The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cult can be traced back to the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) movement in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1948. What we do know about the NOLR/NAR was that at its inception, it was pushing the Apostolic Governance heresy, Unity Power heresy and ecumenism with the pagan Roman Catholic Church.
Too many Christians assume that the Charismatic Renewal/Movement was a genuine move of God. This is a lie. It was deliberate and coordinated planned attack by NOLR/NAR leaders to bully Christianity to go back to Rome.
Violet Kiteley was a part of the New Order of the Latter Rain revival and movement and even testified how the Charismatic Movement was a result of the NOLR revival.
“In 1948 people were drawn to an old, dilapidated Word War II hangar in an obscure location in subzero weather. There was no heater, only an old cook stove…
That was the beginning of my family’s prophetic ministry, which continues today, not only through my son, but through his son as well. It is a demonstration of the multigenerational anointing that is to be upon the end-time church.
Prophetic utterances came forth concerning the future of many historical churches. It was prophesied that the large cathedrals of the world, including those belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, would be filled to capacity with people receiving the Holy Spirit.
This was considered a bombshell to many who thought there was no way that the Holy Spirit would come upon those in the Catholic Church. But they were proven wrong as subsequent decades saw participation in the charismatic renewal by Catholics and mainline Protestants alike…
Prophetic words were given that worldwide evangelism would be accompanied by the miraculous and that God was going to impact the world through a new generation of leaders. In just a short period of time, the ministries of Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, A.A. Allen and T.L. Osborne began to emerge.” [Source]
Source: By Violet Kitely, Remembering The Latter Rain, CharismaMag, http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/devotionals/daily-breakthroughs?view=article&id=9494:remembering-the-latter-rain&catid=24, Accessed 10/05/2016.
Her voice was not alone. Another Christian fraud who pushed the New Order of the Latter Rain cult on Christianity under the guise of Charismaticism went by the name “Mr Pentecost”. This was David J. DuPlessis.
Wikipedia offers a fascinating insight into Duplessis’ life. Notice – once again, the US Pentecostal Assemblies of God did NOT tolerate the New Order of the Latter Rain teachings within their denomination (now it seems to be the AOG rejected the NOLR’s ecumenism with Rome).
“He received preaching credentials from theAssemblies of God (USA) and moved to Stamford, Connecticut, in 1952 to serve as interim pastor of Stamford Gospel Tabernacle. In 1962, he surrendered his Assemblies of God preaching credentials under pressure from denominational leadership who opposed his ecumenical efforts. He remained a member of an Assemblies of God church in Oakland, California, and in 1980 his credentials were restored.
Originally shunning other movements, he became an active believer in ecumenism, beginning his efforts in the 1950s to share the Pentecostal experience with Christians in the historic denominations, chiefly Roman Catholicism. His main gateway into ecumenism was through his friendship with John McKay, then President of Princeton Seminary, New Jersey. McKay invited Du Plessis to address the International Missionary Council in Willingen, West Germany, in 1952. There he earned the nickname “Mr Pentecost”.
He was a member of staff and Pentecostal “observer” at the World Council of Churches in 1954 and 1961, respectively, and was invited to serve as Pentecostal representative at the Second Vatican Council.
Du Plessis entitled his autobiography The Spirit Bade Me Go, as he believed God had commanded him to take the Pentecostal message to other denominations, and in particular the World Council of Churches.”
Source: Wikipedia, David du Plessis, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_du_Plessis, Accessed 19/08/2016. (Emphasis ours.)
So what was this “Pentecostal message” DuPlessis felt God wanted him to give “to other denominations, and in particular the World Council of Churches?” The fact is this – DuPlessis was duplicit in pushing the “message” of the NOLR cult, just like Violet Kiteley and Bill Hamon were.
With the rise of the NOLR came their relentless propaganda on Christianity around the world to embrace the “new thing” God was doing.
In Australia, NOLR leader Alan Langstaff founded the ‘Temple Trust‘ and through that created ‘Vision Magazine’. Alan Langstaff used every trick in the book to convince Christianity to embrace the NOLR “Charismatic” Movement. Within this national magazine, he appeared to promote only those who peddled NOLR ideas such as Frank Houston, Loren Cunningham, TL Osborne etc.
In 1977, Langstaff published an article by David Duplessis in the Australian ‘Vision Magazine’ titled ‘The Renewal of Christianity’. As you can see, Mr Duplessis was a fraud peddling doctrines that didn’t even closely resemble Pentecostal teachings.
Below you will see him peddle some of the most dangerous heresies in the NOLR/NAR, specifically the “New Thing” and “Spiritual Unity” doctrine.
The Renewal of Christianity
IT MUST BE BOTH
by David J. DuPlessis
The Birth of the Church
“A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” St. John 16:16. They saw Him crucified, and He was gone from them. Then they understood His words. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” St. John 16:20. On that glorious resurrection morning, Jesus said to Mary Magdalene: “Touch me not for I am not ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God.” St.John 20:17. “And she went and told them that she had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.” St. Mark 16:10,11. “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.” St. John 20:9.
“Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,Peace be unto you. ” St. John 20:19. “But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me: and see; for a spirit hath no flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. St. Luke 24-37-40. “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (He was sent from heaven to earth by a spiritual birth, The Son of God. So they must have a spiritual birth to be sent as Sons of God.) And when he had said this, He breathed on them, (just like God had breathed into Adam), and saith unto them: Receive ye the holy ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”
St. John 20:21-23. This was the hour of the Birth of the Church a new body, “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing,” (Eph. 5:27). “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become Sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ” St. John 1: 12,13.” And he is the head of the body, the Church,: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have pre-eminence . . . and having made peace through the blood of the cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.” Col. 1:18,19.
The first commission to the Church, was given at the hour of her birth. “Whosoever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven.” Before the birth of the church she was forgiven, for on the cross He interceded: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” St. Luke 23:34. This was unconditional, unsought for, divine forgiveness, for all who would accept it. As many as accept His forgiveness, power is given to become children of God, and members of the body of Christ. When Jesus said: Peace be unto you, it meant their sins were forgiven, and at that moment they could receive the Holy Ghost. Now the Holy Spirit could be given, because the glorified, resurrected Jesus, could forgive their sins and give them the Holy Spirit. This was the first time that the Holy Spirit could be given to men, and the end of the time that -” . . .the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” St. John 7:39
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled, in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight; if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel (the forgiveness of sin) which was preached to every creature which is under heaven.” Col. 1:21-23.
The birth of Christ was a charismatic act of God and the birth of the Church was a charismatic act of Christ. However, for Christ there was a second charismatic encounter with His Father on the bank of Jordan, when the Holy Ghost came upon Him like a dove and remained on Him. (St. John 1: 32,33). This was the Father anointing Him for the ministry. (St. Luke 4:18, 19). Even so, on the day of Pentecost, (50 days after Passover, or Easter the birth of the Church), there was a second encounter of the new born Church with Christ, as the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, according to prophecy (St. John 1:33) and according to His own promise, “Ye shall be baptised in the Holy Ghost.” Acts 1:5. This was the anointing of the Church for the ministry of the Gospel, according to His promise: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghose is come upon you,and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
A Message for all
In the beginning of His ministry, “Jesus sent forth twelve, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give.” Matt. 10:5-8. What a powerful Gospel with signs following. But, is it possible? For Jews only? not for Gentiles and Samaritans? In modern times Jesus would be labelled “racist” and “sectarian”. Yet, soon He changed, and showed a strong ecumenical spirit, for He prophesied: (See Matthew 24:3-14), “And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.” Thus the end-time must be a time for the whole human family to be reached by the charismatic message, or
by the Gospel preached in the power of the Holy Ghost with signs following.
Yet the early church even after Pentecost and the glorious and speedy expansion of Christianity in Jerusalem, failed in both the first and the second commission that Jesus gave to her. She refused to forgive Saul of Tarsus, even after the martyr Stephen had prayed for his forgiveness, (Acts 7:60), (Acts 9:26). Then she failed to carry out the second commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matt. 28:19. After one decade she had not yet reached the Gentiles, but “preached the word to none but unto the Jews only.” Acts 11:19. However, on the day of Pentecost, Peter had declared, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, that “This” now seen and heard in Jerusalem, was“that” same phenomenon which will come in the last days, according to the Prophet Joel in chapter 2:28. According to Acts 2:17,18 Peter declared: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit (Charismatic), upon all flesh: (ecumenical) and your sons and your daughters (male and female, Youth) shall prophesy . . . And on my servants and on my handmaidens (male and female, Labour) I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. In Joel s days such things had never happened nor would such things even be permitted. The Levitical tribe was the ministering tribe, and even a Levite had to be 30 years old before he could minister. The women had no say at all. Slaves did not have a say in matters of worship. Only in a culture where youth and labour played a permanent part could it be proper for them to be recognised in prophecy. Furthermore it would have to be a culture where male and female enjoy equal rights.
“This” is “That”
Joel did not say “last days” but used the word “afterward”. It seems clear that it means “after Israel had become a free nation again.” This came to pass in 1948 after World War II, when nations and cultures had changed in many respects. This also happened almost universally because national barriers tumbled and national customs changed. Another great event in 1948 was the founding of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam, in an attempt by Protestantism to become more ecumenical.
In the church of the first century it was the Holy Spirit that had compelled the church to become ecumenical when Peter was persuaded to go to the house of Cornelius, the Roman Officer, a Gentile. To the Church in Jerusalem Peter declared “the spirit bade me go ” Acts 11:12. So after ten years it was the Holy Spirit that broke the racial barriers by sending Peter to Cornelius. Then some disciples began to minister to the Grecians in Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians (from the Greek word ‘christianos’, meaning ‘little anointed ones’). This caused just as many problems in the Church of those days as the Ecumenical Charismatic Movement is causing in modern day Christianity. But they only had national and cultural problems to contend with. In our day we have both national and cultural as well as denominational and traditional problems to contend with. Only the Holy Spirit can overcome these problems.
As Christianity became less and less ecumenical and more and more National, she also became less and less Charismatic and more and more formal and traditional, and divided by theological dissensions. For decades now, both Protestantism and Catholicism have encouraged unity. I believe that this is an indication that the Holy Spirit is being poured out upon all flesh. Jesus said: “And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin.” St. John 16:8. Now in this second half of the 20th Century nationalism and patriotism, and our denominationalism and traditionalism, which had for ages been considered virtues to be embraced, are becoming sins to be forsaken. All flesh has fallen into the melting pot upon the fire of the Holy Spirit. The “winds of change” are blowing all over
the world, and all over the world the Spirit is moving, just like the prophets said it would be. It is God in action. But listen to the word of God. It is not by power, nor by might. . .
But by my spirit
In some sense United Nations and Ecumenical Movements are seeking unity in humanity, but it is clear that all their efforts appear to be in vain. Is there any hope anywhere?Yes! In the Church, the body of Christ upon earth. Jesus prayed during His last passover, His first eucharist: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from evil . . . Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also (in all nations in all ages) which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou Father (Spirit) art in me, and I in Thee (Spirit), that they also may be one in us (Spirit) that the world may believe, that thou hast sent me.” St. John 17:15,20,21.
The unity that Christ prayed for is a spiritual unity totally charismatic and never anything else. This unity is created by the Holy Spirit and this unity should be manifested through the church. Since the church was born out of His death and resurrection, there could hardly be any better demonstration of unity than at the celebration of theeucharist. Yet, is it not right here where our divisions are most evident? Is it not time that we examine ourselves and not others?
Why is Christianity so weak?
In recent years I have prayed desperately about this matter. I talked to the Lord, asking for the reason why the Pentecostal Movement, and now also the Charismatic Movement, has not yet demonstrated a rich and full manifestation of Chapters 12, 13 and 14 of the First Epistle to the Corinthians? The answer came loud and clear: becauseyou neglect the 11th chapter. Suddenly I realised that our problems centred around the Table of the Lord, and the Lord’s body. For here I read that it is possible to “eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily.” How? Why? Is it because of Chapter 10:16 to 21? Have we been guilty of failing to ‘try the spirits whether they are of God”? 1 John 4:1 ? This poses a further problem. I know how others have tried “my spirit” and totally misjudged me. I had also come to learn that because of prejudice and an unforgiving attitude, I had been guilty of judging the spirits of others falsely. How can I be sure that I shall never misjudge anyone? Here in chapter 11.28 I found the answer to my failures and the answer to the failures of the church. “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” Then verse 31: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged”. First examine yourself and judge yourself, before you dare to try your brother and very likely misjudge him. This is a deadly sin. “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily (misjudging others) eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body” (seated in the pews). “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” 1 Cor. 11:29 and 30.
Embracing our Enemy
I am the pastor of a church. In celebrating the eucharist I call upon the church to pray: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Have I ever prayed:Forgive us pentecostals our sins as we forgive those Protestants and R. Catholics that have sinned against us? Indeed not. And yet I eat the bread and drink the cup. For this cause many churches are weak spiritually and some are dead. How long shall we continue to judge others unworthy to sit with us at the table of the Lord or to join with us in the worship of the Lord in Spirit and in truth? Is it not time that we follow the example of our Lord, and kneel at the feet of our brother that came in with dusty feet, and wash his feet humbly, yes, even the feet of Judas the enemy within the fellowship? Jesus did not exclude Judas who betrayed Him or Peter who denied Him or others that forsook Him. But all the time He had tried their spirits and knew what was in them. He warned Judas and Peter but He did not condemn them or expose them, (see Luke 22:23). Oh! to be like Jesus, so meek and lowly.
Some danger signals are lately appearing in the Charismatic Movement. One of the most outstanding characteristics of the movement had been its ecumenicity, in the prayer groups and fellowships. Members of all churches and confessions were welcome and there was no questions asked about church membership. Neither was there any attack on, or criticism of, the churches. The Spirit of love, or more correctly the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance — was so fresh and rich in the lives of prayer group leaders and participants, that forgiveness triumphed over all differences, both cultural and traditional.
The divided body
The first danger that I noticed was a tendency to criticise the Church. This led to the formation of groups claiming to be independent of any church. That was the end ofecumenicity, and the beginning of divisions which caused schism in the Church. One of my friends said: The more ‘schismata’ the less ‘charismata.’ (1 Cor. 12:25,26). The only body on earth that can be ‘ecumenical’ is the church for only a united church can minister to, all nations and ‘all flesh’. Furthermore, only the Holy Spirit can create a ‘united church’ for : “By one spirit are we all baptized into one body whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink (St. John 7:37; Rev.’ 21:5-7) into one spirit” 1 Cor. 12:13. The birth of the Church was by ‘receiving’ the Spirit (St. John 20:22), the growth of the Church continues by ‘receiving’ the Spirit, (Acts 2:38) the extension of the Church is by ‘receiving’ the Spirit. (Acts 10:47). The unity of the Church is created by and depends on the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:3,13).
Early in this century the Holy Spirit began to ‘reprove’ Christianity for being so divided. The consequence was the desire to seek unity. The historic Protestant bodies responded by forming the World Council of Churches. The schismatic bodies in Protestantism responded by forming the World Evangelical Fellowship. The Pentecostals responded by calling a Pentecostal World Conference. The Lord saw and He heard the prayer for unity. Suddenly there appeared the manifestations of the Spirit in prayer meetings all over the world. This has become to be known as the Charismatic Movement. Then Pope John XXIII sounded the need for the renewal of the Church in order toachieve unity. He convened the Vatican Ecumenical Council. Realising that renewal and unity depended entirely upon the Holy Spirit, he prayed for a new pentecost. More than any one else he shook his own church to a glorious awakening, as well as all Christianity. This Saintly Pope of our times, was so dedicated to the unity of the Church that he created, right in the Vatican, The Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity. Through this channel there has developed dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches, as well as with most other Historic Churches, and even with the Pentecostals. In this way the Holy-Spirit was able to move within the R.C. Church, and in “the now” world-wide Catholic Charismatic Renewal, that has become the great wonder of Christianity in this age. It is affecting all Christian confessions and denominations. Within only seven years the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has spread to more than ninety countries of the.World. They have the largest national and even regional conferences. Thus far these conferences have been open to other confessions and denominations. They maintained the ecumenical character. However, I discover some agitation against this.
This threatens the life of the
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Charismatic Renewal. When the Church lost her ecumenical outreach she also lost her charismatic nature. Since in our time we have to consider what is God’s plan and purpose, we have to be even more zealous to be co-labourers with Him. Joel tells us that God said: “I will pour out of my spirit (charismatic), upon all flesh, (ecumenical)”. No government or ecclesial authority can prevent this or stop God’s action. But the Church can fail to work with God, by seeking to limit the dimension or the manifestation of His operation. Prayer Groups that sought to exclude those from other confessions from their fellowship died faster than they grew at first. The same applies to those who began to withdraw from the church, by substituting the prayer meetings for church services. In God’s economy there can be no substitute for the church, and in the church there can be no substitute for the Holy Spirit.
The final hindrance to the effectiveness of the Charismatic Renewal is the practice of some to attend Prayer Groups and even Conferences with no other purpose than to proselitize and seek to win members for their own church or society. “Come out from among them” is their text.
My great concern has become the conflict between all the confessional traditions, which do not fit very well into the order of things when God says, “Behold, I will do a new thing!” Isa. 43:19. Even Jesus declared to the religious leaders of His day: “Ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” Matt. 15:3 and 6. Many aspects of the charismatic movement in the renewal of the church are perfectly Biblical but unfortunately not traditional. If Christ could not accept the traditions of the ‘fathers’, I am sure the Holy Spirit will not approve of them now. Christ Himself was a new way and he revealed new truth and manifested new life. We are living in apocalyptic times for which He promised: “Behold I make all things new.”
Rev. 21:5. Often I am told that certain expressions of Scripture and some Scriptural practices are divisive, and for the sake of unity we should abandon them. Then why not abandon the Traditional expressions and practices for the sake of unity7
The literal fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy in this age manifest many new things. The restoration of Israel as an independent nation in 1948 is the first new thing. Then Joel says: “It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my Spirit (charismatic) upon all flesh (ecumenical). I plead that we do not part what God has joined in His promise. Let us remain fully charismatic and totally ecumenical. God did what He promised to Israel, and He will do what He promised about the outpouring of His Spirit. The consequence of this is more new tilings. Your sons and your daughters (male and female, youth) shall prophecy. This is new. Servants and hand-maids (male and female, labour) shallprophecy. These are all new things that God is bringing to pass. Joel has no word for the priesthood. That has been established from the beginning and shall remain, but that must not prevent the priesthood of all believers. Because there has been a tendency among the ministry of our day to take control of the prayer groups, some groups now try to eliminate the guidance of the ministry. This is also an error. “Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Col. 3:10-13.
David J. du Plessis is an International leader in the Pentecostal Movement and is affectionately known as “Mr. Pentecost”.
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Source: David duPlessis, Vision Magazine, Published 1977.