Ps. Chris Rosebrough has long been exposing Michael Brown’s ‘I know nothing about the NAR’ campaign. Back in 2018, Ps. Rosebrough, in a program titled ‘The Next Wave: Revival Revolution’, reviewed key NAR apostles and prophets who have helped develop this global cult over the last decades.
Some of those reviewed are:
NARpostle Bob Jones was often regarded as a prophet – but some within the NAR regard him an apostle.
NARpostle Jan-Aage Torp was heavily involved in C. Peter Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles towards its inception in the late 1990s. Not long after, Torp founded the ICA counterpart in Europe which was later renamed European Apostolic Leaders (EAL).
NARpostle Lou Engle has always been regarded an apostle and as one, is currently under the apostolic leadership of Che Ahn’s Harvest International Ministry.
Towards the beginning of the sermon review, Michael Brown ‘wields his apostolic authority’ to add legitimacy to his message:
“A few weeks ago, I was headed out to California. Twice a year, I meet together with Che Ahn and Lou Engle and other brothers and sisters that are part of the Apostolic leadership team of H.I.M, Harvest International Ministries. Nancy and I are a part of that, representing F.I.R.E and the ministry that we do.” (Emphasis added)
By claiming he is part of the Apostolic leadership team of H.I.M, what is Brown suggesting he is? A prophet? An evangelist? No. He meets twice a year with seasoned apostles in an ‘apostolic leadership team’ because he considers himself an ‘apostle’. The evidence – Brown’s apostleship across Wagner’s Leadership Institute where only apostles like himself were able to teach on the New Apostolic Reformation to students. Brown also reveals he is part of the NAR by confessing he was a member of the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (USCAL), an offshoot run by Apostle Joseph Mattera, that’s deeply entrenched with Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL). As we pointed out, USCAL records and recognises Michael Brown as an apostle.
Furthermore, Jeff of “BeCarefulHowYouHear”, was involved years ago at Michael Brown’s ‘FIRE School of Ministry’. He spoke, as an insider, of how deeply involved Brown was with the NAR when he was attending. Jeff’s testimony rings true of Brown’s deceit, as Rosebrough’s sermon review below exposes how deeply entrenched Michael Brown’s theology and NARpostleship is within the movement. (MP3 records and labels inform us that Michael Brown’s sermon, ‘The Next Wave: Revival Revolution, was preached on Sunday 19, October, 2003.)
“Fighting For The Faith” episode can be heard here:
The Next Wave: Revival Revolution
00:09:57 Bob Jones Angelic Visitation & Stories of the Supernatural
00:20:48 Jan-Aage Torp God Anoints Apostles Today
00:49:19 Steve Cioccolanti Beyond BILLY GRAHAM: The LAST MOVE of GOD
00:57:15 Lou Engle Billy Grahams Mantle
01:08:07 Sermon Review: The Next Wave: Revival Revolution by Michael Brown
Source: Chris Rosebrough, The Next Wave: Revival Revolution, Pirate Christian, http://www.piratechristian.com/fightingforthefaith/2018/3/the-next-wave-revival-revolution, Published March 15, 2018. (Accessed March 20, 2018.)
UNPACKING THE MESSAGE:
Without a doubt, Brown presents himself as an apostle – by aligning himself with Che Ahn and receiving this world-changing ‘wave revelation’ from God in a dream.
This ‘wave ‘ language is only found in the NAR, with C.Peter Wagner coining the term through his Third Wave Movement. Another key teaching in the NAR is how Apostles are ‘Generals’ or ‘Joshuas’ leading the army of God, to ‘take back the kingdom of God’ from the devil. So when you hear Brown talk about the ‘Joshua Generation’, he’s talking about a ‘generation of apostles’.
According to NARpostle Michael Brown, God gave him seven secret revelations about this ‘Next wave’:
1. “It will be a “Revival revolution”
2. “This wave will build on the advances of the last wave.”
3. “The heightened moral crisis (led particularly by the homosexual agenda…) in society coupled with the quagmire in Iraq will result in a holy back-lash.”
4. “This wave will be violent…”
5. “This will be a revival of the fear of the Lord.”
6. “New wine skins have been prepared for the New Wine, and New Wine there will be.”
7. “This next wave will be, must be and can only be about Jesus.”
Points one, two, four, six and seven are pure unadulterated NAR theology.
Point One: The “last wave” that swept the globe was often regarded as C. Peter Wagner’s ‘Third Wave’ movement, through the Vineyard movement. So it is interesting to note that Brown said that God described this wave as a ‘revival revolution’. Not only is this NAR language but ‘revival, revolution and reformation’ are all synonymous. Furhermore Brown reveals his ‘apostolic’ status in the following:
- He is involved with apostles in Che Ahn’s Apostolic Team.
- He is hearing from God directly.
- God is setting him up to catch the final wave to transform culture.
Consider how the leading Apostle of the NAR, Che Ahn, defines apostles:
“…I want to talk about Apostles and the reformation of society… And I want to submit to you that Apostles both in the market place and in the church, they are the key to bring about reformation and revival. Dr Peter Wagner, he coined the phrase, ‘New Apostolic Reformation’.” (Link)
Point Two: When the Vineyard movement attempted to become a denomination, Wagner abandoned what he called “one of the early prototypes of the New Apostolic Reformation in the United States,” (ChurchQuake!, 1999, pg. 136) and instead linked up with another group of ‘apostles’.
Randy Clark, Che Ahn, Lou Engle, Steve Hill, John Kilpatrick, Michael Brown, Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs and all these ‘Third Wave’ apostles were trying to ride the ‘next wave’ which became, as C. Peter Wagner coined – the New Apostolic Reformation.
However, this ‘end-time latter rain revival’ (or ‘last wave’) never came. Brown was attempting to outdo the other apostles (as they often do), by laying the claim that his church was going to ride the ‘last’ end-times wave.
Point Four: Brown mentions this NAR wave is ‘violent’. It comes as no surprise that NARpostles twist the words of Jesus to justify their behaviour of taking over existing churches by whatever means to ‘advance the kingdom of God’. They justify their actions by claiming: ‘Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force’. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour is why Brown was kicked out of the AOG at Brownsville.
Point Six: Brown claimed this ‘wave’ revelation came from God. His faulty theological use of the ‘new wine skin’ language is a clear indication that this revelation was not from the Holy Spirit – but from the false spirit behind the NAR.
C. Peter Wagner clearly separated orthodox Christianity from his own movement by drawing the line between ‘Old Wine Skin’ churches and his ‘New Wine Skin’ churches – his churches led by these new ‘apostles’.
This is the theology of the New Order of the Latter Rain repackaged under new NAR language. It’s the NEW Apostles with the new ORDER to usher in the LATTER revolution/reformation or outpouring/revival//RAIN.
If that is not frightening enough – Point Seven is perhaps the most dreadful. By this we mean who can forget Michael Brown’s involvement with ‘The Call’?
This is what Michael Brown said to Ps. Chris Rosebrough about his involvement with NARpostles Che Ahn and Lou Engle’s ‘The Call’ event:
“I’ve been in meetings with (Wagner). We knew each other. I think we spoke on the phone one time, one or two times. And otherwise we were, we served on a board with Lou Engle for ‘The Call’ events. And the thing that struck me when I was with him was his high level of integrity.” (Source)
Just what was taught and practiced back in the year 2000 at ‘The Call’ by its NARpostolic leader Lou Engle? Ps. Rosebrough reviewed Lou Engle reminiscing on The Call. This is what Engle had to say about it:
“The Nazirite–John-the-Baptist Generation is arising and 400,000 came down to that trumpet in September 2nd 2000! We’ve seen stadiums filled! We’ve seen arenas filled of fasting and prayer! But it was recently I was crying out to God… And a woman comes to me and says ‘You don’t know who I am but the Lord told me to pay your salary this year because you’re going to start something with the youth of America that will change the destination of prayer… And I’m thinking, ‘My God! He’s releasing this thing because he is wanting a movement of nazarite-burning men and women, fasting, praying, loving God, loving the coming of the bridegroom…
And as I’m crying out I cry, ‘God! Has The Call failed?’ I felt like the Lord speak to my heart. ‘If it truly was a John-the-Baptist’ type of movement, you can bet there’s a Jesus movement coming’. Because the last word of John was not ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’. The last word of John is, ‘Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world’… I am beginning to pronounce to America, ‘THERE IS ONE COMING!’ … ‘He’s already here but he’s coming!’ … I would say the revival is God’s arrival.” (Link)
We know Michael Brown believes in the dangerous ‘New Breed’ heresy. We know he believes that the church is ‘God in human flesh’ (One New Man heresy). So when he was involved with Engle and The Call where this type of theology was taught, the ‘next wave will be, must be and can only be about Jesus’, is not what Christians think it means. It literally means this NAR church movement will manifest itself as ‘both God and man’.
In closing, the ‘next wave’ of Brown never happened. However, Todd Bentley and ‘Latter Rain’ Apostle/Prophet Paul Cain claimed this ‘final wave’ was happening at Lakeland Florida, Paul Cain declaring that Todd Bentley was ‘the New Breed’. Bentley followed up on this claim, declaring the ‘New Breed’ must rise up around the world.
Is it any wonder that Todd Bentley was also promoting this ‘wave’ theology at Lakeland Outpouring, this same ‘wave’ theology that Brown was espousing five years earlier? It’s no coincidence that the ‘next wave’ Brown described sounds much like the false ‘revival’ that Todd Bentley created. Bentley’s ministry was literally ‘violent’ (he physically assaulted people in order for them to receive their healing). Is it any wonder that Brown’s theology in 2003 paved the way for Todd Bentley’s ministry to flourish?
For Michael Brown to deny his ‘apostolic’ involvement and role in such a morally bankrupt cult movement would be like denying he’s actually a man! While Brown claims to be a legitimate Christian voice, his deceptive theology and practices, and those he aligns himself with, reveal a much different and darker story.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:1-6
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