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Throwback Thursday ~ Top 10 NAR* and Seeker-Driven Buzzwords

Originally published November 14, 2014buzzwords

I study false teachers pretty often. I watch their videos, listen to their sermons, and read their articles. And I’ve noticed that there are some common buzzwords that New Apostolic Reformation* and Seeker-Driven false teachers tend to use over and over again. Naturally, these words are just that: words. Just because you hear your pastor, Sunday School teacher, or favorite Christian celebrity utter one or more of them doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is a heretic. But if you’re constantly hearing these words and phrases, it could be a red flag that you need to vet the person you’re listening to more carefully and see whether or not his or her theology matches up to what the Bible says. So, here, in no particular order are 10 such buzzwords and some of the false teachers who are fond of them:

1. The Glory

Photo Credit: Revival Magazine
Photo Credit: Revival Magazine

 

“Sometimes as I stand in the glory my hands and feet will begin to drip with supernatural oil, representing the miracle anointing of God.” ~ Joshua Mills

 

 

 

 2. In The Natural

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Photo Credit: Awesome God Ministries

 

“I learned that even when we are in a place of obedience, we often have no way in the natural of knowing for sure whether we are right or wrong.” ~ Joyce Meyer

 

 

 

3. Shaking/Shifting

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Photo Credit: Apprising Ministries

“If we continue to pray and call out to God, the nation will shift.”

“There is terror in Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami – a ring of terror; but, God has a ring of fire. Shaking, shaking, shaking.” ~ Cindy Jacobs

 

4. Decree

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“Decree and declare… THE FAMINE IS OVER!” ~ T.D. Jakes

 

 

 

 

5. Declare

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Photo Credit: Amazon

 

“I declare that I am a ‘no lack’ person and receive every blessing You have prepared for me.” ~ Joel Osteen

 

 

 

6. Spirit-man

Photo Credit: Jennifer LeClaire Ministries
Photo Credit: Jennifer LeClaire Ministries

 

“Pray always and when you catch your mind trying to reason out a prophetic revelation, let your spirit man rise up and take control.” ~ Jennifer Leclaire

 

 

 

7. Holyspirit

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A number of NAR personalities refer to the third Person of the Trinity as “Holyspirit” -as though that were His first name- instead of the Holy Spirit. For example, “Holyspirit said to me the other day…”

It is nearly impossible to isolate a text example of this as a) it is usually verbal and b) search engines always include the word “the” in search results.

 

 8. In the heavenlies

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Photo Credit: The Elijah List

 

“War in the heavenlies. We can battle against the enemy’s strategies through prayer and declaration of the Word. This wins the battle in the heavenlies before it hits the earth.” ~ Patricia King

 

9. Come into agreement/alignment

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Photo Credit: The Elijah List

 

“…the Bible states that God, before time, determined your zip code—that spiritual place and geographical location; when you get into that spot, everything around you will begin to come into alignment.” ~ Cindy Trimm  

 

 

10. Cast vision

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Photo Credit: FBC Jax Watchdogs

 

“Sure, I cast vision—but it has taken every staff member and volunteer we have to pull it off.” ~ Perry Noble

 

 

 

What are some common words and phrases
you often hear false teachers use?

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday ~ Top 10 NAR* and Seeker-Driven Buzzwords”

  1. I went to what seemed like a Biblical church, but after a while, we started hearing the pastor say, instead of preaching, that he had the “gift of prophecy”, guest speakers had titles like “bishop” and “apostle”, there was a new and intense focus on social programs that shared food and helpful work but not the gospel (we were told: “get with us, or get out”), there was a lot of new “God told me” language during testimonies that went unchecked. When we asked about doctrinal specifics during Bible study, we were told that “doctrine divides” and was not part of the study. The elders started buying stacks of books to give away for free in the foyer: books by Frances Chan, Mike Bickle, Ruth Graham Lotz, Mark Batterson, Sarah Young, Lysa TerKeust, and others – many of which lean NAR – none by solid, Biblical authors. The pastor started going to conferences and not telling where exactly he was going (he was at NAR events). The church was invited to “non-denominational” events that were NAR-sponsored, focused on “covering prayer” and “nights of song”. The youth in the community are involved in YWAM-sponsored activities.

    We learned to do our homework when hearing something new or vague. Communication in that church became increasingly secretive among the leadership. The sponsors of events were not made known, but there was strong pressure to attend and not ask questions. During this time, the pastor’s messages were increasingly about “authority” – his stance on it was not Biblical; the message was that he and the elders were to be obeyed and we were to submit to them without question. This all occurred over about 3 years – it came slowly and incrementally. All of these things are now normalized in the minds of the members and they are not open to any sort of corrective information.

    When you start hearing the “buzzwords”, do some research! Just because something is promoted by a church does not mean that it is good. The slide to error can be gradual.

    We chose to “get out” and are so thankful. We travel a long way now to a small, rural church that is laser-focused on Biblical expository preaching, discipleship and training. We are finally being fed and are so blessed!

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  2. You need a Holy Spirit “upgrade “. The implication being your theology and belief system currently needs adjusting to what God is saying to the church in terms of “present truth”.

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