The NAR’s Gospel

Here are some quotes from the book Father-Son Theology by Harold Eberle.  In it’s second edition, the title was changed to Systematic Theology for the New Apostolic Reformation An Exposition in Father-Son Theology and a forward by Dr. C. Peter Wagner was added.

“There is a separation between God and humanity, but it is on the part of humanity not God. Let me explain.

When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the number one result was that they became aware of good and evil. This is exactly what God said changed: “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil (Gen. 3:22) Genesis 3:7 tells us, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened…” Because they knew good and evil, they knew that God was good and that they had sinned.

Knowing the difference between God and them, they became ashamed: “they knew that they were naked” (Gen 3:17) In Genesis 3:8, we read:

“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord”

Adam and Eve were ashamed so they tried to distance themselves from God. God did not distance Himself from Adam and Eve. He pursued them. Because Adam and Eve were ashamed, God made garments for them to cover themselves (Gen 3:21). The garments were not for God’s benefit. They were for Adam and Eve to feel less ashamed.

Before Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they could not see the difference (in relation to holiness) between themselves and God. Therefore, they were unashamed to be in the presence of God. They causally and freely talked with God, but once they ate of that tree they could see what goodness is, and they could see that they did not measure up. So “the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God” (Gen 3:8) Shame caused them to separate themselves from God….God did not abandon humanity because of Adam’s sin. There was no chasm of infinity created between God and humanity. In fact, the New Testament assures us that God is very close to every person. (Acts 17:27)”  pp.275,276

 

“Reformed theology is wrong. Humanity is not eternally separated from God because of Adam’s sin. ” p.282

 

“It is time to rethink what influence Adam’s sin has had on the world….

Consider an alternative understanding. In Romans 5:12, notice where sin went as a result of Adam’s sin. We are told that “sin entered into the world.” The word world has been translated from the Greek word kosmos. This Greek word can refer to humanity, but it can also refer to creation, the earth, or corrupt society. Most often it is translated as “world,” referring to creation.

In Romans 5:12, kosmos must be referring to creation because three chapters later, Paul explained that “creation was subjected to futility” (Rom 8:20). Paul also talked about a day when “creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption” (Rom 8:21). So then, we see Paul’s understanding that sin influenced all of creation, not just Adam’s descendants. This implies that Adam’s sin came into all of the world in the sense of creation.

Consider what God said to Cain, the immediate descendant of Adam and Eve:

“And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it. (Gen 4:7)

Notice that God did not say, “Sin is inside of you because your parents have sinned.” God warned Cain that sin was “crouching at the door”; that is, sin was outside of him waiting to come into his life. pp.293,294

 

If you ask evangelical Christians, “What is the gospel?” most of them will answer something like this:

“Jesus died for our sins, and if we accept Him as Savior, we will be saved and go to heaven when we die.”

That is certainly good news. It is good news in keeping with the truth that all people sin and need a Savior. This message corresponds to the Classical/Reformed view of God and the penal substitution view of the atonement. In particular, it is founded in the idea that people need to be saved, first and foremost, from the wrath of God.

Of course, it is good news that believers will not experience the wrath of God, but upon further consideration, we learn that this gospel is a very limited understanding of salvation. This limited understanding is often called the gospel of salvation.

In contrast to the gospel of salvation is the gospel of the Kingdom. The gospel of the Kingdom is what we see Jesus and His disciples preaching…

There are important differences between the gospel of salvation and the gospel of the kingdom.

One of the differences is their foundation in the work of Jesus. The gospel of salvation is founded in the death of Jesus, while the gospel of the Kingdom is founded in the death, resurrection, ascension, and enthronement of Jesus. pp.469-71

 

Teachers of Reformed Theology champion the gospel of salvation. In line with that gospel, they teach that in order to be saved people must realize that they are sinners, turn their hearts toward God, and accept Jesus as Savior. This is considered the path to salvation.

1.Realize one’s own sinfulness

2. Turn one’s heart to God

3. Accept Jesus as Savior….

If Christians embrace the gospel of the Kingdom as the gospel, then they will identify the path to salvation differently. To see this, consider how our Lord preached: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17) The response expected from the person who hears this gospel is to “repent.”

When modern Christians hear this word, repent, they often envision a person feeling sorry for their sins, but that is reading the Bible through the overly sin-conscience mind of Western Christianity. The word repent (metanoeo in Greek) actually means “turn”. Turning may include turning away from sin, but that is not the primary focus. In the context of the gospel of the Kingdom, repent refers to a person turning in a way that brings their life into conformity with the Kingdom of God.

This understanding would have been much more tangible in the culture of Bible times. Kings often went out with their armies to conquer various people groups. When a new king was victorious, people were expected to surrender and acknowledge the new king. The people would often be allowed rights as citizens of the new kingdom, so long as they swore allegiance to the new king.

In a comparative fashion, Jesus is Lord, and He reigns over the Kingdom of God. Any person who hears this message and acknowledges the Lordship of Jesus Christ is welcomed into the Kingdom of God. pp.473-474

 

Is anybody else seeing what I am seeing ?

 

 

 

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NAR… Producers of Another Jesus, Another Gospel, and Another Commission

Flirting with another Jesus and another Gospel will produce another mission or commission..  Below are some quotes form the book Invading Babylon by Lance Wallnau and Bill Johnson. Contributions were made by Che Ahn, Patricia King, Alan Vincent and C. Peter Wagner. Accents in bold are mine.

But first….some comments.

The root to another Jesus (mystical, signs and wonders, lovey dovey, cash cow, etc…,) is unbelief.

The root to another Gospel (no wrath, no punishment, no judgment, no separation between God and man, man is not that bad, etc…,)  is unbelief.  (See Father-Son Theology a Systematic Theology for the New Apostolic Reformation by Harold Eberle)

The root to another Great Commission (salt preserves culture, invades Babylon, molds minds, doesn’t worry about conversions but disciple placement, and $$$ is the missing link to effectiveness) is unbelief.

Remember how the serpent added to what God had said…in the very beginning ?

Today, men (Christian leaders) are adding to what God said.

Unbelief in the nature of redemption, in the nature of God, and in the supremacy of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is spreading.

Complicity is sin.

Bill Johnson, Lance Wallnau, Che Ahn, Patricia King, Alan Vincent, C. Peter Wagner, Jonathan Welton, Harold Eberle, Martin Trench are all complicit in spreading unbelief and adding to what God has said.

The quotes…

 

HOW DO WE TAKE OVER THE WORLD? WE MUST HAVE A STRATEGY.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 526-527). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

As long as the Church thinks the purpose of the Great Commission is anything less than penetrating and occupying the mind molders of the nations in order to bring about a sustained influence that shapes the culture, we are asleep. The fields, our nations, are not only vulnerable to the enemy, but they are also being aggressively cultivated right under our noses.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 665-668). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

We are salt. We slow down the decay of culture. We are also light, which means that we illuminate a pathway into a better future.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 707-708). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

To be light to the world is to reflect the illuminating power of the coming age right in the midst of this one. It is to see the future and bring it into the present so that others can know what the coming Kingdom looks like.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 714-715). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

God is waiting for us to access His presence, His counsel, and His insight so that we can apply Heaven’s solutions to earth and teach His ways by demonstrating solutions to problems. What Jesus demonstrated in healing human bodies is the same power that can transform nations.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 717-719). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

The question in the minds of many who are bold enough to probe beneath the surface is: Why haven’t we seen more of the reformation that we’ve been talking about? In my personal reckoning, the season in which those of us who are charismatically inclined evangelicals began to put the Dominion Mandate front and center began in 1990, and it sharply accelerated after the turn of the century. We have been doing everything we know how to do to see our cities transformed. However, after 20 years we cannot point to a single city in America that has been reformed according to objective sociological measurements…

Reformation seems more elusive than we expected. Thoughtful people will naturally ask why. Are we doing something wrong? Is something missing? What changes do we need to make? There are certainly many answers to these questions. The particular missing piece that I want to address in this chapter is money. I repeat, money! Trust me. We will not see measureable, sustained transformation of our cities or states or nations if those who are providing strategic leadership do not have access to large sums of money.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 1030-1031). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Satan virtually had his way over the human race until Jesus came. Jesus was called the “last Adam” because, through His death and resurrection, He turned things back around (see 1 Cor. 15: 20-28, 45). He came to seek and to save that which was lost. What was lost? The dominion over creation was lost because Adam forfeited it in the Garden of Eden. Jesus brought a new Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, which was to replace the perverse kingdom that satan had established. He came to reconcile the world back to Himself, and He assigned the ministry of reconciliation to us (see 2 Cor. 5: 18). Since then, it has been the responsibility of the people of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to regain the dominion that Adam was originally supposed to have. This is the Dominion Mandate.

Take, for instance, Jesus’ Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt. 28: 19 NKJV). Previously many of us interpreted that to mean that we were to go into the nations in order to win as many souls as possible. Now, in light of the Dominion Mandate, we take it literally and see that we are to disciple nations as whole social units. Our task, then, is nothing less than reforming nations or people groups or social units of whatever scope. The values and blessings of God’s Kingdom must become characteristic of whole cities or states or countries. But practically speaking, part of the process of making that happen is to have large amounts of wealth available.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 1066-1071). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

It is no wonder that Solomon said, “… Money answers everything” (Eccl. 10: 19). In light of this, we must take the steps necessary to see that wealth pours into the hands of Kingdom-minded and Kingdom-motivated leaders who can successfully move God’s people into sustained reformation of society. This is the will of God.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 1084-1086). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

The answer to this must have to do with God’s timing. The wealth is undoubtedly there, but apparently we are not yet ready to receive it. For one thing, I believe that God was waiting for the biblical government of the Church to come into place under apostles and prophets. But this happened in 2001 when, at least according to my estimates, the Second Apostolic Age began. What more? I now think that in order for us to be able to handle the wealth responsibly, we need to recognize, identify, affirm, and encourage the ministry of apostles in the six non-religion mountains. They may or may not want to use the term “apostle,” but they will function in Kingdom-based leadership roles characterized by supernaturally empowered wisdom and authority. We have more work to do here.

Wallnau, Lance; Johnson, Bill. Invading Babylon: The 7 Mountain Mandate (Kindle Locations 1095-1099). Destiny Image, Inc.. Kindle Edition.