Prominent Evangelicals Promote ‘Apostles’ and ‘Prophets’

The leaders of the apostolic-prophetic movement state openly that their teachings are those of the Latter Rain movement of the 1940s. Why, then, are these teachings — which were considered unorthodox back then — being embraced by so many, so openly, today?

C. Peter Wagner Proponents of the movement include C. Peter Wagner (pictured here), a former professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary for 28 years and author of books on spiritual warfare and gifts of the spirit. His books Churchquake! and Changing Church are popular sources that promote the movement, and Wagner is also the founder and “presiding apostle” of the “International Coalition of Apostles,” a network of over 330 “apostles.” ICA Members

Ted Haggard The ICA membership, at one time, included Ted Haggard (pictured here, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals), who worked closely with Wagner for some years, including creating the World Prayer Center together at Haggard’s church, where the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders was birthed (more on the ACPE later). Haggard also has endorsed many books promoting the movement, including Moving in the Apostolic (Regal Books, 1999) by John Eckhardt; Apostles and the Emerging Apostolic Movement (Renew Books, 1996) by David Cannistraci; and The Future War of the Church (Regal Books, 2001) by Chuck D. Pierce and Rebecca Wagner Sytsema.

And fifty well-known charismatics held a symposium on the movement, January 6-7, 2004, in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by the magazine Ministries Today, the symposium was moderated by the magazine’s senior editorial adviser, Jack Hayford (president of the Foursquare Church). Other participants included Wagner, Haggard, Rick Joyner (a “prophet”), Reinhard Bonnke, Myles Munroe, Rod Parsley, and Joyce Meyer.

Jack Hayford Hayford (pictured here) also wrote the foreword to Understanding the Fivefold Ministry, a 2005 book that promotes the movement, featuring contributors like “prophetess” Cindy Jacobs (founder of the Generals of Intercession prayer and spiritual warfare ministry). While it is true that one can hold to the fivefold ministry doctrine without embracing the aberrant teachings of the apostolic-prophetic movement, those aberrant teachings are taught by Wagner (who contributes a chapter to the book and whose books on the movement are recommended by the book for further reading) and Bill Hamon (whose books are also recommended by the book for further reading). As I pointed out in my last post, Wagner teaches that apostles have unquestioned authority, and Hamon teaches that prophets give the church new doctrinal revelation. I am surprised and disappointed that Hayford’s credibility is being used to support these teachers.

Also, Thomas Nelson — a leading evangelical publisher — released a book promoting the movement in 2001, The Restoration of the Apostles and Prophets by Héctor Torres.

These are examples of how the apostolic-prophetic movement is entering mainstream evangelicalism. The question is: Were the Latter Rain teachings unorthodox, as long believed? If so, then why are they being embraced now? What has changed?

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5 Responses to Prominent Evangelicals Promote ‘Apostles’ and ‘Prophets’

  1. Mary says:

    Many church leaders today do not like the Doctrine of Separation. Nor do they like the stigma of being a fundamentalist. What has changed is that it is easier to depend on man to fund their religion, than trust God to provide.

    Mac Dominick in his book “Outcome-Based Religion”, has flow charts in it that demonstrate a Biblical model of heirarchy without any outside influences in the church that is funded that way. Whereas, the funding for the CGM (Fuller Seminary, to be more exact) comes from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Luce Foundation.

    That kind of says it all.

    Mary

  2. James says:

    What has changed? The truth? Does the truth change when our God says that He does not? (Mal.3:6)…. and if His truth can change then what does that say about our security in His promises? If the truth that ensures us that He can save to the uttermost can change then perhaps we have no certain security? If that is true (and maybe that truth can change as well) then we may as well give in…. because absolutely nothing will be certain in this world.

  3. josh says:

    Do you guys believe that hayford, meyer, parsley, and all that are a part of their ministries are not true believers??

  4. Peter L says:

    New to Posting:
    As to this post–Josh, yes they are believers; and that what makes it more dangerous! The word “truth” is what has to be defined as true–truth is where the preverbal rugged meets the path of the narrow way & thus the wide road is one traveled which leads to destruction.
    Ps It is a blessing to read what I’ve found here in this believers courage to post—for as I am reading all these posted blog’s herein at this site, there is much truth & fearful as I have been for many years, since the early 70’s and have been subject to horrendous outcomes in the so called name of the church…remember there is only one bride and one body whom will be married to Christ…by this may we’ meet one day and worship the Savior together; as the same to all those called and chosen by the Father…Peter L.

  5. jean says:

    This is my first time to this web page. I was searching for information on what Cleansing Stream was all about as I have a son-in-law who is a Pastor of a PAOC church in the area (Ontario Canada). They have Cleasing Stream retreats and seminars and they are quite smitten with Jack Hayford. I am quite concerned with what I’m reading regarding Cleansing Streams and more so because of family who is deep into this. I know that nothing I say will deter them from this teaching. I can only pray the Holy Spirit will reveal the error to them. My own church has gone Purpose Driven and it’s getting harder to find true born again blood bought bible believing believers in which to have fellowship.

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