularity in mainstream Evangelical churches. Spiritual warfare is one of the hallmarks of the NAR movement.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Tom's story

"I gathered her up in my arms and went forward, excited and hopeful that my little grandchild was going to receive a MIRACLE. I really believed, in that moment, that this fellow actually had some kind of special anointing that would assure that the baby would get healed."

Ever been promised a special "Word from the Lord," during a revival conference? Or an immediate healing by someone commanding that God cooperate?  That's what Tom experienced seven years ago in Canada.  Tom's experience with some big-name New Apostolic Reformation celebrates gave him a unique window into how these so-called miracles work.

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Cru gives students free tickets, mixed messages about The Shack

Cru gives students free tickets, mixed messages about The Shack

Cru™ (Formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), is promoting its free ticket giveaway to college students to see the film and take their friends. And in an almost apologetic way, the ticket site includes a caveat stating that Cru “does not endorse the movie.” That's the small-font italicized quip at the very bottom of the website's page. A footnote.

Free tickets. Not endorsing.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Glenn's story

"I saw what I was doing as a band member as not leading people in worship, but participating in 'conjuring' the Holy Spirit to 'come down'.  The Holy Spirit being defined as the euphoric feeling that the droning music creates."

As you'll learn from Glenn, oftentimes NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) teachings filter into churches by way of worship music.  While contemporary styles can glorify Christ, there are certain methods musicians like Glenn are taught to use repeating phrases, musical tones, and ethereal lyrics designed to seductively manipulate your mind into a mystical consciousnesses.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Leaving the NAR Church: Heather's Story

Our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. According to my family, we are “troublemakers,” “harsh,” “divisive,” “ignorant,” and my favorite, "tricky."

Fortunately and by God’s grace, Heather and her husband were not tricked into believing the counterfeit doctrines of the New Apostolic Reformation.  But, like many of you, her extended family fell hook, line and sinker for the NAR, and is trapped in the bondage of a movement that contains doctrines of demons. 

Heather has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short.

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Leaving the NAR Church: Erin's story

Leaving the NAR Church: Erin's story

“Everyone seemed to feel God's love all the time and have crazy experiences, dreams, visions, prophesies. I was dissatisfied with just Bible study. I wanted more, and was constantly seeking more prophecies and visions and signs.”

Erin has allowed me to include her story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

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