Francis Chan to speak at IHOP-KC Onething Conference

Francis Chan is scheduled to speak at the IHOP-KC Onething Conference in late December. [1] So is Banning Liebscher, director of Jesus Culture. And, yes, Jesus Culture will be there as well. Matt Redman is also on the docket.

Last year International House Of Prayer leadership scheduled a Catholic Track at Onething without ever revealing this on the IHOP website. The Catholic Track speakers planned to “draw upon Catholic doctrine, practices, and tradition and touch on the larger conference’s themes centering on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.” [2]

Catholic participation was canceled, so the IHOP effort at “unity” did not happen.

According to Franciscan University of Steubenville, IHOP-KC founder Mike Bickle noted “that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Ávila, as well as contemporary Catholic authors including Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Dubay, SM. The IHOP 24-hour prayer room, he says, was inspired by the spiritual practices of Catholic European monks, such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux.” [3]

IHOP-KC is a hotbed of contemplative prayer, much of it modeled after the Catholic contemplatives Bickle mentioned in the interview. [4]

At a recent conference of The Berean Call, Keith Gibson, author of Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets, did a wonderful job exposing the fallacious IHOP teaching about the Bridal Paradigm. In the question and interview segment someone asked him what he thought of Francis Chan.

Pastor Gibson said he appreciated much of what Francis Chan had done, but wished he hadn’t appeared at the Passion 2012 event where the Catholic contemplative practice of Lectio Divina appeared to take place.

Now Francis Chan is scheduled to speak at the IHOP event. He is going from Lectio Divina to Contemplative Central. Chan’s presence at the conference will give IHOP spiritual legitimacy in the eyes of many.

It is important that IHOP’s teachings and practices (and those of Jesus Culture as well) are pointed out to Pastor Chan before this conference takes place.

Will this make a difference?

Latest update 12/31/13: Francis Chan endorses IHOP, Mike Bickle  Read

Endnotes:
1. http://www.ihopkc.org/onething/speakers-worship-leaders/#francis-chan
2. http://www.franciscan.edu/NEWS/2012/Catholic-Track-at-Onething-2012/
3. Ibid.
4. http://mywordlikefire.com/mike-bickle-and-ihop-kc/

14 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I am sorry, I was unabler to contact him myself before I wrote about this. He is not easy to contact, apparently.

  2. Hello, we´re a church in Spain and we´d like to write or phone to pastor Francis Chan, if you have his address, please send it to: iglesia@misionmoderna.com

  3. This is a warning, as so many have warned before. It is not an attempt at controversy for the sake of controversy. Do some research, brother, all right?

  4. I am watching Matt Redman lead Christ-centered worship at Onething as I type. I’m very glad that Francis Chan will be speaking in a few minutes. I’m sure it will be very Biblically sound and focused on drawing others in to deeper devotion to Christ and His word. Mike Bickle allowing Francis Chan to speak shows a great desire for unity in the Body of Christ as well as commitment to Biblical teaching. It will be a privilege for Chan to speak to this special group of young 18-25 Christ followers gathering in Kansas City. Let’s stop wasting time trying to stir up controversy and live for the Great Commandment and Great Commission. {Typing this from the mission field in Mexico.}

  5. I am really blessed that Francis Chan is speaking at the Onething Conference. There is so much that the “three cirlces” Catholic, Prostestant, and Pentecostal can learn from each other. Don’t waste your time accusing the brethern of “demon worship” a kingdom devided against itself will not stand. Afterall it’s all labels that rarely ever accurately reflect individuals and almost everything that is posted or stated is often misconstrued and or misinformed. Ephesians 4:1-3 I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling that you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  6. I tried to contact him as well before I wrote this–I finally emailed his old church in Calif. but never heard back.

  7. I am saddened and concerned about Francis Chan speaking at this event… It has burdened my heart for weeks… That being said I have been unable to find contact information for Pastor Chan .

  8. Hi Laura,
    Lectio Divina is a Catholic practice which incorporates a contemplative aspect. Here is a thorough explanation, and thank you for pointing out that when terms are used they should be explained.

    http://www.gotquestions.org/lectio-divina.html

  9. John, What is Lectio Divina? Can you give quick definitions to help less informed readers or forgetful ones? I prayed for Chan. I don’t know his motives for speaking. I pray that he will “be ye separate” unless the LORD calls him in to speak clarity to the IHOP group.

  10. Thank you for your kind words.

  11. Thanks so very much for ‘keeping us informed’, as the devil is using every tool in his arsenal it seems to “put one over on us”, and sadly too many seem to be falling for it.

  12. Thank you Kim!

  13. Honeslty I think it is very very fair to say that Chan more than likely knows what IHOP espouses too, being is he espouses to the same thing, maybe not the crazy charismatic antics, but the love of Romanism for sure. Here are two exposes on Chan:

    https://sites.google.com/site/reflectionsfromthewall/videos/photos/home/other-writers/francischananotherecumenist

    http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2011/12/francis-chans-crazy-love-same-messages.html

  14. Reblogged this on DiscernIt and commented:
    International House of Prayer has always been influenced by the Catholic mystics. Their bookstore on prayer is loaded with New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) authors such as Dutch Sheets, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, C. Peter Wagner and James Goll. Dallas Willard adds another touch of controversy. Then I see that Beni Johnson of Bethel Church, Redding, is also on the list. Her daughter Jenn Johnson (Jesus Culture) recently spoke to young people about angels and their f–rting contests. Please read this article as now Francis Chan is scheduled to speak at IHOP. We are being asked to contact him with a warning.


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