Apostolic Reformation today is in need of serious RE-FORM & RESTORATION!
Apostles must shift and transition into today’s reality for accountability and responsibility! Its not a question that you say you are an apostle or that you’re called to be an apostle. It is the confirmation of apostolic counsel and councils that are established to serve as recommendations for this ministry. This is the way the early church functioned when it came to recognizing those called to be apostles and prophets. Acts 14:26- From there they (Paul and Barnabas) sailed to Antioch, where they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. Acts 15:40- but Paul chose Silas and departed, being recommended by the brethren to the grace of God.
Leadership in the early church, even including elders in the local assembly, were never appointed by just one man and all were approved by the brethren and councils of prophetic/apostolic ministry. They were recognized, received, and recommended by the church and proven apostolic ministry! I. Thess. 5:12- And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. I. Tim. 4:14- Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy by the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (eldership) I. Tim. 5:22- Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins: keep yourself pure.
How do we make this shift and transition today? We must return to apostolic principles and order that the first century apostles operated in!!! Sadly, many of today’s apostles are “self-proclaimed” because they were unwilling to make themselves accountable to an apostolic round-table of their peers. Again, the question is not so much that you call yourself an “apostle”, are there “fathers in the faith” and a cross-current stream of apostles who recognize and could recommend you to the brethren as an apostle! For too long, many have said, “Well, the Lord ‘told’ me I’m an apostle, and anyway, I have received prophecies that I am an apostle.”
Yet, many of these prophecies are at conferences or convocations where leaders do not even know one another and many in the conference are self-appointed as well! WHAT MUST BE THE SOLUTION? I submit to you, that unless we return to the apostolic teaching and fellowship of our fathers, we will continue to see the rise of false apostles, of which many of them are just either out of alignment or have not waited to be confirmed or commended by the brethren. What we need today is true “cross-pollination” of apostles and prophets who are willing to “come and reason together” and submit one to another their doctrine and manner of teaching. Since none of us have it all or even one group has it all, we need to cross barriers and repair the gaps in the walls of our cities.
WHAT WILL THIS TAKE? IT WILL TAKE REGIONAL AND/OR NATIONAL COUNCILS AND ROUND-TABLES OF APOSTOLIC LEADERS AND PROPHETIC SPOKESMEN WHO HAVE THE WISDOM, SEASONING, AND COUNSEL TO CROSS THESE LINES AND BRING APOSTOLIC DIRECTION!
Apostolic companies, confirmation, and councils will go a long way to bring our cities and churches into apostolic order and kingdom alignment! Are you willing in this day to submit yourself to the kingdom of God, the embassy of the kingdom for our cities, so that regions and nations may come to the mountain of the Lord?
Is.2:2- Now it shall come to pass in the latter days the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
BLESSINGS AND YOURS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD,
APOSTLE JIM BECTON, FATHERS HEART HOUSTON/
Apostolic Teaching Fathers Fellowship!