PARENT’S VOICE YEARS AFTER IHOP
My family was at one time torn apart by IHOP in 2004..
My child went there without our realizing it wasn’t an accredited school. (Our mistake) But a cult?!!?! Who would have ever thought?!
After being there for a while…my child had been advised not to communicate with any outside family at all. After all…they wouldnt understand IHOP teachings… He kept that up for 4 years. No calls, no emails, no letters, no nothing. It was worse than losing someone to death because there was no “closure”. I lived life like I’d lost a family member somewhere but had no way of looking since I wasn’t welcome in his life.
Finally the day arrived (after MUCH prayer) that he completely pulled away from IHOP. Praise God! No reason has EVER been discussed. .. I NEVER ask but depend on God’s timing to ever find out what drove him away.
I just praise God that he is far, FAR away from IHOP now and still loves the Lord immensely. He never did get into the contemplative prayer, I found out, because he “can’t sit still for that long” (Thank you, Jesus!) THAT much I did find out. So I can say that the demonic part of the New Age IHOP teachings never did permeate my child’s heart.
I did tell one other parent about what IHOP had done to my child and was basically told I was totally wrong. I was told that IHOP was a wonderful place. (Silly me.) Only later did I learn this same woman and her “prophet-husband” were also Bethel followers… need I say more?
PARENTS, if you are thinking that IHOP is a place where you would like to send your child, I honestly ask you DO YOU really want to go through what I went through? It was a nightmare for me and my family. It didn’t provide any accredited degree for my child either. I pray this keeps you from allowing your child to go there as well.
PS. The contemplative prayer to which I was referring is a New Age practice in which one goes into self-induced hypnosis otherwise known as Transcendental Meditation. TM is also very high on the Yoga list but that’s a whole nother subject…
Keep your kids away for THEIR sakes as well as yours.