white chicken looking rightHey watchers! It’s time to take a look at how chookwatcher twists people’s sayings to fit the chookwatcher meme and narrative.

Quoting from Brian Houston’s 2014 vision for the future of Hillsong, chookwatcher steals a phrase from one of a thirteen paragraph mission statement.

Here’s what Brian says in his mission statement…

I see a church committed to an innovative NETWORK that connects hundreds of thousands of pastors and leaders and equips them to flourish. A network committed to the apostolic anointing of leaders who are desperate to see the Church of Jesus Christ rise up to live the un-lived life within her… His glorious Church. (para.10 ‘The Church I Now See’, Brian Houston)

So, instead of taking Brian at his word and celebrating the vision to obey Christ’s call and command to make disciples and grow churches, the chookwatchers proceed to link the phrase, ‘a network committed to the apostolic anointing of leaders’, with the meme they have invented that demonises the idea of the New Apostolic Reformation [NAR].

However, contrary to the chookwatcher meme, NAR is not a movement or a denomination, but a collection of thoughts, ideas, and observations of a few authors who noticed a rare occurrence beyond coincidence taking place in several different movements under a number of diverse ministries simultaneously.

This clearly identifiable phenomenon relates to the growth of movements through the ministry of certain Christian leaders who have been identified as possessing Christ’s apostolic gifting, evidenced by their call and ability to grow and develop large congregations through church planting, and by training and sending out pioneers who become new leaders of local churches.

No understanding of Biblical principles

The problem chookwatcher has is that he and his ‘team’ are so enamoured and saturated with Reformed cessationist theology that they have been drawn away from the truth heralded in the Word of God that lists what is known as the five-fold ministry gifts presented to the Church by Christ of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, given for the delegated oversight, edifying and training of the Body of Christ for the ministry.

Having abandoned this scriptural concept the chookwatchers reject any and all reference to apostles and prophets in the contemporary church as some kind of conspiratorial movement. Thus, any reference, according to chookwatcher logic, must be connected to their falsified impression of NAR – what we might term the chookwatcher NARrative.

Here’s how they do it:

‘Hillsong has made it clear that their god has given them a vision to be made into, “A network committed to the apostolic anointing of leaders.”

This means Hillsong are DELIBERATELY rallying so-called Christians around who they consider to be New Apostolic leaders – “championing the cause” of the New Apostolic Reformation on local churches and declaring war on those who oppose them. The latest display of this hostility towards Christianity and its leaders at Hillsong Conference 2016 should concern believers worldwide.’

Well, no, it doesn’t mean anything of the sort. Hillsong are merely recognising the truth in scripture that there are apostles through whom, amongst many others, Christ is working by His Spirit to help build His Church. Brian doesn’t mention NAR.

The only ones at war, here, and demonstrating hostility are the chookwatchers who completely miss the point of scripture and go after ministries that not only get it, but live it, teach it, and apply it.

Chookwatcher has written reams of false logic in countless blog posts decrying the NAR phenomenon by using supposition, error strewn opinion, and base conjecture, none of which would stand the scrutiny of anyone who has seen what is really taking place in the Body.

Because of his strict scrutiny-phobic censorship policies and moderating techniques chookwatcher’s audience is never subjected to logical arguments that denounce their erratic claims.

All Hillsong does is believe scripture and apply it. Not being constrained by the false theology of cessationists, Hillsong is able to agree with Christ that He has sent gifts to the Church that include apostles.

No new reformation

This is not a new reformation. It is a continuance of the New Testament scripture given to us by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul, which speaks of the gifts Christ gave to the Church.

Ephesians 4:11-13 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…

There is nothing new or reformed about the gift of the apostle. Strictly speaking this gift has never gone away. What happened was a moving away from the scripture through the middle and dark ages, which has been restored in more recent times.

Whether you could call this either new or a reformation is subject to hypothesis, but the reality is that, as far as Christ is concerned, He never changed His mind. It was the apostate church that lost sight of these truths, which have clearly been restored to the real Body of Christ as people dig into scripture and believe what it says.

These are ascension gifts from Christ who is seated at the right hand of the Father. As the prophecy says that was fulfilled on the day He ascended, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 11:8)

In other words, these are gifts Christ gave to the Church after He ascended. Apostles already existed as He ascended. Christ’s Apostles – the Twelve – watched Him ascend.

He sent gifts after He had ascended, and these gifts have never been revoked. Therefore they are with us today. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. They are not new. They are not part of a reformation. They are a continuation of Christ’s gifts to the Church from when He ascended on high.

This is clearly the reference Brian Houston, who is a Pentecostal minister credentialed with the Assemblies of God, gives to this part of his mission statement. It is standard Assembly of God doctrine to believe that the five-fold ministry gifts are still for today. This was being taught in Assemblies of God churches and colleges long before NAR was contrived.

Chookwatcher is obviously taking liberties with what Brian is saying and attempting to add to his own illusion.

Maybe chookwatcher should enrol in a quality Bible course that can teach him these basic principles. Or perhaps he could simply believe what the Word actually says.