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My Experience with NAR Leader, Che Ahn of Harvest International Ministries

April 23, 2012

Sometime in around 2007, I had an interesting and telling encounter with New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) forerunner, Che Ahn, the leader of HIM (Harvest International Ministries.) I was travelling with a team from Harvest Ministries International (KHMI) from Kitimat, BC, Canada and we were leading worship at a conference in Abbotsford or Kelowna. Che Ahn was there as one of the guest speakers. We had just finished a gruelling set of intense worship and the crowd was pumped with expectation because of the mood we had created with our music. We were very manipulative that way and I still sense a need to repent of that!  We were taught that we could actually create an atmosphere that made it easier for God to move amongst us…and I believed it! Anyways, Che Ahn had taken to the stage and had begun calling out “words of knowledge” like, “I sense that there’s a woman in the room who has or has had some kind of an ‘issue of the skin’ who is experiencing a miracle right now.” (more…)

What is a Narrow-minded, Bigoted A**hole?

April 11, 2012

ImageThis writing was inspired by the nice sign that a “friend” of mine posted on my Facebook wall. The sign was a big, red octagon that said; “Stop using Jesus as an excuse to be a narrow-mind, bigoted a**hole!”  Now, I was aware that some of my beliefs were prone to anger non-Christians but this person is a Christian…or she thinks she is! Anyway, I wondered if perhaps some of my beliefs are fundamentally un-Christian-like. Here are some things I believe…Do these beliefs make me a narrow-minded, bigoted a**hole ? (more…)

Harold Camping End of the World May 21, 2011

May 21, 2011

Harold Camping is obviously a deluded individual. You should not believe him. The end.

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…)

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!

National Coming Out Day – Oct. 11/2010

October 11, 2010

So I got myself involved in a conversation with a friend of mine who is gay when she posted this on her Facebook status: My Friend’s Name Here is a lesbian and National Coming Out Day is tomorrow. I’m coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality because it’s 2010 and almost 90% of LGBT youth experience harassment in school, and too many lives have been lost. Donate your status and join me by clicking here: http://apps.facebook.com/humanrightscampaign/ncod10_status.php?rid=100017&rsource=stream.

Now, I could have lived with that and just let it go at “I’m coming out for LGBT equality” but (more…)

The Motivation, Condemnation, Rededication Cycle of Performance-Based Christianity

March 21, 2010

Prepare for the Roller Coaster Ride of Your Life

Do you ever feel like your life as a Christian is like riding on a roller coaster? Does your Christian walk seem to be a series of long, slow climbs to the crest of some pinnacle (usually some kind of “breakthrough” like a physical healing or deliverance from some sinful behaviour) and then a spectacular thrill ride all the way to the bottom where you realise you’ve “lost” your healing or fallen into sin again but (for some strange reason) you have a strong desire to get back on the ride? Do you feel like you want to get off the ride once and for all but you’re afraid you’ll upset the cart and spoil the ride for everyone else if you do?

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