Does the term “false apostle” ring a bell? I mean, do you truly believe that there can be such a thing as a false apostle in our day? What would he or she look like?
Paul opens the possibility of a false apostle preaching another Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11. Look at verses 12 and 13. There were men in Paul’s day who desired “an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. Such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.”
It’s possible, then. Someone could come along in our day, with no true miracles, no commission from Christ, not even an appearance by Christ, no heavenly appointment, and just say he or she is an apostle of Christ, because someone voted them in. Right?
That is exactly what has happened! En masse. Worldwide. That is the NAR, and it grows exponentially around us. Some believe that the NAR is charismatic doctrine taken to its logical conclusion. At least we hope this is the conclusion. Goodness, is there more that the church will have to be confronting?
New Apostolic Reformation: Are You Sitting Under This Heresy?
Though it is called the New Apostolic Reformation, the movement’s teachings are not new, but are actually very old. Throughout church history, groups on the fringes of Christianity have attempted to restore the offices of apostle and/or prophet, including the Montanists (second century), the Irvingites (1830s), and the Apostolic Church (early 1900s). (and outside the fringes, Mormons & Jehovah’s Witnesses)
More recently, the restoration of the offices of apostle and prophet was taught by the leaders of the Latter Rain Revival movement of the late 1940s and early 1950s (also called the “New Order of the Latter Rain”). The Latter Rain Revival, which started in Canada, quickly spread to the United States, Europe, and throughout the world. Influential Latter Rain leaders included George Warnock, Franklin Hall and William Branham.
But the popularity of the Latter Rain Revival was short-lived. On September 13, 1949, the General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States — the largest Pentecostal denomination — passed a resolution that denounced Latter Rain teachings as unscriptural. Soon afterward, the revival died out. Nevertheless, Latter Rain teachings never completely disappeared and later resurfaced under a new name — that is, the New Apostolic Reformation.