Why are so many modern-day Charismatics leaving the “classic" doctrine of the Second Coming, and being sold the Preterist philosophy? Preterism makes the Book of Revelation a history book teaching 95% already fulfilled in 70 AD when General Titus of Rome destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. Todays modern Charismatic Preterists are found in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), and are related to Bethel Church of Redding, and Brian Simmons of the Passion Translation Bible. Those Charismatics who formerly held doctrinal beliefs linked to the Assemblies of God, taught a classic position of the Second Coming with the Book of Revelation still mainly future.
Bill Johnson moved his fathers Church out of the Assemblies of God and formed Bethels apostolic network of Churches by collecting Churches already established, of which many in California were formerly Assemblies Churches which left with Bill Johnson.
Why do NAR leaders and Churches leave, and join with Bethel like apostolic networks? The main reason is a “change in doctrinal beliefs.” So great is the change in doctrine from the Assemblies of God, that the head quarters of the Assemblies of God has written a positional paper renouncing many of the doctrines of Bethel and the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). It is very strange when, when NAR leaders and other Charismatics attempt to deny any differences from “classic Charismatic doctrine,” saying those who expose the deception of the NAR are just caught up “into conspiracy theories.”
Is it a conspiracy when a NAR leader like Brian Simmons the author of the Passion Translation Bible teaches “the Book of Revelation has nothing to do with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?" Also, Simmons says, “the Antichrist is not an actual person, instead just a spirit. All NAR apostles teach no future coming Antichrist, no future coming Great Tribulation, and to teach end time judgments which destroy the world is to make you a “prophet of doom.”
Anyone with an open heart and mind can see the major doctrinal differences between the NAR, and the classic positions of the Second Coming. What then the attraction with the NAR apostles, and their “Preterist philosophy,” where the Prophetic judgments of the Book of Revelation have already happened in 70AD, or within the first century of the Church? The differences is obvious, the NAR teaches “no future judgments of God.” Can you see the major issue? Since the “wrath of God" has already “been fulfilled" in Preterist NAR,” only a “golden age of the Church remains.”
Which translates to Bethel like teachings the Church will make the whole world Christian before Jesus Christ “can return.” In measure the NAR apostles teach Charismatics will “make for millennial conditions on earth,” restoring the earth back to its original order before the fall into sin and death. So great is this “restoration philosophy” Bill Hammond a popular NAR apostle teaches some Christians will "become immortal" before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. A doctrinal heresy called the “Manifested Sons of God.”
So great is the Manifested of God heresy among the NAR apostles, Brian Simmons teaches Jesus Christ will first return through the Charismatic NAR Church. No need for the physical body of Jesus Christ, instead the NAR Charismatics “become the “deified Sons of God as the Corporate Christ.” Bill Johnson affirms the Manifested Sons of God heresy likened unto Brian Simmons when Johnson teaches the “body of Christ" the Church will fill up with "divinity" to become equal in proportion of divinity to its head Jesus Christ.” Now we can see the real attraction to Charismatic Preterism, NAR Charismatics are becoming a “divine man, capable of doing and being just like Jesus Christ.”
Is this not the same lie Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden? That man can become a divine person, can be just like God? Let’s get real the Charismatics teach versions of the Manifested Sons of God world wide Church takeover. Have completely rejected the classic doctrine of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. NAR apostles are always in the process of redefining the Second Coming, as it filterers through all their teachings and practice. I trust many NAR apostles like Brian Simmons are “really closet” Universal Salvation heretics. Think about it many Preterits see the Church saving the world, and no future wrath of God. So many Preterists also fall into saying in the end “all mankind will be saved.” Just like the father of original rejection of the classic Second Coming, “Origin” who first taught all mankind will be reconciled to God. Even great world leaders who murdered millions, and even Satan himself will be saved. Preterism totally denies the wrath of God and undermines the Cross of Jesus Christ. As no man’s sin can ultimately send them to eternal damnation, no matter how evil they lived in this life.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of lif
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