According to some in the “Apologetic Movement”, there is no need for Apostles in todays modern Christian body. They base it on two things that really don’t hold water.
Here are the stances on this from one such group.
 The 12 apostles named by Jesus were the only chosen Apostles. If this was the case, then “Houston, we have a problem”! In the Book of Acts 14, we read of Paul and Barnabas in Iconium. In verse 4 it says” But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.” There are only two people mentioned here teaching the Gospel, Paul and Barnabas. In verse 14 it says this” which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul ,heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people,”. Here it is as clear as day, Barnabas was looked at and called in scripture an apostle. SO when did Barnabas get recognized as an apostle and by whom? I will answer that one later!
Another case of someone outside of the original 12 called by Jesus as apostles, is James the Lord’s brother. Galations 1, Paul is telling us of his calling from God and his visitation from Jesus. In verse 18 Paul tells us that he went to Jerusalem, spent 15 days with Peter, and in verse 19 says” But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.” Here again I ask, by who and when did this James get called an apostle?
The definition of apostle is
- Middle English, from Anglo-French & Old English; Anglo-French apostle & Old English apostol, both from Late Latin apostolus, from Greek apostolos, from apostellein to send away, from apo- + stellein to send
- before 12th century
1: one sent on a mission: as a: one of an authoritative New Testament group sent out to preach the gospel and made up especially of Christ’s 12 original disciples and Paul b: the first prominent Christian missionary to a region or group2 a: a person who initiates a great moral reform or who first advocates an important belief or system b: an ardent supporter : adherent3: the highest ecclesiastical official in some church organizations
You will notice in this definition from Webster’s online dictionary, that the main role of apostle is “one sent out”, which is often entwined with “desciple”. In Matthew 10:1 they are called “desciples”, but in the very next verse they are called ” apostles”. You will also note that in Webster’s they included Paul in their definition of apostle, but they left out, much like the “Apologetic Movement”, that there were other people in scripture named as apostles, namely Barnabas[Acts 14:14] and James the brother of The Lord [Gal.1:19].
 The second area that the “Apologetics Movement” miss the mark is the theology that as apostles, these men spoke for God and that after the Canonization of Scriptures, there was no further need for anyone to speak for God, because all we needed to hear was made available to us now in the Holy Bible.They also use this same stance in their view of the “Prophetic” ministry. I would like for those in the “Apologetic Movement” to consider this. If the original 12 apostles are the only one capable of writing scripture, oh and let’s include Paul, then how did Luke get involved with the writing of scripture. And where are the Books written by Thaddeus and the son’s of thunder or Judas Iscariot. The scripture [Matthew 10:1-5]calls these men apostles also. Were they less an apostle than the others? Was Luke called an apostle? If so, by who?
The “Apologetic Movement” says we don’t need apostles today because nothing is to be added to scripture. How about the role of “going out” and starting new churches. Oh, I know! Let’s call them “church planters” today, not apostles. That’s funny. In Ephesians 4, “church planter” is not mentioned. Apostles,Prophets,Evangelist,Preachers and Teachers are mentioned as a “gift” to the church. If God saw fit to give us such a gift, then why do so many reject it? In many of todays churches, Man has become his own god and therefore rejects the “things ” of God. A “wise man seeks correction, and a foolish man runs from it”. Could it be that the reason they don’t “need” an apostle in their life is they don’t want correction? This runs the risk of ” every man doing what is right in his own eyes”, with no one to bring the order that was spoke of by Paul. Those in the “Apostolic Movement” are accussed of trying to reinvent the very foundation of building the church, and in some cases the accusations may be right. But, there definetely is a need for some True Apostolic direction for the Body of Christ.
Even the”Apologetics Movement” recognize a need for direction, but they don’t recognize that they themselves are “acting apostolicly” in their attempts to bring correction.
The other area that “Apostolic” direction is needed is in the true meaning of “equipping” the saints. When “equipping” the saints is reffered to in the Bible, it is for the purposes of getting them prepared to “go ye therefore” and do the work of the ministry. Too often “equipping” the saints has become a teaching on whatever that builds them up. What I and some others catagorize as a “Me Gospel”. What’s in it for me and how will it help my situation. This is to be expected from someone who is immature in their walk with The Lord, but after a time of growth, it becomes time for the ”bird to get out of the nest”. Someone who is only looking at their own needs, rarely is able to see that there are others out there who are probably worse off than them selves. The true apostle recognizes the need to “equip” others to “go ye therefore”. They will help people to grow spiritualy in their walk with The Lord.
The final area that I want to look at in this post on “apostles” is this. An apostle is someone who transforms the culture of a given city, town, region or country. When a true “Apostle” is in the area, things change. There is a change in the spiritual atmosphere and in the physical atmosphere where true “apostolic” teaching is going on. In the Book of Acts 17:6 we read:
5But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 6And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
Notice that there is always going to be opposition to the “true Gospel” and that many will do whatever they feel is “right” to oppose such a “move of God”. A true “apostle” teaches the true Gospel , even if it has ”turned the world upside down”.
True “apostolic ” churches make a real difference in the place they are at. It isn’t about how large of church that is built, but how many lives are changed and led to saving power of Jesus.
This is all I can post on this for now, but please feel free to comment on your views of this subject!!