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.
No it's not a joke. Just when you thought that his toe-curlingly awful show couldn't get any worse, Sid Roth is now seriously claiming that his toilet was being controlled by demons that he had to cast out so it would flush.
I'm not the only one who thinks that Roth is one of the creepier and more lupine of the televangelist charlatans out there, and a more heretical and bogus load of nonsense and flimflammery than his "It's Supernatural" TV show you'll be hard put to find, but you'll see him fairly regularly in the company of our local NARpostles Asher Intrater, Dan Juster and the Tikkun-Revive bunch. You would think that anyone with any biblical standards at all or even a modicum of biblical discernment would have pulled the chain on Sid and his shenanigans years ago, but not our NARpostles, -why? Because Sid is them. "Tell us who your friends are and we'll tell you who you are".
We just know that we're going to be hated on and accused of heaven knows what for this post, but as our local NARpostles and their followers are already accusing us of being satanically-energised minions of the Evil One, things can hardly get worse.
This is a Sid Roth compilation by Steve Kozar. If you've never seen Sid Roth's "It's Supernatural" it's hard to describe it. You find yourself running through the whole gamut of emotions: ranging from anger and grief at the blasphemous garbage and outright charlatanism; to astonishment and disbelief at the bizarre claims of Sid and his guests and the credulity of his audience; to hysterical laughter at the ridiculous buffoonery on display. My wife made the mistake of entering the room with a mouth full of Listerine just after the 10:46 mark. I would warn viewers not to watch this while you are chewing, drinking hot liquids or rinsing your mouth.
Sid Roth and Michael Brown are long time associates and collaborators of our local Israeli NARpostles Asher Intrater, Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff and their Tikkun NARpostolic network. You can see them ministering together on numerous occasions even today. Why do these "apostles" and prophets of Tikkun/Revive not see Sid Roth for what he is, and continue to associate with such an embarrassment to the faith? The answer must surely be that ultimately they are cut from the same kind of cloth. This becomes readily apparent from Dan Juster's own personal history of Tikkun Ministries and his obvious adoration of such manifestly false prophets as Bob Jones of the Kansas City Prophets. And let's face it, concern about sound teaching and rebuke of false teachers has never been a high priority in the Charismatic and NAR movements, if it even is priority at all, and that really shows in this case. Quite the reverse in fact; as is revealed by the high-profile charismatic and NAR leaders who rushed to downplay the significance of the pseudoprophetic belly-flop over Covid-19 and refused to apply the biblical tests and resultant epithet of "false-prophet" to these abjects who lied in the name of the Lord.
"But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him." (Deut. 18:20-22)
Below is a YouTube video in which long time associate of the Tikkun NARpostles here in Israel, Sid Roth famous for his "It's Supernatural" informmercials. In this video Sid weighs in with the laughable damage control efforts of other NAR leaders to try and sweep the Great NAR Pseudoprophetic Meltdown of 2020 under the rug, but what is also very interesting in this video is how he describes, beginning at 2:48, that every time he visits Israel he has large evangelistic meetings of 1,000 and up and 95% of his unsaved audience stand up to receive the Lord.
Few in Israel may have heard of Michael Heiser, but his books are becoming increasing popular in hypercharismaniac circles. Someone asked me about him a year or so back, so I began to read his material and soon began to feel ill at ease. Though some of his claims may be considered as possibilities, much of it has a highly speculative odour about it and he goes well outside of what can be derived from the context of the biblical passages in question. I am forced to conclude that, generally speaking, some of Heiser’s material is at best unhelpful to sound doctrine and at worst deleterious to biblical faith and the authority of Scripture. However, that was not all.
NAR soothsayer and prognosticator Chuck Pierce is one of the more obvious false prophets out there, and well known for stringing together pseudo-prophetic jargon and vacuous NAR-babble to manufacture "prophecies" so vague and nebulous as to apply to just about anything and anyone at anytime, anyplace and anywhere, which of course renders them utterly meaningless. Pierce has also been a long-standing associate of the Tikkun Global NARpostolic network both over here and abroad and is actually revered by them as a genuine prophetic voice and is often seen in the company of these, our local Israeli, epically devoid of discernment, so-called apostles.
This oil is of course bogus, and is no more likely to have any effect than those patent remedies hocked from the back of wagons by snake oil salesmen in the Old West.
A snake oil salesman, for those who don't know, was a con-merchant who sold useless quack remedies for personal profit regardless of whether they worked or not (or what effect they had on the recipient). Well in the true spirit of spiritual quackery we have come to expect from the Chuck Pierce theatre of weird, Glory of Zion are literally selling oil, with which you can anoint your lips to decree what you see. This anointing oil presumably adds an extra dash of spiritual zing to your prophetic decrees and commands, so that those shifts, breakthroughs, shakings, accelerations and whatever "come into manifestation".
If this weren't so serious, it would be farcical, but I find the fact that there may be, and probably are, people out there who will actually buy this because they agree with what is said on the bottle, far more disturbing than the product itself.
But there is a serious side to this; a product like this is actually a form of simony -because it's not just lip balm they are flogging here; they are in effect, attempting to merchandise what purports to be the anointing or power of God, -for money. If God condemned Simon Magus for trying to buy the power of God, how much more do you think He will condemn those who try to sell it, and in His name as well? The LORD will not hold guiltless those who take His name in vain.