The New Apostolic Reformation—Announcing Two New Books

Maybe you’ve heard of it—the New Apostolic Reformation. Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, you probably know someone involved in the movement. It’s even possible that you attend a church that is part of a vast network of churches and ministries promoting the cause of modern-day apostles and prophets. You may be supporting missionaries and Christian organizations that have joined this cause.

Whether you’re sympathetic, concerned, or just curious, I urge you to take a close look and consider how you will respond. This movement is worldwide. Its mission is ambitious. It seeks to control the key sectors of society, including government, education, and the media. And it claims to act with unique authority from God, who has re-instated the New Testament offices of apostle and prophet to usher in the kingdom of God.

Scores of people are drawn to NAR claims that God is now revealing himself through an army of prophets and that they are producing miracles on a scale never seen before in Church history. The signs and wonders performed by the new apostles and prophets, they say, are greater even than the miracles wrought by Jesus.

Scores of people have been injured by this movement. It has divided families. It has left people in financial difficulties they never imagined. It has fostered disappointment with God, who failed to deliver on his alleged promises. It has even left some with a bitter taste about Christianity of any kind.

The major media have been talking about it. But there hasn’t been a serious and detailed investigation of NAR claims until now.

I’ve just completed two books, co-authored with Holly Pivec, about the New Apostolic Reformation, a movement ignited by C. Peter Wagner and now spreading like wildfire beyond the limits of his own influence. We offer a full exposition of the major teachings of movement leaders, and we examine them in detail, testing them against the teaching of the Bible. We conclude that their claims are false and misleading. Some are dangerous.

If you’re looking for an overview of the movement and you want a concise biblical evaluation of the movement, then you might begin with our book God’s Super-Apostles—Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement.








If you want a fuller exposition of NAR teachings and a more complete examination of the movement, then you’ll want to read A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement. In this second book we offer detailed documentation for our description of the New Apostolic Reformation. And we carry our examination further, with fuller arguments to support our assessment.

I want to thank Holly for enjoining me to research this movement with her and for collaborating on two books that we believe will be of real service to others, including Christians and non-Christians. Both books are in production now and will be out in October or November. Already people have been placing advance orders with the publisher, Weaver Books.

In the days ahead I’ll be sharing more about the NAR. Meanwhile, you may want to visit Holly’s blog

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

13 Responses to The New Apostolic Reformation—Announcing Two New Books

  1. randybutler1 says:

    Great. Thanks for the resources.


  2. Doug Geivett says:

    There are many critiques of the movement, Randy. But you may find two books of special interest: Daniel B. Wallace and M. James Sawyer, eds., Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit? and Wayne A. Grudem, ed., Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views. We reference both in our book A New Apostolic Reformation?


  3. randybutler1 says:

    Will do. By the way, on a related note, do you know of any similar critiques of the signs and wonder movement?


  4. Doug Geivett says:

    Randy, thank you for taking time to comment. I hope you’ll come back and share your reflections after reading the books!


  5. Randy says:

    I just downloaded your NAR book and am currently listening to your interview on Greg Koukl’s Stand to Reason radio podcast. Before even reading the book I want to give you a very hearty Thank-You! I ran into the apostolic movement a couple of years ago when a new pastor was hired at our church and it later surfaced that he believed in modern-day apostles. Additionally he helped establish another local church whose leader I discovered described himself as having “apostolic authority.” I had to do a lot of research–which I love–to get my bearings on this issue but it was a little tough going with so few resources such as this. These books of yours will be invaluable in making this information widely available and I’m sure will fill in some gaps in my own research. So again, thank you!


  6. Doug Geivett says:

    Hi Kathryn,

    I’m sorry it’s taken this long to reply. I’ve waited to have news about our book release. I’m happy to say that both are now in print and can be ordered at Amazon or directly from the publisher at: The Kindle edition can be purchased at Amazon, for both books! I hope you’ll share your thoughts here as you read.


  7. Kathryn says:

    I hope you have plans to make these books available for download as Kindle ebooks.


  8. paul morar says:

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  9. Doug Geivett says:

    Thank you, Beth. I just visited your blog. It’s good to know of your interest and knowledge about the NAR movement.


  10. Doug Geivett says:

    Thank you for this, Beth, and for your own efforts to clarify issues for people who do not fully understand the scope of this movement.


  11. Beth Cavete says:

    I am very eager to read these books. I have been reading Ms. Pivec’s blog for awhile now, and have great appreciation for her. I write about my own exit from charismatic deceptions in the NAR on my blog, and warn about this movement’s incredible growth rate. It is mainstreaming as we write, with a new movie coming out called “The Holy Ghost,” featuring Bill Johnson and Heidi Baker, highlighting Brian Welch of the band KoRn, and Lenny Kravitz, alongside Phil Vischer and Michael W. Smith. The time is urgent for telling the truth about the origins of these movements. They are not fringe, they are already moving quickly into every church in one way or another, offering another gospel and the impartation of another spirit to the church of God.


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  13. Gary Armstrong says:

    Thanks for the post, I hadn’t heard of this movement before. Yet another “new truth” to lead folks astray. Sigh.


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