The word ‘cult’ gets tossed around freely these days, like ‘Nazi’, or Christian, but what is going on at IHOP is troublesome to say the very least:
…..noticed Rev. Bickle’s claim of not one but two trips to heaven and back. I also thought the reporter was remiss in not demanding details. Bickle may be the only man who has made such a journey….
….In view of the many shooting sprees by mentally deranged individuals who said they were directed by God to kill and maim innocent people, I’m turned off by people who, in effect, boast of fireside chats with the Almighty.
Rev. Bickle also claims that he enjoys conversations with God. Now I’ve experienced some emotional epiphanies in my life, but I’ve never heard the voice of God. Neither have any of my friends, most far better Christians than I.
And from here:
The International House of Prayer will host two neighborhood forums for concerned residents to ask questions about the group’s activities.
The first is 7 p.m. Thursday at Grandview High School, 2300 High Grove Road. The other is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road. Invitations were mailed to ZIP codes in south Kansas City and Grandview.
Director and founder Mike Bickle will be present to answer questions about the group’s fast growth and its plans to build a new world headquarters in Grandview. Questions also can be sent ahead of time by calling 877-762-4467.
Residents have wondered about the influx of newcomers and the group’s odd hours, which include a 24/7 prayer center.
If you ‘church’ has to hold neighborhood meetings to explain its activities…maybe, just maybe something could be wrong. (For some of the problems which helped to necessitate this meeting, see here.)
Then, from here:
Leaders of the International House of Prayer met with the public for the second time (we covered the first), and it doesn’t sound like a lot came out of the meeting other than more denials from church founder Mike Bickle that his church isn’t a cult.
KSHB Channel 41 attended the star-studded meeting (Cathy Jolly! John Sharp! Alvin Brooks!). The highlight: Neighbor Carmen Kelly said the kids all seem “brainwashed.”
“They all kind of talk the same. They speak in monotone. I’ve had some of them follow me around.”
“If they were brainwashed, then they would be listening to me telling them to stop doing that,” Bickle said. “I’m really against that kind of stuff.”
Good to know Bickle is against his people creepily following people around.
For those of you who may not remember, Mike Bickle, pastor of IHOP, comes from the Kansas City Revival, which would eventually give rise to the likes of the Domionists, including Todd Bentley.