In the New Apostolic Reformation, they teach that the church is “an end-times army for this hour”. The leaders of this “Joel’s army” call themselves Generals. In fact, although they go by the more infallible title of ‘Apostle’, the leading Apostle of the entire NAR, C. Peter Wagner, also taught that leaders of God’s Armies are called God’s Generals. And not only are these Generals called to rally and lead these armies to transform cities and nations through spiritual revolutions (aka revivals, outpourings, visitations, etc.), they hope to achieve a global awakening to trigger Christ’s return.
This clearly appears to be Dr Michael Brown’s theology, especially with what we saw preached at the Brownsville Revival. However, he insists he was never part of the New Apostolic Reformation, insists he is not an NAR Apostle (see radio program with Chris Rosebrough) and goes out of his way to publicly discredit his (discerning) critics as unreliable.
However, why is Michael discrediting us and not Bethel?
Dr Brown’s friend NARpostle Bill Johnson, (whom Dr Brown strongly defends), stated that Michael Brown’s Brownsville Revival was a central part of the New Apostolic Reformation. Read more here:
Chris Rosebrough also reviewed Michael Brown speaking at NARpostle Fini de Gersigny’s church, where Dr Brown continually conveyed the idea he is an NARpostle. Even Rosebrough questioned the language and ideas Dr Brown was conveying.
“‘Raised you up internationally.’ Well in NAR speak, that makes you an ‘Apostle’. Are you an ‘Apostle’ in the NAR? Are you one of God’s Generals?”
Source: Chris Rosebrough, The Bad Fruit of Experiential “Theology”, Fighting for the Faith: 02:43:54, Published 08/07/2016. (Accessed 12/07/2016.)
It’s a good question. Before he even gave the sermon, NARpostle Fini de Gersigny had this to say about Dr Michael Brown:
Nevertheless, his NARpostle friends and their ministries keep saying too much about Dr Michael Brown and proving him to be very deceptive.
For instance, Michael Brown spoke at Bethel in 2009. For someone who is not an Apostle or General of “God’s Army,” Bethel seems to also think likewise. All the marks of an Apostle/General are there. For instance:
- NARpostles are raised up by God to impact nations. Bethel says, “He has preached throughout the United States and in more than 20 nations”
- NARpostles are called by God raise up and equip “Christians” – and from them to raise up more Apostles (as the NAR like to refer to Ephesians 4 NIV). Bethel says, “Dr. Brown has devoted his life to helping raise up and equip…”
- NARpostles lead God’s Army’s – which is why they are called ‘Generals’. Bethel says, “Dr. Brown has devoted his life to helping raise up and equip an army of holy radicals…”
- NARpostles are also called Revolutionaries leading spiritual revolutions among certain generations (in similar fashion, rallying people for a cause). Bethel says, “Dr. Brown has devoted his life to helping raise up and equip an army of holy radicals who will spark a spiritual and moral revolution in this generation.”
- Furthermore, apostolic leaders in the NAR often portray Jesus and his disciples as revolutionaries. Once again, Bethel states, “His 5,000 word Jesus Manifesto, along with his more full study, Revolution! The Call to Holy War, are widely used as foundational documents for this new Jesus Revolution…”
For 2000 years, the church has been an institution. The NAR and its leading Apostles have tried to infiltrate the church, calling Christians to be part of their movement, their revolution. And we see Bethel promoting Dr Michael Brown as an Apostle/General leading “an army of holy radicals”, promoting a “Jesus Revolution.”
Folks, there is enough evidence to make the claim that Dr Michael Brown appears to be standing outside the orthodox Christian faith by hiding the truth about his links to the NAR Apostolic Network and by standing with incredibly dangerous false Apostles and Prophets.
For the record, Dr Michael Brown has brought these criticisms upon himself. He refuses to address his critics in depth, and instead attacks anyone who provides substantial evidence about his allegiance to the New Apostolic Reformation cult.
Because Dr Michael Brown appears to have no regard in treating concerned believers with truth and respect, they have every right to question his ministry.
Dr. Michael Brown
Dr. Michael Brown served as a leader in the Brownsville Revival from 1996 – 2000, and birthed FIRE School of Ministry in 2001. He has preached throughout the United States and in more than 20 nations and has written 20 book on revival, holiness, radical discipleship, and Jewish-Christian issues, along with scholarly works in Old Testament and Hebrew studies. He is generally considered to be the foremost expert in Jewish apologetics and has debated leading rabbis on college campuses, radio and TV. He is the host of the new Jewish outreach TV show, Think It Thru, and the host of the live, daily syndication radio show, Line of Fire. His most recent books include a commentary on Jeremiah for the new edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary; the acclaimed series Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus (five volumes); and What Do Jewish People Think About Jesus: And Other Questions Christians Ask About Jewish Practice, History, and Belief. His scholarly articles have been published in leading journals as well as in the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.
Dr. Brown has devoted his life to helping raise up and equip an army of holy radicals who will spark a spiritual and moral revolution in this generation. His 5,000 word Jesus Manifesto, along with his more full study, Revolution! The Call to Holy War, are widely used as foundational documents for this new Jesus Revolution, and he is the Director of the Charlotte-based Coalition of Conscience. Dr. Brown has also served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission, Regent University School of Divinity, The King’s Seminary, and Denver Theological Seminary.
Source: Bethel, Friday Night, Bethel.TV, http://www.bethel.tv/watch/371/friday-night/2009/12/04, Published 04/12/209. (Accessed 27/05/2017.)
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