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.