IHOP hopes you don’t know a thing about that praying elephant in the room

From Truthspeaker:

By MARY SANCHEZ The Kansas City Star

Certainly there are more dangerous places for a young person to get lost.

IHOP, south Kansas City’s evangelical missionary movement, was created 13 years ago by a man who grew up in the Center School District. It’s one man’s version of religion made big.

The suspicious have long leveled the charge of “cult” against IHOP (International House of Prayer). That will likely increase in light of recent news coverage.

A young woman with ties to IHOP was found murdered at Longview Lake. A young man with ties to IHOP is charged with suffocating her.

IHOP, it should be emphasized, isn’t accused of anything criminal in the murder. Only those eventually charged will bear that burden.

But the praying elephant in the room is that this religious movement is the perfect cover for the sort of wickedness outlined in court records describing Bethany Ann Deaton’s murder.

Deaton, 27, came to Kansas City from Texas, drawn to do an internship with IHOP. She lived in a house full of people, including her husband, also drawn by IHOP.

IHOP has bought scores of area homes to provide quarters for similar young devotees.

This ministry is a siren call to young adults with a taste for wanderlust, a need to feel a part of something, determined to differentiate themselves from their parents, their high schools, their hometowns.

Founder Mike Bickle has a constant supply of converts. The business plan: Attract enthusiastic young people and evangelize them to believe the end times are near, that they are needed to go forth and make ready.

It’s why the former Terrace Lake Shopping Center is filled 24/7 with out-of-state license plates. They come for round-the-clock prayer.

There’s a muted energy in the expansive prayer room. And a lot of pacing as young people roam around the lines of chairs. It’s for the visual. The prayer is webcast. It’s led from a stage full of musicians and readers chanting repetitive phrasings of faith.

The young people aren’t out boozing it up or drugging, which can lead to bad outcomes.

But many also aren’t in college, living near family, preparing for a career. IHOP runs a “university” that isn’t. Not by accreditation.

Bickle’s been candid in interviews about hearing God speak to him, and believing he’s been to heaven twice.

For the curious, IHOP will hold its annual “onething” gathering Dec. 28-31 at the Kansas City Convention Center. More than 25,000 people are expected.

IHOP does not deserve the barbs likely to come its way as details of the murder unravel. But the organization can’t completely divorce itself from the fact that it lured characters involved with a horrific murder to Kansas City.

Drawing young people with grand ambitions, after all, is the mission.

To reach Mary Sanchez, call 816-234-4752 or send email to msanchez@kcstar.com.


Published by: 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

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8 thoughts on “IHOP hopes you don’t know a thing about that praying elephant in the room”

  1. Look up IHOP and Mike Bickle in google you’ll find all kinds of cult like stories and stuff. Don’t be surprised if Tyler Deaton explains the source of this sexual deviancy is due to Bickle’s strange Bridegroom of Jesus misinterpretation of the Song of Solomon! Look that up too… It’s bizzare! Sexualize Jesus… Christians have Jesus living in them… Have sex with other Christians (male OR female)… = having sex with Jesus!!!!

  2. Amen! This goes right along with prophecy regarding what endtimes will be like. Such deception – such evil and all thanks to messages coming from the IHOP pulpit.

  3. quickly hear them saying the same syllables over and over again, sometimes softly at other times in a loud voice, but the same words. Charismatic prayer meetings are vocalized in other tongues, I mean a good 90% of the meeting are not in English apart from giving a general directive “the Lord wants us to cover India in prayer” then off we’d go in the spirit. It is just as true today as when Jesus first uttered His words “for they think they shall be heard for their many words,” This is the underlying belief and motivation of the IHOP — if they can just get enough people praying seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day especially when this is combined with fasting and music surely God will answer from heaven. Yet before we get ahead of ourselves we have to consider the historical roots behind IHOP in order to discern its doctrinal foundation.

  4. I notice that all is quiet at IHOP this hour. I sincerely hope the police and ESPECIALLY the friends and family of Bethany Deaton don’t let her senseless murder slip by without further investigation.

    I pray The Lord will use this tragedy to open the eyes of the interns (and teachers there) and give them a gentle nudge out the door.

    My thought for the people (other then Mike Bickle and Allen Hood): Do you really want IHOP on your résumé? ….”Oh, you were at IHOP? Isn’t that where that girl was murdered in some sex thing? And the guy who was over the place kept denying it???” Something to really think about there….

  5. Seriously? Where exactly does liable come into play? By all means, please tell me as you have my total attention. Please refute anything I’ve said which you find liable, siting documentation to back up your argument. Thank you.

  6. We really must pray for those deceived with IHOP. I know of several friends and a family member involved. Any time we exceed what the Scripture teaches it is dangerous and leads down a path of error. We must pray that people would use Biblical discernment.

  7. Very sorry to hear that, Crystal. It’s hard/near impossible to tell them how close to the fire they’re playing,.. So yeah, prayer’s the only way to go,

    IHOPpers are always saying, “Chew the meat, spit out the bones”. That right there is a dangerous way to view IHOP. After all, ..can bitter and sweet water come out of the same opening?? James 3:11

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