Proudly NAR?!?!

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The first time I was called a heretic I was heart broken… The second time, I examined the “ministry” of the heresy hunter, and the lack of fruit, and deemed it a compliment… And so it goes ever since. I’ve never ran across a “self appointed heresy hunter” yet whose life, walk, verbiage, or ministry looks anything like Jesus.

A personal friend of mine posted an article yesterday by one such modern day “Berean” entitled “The Six Hallmarks of a NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) Church”. I read the article, and posted (tongue in cheek) to his link that I was Proudly NAR!… Normally I wouldn’t have, but this particular friend is someone I do know and love and have not only prayed for, but have been blessed by his faith.

According to the author I am an apostate cultist as follows:

  • I believe in the 5 fold ministry… as defined by Ephesians 4.
    • Yes I know the twisting of scripture that says that the foundation of the church has been built so there is no need for these offices, however you don’t pull the foundation from a house after it’s built… or continue to build a neighborhood without building a foundation for each house… The offices were for the equipping of the saints… ongoing, not past tense… as long as we have new saints, they will need equipping.
    • The hatred of the offices other than teacher and pastor are based on cultic control of modern day American churches where “Pastors” and “Lead Ministers” rule supreme.
  • I believe in the Kingdom of God… although Jesus said for us to preach the Kingdom of God this is apparently an issue.
    • Apparently thinking that Christians shouldn’t pull back from government, the arts, business, education, etc. is a bad thing.
    • In Luke 19 Jesus uses a parable teaching us to “occupy” until he comes, which literally means to do business and take control… and these “heresy hunters” twist that definition to jump to all sorts of conclusions about NAR types.
    • Your will as it is in Heaven on Earth… also biblical… so biblical that Jesus prayed to the Father for it to be done.
  • I love God’s presence… or may have “experienced” the Holy Spirit.
    • I was saved through a “Damascus Road” experience… much like Paul… you know that guy that wrote quite a bit of the Bible…
    • These “Good Bereans” spend time studying a God they are not willing to meet. Saying prayers but never praying… how sad is that? For both them and a Father that I know longs for his children so much that he was willing to sacrifice his son to spend time with them.
  • Signs and Wonders… Mark 16 takes care of that…
    • I’ll use the Berean Literal Bible just to be fair…
      • And He said to them, “Having gone into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation. The one having believed and having been baptized will be saved, but the one having disbelieved will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those having believed: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; and with their hands they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it shall never hurt them; they will lay hands upon the sick, and they will be well.”

      • Those that believe again is present tense… there is not a single scriptural reference in the word of God that supports Cessation… only grasps at straws. All means All. Here Jesus is talking about all those who would believe.
  • The last two items the article mentions are broad accusations rather than a position:
    • Unity (at the expense of biblical doctrine)
    • God’s breathed-out Word is just not enough for them.

That’s a pretty broad brush to paint with, but a common accusation is that NAR types don’t value the word of God or put revelation above scripture… and both statements are flat out false.

  • Most of the people in the ministries they attack are some of the most Biblically literate people I have ever encountered.
  • There is a love of the word that in unprecedented in these movements. The adherents tend to read the word because it’s alive to them and they have a passion for it, not out of obligation.

Of course there were also the typical generalizations, mis-stated beliefs, flat out lies, etc. made in the article I have encountered from several of these ministries… and a typical byline is that if there is one thing not right biblically (in their understanding) the entire movement, and everyone in it, must be apostate and heretical. Of course the author of this particular article (along with most of their contributors) belongs to a protestant denomination that openly ordains those in the LGBT lifestyle as ministers and performs same-sex marriages. This is an extreme break from biblical tradition, so couldn’t we, based on that alone, dismiss their entire viewpoint as well?

In fact, I’ll make some broad generalizations of my own admittedly, most of these ministries come from leaders in dying denominations that have abandoned living out their faith with the exception of attacking those in the church they don’t agree with.

So as I stated above, when I have evaluated those they attack against their own ministries, or movements against the early church and the life of Jesus I have to make the conclusion the very ones they are coming against are the ones I want to emulate in my own walk… ultimately my desire is to be like Christ.

But we do see these “Protectors of the faith” in the bible as well…

Matt 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

To read what the NAR Movement REALLY is, check out this Charisma article written by the very man that coined the phrase here. It’s NOT what you think it is.

To read how these “Heresy Hunters” use more cult tactic than those they attack, check out my friend Kay’s own response to her attackers here.

Shannon Chappell – Just1City

104 Years Ago in Dallas

This 104 year old article in “The Word and Witness” headlined the Revivals of Mary Woodworth Etter in Dallas, TX. I have found several articles and newspaper reports of these meetings in which many were saved, healed, people saw creative miracles, received the baptism of Holy Spirit, etc. People came from all over the country to both experience God, and to partake in evangelistic outreach. One of Mary’s comments in the article was about the revival (hopefully) lasting until Jesus comes back. This December, once again, hundreds from all over the country will converge on Dallas to, again, experience God and partake in evangelistic outreach. Not a come in and see, but a let’s go out and show. This time it won’t be about a handful of known ministers, but about Sons and Daughters walking in their identity and intimacy with the Father to show Dallas the Father’s heart for our city. I pray you will be a part of this, the next step in the revival history of Dallas. – Shannon Chappell

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Kill Them All?

If a criminal comes into my home with the intent to do harm to my family, I will kill them. I will not take joy in the fact I took a life… I will not take joy in the fact that there is one less thug on the street. I will not post a video of the thug dying in my home or post pics of his lifeless corpse to show potential other thieves what they can expect. I will not call for the preemptive death of other known thieves.

I will mourn that one less orphan found the Love of the Father, redemption in Jesus, or a home in Heaven. I will weep with my Father that the borders of hell were just enlarged to accept one more.

The Bible is clear that murder is a sin. It makes provision for self defense, and for war, but none at all for murder to be in our hearts. The call to an individual is different than the call to a nation, but even in war our hearts are to remain faithful to who God calls us to be.

We are at war with Radical Islam. There are peaceful Muslims, but it is not a religion of peace and tolerance. There is grace for the fight. As a country we will, and should do what we unfortunately must do… however as individuals our hearts are held to a different standard. There is no grace for murder or hatred in our hearts.

It brakes my hearts to see all over social media those that call them selves Christians glorying in the death of terrorists, posting memes about how we will kill them and American might, and montage videos showing the moments jihadists lives were taken. I see bumper stickers on cars, calling for death to terrorists, right next to their little “Christian fish.” Kill them all and let God sort them out… no my friend, he weeps over every dead terrorist and if you really had Jesus living inside of you so would you.

That life was already purchased with the blood of Jesus… and even though such a high price was paid, Christ will not receive all that he purchased. Think about that… think about how Christ must feel knowing his blood was poured out… for that one…

How much time are you spending on social media or in idle conversation calling for and celebrating death? Now how much of your time are you on your knees crying out for Jesus to show himself to those who hate us, or asking God for the chance to encounter and show love to them yourself?

How can you call yourself a follower of Christ, if you’re not following him… even when it says to love your enemies, or following the command to go and give your own life for the lost. If you have murder in your heart, I would challenge you to ask Jesus if you are even born again.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesian 6:12

My friends if you want to identify with Christ, then identify with the fact that he gave his life freely and asked for the forgiveness of those who were taking it… identify with the fact that he calls us to love like that…

Your life is not your own. Your citizenship is not of any country but of the Kingdom of God. It’s time for us to repent for not being carriers of the Gospel, cloaked in truth and love, and begin weeping over the nations and crying out for the Father to receive everything he purchased with the blood of Christ.

– Shannon Chappell
Just1City

Results From the State Fair Outreach… over 1,000 Saved!

What an amazing opportunity! We had the chance to work with our good friend Rex Whitton with the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship at their booth at the Texas State Fair again this year.

For about 15 years they have invested the time, labor, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses to be there proclaiming the Gospel to fair goers in a fun way, and they have had incredible results.

The days we were able to be there we saw many get healed, deliverance take place, addiction broken off people’s lives, prayed for Christians who had lost their zeal to come alive again, and many, including entire families, become born again… and not just fair goers, but volunteers, workers, security guards, etc. People were coming to the fair or coming to what they thought would be a normal day at work… and encountering Jesus.

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We don’t have final numbers, but know there were over 1,000 people during the fair that were born again and filled out cards for follow up or to be plugged into a local church.

From Russell:

“As you know we have been out at the State Fair telling hundreds about Jesus. We got to partner once again with my good friend Rex Whitton and the Full Gospel Business Men this year. It has truly been a blessing and honor to be able to participate with this outreach and look forward to next year… Truly there is a party going on in heaven as those that were lost have been found! Thank you Rex Whitton for letting us be a part of this glorious adventure once again!”

This is a remarkable ministry, and if you’re in the DFW area next year around fair time, you should make it a point to come volunteer to work the booth. You will see amazing things, and you will be blessed. We’re already excited about next year.

You can check out more pics, testimonies, and connect with them on Facebook here: State Fair Gospel

Next year the fair runs from September 30th through October 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Shannon Chappell

Just1City