What is the 42nd Generation and the G42 Academy-??

Hebrews 13:9-“Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings”

AIM is connected to another organization called the 42nd Generation spearheaded by Andrew Shearman. 

This organization is cause for our warning against Adventures in Missions, as is most every organization that they endorse.

Seth Barnes calls Shearman his “Spiritual Father” and  Seth writes about his organization extensively.

Shearman worked for a number of years with Adventures in Missions and spurred the creation of The World Race.

Like Seth, Andrew is influenced by universalists  Frederick Buechner (see our post, Mentors and Influences) and Henri Nouwen (see post, Mysticism influences AIM).

Andrew founded G42 and the G42 Leadership Academy He says,

“The purpose of life is to die fully alive in God and in yourself; and to die happy with God and yourself…As a prisoner of hope, Andrew is committed to Tabernacle of David and Feast of Tabernacles! He and his friends are committed to government in the Kingdom by servant apostles and prophets, networking with others of the same heart and values…Maybe St. Iraneus was right 1800 years ago: “The Glory of God is a person, fully alive.”

Note the self-centered emphasis of Shearman’s life purpose. In direct contrast, God’s word calls us to glorify Him with our lives.  Also note the lack of the Gospel message or mention of Jesus Christ in Shearman’s Bio.

In contrast, “To glorify God is to extol His attributes—His holiness, faithfulness, mercy, grace, love, majesty, sovereignty, power, and omniscience, to name a few—rehearsing them over and over in our minds and telling others about the singular nature of the salvation only He offers”source .

We will bring God glory either through our repentance and faith in Christ or by our just punishment in eternal hell. (Rom 9:22-23)

Shearman’s organization derived it’s name from the supposed “secret” generation from  genealogy found in the book of Matthew.  Andrew says,

“The 42nd generation is between Jesus and Christ…the 42nd generation will come about when Christ is formed in us as the body of Christ.”

This is nonsense, the Bible is NOT mysterious and there is no secret generation.  There are plenty of better logical explanations for this genealogy than this horrible interpretation.

Matthew Henry’s commentary simply says, “The general summary of all this genealogy we have, v. 17, where it is summed up in three fourteens, signalized by remarkable periods. In the first fourteen, we have the family of David rising, and looking forth as the morning; in the second, we have it flourishing in its meridian lustre; in the third, we have it declining and growing less and less, dwindling into the family of a poor carpenter, and then Christ shines forth out of it, the glory of his people Israel.”

He also explains, “It being Matthew’s design, for the sake of memory, to reduce the number of Christ’s ancestors to three fourteens, it was requisite that in this period three should be left out.”

What Andrew is espousing is dangerous teaching, prideful, deceptive, imaginary…we are never told to look for codes and implanted numerology. The focus of this organization has been put on “us” and taken off Christ, the beauty of the genealogy due to the grace shown sinners to be so honored to be a part of His line. There is good and bad in the successions but, again from the commentary, “Grace does not run in the blood, neither does reigning sin. God’s grace is his own, and he gives or withholds it as he pleases.”

Based on Matthew Henry’s comments, there are actually more generations that are not listed and some were left out for sake of ease of memory so the 42nd generation is not actually the 42nd…Dan Phillips of the Pyromaniacs blog helps us out by explaining,

“There is no evidence that the Bible is meant to be read that way.  God  doesn’t speak in hidden code. When Christ and the apostles handled Scripture, it was never mystical or associated with numerology, it was plain sense. Playing with Jesus’ name is dangerously silly. Matt 1:1  simply says it’s the genealogy of Jesus Christ. He’s one and the same, “Jesus…who is called Christ” (v.16). And, again, it’s the birth of “Jesus Christ” (v. 18) that we read about.”

The foundation of Andrew Shearman’s organization is based on faulty and dangerous interpretation.

1 Tim 1:4 …”charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith…Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,  desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

2 Tim 2:15-17 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.”