New Apostolic Reformation: Decreeing

A characteristic of the NAR is to introduce new things and one of the latest new 'things' is the idea of decreeing or making decrees. One finds that common to most New Apostolic Reformation speakers (or should that be apostles?) decreeing is essential. Adherents of the NAR believe that Satan is stopped by their decrees but in the Bible, decreeing was done by pagan kings and rulers. It simply meant 'making a law' and anyone breaking such a 'law' would face the death sentence. There could be no reprieve and the death sentence would be carried out almost immediately. There is one mention of a decree in the New Testament: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Luke 2:1. Other mentions of decree depends upon how a word was translated by New Testament scholars.

The NAR use 'decreeing' in the sense of making a big pronouncement, which is exactly how Travis Holland has used it when he says here The Lord said, "I need My people to start decreeing and speaking out the promises I have placed inside of them; the power to call things forth, to speak life, and bring forth what I have placed in them." This is heady stuff and the words are attributed to Jesus himself. Where in the Bible did Jesus utter these words? There is simply no record of Jesus having spoken such words.

Travis tells us earlier in his article that: 1 John 5:14-15, Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. This sounds powerful stuff but it should be noted that it is conditional upon being in accordance to the Lord's will. If we are not in the Lord's will then our asking will be in vain, which is why so much prayer seemingly goes unanswered. There is another aspect to this: our prayers are requests - they are not decrees. We cannot barge our way into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and make demands. Afterall, who is in charge: Jesus or us?

The NAR was founded upon unbiblical precedents and decreeing has now become a big part of the New Apostolic Reformation, which first saw the light of day under the late William Branham, who amongst other things believed that the Egyptian pyramids had the same authority as scripture. Branham's teaching morphed into the Latter Rain movement, which the Assemblies of God in America outlawed in 1949. It then resurfaced and became known as the Charismatic Movement until the late John Wimber invented 'Power Evangelism'. The idea here was that we should go out on the streets and perform miracles, which testify to the truth of the Gospel and therefore many would believe. One should ask, believe what? Will it be a gospel of miracles or a gospel of salvation. John Wimber influenced C. Peter Wagner, who later invented the New Apostolic Reformation. One of their great triumphs has been a trip up Mount Everest to unseat the Queen of Heaven! Since then its prophets have added to Branham's so-called gospel and invented new ideas, such as 'decreeing' in order to keep the masses happily occupied.

When will NAR adherents see through all this deception? Sadly, they won't, because someone will invent the next 'new' thing and on and on it will continue.

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