What is the G-12 Vision System? Is it biblical?
What is the G-12 System?
Why is the number twelve involved? The number twelve is very important in biblical history because there were twelve tribes of Israel, there were twelve disciples or apostles that Jesus called, and even the number twelve in the Bible has to do with authority or leadership that was established by God. The G-12 System is basically a small-cell church movement initiated by Cesar Castellanos who was said to have had a vision from God, where God allegedly spoke with Castellanos and told him that He desired the church to have a role to play in the end times. This vision of a “government of twelve” would be a hierarchal pyramid (scheme?) of discipleship and authority over the governments. Castellanos believed that God was telling him that this is how to grow the church, which flies in the face of how the early church grew (Acts 2:42-47). This “Government of 12” or “G12 Movement” leaves it in the hands of men to grow the church and not God, Who is the only One Who gives the increase (Acts 2:47; 1st Cor 3:6). The church’s growth is not determined or achieved by man, but only by God, so the G-12 System actually robs God of glory and ascribes it to the methods of men. How unbiblical, but worse, what heresy!
Who came up with the idea for the G-12 System? What is the G-12 System? Is it biblically based? The answer is that pastor Cesar Castellanos at International Charismatic Mission of Bogota, Colombia, came up with this idea, but it’s outside of the Bible. This model, supposedly revealed to Castellanos by Jesus Christ Himself, was designed to “take the nations for Christ,” but that commission was already given about 2,000 years ago (Matt 28:18-20), so why would we need another, additional command from Jesus when He had already given them the power (Acts 1:8) and authority to go into all the world (Matt 28:19-20)? It doesn’t make sense for Jesus to repeat this by means of secretly communicating with some man. I am already highly suspicious of anything that anyone says that does not come from Scripture. For one thing, we already have the revealed Word of God and there are serious warnings about adding to Scripture (Deut 4:2, 12:32; Prov 30:6; Rev 22:18-19). If you are willing to add to the Word of God by going outside of the Word of God, you are at risk for God taking “away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Rev 22:19) and God will add the plagues listed in the Book of Revelation to your life (Rev 22:18). That’s too great a risk for me to even consider thinking about doing this.
There is nothing inherently wrong with small groups in a church, but to think that God has to use these small groups to “take the nations for Christ” is greatly underestimating God’s salvific power (John 6:44). We can’t save anyone! God has chosen whom He will save, so all we are to do is to share the gospel. It’s never our responsibility to save anyone. It is their response to His ability, even though it is our responsibility to share the good news. We can’t even save ourselves because dead men and women can’t revive themselves (Eph 2:1-2) any more than Lazarus could have raised himself from the dead. What is trouble is that Castellanos is part of the charismatic New Apostolic Reformation which says that there are still apostles and prophets today who are adding to the church instructions from God, however, Jude wrote, “I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). The Greek tense of this is most definitely past-tense. The faith was “once” delivered and like a postal carrier doesn’t continue to deliver the same mail that he or she’s already delivered, neither is Scripture continuing to be delivered. It’s been delivered, once and for all.
The Apostle Paul warned of another gospel that was being preached, which is in fact, is not really a gospel of all, unless you want to call it a counterfeit gospel (which it is). That’s why Jude said we must “contend for the faith that was once delivered.” The faith that was originally delivered is the original. All others are gospels of Satan. There is only the true gospel and the false, and even a mixture of truth and error renders it all useless. If you took one tiny drop of poison and not enough to hurt anyone, I doubt very much if you said, “Please drink this, it’s 99% pure, only 1% poison,” that I would drink it nor would anyone else. Jesus said we must worship God in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), not “mostly truth” or “manmade truth.” That’s poisonous. The Apostle Paul, if he were here today, would tell those who follow this teaching of the G-12 System, “I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1st Cor 15:1-2), so “if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough” (2nd Cor 11:4).
There are serious issues with the New Apostolic Reformation. For one thing, if it’s new, it’s not from God and if it’s from God, it’s not new. The truth is the “name it and claim it,” the “Toronto blessing,” “word faith,” “signs and wonders,” and “health and prosperity,” are all unbiblical teachings. This we know for sure; “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2nd Tim 3:15), but all teachings that come strictly from men, particularly those not found in Scripture, are not “God-breathed” but products of man…and inspired by Satan, who is always trying to imitate the things of God and ascribe it to men. That in itself is sin since it robs God of glory and gives it to a “G-12” movement of men. Don’t believe it brothers and sisters; if it is not in Scripture, then it is not from God. It is unbiblical for us to “take the nations for Christ,” but it is yet another to acknowledge God’s hand in our salvation because today, as in the early church, “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). Why try to fix what isn’t broken by adding something that’s broken to begin with?
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