New Apostolic Reformation Leader Calls For Critics to be Silenced
A recent piece by Bruce Wilson, a co-founder of Talk To Action, and who along with Rachel Tabachnick have been writing about the NAR and related issues over the past few years, pointed out that it wasn’t “altogether surprising that a spokesperson for the personal ministries of the man [C. Peter Wagner] who named the New Apostolic Reformation and, more than any other leader, has helped shape and organize the evolving NAR, … has called upon believers to pray that Talk To Action be ‘silenced.’”
Wilson acknowledged that since September 2008, Talk To Action has provided “probably the most extensive in-depth coverage of, and research on, the New Apostolic Reformation among secular media.”
The call to “silence” the Talk To Action website — and for prayer that as reporters and talk show hosts “edit and put together the interviews [on this subject] … that the enemy will not get any foothold during this process” — contrasts sharply with some of the comments that C. Peter Wagner made during his recent interview with NPR’s Terry Gross on her program Fresh Air, most notably his claim that he believes in and respects a pluralistic society.
Wilson noted that a communiqué sent out in behalf of Peter and Doris Wagner by Prayer Coordinator Rebecca Greenwood, stated that: “For those of you who would like to know more of the type of things that are being said and portrayed concerning Peter and Doris, Cindy Jacobs and Lou Engle, and many others, you can go to talk2action (talk2action.org). This gives a clear representation of what is being discussed even in conservative Christian arenas. We need to pray that all false accusations and the voice of the accuser of the brethren be silenced in the name of Jesus!”
Wilson explained that, “the ‘accuser of the brethren’ is commonly taken within Christianity to refer to Satan, so Greenwood’s construction clearly suggests that Talk To Action is either publishing ‘false accusations’ or is in fact channeling the voice of the devil. There is nothing ‘moderate’ about painting one’s critics in this manner or encouraging one’s believers to pray that such demonized critics be ‘silenced.’”