We understand your desire to continue dialogue about the things we have already discussed with you and at considerable length elsewhere. We believe we have already had the conversation you ask for yet again. At this point we think it would be more fruitful to concentrate on interaction with key New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) figures that we identify in our book, including especially Bill Johnson, Ché Ahn, and Rick Joyner.
Thank you for acknowledging that critics of NAR vary in their approaches and disagreements. You regard some as "hyper-critics" and you call on us to separate ourselves from them. As you know, we bear no responsibility for how others define or respond to NAR. We're glad that others have turned to our research in their own efforts to understand and respond. And we're happy to have all of our readers make what they will of the claims and evidence we present. Since you have expressed appreciation for our efforts and respect for our good intentions, you might encourage your own audience to read our book A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement.
Of course, we counsel both critics and NAR-friendlies to exercise grace in combination with close study of Scripture and careful reasoning. (On pages xiv-xvi of the preface to our book, we outline 15 specific criteria for "presenting a fair and balanced treatment of NAR.")
We're confident that many observers of the NAR phenomenon have experiences and insights to add toward the goal of measuring the full range of NAR concerns. If you consider certain critics to be hyper-critical, we look forward to seeing how your interaction with them unfolds. Meanwhile, we will continue to concentrate on the excesses of NAR figures as we understand them.
Thank you for your interest in our work. Like you, we pray for greater discernment within the church. To that end, we urge responsible reading and study of Scripture, and we encourage confidence that God favors those who seek to be obedient to what has been already revealed in His Word.
R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec