Thursday, February 19, 2015
God's Super-Apostles (Review)
This review is for the book "God's Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement" by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec. I thought this book was extremely well-written and very interesting. In this book, the authors address the topic of modern-day apostles and prophets.
The book begins with a history of the New Apostolic Reformation and their beliefs about apostles, and then a history of apostles in the Bible. Then the authors delve into the beliefs about prophets in regards to the NAR, and then compares that information to prophets in the Bible. The book continues to compare issues, speaking primarily on spiritual warfare and miracles. The authors put scripture against every belief of the NAR. I have to say I was pretty astounded with some of the beliefs and how they simply do not hold up to scripture.
In the end, the authors concluded that there is not a "list" of churches or organizations in the NAR; it is more of a movement. I was really surprised at some of the authors and churches that were listed as part of the NAR, though - authors whose books I have enjoyed (C. Peter Wagner, Dutch Sheets and Bill Johnson, for example) and organizations through whom I have enjoyed programming at some time in my life (The International House of Prayer and Trinity Broadcasting Network). I am sure that the authors do not mean that every single person in these organizations preach doctrine that is not sound, but I was still surprised.
I thought this book was really informative and I found it very interesting and eye-opening.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.