Protestants who don’t unite with Catholics are guilty of “Spiritual Racism”

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)

What are the strands that will be woven together to form the false church?

Tony Palmer states he receives financial support from Kenneth Copeland and claims he has been “consecrated” by Pope Francis to be a bridge for further unity among Protestants and Catholics. You may have seen the message from the Pope that Tony Palmer played at Kenneth Copeland’s convention. It is included in the above video.

According to Palmer, “…the protest of Luther is over. And therefore now we are all living in a post-Protestant era…” (8:00 in video)

The Protestants who disagree are suffering from “spiritual racism.” (8:40)

But…is unity with the Catholic Church even possible?

Palmer says, “It’s the glory that glues us together, not the doctrines. If you accept that Christ is living in me and the presence of God is in me and the presence of God is in you that’s all we need. Because God will sort out all the doctrines when we get upstairs.” (13:48)

Really? The Lord will sort out all the doctrines in heaven? Christ is very concerned with doctrine (teaching) and deception cannot take place without departure from His doctrine.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:16)

Palmer, from the Anglican tradition, has served three popes. He uses a 1999 document between Catholics and Lutherans (?) as indication that the Catholic Church now lines up with Protestant (biblical) understanding of justification.

Yet, the Council of Trent’s ruling of hundreds of years ago has never been overturned by the Catholic Church. That historic ruling makes clear the division in belief. http://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification

What about the Pope’s “infallibility”? http://www.reachingcatholics.org/eternal.html

And what about praying to Mary and the saints?
I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)

What about seeking forgiveness of sins through a priest?
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 5:6)

And what about the Eucharist? http://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Eucharist.html

What about purgatory? Where in the Bible is there a temporary version of afterlife suffering? http://home.earthlink.net/~ronrhodes/Purgatory.html

Pope Francis is clearly a kind man, and a humble man. But that is not the issue. I am grateful for the stand Catholics take on abortion. I am very grateful for my Catholic education and my Catholic friends. But that is not the issue.

Catholicism is not biblical Christianity.

Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer tried to bring the Catholics into his One Thing conference several years ago. Fortunately, this did not happen. Link

There will be other efforts, as we can see by this Kenneth Copeland supported gentleman, Tony Palmer. Are we watching the beginnings of the charismatic movement (Copeland, Bickle etc.) aligning with Catholicism?

Pay particular attention to the last six minutes of this video.

And do not be deceived.

Want information on Mike Bickle and International House of Prayer?

Many, many people are interested in what is happening at Bethel Redding and International House of Prayer. Here is a link to Apostasy Watch, where information has been gathered about Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC. You will find contemplative and Catholic influence, an incorrect view of endtimes, and much more. LINK:
Apostasy Watch

Also, for extremely thorough analysis of what IHOP-KC teaches, go to Herescope and Herescope

Explaining contemplative prayer

Why is IHOP-KC’s obsession with contemplative prayer so dangerous? Of course, it is not just Mike Bickle’s organization that is so involved with this deceptive practice. Not by a long shot.

Lighthouse Trails has just released a booklet/tract, So You Want to Practice “Good” Contemplative Prayer…What’s Wrong With That?

Written by Lynn Lusby Pratt, this offers a clear and concise definition and explanation. If you have friends in the International House of Prayer, or in A.A. and practicing Step 11, or in a mainstream church–or anywhere else where this anti-biblical meditation can be found–this is a valuable resource.

This booklet/tract is sold individually, or in multiples.

If you want to read it, here is the Link.

Francis Chan as IHOP-KC’s public relations agent?

How often will IHOP-KC use Francis Chan’s words from the Onething Conference 2013 for recruitment or public relation purposes?

In this video, The Deception of the International House of Prayer, we are given a good look at IHOP’s disturbing associations and practices.

Send this to someone.

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Francis Chan endorses IHOP’s Mike Bickle

Francis Chan preached at IHOP-KC’s Onething Conference, and he preached up a storm. At the beginning he said, “There’s people who told me not to hang out with [Mike Bickle]. Words like ‘creepy’ came up. … I love his heart. I just want to publicly say I love Mike Bickle.”

Recognizing a great public relations opportunity, IHOP turned this into a short video: Watch video (Give it a few seconds to come on)…

I often wonder about decisions made by Pastor Chan and author Joel Rosenberg, two men who seem truly committed to Christ, yet lack…discernment. I know this statement is going to get me in trouble with some.

Pastor Chan’s sermon dealt with the wrath of God as well as the love of God. It was powerful. He prayed before he began, and he prayed hard. You can watch the whole thing here: Watch video

Should Pastor Chan have endorsed Mike Bickle? No. But, go ahead, you make the call: Read

Jesus Calling is Amazon’s 5th best selling book for 2013

Slate Magazine wryly notes that the successful sales of Jesus Calling means, “We’re desperate for guidance from Jesus, even if it’s just an author named Sarah Young pretending to be Jesus.” [1]

An author pretending to be Jesus would be bad enough, but Jesus Calling seems a product of spirit dictation, much like its predecessor, God Calling.

There is no denying the impact this book is having upon church and culture. It is one more step toward the contemplative “christ.”

This imposter (or imposters**) has been helped along by Rick Warren, Mike Bickle, and many others. Warren’s Daniel Plan brought Eastern/New Age meditation advocates before unsuspecting Christians.  Read

Contemplative prayer is foundational to Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer. Read

This is going to get much worse, because so many are now trusting and relying on their leaders rather than the Word of God.

Related: Fake “jesus” flatters in Jesus Calling Read

Related: Alcoholics Anonymous and Jesus Calling have God Calling in common Read

**And Jesus said to them, “See that no one misleads you. For many shall come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

HT: http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/

Endnotes:

1.  Slate article

Mike Bickle will allow fake manifestations “to allow the genuine to take place”?

Mike Bickle of IHOP says he does not allow fake manifestations of the Holy Spirit up on the platform, but “I will allow the fake in the room because I so believe in the genuine.”

Bickle states, “Most places that I’ve been the majority of the manifestations are not caused by the Holy Spirit”…. “but the problem is, it’s not all fake and the genuine is in our midst, and I will allow a whole lot of hamburger helper to allow the genuine to take place. I will not promote it but I will allow it.”

Bickle cautions his young listeners against the fake stuff–but then again, he allows a lot of this. And of course, what is fake, meaning made up or imagined by man, and what is demonic?

Watch the video. It is fourteen minutes or so.

HT: http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/

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/

Top 50 “Christian” contemplative books Christians should avoid

Lighthouse Trails has a list of 50 “Christian” contemplative books that should be avoided–and also the names of 25 “bridgers,” i.e., those men and women who are helping introduce contemplative spirituality into the Body of Christ. Second on the not-recommended-book list is Gerald May’s book, Awakened Heart.

Interestingly, another of May’s books is being sold through Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer bookstore.

According to the IHOP-KC Product Description of May’s book, Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions, “Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.” [1] (Bold mine)

That contemplative practice is foundational to International House of Prayer is beyond dispute.

Here is the link to the Lighthouse Trails list of not-recommended “Christian” contemplative books, and those who are serving as bridges to contemplative spirituality. Maybe you can bookmark it, and refer to it if (when) these books are introduced to your church. click here

Endnotes:

1. IHOP-KC (Forerunner Bookstore) Product Description click here

Related articles:

1. Mike Bickle of IHOP wants book about Catholic Mystics to be “manual for IHOP-KC”

2. Mike Bickle admits Catholic Contemplatve influence on IHOP-KC ( Includes quote from a Catholic University P.R. office)

3. Bickle instructs followers on contemplative prayer

4. IHOP openly promotes contemplative prayer, visualization (DiscernIt)

Contemplative prayer on IHOP-KC’s “Core Values” list

“There’s no biblical definition of contemplative prayer.” – Mike Bickle, IHOP-KC [1]

So, what if there was a way to go deeper with God? What if this was something the monks did centuries ago, but was still available today? There are wonderful spiritual experiences reported through this practice–and some say we can’t really know the fullness of God without it.

What if you went to a place that prayed and worshiped all the time, and this technique was approved and advocated by leadership? A place, for instance, like International House of Prayer.

Would you do it? If your leaders encouraged it? Would you go “deeper”?

This practice is called contemplative prayer. It is really the same thing as Eastern or new age meditation, and it offers the same gateway to spiritual deception. Contemplative prayer is foundational to International House of Prayer teaching. When Mike Bickle or other IHOP leaders speak about Catholic mystics like Teresa of Avila, or John of the Cross, they are speaking about contemplative prayer.

The following list of IHOP-KC VALUES has been removed from the web, a not uncommon response from IHOP-KC when a controversial teaching or statement is scrutinized:

V. IHOP-KC CORE VALUES
A. Values that are not implemented are not values. We need to ensure that we have a values conversion. We must help all IHOP-KC staff implement the IHOP-KC values.
B. Passion for Jesus via the Knowledge of God
1. Bridal paradigm of the Kingdom – Jesus as Bridegroom, King and Judge
2. Contemplative Prayer in intimacy with God – sitting at the feet of Jesus is not a waste. We emphasize “being” (who we are in God) more than “doing” (accomplishing tasks for God). Emphasizing being a lover of God before being a worker for God. Deep communion with the Holy Spirit. Absorbed in the contemplation of God. Inspire people to love Jesus passionately as extravagant lovers – Matt. 22:37; John 17:26; SoS 8:6. [1] (Bold mine)

Note that the Core Values list states, “We need to ensure that we have a values conversion. We must help all IHOP-KC staff implement the IHOP-KC values.”

If you are an IHOP person, I ask that you research contemplative prayer. Because, whether it is called “communing prayer” or something else, it is this practice that will usher in many of the false “christs” that our Lord warns us about.

And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

Contemplative prayer can change or determine a person’s theology. If you are reading this, pray for the IHOP leadership. Mike Bickle, Dana Candler (Read), Corey Russell, and many others have been deceived.

Deep in this meditative trance-state, people receive delightful falsehoods, for who can spew sweeter lies than the enemy of our Lord? Yet so many now believe they are at the feet of Jesus during this experience.

He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

If you are an IHOP person, or love an IHOP person, it is time to investigate. Please watch this video. It comes right to the point. Maybe you can share this with other IHOP people, particularly staff members.  Watch video

Endnotes:

1. http://mywordlikefire.com/2012/11/16/mike-bickle-of-ihop-kc-theres-no-biblical-definition-of-contemplative-prayer/

2.(IHOP has removed this from the web.) http://forerunnermessengers.org/mike-bickle/house-of-prayer-by-mike-bickle/

Related:

 Mike Bickle of IHOP wants book about Catholic Mystics to be “manual for IHOP-KC”

 Mike Bickle admits Catholic Contemplatve influence on IHOP-KC ( Includes quote from a Catholic University P.R. office)

 Bickle instructs followers on contemplative prayer

IHOP openly promotes contemplative prayer, visualization (DiscernIt)

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