Every Nation

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Every Nation
Every Nation Churches and Ministries
Location United States, Philippines, United Kingdom, and more than 50 countries
Website www.everynation.org
History
Founded 1994
Clergy
Senior pastor(s) Steve Murrell

Every Nation Churches is an organization of non-denominational charismatic Christian churches. Its name embodies its goal of reaching "every nation in our generation" with the gospel.

Every Nation performs many of the same functions of a denomination. However, it operates more on the model of the Calvary Chapel movement, with an emphasis on relational ministry ties. It prefers terms like "family" or "movement" as way of emphasizing this distinction. This is common for many Charismatic organizations.

Every Nation has approximately 400 member churches in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas.

Doctrine[edit]

Every Nation adheres to basic Evangelical Christian beliefs and is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals.[1]

ECFA accreditation[edit]

In early 2008, Every Nation Churches and Every Nation Ministries were accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), one of the largest accrediting agencies for Christian ministries.[2]

As a condition of membership, ECFA members must agree to a stringent set of standards, including providing audited financial statements upon request. Prospective ECFA members also must be independently audited before submitting an application. As an accrediting organization, ECFA protects the integrity of its seal by requiring members to adhere to their Seven Standards for Responsible Stewardship.[3]

According to its profile on the ECFA site, Every Nation Churches 2009 revenues were $3,358,141 and total expenses were $3,097,551.[4]

Criticisms[edit]

Links with New Apostolic Reformation[edit]

Missiologist C. Peter Wagner identifies Every Nation as part of the New Apostolic Reformation, an offshoot of the charismatic movement that actively seeks to restore the offices of apostle and prophet to the Church and its leadership. C. Peter Wagner and the New Apostolic Reformation is closely associated with the Dominion Theology as evidenced by his book "Dominion!: How kingdom Action Can Change the World"[5] Rice Broocks authored a chapter about Every Nation in Wagner's The New Apostolic Churches,[6] a key book about the movement. Rice Brooks and Paul Daniel were members of Wagners "New Apostolic Roundtable" and Jim Laffoon was part of the "Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders" until approximately 2003. Wagner has also taught on several occasions at MSI/EN's own ministry school and at MSI/EN conferences. C. Peter Wagner has made controversial statements in the past. One controversial statement is that he believes Japan is under a curse because the Emperor had sex with a demon.[7] He goes on to say that the Japanese economy has suffered because of this. Wagner also indicates that in order for the Dominion Mandate (as part of the New Apostolic Reformation) to be fulfilled it is going to require Christians control vast amounts of wealth [8] (See video at 42:47)

Dominion Theology[edit]

The Every Nation website addresses its position on Dominion Theology by stating, "We do not believe in any form of theology that advocates Theocracy or a system where Christians dominate over non-believers." [9] There are numerous statements wherein C. Peter Wagner does advocate Christian dominion over non-believers. Wagner has said dominion has to do with control, authority, subduing and ruling as kings.[10] Wagner does not state he wants rule by a Theocracy [11] At the same time, he wants Christians to take dominion of all areas of society. This includes government, the work place, etc.[11] Wagner does advocate the use of war in his Dominion book (See Chapter 6 of his Dominion publication- A New Reality: This means War!) [11] Wagner offers severe criticism of the anti-war movement.[12] He also indicates the New Apostolic Reformation is the most radical way of doing church since the Protestant reformation.[13] Every Nation Leader Jim Laffoon's sermon, "To Reach and To Rule" reflects a position preached from the pulpit as high-ranking official at Every Nation of its vision for reaching the nations of the earth.[14] In in his "To Reach and To Rule" Sermon Jim Laffoon states the purpose of reaching nations is to rule them.[15] Jim Laffoon goes on to say the last 2000 years of Christianity reaching nations has had a limited goal of only reaching nations and not ruling those nations after they have been reached.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Association of Evangelicals". Nae.net. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  2. ^ Every Nation | Every Nation Receives ECFA Accreditation - Church Planting, Campus Ministry, World Missions
  3. ^ Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  4. ^ Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  5. ^ "Dominion!: How Kingdom Action Can Change the World: C. Peter Wagner: 9780800794354: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  6. ^ Rice Broocks, "Morning Star International" in C. Peter Wagner (editor), The New Apostolic Churches ISBN 0-8307-2137-1
  7. ^ "C. Peter Wagner: Japan Is Cursed Because The Emperor Had Sex With A Demon". YouTube. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Peter Wagner". Wn.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Follow Us". Everynation.org. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  10. ^ "c peter wagner - Bing Video's". Bing.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  11. ^ a b c "Dominion!: How Kingdom Action Can Change the World: C. Peter Wagner: 9780800794354: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  12. ^ "c peter wagner war - Bing Video's". Bing.com. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  13. ^ "c peter wagner war reformation - Bing Video's". Bing.com. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  14. ^ Laffoon To Reach and To Rule Sermon - clip 1b
  15. ^ "Laffoon To Reach To Rule Sermon - clip 2". YouTube. 2004-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 

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