Found another post from a former IHOP intern I thought was worth sharing in light of Bethany Deaton’s death. I am aware of parents who have contacted me, reporting that they have experienced portions of what this person reports. You decide – should this be something that’s investigated just a little deeper, before someone else gets hurt?
International House of Prayer is known all throughout the nation as one of the most popular and most dangerous Christian cults. I know from my own experience attending the Forerunner School of Ministry, and also by MANY others’ experiences. GOOGLE this on the web, there is a plethora of young people who have shared their dangerous experiences there.
There are those who anonymously blog about the brainwashing that takes place at this cult because they are afraid for their lives! So so many of us who naively attended this cult began to question the brainwashing after we were there. What the leadership do, when they find out, is tell your roommates to all leave you so that you cannot afford your apartment. This happened to literally HUNDREDS of us and you can read all about it on the web.
After they make your roommates move out, they will tell you that they are going to “ship you off” to Canada where the “blessing” is. They tell you NOT to tell your parents where you are going or anything about it and they tell you to completely dissassociate from your family and parents! I have literally first-hand been through all of this and I have also heard many many stories of those who went through this EXACT same thing.
It is normal “protocol” for the leadership to do this to anyone who for a moment is skeptical and concerned about the brainwashing that goes on here. They demand that you separate from the outside world, family and friends and they brainwash you by forcing you to spend almost all of your time in their program, classes, and “24/7 House of Prayer”. You will no longer be able to think for yourself or reason, you will not be able to think clearly and will lose complete touch with reality.
They drained me of all the money I had spent years saving up for, only to tell my roommates to leave me and forced me to go secretly to Canada without telling any of my family back home. I refused to do this, and at that point my parents became greatly concerned and got me out of there as fast as they could. Because of the brainwashing and the antidepressents that they forced me to take (even though I complained to them that I was allergic to these pills and they were making me depressed and anxious to an unbearable point) I fell into a very deep depression with the brainwashing and these crazy pills they made me take, and became suicidal to the point where I was no longer able to function as a person and almost starved to death out of sheer deep depression and medication that I was allergic to. I am 5’7″ and only weighed one hundred pounds. I was no longer functional and almost to the point of death when my dad rescued me from that horrible cult.
I was always a healthy and happy person, within reason, both before and after I had gone to that place. That cult messed me up so bad and brainwashed me to the point that I still, five years later, struggle with being able to tell reality from brainwashing and I still struggle with living a normal productive life. If you want to destroy your child for the rest of his or her life, send them to that awful place. Listen to all of the articles and reviews, as well as a New York Times article written about the place causing concern. They did not even scratch the surface in that article! DO YOUR RESEARCH first before ever stepping foot in that cult!
I would like everyone who comes across this and has been brainwashed, almost to the point of death, as I have to write your horror stories so people can be warned. I would also like for us to gang together and file a huge lawsuit against this cult. It destroyed me and ruined my life, as well as hundreds of others who have been able to somehow come out of this brainwashing. This place literally almost killed me and I am so thankful to my dad for rescuing me when he did because I was at the point of near death. The government NEEDS to intercede! They will not because of political games played but they should.