Doug and Holly Book Recommended on Stand to Reason


On his radio show “Stand to Reason,” Greg Koukl recently took a call from a 14-year-old young man from Washington state. David had just listened to an interview I did with Greg a year or so ago. He called in to talk about the New Apostolic Reformation. David wanted counsel about how to approach a friend who has been drawn to the movement through the work of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. They talk for ten minutes at the end of the show, beginning at minute 00:46. If you’re interested in the discussion, click here.NAR Book Cover-101 final (6-6-14)

In his conversation with David, Greg recommends the book I wrote with Holly Pivec, God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. He encourages David to see if his friend will go through it with him.

You may know someone who has been lured into the network of contemporary prophets and apostles. Or you may have some other interest in learning more. Have a listen to the interview, then get the book God’s Super-Apostles. It gives you all the basic information you need to understand this movement and make a reasonable assessment of its claims. If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth, the book to get is A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement.

My Interview with the Good Book Blog about the New Apostolic Reformation


Last week I was interviewed by the Good Book Blog about the New Apostolic Reformation. This blog publishes articles written by faculty of Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

To read the interview, follow this link.

Talbot Good Book Blog

Note: This is post #500

A New Apostolic Reformation? Bellevue Slide Presentation


I spoke recently at the annual Worldview Apologetics Conference in Bellevue, Washington (April 17-18, 2015). Other speakers included Ravi Zacharias, Norman Geisler, and E. Calvin Beisner.

Two of my four presentations focused on the New Apostolic Reformation, the subject of two books I’ve co-authored with Holly Pivec.

One book is brief and introductory. It’s called God’s Super-Apostles. The other is an expanded treatment with more detailed discussion and extensive documentation. It’s called A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement.

You can access my presentation slides by clicking on the following link:

A New Apostolic Reformation?

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This is the first presentation link I’ve posted to my website. Your feedback is welcome!

God’s Super-Apostles: An Interview with Doug Geivett


Yesterday I was interviewed at the Good Book Blog about my two recent books on the New Apostolic Reformation. Here’s the interview:

God’s Super-Apostles: An Interview with Doug Geivett.

The Good Book Blog publishes posts by the faculty of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

Beware of Prayer—New Apostles and Prophets on the National Day of Prayer


Holly Pivec is my co-author for two recent books, God’s Super-Apostles and A New Apostolic Reformation? Today she writes a column I’d like to share here. It’s about the upcoming National Day of Prayer and three worrisome emphases within the New Apostolic Reformation: the practice of “warfare prayer,” the practice of prayer “declarations,” and the doctrine of a Seven Mountain Mandate. Holly’s words are a call for caution and discernment. We commend the designation of special occasions for prayer. But we also stress the need for a biblically-grounded theology of prayer. And we encourage awareness of efforts by NAR leaders to infiltrate the ranks of traditional evangelical churches and organizations.

“The ‘NAR-tional’ Day of Prayer?”

Churches across the United States are gearing up for the National Day of Prayer. More than 40,000 prayer gatherings are expected to be held on May 7 in observance of this annual event. But has the National Day of Prayer been hijacked by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)?

The official promotional video, being played in Sunday morning worship services, gives no hint of NAR influence. But the influence can be seen if you look closely at the National Day of Prayer literature. The following NAR teachings and practices are being promoted.

Warfare Prayer

One NAR practice being promoted is “warfare” prayer. The National Day of Prayer website features an article titled “What is Prayer?” which is excerpted from a book titled The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare written by John Bornschein, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. This book is promoted heavily in the National Day of Prayer literature. Included in the article’s list of the types of prayer “the Holy Spirit wants to lead us into” is a form of prayer known in the NAR as “warfare” prayer.

What’s “warfare” prayer? It involves verbally addressing demonic spirits and issuing direct commands to them. The National Day of Prayer website describes it as “prayer directed against the powers of darkness. … We pronounce against them the written judgment by reading the Scriptures of judgment against them (Psalm 149:9), we command them to be bound or to leave their positions of influence or authority in the name of Jesus (Matthew 16:19; Mark 16:17).” Yet nowhere in Scripture is prayer ever directed to demonic spirits. Prayer is always directed to God. They seem to be confusing “prayer” and “exorcism.”

Of course, Scripture does indicate that Christians have been given authority to cast out demons from individuals. Yet it gives no hint that they’ve been given authority to cast out demons from cities and nations. Those familiar with NAR teachings about “strategic-level spiritual warfare” will recognize immediately how warfare prayer relates. The idea of commanding demonic spirits to “leave their positions of influence or authority” seems to be a not-so-veiled reference to NAR teachings about the necessity of casting out evil, powerful “territorial spirits” that are believed to exert rule over specific geographical regions, such as cities and nations.

But the Bible gives no support for the teaching that territorial spirits must be cast out before a city or nation can be reached with the gospel. There’s not a single example in Scripture of God’s people seeking to cast out a territorial spirit or engage such spirits in any way. Nor is there any teaching about the need for such engagement. Contrary to NAR teachings, Scripture indicates that rebuking such high-ranking spirits may actually be dangerous (Jude 1:8-10; 2 Peter 2:10-12). Why, then, would the National Day of Prayer Task Force ever be compelled to promote “warfare” prayer?

Faith ‘Declarations’

Another NAR practice that’s being promoted by the National Day of Prayer is that of making faith “declarations.” A declaration is not asking God to do something, which is how prayer typically has been viewed by evangelicals. Rather it involves declaring that such-and-such a thing, that is believed to be the will of God, will happen. It’s believed that Christians have been given the power, through their spoken words, to bring a desired reality into existence–much as God had creative power to speak the universe into existence.

Literature circulated to churches in Alaska, by the National Day of Prayer Alaska state coordinator, invites believers to gather at noon on May 7 “in one voice of victory declaring Jesus as King and Lord over Alaska and America.” It urges Alaskans to plan to “go someplace where you can easily make a loud declaration … and boldly proclaim into the atmosphere across our state and into the lower 48 [states] that Jesus is King and Lord over this great land.” My hunch is that similar directives have been issued in other states.

Some will wonder what can possibly be bad about declaring Jesus to be King and Lord. Certainly, there’s no problem with simply stating that Jesus is King and Lord because he already is–whether or not anyone states that fact. The problem is found in the notion that–simply by speaking these words–a new reality will somehow magically be created. That’s not the traditional, and biblical, view of prayer as petitionary. I’m pretty sure it’s not what most churches have in mind when they encourage their members to take part in the National Day of Prayer.

Seven Mountain Mandate

A third possible NAR influence could be found in the striking resemblance of the “7×7 campaign” to the “Seven Mountain Mandate.” The National Day of Prayer website encourages people to get involved in the event by downloading free prayer guides for each of the “seven centers of influence.” Clicking on the link provided takes people to the website of Pray for America (a project of the National Day of Prayer Task Force) and a description of a 7×7 campaign to pray for the “seven centers of power, seven days a week.”

Again, those familiar with NAR teachings will naturally wonder how closely the National Day of Prayer focus on the “seven centers of influence” resembles the “Seven Mountain Mandate” that supposedly has been revealed by God to NAR prophets as a strategy for the church to take sociopolitical control of nations. If there’s no connection, then the National Day of Prayer Task Force would do well to clarify its view and clearly distinguish it from NAR teaching.

Have you seen signs of NAR influence in your local National Day of Prayer events?

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NEW Amazon Giveaway for God’s Super-Apostles


Yesterday an Amazon Giveaway for God’s Super-Apostles was announced here. Apparently, the interest was great enough for the contest to end within a few hours. The publisher is now sponsoring a NEW Giveaway that should take longer to expire. Everything depends on the number of people who enter the contest. To participate, click here.

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Amazon Giveaway for God’s Super-Apostles—UPDATE


Due to popular demand, the contest described below ended within a few hours. A new contest that should last longer is now in effect. For details click on this link.

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I’m pleased to announce that our book God’s Super-Apostles is doing well and is addressing readers’ needs. Our two books, including A New Apostolic Reformation?, are in their second printing, and a third will be happening soon.

Today is the first day of an Amazon Giveaway contest for God’s Super-Apostles that ends March 16. You can enter the contest by clicking here for details at Amazon. If you’ve already purchased your copy, this will make a great gift for a concerned friend.

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