By R.Douglas Geivett, Holly Pivec
This critique presents a framework for realizing and reading the frequent yet little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) circulation. because the authors country within the preface: "We write this booklet with significant ambitions in brain. First, to provide humans an idea of the sheer measurement and achieve of the NAR move. 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 point of view crosses those obstacles [that is, convinced large parameters, printed in Scripture and practiced within the old orthodox church], and it does so partly as a result of mistaken theology rooted in a incorrect realizing of Scripture. we want to warn readers a couple of attainable confusion: a few critics have associated the NAR move with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. we don't do that. in truth, it truly is our rivalry that the NAR flow deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This move has emerged out of autonomous charismatic church buildings and, therefore, has received a foothold in lots of of these church buildings in various degrees."
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Extra resources for A new apostolic reformation? : a biblical response to the worldwide movement
But those who talk about apostles view them in very different ways. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican Christians, for example, hold to a doctrine known as “apostolic succession” and believe that the authority of their church leaders—called bishops— stems from the original twelve apostles. Many Protestant denominations that disavow a church government based on apostolic succession employ the term apostle differently. At one end of the spectrum are many Protestant Christians who believe that the original apostles— those appointed directly by Jesus, including the Twelve and Paul—founded the early church and that the active role of an apostle died with them.
After faithfully fulfilling these responsibilities, the perpetuation of apostolic activity was no longer needed or provided for within the church. Other Protestants apply the term apostle to an additional class of individuals, namely, the great missionaries who were first to take the gospel to foreign lands. For example, William Carey and Hudson Taylor have been referred to as apostles in this more restricted sense of the word. And individuals today who plant churches are also sometimes thought of as apostles.
Bickle’s influence is growing to such an extent that conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by IHOP have featured well-known evangelicals, including the late philosopher Dallas Willard,85 apologist Josh McDowell,86 and Bible teacher Francis Chan. 87 Of course, simply because Willard, McDowell, Chan, or the members of Third Day accepted an invitation to appear at a conference does not mean that they share in the outlook of these NAR leaders. 88 Nevertheless, these evangelical leaders’ participation in IHOP events testifies to the broadening influence NAR leaders have achieved within mainstream evangelicalism.