FROM THE IHOP WEBSITE:
“We deny, we refuse, all sensual overtones in proclaiming Jesus as the Bridegroom. Jesus is not our lover or boyfriend. We do not go on “dates” with Jesus. Receiving the “kiss of God’s Word” (Song 1:2) has nothing to do with physically kissing God. Neither the spiritual interpretation of the Song of Solomon nor references to “the romance of the gospel” have anything to do with sensuality, but with the adventuresome love that is filled with a spirit of abandonment that sacrificially loves and obeys Jesus. An example of this is seen when Paul and Silas sang songs of love to Jesus after being beaten and thrown into prison (Acts 16:22–26).” [Italics mine]
IHOP knows how to post the “right stuff” regarding their beliefs but fails to really get this point across to some of its interns AND its song leaders..
From one of the Brownsville services, according to a former intern: The chorus to one of the songs went, “Let’s make love to the Lord”..
Guys, I want to tell you that yes, the Bible does refer to “the bride of Christ” and Song of Solomon does discuss a deep, deep love between a bride and groom – and yes, that is a picture of Jesus, the Groom and the bride of Christ. But at NO time are we to think of that as a relationship INDIVIDUALLY with Jesus. The “relationship” is between “THE ENTIRE BRIDE” of Christ and The Lord. Not between “Amber and The Lord” or “Katelyn and The Lord” for example.
For the past several years I’ve read post after post of young female interns having “wedding ceremonies with Jesus”, and have read post after post with sexual undertones noted from these same girls. AT THE SAME TIME, I’ve read post after post and listened to interns, defending IHOP, saying that “some people get off track and do stuff IHOP doesn’t promote”, but again, what about that “make love to Jesus” chorus?
What about Tyler Deaton? What is it that caused him to feel so comfortable being in IHOP leadership? IHOP is saying “the guy wasn’t part of us. He was marching to the beat of his own drummer so-to-speak”, but that was only after they changed their November 4th post taking his name off the leadership roster. (Yes, someone outside of IHOP kept a record of what IHOP had listed ONLINE at its public website.)
Something gave Tyler a sense of “I belong here” and something caused him to feel like he was acting right along the lines of what he’d learned. IHOP has gone out of its way to cover itself on this one. (Little Jeremiah Candler’s death wasn’t a big deal at all compared to this one. But THIS ONE really hits way too close to home.)
Tyler Deaton hasn’t even been arrested to date. Amazing. You’d think IHOP would be DEMANDING he be arrested so they could “clear their good name”… Now THAT’S something to consider!
Final point: IHOP’s disclaimer (1st paragraph) says that Paul and Silas were “singing songs of love to Jesus” — ACTUALLY, Acts 16: 25 says ‘But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.’
NOTE: A HYMN is a religious song or poem; verb: to praise or celebrate something. To praise, glorify or, worship in or as in a hymn. Webster’s online dictionary.
See how scripture is CHANGED or twisted when words are changed ever so slightly? And see how an institution can have these “terrible offshoots” when it’s members and its leadership fail to be Bereans? Acts 17: 10-11