But, I want us to consider the words of a former intern at IHOP concerning what they are taught at IHOP conferences and in teaching sessions by the leaders. These young people are told: “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 God 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.” (http://wideawakechristian.blogspot.com/2016/05/emergent-monday-ihop-and-perils-of.html) (Well, if those statements don’t sound cultish I don’t know what does. You know, such phrases are completely narcissistic; they instill pride and arrogance in youth. As we have already seen there’s nothing about the gospel; about mankind being sinners and needing salvation. How tragic, really). Sister Tammy, could you go ahead and share what you have at this time? Mike Bickle is part of the New Apostolic Reformation, the followers of which believe in Dominion Theology. In case anyone is unfamiliar with this aberrant theology, I will give a short, basic definition.
This is from Al Dager’s book VENGEANCE IS OURS: The Church In Dominion: A basic premise of dominion theology is that when Adam sinned, not only did man lose dominion over the earth, but God also lost control of the earth to Satan. Since that time, some say, God has been on the outside looking in, searching for a “covenant people” who will be His “extension” or “expression” in the earth to take dominion back from Satan. According to the dominionist interpretation, this is the meaning of the Great Commission. Some teach that this is to be accomplished through certain “overcomers” who, by yielding themselves to the authority of latter-day apostles and prophets, will take control of the kingdoms of this world. This idea of kingdoms is part of the Seven Mountain Mandate which says there are seven kingdoms which are variously referred to as mountains, cultures, pillars, or spheres in every society and individual Christians are to bring the Kingdom of God down into the sphere over which they have influence. These spheres are government, education, religion, business, media, arts and entertainment, and family. According to NAR apostle, Lance Wallnau, God wants to partner supernaturally with you to bring you into “occupation” of new territory. A new company of “kings and priests” is being activated in every sphere of culture to bring forth a testimony of the kingdom.
However, the Word of God says this in Daniel 7:18 concerning believers and the Kingdom of God: "But the saints of the most High shall take the Kingdom, and possess the Kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever." The time setting for this occurrence is after Christ's return according to verses 13 and 14 of Daniel 7 which says, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given him Dominion, and Glory, and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His Dominion is an everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Now, as I said, Mike Bickle is a dominionist, but he has a somewhat different eschatology, which means end time beliefs, than some others in the movement.
I would like to read an article from Herescope which is Sarah Leslie’s website. The article is entitled: Bickle's "Forerunner Eschatology": Just a Slightly Different Route to the Dominion Mandate.” “Mike Bickle presents a variant of Dominion end-times teaching that crossbreeds elements of Dispensational eschatology with Dominion Post-Millennial views. Most Dominionists portray Dispensationalists as passive in a derogatory way, depicting them as believers who simply wait for the day and hour for the Rapture which snatches them away before the Great Tribulation can begin. But in Mike Bickle's treatment of the Bible's book of Revelation there is no passive waiting for the Rapture. Rather the church has the mandate to bring forward the return of the Lord. Bickle believes God has anointed him to call forth and train end-time Christian forerunners. He is praying for thousands of last-days “forerunner Christians” to be raised up within this generation as special prophetic voices that will emerge in the spirit and power of Elijah and defeat the Antichrist’s soon-coming one-world government and religion by praying the “battle plan” of the Book of Revelation. Bickle does not simply preach that the church will go through the Great Tribulation sealed by God’s sovereign power, but that the end-time church will actually cause God’s judgments to be released on the earth through prophetic prayer. In other words, the end-time praying church will not simply be helpless martyrs during the Great Tribulation; it will victoriously establish justice on the earth by releasing the devastating Great Tribulation judgments on the Antichrist’s global evil empire. In addition to destroying the Antichrist system, these forerunners supposedly purify the church. Joel's Army, a booklet published by Discernment Ministries online, which discusses the eschatology of the ‘Kansas City Prophets’ in detail, explains that "The 'Day of the Lord' is re-interpreted by these false prophets to mean that Christ will come to His Church and incarnate, or become God in flesh, an army of believers – thus giving them supernatural qualities to execute judgment on the Church. The “Day of the Lord” as seen through the eyes of the New Wave “prophets” will be a time when Joel’s Army, led by these “prophets,” will pour out God's wrath on the church! Then, they claim, for the first time in two thousand years the “pure church” will come forth. In other words, the blood of Christ did not avail, nor will it, in the last days because this Joel’s Army and the “prophets” will do what Jesus Christ’s blood could not; i.e., “cleanse” the Church....” All of this amounts to false teaching. Let’s read the account of how all those attached to Satan’s evil system really are defeated: Rev. 19:11-15 and 19-21 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. So, Christ and His armies, not an army of forerunners as Mike Bickle believes, defeat those who had followed the beast and false prophet. And, then as the Joel's Army booklet explains: If indeed it takes this Joel’s Army to purify the Church, then all the preaching of the Cross from the early Church to the present was in vain. And rather than the Cross of Christ being God's final answer to “walking in newness of life,” we should look for another. And, so, we can see a complete misrepresentation even of the Blood of Jesus being preached by Mike Bickle. Thank you for all that, sister Tammy. We can really see how unbiblical his teaching is and how all these young people are sadly being led astray.
Now, I would like to discuss Mike Bickle’s promotion of contemplative prayer. The following is from a teaching he gave in April of 2008 entitled: “Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit: 5 Practical Phrases.” He first gives what he calls “practical principles in talking with the Spirit.” These are: As we linger in His presence, speak affectionately (intermittently saying to God, “I love You”) speak slowly (not rapid fire), softly (not shouting at the indwelling Spirit), briefly (short phrases not paragraphs, even reducing phrases to one word)and minimally (listen twice as much as talking by limiting our speaking to one third) with many pauses, praying with our spirit (1 Cor. 14:2) along with gently sighing (Rom. 8:26) with gazing in silence for a few seconds or minutes. “Less is more” in terms of amount and volume of speaking. Journal: take time to record thoughts and prayers so as to capture the truths He gives us. Then, using the acronym trust, he goes on to give the short phrases one can repeat quite often during the day. T is for “thank you”; R is for “release revelation”; U for “use me”; S for “strengthen me”; and, T for “teach me.” He says this helps him to focus. Now, he does provide full sentences that can be prayed which begin with these phrases, but if one repeats the sentences over and over this could become examples of the vain repetitions we are not to pray according to Matt. 6:7. So, either way it wouldn’t be wise to follow these instructions. (http://www.mikebickle.org.edgesuite.net/MikeBickleVOD/2008/20080427_Fellowshipping_With_the_Spirit_Five_Practical_Phrases_PSM01.pdf) (And, since we don’t have time to cover the problems with contemplative prayer I am going to include the link to an article from our website about it in the facebook note for this discussion for anyone who would like more information. We will just say at this point that contemplative prayer is not biblical). (http://www.biblebelievingtruthwatch.com/mysticismcontemplative-prayer.html)
(But this idea is problematic because there are several scriptures giving us examples of people praying to God such as Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Then, we have the example of Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit. That is recorded in Acts 7:59. But, there is no record in the New Testament of an apostle or someone in the early church praying to the Holy Spirit. Eph. 6:18 and Jude 20 encourage us to pray “in the Spirit,” but “in” doesn’t mean the same thing as “to.” In Rom. 8:26 we read: “…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” So, according to Mike Bickle the Holy Spirit would be interceding to Himself, and that, of course, makes no sense).
Here is some more information about his promotion of contemplative prayer. This is from an article entitled “Mike Bickle of IHOP wants book about Catholic mystics to be manual for IHOP KC.” Much of the literature being sold through the International House of Prayer’s online FORERUNNER Bookstore indicates a contemplative influence. One such book being offered is Fire Within, written by Father Thomas Dubay. The full title of the book is Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel–On Prayer. So, incredibly, Bickle’s “manual” is about Catholic, contemplative mystics! (I checked the bookstore site this morning and there are actually three books offered by Thomas Dubay. And, according to Wikipedia, Dubay wrote over 20 books on Catholic spirituality, in which he emphasized the importance of renewed conversion and contemplative prayer. You know, you just have to wonder if the parents of these young people at IHOP have even researched these things). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Dubay) According to the article another book that has been previously offered is The Forgotten Desert Mothers, by Laura Swan. Swan writes, “We begin to discard our old ways and go in search of new ways of communicating with God. Our prayer matures and takes on new forms.” And what are these new forms? Swan states, “Centering prayer, lectio divina, Christian meditation, Taize, and the Divine Office are all sought. Prayer moves us toward the simple: often sitting silently before the Divine–in contemplative or centering prayer–is all we feel drawn to do.” At the Forerunner site I found there are four books currently offered by Richard Foster and twelve by Henri Nouwen. Foster and Nouwen are two of the most well-known names in the contemplative movement.
Here is one stanza to the song “See the Way” by Misty Edwards: For God is a Lover Looking for a lover so He fashioned me God is a Lover Looking for a lover so He formed my heart God is a Lover Looking for a lover so He fashioned me Additionally, according to a former intern at IHOP they basically have a glossary of commonly used phrases to help the students understand the terminology used in teaching messages, prayers, worship music, and so forth. Here are some of the ones that show the inappropriateness of the bridal paradigm teaching: captivated/fascinated/ravished heart. In the context of the bridal paradigm, this refers to someone who is wholeheartedly in love with God. In the natural, this refers to a heart moved with deep emotion and love, due to the actions of their lover (Song 4:9). kiss me with the kisses of your Word. A prayer, taken from Song of Songs 1:2, asking that, as people read the Scripture, God would reveal His love, affections, and beauty so as to empower holiness and love for Him (Song 1:2–4; Jn. 17:17; Eph. 1:17). lovesick. Overwhelmed by love for God (Song 2:5, 5:8). spirit of burning. IHOP–KC phrase; this is a cycle of maintaining a passionate desire for Jesus so that you are in a place of emotional pain whenever He is absent; hope and excited expectancy because of the knowledge that He loves to come to the hungry and thirsty heart; real experiential encounters with His beauty and presence causing you to have an even greater desire to be close to Jesus (Mt. 22:37; Lk. 24:13–32). (https://gospelmasquerade.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/the-cult-code-language/) (As I said, I believe these examples will suffice to show the inappropriateness of these ideas. It’s just really sad to see the young people there being led astray by this false teaching and many others).
Now, I have already given several examples of Mike Bickle’s ecumenical outlook especially concerning Catholicism. And, as I stated previously, we will cover this more in depth in the next discussion about the OneThing conferences. I did want to mention one more example today in closing and that is the trip made to the Vatican by Mike Bickle and several other leaders in the NAR. This trip took place in June of 2016. As reported by Charisma News, according to Bickle, the purpose of the meeting was to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the pontiff's views on Jesus and Christianity. Bickle stated: "The meeting lasted a couple of hours. They gave us the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting was very warm and personal. I asked him about his views on the serious error and deception of universalism that claims that 'all paths lead to God' and other religions being saved without receiving the grace of God that only comes through Jesus. He assured me that he believes that Jesus is the only way of salvation." (https://macarthur.charismanews.com/world/57751-mike-bickle-meets-with-pope-francis-to-discuss-jesus) (Well, we would ask, why are any “Protestants” visiting the Vatican, anyway? You can ask this question about universalism, but what about all the other errors in the Catholic church? And, anyone who understands that the pope is a Jesuit, and anyone who knows anything about Jesuits, knows lying is not only accepted, but is expected, as part of their plans to deceive).
Well, sister Tammy, that is all I have for this time. We just pray people will research these movements and not just think something like, 24/7 prayer ? Wow, that must be of God!)
Mrs Connie Wright - USA Miss Tammy Cheetham - UK
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