It appears Dr. Michael Brown is now no longer in control of information regarding his involvement in the New Apostolic Reformation. This information appears to be coming through on three fronts:
- His involvement in the Jewish NARpostolic Network (specifically with Dan Juster’s Tikkun International).
- His involvement at the NAR Brownsville revival.
- His recent involvement as ‘oversight’ to the recent Todd Bentley scandal.
It’s also interesting to note that Dr. Brown felt the need to do this recent program in order to convince his followers that he is not part of the New Apostolic Reformation:
Dr. Brown gave a particular reason why he was doing the NAR show – he mentioned he was ministering with an Israeli friend, one of the leaders of One For Israel in California [3:45]. Just a quick look at the website suggested there was a deliberate lack of credibility and witness, especially with the NAR phrase ‘One New Man‘ being promoted. Rather than using orthodox Christian language such as ‘church’ or the ‘body of Christ’, why would they use NAR language which is promoted throughout the New Apostolic Reformation?
Dr. Brown claimed they ‘were getting the gospel out in Israel and around the world’. He also claimed a leader posted a testimony on social media, receiving comments that he then shared with Brown. Brown stated that some comments said such things as:
“We’re unsubscribing from your Facebook page Aton because you’re now working with NAR.’
‘Dr Michael Brown is part of NAR.’
‘NAR is working with the Pope.’
With this in mind, Michael Brown launched into his program “to separate fact from fiction.” Unfortunately, he promoted nothing more than fiction and confusion, withholding actual facts throughout the entire broadcast. The most obvious being Brown’s involvement in the ‘apostolic ministry’ of Apostle Daniel Juster of Tikkun International between 1987-1994. Dr. Brown’s involvement in this particular ministry drew him in deeper, becoming more involved in the New Apostolic Reformation network of ‘Apostles and Prophets’.
Apostle Daniel C. Juster of Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) reports on Dr. Brown’s involvement with the “launching and establishment of what is now called Tikkun International” here:
What attracted Michael Brown to this New Apostolic Reformation ministry? Who are the ‘Apostles’ he met through Juster’s apostolic network? You can read more on this here:
It’s this type of suppression of facts that highlights Dr. Brown’s deliberate attempt to hide his deep connection and roots to the NAR. Is this why Messianic Jews are angry with ‘One For Israel’ being tainted by Dr. Michael Brown, Dan Juster and Asher Intrater? And this all appears to have escalated due to his involvement in the latest Todd Bentley scandal.
Holly Pivec is the co-author (with R. Douglas Geivett) of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.
Messianic Jews in Israel head towards breakup over NAR?
Holly Pivec writes:
Messianic Jews in Israel Head Toward Breakup Over NAR?
How destructive is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)? For one example, take a look at the news coming out of Israel. The historically close-knit Messianic congregations in the country are, reportedly, on the brink of a breakup — because of controversy surrounding NARteachings being promoted there by an influential apostolic network, based in Israel, called Tikkun. The online magazine, Israel Today, recently reported on the impending breakup in an article titled “Messianic Jews Head Toward Breakup: Will the Local Body of Messiah in Israel Survive the Current Serious Debates?” See the article here.
NAR teachings being promoted by Tikkun, according to critics, include the core NAR teaching — that present-day apostles must hold governing offices in the church. Critics also claim that Tikkun apostles have taught that Gentile Christians worldwide must come into “alignment” with (read: submission to) Messianic Jewish believers and, especially, to the Messianic Jewish apostles based in Israel. Only when believers worldwide are properly aligned with Israel’s apostles will the “kingdom government order” be in place for God’s kingdom to be set up on earth and the end-time prophecies of Scripture to be fulfilled. Tikkun has responded to their critics with a series of articles titled “Answering the Allegations Against Tikkun.” See Part 1.
But these teachings do appear to have been promoted by Asher Intrater, an Israeli apostle and co-founder of Tikkun International. In a YouTube video titled “End-Time Alignment,” Intrater teaches about the necessity of Gentile believers aligning with Messianic Jewish believers — an alignment he describes as involving “a type of submission.” And his teachings that the worldwide church must submit to Israel’s apostles to be in “right order” is also documented in a series of articles written by Hannah Weis, which can be read here. She cites his book, titled Alignment, as one source.
According to the Israel Today article, more than two years of debate about Tikkun’s teachings will come to a head this month when a decision is expected to made by officials in the Hebrew-Speaking Congregational Leadership Conference, or Kenes Artzi in Hebrew. However, the nature of the decision to be made remains unclear. The article states:
After months of dialogue and debate at conferences and online, a meeting has been called for in March to decide on a path forward…. According to the Messianic leaders we have spoken with, there is still a lot of confusion as to what will happen at the upcoming meeting. Will Messianic Jewish leaders be called upon to vote and determine if Tikkun is teaching false doctrines? Will Tikkun leaders and their congregations be considered false teachers or banned from the Kenes Artzi? Meanwhile, a number of Messianic Jews have already left, or are threatening to leave the Kenes Artzi over the controversy.
Pray for wisdom for the Kenes Artzi leadership and that they will have the courage to take a stand against any divisive and unbiblical NAR teachings that have brought disunity and confusion to Israel’s Messianic Jewish congregations.
Source: Holly Pivec, Messianic Jews in Israel Head Toward Breakup Over NAR?, Spirit of Error, http://www.spiritoferror.org/2020/03/messianic-jews-in-israel-head-toward-breakup-over-nar/8968?fbclid=IwAR1IWwNf_rIS9Q2Bun8QLpDTg3rk4e4W-YYD7GWIasnD7z1–5fH5gi_RQI. Published March 4, 2020. (Accessed March 5, 2020.)
Videos and sources from Holly Pivec’s article can be accessed here:
Source: Ash Intrater, End Time Alignment | Asher Intrater | Revive Israel, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPSnO9gm-l4, Published October 01,2017. (Accessed March 05, 2020.)
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