Where’s that IHOP love!?!? What am I talking about?
There are a lot of people – family and friends – who’ve gotten cut off by their IHOP loved one after they voiced their reservations about IHOP – about Mike Bickle, Allen Hood and other teachers at IHOP.
I’ve had parents share these thoughts with me and one similar thread runs through them – “boundaries”. The IHOP interns all complain about their boundaries being overstepped when friends or family have the audacity to question some or any of the IHOP teachings.
“You’ve crossed the boundaries I’ve set up in my life.”..is the common complaint. Hmm, Mike Bickle sure does mention “boundaries” a lot.
Family and friends who disagree with IHOP doctrine are wanting to protect their loved ones inside of IHOP. But that boundary line can’t be crossed.. Mike Bickle cannot be questioned. That’s right up there with, “Touch not God’s anointed!” That’s like saying, “You had better not disagree with me.”
The interns at IHOP, being called forerunners for Christ, truly believe that they are basically “one up” on the entire rest of the Christian world. And think about it, wouldn’t you feel like you had something really special if the speaker kept telling you, “The Lord showed me..” ..and you get to be in on it!?
Does anyone think to remember: For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will mislead many. . . Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. . . . For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:5, 9-12, 24)
Don’t ever forget that we are all called to study to show ourselves approved.
Mike Bickle keeps telling everyone, “Don’t take my word for it! You’ve got your Bibles! You check out what I’m telling you and make sure it’s right!”
But how many take the time to do that? How many go back and re-read the scripture he’s given them and then pray about it…..and really look to see if his lessons are right on? Are we touched by the ‘lesson’? or are we tendered by the scriptures in that lesson? Big difference..
One former IHOP person told me about the time he did that very thing… It was, however, his honesty that got him in trouble. You see, when other interns saw him sort of standing back a little at the meetings, not getting into the meetings quite like he used to, when they saw him going back and going over the scriptures Mike Bickle had just told them to check…. he was questioned first by them….and then called down on the carpet about it. He was asked where he stood…
What did this person tell his examiners? He told them that he’d been listening, praying, listening some more and then studying. He had been going back and checking exactly what Mike Bickle had told everyone to check, and when he read the various scriptures in their correct context and not just pieces of the scriptures, those scriptures were not pointing to what Mike Bickle was insisting they were.
He was told to leave IHOP at once. i.e. He had crossed a boundary.
Where does this person stand today? Walking strongly in the Lord, for certain. He is able to look back at IHOP and say, as did Job, “No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.” Job 12: 1-2 (That’s a little biblical sarcasm there..) But he knows God virtually delivered him from a great, great deception. He is still friends with various people within IHOP but recognizes the fact that he’s been placed in a “Do Not Fellowship With” category….because he crossed the IHOP boundaries…
One more thought about boundaries… Why is it that so many IHOP devotees get on the various blogs and work themselves up into such a head of steam? What is it about the anti-IHOP blogs that really upsets them? Could it be that forerunner thing going on? Maybe the idea that other lovers of Christ, (and I’m not talking Bridal Paradigm here – that’s a whole ‘nother draft), look at IHOP as being in total error, and that thought alone makes IHOP devotees feel like we’ve crossed their boundaries at even thinking that? Who knows?
It was easier back in the days of ‘Moonies’ passing out flowers at airports and Jim Jones/People’s Temple in Guyana – a.k.a. when the scripturally “off” were easier to point out. These days the false teachers just slither on in and they don’t necessarily stand out like a sore thumb. That’s why the Holy Spirit advised us to be en guard via scripture – for times when boundaries must be crossed and the Truth professed instead.