False Foundation of Five-Fold Ministry

FALSE FOUNDATION BUILT BY MEN: Christian Research Institute Journal The Faulty Foundation of the Five-Fold Ministry by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

EXCERPT:It has recently become popular to speak of “the five-fold ministry,” a system of church government with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The neo-Pentecostal “Restoration” movement and its offshoot, “kingdom now” teaching, claims that one of the things which God is “restoring” to the church is this five-fold ministry. The sole prooftext used to support this concept is Ephesians 4:11-13, which states that Christ gave “some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,…until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the full knowledge of the Son of God.” The word “until,” it is argued, proves that the church today needs apostles and prophets as much as evangelists, pastors, and teachers. However, it is the “building up” of the church (v.12) which must continue until the church is mature, not all five of the offices listed in verse 11. This is clear when the whole text is read as follows: “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers; [these offices were given] to equip the saints for the work of service, [which work has as its goal] to build up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith…” The offices of apostle and prophet would naturally cease in the church once their role in “equipping the saints” was completed; that is, once the New Testament canon was completed.


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This is a very important article exposing the Five Fold Ministry Deception. You might want to get familiar with this, as it is invading the church more than ever.

The Five-Fold Ministry doctrine is used by the false movements such as New Apostolic Reformation, false prophets of today, simply so they can have a license to have the titles of apostle and prophet.

When there are no apostles according to Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to BE A WITNESS WITH US OF HIS RESURRECTION. This is a requirement, that a God appointed apostle was to witness the resurrected Christ as Paul the apostle did; who was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ not man or self appointed as the apostles of today are.

There is not one prophet of today that is not without one mistake in their prophecies. And a requirement of a prophet is in

Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, NOR COME TO PASS, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

The OFFICE OF APOSTLE AND PROPHET has been fulfilled by the Lord and the Word of God. Paul was the last appointed apostle personally by Jesus and John the Baptist is the last one to hold the office of the prophet. Let's not confuse the office with the gift of prophecy etc. God still gives the gifts, but only the office of pastor, evangelist and teacher are still needed today.

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EXCERPT: The gift and office of apostleship was the first and most important gift given after Christ ascended, but it was a temporary gift and office that does not continue to our present time. For the simple reason people do not see Jesus Christ in His bodily resurrection. For this to be so he would have to leave the right hand of God and make a special appearance. We know from scripture the next time he comes is for everyone at the rapture, there are no secret comings. The apostles had completed their mission of laying the foundation of the Church and the doctrine was inscripturated. God's Word is complete no new revelation is needed. While the Lord does speak to us today he does not give any new revelation or doctrine since it has been delivered and completed.



EXCERPT: This depends on how apostles are defined. Biblically, the word "apostle" literally means "one who is sent." So, anyone who was sent by the Lord to do something would be an apostle. But, such a liberal definition is not a sufficient answer. Biblically, an apostle was someone who was involved with Jesus and/or knew of Jesus before his crucifixion and after his crucifixion. Consider the following two sets of verses.

Acts 1:21-26, “It is therefore necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--22 beginning with the baptism of John, until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these should become a witness with us of His resurrection. 23 And they put forward two men, Joseph called Barsabbas (who was also called Justus), and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen 25 to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place. 26 And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
1 Cor. 9:1, “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?”

Notice that in Acts when the apostles are deciding on a replacement for Judas, Peter speaks of the necessity of someone who had been with Christ from the beginning. In 1 Corinthians Paul defends his apostleship by claiming to have seen the risen Lord. Therefore, we can conclude biblically that a true apostle in the New Testament style is no longer possible because it would require that the person had been with Christ and/or have seen the risen Lord.


Do the offices of Apostles and Prophets still exist?

EXCERPT: A. The title "apostle" means one sent with a message, and it is a special office in the history of the church. Apostles were men who were personally appointed by Christ to hold the office. Only those who witnessed Christ in the flesh and received a commission directly from Him carry this title. The last apostle to die was John, therefore no apostles exist today.

Nevertheless, men may try to appropriate the title for themselves, just as false apostles existed in the early church. In all cases, false apostles are shown to be counterfeits because they cannot perform the miracles required to validate their title. All apostles were given unique gifts of the spirit to validate their positions of authority. Christ told the apostles they could cast out demons, heal the sick and even receive fatal snake bites but not die. These are not normal powers; they are unique to apostles.

You can learn more about why the Lord established the office of apostle in the early church (and why it no longer exists) in our Acts of the Apostles Bible study.

The office of prophet is also misunderstood. The Bible uses the term prophet to describe a man gifted to deliver God's revelation to men. A prophet's words were recorded and eventually made a part of the canon of scripture. The office of prophet carries significant responsibilities and burdens, according to scripture. Specifically, the Bible says this concerning the office of prophet:


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Apostles and Prophets and the Foundation of the Church

Bibilical Exegesis that Proves that Only the New Testament Apostles are Authoritative

by Bob DeWaay

EXCERPT: Conclusion

There are no authoritative apostles after the death of the Biblical ones. The Biblical ones continue to serve foundationally through their inspired teachings. Just as Christ continues to be the cornerstone, and Head of the church, though not bodily present, His apostles and prophets continue to be Christ’s authoritative teachers. Evangelists, pastors and teachers who are true to Christ have no message but that which has been once for all delivered to the saints. God has given all of these to the church to assure that His purposes for her shall come to pass. However, the completion and perfection must await the return of Christ. Those who are claiming new revelations, new power, new authority, and are claiming apostolic status are false. They are leading us farther from the unity of the faith, not closer to it.


Are There More Apostles Today?

EXCERPT: nd God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Cor 12:28-31)

Unknown to many, there is an apostolic/prophetic movement underway today. Some call it, "the restoration of the five-fold ministry." As a result, there are many who are now appearing on television, and other places, claiming to be apostles and prophets. Some are saying that others ought to submit to them. A man named C. Peter Wagner is heading this movement and many churches and organizations are unwittingly joining his organizations.

There does not need to be confusion about such basic questions. The answer to the question, "Are there apostles today?" is a resounding NO. Thus, any movement or organization founded upon a YES answer to that question is in error.

Once we understand what an apostle is, and what the purpose of God was for the apostles, it becomes plain that there are no longer apostles in the church.

Twelve Apostles

One question which begins to lead us in the right direction is this one: Who gets to decide who is an apostle? Do people who think they are apostles ordain each other as apostles? Or are apostles self-appointed?

Actually, it is at this question that we come to the first indication of the fact that there are NO apostles today. The fact is, no man ever ordained an apostle – not even at God’s direction. Every apostle was directly chosen by God, without any involvement by the church, or any other person. This fact is the first indication of who are true apostles, and the first indication that there are only TWELVE of them.

So who gets to decide who is an apostle? God does. And only God:

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: (Acts 1:1-3)

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) (Gal 1:1)

Jesus chose the twelve apostles – by name. He did not consult with those already chosen, and He did not base it upon any sort of merit or credential. The way in which God chooses is totally different than the way men choose.

This could not be more pronounced a Truth than in the case of Paul. God never used the other apostles to appoint Paul. They didn’t even know about Paul’s calling until after it happened. And in Paul, God chose someone who, by today’s church standards, would have had a terrible resume. He was a member of a legalistic sect. He persecuted Christians. He was not ordained by the others. Who was this guy? Well, he was the person God used as much, or more, than even the original eleven.


Have you ever noticed, by the reckoning of most people, that Paul was the THIRTEENTH apostle? Or the FOURTEENTH, if you count Judas. But there is a question here that needs to be addressed. How many apostles did God choose – how many were part of the foundation of the church?

This is an important question. For if we can establish the number of apostles, and show that the number is a SET NUMBER – then we will have verification that there are no more apostles.

So how many apostles did God choose? Actually, TWELVE. That was always the number. Even once Judas left that office, God replaced him, maintaining the number of apostles at twelve.

But there did enter into this plan of God a problem. If you will remember, after Jesus ascended into heaven, the eleven faithful apostles thought to replace Judas. They cast lots between two men, and Matthias won out. (see Acts 1) But were they in God’s will when they did this?

It would seem NOT. Why? First, they replaced Judas BEFORE Pentecost – and Jesus told them to wait. It seems inconceivable that Jesus would have told them to wait, but then wanted them to make this huge decision BEFORE Pentecost came. Furthermore, notice how they made the choice: By casting lots between two men. You never see this done after Pentecost. And more importantly, is THAT how Jesus chooses apostles? By casting lots? No. In fact, later in Acts, when deacons were chosen, they fasted and prayed. If this is the case with deacons, how much more it should have been with an apostle.

But the point is moot. The apostles were never to choose another apostle – not even by seeking the Lord for direction. They were not to be involved at all. JESUS ALONE chooses who is an apostle, and no one else has anything to do with it. That is part of what makes an apostle what he is!


By Apprising Ministries

EXCERPT: By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Bob DeWaay

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone”(Ephesians 2:19, 20).

This article explores the idea of apostles in the church throughout church history…we will review how the early church understood apostles in church history… At a 1996 Fuller Seminary conference hosted by C. Peter Wagner, a movement that Wagner previously labeled “post-denominational” became the New Apostolic Reformation.1

Besides Wagner himself is another person prominent in the movement—Bill Hamon—who is strongly endorsed by Wagner. Hamon is important, as we will see, because his ministry goes all the way back to the early 1950’s and began on the heels of the Latter Rain Movement.

In 97 AD, Clement of Rome wrote an epistle to the church at Corinth. The epistle provides solid evidence that the early church did not believe that the apostles had successors or that new apostles were needed in order to provide direction to the church.

At issue was the fact that certain individuals in Corinth challenged the duly constituted elders’ authority; Clement wrote to correct them. Clement’s testimony is remarkable because he likely was the Clement mentioned in Philippians 4:3, whom Paul called a “fellow worker.”


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Post by Malcolm Urlich: There are two positions regarding apostles. The first position accepts apostles today, such as those from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. The second position points out that the apostolic age is over because....
1. One had to be personally appointed by Jesus as an apostle (Acts 1:2).
2. To be an apostle one had to be a witness of the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:22).
3. To be an apostle one had to be able to perform miracles at will. Jesus gave the 12 Apostles the authority to perform miracles; such as healing all illnesses, all sicknesses, instantaneously and casting out demons.
Apostles were given miraculous gifts to authenticate Gods Word and power on Earth to both believers and unbelievers in NT times. No one alive today meets the above 3 requirements.



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