Month: September 2016

The Awakening Conference

(Posted on Mike Corley’s blog September 19, 2016)

THE AWAKENING-Igniting a movement

 This week in Gainesville, GA a movement is beginning.  A movement that will be called a “move of God.”  A movement that, if it gains momentum will pull more and more of our young people into its deception. 

Speak out against it and you may be labeled disunifying, lacking in grace and blind to the Spirit’s moving. 

Stay silent and allow the name of our faithful Savior Jesus Christ to be dishonored. 

Thousands of alumni of the World Race and Adventures in Missions will gather to “ignite the movement” . It will call our young people to live out:

Their Kingdom authority

Their inheritance

Their calling

They will bring the Kingdom.

This awakening was a dream that Andrew Shearman, co-founder of the World Race and the 42nd generation had. Seth Barnes, founder of Adventures in Missions, is determined to bring this to reality.  A dream from God?  A dream that 100,000 trained leaders would rise up. What will they be trained in? Sharing the Gospel? No.

They will raise the dead

They will heal the sick

They will bring the Kingdom

Seth Barnes and Andrew Shearman are pulling our children into the darkness of their theology enticing and luring them with the greatness they can achieve.  (James 1:14)

No mention of the Gospel, the Cross, the Glory of Christ, the Holiness of God….  Nowhere.

Whose Kingdom are they ushering in?

They are flying under the radar, “unnoticed”. (Jude 4)  Why is this?  100,000 leaders?  That is massive outreach. 

They want to “set the world ablaze and “ignite a movement”. 

We are commanded to “snatch them from the fire”. (Jude 23)  Ironic.

Mike wrote about this 4 years ago.

Will you help “contend earnestly”, expose the error of this organization and call our young people back to a love for the Glory of God and His Word?   Please help by talking about this in your families, examining God’s Word to see if what they teach is true, making your pastors aware, ceasing your support of young people on the World Race, teaching sound doctrine in Sunday School so they themselves may be discerning and above all else be praying to our Heavenly Father who is eternal, infinite and unchanging in His perfect wisdom and sovereignty.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy,  to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)

 

 

Narcissism and Dominion Theology

In a recent post on his blog, Seth Barnes stated,

“God made you to be great. But you will never walk in the greatness he made you for until you’ve left your hometown…We discover our greatness as we encounter the needs of a hungry world and different ways of doing things.”

Narcissistic statements like these feed into the egos of fallen humanity.  Which of us doesn’t secretly long to be “great” in our own eyes as well as those of others?  But is this consistent with God’s purpose for us?   Are we to spend our lives seeking our own greatness or are we to spend them seeking to make the greatness of HIM known?  Are we to make much of ourselves or much of HIM?

The Bible does not say we are to be great, it says we are to be humble, gentle, and meek.  God is the one who is GREAT.

What scripture says about US:

2 Cor 3:4-5 “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God”

Matt 5:5  “Blessed are those who are meek for they shall inherit the earth.”

Prov 11:2  “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Eph 4:2  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another with love.”

We are sinners and children of wrath. (Rom 1:18, Rom 3:23, Rom 7:7)

We are slaves, redeemed and bought with a price if we have come to Christ in belief and repentance (Acts 20:21, Rom 6:16-22, I  Cor 6:19-20)

We are adopted, beloved children (Rom 8:15-17, Eph 1:5)

What scripture says about GOD:

HE is great and powerful and holy. (Job 38, Is 6:3, John 6:44, Eph 1:19-20, Phil 2:13, Col 1:29)

HE gets all the glory and will not share it with anyone. (Is 42:8, Eph 1:6)

Jude 24-25 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.

This kind of advice is consistent with Seth’s encouragement to young people to get away from the safety of their family (and hence the God given authority in their life) and into his “discipleship program” at AIM.  (see our post, Disrespect of World Race Parents)   Please note, however, that there seems to be a certain inconsistency  with his  own family.

The insinuation that EVERYONE must leave their hometown in order to discover their “greatness” naturally alienates men and women who have chosen to stay and minister in their hometown and faithfully serve in the local church, Moms who stay at home to raise children (obeying the Titus 2 command to be workers at home), and Dads who work diligently to provide for their family’s needs.  If Seth’s words were true then all of the above would be missing out on their purpose and “destiny” because they would be unable to see the world and be “great”.

Kevin De Young writes, “My generation in particular is prone to radicalism without follow through. We have dreams of changing the world, and the world should take notice accordingly. But we’ve not proved faithful in much of anything yet. Until we are content with being one of the million nameless, faceless church members and not the next globe-trotting rock star, we aren’t ready to be a part of the church.Life is usually pretty ordinary, just like following Jesus most days. Daily discipleship is not a new revolution each morning or an agent of global transformation every evening; it’s a long obedience in the same direction.

As an important side note to this post, Seth’s assertion that Jesus was rejected in his hometown because He was too “familiar” is patently false.  Jesus had just claimed deity (Luke 4:21) and while they were amazed at his miracles, they hated His message.  He confronted their sin and unbelief  in who He was claiming to be…The Messiah…and they hated Him for it.  This passage is not about us at all.

The rest of Seth’s interpretation is mere words to tickle the ears of those who want to believe that they are great and deserving of much, as opposed to the humble, repentant sinner.  The latter knows he or she deserves only wrath and yet has been graciously given an inheritance that is wholly undeserved.  In response he or she faithfully serves where the Lord has planted them.

Romans 16:17-18 “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”

In another post Seth implies that,  the world is getting better because of our greatness  then goes on to write,

“I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve come to believe that the world is getting worse and there’s no greatness in you to stop it. But the ironic thing is that it’s not. It’s actually getting better at an astounding rate.”

In the same post, Seth recommends the book,  Megashift.  The author agrees with and promotes the same idea of our “greatness”. 

“A megashift of spiritual power into the hands of ordinary people is about to overwhelm the world and put it into vastly better shape…Do you have a Christian background?…perhaps you’re one of those who can’t push themselves to show up Sunday mornings anymore. You love God and believe the Bible, but were disappointed in the church because it just didn’t meet your needs or make you feel significant…(pg 28-29)

Two reviews, here and here  connects all this with Dominion theology.  Jesus did not see the world getting better because we are people of power and greatness, he describes what will happen before He comes again in Matt 24, Luke 21 and in Mark 13, vs 5 warning us, “See that no one leads you astray”.

“Then comes the end, when HE delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when HE puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For HE must reign till HE has put all enemies under HIS feet.”
1 Corinthians 15:24-25

 

AIM and the New Apostolic Reformation

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle. Leading figures in this seemingly loosely organized movement claim that these prophets and apostles alone have the power and authority to execute God’s plans and purposes on earth. They believe they are laying the foundation for a global church, governed by them. They place a greater emphasis on dreams, visions and extra-biblical revelation than they do on the Bible, claiming that their revealed teachings and reported experiences (e.g. trips to heaven, face-to-face conversations with Jesus, visits by angels) can not be proven by the ‘old’ Scripture. 

This article discusses common lingo and beliefs of this movement We have compared their definitions of various terms with Seth Barnes’ definition of the same words.

 1) Apostles NAR Adherents believe, “There are new Apostles are on the earth today, anointed by the laying of hands to represent and speak for God here on Earth.”

While arguing that the office of apostleship is not limited to the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ Seth states ,

“Apostles in the Bible are usually establishing new ministry involving groups of Christians, also known as churches. They are pioneers. In our modern world, we might view them as spiritual entrepreneurs. So his definition could apply to anyone….Choose your own words – the Bible uses the word apostle. Maybe it seems strange or foreign. Perhaps the word pioneer works better for you. Can a woman pioneer kingdom work in dark and hopeless places? The Bible doesn’t prohibit it.”

There are 2 uses of the word apostle in scripture.  While one refers generically to messengers for Christ, the other refers to the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ who held a unique position with unique requirements.  As this article states, The qualifications were: (1) to have been an witness of the resurrected Christ (1 Corinthians 9:1), (2) to have been explicitly chosen by the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:15), and (3) to have the ability to perform signs and wonders (Acts 2:43; 2 Corinthians 12:12).  The role of the twelve apostles, laying the foundation of the church, would also argue for their uniqueness. Two thousand years later, we are not still working on the foundation.”  The 12 apostles of Jesus and Paul are the only ones who have ever met these requirements.  We are warned repeatedly of those claiming to be apostles today. 

2 Corinthians 11:13 warns, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.”

2) Kingdom-Typical of the NAR,”Rather than preach the Gospel of the cross, Apostolic leaders are working to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth” (see our posts,  Missing the Gospel and A Different Gospel)

From Seth’s blog, very common use of this word…Kingdom Dreams and Kingdom Reality

3) Destiny-“(NAR proponents) teach that our purpose is to achieve our dream destiny so that we can change the world.”

From Seth...Reaching our Destiny, he also says, “God has a message for you: He has made you for greatness. And until you embrace this hope, you will never achieve all that He has planned for you.”

In contradiction, James 4:6…God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

We are not great…He is.

Isaiah 6:3-“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His Glory.”

Isaiah’s response in vs 5 ” Woe is me! For I am a man of unclean lips…”

4) Revival-Another NAR characteristic, “There is a strong emphasis on an “end times harvest” through a great awakening that we can usher in”

From Seth,“Many of you have already heard of The Awakening, a worship conference we do for World Racers in the field. Update on the Awakening, “We have an evening service and Andrew Shearman has been preaching his signature message, “The 42nd Generation.” After the service, we minister. Tonight, the place was up for grabs. Ministry was happening all over the place. The Holy Spirit was landing on people and they lit up like fireworks.”

5) UnityFor NAR adherents,“Unity (at the expense of biblical doctrine) is almost always used as both the how and the why in this movement.  Unity for the sake of bringing Heaven to Earth is leading to the blurring of doctrinal and denominational lines, often bringing together well-known leaders of charismatic, reformed, Word of Faith, seeker-emergent, progressive and Roman Catholics churches, all under one umbrella.”

See our other posts regarding his praiseworthy men to see who Seth believes we should be united with .  False teacher and “healer” Todd Bentley is one example.  Seth states that “[God] often seems to be more concerned with our healing than he is with our theology.” 

Unity without the Word of God as the source of truth, leads to seeing false teachers as shepherds. 

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing…”1 Tim 6:3-4

6) Denies the Sufficiency of Scripture“NAR adherents may believe in the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, but God’s breathed-out Word is just not enough for them. Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sins is not good enough; the promise of eternal life in Heaven is not good enough.”

Seth advises this doctrine is heresy,

“In a prior blog, I took on the heresy that some in the evangelical church espouse which states that God doesn’t speak to us outside of the Bible. Peter Wagner (NAR “apostle”) calls those who effectively worship the Bible “Bible Deists….The Bible gives us example after example of a God who speaks not only through his Word, but also through circumstances, through others, through dreams, impressions, and numerous other means. He used a rooster to convict Peter of his faithlessness.”

For more information. We highly recommend Drunk in the SpiritThis is a very good overview of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.   It provides examples of what they teach and clips of the leading “apostles and prophets” of this movement.