A New Apostolic Reformation Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  December 5, 2014
A New Apostolic Reformation Book Cover A New Apostolic Reformation
R.Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec
Weaver Book Company
November 14, 2014

This critique provides a framework for understanding and interpreting the widespread but little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. As the authors state in the preface: "We write this book with two major goals in mind. First, to give people an idea of the sheer size and reach of the NAR movement. And second, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluate them on the basis of Scripture and careful reasoning … . In our judgment, the NAR perspective crosses these boundaries [that is, certain broad parameters, revealed in Scripture and practiced in the historical orthodox church], and it does so in part because of flawed theology rooted in a flawed understanding of Scripture. We wish to warn readers about a possible confusion: Some critics have linked the NAR movement with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. We do not do this. In fact, it is our contention that the NAR movement deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This movement has emerged out of independent charismatic churches and, thus, has gained a foothold in many of those churches in varying degrees."

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for A New Apostolic Reformation (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This is a well-researched, and thoughtful book.” Reviewer: Hal Marshall Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastors and ministry leaders will want to turn to this book to have good and solid understanding of what the Word of God has to say about NAR, and also see the importance of having and doing good exegesis.” Reviewer: Chris Ho Rating: 4 Stars

“A New Apostolic Reformation? is an outstanding book; it is well researched and cogently argued, with an orderly, easy-to-follow presentation (with summaries at the end of each chapter, concise recapitulation of key points at appropriate intervals, and so on). I commend it to you.” Reviewer: David Hodges Rating: 5 Stars

“For anyone looking to research and learn more about NAR this book would be a good starting point.” Reviewer: Michael Wilson Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was eye-opening concerning a movement that is likely under the radar of most Christian leaders who should be made aware of these deviant, heretical teachers and teachings.” Reviewer: Douglas Wallace Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was very helpful.” Reviewer: Alex Houston Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this comprehensive and well-written book.” Reviewer: Xi Ming Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is well researched and well written.” Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand Rating: 5 Stars

“This book added to my ability to discern truth from error.” Reviewer: William Perkins Rating: 4 Stars

  • Dr Ley

    A guide to heresy! Indeed too often people tend to accept or even ignore heresy. The problem is that many times it comes upon us so slowly, so secretly, and unrelenting. The authors emphasize the importance of knowing what you believe, why you believe it, and how to support it scripturally. Put another way, the authors highlight the need to be Bible readers and students of the truth. Give this book the opportunity of offering you a perspective on changes in the church that have gone largely unnoticed; that have slipped into our age of Christianity and began to muddy the waters of Biblical principles such as right and wrong. It is infuriatingly true and inescapably the best profile of moral decay in the church (like a mirror to society) I have ever read.

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