No, this global movement is being orchestrated by Father God to help prepare the bride for the coming of His Son to claim back the earth for His glory. So-called apostles are proclaiming authority over the church in cities and regions. While there may have been some apostolic leaders in the past who were proclaimed to be "the apostle to the city or the apostle to the nation," this made many of us in apostolic circles cringe.
I have not heard anything like this often only a few times in 40 years and have not heard any statement like this in over a decade. That being said, even if it were said by some today—it is always unfair to categorize a whole movement by its radical fringe. While it is true that some apostolic leaders are "title driven" and "hierarchical," truth be told, they were probably like that before they embraced the title apostle.
The title and or the global apostolic movement had nothing to do with it—their leadership style had to do more with their own internal wiring insecurity?
The same accusations can also be made about bishops, pastors, reverends and doctors in the church. US are working hard to be a movement based on relationships—not titles. Furthermore, we are espousing the servant leadership style of Jesus John 13; Phil. As was already alluded to, the global apostolic movement often includes leaders in most evangelical denominations, both charismatic and non-charismatic. It is not meant to eradicate denominations but motivate them to recover the way of Christ and His apostles in their mission and practice.
Not only that, so many new mainline evangelical leaders and movements are utilizing fivefold ministry language including the word "apostolic" and "prophetic"—as adjectives, not titles that in the next five years, it will be almost impossible for opponents of the apostolic restoration to differentiate between the groups because it will be mainstream in evangelicalism. They will eventually have to categorize most of evangelicalism as the NAR and part of a demonic conspiracy if they don't open their hearts to what God is doing today in the world.
Since the restoration of the apostolic in name is still relatively new, there have been numerous people who have proclaimed themselves apostles.
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This has been done primarily because there are no set recognized processes for ordaining a person as an apostle the way there is for the preparation and training for a person to become a pastor or member of the clergy. Many of us are speaking about a better way to go about this and are giving guidelines to those functioning in apostolic ministry.
Primarily, it is better to let other key regional leaders in proximity to you to refer to you as an apostolic leader before you and your elders start proclaiming it. Also, since many of us refer to the function as "apostolic" rather than using the title "apostle. Many including myself would be more comfortable with hands being laid upon people recognizing them as apostolic leaders or consecrating them to serve in "apostolic function or ministry" if and only if there was "apostolic fruit" church planting, ministering to pastors and leaders outside their local church, overseeing a network of churches and or a movement of leaders.
It is embarrassing to be called an apostolic leader or a bishop when there is very little fruit or a meager following. The function of apostle is one of the fivefold gifts of the church Eph. In the book of Acts, Luke often names extraordinary miracles and works done by apostles Peter, John, Paul. The fact that he mentions names doesn't separate them from the church but enhances the activity and narrative of the mission of the church.
Consequently, the Jesus Movement is not a nameless and faceless movement but one led by fivefold ministry gifts that represent the various ministry functions of the Lord Jesus Christ. The profile of the apostolic leaders in the Bible does not make it personality driven, but part of the organic church, which serves as the visible body of the invisible Christ. While there may be apostolic people who lead movements who are personality driven, we can say the same thing about some evangelists, pastors and teachers; does that mean we do away with all these other functions as well?
The apostolic tradition is only continued by the Scriptures, not by new apostles.
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This argument is self-refuting because, as already mentioned, the Scriptures themselves testify that the apostolic ministry is going to continue until the church matures into the fullness of Christ Eph. While I have heard of some reports of apostolic leaders stealing pastors from other networks or movements, this is not endemic among all apostolic leaders.
The same can be true of pastors who intentionally grow their churches based on appealing to believers already committed to other churches some call this "sheep stealing," but the polite phrase is "transfer growth which I think is more common than apostolic leaders doing this and dividing the church.
Whoever and whenever any leader has a pattern of intentionally luring committed people away from good churches or movements, it is wrong, and they should be called out first in private. Division in the church is never good, but to blame the restoration of the apostolic for dividing the church is unfair and untrue. Unfortunately, many are calling it "division" when pastors and leaders embrace and follow the way of Christ and His apostles in spite of the opposition of their colleagues and ecclesiastical fellowship. To that I would say our first allegiance is to the Scriptures and to Jesus, not to ecclesiastical systems that oppose what God has ordained in Scripture.
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