Mysticism = Occult & IHOP’s Mike Bickle LOVES Mysticism

 
According to IHOP’s Mike Bickle, if you’re not practicing (occult) Contemplative prayer, then you’re missing his god… 
   
 
 
Mike Bickle On Contemplative Prayer
 
 

By Jocelyn Andersen

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Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, and a well-known leader in the Prophetic Movement, claims that God is restoring contemplative prayer to the church. He goes on to claim that contemplative prayer is a God ordained means of entering into the fullness of God, and that the brightest lights in church history have been Roman Catholic mystics who lived during the dark ages. He went on to say the western church had much to learn from these mystics. 

 

Anti-evangelical propaganda is prominent throughout his message. He informs his followers that they are constantly being put on the defensive by, and apologizing to, evangelical Christians for their intensity toward God by saying “Other Christians force us to hide our intensity—to wear a façade. “…even believers in Jesus…are made uncomfortable and intimidated by our spiritual intensity.”

 

However, he comforts them with the good news that they don’t “have to wear any façade” when they got together in little oasis’ “like this” (meaning his and other prophetic meetings). He continued his barrage against evangelicals by saying, “They don’t grasp it at all—being introduced into the deep realms of love.”

 

He claims the church of the western world has abandoned its inheritance to have the fullness of God (through contemplative prayer). 

 

Bickle freely admits to pursuing eastern religious philosophies and had nothing but criticism for the Western Evangelical Church.  

 

According to him, evangelical Christians are a pathetic and ignorant bunch. He says of us:

 

·       “The Protestant wing of the western church, which is a tiny percentage of the Body of Christ…, is nearly completely (98%) unaware that the Holy Spirit is restoring contemplative prayer—center stage—to the church… The Holy Spirit is restoring this precious jewel (contemplative prayer) to the body of Christ. This is the God ordained means of attaining the fullness of God.” audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

 

He quotes from the contemplatives (his word for mystics) and announces that he will be teaching from the Sacred Pathways (which promotes the carrying of symbols or icons, choosing a mantra and visualizing God). Each one of these things is contradictory to the Word of God, which forbids imagery and vain repetitions in prayer.

 

He insists we need to study the lives and writings of the Roman Catholic mystics, and because the bookstore chain of Barnes and Nobles has carried so many books in this regard, he says (in all earnestness) that B & N is prophesying to the church that we need the mystics, and he wants to know why the church isn’t picking up on the fact that God is calling the entire Body of Christ to live lifestyles of contemplative prayer?

  

 

 Below are quotes from Mike Bickle on contemplative prayer:

·       “Every one in the Body Of Christ is called to live lives of contemplative prayer…”

·       “Everybody is called to live in the contemplative lifestyle. Everyone! Everyone! Everyone! That’s one of the great strongholds we have to overcome (resistance to contemplative prayer).

·       “…contemplative prayer, you gotta get over that hurdle! Barnes & Noble is prophesying it! Hurtle one we gotta understand it’s for everybody! Everybody is called to the fullness (contemplative prayer). We’re all going to go into this thing!”audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

  

 Another hindrance to contemplative prayer, says Bickle, is that we need to dismantle (“we” meaning evangelical Christianity) the idea that church history began with Martin Luther (I wasn’t aware we had that idea until he informed me of it).

 

Bickle says the most inspiring light in all of Christianity came from the Roman Catholic mystics during the dark ages. Below are quotes from Bickle on the mystics:

 

·       “mystics is a legitimate term…  I don’t want to fight the war…so I’m just saying contemplative prayer, but I mean the mystics—even here at IHOP I say, lets just stay with contemplatives …I don’t have time to argue… so I call them  the contemplatives…. I don’t want to go into the semantics, the debates…so, I’m calling it the contemplatives… I don’t have time to argue… but I need the mystics.”

·       “[They are] Some of the brightest lights in all of history… there has been the brightest lights in all history for men and women of abandonment in the dark ages… somewhere we have to say the dark ages were the luminaries in the grace of God…they were Catholic priests.”

·       “…a study of the lives of the mystics, the contemplatives, through history, and clearly the most inspiring, compelling examples of history, in my world, have come out of the Catholic dark ages. I can’t find anything like it in modern times, in America, in the protestant world.”

·       “…we need a little Holy Spirit catalytic jump start. We need to see where a few have gone before us, and say if they did we can, and we can go further… and if you’re going to go deep into that well, I’m sad to say, the vast majority of them are going to have Catholic roots in history.”audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

  

Bickle minimizes the false doctrine of Roman Catholicism by saying, “But didn’t Catholics do some funny things…? Well, when you stand before the Lord you’ll find out you did some funny things too.”

 

Bickle heavily promotes Bernard Clairvou (who he claims was a just a quiet little monk who only wanted to stay in his hermitage, praying and reading The Song of Solomon). He is clearly impressed with Clairvous healing ministry but leaves out the part where Clairvou travels extensively as a major instigator of the second crusade. He says, “Bernard Clairou became my most inspiring life outside the Bible.”

 

The writings of Father Thomas Keating (the modern day Father of contemplative prayer) are also promoted.  

 

Bickle says these two mean are examples, for us, of,  “a way to a deeper life in God.” He went on to say, “The protestant world is in great need of examples (like these) that will beckon us to the fullness of God.” audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

  

 Mike Bickle is telling the Body of Christ that we are woefully deficient in having lost God’s fullness and need to look to New Age, Eastern philosophy and to Roman Catholic mystics as examples in how to restore it!

 

And his advice to questioning, spiritually languishing and anguishing souls (who didn’t know their real problem was that they wanted more of God—until he told them so) is this, “Don’t evaluate yourself, don’t evaluate others. Just keep going after it.” audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

  

In plain language that means don’t read or listen to anything discerningly or analytically. Don’t question anything or anybody—not even yourself (except evangelicals of course). Just go with what feels right.

 

How does that jive with search my heart O God and test my thoughts…? How about this one, “There is a way that seemeth right…?”

 

Bickle Quotes taken from the audio teachings of Mike Bickle on Contemplative Prayer at: http://mikebickleteachings.blogspot.com

  

For a Biblical view of contemplative prayer see: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/keating.htm 

ARE YOU REALLY THINKING ABOUT GOING TO IHOP? OR SENDING YOUR CHILDREN THERE? 

IS   THIS   SOMETHING    YOU   REALLY   WANT   TO   DO? 

Thank you to Jocelyn Andersen for this post. 

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About annunk

I have seen too many believers in Christ falling into the trap of practicing "Christianized New Age" and still calling it holy. Contemplative prayer is nothing more ( or less) than TM. Totally unscriptural. I encourage anyone who's interested in knowing the truth of God's word to dig in daily and SEARCH - be like the Bereans - FIND OUT if the teachings, messages, books you've read or radio speakers you've heard are dissecting God's word correctly. If they're not, throw out what you've heard. Trash it. God demands we STUDY to show ourselves approved. BE a Berean. Acts 17: 10-11

Posted on November 24, 2010, in Contemplative Prayer, cult, End Times, False prophets, IHOP, Mike Bickle, New Age, Transcendental Meditation, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Annunk, very interesting article you know i was there when Paul Cain called Mike a Mystic and Mike was so excited that he could hardly contain himself. Pat and I both told him that it was not a compliment but that it meant he was entering into the eastern religions.

  2. That’s the thing about false teachers – they just suck up one false teaching after another, and then spiritually destroy more of the sheep who think they are being fed good food when all they get is arsenic.

  3. Carl, it sickens me seeing mysticism making its way into the hearts of believers. Look at all the “fabulous” teachers and authors out there that are teaching and writing about it. All the big names: Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Phyllis Shirer, Kay Arthur – I read where Charles Stanley has also delved into it. Hope that was a one time slip on his part..oh but the list of names is endless.

    I have trouble understanding where anyone would believe that occult practices would somehow be “ok with God” for Christians to practice. And then along comes Mike Bickle getting young, impressionable kids to wrap their arms around it. . .

  4. Amen, Glenn. And now the big question: When all these marvelous teachings get old..and something with a little more “wow” is needed to keep the crowds going, what do ya think they’ll come up with next?!

  5. Annunk, I think one of things that make contemplative prayer so appealing is that it is in the heart of the natural man to want to be like God. The promise of contemplative prayer implies that through human effort we can somehow cause God to do something that he is unable to do apart from the use of it. The core of what Mike teaches is that it is through this style of prayer that man has the ability to manipulate God to come back and rescue his bride from a fallen world.
    Mike has used a meshing of interpretations that he has gathered from the fall theology and the Pre-tribulation doctrines to establish an entirely new type of hybrid. Both of these marketing tools have been proven to be successful marketing tools to draw in the naïve for fear of being left behind. What I would like to do is to discuss with you these two theories and reveal the error that they have brought to the church as a whole because it has been our misunderstanding of what took place in the garden that has allowed so many false teachers to begin their own movements.

  6. Another word for ‘mystics’ is GNOSTICS.

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