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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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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False Prophets Galore: Paul Cain, R. T. Kendell, and Friends – From Kansas to England

In late summer of 1990, the late John Wimber brought the Kansas City Prophets to Great Britain for a series of hyped-up meetings at London’s Docklands Arena. The agenda included Mike Bickel, who in direct defiance to the plain teaching of the Word of God, voiced the opinion shared by false prophet Rick Joyner “that a prophet can be partly right and partly wrong in what he predicts”. This of course runs contrary of the biblical criteria of a true prophet in Deuteronomy 18. Among others, Rick Joyner, Bickel himself, Gerald Coates, Cindy Jacobs, Juanita Bynum, and Benny Hinn, along with a wide host of many more,  would all by biblical definition be among the false prophets Jesus warned in the last days to deceive the elect. All have made time specific prophetic predictions in the name of the Lord that failed to transpire.

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Shawn Bolz, Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner – The Upcoming 'Civil War' in the Church?

Shawn Bolz at the Elijah List has something that he is selling that caught my eye.

He said,

Bill Johnson says “The Civil War about to break out in the Church is about the goodness of the Love of God.”

I have no idea why Shawn is quoting Bill Johnson, but you have to admit that the idea of a ‘civil war’ in the Church is eye catching. Anyone with a little bit of history and political science will tell you that the horrible bloodshed in the 1860′s here in the colonies States was not a ‘civil war.’ A civil war is a war between a state and domestic political actors that are in control of some part of the territory claimed by the state, each vying for control of the state.

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Jeremiah Candler: Victim of International House of Prayer (IHOP)?

There was some tragic news last week concerning the death of a 4month old baby boy in Kansas City, MO.

KANSAS CITY (AP) – A 4-month-old boy’s death is one of the first three homicides recorded for Kansas City in the new year.

The Kansas City Star reports that police said yesterday that the infant, Jeremiah Candler, died from starvation. The boy was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital on Nov. 18.

On Monday, police received a homicide ruling from the Jackson County medical examiner regarding the infant’s death. Police said Jeremiah weighed about 5 pounds at birth on June 25 and weighed less than that when he died.

Detectives gave a file on the case to prosecutors, who are considering whether to charge someone in the death.

In of itself, it is a tragic loss, needless, painful; yet, there are unpublished connections with the International House of Prayer, better known as IHOP, and the parents.

IHOP is a new charismatic outfit associated with Joel’s Army with a focus on fasting and prayer. (IHOP is now offering distant learning courses for your congregation).

The doctrine is Joel’s Army, their practice might have just killed a child. They are intent on strict fasts – which is called for – but to what extent? Doesn’t God give us wisdom? If there is a connection made, I hope that there is an investigation and subsequent arrests.

Bickle’s controversial end-times eschatology has aligned him with the militant faction of the prophetic church frequently referred to as “Joel’s Army.” Bickle, in December 2008 was quoted as saying “We’re not afraid of the great tribulation, the judgement of God, WE’RE RELEASING IT. We’re not victims that are fearful and helpless, WE’RE PARTICIPANTS. WE’RE AGENTS in God’s hands, loosing through prayers of faith supernatural provisions for the saints and heavenly arsenals striking the power bases – the political and military and economic power bases across the world, the Holy Spirit will release Heavenly arsenal and strike and literally and physically destroy them through the prayers of faith of the unified body of Christ.”[26].

Further, Mike Bickle is the man in charge, and

Mike Bickle is the president,[1] and director,[2] of the International House of Prayer (IHOP), president of Friends of the Bridegroom (FOTB)[3], and co-founder of The Joseph Company of Kansas City.[4] He currently is the most-featured speaker at Sunday worship services at Forerunner Christian Fellowship, the church associated with IHOP.[5]

Bickle was formerly the pastor of the Kansas City Fellowship, which is now known as Metro Christian Fellowship. In that role, during the 1980s and 1990s, he was senior pastor of the group known to detractors and supporters alike as the “Kansas City Prophets.” This group included Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, Paul Cain, and by some accounts Francis Frangipane. In regards to the moniker “Kansas City Prophets” Bickle is quoted as saying, “I hated that name.”[6]

Would you trust those guys on a resume?