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Baby, if you’re nodding your head and saying, “Yeah! It’s great!”, then you are drunk in the wrong spirit.

In 2010 there was an “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” on the IHOP [International House of Prayer] webstream and boy, did that turn sour fast. Aside from the singing on the first night, everything was just messed up. AHH! It’s breaking my heart! How many people do we know and love in Kansas City?!
People would laugh uncontrollably, jerk as though sick, stumble and speak as though drunk, and “sing in tongues” in complete chaos and without interpretation.
Someone tell me – where is “drunk in the Spirit” in the bible? After all.. Isn’t God for self-control?
IHOP does agree with that, but still to this day (2014) they continue to act like drunken fools! See Titus 1:8 and 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 which compared in the NKJV and NIV relates self-control with being sober, pointing to the fact that the Holy Spirit is not one who takes delight in being drunk at all, but in being sober-minded – fruit of the Spirit, what? Drunkenness is the complete opposite of being filled with the Holy Spirit! For sober-mindedness is a filling of Him!; 1 Peter 1:13, 4:7, and 5:8 … (Derek Prince)

Christianity, in places like IHOP, has become a feel-good type of ‘retreat’. Like oh wow!, You can really feel God move there! But you see, THAT is the problem. The focus becomes “you”. What do “you” get out of it?

WHERE is the repentance? Where is the conviction? And now the final question: WHY have there been so many deaths related to IHOP?

IHOPers will explain away every terrible thing that has ever happened , or that has even remotely been related to IHOP, (Bethany Deaton), but doesn’t anyone care that their IHOP ‘ministry’ has been connected to these events? WHERE is the discernment? Why so much denial from the top?

IHOP swept Bob Jones, who had female IHOP interns stand butt-naked before God…. (and himself) …while in his IHOP office….. under the proverbial rug. OK. So Bob got booted out…. (That would’ve been bad publicity if it had gone on.). But that was a LONG time ago! 80% of the interns that are there now have absolutely no idea that Bob was ever there. It might even be 90% now… So IHOP life goes on. No one talks about it, no one I’m just about in tears over all of this…
May and I watched the very first nights of the recent “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” on the IHOP [International House of Prayer] webstream and boy, did that turn sour fast. Aside from the singing on the first night, everything was just messed up. AHH! It’s breaking my heart! How many people do we know and love in Kansas City?!
I’ve watched my beloved siblings laugh uncontrollably, jerk as though sick, stumble and speak as though drunk, and “sing in tongues” in complete chaos and without interpretation. I’ve raised the issue among friends of being “drunk in the Spirit” and even though I prove over and over that God is for self-control, which they agree with, they continue to act like drunken fools! See Titus 1:8 and 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 which compared in the NKJV and NIV relates self-control with being sober, pointing to the fact that the Holy Spirit is not one who takes delight in being drunk at all, but in being sober-minded – fruit of the Spirit, what? Drunkenness is the complete opposite of being filled with the Holy Spirit! For sober-mindedness is a filling of Him!; 1 Peter 1:13, 4:7, and 5:8 …hears about it, and no one ever knows that something very bad occurred there. That leftover percentage of people who DO know about it have kept it very well covered up.

Then comes Paul Cain. Paul ‘ministered’ at IHOP when Bob was there — only Paul liked to ‘minister’ to male interns (also sexually). So Paul got booted out also. And again, IHOP life goes on! The people who were there when it all happened, they don’t say one word about it.

Yes. I hear some of you saying we’re not supposed to throw stones, or we’re not supposed to touch God’s anointed…

Has anyone ever heard of a false spirit? How about a false anointing? MIKE BICKLE – where is the weeping with repentance??

People, why is it that IHOP, Bethel, Joel Osteen, and SO many other big name speakers/teachers/retreats are so popular?! It’s because there is NO repentance preached – (except on tithing). Oh! And that’s because God wants only the BEST for you! (Uch, ugh! I’m gagging..)

How many families have been torn in two – thanks to the false teachers and the ones who’ll believe anything that makes them feel good?

The bigger the church, the better it must be. Right?! Someone tell me then, why does God’s word say that “narrow” is the path that leads to Him despite it being a very wide path!?

Christians have begun going for the “feel good”, wherever they go. I would imagine that God is weeping. He did warn us in his Word though, didn’t He? So how’s your “one-on-One” time with God these days? Having any “conviction”? If you’re connected with anything even remotely like these ‘ministries’ I’m discussing, I recommend you shop around somewhere else…

Putting it plainly, if you are a part of IHOP, you have been very, very deceived. ANY ministry that in anyway promotes mystical experience, ANY ministry that does that, is teaching false teachings. And if you’re buying into it, then you are being deceived.

Store up your riches? Shoot-yeah!
But not down here! Wake up you sleeper! Open your eyes! Quit swallowing everything you hear and match it up against God’s Word.

Chee

One day this week: It’s 11 a.m. today (I’m at work) with Lincoln Brewster on the small Bose-type stereo they allow me to play in my office. He is belting out, “All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises”.

So I was doing a type of testing with an employee who’d just arrived. I noticed she was in sandals and street clothes and had some type of charm around her neck. I asked her if she was on her day off. She was very sweet, from India, and replied that, “yes” she was on an off day. I couldn’t believe someone would come into the heart of the city on their day off for testing like that. She went on to say that she had listened to relaxing music when she was driving into the city so that made coming in through the traffic easy….and that she had also “done very deep meditation” before leaving the house…

Per company policy: I am not to discuss “anything spiritual” at work. If someone disregards that rule, they lose their job. Well The Holy Spirit really, really, really stirred within me and I heard myself saying, “Well you know what. ‘Chee’? I listen to my Bible when I drive into work. (This was followed by an official ‘pregnant pause’… I heard myself saying next, “Then, if there’s time, I turn on Pandora and listen to Christian music — much like the song that you hear playing right now.” (By this time “Third Day” was singing ‘God of Wonders’). Now I hear myself saying, “After spending that time, I walk through my day with a peace that passes understanding.” (I purposefully left out praying…. because… The Holy Spirit just zip-locked my mouth right at that moment. Why? I don’t know.

She then gave me a smile acknowledging what I’d said..and said, ‘goodbye and thank you’ as she left.

Friends, she is not a Christian and as she was leaving, walking down the hall, I immediately asked God to “Please send other believers in Christ to witness to ‘Chee'” That isn’t her real name, but I would ask all those who are lead by the Holy Spirit to please pray the same prayer for “Chee”.

A lot of churches get caught up in NUMBERS. E.g.. This many came to know the Lord this month.. or X number of people were baptized this quarter/year and etc.

God calls us to be SEED SOWERS. HE is the one who is over The Harvest. So today, seed was sown with Chee. TODAY, I am really asking for prayer for this person. “Chee” could be a VERY STRONG WITNESS for Christ among her friends and family. Please keep her in prayer.

In lieu of the fact that she is in touch with demonic entities via her “meditative” practices, I ask that you’d be in agreement with me that God would crush that stronghold and allow her eyes to be opened to His Truth. She was listening to very powerful Christian music for 10 straight minutes. She was able to witness the “peace” that was within me.

It doesn’t matter if she’s practicing meditation from the Buddhist faith or Contemplative prayer. They are literally the absolute same thing. A Christian who practices Contemplative may say, “no, no, no! I meditate upon Jesus.” Author after author has said, “for successful Contemplative prayer to work, your mind really has to enter an area of ‘nothingness'”. “Your mind cannot be focused on any one thing for it to work.” I’ve had multiple contemplatives tell me that right to my face. You don’t end up meditating on Him – you just end up emptying your mind of every outside influence — and allowing whatever entity is awaiting that open door, to enter in.

Pray for Chee. One day, we will see The Harvest. I hope to see Chee amongst those harvested.

An IHOP Review

In going thru my older items this morning, I came across this article. It is (sadly) still true. The deception within the Christian community is almost as bad as the unbelief within this world. Unfortunately, not much has changed over the past 10 years — except for things becoming much, much worse – which causes me to say, “Come Lord Jesus, come!”

The Dangers of the International House of Prayer (IHOP)
by John Park

The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was started on May 7, 1999 by Mike Bickle in Kansas City. [1] It is well known for its 24/7 worship and prayer ministry. Now it has grown substantially to include international ties, its very own seminary, and undergraduate program. People from around the globe are flocking to IHOP, but do they actually know what they are getting into?

[NOTE: IHOP’S SEMINARY AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM ARE NOT ACCREDITED PROGRAMS.]

Cultic Origins and Goals

It is clear that almost all of the participants in IHOP do not have an understanding of what they are getting into. Many of the participants, including many genuine Christians who are being deceived, believe it is a place to go pray and worship, while not knowing what the theological distinctives are that make IHOP unique. The true origin started in 1982 after a man named Augustine approached Mike Bickle and said an audible voice told him to prophesy to his congregation. Later that year, Mike Bickle claimed to hear an audible voice speaking to him while on a trip in Cairo, Egypt. The voice told him, “I am inviting you to raise up a work that will touch the ends of the earth. I have invited many people to do this thing and many people have said yes, but very few have done my will.” [2]

This is parallel to how many other cults of Christianity are born. They follow the basic formula:

(Blank 1) said God told him/her a message, and he/she and starts the (Blank 2) church.

For Example:

Joseph Smith said God told him a message, and he started the Mormon church.
Ellen G. White said God told her a message, and she started the Seventh Day Adventist church.
Mary Eddy Baker said God told her a message, and she started the Christian Scientist church.
Sun Myung Moon said God told him a message, and he started the Unification church.
Witness Lee/Watchman Nee said God told him a message, and he started the Local Church.
Mike Bickle said God told him a message, and he started the International House of Prayer.
Not only is IHOP origin akin to many other aberrant groups, but their ultimate goals follow suit. Mike Bickle has been quoted to say the church brings on the great tribulation:

We’re not absent for the great tribulation, now listen carefully, the church causes the great tribulation. What I mean by that – it’s the church, it’s the praying church under Jesus’ leadership that’s loosing the judgment in the great tribulation in the way that Moses stretched forth his rod and prayed and loosed the judgments upon Pharaoh. The church in the tribulation is in the position that Moses was before Pharaoh but it won’t be a Pharaoh and Egypt, it’ll be the great end time Pharaoh called the antichrist and the book of Revelation is a book about the judgments of God on the antichrist loosed by the praying church. [9]

Even worse, Bickle proposes that an elite end-time church defeats God’s enemies, and Jesus is “held in the heavens” until it happens.

Right now the prayer movement is growing fast….really fast! But when I say it’s growing fast instead of one percent of the Body of Christ taking hold of it, maybe 10 percent. It’s….you know it’s like 10 times bigger than it was a generation ago, but beloved as fast as the prayer movement is growing, where people are getting hold of it, still for 90 percent of the Body of Christ it’s not even on their mind. Jesus is not coming until the Body of Christ globally is crying out “Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus” and they don’t just say “come and forgive me” they are crying out in the understanding of who they are as the one that is cherished by Jesus in the bridal identity. [9]

The Power of Emotionalism, Mysticism, and Gnosticism

The major draw of IHOP is experience. People often come to me citing their experience and go back again and again to experience “God” and the “Spirit” – no different than an emotional high. This is analogous to mysticism, which is defined as “the pursuit of deeper or higher subjective religious experience,” and “that spiritual reality is perceived apart from the human intellect and natural senses.” [13] They practice what is known as centering or contemplative prayer. This is defined as “the practice of relaxing, emptying the mind, and letting one’s self find the presence of God within.” [10] In fact, they had an article titled “Contemplative Prayer” on their website, but after much negative press they have taken it down. [13] However, the contents of the article have been preserved by a former IHOP staff member’s website and is available for all to see here: (http://gospelmasquerade.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/contemplative-prayer-continued/)

One of the highest criticisms would be IHOP’s insidious Gnosticism. Gnosticism is derived from the greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” The hallmark of Gnosticism is the idea of having “hidden knowledge” of the spiritual realm that is unavailable to others. This knowledge comes via prophecies, visions, and dreams that God specifically gives to a certain privileged group of people – in this case IHOP. In fact, IHOP has their own “prophecy rooms” where one can receive “prophecies,” and they used to have a practice of mailing out recorded tapes, of which I was asked by my friend’s mother to translate!

This is something the Apostle Paul discusses in Colossians 2:18. “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind” (NASB) [11].

Great experiences with our Lord are a gift from God, but one needs to exercise caution concerning the authority he/she gives personal experiences. More often than not, the people who go to IHOP do not have a strong theological foundation and so they rely on their experiences to dictate what the Bible says and not the other way around. Here are some words (from Dr. John MacArthur’s sermon “Are Experiences a Valid Source of Truth?) of wisdom regarding experiences:

There is the ploy they use, “Well, we would expect you to be against it since you haven’t had the experience.” That is Gnosticism. That is believing that you have been elevated to a higher level of comprehension which the uninitiated have no understanding. Rodman Williams, who has written a number of books and who was once the president of a local Charismatic school, and I quote said, “Any vital information concerning the Gifts of the Spirit, the Pneumatic Charismata, predisposes a participation in them. Without such a participation, whatever is said about the Gifts may only result in confusion and error.” If you haven’t had it, you have no right to talk about it. One pastor said to me, “You talk exactly like one who never had the experience. You are speaking out of ignorance.” I wonder if they feel that way talking about Heaven, Hell, murder, adultery, homosexuality, and numerous other subjects. Do we have to have that experience too? [5]

The IHOP Dilemma

When someone comes to you and say that God gave him a clear audible and/or visual revelation (dream, vision, prophecy, etc.), you are now in what I will call the IHOP Dilemma.

Due to the seriousness of disobeying genuine prophecy and the heinousness of proclaiming a false one, you are in an IHOP Dilemma when you are now forced to choose:

1) If this person is actually speaking truth from God. If so, we are bound to listen or face incurring the steep penalty of disobeying God’s very own commands via His prophet.

or

2) Whether or not a person is proclaiming falsehood in God’s name and thus incurring the steep penalty of false prophesying and being a false prophet.

Unfortunately, this puts the rest of Christianity in a hard situation, because we now have to make the determination whether IHOP is full of false prophets or true prophets and to treat them as such. We cannot merely remain neutral. How can we be neutral on God’s revelation or on such an egregious sin as false prophecy within the church? It is like someone saying the pastor cheated on his wife or that he murdered someone and saying, “Hmm… let me think about that and get back to you later.” No, you’re now in a tough situation and you now have to make a hard decision!

Unfortunately, many of those in IHOP have no idea what they are doing when they are supposedly “prophesying.” As I said before, they do not have a strong Biblical foundation and do not pause to think of the gravity of what they are actually proclaiming. [8]

A Sampling of the Prophecies

Lest you think the prophecies at IHOP are like ones in other mainstream charismatic churches or similar to prophecies noted men like John Piper, Vern Poythress, or Wayne Grudem believe, please read the following quotes other authors have noted:

1. On disc 7 of The Prophetic History, Bickle describes a visitation to the throne-room of God as he is told that God will be restoring the apostles to the church. Let me preface this by saying that before getting to this point in his message, Bickle described the experience as being on par with the Apostle Paul’s experience in the Third Heaven in 2 Cor. 12 as well as John’s visions.

They’ve been told by church leadership that it is up to them to “usher in” the Second Coming of Jesus. They’ve been encouraged to do away with discernment concerning mystical experiences. They’ve been told that they are “forerunners” of Christ in the same way that John the Baptist was. They’ve been told that the orthodox views of Christianity are weak and it’s up to them to restore the “true” message of the Gospel, using their new “powers from God” to start a revival that will win souls for the Kingdom.” [6]

2. They could hear from God, and speak forth God’s words, prophesying of great events soon to transpire on planet earth. And they could have flipped a coin as to whether what God allegedly told them would actually come true. Often they didn’t come true. Some of the main prophets and/or leaders in the movement included Paul Cain, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, and others…However, he was quoted as saying that the general level of prophetic revelation in the movement’s “prophets” had an accuracy level of about 65 percent. Some prophets were as low as 10 percent accurate, he said, with some of the “most mature” prophets having a rating “approaching 85 percent to 95 percent. ” (Steven F Cannon, “Old Wine in Old Wineskins: A Look at Kansas City Fellowship,” The Quarterly Journal 10, no. 4 (October-December 1990): 8. [7]

3. Bickle claims that a “voice” spoke to him in September 1982, directing him to a ministry to touch the ends of the earth. ( Albert James Dager, Vengeance is Ours. Redmond, Wash.: Sword Publishers, 1990, pg. 127.) Bickle’s account is as follows: “The Lord simply said, ‘I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.'” (Mike Bickle, Growing in the Prophetic. Lake Mary, Fla.: Creation House, 1996, pg. 30) [7]

4. Bickle speaking, “…but the fact is God showed me that it was truly a healing anointing. It was a tremendously, ah, dynamic dream for my own personal history and what I can understand for the life of this church. There’s a healing anointing He said would be second to no other movement. That’s what He told me directly, it would be second to no other movement in this whole generation, the healing anointing that will come upon this people. . .He (BJ) [Bob Jones] says ‘They took a banner and He (God) put a banner upon you last night and it spoke of the entire movement.’ Then he told me the dream I had and he said the Lord says there will be no movement that will be superior to the healing power that comes forth from this movement . He goes, ‘There will be nothing in the earth that this thing will be second to in the generation.’ I said, ‘God, this is incredible.’” (P.His 2, p. 15 – 17) [3]

5. “I (Mike Bickle) stood there and I was at the Lord’s left hand, and it was not a dream–this was as real as life here and like I said, I don’t know that realm… He (God) was speaking so sternly to me, He said, ‘If you are impatient…you will cause great turmoil and much trouble for many people.’ I was ashamed and I was broken with sorrow that He said that so harshly to me. And then what happened is that I start falling so rapidly–I mean like–S-H-O-O-O-M, it takes about five or six seconds, and fall down to my bed, right through the ceiling–I mean it was right through the walls and things–S-H-O-O-O-M, I hit my bed and it wasn’t like an instant I was there–I had knowledge of travel for five or six seconds. Have you had that?”

BJ: “Yes.”

MB: “And I was falling so rapidly and I was going like ‘A-H-H-H-H.’ I was coming right down through the black sky…And I come right through the ceiling and I hit my bed and I looked for like a half a second, I goes S-H-O-O-O-M right back up again, I go. . . right through the ceiling again! And I understood immediately the impatience was of setting in leadership premature without permission. He said…‘You cannot put leadership in that I do not say, because the leadership will divide and cause much division and many people will suffer great harm and I will hold you accountable for it. ‘…So what happens is this golden chariot, it appears–S-W-O-O-O-P-and it comes right there. . . and I under–I knew intuitively, instantly–it was an apostolic ministry, though it’s only the invitation. It was not a commission. The Lord was not calling me an apostle. He said He was thinking, ‘The days to come, if you’re faithful, you have an opportunity in the grace of God to fill an apostolic calling if you’re faithful to the full measure.’ And I set in the chariot and I went shooting right into a blue sky and I knew as I was going up that it was revelation. He said, ‘I’m going to bring you to divine revelation in the days to come.’…There would be an end-time measure of apostolic ministry that would come out of the fruit of the intercession…so like it’s a number of years down the road. But the Lord said that I’m going to bring forth apostles—champions–if the people will live in intercession and ask for them to come…And so that was no small visitation in terms of the promise of what God said to this movement…And the Lord says, ‘Now you have the word in yourself now and you will not go running after other movements and other places because I have spoken to you face-to-face. ‘…But I know that at that time I owned,..from the voice of God–face-to-face (but I never saw His face), but I mean standing next to Him, I owned the word myself and it was not just a matter of me believing Him. It was amazing how the revelation turned after that time.” (F88, p. 81 – 84) [3]

The Denigration of the Bible and Sola Scriptura

One of the biggest issues of this movement is their denial of one of the bedrock doctrines of the Reformation and evangelical Christianity: Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone. Sola Scriptura is the notion that the Bible is the revealed will of God and all that is necessary for faith (all teachings are contained within the Bible) and practice (the things we need to govern our church and everyday life).

For an excellent explanation of this by Dr. Greg Bahnsen go here: (http://www.christiantruth.com/articles/bahnsen.html). Basically, God does not need to give us anymore revelation, and this was first used in the Reformation against the Roman Catholic church that said we needed their traditions and clergy, but now it is under attack by IHOP. They might say they believe in it, but their actions outright deny it.

When people from IHOP make decisions, they do not use the Bible as the only revealed revelation from God because they supposedly still get direct revelations from Him. They deny this very doctrine that defines the protestant and evangelical faith. Sadly, this is rampant at IHOP.

Indexed as a Cult by Multiple Ministries

There are certainly many different theological distinctives in the Christian church, and many of us do differ. However, we do not go so far as to label each other cults or heretics. On the other hand, IHOP has been labeled dangerous, cultic, false, and heretical by many ministries, former members, apologetic groups, and Godly men. In fact, other charismatic Christians have stood up to oppose them as well. A small listing of these groups include:

The Apologetics Index
Apologetics Resource Center
Critical Issues Commentary
Pastor Ernie Gruen (a Charismatic preacher) who was written a manuscript entitled “Documentation of the Aberrant Practices and Teachings of Kansas City Fellowship (Grace Ministries).” Kansas City Fellowship (Grace Ministries) is Mike Bickles former ministry prior to founding IHOP.
Pastor Bill Randles (a Pentecostal preacher) has written a book titled “Weighed and Found Wanting.”
The Gospel Masquerade is a website created by a former staff member of IHOP.
All these resources are available in the references section. I especially recommend The Gospel Masquerade website, Pastor Gruen’s manuscript, and Pastor Randles’ book.

Conclusion

A quick review of the main offenses include:

Cultic origin, worship style, and goals
Emotionalism
Mysticism
Gnosticism
The IHOP dilemma
False Prophecies
Effective Denial of Sola Scriptura
Opposition by multiple Godly Christian Groups
Though it may seem like a place that is on fire and passionate for God, this is simply not the case. Many of the people that do go there are sincere Christians, but they have been overcome by the lies and experiences they have there. In short, the people I have communicated with ignore the things above and simply hold on to what they have experienced and point the finger at me saying, “you don’t know about us.” Unfortunately I do know, and I hope this article persuades or helps you convince someone else who is going down a destructive path. It breaks my heart to see so many young people fall victim to this place, and all the people who waste their lives and God given talents to expand IHOP’s kingdom and not God’s Kingdom.

References:

[1] http://www.ihop.org/Group/Group.aspx?ID=1000036203

[2] Randle, Bill. “Weighed and Found Wanting: The Toronto Experience Examined in the Light of the Bible. Cambridge, UK. 1996. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/docs/WeighedAndFoundWanting.pdf

[3] Gruen, Ernie. Documentation of the Aberrant Practices and Teachings of Kansas City Fellowship (Grace Ministries). Shawnee, KS. No date. http://www.deceptionbytes.com/AberrentDoctrinesKCF

[4] http://www.apologeticsindex.org/b56.html

[5] http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/CHAOS1.HTM

[6] http://signofjonah.wordpress.com/2006/07/13/ihop-and-cultural-influences

[7] http://www.pfo.org/growingpains.htm

[8] http://thepredestinedblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/ihop-manifesto.html

[9] http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue107.htm

[10] http://carm.org/centering-prayer

[11] The Lockman Foundation. New American Standard Bible. La Habra, CA. 1995.

[12] MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Colossians and Philemon. Chicago, IL. 1992.

[13] http://gospelmasquerade.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/contemplative-prayer-continued/

Charisma Magazine Misses It Again

The black and white, right and wrong and easily discernible issues in the Christian walk have now become very, very gray and sadly, very difficult to identify. This has been a steadily growing problem over the past 30+ years.

Casein point is Charisma Magazine’s article in which it blatantly states that IHOP is no cult. This author begs to differ. Not noted in the Charisma article is the use of contemplative prayer at IHOP, or the many complaints from family members whose IHOP children have cut off all communication with them. Charisma also fails to note the numerous “prophecies” which have failed to come to pass (such as the drought Bob Jones predicted) for one, and leaves off any mention of the sexual perversion by additional teachers.

Never forget, friends, that God is long suffering but He will not be mocked. Approach IHOP (and any other bigger and better new way to worship) with great caution. Ever heard the expression, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”? That concept totally applies to IHOP’s leader, Mike Bickle.

Rather than being tedious, read the article for yourself. You be the judge.

Would You Recognize a Christian Cult if You Were In One?
9:58AM EST 11/29/2012 JENNIFER LECLAIRE

Jim Jones was the cult leader behind Peoples Temple, best known for the mass suicide in 1978 of 914 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana, and the murder of five individuals at a nearby airstrip. Over 200 children were murdered at Jonestown, almost all of them by cyanide poisoning.
Cults are making major news headlines this month. Some accused of cult-status are truly cultish and others are not. But the flood of cult activity should urge you to sharpen your cult identifications skills. Most Christian cult followers had no idea what they were getting into until they were already brainwashed adherents to the warped religions.

ABC’s 20/20 just exposed the shocking truth about life inside Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints Church. The cult leader was convicted and jailed for sexual abuse of young girls, yet his 8,000 followers continue to believe he’s a persecuted prophet. He’s known for ordering married couples to stop having sex and handpicked 15 men to father all of the cult’s children. That’s clearly a cult.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported earlier this month that members of a Bolivian cult that reveres human skulls have held a rite to close out a Roman Catholic religious festival in honor of the dead. The cult’s followers believe the skulls have miraculous powers that help them find a job or even help their favorite soccer team win. That’s clearly a cult.

Also earlier this month, ABC 7 reported on Scientology controversy in Washington, D.C. L. Ron Hubbard’s creation theory highlights a despot named Xenu sending surplus beings to volcanoes on earth. Scientology officials deny cult status, but this is clearly a cult. And just earlier this week, Ontario officials began investigating allegations of abuse and polygamy under the leadership of a “prophet” named Fred King from the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Meanwhile, Fox sent an undercover reported to investigate the Church of the Endtimes and its cultish qualities. Then there was Angus T. Jones, a star of the comedy series Two and a Half Men. His family expressed concerns that his newfound religion is a cult.

Those are just a few of the “cult” headlines from November. You can find others by searching “cult church” on Google News. But the question is, would you recognize a Christian cult if you were in its midst? Would you know you’d entered into a cult before you were effectively brainwashed? How can you discern a Christian cult?

IHOP is Not a Cult (emboldened mine)
For all the legitimate cult accusations in news headlines this month, there was also one major false accusation among them. False accusations about cults make it more difficult for people to understand what a cult is. So I want to dispell this allegation right now. The Huffington Post published an unfortunate article penned by a radical gay activist characterizing the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., as a cult. It’s clear from the words on my digital screen that Wayne Besen doesn’t understand the Holy Spirit or how He moves. How could he? He’s not saved and he’s been on a witch-hunt for years.

So when an IHOPU student—who was also participating in an outside sex cult—confessed to the murder of a former IHOP U intern, Besen took his opportunity declare his discernment in warning Kansas City about this 13-year-old prayer movement. IHOP is not a cult. In fact, in response to the tragedy IHOP Director Mike Bickle taught on the seven characteristics of a cult. I’ve heard Mike teach on this in the past, but he dusted off his notes to address the IHOP community earlier this month—a responsible response to the heartbreaking story.

I’d highly recommend heading over to Mike Bickle’s teaching library and listening to the message for yourself. I’ve summarized the points of “How to Recognize Cults: 7 Characteristics” below in order to get the message out to more people. When I first heard Mike’s teaching on Christian cults, it really opened my eyes. I pray this will open your eyes, too.

Seven Characteristics of a Cult
Bickle defines a cult as, “a group that deviates from the doctrines and practices of historic Christianity and has an inordinate loyalty to one leader, whose beliefs are not found in Scripture (as affirmed by historic Christianity). Cult leaders, or false teachers, often believe that they alone possess the truth. If a group displays even one of these seven characteristics, they are a cult or have cultish tendencies.” Here are the seven characteristics of a cult as Bickle outlined them:

1. Oppose critical thinking versus demanding that people think for themselves: Cult members must accept what the cult leader believes without ever challenging their doctrines. They do not want their members to think critically for themselves.

2. Dishonoring the family unit versus insisting on the biblical priority of the family unit: Children are taught to be more loyal to the leaders than to their parents. Women are taught to be more loyal to the leaders than to their husbands, and husbands are taught to accept this as normal behavior.

3. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving versus helping them to do God’s will: Cults isolate their people from their families, the church and society. They reject any who leave and warn them, saying that they will be judged by God or will lose God’s best if they leave. People are taught to make lifelong commitments to the group. Some groups teach that their members must get permission before joining another ministry.

4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders versus loyalty and connecting people to Jesus: Cults seek to connect their members to the cult leader and require loyalty to him instead of to Jesus. Loyalty is defined as not questioning the leader. It is very dangerous, when the leader cannot be questioned.

5. Crossing biblical boundaries of behavior versus walking in purity and financial integrity: Cults cross biblical boundaries of behavior especially in immorality and finances. False teachers can be detected by their covetousness and immorality (2 Peter 2:3-18).

6. Separation from the church versus a culture of honor towards the church: Cults separate from the wider church and operate with an elite spirit, believing that they alone have a special status with God. They have a polarized mentality of “us versus them.” They criticize the larger body of Christ and often claim to be the only ones truly saved. They view all other ministry and denominations as being in error.

7. Emphasizing special revelations that contradict Scripture versus loyalty to Scripture: Cults emphasize the special revelations of their leader that contradict the Scripture.

Saints, hear me. I’ve been very close to two cults and escaped both before falling into the deception headlong. It’s not always easy to recognize the fruit of cults at the surface. You have to dig down to the roots. Sometimes the cultish behaviors don’t manifest until you are integrated into the community. At that point, it’s harder to escape—but Jesus can set you free if you set your heart to go through the door into true Christianity. Amen.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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I believe story writer, Jennifer LeClaire needs her eyes opened. Maybe then she’ll print a retraction. In the meantime, I hope and pray that she’s not sending her children there..

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…and yet to date, Mike Bickle really advocates this practice heartily at IHOP. Mike’s not the only one however.

Contemplative is springing up everywhere within the body of Christ. Christians are learning this demonic practice and are calling it ‘good’. I used to be so amazed at this thinking, “How can they (anyone who calls the self a Christian) be so deceived?” Think about it though. It feeds the flesh. Who can recognize that?!Only the Bereans of today can truly recognize this evil around them. Jesus warned us it would get really bad before His return.

Christian, if you’re practicing Contemplative prayer, you are literally playing with fire.

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Are there good teachings/teachers at IHOP?

At first glance, IHOP is a good institution.

From their statement of beliefs: We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. (Jn. 1:12–13; 6:37–44; 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4:2; 8:1–17, 31–39; 10:8–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)

Also included in their statement is this: We believe that the Church is God’s primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom. (Mt. 16:17–19; Acts 2:17–18, 42; Eph. 3:14–21; 4:11–16; 1 Tim. 2:11–15; Heb. 10:23–25; 1 Pet. 2:4–5, 9–10)

So far, so good — right?

Where non-biblical issues arise are where scripture is taken out of context whereby it ends up being twisted.

For example: Where is it listed in scripture that prophecy need not be 100% correct 100% of the time? Yet at IHOP, Mike Bickle has endorsed Bob Jones’ prophetic words numerous times while stating they were only 40-50-60% correct. And sometimes much less: Per Mike Bickle: “Some “prophetic words” may be 10 percent God’s words and 90 percent man’s words, while others have a greater revelatory content. On occasion God speaks to His servants in an audible voice. These are His “very words” that may be reported with a high degree of accuracy.”

(He is right about that “high degree of accuracy”. His message always demands 100% accuracy.)

“What I am trying to illustrate is that all prophecy today has a degree of mixture in it. Sometimes this yields a “mature” word that reflects more ideally what God would like to communicate, and sometimes it is communicated in a much-less-than-ideal fashion, yielding a “weak” word of lesser value, but still one that should not be despised.” – (Mike Bickle, The Difference Between Old and New Testament Prophecy)

Someone remind me — why isn’t Bob at IHOP anymore? And that is but one example. There are many. I am perplexed, however, by undocumented claims of wondrous works (yet no one can produce one shred of proof). I’ve recently read and heard IHOPpers claiming someone has been “raised from the dead” yet where is this person? No one knows. That reminds me of Todd Bentley…but I digress.

Then there’s the claim that Mike Bickle lives on a pauper’s salary and in a pauper’s house. Yet his wife, Diane, founded Glad Heart Realty and let me add here, that Glad Heart Realty’s list of Realtors reads like a list off of IHOP’s Who’s Who. So Diane is making a great salary off the company she founded — right? This would include the purchase of IHOP and its facilities as well — correct? So let’s pretend IHOP goes under. Let’s pretend it gets closed down for whatever reason — the government storms in (!), it quits paying its bills, or how about Mike tells everyone he is following some new direction from God! (YES, I’m being very sarcastic here..) and the place closes its doors. WHO gets the money when everything’s liquidated? IHOP is in whose name? Even more thought provoking than that is the question: WHERE are all those commission royalties right now? If they’re in the bank, the IRS is taxing them — but IHOP is a non-profit so whose bank are they in? It sure isn’t in the U.S. of A.

So back to the initial question in this post: Are there good teachers/teachings at IHOP? Answer? You betcha. Trouble is being able to distinguish between the good and the not so good isn’t always that easy. So what’s the scripturally best way to look at IHOP? I like Clark’s Commentary: James 3:11

Does a fountain send forth – sweet water and bitter? – In many things nature is a sure guide to man; but no such inconsistency is found in the natural world as this blessing and cursing in man. No fountain, at the same opening, sends forth sweet water and bitter; no fig tree can bear olive berries; no vine can bear figs; nor can the sea produce salt water and fresh from the same place. These are all contradictions, and indeed impossibilities, in nature. And it is depraved man alone that can act the monstrous part already referred to.

or from the God’s Word Translation:

Do clean and polluted water flow out of the same spring? The answer is NO.

So better to be safe than sorry — use His wisdom — BE the Berean from Acts 17:11 and stay far, far away from IHOP. Instead, ask The Lord to lead you to a place of His choosing. He is always faithful.

Question: What is the International House of Prayer (IHOP)?

Answer: The International House of Prayer- (IHOP) is a para-church ministry located in south Kansas City, Missouri. IHOP was founded by Mike Bickle in 1999. Its primary purpose seems to be international prayer of intercession. Since 1999, the International House of Prayer has experienced explosive growth, with the group acquiring significant amounts of property in Grandview, Missouri, and opening up satellite branches in other cities. The rapid expansion, the unusual practices, the fierce loyalty of many IHOP members, and the relative newness of the ministry have led many to question whether the International House of Prayer is a biblically-solid ministry or a cult.

At the International House of Prayer, there is active prayer taking place, literally 24/7, without interruption, and this has been the case for many years. 24/7 prayer is a good thing. There is no such thing as “praying too much,” so, in this area, IHOP is to be commended. The problem arises, however, in the type of prayer that is taking place. The International House of Prayer has adopted many of the practices of the contemplative prayer movement, with much more focus on mystcism and contemplative spirituality than on worshipping the Lord in prayer and interceding for others through prayer. Some elements of the IHOP employ prayer in a Word-Faith manner, claiming things from God rather than submitting to God’s will in humility.  So, while 24/7 prayer is commendable, if the prayers being uttered are not biblical, there is no true value in them.

Another concern with the International House of Prayer is its connection with the prophetic movement in general, and the Kansas City Prophets specifically. Instead of a biblical understanding of prophecy, that is, declaring the truth that God has revealed, IHOP essentially views prophets as Christian psychics, with prophetic hotlines, prophetic readings, and an emphasis on personal prophecy. Many have been led astray by those claiming to be apostles and prophets with a “word from the Lord.” There have been many reports of spiritual abuse and prophetic manipulation within the International House of Prayer movement.

This misunderstanding of the gift of prophecy leads to another area of concern. The International House of Prayer has an extreme over-emphasis on the miraculous gifts of the Spirit. Much has already been written on the cessation of the miraculous gifts, but IHOP’s use of these gifts goes far beyond what most Charismatics and Pentecostals will accept. At IHOP, the miraculous gifts of the Spirit are expected to be commonplace. Miraculous healings, visions, dreams, prophecies, tongues, words of knowledge, signs, wonders, etc., are claimed to be constant within the ministries of IHOP. Whether full cessationism is accepted or not, IHOP’s claims regarding the gifts of the Spirit do not at all agree with what the Bible presents. In the New Testament, the miraculous gifts of the Spirit authenticated the teachings of the apostles (2 Corinthians 12:12). If miracles are normal, they cannot have an authenticating quality to them. IHOP’s claims regarding miracles do not agree with what the Bible teaches about miracles, signs, and wonders. We would all be wise to remember Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”

With all of that said, clearly IHOP should not be considered a biblically-sound ministry/organization. The above concerns are only the “tip of the iceberg” in comparison to some of the things that have been lreported by former IHOP members.

Should the International House of Prayer movement be considered a cult? That is more difficult to answer. Generally speaking, a cult is a group that has false teaching on one or more of the core truths of the Christian faith, such as the deity of Christ or salvation by faith alone. On these core truths, IHOP appears to be solid and biblical. However, other common identifying factors of a cult are present at IHOP, such as it being controlled primarily be one individual, fierce loyalty to the organization, communal living, and a feeling of superiority over the uninitiated. That last point is undeniable as so many IHOP inductees have written into this (and other) blogs with a blatently elitest attitude — many times referring to other believers in Christ as “dead”, “without faith”, “religious” simply because they “only attend some dead, protestant church”. So, while the International House of Prayer should probably not be considered a cult by definition, there are enough serious concerns about its beliefs and practices that should prevent Christians from getting involved in its ministries as, more likely than not, IHOP is most certainly a cult.

Many thanks to “Got Questions?” Ministry for this article.

A Response to Charisma Magazine’s Defense of IHOP

From Truthspeaker:

What follows is an impassioned response to Chrarisma Magazine’s editor Jennifer LeClaire,  who wrote a  recent  OPINION piece in defense of IHOP being a cult, which was published twice under the following titles:  Would You Recognize a Christian Cult if You Were In One? and  IHOP Kansas City Is Not a Cult, but Cults Are Rising. (Printing it TWICE under two different titles??  They must REALLY want to get the word out there!!….. Just makes my cynical self wonder how much money exchanged hands.)

IHOP and the Bethany Deaton Case Answering NAR “Prophetess” Jennifer LeClaire By NOLR History

Who is Jennifer LeClaire???

She is: 1) Latter Rain “Prophetess” 2) Charisma Magazine Senior Editor 3) IHOP-Fort Lauderdale leader 4) Pastor of Praise Chapel Hollywood 5) Former Southern Baptist 6) Former Mormon 7) Author of several Latter Rain books dealing with “Five-Fold” and “Jezebel” themes 8) Spiritual DNA Activation provocateur

Jennifer LeClaire’s current article for Charisma is a rebuttal to the substantial (and well-documented) accusations that IHOP is a cult. Jennifer’s testimony includes being abandoned by her Mormon husband as well as being incarcerated in prison, only to be later exonerated. Her testimony is a classic “gutter-to-Jesus” testimony so common to 10s of 1000s of people coming out of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll during the Jesus People Movement of the 70s, who today are caught up in the NAR/ICA movement that systematically took over the Charismatic/Pentecostal churches in the 90s.

Her rebuttal article: Jennifer L. LeClaire. “IHOP Kansas City Is Not a Cult, but Cults Are Rising” CharismaNews, Nov. 29, 2012. The Question

“Is IHOP-KC a cult along with all the other ministries that IHOP-KC trains at their Kansas City-base compound?”

Jennifer LeClair uses Mike Bickle’s lecture on the Cults: 7-Characteristics lecture which was used in response to the outcry by concerned parents, law enforcement, and others in the Kansas City area after baby Jeremiah Candler was starved to death.

The Answer

Well, as a matter of fact, yes! All members and daughter “ministries” who have learned the very same false doctrines that Latter Rain leader Jennifer LeClaire promotes have all the “7 Characteristics of Cults” as described above plus a lot more. You might think progress could be made now that Bickle, LeClaire, and countless other Latter Rain false leaders have openly identified themselves as being a cult movement by spelling out their characteristics. The New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) is the beginning name for this cult that started after WWII. Later, it was re-formulated in the 90s by Fuller Theological Prof. and “Super Apostle” C. Peter Wagner as the “New Apostolic Reformation” (NAR) led by the “Int’l Coalition of Apostles” (ICA).

Jennifer LeClaire went directly from the frying pan right into the fire. The communist party calls such party members “Useful Idiots.” Jennifer LeClaire becomes a “Useful Idiot” for the Kabbalist NAR and appears to be unwittingly prepped through her former role as a Mormon wife.

The current Deaton case is another of a long list of documents crimes committed by the “restored Melchizedeck Priesthood (a/k/a “Apostles and Prophets”) movement. The NAR has defrauded millions of lives, fortunes, and sacred honor by the false leaders who formulated the Discipleship/Shepherding scheme in the late 70s and 80s. Perhaps the NAR leaders can rally the “best of the best” Latter Rain “Apostles and Prophets” and raise Bethany Deaton from the dead so she can tell the court who murdered her and spare the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office from continuing with a very expensive autopsy. Will NAR leaders like Mike Bickle bring out all the miracle-working “anointed” prophets and apostles?? Will they stir up their “anointing” and prove to the world there are a legitimate expression of orthodox Christianity as they say they are? Will they invoke angel feathers and gold teeth and leg lengthening miracles. Let’s see that “Full-Gospel” alchemy turn lead into gold!! Get Todd Bentley and Benny Hinn to conjure up their “Breaker Anointing” !!! Get Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, Wilford “Bill” Hamon and his best-of-the-best “Prophetic Teams” trained exclusively at his Santa Rosa Beach, FL “School for the Prophets” to join with Joyner’s MorningStar Zinzendorf compound. Bring in Dave Vaughan of Emerge Wales [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Ak7y6B_Iw], Peter Popoff, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Mac Hammond, Wolf Eckman and his Livets Ord compound in Sweden, Ralph Martin, Steve Clark, Keith Major, etc. As Dutch Sheets preaches, surely the “synergistic anointing” will raise both Bethany Deaton and Jeremiah Candler from the dead, right? Can’t the NAR leaders cast a decree a Latter Rain spell on the Jackson County Judge presiding over the Bethany Deaton case?? Perhaps “prophetess” Stacey Campbell can shake her head (under “the anointing” of course…) and prophesy victory for the upcoming Jackson County indictment? [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufJrdciaTo]

Didn’t Jennifer LeClaire graduate from the “Dream Interpretation” classes taught by John Paul Jackson, one of the “Kansas City Seven”??? Surely Jennifer LeClaire can “speak the Word” and prophetically dream her way to victory, right? IHOP and the rest of the NAR have made captive America’s youth in their “IHOP university” and other “School for the Prophets” compounds. [think “Harry Potter” Hogwarts academy] They are all over Canada, the USA, and Europe. Isn’t there some spell, allegory, or metaphor like “TheCall”, “OneThing”, “Jesus Culture” etc. that NAR/ICA leaders can conjure or skry toward providing “Vision” and “Destiny” so as to augment their “Seven Mountain Mandate” in their quest for World Dominion”???? Maybe they could try burning or cutting themselves like the Prophets of Baal as played out in I Kings 18:25???

Couldn’t Jennifer try Latter Rain magic used by Cindy Jacobs, et al. by putting scriptures on wooden stakes, pounding them around Jackson County Courthouse and making a “decree to the four winds” by saying “Thus saith the Lord”?? George Otis, Jr. and YWAM said their magic caused “Transformations” in various South American countries resulting in the harvest of gigantic miracle vegetables and caused the crime rate to be reduced so a new utopian society would emerge like a Phoenix from the ashes of Adam’s curse.[see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqY29Fbu8M%5D

Wait! That’s it!! Let the NAR make up a new “Phoenix Breaker Anointing” !!! Couple that with 40-days of intense fasting and surely that will resurrect Jeremiah Candler and Bethany Deaton from the dead, right? Wouldn’t Jennifer agree with that? Surely Chuck Pierce and Robert Heidler at Glory of Zion Ministries and/or Global Spheres (or other assumed names they operate under) can use more Kabbalah gematria to prophesie themselves to “Victory”, right? [http://web.archive.org/web/20100114165314/http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/chuck-pierce-robert-heidler-respond-to-kabbalah-charge/] Why not get it together with the Black NAR “Apostles and Prophets” like Miles Munroe and pedophile “Bishop” Eddie Long who was recently born-again and made a King using ritual magic incorporating an “Auschwitz Torah” by Messianic Rabbi Ralph Messer [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVkoQHCXSK8]. Too bad Lubavitcher “Rabbi” Menachem Youlus, who sold Messer this “priceless scroll,” was convicted and is now in prison for Scroll fraud. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2095879/Jewish-Indiana-Jones-Menachem-Youlus-faces-jail-1m-fraud.html] But it’s the Word-of-Faith neoplatonic thought that counts, right? Speak it! Believe it! It will happen!! Eddie Long is now a King and to believe otherwise you must be a “conspiracy theorist” or be “in rebellion to Apostolic authority”, right??

Too bad Latter Rain Pastor Zachery Tims couldn’t join too, but he took too much “anointing” powder at the W Hotel on Broadway… [http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/205837/19/Florida-pastor-Zachery-Tims-found-dead-in-NYC-hotel-room ] Surely NAR New Zealand NAR “Bishop” Brian Tamaki [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Tamaki ] with his “700-Mighty Men” who made a marriage covenant with “Bishop” Tamaki who in turn previously made a spiritual marriage covenant with “Bishop” Eddie Long who in turn made a spiritual marriage covenant with Earl Paulk who died shortly after being convicted in court for adultery and fathering his son through a relationshp with his sister in law. [see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/04paulk.html ]

Perhaps you can join with “Prophetic presbytery teams” along with the NAR multi-compound at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. [http://gatewaypeople.com]

Just thinking of all these NAR/ICA opportunities to “change the face of Christianity” just makes me quiver!

The “Adam-Kadmon” or “Grand Man” found in LDS, Freemasonry, Swedenborg, Rosicrucians and other Synagogues of Satan is the real doctrinal entity behind the “One New Man” of the Latter Rain. You cloak your cult with cleverly-hidden multiple definitions for the same terms. This is a “Cult Characteristic” that Bickle deliberately failed to add to his “7 Characteristics.”

Christ died at Calvary to deliver real Christians *FROM* what “Pastor” Jennifer LeClaire is now entrenched with, not so they could join into this Invisible Basilica. NAR leaders have duped millions of people! Jennifer didn’t learn from her lesson with LDS. She is on a sinking ship that is going down fast!! She is leading countless youth into the eternal Lake of Fire and God has no other choice but to Judge her and the rest of the NAR false prophets. Jennifer and her NAR associates like Steven Strang are all guilty of plagiarizing cult doctrines and practices that are well over 400-years old. They are “digging the wells” to hell. Game over. Wake Up Christians!! Jennifer LeClaire is an NAR cult leader and like Mike Bickle, she cleverly writes about cults and cult characteristics as a ploy to appear as being a genuine Christian! Nice try Jennifer, but it won’t work for you and it surely isn’t working for IHOP, especially with the Jackson County Court. The magistrates just aren’t buying the NAR/ICA magic show at IHOP-KC. Neither is God.

Contact Jennifer now and tell her the Latter Rain games are over:

Jennifer LeClaire Ministries PO Box 3953 Hallandale Beach, FL 33008 jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com

http://www.jenniferleclaire.org

References:

Christine Vendel. “Baby died from starvation, KC police say” Kansas City Star, Jan. 7, 2009.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/969265.html

Kendall, Justin. “Killa City: Parents of dead baby were IHOP members” Pitch [Kansas], Jan. 27 2009.

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/01/killa_city_parents_of_dead_bab.php#

“Court Date Delayed For Rebecca Candler: Jeremiah Candler Died Nov. 18” KMBC.com, April 20, 2009.

http://www.kmbc.com/news/19227050/detail.html

Bridal Paradigm and Bethany Deaton

FROM THE IHOP WEBSITE:

“We deny, we refuse, all sensual overtones in proclaiming Jesus as the Bridegroom. Jesus is not our lover or boyfriend. We do not go on “dates” with Jesus. Receiving the “kiss of God’s Word” (Song 1:2) has nothing to do with physically kissing God. Neither the spiritual interpretation of the Song of Solomon nor references to “the romance of the gospel” have anything to do with sensuality, but with the adventuresome love that is filled with a spirit of abandonment that sacrificially loves and obeys Jesus. An example of this is seen when Paul and Silas sang songs of love to Jesus after being beaten and thrown into prison (Acts 16:22–26).” [Italics mine]

IHOP knows how to post the “right stuff” regarding their beliefs but fails to really get this point across to some of its interns AND its song leaders..

From one of the Brownsville services, according to a former intern: The chorus to one of the songs went, “Let’s make love to the Lord”..

Guys, I want to tell you that yes, the Bible does refer to “the bride of Christ” and Song of Solomon does discuss a deep, deep love between a bride and groom – and yes, that is a picture of Jesus, the Groom and the bride of Christ.  But at NO time are we to think of that as a relationship INDIVIDUALLY with Jesus.  The “relationship” is between “THE ENTIRE BRIDE” of Christ and The Lord. Not between “Amber and The Lord” or “Katelyn and The Lord” for example.

For the past several years I’ve read post after post of young female interns having “wedding ceremonies with Jesus”, and have read post after post with sexual undertones noted from these same girls.  AT THE SAME TIME, I’ve read post after post and listened to interns, defending IHOP, saying that “some people get off track and do stuff IHOP doesn’t promote”, but again, what about that “make love to Jesus” chorus?

What about Tyler Deaton?  What is it that caused him to feel so comfortable being in IHOP leadership?  IHOP is saying “the guy wasn’t part of us.  He was marching to the beat of his own drummer so-to-speak”, but that was only after they changed their November 4th post taking his name off the leadership roster.  (Yes, someone outside of IHOP kept a record of what IHOP had listed ONLINE at its public website.)

Something gave Tyler a sense of “I belong here” and something caused him to feel like he was acting right along the lines of what he’d learned.  IHOP has gone out of its way to cover itself on this one.  (Little Jeremiah Candler’s death wasn’t a big deal at all compared to this one.  But THIS ONE really hits way too close to home.)

Tyler Deaton hasn’t even been arrested to date. Amazing. You’d think IHOP would be DEMANDING he be arrested so they could “clear their good name”…  Now THAT’S something to consider!

Final point: IHOP’s disclaimer (1st paragraph) says that Paul and Silas were “singing songs of love to Jesus” — ACTUALLY, Acts 16: 25 says ‘But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.’

NOTE: A HYMN is a religious song or poem; verb: to praise or celebrate something.  To praise, glorify or, worship in or as in a hymn.  Webster’s online dictionary.

See how scripture is CHANGED or twisted when words are changed ever so slightly?  And see how an institution can have these “terrible offshoots” when it’s members and its leadership fail to be Bereans?  Acts 17: 10-11

IHOP Update: Dark and Sinister

Bethany Deaton: Woman Raped, Murdered by Christian Cult

The story of Bethany Deaton is horrifying and heartbreaking, but it also reveals the abhorrent actions of a

Kansas City, Missouri. Front of the Internatio...
Kansas City, Missouri. Front of the International House of Prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dangerous religious cult right in the American heartland. The International House of Prayer, which was founded in the 1990s, is in the news regarding the death of the 27-year-old woman and it’s not in a positive manner. You see, the woman was murdered, but the murderer tried to make it look like a suicide. When he was caught he allegedly admitted that she was killed to hide the multiple sexual assaults she had been victim of within the religious community headed by her own husband. Indeed it seems that IHOP is far more than a kooky religious sect in Missouri. It’s something dark and sinister. Will this high profile murder bring to light other dark secrets within the walls of this Christian cult? Only time will tell.
Bethany Deaton won’t ever be able to testify about what happened to her, so it appears that whomever called out the orders to have her killed was successful in that aspect. She had reportedly been the victim of multiple sexual assaults, bringing the IHOP to light as a sort of Christian “sex cult” — which is absolutely horrific sounding. If these brutal practices are being exercised in this church then there is truly no telling what other sexual taboos are being explored.
It’s fortunate that the International House of Prayer is being investigated, but frightening to find out that the woman’s husband Tyler Deaton is the leader of the community cult and is also now a suspect. It’s been alleged that the man may have been the one who ordered his wife’s murder after she was raped by members of the church.  See the below articles for more information on this case. It’s stories like this one that make me absolutely ecstatic that I couldn’t ever get involved in a religious cult. You never hear about atheist cult rapes and murders in the news like this — and there’s a reason for that.

Kansas City Star Article