This morning before I even got out of bed, I was thinking about some of my [sordid] experience in the Third Wave/NAR “churches” and how *miserable* I was (for years!) following this baaaaddd doctrine. Let me give you an example…
Years ago I attended a “church” called the Evanston Vineyard (oh, how misled I was…), which is part of the “Third Wave” and essentially is the exact same movement (false signs and wonders) that the N.A.R circus is part of. To reiterate, how misled I was…
Steve Nicholson, the senior pastor, gave an example of this guy – who had returned from a missions trip and was continually “seeing a demon” (according to the story) go in and out of some tribal mask he purchased while in Africa. (yes, I believed this stuff…I was young and naïve)
In addition to “seeing the demon”, he also began experiencing a number of person problems (cue the need for sozos, inner healing, etc, and now one is on a wild goose chase to evaluate which demons cause what personal problem, which is never-ending …)
Now, this story was a while ago, so I have to add the disclaimer that: I am just telling this story as I remember it.
Anyway, he finally told this pastor guy and through some magic prayer (you always have to know what the “secret formula” is to get rid of such demons…according to the NAR pastors – which they will gladly teach you when you read all of their books, attend all their conferences, and tithe to their “churches”…see how enslaving it all is?) the demon left his African mask and his personal problems (nightmares, health problems, emotional problems, whatever..) ceased.
Now, this is one story that has been told 1,000x over in NAR/Third Wave “churches” (in various forms – it’s just the same lie..) 1. Personal problem 2) It’s caused by something demonic 3) One has to learn the magic formula, incantation, consult a NAR “pastor” etc. etc. to learn how to get rid of it. Their sermons are full of these stories!! People believe them, too (I certainly did…) It’s all very enslaving. Suddenly, one has to worry – could such-and-such have a demon?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the music brings a legitimacy to the movement. In the late 90’s/early 2000’s, Vineyard music was incredibly popular – Matt Redmond, Tim Hughes worship songs, et. all. were constantly played in all types of churches everywhere. Unfortunately, it was connected to the Vineyard and Third Wave doctrine -which is essentially the same thing as N.A.R. Having been a part of both “churches”, unfortunately. N.A.R. has more of an emphasis on prosperity, and they also present lying on the graves of former” revivalists” to “transfer the anointing” (I am not making this stuff up..) They are big into anointings in the N.A.R.- just listen to one of their sermons on IBethel.tv!
Whhyy was I attracted to the N.A.R./Third wave (in my 20’s)?
Post deception, I try to determine where I first went wrong…(to be continued)