Book Review – God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement (11/12)

Other than the 12 (or 13, if you include Paul in) apostles. Does the church have any more apostles? How then should christians response to some mega  churches whose pastors are termed as apostles? It that permissible? Or even biblical?God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement

For those who are in the reformed circles, prosperity gospel is a sure no-no these day. But what about “apostles” in this day and age? There seems to be lack of response towards the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). This is where this book fills an important gap.

First, the authors give a brief introduction of what NAR is and what their main teachings is about. Next, they present the scope of the NAR ministries, to highlight how big an issue NAR actually is.

Following which, Geivett and Pivec tackles specific doctrines within NAR which they find are simply  unbiblical. These include the meaning and usage of apostles, prophets, spiritual warfare and miracles. Geivett and Pivec always begins by first explaining what NAR actually believes and backs up their findings with references to the various sources which they referred. Following which, Geivett and Pivec would then look into the bible to see what the bible actually teaches about such topics/doctrines.

Many a times Geivett and Pivec would show the readers that their faulty understanding has no biblical basis and if we are to take the Word of God seriously, we ought to reject their teachings.

All in all, this book is suitable really for all christians who might want to quick and good introduction to what is NAR, and whether it is truly biblical. For pastors or ministries leaders, this might be a good place to start, but they must supplement it with their more substantial book on it, “A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement”. That book will discuss about the topics in greater details than this book.

Rating: 4.25 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review – A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement (9/12)

Have you heard about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)? Prior to reading this book, I have not and frankly, saw no point in trying understand what they’re about. However, after I’ve read this book, my perspective about them have changed, drastically.A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement

At first glance, I would have grouped NAR under charismatic or pentecostal. But as the authors, Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec put forth in their book, there is a huge difference between the NAR and charismatic/pentecostal.

Geivett and Pivec has written a very helpful book in response to the NAR. First Geivett and Pivec introduces what is NAR to the readers. Some readers might be surprised to find the churches or organisation that is related to NAR from reading their book.

Geivett and Pivec then covers several key points about the NAR and also examines the same points, taking note on what the bible actually says about them. The topics covered include apostles, prophets, spiritual warfare, unity of the church, and miracles. Geivett and Pivec shows the readers clearly that whatever NAR is, what they’re teaching is certainly not from the bible.

Included also is a very helpful section for parents, pastors and those who are currently involved in NAR. Geivett and Pivec gives several helpful advices to each of the groups, especially for pastors and parents who know of other christians or if their own children are already involved in NAR churches/organisations. Geivett and Pivec helps them see that it is not only important to set the doctrines straight, but also at the same time, in our lives to live out the truths which we deem as biblical. Finally, Geivett and Pivec gives some questions that one may ask to find out if a church is involved in NAR, wisdom and tact of course must be utilised when using these questions.

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.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), Kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.