Archive for November, 2010

An Introduction to the NAR – New Apostolic Reformation

November 27, 2010

The New Apostolic Reformation is a spin-off group of Christianity. The basic tenets of NAR theology is that God is restoring the lost offices of PROPHET and APOSTLE to church governance and that a new breed of Christian will be raised up to prepare the Kingdom of God so that Jesus can return.

This movement seems to have gained popularity due to the discontentment of people within the body of Christ who aren’t able to simply believe the truth of the Bible and its sound theological doctrines. (more…)

Come In ~ A Poem by Linda Wilkins-Parker

November 25, 2010

IT’S CHRISTMAS, COME IN, COME IN!

Every day millions are born, millions die;

All are loved by our Maker on high;

Some born to privilege, some born to pain,

Some born to poverty, toil and shame.

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Todd Burpo: Heaven is for Real (4 Year Old Boy Coltan, Visits)

November 24, 2010

When I saw this video on Facebook my reaction was this:  

LOL – I told my Mom and Nanny that I had an out of body experience when I was a little kid too. Right after they started reading and talking about Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet. I’m gonna guess that this kid knew who was going to be in the operating room and has seen some TV shows like maybe “House” or “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Doogie Houser” or whatever. He’s probably heard his parents talking about Heaven. They probably attend a Pentecostal church that leans toward mysticism and the NAR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Todd is the pastor and he’s probably already a published author. And Coltan’s probably a genius too…with a really great imagination. The parents for sure have photo albums that contain pictures of their dead relatives and he’s heard his mom talking on the phone about the baby she lost. I’ll bet the kid attended a funeral of a grandparent shortly before his surgery too. And he’s sung the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands!” too!
Then I thought, Sheesh I’m a really mean and nasty man to steal the dreams or shatter the illusions of that little boy…especially since I haven’t even looked into the story more. So I “Googled” Todd Burpo and what do you know…he’s a pastor and a publisher of Christian books!
So…here are the claims made in the Fox News story:
  • He met people he never knew like his grandfather and St. John the Baptist.
  • He was above them while being operated on. “ I saw my dad in a little room talking to god, I saw my mom in another room talking on the phone and talking to one of her friends.
  • He can recognize pictures of his great grandfather who he never met.
  • He knows that God is a very, very big person. He can actually fit the entire world into his hands.
  • Jesus has a rough but kind face, sea blue eyes and a smile that lights up the heavens.
  • There are no old people up in heaven, just young adults.
  • He met his baby sister that had died in mommy’s tummy. He didn’t know about the miscarriage, his sister told him about it when he met her in Heaven.

So I am just going to keep an eye on this story and watch for developments. I wonder why they waited until the boy was this age to give an interview to a news station? He seems to be about 10 in the video and he supposedly had the experience when he was 4. It seems pretty obvious to me that the last 6 years have been spent teaching Coltan what to say when questioned about the book.

Am I too sceptical? Perhaps but let’s just see what happens in the future of these people…

See also: Delia Knox…I’m interested in following her story as well!

Two Lines in Heaven?

November 23, 2010

I have come to the point in my walk with God through my understanding of His word that it is important for us to understand that Jesus, through what He was called to do upon the cross and ultimately through His resurection, finished the work of sanctification. When people start listening to and studying stuff from the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) teachers such as Paul Caine, Bob Jones, Ryan Wyatt, Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Joshua Mills and so many others, they start feeling powerful and somehow begin to sense that it is THEY who are going to prepare God’s Kingdom SO that Jesus CAN return to find them sanctified because of the WORK they did. It’s a subtle twist but in the end it leaves two lines; One waiting to present themselves naked and powerless before the Lord, humbled by what HE has done for THEM and another line (a longer one, sadly) waiting eagerly to show the Lord how much THEY’VE done for HIM. When I think of this idea I am reminded of Matthew 7:23 – “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” What a terrible day that will be for some. I remain in prayer.