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There is more to IHOP and Mike Bickle than bad eschatology

Dr. Witherington has a post up on an article which ran over the weekend in the New York Times regarding the International House of Prayer. Dr. Witherington notes the bad theology, bad eschatology, and the rampant emotionalism which is normally attached to IHOP. What he doesn’t note is the authoritarianism often reported by those who have worked with Bickle and the Bunch:

Founded 12 years ago by Mike Bickle, a self-trained evangelical pastor, with a group of 20, the International House of Prayer, in a former strip mall, now draws tens of thousands of worshipers to its revival meetings. A wholly devoted cadre of 1,000 staff members, labeled missionaries, have given up careers to move here, living off donations and spending several hours a day in the prayer hall to revel in what they describe as direct communication with God. Another thousand students attend the adjacent Bible college, preparing to spread this fervent brand of Christianity.

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Mr. Bickle has won praise from many evangelicals, but he has also been criticized by some pastors for what they describe as unorthodox theology and a cultish atmosphere, charges that Mr. Bickle rejects. Some former students said they had been expelled for questioning the fascination with mystical healings, prophesies, angels and demons. (NYTimes)

I am unsure that Dr. Witherington’s students have actually worked at IHOP or just attended there, but if you search the archives, I’ve linked to several stories about former ‘missionaries’ who report a very cultish mentality. Bickle, if you remember, was part of the failed and discredited ‘Kansas City Prophets, with such illustrious leaders as Bob Jones. He runs a tight ship, but stories to appear.

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Mike Bickle and IHOP Plays Down Cult Status

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:

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The Vindication of E. Gruen and the Truth about IHOP

Recently, I found a site that is most helpful when dealing with what is collectively called the ‘Kansas City Prophet.’ The author, from that I gather, recently saw his own congregation split, with half going to IHOP (International House of Prayer) under the leadership of Mike Bickle. I think that it is important to showcase other blogs that are taking up the fight against these false prophets.

If you click the link above, you will find an intereaction between the blog owners and the author of a report made by one E. Gruen concerning the Kansas City Prophets. It is telling the in the amount of deception put out by IHOP to cover themselves in the eyes of the world.  Remember, IHOP just made the news concerning Jeremiah Candler, the baby that was so neglected by his parents.

I have added the Grey Coats to me RSS feeds. Should be interestering to say the least.

Parents of dead baby were IHOP members

This is a tragic update:

Over the weekend, I read the Kansas City Star story about the parents of Jeremiah Candler, the 4-month-old baby who starved to death in mid-November. The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled the baby’s death a homicide, and the baby’s parents, Nick and Rebecca Candler (pictured), were charged with their son’s death. But I was struck by the Star’s mention of the couple’s “blog.” I found it, but it’s more Web site than blog. The Candlers’ call it PrayerCovering.org and say the site is their “Official Ministry Site.” Under the heading “Our Love Story,” the Candlers tell how they fell in love while protesting at an abortion clinic and became interns and devout members of the International House of Prayer.

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Rick Joyner – Satanist

The Local Pastor, who has produced a lot of these great videos, relates to us that in Rick’s book, The Final Quest, the false Apostle Claims,

  • To have eaten from the Tree of Life
  • Jesus is an angel named ‘Wisdom’
  • To have spoken to the deceased
  • A Civil War in the Church
  • To have more power than the Apostles
  • To have received the Apostle Paul’s ‘mantle’

Friends, don’t buy what Rick is selling. His incantations are meant only to bring about the darkness inside, and subscribes to some heinous theories, associating himself with the most foul of reprobates, such as Bob Jones, C. Peter Wagner. Tell me, what ‘god’ do you think that they are worshiping with this nonsense?

Further, these people want to export this cesspool of unrighteousness into your congregation.

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