More on the Death of Bethany Deaton and connections to IHOP

When the news broke last week, a commentator on this blog said that the group had started in Texas and therefore the cult mentality could not be blamed in Mike Bickle and the bunch. Yet, there is more news. Tyler Deaton and his group was from Georgetown, Texas, a small town north of Austin and south of Waco. Do you want to take a guess as to what group has a location in this town?

An International House of Prayer.

On campus where were associated with IHOP.

Birds of a feather.

The cult mentality and heretical teachings of Mike Bickle may not be directly responsible for the death of Deaton and others, but it is is passively so. It attracts and validates those with such views and gives them the intellectual argument to continue their cult — all in the name of God, all blessed by Mike Bickel.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “More on the Death of Bethany Deaton and connections to IHOP

  1. Joel,

    Using this tragedy as fodder to express your disdain for IHOP and attack an entire community is simply dishonest. In Kansas, the BTK killer (Bind Torture Kill) was an elder for many years at Christ Lutheran Church. When the church was faced with the tragic news that one of their own was in fact an infamous serial killer, most had the maturity and sensitivity to recognize the pain suffered by this congregation. What you are doing is shameful and petty and transparently agenda driven. Kick em’ while they’re down Joel. Atta way to be really Christ like Joel.

    1. Yeah, I would hate to call anyone serpents, or turn over tables, or anything…

      IHOP is not a Christian organization. It is a disgusting, perverted cult.

  2. Joel,

    Can you elaborate on what you mean by “cult mentality and heretical teachings?” Honestly, I am extremely offended that you would make this statement. Myself, wife, family and local body of Christ have been very blessed by the ministry of Mike Bickle and IHOPKC. I have been inspired to pursue my relationship with Jesus at a whole new level and to love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I have committed to bible reading, study, prayer and fasting like never before. My life is completely different compared to 3 years ago. The redemptive work of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit is the reason my life, family and career has been transformed but IHOPKC really helped point me in the right direction.

    Eric Maust

    1. Completely different doesn’t mean that it is God.

      I would suggest you follow the tags at the bottom of the post for more of the calling IHOP a cult writings

      1. You’re absolutely right, that different isn’t necessarily from God. That’s why you measure it by fruit as a result of abiding in Christ. For the sake of a short blog comment, I didn’t think posting my complete testimony was appropriate. Let’s just say, it’s undeniable the work Christ has done in my life. Kind of a Paul on the road to Damascus type deal.

        My source and power is Jesus Christ and the Word of God, not a particular ministry. I’m a member of a large evangelical church in metro Detroit. My home ministry and leadership has blessed me as well. My point is that IHOPKC can be counted among those who have impacted my life.

        I appreciate that we have a difference of opinion regarding Mike Bickle and IHOPKC but a concern of mine is reconciling your position versus many who endorse Mike Bickle such as Jack Hayford, Bill Bright, Loren Cunningham, John Dawson and Dutch Sheets. Are you implying that you have some special discernment from the Holy Spirit that the founders of Campus Crusade for Christ of YWAM don’t have? That’s an honest question, right?

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