Cult/Occult Mine Fields Warning – IHOP

Mine Fields @ IHOP -Contemplative Prayer Sources

(I’ve covered ‘contemplative prayer’ in a previous blog, clearly showing the eastern mysticism ties and roots.)

“Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer claims that God is restoring  contemplative prayer to the church. He goes on to claim that contemplative prayer is a God ordained means of entering into the fullness of God, and that the brightest lights in church history have been Roman Catholic mystics who lived during the dark ages. He went on to say the western church had much to learn from these mystics

 [ Mike Bickle states]: “Everybody is called to live in the contemplative lifestyle. Everyone! Everyone! Everyone! That’s one of the great strongholds we have to overcome resistance to contemplative prayer.’” “The Protestant wing of the western church, which is a tiny percentage of the Body of Christ…, is nearly completely (98%) unaware that the Holy Spirit is restoring contemplative prayer—center stage—to the church… The Holy Spirit is restoring this precious jewel (contemplative prayer) to the body of Christ. This is the God ordained means of attaining the fullness of God.”

Mike Bickle quotes from the contemplatives (his word for mystics) and announces that he will be teaching from the Sacred Pathways (which promotes the carrying of symbols or icons, choosing a mantra and visualizing God). Each one of these things is contradictory to the Word of God, which forbids imagery and vain repetitions in prayer.

He insists we need to study the lives and writings of the Roman Catholic mystics, and because the bookstore chain of Barnes and Nobles has carried so many books in this regard, he says (in all earnestness) that “B & N is prophesying to the church that we need the mystics,” and he wants to know why the church isn’t picking up on the fact that God is calling the entire Body of Christ to live lifestyles of contemplative prayer?

Mike Bickle says the most inspiring light in all of Christianity came from the Roman Catholic mystics during the dark ages.

 These are all quotes from Bickle on the mystics:

 “mystics is a legitimate term… I don’t want to fight the war…so I’m just saying contemplative prayer, but I mean the mystics—even here at IHOP I say, lets just stay with contemplatives …I don’t have time to argue… so I call them the contemplatives…. I don’t want to go into the semantics, the debates…so, I’m calling it the contemplatives… I don’t have time to argue… but I need the mystics.”

 “They, the mystics, are some of the brightest lights in all of history… there has been the brightest lights in all history for men and women of abandonment in the dark ages… somewhere we have to say the dark ages were the luminaries in the grace of God…they were Catholic priests.”

 “…a study of the lives of the mystics, the contemplatives, through history, and clearly the most inspiring, compelling examples of history, in my world, have come out of the Catholic dark ages. I can’t find anything like it in modern times, in America, in the protestant world.”

 “…we need a little Holy Spirit catalytic jump start. We need to see where a few have gone before us, and say if they did we can, and we can go further… and if you’re going to go deep into that well, I’m sad to say, the vast majority of them are going to have Catholic roots in history.”

 The writings of Father Thomas Keating (the modern day father of contemplative prayer) are also promoted at IHOP. Mike Bickle says he is an example for us of “a way to a deeper life in God. He went on to say, “The protestant world is in great need of examples like these that will beckon us to the fullness of God.” – audio message Contemplative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

 So essentially, Mike Bickle is telling the Body of Christ is that we are woefully deficient in having lost God’s fullness and need to look to New Age Eastern philosophy and to Roman Catholic mystics as examples in how to restore it.

 And his advice to questioning, spiritually languishing, and anguishing souls (who didn’t know their real problem was that they wanted more of God—until he told them so) is this, “Don’t evaluate yourselfdon’t evaluate othersJust keep going after it.” – audio message Contemplative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

 ‘Mantra’ Mania! In plain language that means don’t read or listen to anything discerningly or analytically. Don’t question anything or anybody—not even yourself (except evangelicals of course). Just go with what feels right. Book-‘Sacred Pathways’ – used by Mike Bickle However, this same Gary Thomas has written the following on Centering Prayer in his book called “Sacred Pathways” in which he says:
“It is particularly difficult to describe this type of prayer in writing, as it is best taught in person. In general, however, centering prayer works like this: Choose a word (Jesus or Father, for example) as a focus for contemplative prayer. Repeat the word silently in your mind for a set amount of time (say, twenty minutes) until your heart seems to be repeating the word by itself, just as naturally and involuntarily as breathing. As your mind is filled with thoughts of Jesus or the father or another appropriate subject (love, joy, or peace) you are protected from outside distractions.

So why is Gary Thomas, who likes to call himself a Christian, so supportive of mantras (and therefore tantric yoga)? This is not something any Christian should be having anything to do with! So, let’s look at his “Sacred Marriage” and see if this yogic influence continues there.

Thomas quotes favorably (many times, in fact) an author named Mary Anne McPherson Oliver from her book “Conjugal Spirituality”. Now you’d expect that anyone a Christian author quotes would at least be a good example to his readers. But Oliver is far from that; in fact, she claims to be a Christian but actually teaches what can only be described as tantric yoga (focusing upon yogic sexual practices). In Conjugal Spirituality (remember, this is a significant reference book for Thomas in “Sacred Marriage”) Oliver advocates the use of four-letter words in an exercise developing a private body and sex vocabulary, saying “If you run out of four-letter words in this last exercise, you might seek out some of the foreign terminologies. (That is, foreign four-letter sexual terms.)

I won’t quote significant parts of her work as it is clearly pornographic, Of course, Mary Oliver is not the only one quoted in Sacred Marriage. Thomas also quotes many other questionable sources, such as Friedrich Nietzche (an extremely anti-God person, teaching that God is dead – nihilism). Do some research on him!
https://www.hopperscrossingchristianchurch.com/portfolio-item/gary-thomas-new-age-teacher/

Most of the Christians authors who promote contemplative prayer, with few exceptions, include mantras as does Gary Thomas in his book Sacred Pathways. For the distinction between Christian and eastern contemplatives, none other than Tilden Edwards, the founder of the largest and most influential contemplative school in the U.S., asserts in his book Spiritual Friends: “ that contemplative prayer is the western bridge to far eastern spirituality.” Richard Foster indorses Tilden’s book as an excellent book. (Lighthouse Trails). In Thomas’s book Sacred Parenting, which FOF does directly promote, Thomas leaves no doubt that Teresa of Avila had a major impact on his prayer life. But Teresa of Avila is a classic expression of 14th and 15th century contemplative and she practiced centering prayer. In the website, Centering Prayer, dedicated to promoting centering prayer they assert:

Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, The Cloud Of Unknowing, St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. It was distilled into a simple method of prayer in the 1970’s by three Trappist monks: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating at the Trappist Abbey, St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Mass.” (Centering Prayer Website). These three monks actively relied on visiting Buddhists to coach them. Tim Masters reply seems like a “political response” from FOF relying on a difference that isn’t a difference.

Father Thomas Keating – Promoted by Mike bickle

The Danger of Centering PrayerRev. John D. Dreher 

Centering prayer originated in St. Joseph’s Abbey, a Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts. During the twenty years (1961-1981) when Keating was abbot, St. Joseph’s held dialogues with Buddhist and Hindu representatives, and a Zen master gave a week-long retreat to the monks. A former Trappist monk who had become a Transcendental Meditation teacher also gave a session to the monks. In the mid-seventies, Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating asked the monks, “‘Could we put the Christian tradition into a form that would be accessible to people … who have been instructed in an Eastern technique and might be inspired to return to their Christian roots if they knew there was something similar in the Christian tradition?‘ (Intimacy with God, 15). Frs. William Menniger and M. Basil Pennington took up the challenge, and centering prayer is the result. In a few short years it has spread all over the world.

Many people assume centering prayer is compatible with Catholic tradition, but in fact the techniques of centering prayer are neither Christian nor prayer. They are at the level of human faculties and as such are an operation of man, not of God. The deception and dangers can be grave. https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=234https://catholicism.org/fr-thomas-keating-on-npr-heresy-as-mysticism.html

Toward the end, and out of character with the rest of the show, there was an interview with Father Thomas Keating, the 85-year-old Trappist who helped to create “centering prayer.” This is not an exact quote (I’m going from memory — and I was driving at the time), but he clearly said something very close to this: God is so immense that no one religion suffices to explain him. The comment was made in response to the interviewer’s question about whether or not Father Keating’s Christian notion of contemplative prayer is essentially the same as what Buddhists and others do. The response was, not surprisingly, in the affirmative. After all, the Trappist affirmed, it’s the “same God” that we are all trying to get to know by the contemplative experience — the same God, mind you, that Trinitarians and non-Trinitarians, theists and pantheists are all trying to know. Of course, this is rank indifferentism.

Hearing Father Keating’s mystical heresies the day before Christmas made it all the more surreal. Buddhists don’t worship the Trinity, and Hindus don’t believe that God was born in Bethlehem, having become Man in the womb of the Virgin Mary nine months before. Whatever pantheism may claim to offer by way of man becoming “deified,” it differs in kind from the Christian notion of sanctity, even at the merely theoretical level. This is aside from the fact that false religion cannot actually effect the union of God and man. Just as several commentators noted in the earlier segment concerning Einstein’s analogous usage of the word god, we must state that Buddhism and Hinduism do not posit belief in God at all.

Father Keating went on to explain how limited we are in approaching the ineffable mystery of God. Had he left it at that, he would have made a valid point that all sound theology acknowledges. But instead, he left out the inerrancy of Christian revelation, its truth and definitive character, and ended up putting Christianity on the same level with all other efforts to attain to union with the transcendent.

It should come as no surprise to learn that Father Keating participates in “Monastic Interreligious Dialogue,”  an effort that brings together Benedictine and Trappist religious with “contemplative practitioners of diverse religious traditions,” including non-Christian ascetics like the Dalai Lama and various Hindu gurus.

Such a “dialogue” is what brought “centering prayer” into existence in the first place.1

Disturbing Manifestations-Forerunner Bibleschool

https://stopihopcult.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/emmas-experience-with-ihop/

Emma’s Experience with IHOP
Posted on September 26, 2012by stopihopcult

Below is a letter I received from a young woman named Emma:

 Dear StopIHOPcult,

 My name is Emma and I want to share my experience at IHOP-KC with you and your blog readers.  I’ve read many of the other stories you’ve shared and I’ve wept because it’s all true and painfully real.  I don’t know whether IHOP is officially a cult but I know that there is witchcraft and demonic activity and things happening that shouldn’t be happening.  I don’t want to speak badly of anyone, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ, but I’ve been exposed to the leaders of IHOP and I can tell you with all honesty that Mike Bickle is not speaking words from God.  

I started going to the summer youth camps at IHOP and then I went to the Forerunner School of Ministry and then I worked in the office for a while.  I have seen things that I should not have seen, things no one should see, things I pray for God to remove from my memory.  Bickle conjures up demons to speak openly and he demonizes people to try to reveal prophetic words that aren’t even true, and never come true.  He sets his sight on the young women mainly, not in a sexual way but in a way that is different then how he treats the males. It’s hard to describe but when you are there you can see the pattern.  The person who told you that Bickle has a sliding door in his office where he can spy on the prayer room isn’t lying or exaggerating.  He watches what goes on and sends messages to the worship team to do certain meditative techniques or call on a certain individual for a prophetic word He lays his hands on a person’s head, toward their forehead, and at the touch a demon enters them and they begin to act differently.  Two girls I knew well were called into meetings with Bickle separately and he laid his hands on them and they began acting totally different.  One came out of his office twitching and convulsing and whooping like you see people who have Tourette Syndrome.  The other one started fasting compulsively and didn’t quit until she ended up being hospitalized for dehydration.

 In 3 years of being involved in IHOP I walked away and not one of my friends or leaders encouraged me or helped me or even called to check on me.  The minute I questioned what was happening, I was isolated from everyone.  I was followed around by two people who were assigned to watch me and make sure I didn’t spread my doubt to others.  Bickle called me into his office and he and the FSM leader who is a professed ex-witch, tried to persuade me to stay, telling me that God was “offending my mind to reveal my heart,” just like one of your blogs says, and that he wanted to pray for me and lay his hands on me to penetrate the demonic forces attacking me.  I knew right away that if I let him touch me, he would somehow increase the demons.  I left and I never went back.

 Everything you’ve posted is true.  They teach the Latter Rain even though they deny it and the Manifest sons of God as elected seeds.  They have their own lingo to describe annointings and callings and they teach that prophesy doesn’t have to be accurate, that it’s a learned skill like anything else in life.  I know these things aren’t Biblical, but when you question them they throw verses at you that makes you feel inferior, even though half the time the verses are twisted and taken out of context.  They’re powerful.  Bickle is powerful and he has followers that will do anything he says. Lou Engle is another leader so powerful with demonic spirits that he used to scare me when I’d see him. 

They are dividing the body of Christ on purpose.  They’ve threatened people emotionally, spiritually and even physically.  The scariest thing of all is that they’re growing so fast that they don’t care if a few people here and there leave, Bickle is after the masses of young people and he’s demonizing them, all of them.  In the 3 years I was there Bickle never once preached about Jesus being the savior.  He’ll breeze over it in Scripture, but he never once discussed it or taught on it.  All his teachings are on going deeper into the spirit realm, prayer, meditation and fasting, calling forth the Holy Spirit to manifest revelations, asking for prophetic words, breathing techniques, chanting techniques, all focused inward toward the human spirit and not upward toward God.  It’s such a scary thing and I pray for everyone trapped.  

 Pray hard and don’t stop. In His Name, Emma  Julie’s Story – The IHOP CultForerunner Eschatology = FALSE →

IHOP Member says, “The Fruit is Very Bad.”

Manipulation, Control, Conditioning, Deprivation!

Posted on September 26, 2012by stopihopcult P

Personal Testimony from an IHOP member

 “I was 45 years old when I took a trimester at IHOP in 03 by the grace of God He led me and my wife away from that movement but it took about a year for me to realize it was a cult, and two years for me to see the whole prophetic, Apostolic, signs and wonders thing for what it is, DECEPTION.

 I know exactly what you are saying about contemplative prayer being like T.M. (transcendental meditation) But it doesn’t stop there, there is so much new age and Catholic mysticism mixed into the pot that it is one big hodge-podge of ecclesiastical witches brew.

In a prophetic class that was taught by Kirk Bennett one of our assignments was to take a scripture and repeat it over and over for two hours straight, praying it, repeating it until we got a revelation, this is nothing but a mantra, repetitious prayer, something we are not supposed to be part of. At the time I thought something was wrong with me because I never got anything (but tired) unless it was by my imagination, but later I was pleased to know that I was being protected, that’s why it wasn’t working. 

I was a sincere man trying to answer what I thought was the call of God on my life and at the time I knew very little about the prophetic movement, but I did see a power that I thought had to be God.  And how could twenty four hour seven day a week prayer and worship not be of God? Boy did I get an education. Your right about this being part of the great apostasy but it isn’t limited to just IHOP but you are probably well aware of it. My wife and I actually moved in right behind IHOP in 04 from Wisconsin, thinking we were going to be part of that movement, but the Lord said no.  Because of our close proximity, and boarding an IHOP student with us for a year, we learned some of the idiosyncrasies and things that they would not want others knowing, we even took in a Chinese women for two weeks who was a wreck after being part of IHOP for two years. IHOP staff was very uncomfortable her staying with us, they didn’t want their image tarnished in the neighborhood, they did all they could to try and whisk her away before we found out too much.

Too much to tell, but the fruit is very bad.

Confessions of Truth – Cult Qualities!

Posted on September 26, 2012by stopihopcult

Former IHOP Member Explains Why IHOP (International House of Prayer) Is A Cult!

Reprinted in full from The Gospel Masquerade

Messed Up Church — Pirate Christian Media
The IHOP Virus

A cult? Strong word you might say…and you are correct. It is not a word I use lightly or carelessly to label anything. But much prayer, time and years of research and personal experience have brought me to the conclusion that I can say confidently that the root system–or foundation–that IHOP is built on follows the basic premises and signs of a cult religious group. When I first left IHOP, I went through a severe culture shock that is hard to put into words. When I began studying the signs of cult fallout and the things that cult members go through after leaving a cult, my eyes began to open to what I had been a part of and recently come out of.

 Below I have listed some common signs of cult operation. Below them, I cite in italics text short examples of my personal experiences at IHOP which illustrates these particular signs in action. After 5 years of being out of IHOP, I still hold to my position that it is a dangerous place for people’s hearts and have seen much destruction of families, relationships and marriages of those who have been involved with this movement.  I appreciate your taking the time to read and prayerfully consider the research and personal testimony I’ve included below.

 1. A destructive cult tends to be totalitarian in its control of its members’ behavior.

Cults are likely to dictate in great detail not only what members believe, but also what members wear and eat, when and where members work, sleep, and bathe, and how members think, speak, and conduct familial, marital, or sexual relationships.

 As an intern at IHOP, our day to day lives were closely monitored and dictated. I was not allowed to go anywhere or leave IHOP premises without express verbal permission from a community leader except on our one day off. Our schedules started early in the morning with hours in the prayer room, then classes, then back to the prayer room. Our nights often ran late with required attendance at EGS (Encounter God Services) or any other special event Mike Bickle spoke at that we were required to attend. Sometimes we had to attend worship sets that ended at 10 pm or midnight. Sleep was minimal and was often un-restful when I did get it. Sleep deprivation is a commonly used tactic in many cult groups to weaken the mind and make a person more susceptible to the embracing of the doctrines taught by that cult. There are many biological and psychological effects of sleep deprivation on the mind.

 2. A destructive cult tends to have an ethical double standard. 

Members are urged to be obedient to the cult, to carefully follow cult rules. They are also encouraged to be revealing and open in the group, confessing all to the leaders. On the other hand, outside the group they are encouraged to act unethically, manipulating outsiders or nonmembers, and either deceiving them or simply revealing very little about themselves or the group. In contrast to destructive cults, honorable groups teach members to abide by one set of ethics and act ethically and truthfully to all people in all situations.

 Anyone who rebelled against IHOP’s rules went through a strict disciplinarian process. At its most minimal level of discipline, for an intern, this meant the loss of having a day off and having to do manual labor. Everyone was kept on a short leash. We also had weekly groups as interns that we were required to participate in where everyone was “interrogated” and pressured to open up and share their personal struggles, etc and answer personal questions about their lives, struggles, thoughts, fears, and walks with G-d. It often felt like going to some kind of confession (as in Catholicism) and some interns out and out refused to be so vulnerable and disclosing in front of people they did not know.

We were all given journals and told that we had mandatory writing assignments to complete. We were to record details of our IHOP prayer room times, things God spoke to us, dreams, visions, or whatever else that happened in us spiritually and then had to turn in our journals weekly to have an internship leader review/read them. In the last month or so I was at IHOP, I paid particularly close attention to the fact that internship leaders ironically prayed things over me in prayer times or at the altar in the prayer room that related directly to things I had put in my journals. So what often might have seemed prophetic was the result of the information about me they already had access to.

 3.A destructive cult has only two basic purposes: recruiting new members and fundraising Altruistic movements, established religions, and other honorable groups also recruit and raise funds. However, these actions are incidental to an honorable group’s main purpose of improving the lives of its members and of humankind in general. Destructive cults may claim to make social contributions, but in actuality such claims are superficial and only serve as gestures or fronts for recruiting and fund-raising. A cult’s real goal is to increase the prestige and often the wealth of the leader.

 There was always an underlying pressure to bring people into IHOP. We were encouraged to invite others and get them to join what we were doing. IHOP campaigns big time to recruit new interns. At every conference, advertising and marketing videos are used to this day to promote the internships. They are played on large TV screens like presidential campaigns and are just part of the propaganda used to “sell” young people on this new version of what walking with God is supposed to look like.

 Each intern paid $4,500 to attend a 6 month internship. This covered some books/teaching material we were given as well as food, lodging etc. Check this out though: Every intern lived in the Hernhutt apartments (located next door) which IHOP owned anyway so the only expense was utilities and general upkeep. There was no rent. Plus when there was a mandatory fasting day, weekend, week, etc. no meals were served. So those who didn’t choose to fast had to go out and buy food and no interns were not allowed to have jobs so this got to be a big expense since there wasn’t extra money to live on.

 I lived in a 2-bedroom apartment. It housed 6 girls from the ages of 20-23. 4 of us shared one room and 2 shared another. The prayer room costs nothing to attend and is free and open to the public. So hmmm….$4,500 for meals, my electric bill and some IHOP books. I currently live in my own apartment, pay all of my own bills including rent, food, gasoline, renter’s insurance, credit card bills, student loans, electric, cell phone, etc etc and ALL of that costs me approximately $1,500 a month. So basic math says that someone was getting a big paycheck because my expenses would have never cost that in an internship program where we were given so little.

 4. A destructive cult appears to be innovative and exclusive. 

The leader claims to be breaking with tradition, offering something novel, and instituting the ONLY viable system for change that will solve life’s problems or the world’s ills. But these claims are empty and only used to recruit members who are then surreptitiously subjected to mind control to inhibit their ability to examine the actual validity of the claims of the leader and the cult.

 In the time I was there Mike often used “them and us” types of statements when referring to “the church” or those outside of IHOP. We were given a sense of being on the “cutting edge” because we were ahead of the church and were doing something new & innovative that was going to sweep the world. It all sounded good so everyone wanted to be in on it as a “forerunner” and liked the label of being on the front lines. So no one dared questioned it.

 5. A destructive cult is authoritarian in its power structure. 

The leader is regarded as the supreme authority. He or she may delegate certain power to a few subordinates for the purpose of seeing that members adhere to the leader’s wishes. There is no appeal outside his or her system to a greater system of justice. For example, if a schoolteacher feels unjustly treated by a principal, an appeal can be made to the superintendent. In a destructive cult, the leader claims to have the only and final ruling on all matters.

 Our family became friends with a Jewish couple who were in KC for a conference. They were part of the Ethiopian Jewish congregation in Israel and were missionaries in the US. They had some grave concerns and red flags (regarding IHOP’s theology, the model that is used with everything IHOP related, etc) that they attempted to meet with Mike and discuss. After being brushed off by Mike multiple times in his refusal to meet with him…even though they were Jewish leaders from Israel and Mike knew of them, he finally told these friends of ours that “This is how we do things here. This is just how IHOP is. It’s not for everyone.” If there was something you didn’t like or didn’t agree with, you were basically told “IHOP wasn’t for everyone so if you couldn’t handle it, maybe you shouldn’t be here.” There was no actual accountability for anything deemed wrong/un-Biblical. We were told that IHOP has its own “culture” and you must assimilate into that culture and language to really understand it. If you had a problem with something, you were told that you just had not been around long enough to understand how they did things OR that you just weren’t a good fit. These were the answers I was given when I met with internship leaders right before leaving. There was never actual admittance of wrong doing or hurting anyone who was caught in the crossfire.

 6. A destructive cult’s leader is a self-appointed messianic person claiming to have a special mission in life. 

For example, leaders of flying saucer cults claim that beings from outer space have commissioned them to lead people away from Earth, so that only the leaders can save them from impending doom.

 Every intern was required to listen to the 12 hours of IHOP’s recorded history on CD footage. Much of this content was heavily edited before its publication. These tapes told of “prophetic words” and signs that were given to some of Mike’s mentors (Bob Jones, Paul Cain, etc)—who were all naming him as the leader of the next “big thing” God was doing. Over and over and over again I’ve heard it said (both directly by Mike as well as from others) that he (Mike) would be the leader of a movement that “changed the nature and expression of Christianity in the earth. Every time, all recognition points to Mike. His “mission” to transform the church and capture the hearts of America’s youth has been his declared goal since the early 1980’s. One of the major dangers is that these grandiose sounding claims and “prophetic” words are laden with flattery, narcissism, elitism and are a perfect guise under which anything Mike introduces through IHOP can fall under the heading of being a “new thing” God is doing.

This elitist teaching puts Mike on a pedestal and he has a Messianic-like devoted following of people who would do anything if he told them to without a moment of questioning or hesitation. From my observations and experiences on staff, IHOP members do not think for themselves or question Mike’s interpretation of scripture or the slant in the way he teaches it. At any conference, one will easily observe that if Mike recommends a book or promotes a teaching, a t-shirt or a speaker, at the next break, ALL of that item will be sold out in their bookstore. When I was on staff, I heard people continually sing Mike’s praises around the clock and quote more of what Mike says or thinks or teaches than actual scripture.

 Mike has an alluring charisma and many seem to be instantly drawn to his convincing appearance of direction and purpose. He teaches with passion and emotion rather than truth and it’s that charisma that draws and hooks people causing many to blindly follow (and defend) his message.

It is a pseudo, manufactured reality I believe that the IHOP lifestyle by and large sets people up for disillusionment through the false hope that its deception provides. It is a pseudo, manufactured reality where people are told “you can live in Nirvana and enjoy the ‘high’ of being in God’s presence 24/7 and that can be ALL that you live for” so people sell all that they have, buy into a dream and move across the country to be a part of a ministry that makes captivating claims…and then their world often crumble to ashes when things aren’t as they seem once they arrive.

 Mike’s primary target and focus is on the young people. His appeals from the pulpit and his well-polished speeches aim at capturing the hearts of America’s youth. Children and youth are not told or encouraged to respect or honor the parents G-d gave them. Instead, wedges are driven between families and a seed of pride, rebellion and elitism gets planted into the hearts of youth when they are told things like the following…

 This is a very close paraphrase of what I’ve heard many, many times at One Thing, IHOP conferences and in teachings by leaders:

 Seduction Leading To Spiritual Abuse “YOU are called to be on the cutting edge. Come here and join a community of other people who are like you, called to what you’re called to. We understand you. You’ve been mis-understood in the church. You’ve had your wings clipped, your gifts misunderstood. Here you can fulfill your forerunner calling that your family just hasn’t understood about you. You might feel like you don’t fit back home, you’re on the outside, no one understands the fire in you. Well we get it. You are the leaders that G-d is raising up in these end times and you will be kings and queens on the earth—reigning with Him. You were made for this place. IHOP is an incubator for people like you.”

 Narcissistic speeches like this instill a sense of pride, arrogance and elitism in the hearts of youth who hear it and it feeds their need for validation and identity. They run to IHOP, leave their families, join internships…hoping that what they’ve heard is true. They go to IHOP looking for identity…instead of finding it in Jesus.

IHOP Detox Once outside of the IHOP environment, they are terrified and overwhelmed by the “real” world and don’t know how to function in it when they’ve been in an intensive internship environment. There is a degree of re-acclimating to normal life that feels like an IHOP detox afterward. It’s a severe emotional drop because the hyped up services and conferences that were your manna are now gone and when there is no prayer room, your life in God feels empty and lifeless. Many simply don’t know how to engage with God in a real day-to-day basis once they’ve left. I experienced this and heard the exact same thing from a handful of my friends after they left IHOP and the internship. At that point when disillusionment sets in, I know many interns that walked away from God completely upon leaving the internship and went back into lifestyles worse than the ones they left when they came to IHOP originally.

 7. A destructive cult’s leader centers the veneration of members upon himself or herself. 

Priests, rabbis, ministers, democratic leaders, and other leaders of genuinely altruistic movements focus the veneration of adherents on God or a set of ethical principles. Cult leaders, in contrast, keep the focus of love, devotion, and allegiance on themselves.

 I believe my statements above illustrate this so I won’t be redundant.

 8. A destructive cult’s leader tends to be determined, domineering, and charismatic.

Such a leader effectively persuades followers to abandon or alter their families, friends, and careers to follow the cult. The leader then takes control over followers’ possessions, money, time, and lives.

 Youth are pumped up at conferences and then go home to tell their parents they are moving to Kansas City to join IHOP, be part of an internship, etc. At the time, sadly, they don’t realize how much more they are giving up and leaving behind than just their families. I was hurled into a system that took control of my time, when I ate, slept, had time alone, etc. Picking up the pieces of my heart and rebuilding a Biblical view of God after getting outside of IHOP was quite a long process. I hope that by sharing all of this, I am able to spare others the heartache of what I went through.

 Please don’t just take my word for it. Start doing your own research. Ask the Father to lead you as you pursue what is TRUTH. Don’t just stop at the facts–look deeper. Do Google searches on cults and ask the Lord to unveil deceptions.

Blessings to you on your journey of walking with Him.”

The more I research apostate mine fields, the more pervasive the field appears, the connections between clear, apostate, heretical figures and more contemporary, popular, accepted,’mainstream’ ones, (comparatively speaking), shocking. Main stream Christian media must be informed and committed to releasing knowledge of damnable, apostasy, heresy, and aberrant, grieving practices, the literal salvation of many, at stake. Diligent, sincere, accurate, Biblical, discernment, and thorough fair, investigation must not be limited to obscure web sites, perhaps subject to spiritual and theological bias, but publicly announced, to give fair warning to all. It is time to expose to the light what has been hidden in darkness. Soon the pure, sincere Church is going to be presented to the world as the enemy of the unity of humanity. The false unified church is going to appear to be the friend of mankind, mark my words! Now, must apostasy be exposed, for soon there will be no such thing in common quasi-christian knowledge. The true Church will be the enemy, to be eliminated! SELAH!

Messed Up Church — Pirate Christian Media
The IHOP Virus!


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