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Dr. Michael Brown is trying very hard to make it appear like the New Apostolic Reformation barely even exists. He’s recently completed an entire program devoted to distancing himself from the movement he doesn’t think is real. In the process of describing the thing he doesn’t believe exists, he ends up explaining some of the core beliefs of the movement itself… you know, the movement that doesn’t really exist.
It seems that Dr. Brown fluctuates between two opposing ideas:
On one hand, he wants people to believe that the NAR isn’t real and if you believe in it you’re “chasing shadows.” He ridicules NAR critics as “conspiracy theorists,” which is really a meaningless smear intended to stop people from even looking into the matter.
On the other hand, he describes the specific ideas coming from the leaders of the NAR (primarily the late C. Peter Wagner) and he makes it clear that he doesn’t agree with all of those ideas.
Here’s a brief compilation video showing how Dr. Brown contradicts himself on the existence of the NAR:
In Dr. Brown’s radio show he described some of the specific beliefs of the NAR and how he doesn’t agree with them. While it is very good that Dr. Brown has explained why he doesn’t believe in or agree with certain NAR teachings, like “Dominionism” and the NAR’s idea of authoritative contemporary Apostles, he knows (and promotes) plenty of NAR leaders who hold to these very views. Looking at all the ways that Dr. Michael Brown is closely associated with the NAR, one would have to believe in a lot of incredible coincidences to think that Brown has nothing to do with the NAR.
Pirate Christian Media has done a lot of research, writing and podcasting on this issue, but Dr. Brown says that we’re “not credible” because we’re “unethical.” Why are we “not credible?” Because he says so. Why are we “unethical?” Because he says so. This is another thought-stopping device. His gullible listeners will hear those accusations and assume they must be true. But we’ve provided reams of evidence to support our assertions about Dr. Brown (as well as links to more information at other websites). Dr. Brown has such a bias against Pirate Christian Media that when Chris Rice called into his radio show to ask him some tough questions about the prosperity gospel, Brown talked over him and turned off his mic because he thought he was Chris Rosebrough; check out this article to hear that story: The Brown Rice Controversy. Here’s a series of really good articles and videos about Dr. Michael Brown from Chris Rice’s blog: Is Not Satire on Dr. Michael Brown
Here’s another article with tremendous evidence of Dr. Brown’s NAR connections: Dr. Michael Brown’s NAR USCAL Agenda to Dictate, Govern, Rule, Control, Infiltrate: Usher in New Apostolic Reformation
In this sound clip of Fighting for the Faith, Chris Rosebrough plays an audio clip where Dr. Michael Brown is pretending he knows very little about the “so-called” NAR in a recent podcast, but then in another audio clip from 2010 (seven years earlier) he sounded completely different, like he knew exactly what the NAR was and what the core beliefs were and who the primary leaders were… you know, the movement that doesn’t really exist:
Let’s take a look at the incredible string of coincidences:
Dr. Michael Brown is published by Destiny House, a New Apostolic Reformation book company that clearly believes its purpose is to publish the “words of God” from the new prophets of God. Here’s a post about an article from Destiny House publisher, Larry Sparks: “We Need to Get Weird Again”
Destiny House Publishing is a publisher that publishes Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Danny Silk, T. D. Jakes, Myles Munroe, Sid Roth, Doug Addison, Chuck Pierce, Heidi Baker, James Goll, John Crowder, John & Carol Arnott, Rick Joyner, Patricia King, Todd Bentley, Shawn Bolz, Randy Clark… and DR. MICHAEL BROWN. (What a coincidence, huh?)
Here’s a brand new Destiny House book that features Bill Johnson, Lou Engle, James Goll and… DR. MICHAEL BROWN:
Dr. Michael Brown has no problem recommending the NAR’s new Bible translation called The Passion Translation from Brian Simmons. This is not a real Bible at all, but the work of one man who doesn’t know the original languages but nevertheless wrote his own version of the Bible. Adding totally new thoughts, ideas and “revelations” to the Word of God is okay with Dr. Brown (he thinks the Passion Bible is: “passionate, vibrant, powerful, and beautiful;” but admits that it shouldn’t be a primary Bible):
The Passion Translation is not just a little different, it actually changes the meaning of passages to fit the agenda of the NAR. Here’s an article with just a handful of shocking examples: A New NAR Bible-Drastic Differences by Holly Pivec. Wanna see what kind of snake-oil salesman Brian Simmons is? Watch him on Sid Roth’s TV Show: John Chapter 22 is Really Important (But God Won’t Allow Us to Read It Yet)
Let’s talk a little bit about Sid Roth.
Sid Roth has no problem inviting the very fringe of the fringe of the Hyper-Charismatic, New Apostolic Reformation crowd onto his ridiculous and embarrassing show called “It’s Supernatural.” If Sid Roth can sell some books, CDs and DVDs, he’ll invite anyone with an unbelievable story to come on the show and make some money. This is the worst kind of salesmanship to extract money from the vulnerable and naive. Every show sells something (a book/CD package, usually) that makes outrageous promises that it clearly can’t deliver. This is what’s known as fraudulent marketing. This is a huckster making money in the name of God.
Here’s an example of all the crazy promises from just one show’s product:
“Also, if you buy this $39 book/CD set you will:
Partner with His presence!
Release His power!
Transform your world!
Be free of anxiety, fear and compulsive desires!
Be delivered from mental strongholds, extreme behaviors and sexual sin!
You will exercise God’s authority in every area of your life and destroy the works of the devil!
You will be encouraged to believe for whatever it is you need!
Obtain freedom and receive the power to overcome and end a life of struggling!
Put an end to depression, bad habits, sexual bondage, fear and shame!
Understand how to end sin at its root!
Receive the power to overcome accusation and persecution!
Walk in freedom and victory over the works of darkness like never before!”
Here are just a few examples of the outrageous things that regularly appear on Sid Roth’s show:
Sid Roth has had most of the big names from the NAR on his show, plus some lesser known people as well.
Guess what? Dr. Michael Brown has been on his show a number of times, and they consider each other good friends who’ve known each other since 1984. Here’s a recent show where they’re selling his dieting plan:
Now here’s Dr. Michael Brown on his Facebook wall telling everyone how excited he is to be the guest host of “It’s Supernatural:”
By the way, Dr. Brown was happy to have Jonathan Cahn on his on radio show recently, to promote another one of his (unbiblical) “I’ve Discovered a Secret (again)” books:
Here’s a (very disturbing) compilation video of NAR superstars Bill & Benni Johnson, Heidi & Rolland Baker and Sid Roth:
Here’s Sid Roth selling the false revival of Todd Bentley in 2008, right before the “Lakeland Revival” collapsed into humiliation and bankruptcy after the Charismatic Day of Infamy:
Sid Roth recently had Rodney Howard-Browne on his show, and promoted him as the man behind the “great revivals” of the 1990s:
If you’re thinking, “Well, Dr. Brown isn’t a money-grubbing outrageous TV host like Sid Roth, he probably just goes on Sid’s program to preach the Gospel. If Dr. Brown really knew about the contradictory, unbiblical and ridiculous content on Sid Roth’s show, he wouldn’t have anything to do with it.”
Dr. Michael Brown has been extremely clear about his full support and endorsement of his close personal friend Sid Roth. A few years ago Dr. Brown interviewed Sid Roth and put that interview on his YouTube channel. A listener wrote on Dr. Brown’s YouTube page to gently warn him that Sid Roth wasn’t trustworthy because he doesn’t always tell the truth. Dr. Brown responded in the strongest possible terms that he trusted Sid Roth 100%. Here’s a screenshot from that page:
(Sid Roth is a huge NAR promoter, cheerleader and profiteer… and he’s also fully supported by Dr. Michael Brown. What an incredible coincidence, huh?)
Michael Brown is a big supporter of Heidi Baker. In this short compilation we hear Dr. Brown wholeheartedly interviewing and endorsing Heidi Baker and her book; then we see him he repeating the story Heidi told him about how she was paralyzed by God for seven days… she couldn’t even go to the bathroom:
As one of the leaders of the Brownsville Revival (from the mid 1990s), Dr. Michael Brown says the Holy Spirit can cause staggering, convulsing, laughter, and falling:
Sounds like Dr. Brown is okay with any and all disturbing manifestations, doesn’t it? (What an incredible coincidence, huh?)
Here’s an interesting way to consider this issue, from Pastor Chris Rosebrough’s Facebook page:
A gigantic figure in the New Apostolic Reformation movement is Bill Johnson. Johnson was called an Apostle by C. Peter Wagner at the Todd Bentley commissioning ceremony (also known as The Charismatic Day of Infamy). In Dr. Brown’s recent program he mentioned that his critics (tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists) believe that the NAR is a “Dominionist” movement that somehow seeks to “take over the world.” He then went on to say that “Nobody I know believes that!” That statement by itself is problematic for Dr. Brown to say, because he always repeats that he has no time to listen to anybody’s sermons. He usually refers to Bill Johnson as a solid Christian, but then admits that he really doesn’t know what he teaches. This is an obvious deflection technique that Dr. Brown employs a lot.
Notice the second sentence in the second paragraph? “In simple terms, dominion theology is the idea that Christian believers are called to not only preach the Gospel and win converts to Christ but also to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.” Here’s another strange quote from Lance Wallnau’s recent book:
Lance Wallnau has spent over a decade promoting and teaching the Seven Mountain Mandate as if it was something from the Bible, and everyone knows this teaching as a form of dominionism. Bill Johnson is in the same camp as Wallnau, otherwise why would they have collaborated on a Seven Mountain Mandate book together?
In this video, Bill Johnson says this: “When the kingdom of God is preached there are automatically, when the Kingdom is preached effectively, there’s automatically, miracles signs and wonders to support the message. So when the Bible says when the kingdom of God will be preached throughout all the earth and the end will come is actually stating there will be full on manifestation and demonstration of the reality of God’s dominion breaking into every culture, every society confronting every illness, every part of broken humanity, that will take place before the end comes. An effective preaching of the Gospel always brings the king into the room.”
He’s a confusing video from Wallnau at MorningStar Ministries, talking about how Christians are supposed to be taking over the seven mountains:
Dr. Brown thinks so highly of Lance “Commander of the Millibars” Wallnau that he had him as a featured guest on his show recently:
This “Dominionist,” “Seven Mountain Mandate” teaching is prominent with many NAR leaders, including Lance Wallnau, Bill Johnson and this next guy, another close friend of Dr. Brown: Rick Joyner.
Dr. Michael Brown explains that although the (semi-fictitious) NAR believes that the “new Apostles on earth today are equivalent to the original Apostles in the New Testament,” he rejects that belief and he doesn’t think any of his friends really believe that either. No, Dr. Brown, you have plenty of friends that believe we’re in a special new end-time season where God is giving us new Apostles who are equivalent to the (real) Apostles.
Here’s a quote from the introduction of Rick Joyner’s book (MorningStar, 2006), “The Apostolic Ministry“
Rick Joyner is at the core of the Hyper-Charismatic New Apostolic Reformation (but he’s on the outer fringe of anything resembling Christianity); he was also one of the “Apostles” present for the commissioning ceremony for Todd Bentley (also known as The Charismatic Day of Infamy). Joyner claims to have trances that lead him to have direct contact with God and the original Apostles; he has written extensively about these visions in a series of best-selling books that would make probably make Joseph Smith cringe. His most popular book is The Final Quest, and it is a frightening and nightmarish story of Christians engaged in an end-times civil war where the Bible-believing Christians are killed by the “spirit-lead” Christians. It is a book of 100% new revelation that any Bible-believing Christian should treat as the worst kind of heresy imaginable.
Here’s a recent video of Dr. Michael Brown promoting Rick Joyner and his MorningStar Ministries:
WARNING: This is (seriously) a very disturbing video of a “worship time” at Rick Joyner’s MorningStar Ministries:
(Rick Joyner ‘s “ministry” is so far out there on the fringe that a voodoo ritual is considered “Christian worship,” but it’s also something Dr. Brown actively encourages people to send money to… what an incredible coincidence, huh?)
The New Apostolic Reformation, as defined by C. Peter Wagner, was the Charismatic movement that he and others originally called The Third Wave, but after the Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revival in the mid to late 1990’s, he came up with the name New Apostolic Reformation. Wagner believed the next big revival was the Lakeland Outpouring of 2008, but it completely imploded after The Charismatic Day of Infamy, where Todd Bentley was exposed as a fraud, adulterer and drunkard. Ever since the previous “revivals” fizzled, those leaders have been trying to start a new one. They even had a new “super revival” “Light The Fire Again” (because all the other attempts to light the fire by renting stadiums and printing up fliers and building websites and producing emotionally manipulative videos and hiring emotional speakers and rock bands… had not yet lit the fire).
Notice that it says: “We are believing God to begin anew the mighty move of his Holy Spirit that swept across the earth at the close of the last century?” That’s a direct reference to the Toronto and Brownsville “revivals” (and probably Smithton, too). A bunch of the leaders from that time were having a “reunion show” to talk about the good old days and get people all worked up again. By the way, you’d have to buy tickets for this “mighty move of the Holy Spirit” ($199).
Guess who spoke at this reunion show? Yes, many of the original leaders of that “mighty move of God” that C. Peter Wagner called The New Apostolic Reformation…
Yep, that is the one and only Dr. Michael Brown, prominent speaker at the Toronto reunion show. He’s there with NAR leaders Randy Clark, Rick Joyner, John Kilpatrick, John Arnott… (What an incredible coincidence, huh?)
Speaking of John Arnott, he and his wife Carol were just recently “lighting the fire” on a special edition of Sid Roth’s show:
There is a movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation, but it is a loosely-knit movement with no official leader or official doctrinal statement. A number of the key NAR beliefs originated in the New Order of the Latter Rain movement, which had splintered from the Pentecostal movement in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Latter Rain ideas were condemned by the Assemblies of God, but they’ve survived and flourished in spite of that.
Here’s an official statement from the Assemblies of God in 1949:
Some of the ideas that have come from the New Order of the Latter Rain are: the passing of an anointing by the laying on of hands; new revelations and “prophetic words” for the end times generation; a new generation of “manifested sons of God;” adherence to specially anointed end-times Prophets and Apostles; and supernatural healing as normative and expected. On top of those NOLR beliefs, here are some of the ideas that most NAR leaders believe:
A belief that “ordinary” church growth is not good enough, we must have “revival” which is more “radical” and always involves fire of some sort.
A belief that supernatural signs & wonders must be the practice of every Christian (regular Christians are to be pitied because they’re not “on fire”).
A belief that the Holy Spirit is always desiring more attention for Himself, and He wants to make you do awkward, weird and humiliating stuff… because He wants to have greater intimacy with you. This same Holy Spirit can’t function unless you attend manipulative “revival” conferences with speakers who yell a lot and rock bands who perform music from Hillsong and/or Jesus Culture.
A belief that God really wants to give us this revival, but Christians haven’t done enough to make it happen. We’re not “hungry” enough, we’re not “desperate” enough, we haven’t “surrendered” enough, we’re not “willing to burn” enough. We have to keep going to the next big conference or rally because each one is “The Most Important Event of Our Lifetime.”
A belief that we are to work toward, and expect, a “billion-soul harvest” sometime (very) soon.
A belief that all of these crazy ideas are valid, in spite of the fact that they are not found in God’s Word.
The Bible does NOT put these requirements on us.
Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
He did not die on the cross so we could run around for the rest of our life trying to “burn more” or “really go after Him” or repeatedly ask for “more Lord, more” or any such thing. On top of that, the Bible makes no mention of a “billion soul harvest,” no matter how much Lou Engle yells about it as he rocks back and forth. The billion soul harvest was made up in the twisted mind of false prophet, Bob Jones.
Here’s the “prophet” Bob Jones, at Rick Joyner’s MorningStar Ministries making that “billion soul” prediction, just like he did for decades before:
This is the same “seer-prophet” that sat right next to Todd Bentley and couldn’t “see” that he was a fraud:
Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, Patricia King, Heidi Baker, Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, Sid Roth, Lou Engle, John & Carol Arnott, Kris Vallotton, Chuck Pierce, Todd White, Benny Hinn, Lance Wallnau, Mike Bickle, Che Ahn, James Goll, Shawn Bolz, Cindy Jacobs… these are people who have similar beliefs and practices (and there are thousands more like them, with millions and millions of followers). There is not a secret conspiracy joining them together in a specific plot to do some horrible thing that is deeply hidden.
These are just people who have certain theological beliefs that are similar and, we at Pirate Christian Media believe, wrong. There are plenty of true Pentecostals who also believe some of these teachings are wrong (like the Assemblies of God!), so this is not an issue of cessationism versus continuationism as Dr. Brown wants everyone to think. We believe these ideas are not supported by God’s Word, and we believe that millions of people are being harmed greatly by these false teachings.
Dr. Michael Brown has made it clear that he rejects some of the beliefs of this NAR group, like the specific dominionist beliefs that most of them hold to, and the belief that modern day apostles are somehow authoritative like the New Testament Apostles. We are happy to know where he stands on these issues.
But in most other matters, it seems that Dr. Michael Brown has a lot in common with these people. He wants all of the other connections to be seen as coincidences. That’s a LOT of coincidences. There could be ten more articles just like this one with more and more evidence of Dr. Brown’s approval and participation in these NAR teachings.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
— 1 John 4: 1
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
— 1 Corinthians 14: 33
“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”
— Jeremiah 5: 30-31
“And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.”
— Ezekiel 22: 28
“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity
to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading.”
— Lamentations 2: 14
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
— Matthew 24: 2
Here are a few really helpful videos from Chris Rosebrough addressing this issue:
Here’s a great resource with a lot of information about the history of the New Apostolic Reformation and its origins in the New Order of the Latter Rain: What is the NAR?
Here’s a gigantic article that Dr. Brown probably hopes you never read: Dr. Michael Brown Ruins His Credibility on His Own Facebook Wall, Then Deletes All the Evidence
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