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More Authority than the Bible?
Do NAC Apostles claim to have more authority than the Scriptures themselves? Yes, they certainly do.
The NAC Apostles claim to be the sole posessors and dispensors of the Holy Spirit and claim that only they can lay their hands on a person and give them the Holy Spirit. Since only they possess and dispense this Holy Spirit they claim, only they can truly understand and interpret Scriptures, as explained below. If the Holy Spirit tells them to do something that would contradict the Scriptures, NAC Apostles are compelled to obey the Holy Spirit and disobey the Scriptures.
Here is an example.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Shaul (commonly refered to as "Apostle Paul") tells us,
"I wish you to know that the head of every man is the Messiah."
Yet, as is typical with many Christian denominations and many cults, NAC doctrine in practice compels every man to be subject to his "bearer of blessing." The brothers are subject to the Deacons who are subject to the Priests who are subject to the Evangelists who are subject to the Elders who are subject to the Bishops who are subject to the Apostles who are subject to the District Apostles who are subject to the Chief Apostle.
Although the Bible commands every man to be submissive only to Messiah Yahshua, the NAC compels every member to be subject to the heirarchy of their church.
By changing the commandments of the Most High for the sake of their traditions, the NAC has become guilty of the same sin that Yahshua chastised the Pharisees for, and that sin is disobedience. In Matthew 15:3, Yahshua answered the Pharisees' chiding regarding keeping the traditions of the elders, a reference to the extra-Scriptural religious ordinances that the Pharisees taught and imposed on the people, by saying,
"Why do you transgress the commands of Elohim for the sake of your tradition?"
Any person or ecclesiastical body that tells you that you should not keep the commands of Elohim, that you should obey their authority instead is dead wrong. The consequences of obedience to their authority will be dreadful. The conclusion therefore that must be reached, since they are making these outrageous claims that contradict Scriptures, is that the spirit that they are refering to as the "Holy Spirit" is not the true Spirit of Truth from Yah our soverign power but is rather a lying spirit.
The following is an email questioning the assertion that the NAC apostles claim more authority than the Scriptures. Sadly, just as with many other Christian churches, they most certainly do.
-----Original Message----- Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 2:12 PM To: email@example.com Subject: New Apostolic Church
I belong to the New Apostolic Church and attend the [name deleted] Congregation, up to now, I have not experienced any of the statements you have made, in particular the following statement, “These problems arise when men pretend to themselves that they have more authority then the Scriptures, as the apostles of the New Apostolic Church do.”
Not to get into any lengthy discussion in this matter, all that I want to say to you dear brother, is that your allegations and statements are not true. It is obvious that you have been offended in some way or another, however, the “Church” must not be crucified by a careless action or utterances by an individual.
The New Apostolic Church has got an “Open Door Policy” and I invite you to contact the District Apostle of the Area were you reside, I am sure he will be available to see you “Face To Face” so that you can present your allegations to him personally.
Yours in Christ
Having grown up in the NAC and in a family steeped in NAC tradition for several generations, I very much do understand your position and am very thankful to hear from you.
Having been a priest in the NAC, I have had lengthy conversations with NAC leaders and have concluded that they are generally disinterested in the Bible. Additionally, the NAC has published literature that in not commonly available to most members of the NAC. These conversations, literature, and the Scriptures themselves lend support to the statement in question. To qualify the statement you have cited, consider the following evidences that support the assertion that the apostles of the NewApostolicChurch do assume more authority than the Scriptures themselves. At your request for brevity, consider the following few examples.
In the book titled “History of the NewApostolicChurch” published by Friedrich Bischoff 1970 consider the following.
Page 11: “The word of remembrance, which had so far been preached, could no longer quench the spiritual hunger and thirst. Only the word of the Lord could do this. It was directly born out of His Spirit and uttered through the mouth of men chosen and sanctified by Him, who spoke by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Page 84: “…the Lord reveals Himself in a special manner in the visible head of His work: the Chief Apostle.”
In the book titled “Questions and Answers Concerning the New Apostolic Faith” published by the NewApostolicChurch, prefaced by Richard Fehr, consider the following.
Page 8: “Reading the Bible is no substitute for the activity of the apostles of Jesus in the proclamation of the doctrine and the administration of the sacraments.”
Page 8 under the caption “Who is qualified and able to interpret the Bible?” read the following: “The Messengers of Christ, the Chief Apostles, and the Apostles who have been appointed to carry out the work of salvation on earth, have received for their commission the ministerial powers from the Holy Spirit. These gifts enable them to understand God’s intentions, to proclaim them to the faithful and to lead their followers to the goal of their faith in accordance with God’s will.” This statement is a devastating lie. It is similar to the Roman Catholic belief that only the Pope can fully understand and is therefore soley qualified to interpret Scripture. So, we see that both the NAC and the Roman Catholic Church are merely variants of the same satanic scheme to lure you into deception and disobedience to Yah's commandments.
A common characteristic of cults, most notably the beastly Roman Catholic cult and virtually all of its variants (i.e. “horns”), are:
·The presumption to speak for the Most High
·The claim of exclusive ability to interpret Scriptures.
The NAC is very guarded with its historical details and literature as cults generally are but if you are able to procure copies of these books, I would recommend that you study them in detail.
Understand that in order for any deception to succeed, there must be sufficient palatable truth interlaced with its assertions. Although the NAC appears to be an organization peddling true salvation, to those that study the Scriptures in detail, the differences between the NAC doctrine and that of the Scriptures are vast, numerous and irreconcilable. Leaders of the NAC are too emotionally and financially invested in the NAC doctrine to receive instruction from the Scriptures. It is therefore necessary for each of us to study these Scriptures in detail to separate truth from lies. Once done, the NAC stands on its own merits as a synagogue of Satan – it is a deception.
Please ask yourself if you have ever experienced a lengthy recital of the Holy Scriptures in an NAC divine service. For all of the time I spent in the NAC, there was no in-depth study of the Scriptures. This fact alone is indicative of a big problem in the NAC.
Peace to you in the name of Yahshua Messiah, Tim Hanline, Jr.