Some time ago I came across a wonderful collection of testimonies from people who had escaped the NAR, or Apostolic-Prophetic Movement as it is also called. Some of these testimonies are very disturbing as people suffered terrible spiritual and emotional abuse. By the descriptions, even when the congregations and leaders are not named specifically, I can recognize several of them. Other ones are named and have direct relevance for Israeli believers, as these same organisations and "ministries" are operating in, or connected with, NAR entities in Israel. For those who wish to read some of these testimonies they can be found by clicking here.
Below are some screenshots from May 2020's CBN Night of Promise broadcast. What is interesting here is just who certain Israeli and messianic spiritual "leaders" are prepared to approvingly associate with in order to grab a little air time and media exposure. Birds of a feather really do flock together. Even if it's a shock for some to see certain names on this list alongside the Israeli and other NARpostles and false prophets/teachers. Not even one of the Israeli or messianic contingent on this video surprises us, we can assure you. A few of the names are unfamiliar to me.
By Andy Gould
Some time ago I was glad to see that Amir Tsarfati, an Israel-based tour guide and populist current events commentator, appeared to have come out against the New Apostolic Reformation or NAR.
Since then however he has become a "person of interest" for NARWatch Israel as I began to notice some doctrinal inconsistencies and recently some strange and aberrant, even unethical behaviour as well as a clear set of double standards under which he appears to be operating.
A few months ago in the comments section of a YouTube video (see below) I was trying to probe and see how one of the commentors would react when confronted with scriptural standards for prophecy.
The video clearly reveals that Smith Wigglesworth, Lester Sumrall and Michael Brown presumptuously uttered prophecies in God's name that did not come true. I have left the correspondent's name and spelling and punctuation errors more or less as is.
Do you remember the ‘good old days’ when we didn't need smoke machines, laser light shows, a twelve piece band, a superstar worship leader, backing vocalists, with a mixing desk the size of your living room to worship God? We rendered our thanks to Him in song accompanied just by Nellie at the piano. Oh how things have changed. Now it’s all about "leading people into", "ushering in" or "hosting" the "presence" or some other wet-sounding mystical mumbo-jumbo. Then, it was about singing to Him because we just simply wanted to give thanks for His mercy and goodness; now it’s about achieving an altered state of consciousness so that "stuff" can happen, so that the "anointing’" can flow and "manifestations" occur.
When One For Israel first began producing Hebrew content, many of us myself included were happy to endorse it. It seemed to be accomplishing great things -engaging content in Hebrew that was definitely impacting Israelis via the social media like YouTube. As the years have passed however, we began to hear more and more rumblings of concern from doctrinally sound voices within the local Body here, and we also began to see and hear things ourselves that were indications that all is not well. We know personally of at least one international ministry that will no longer support One for Israel because of doctrinal (amongst other) concerns.
Certainly some of our overseas contacts were sickened to see NAR apostle Michael Brown appearing in their materials, and over time a few other NAR-connected figures have also appeared in One For Israel evangelistic materials, such as Ron Cantor and Jonathan Bernis or false teachers such as Jonathan Cahn. However things have now reached a new low, because One For Israel have recently openly endorsed and celebrated, of all people, Sid Roth.