“And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” -2 Corinthians 11:12-15
Continuing on with a look into the teaching and behavior of leaders withing the NAR, we turn our attention to C. Peter Wagner, the founding father of the New Apostolic Reformation.
C. Peter Wagner served as a missionary in Bolivia for 15 years from 1956 to 1971. After coming back to the U.S. he taught as a professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Aside from teaching, Wagner has served as the president of Global Harvest ministries, vice president of Global Spheres, chancellor of the Wagner Leadership Institute, and has authored more than seventy different books.
When interviewed about the above video by Fresh Air Wagner responded with this explanation confirming the video clip was not pulled out of context:
On the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan being connected to the emperor of Japan having sex with the sun goddess
“That happened many, many years ago, and that created a spiritual atmosphere over Japan which was an atmosphere ruled by the powers of darkness. The sun goddess is not a very nice lady. The sun goddess is a power of darkness, which is headed up by the kingdom of Satan. And so the sun goddess wants natural disasters to come to Japan. Sometimes the hand of God, which is more powerful, will prevent them. And when he decides to prevent them and when he doesn’t is far beyond anything that we can predict.”
“But in this case, God could have prevented that tsunami and the destruction, but he didn’t. He just took his hand off and allowed these natural forces to work. And one of the background pieces of information is Japan is under control of the sun goddess.”
Wagner also believes that the office of apostle has been restored by God and given specifically to leaders within the New Apostolic Reformation, the same goes for the gift of prophecy. He believes they have the power to cast out and bind demons, and to take certain cities or states for the kingdom of God by directly battling demons. This system that they have created is known as dominionism and is directly related to their attempt at conquering the seven cultural mountains: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion.
Wagner in this video is attempting to justify his doctrine of dominionism by misquoting Revelation 1:6. He paraphrases the verse saying “He has made us kings and priests, and check the rest of that verse, it says for dominion.” That is not at all what this verse says. Revelation 1:5b-6 says “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” We have entered God’s kingdom at the point of our salvation, Christ is our high priest and intercessor and in a sense we have been given rights as priests by the fact that we have direct access to God in prayer through Christ’s atoning death on the cross and no longer have to go through a human priest, and to God be glory and dominion forever and ever. Not to man be dominion for ever and ever. God did not command us to go and conquer the world. He did however command us to go and make disciples in the great commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20
Next we look at Lou Engle, senior leader of the International House of Prayer at one point and leader of the Call, an organization known for hosting prayer rallies.
Engle is one of the more radical NAR preachers, and is trademarked by his bizarre teachings and constant rocking of his body back and forth, apparently signifying that he is under the power of the Holy Spirit. Many of his teachings flow out of a radical view of dominionism and even drift into spiritual mysticism. Discernment website Empowered By Christ writes this concerning Engle:
“Let’s use Matthew 7:15 – 22 examine the fruits of Lou Engle and see if these fruits are the fruits that a good tree produces. One of the biggest problems with Lou Engle is his teaching of radical theocratic view of the church. In other words, he believes and teaches that it is the church’s job to declare war on the culture, which is another outshoot of Dominion theology; however this is a more radical view. In this view of militant Christianity, he teaches that we have to take back the culture at any cost necessary and that there are spiritual jurisdictions set up over parts of this country. He teaches that we must do battle with these jurisdictions and take them back by a method of “storming them” executing rain or Dominion over these jurisdictions in the name of Christ. Lou Engle is a big supporter of the use Joel’s Army and the Manifested Sons of God’s to accomplish this task. For example; On March 8th, 2008, at Mike Bickle of IHOP’s ‘Passion For Jesus Conference’, Lou Engle called for a “Civil War in the churches” declaring that it was the time that the real Christians took back the churches by any means possible. Of course, we do not see this teaching of taking back jurisdictions or the culture within the Bible. It is not our job as Christians to take back the culture or to start a “Civil War within the church” to accomplish this goal.
Another problem within Lou Engle’s teachings is in the area of the use and method of prayer. As I mentioned earlier, Lou Engle is the senior leader of the International House of Prayer. The International House of Prayer is heavily into the use of the unbiblical contemplative or better known as centering prayers. This style of prayer is nothing more than a Buddhist prayer method that is supposed to connect yourself with your inner spirit by emptying your mind and allowing spirits to talk to you. This prayer technique amounts to no more than new age mysticism wrapped in a Christian package. He uses this style of prayer in his events such as The Call and the Justice House of Prayer.”
Thirdly we examine Mike Bickle. He is best known for his involvement with the Kansas City prophets and the International House of Prayer.
Bickle claims to have been saved after his high school football coach paid for him to be able to attend a Fellowship of Christian athletes camp where he had the opportunity to hear Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach speak. Later on in his life Mike Bickle was ordained as a pastor but eventually left the church he was at to start the International House of Prayer. He also founded a school through that ministry, the International House of Prayer University.
Mike Bickle claims to have had multiple divine encounters with both angels and God, even claiming that God appointed him with the title of General during a visit to heaven. Apparently however, as seen in the video above these divine encounters did not have a big enough impact on him for him to be able to remember the exact number of times he has had these experiences, somewhere between 5-10 though. Another discernment site Deception in the church writes this exert about Bickle’s visions:
“In the same tape series, Bickle and Jones relate the story of an angel revealing that God would appear to Bickle in the form of another person named “Don” in a vision or in a dream. Bickle said the vision eventually took place, and part of its message was to show him that “Jesus appears in thousands of different faces to portray something,” Bickle said. “He was trying to say, ‘I’m your friend, I am your familiar friend and I’m going to show you all things so you can move in the power of the Spirit'”.
Later Bickle relates that during his trip to heaven Jesus commissioned him to be one of God’s new generals to lead his end time army. Although Bickle claims he met with “the Lord” face-to-face, it was an out-of-body experience. It was 2:16 A.M. he said, and in a flash he was there, but it wasn’t the cave where Jones earlier related he had been. Instead he was standing in a 20-by 30-foot room that “had clouds on the bottom, on the top and the walls”. It was the courtroom of God. God was in the room, Bickle said, but rather than appearing as a being of light, he was a presence that Bickle wouldn’t look at.
God rebuked him for not being patient enough in choosing leaders for his movement. Later the being ordered Bickle to ride in a golden chariot-one of about thirty-five-in a procession of leaders, apostles, and prophets, who would be joining the movement that would someday be worldwide. Bickle said that during the trip God did not commission him as an apostle. But he said he understood the experience to mean that if he was faithful he would have an opportunity in the grace of God to fill an apostolic calling.”
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” -Philippians 1:9-11