The growing influence of the New Apostolic Reformation

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In order to understand the movement trying to take over the United States today, we must go back to 1947, when a small movement known as the New Order of the Latter Rain began praying and fasting in Saskatchewan, in Canada, which took over the established Pentecostal order. authority, not even 50 years. The leaders of the Latter Rain wanted to practice the powers bestowed by the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus, such as casting out demons, healing the sick, and raising the dead, and most importantly, they wanted to do so on demand, rather than on demand. waiting for these donations to reach them. be granted to them.

No wonder the ideas of instant religious gratification and rejection of central authority appealed to what is known as the second wave of the Holy Spirit, led by disgruntled New Agers in 1960s California. An influential figure in the movement (and incidentally, a Founding Member of the Righteous Brothers), John Wimber, who later led the Vineyard movement of which the Toronto church was a part, argued for “power evangelism” – that is, the practice of miracles of the Holy Spirit or, as he preferred to call it, “doing things”.

Although Wimber eventually tried to tame Toronto’s roaring lions and carpet rolls, his key disciple, C. Peter Wagner, saw an opportunity in 1996 to reinstate some of the advanced ideas by the Latter Rain movement, along with a few others, including breaking with existing structures and establishing a new denomination, practicing demonology, and embracing the transnational and commercial orientation of the neocharismatic, or third wave of the Holy Spirit, movement.

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