The New Apostolic Reformation
Apostles Or Deluded Impostors
Although not a single living soul in the modern world has the qualifications, ability or credentials of the first century Apostles, an astonishing number of men today have not only appropriated the title, but claim they get their authority directly from God. Many of them hold that they are equal or even superior to the New Testament Apostles. They are part of a movement centered around Dominionism - the belief that an elite group of believers will be revealed in the end times to prepare the world for the millennial reign of Christ. In fact, Christ can't return to earth until they do. What is truly reprehensible is that because these faux apostles are fully aware that no one today makes the grade they have attempted to alter the criteria. The tragedy is they have succeeded in fooling vast numbers of people who apparently ignore the Biblical warnings about "false apostles". It will not go well for either the false apostles/prophets nor those that have heeded them. The end of both groups will be according to their deeds (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Dominionism is not a denomination but an umbrella term for a number of related groups (Kingdom Now, Manifest Sons of God/ Joel's Army, the Seven Mountain Mandate / Reconstructionism, Elijah Company, Overcomers, etc.) that the New Apostolic Reformation and similar organizations are based on. These groups are usually made up of conservative, often politically active supporters from a wide range of Christian denominations. Not only are they are the most extreme faction of the Religious Right, but the sheer arrogance of this man centered ideology is staggering.
Part I - Understanding Dominionism HERE
Although the teachings of these various movements differ in some areas they are for the most part remarkably similar and usually in full agreement on the central tenet - the Church has dominion over the "forces of evil" and every enemy must be subdued before Christ can return as King. An end-time army of Christians led by Apostles and Prophets will cleanse the earth of evil and impose a Christian theocratic government. They have even gone as far as to reinterpret the Great Commission (and the qualifications for Apostleship) to line up with their beliefs.
Part II - History and Spread HERE
Bill Hamon, John Wimber, C Peter Wagner, and The Occult Roots of Dominionism
Some caught up in the Restoration/Dominion movement may deny any involvement with Latter Rain teachings - in fact, may never even heard of the movement. However, Dominionism can be traced back to William Branham and the subsequent events and teaching in Saskatchewan Canada that were largely based on his ministry.
Even today, many believe William Branham to be the greatest prophet of this final age - this in spite of his bizarre doctrines, his false prophecy, the many lies he told, his very undesirable relationships and MOST IMPORTANTLY the fact that he was not only visited many times but was controlled by an unearthly spirit that most certainly did not come from God.
Although Latter Rain influence gradually waned (perhaps in part because in 1949 the Assemblies of God officially denounced the excesses of teaching), it never really died but went underground to await the day when sound doctrine would be of little concern to so many. Then, once again, the deception raised it's ugly head branching out in all directions as it went - this largely due to three men - Bill Hamon John Wimber, and C. Peter Wagner
Part III - Wrong On ALL Counts
Comparing Dominionist Beliefs With the Scriptures.
Although the New Testament clearly warns that the time will come when people "...will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). All the same, how far Scripture can be twisted to suit one or another agenda, to what extent repeated warnings can be ignored, and how great the power of deception is never ceases to astonish and shock me. A perfect case in point - every doctrine preached and taught by Dominionists comes from playing fast and loose with the Scriptures.
Part III A - Dominionism Vs. The Bible - Genesis 1:28 and Matthew 28:19. HERE
Dominionism, is founded on the belief that God gave Adam dominion over the earth in Genesis 1:28. They have taken that instruction to mean Christians were commanded to 'rule' the earth - an interpretation that has more holes in it than Swiss Cheese. They also claim that the Great Commission is simply another phrase for the Dominion mandate - a fallacious belief based on a biased and self serving interpretation of Matthew 28:19.
Part III B - Dominionism Vs. The Bible - Every One Of Their Doctrines Contradicts Scripture. HERE
Scripture neither says nor implies in any way that it is man's job to take charge, revamp society and make it ready for Christ to return to. Not only is the Manifest Sons of God teaching based on a shallow understanding of Romans 8:19, the Bible very clearly tells us what conditions exist just prior to Christ's return, that He already has dominion over the earth and that God himself will destroy all earthly kingdoms (no overcomers involved) .
And that is far from all.
Part IV - Joel's Army HERE
Where This Diabolical Doctrine is Taking Us
It is entirely possible that the Joel's Army delusion will bring about the events prophesied to take place at the opening of the Fourth Seal when, as Jesus said, everyone who kills you thinks that he is offering service to God (John 16:2). (Yes, Matthew 24 and the Seven Seals of Revelation are parallel prophecies) The Fifth Seal is John's vision of the souls of people under the altar whom he said had been slain for the word of God, which means they were Christians who had been martyred on an unprecedented scale. See The Seven Seals