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A New Apostolic Reformation? By R. Douglas Geivett & Holly Pivec


This critique provides a framework for understanding and interpreting the widespread but little-known New Apostolic Reformation movement. As the authors state in the preface: “We write this book with two major goals in mind. First, to give people an idea of the sheer size and reach of the NAR movement. And second, to systematize its key teachings and practices and evaluate them on the basis of Scripture and careful reasoning. . . . In our judgment, the NAR perspective crosses these boundaries [that is, certain broad parameters, revealed in Scripture and practiced in the historical orthodox church], and it does so in part because of flawed theology rooted in a flawed understanding of Scripture.

“We wish to warn readers about a possible confusion: Some critics have linked the NAR movement with mainstream Pentecostalism and charismatics. We do not do this. In fact, it is our contention that the NAR movement deviates from classical Pentecostal and charismatic teachings. This movement has emerged out of independent charismatic churches and, thus, has gained a foothold in many of those churches in varying degrees. But we do not argue for cessationism, the view that the ‘miraculous gifts’ listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are no longer active in the church. Whether the miraculous gifts are ongoing has no bearing on the arguments of our book.” (From the Publisher’s Website)


Before reading this book I had little knowledge about the NAR movement. I knew that there were people running around claiming to be apostles and prophets. I had also heard them using biblical terms in ways that were unfamiliar to me. Aside from these two facts, I was in the dark concerning this movement. I certainly had no idea of the reach and prevalence of their ideology.

It is for people like me that this book was written. These authors have certainly done the homework necessary to introduce us to this movement. I appreciate the spirit in which the book is written. Some books that critique movements try to demonize the adherents and scare people into their way of thinking. This is not so with this book. The authors quote and analyze the words of some of the leading proponents of the NAR movement then proceed to answer their claims with biblical insights.

I like the way this book is set up. After the reader  is introduced to the NAR movement, the movements’ views are presented followed by the biblical critique of those views. Although I do not agree entirely with the finer points of the authors’ theology, I appreciate their commitment to biblical authority and viewing this movement through that lens. I recommend this book to anyone who has been exposed to NAR’s teaching or anyone who wants to stay abreast of developing spiritual movements within the Christian context. This book is well researched and well written. Thank you to Weaver Book Company, Dr. Geivett, and Ms. Pivec for holding this movement accountable to the Word of God.


Book Details:


  • Author: R. Douglas Geivett & Holly Pivec 
  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • Format: Paperbook
  • Page Count: 272
  • ISBN#: 9781941337035
  • List Price: $19.99



About the Authors:

R. Douglas Geivett is Professor of Philosophy in Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (La Mirada, California, U.S.A.). He is the author of Evil and the Evidence for God, and coeditor of four books: Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology; In Defense of Miracles; Faith, Film and Philosophy; and Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life.

Holly Pivec holds a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in Southern California (U.S.A.). She is an experienced journalist and researcher, having served as a newspaper reporter, a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal, and as the University Editor at Biola University for nearly 10 years as well as the managing editor of the award-winning Biola Magazine. She has more than 200 published articles, many related to the New Apostolic Reformation, church trends, and theological issues. She currently operates a popular blog that critiques the New Apostolic Reformation, called “Spirit of Error” (www.spiritoferror.org).  (From the Publisher’s Website)


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Disclaimer: I received this book from Weaver Book Company via Cross-Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.


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