There is no small concern among some of us as the growing gathering in Kansas City at Mike Bickle’s International House of Pancakes Prayer. Lou Engle, the person who calls for martyrdom, is involved as is a growing list of ElijahList (read: Dominionists) participants, including Bill Johnson and John Arnott. Some have said that the infamous Todd Bentley has shown up as well, although not in any official capacity.
Here are a few posts from around the web, with delightful commentary from your humble blogger:
Earlier tonight I watched the first night of special revival meetings with Bill Johnson and John Arnott at International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOP-KC). As some of you know, there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at IHOP-KC that started about a month ago. And this week, from Monday night to Wednesday, Mike Bickle and the leadership at IHOP-KC have invited John Arnott from TACF (Toronto) and Bill Johnson from Bethel Church (Redding, CA), to come and release their impartation of revival to the KC renewal.
As I watched on the internet (at www.ihop.org), I could sense waves of God’s presence coming through the computer screen, and people are coming up to the platform to testify about how God supernaturally healed them of physical ailments, infirmities, and diseases. I would recommend you to watch the live webcasts the next two days, because I believe that it is only going to get better and better in the Holy Spirit! Just check the IHOP website for the viewing schedule. (Here)
‘Impartation?’ As many of you know, or should know, some of these people, like Bill, regularly dispense with the bible – that nasty religious ritual that it is and all – for ‘relationships.’ Of course, if you remove the measurement of Christian Faith and Tradition, you remove any hold on what you think, do, or say in the name of Christ.
The above blogger is obviously sensing something come from the computer screen…but waves of God’s presence? Only if God is trying to push the viewer away from the screen to read the bible.
This blogger believes that we can build up a relationship with the Spirit, absent the Father and the Son, if we speak slowly and pause a lot.
Thanking the Holy Spirit, telling Him (with pauses, slowly) that you love Him. Or talk to Jesus that way – you don’t have to sort out which part of the trinity you’re addressing.
Following Mike Bickle’s use of 2nd Corinthians 13.14,
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2Co 13:14 NLT)
Of course, there is no accounting for exegetical work here, is there?I don’t have to note that the verse doesn’t speak of ‘fellowship/communion with the Spirit’ but rather the fellowship/communion of the Spirit. If they took the time to read Ephesians, they would note that the Spirit pulls us – the Church – together, corporately. But, enough of that for now.
This blogger wrongly associates Acts with ‘awakenings’ and revivals. Not so much. In reality, Acts 2 was the Church’s Pentecost, the festival celebration of 50 days after Passover when Moses brought down the Law. It marked the reality of the New Covenant. Then he looses all credibility when he promotes Bill and John as men of God.