“Behold Your God” Study defines biblical meditation

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically, by Pastor John Snyder, has been a blessing to many. The women in our church are currently using this study, and the excerpts below are from Week 3, Day 4 of the Daily Devotional Workbook:

“The Christian approach to meditation is the opposite of that which is practiced in many other religions. Meditation is often thought of as the process of quieting and emptying one’s mind. But in Christianity, meditation is focused on filling the mind. Meditation means to muse, to think on, and to reflect.” (pg. 52)

Is biblical meditation important? Yes. The study quotes Christians who have understood this very important aspect of our walk with the Lord.

“Many are troubled if they omit a sermon, a time of public prayer, but you are never troubled that you have omitted meditation, perhaps all your lifetime to this very day.” (Richard Baxter)

“Faith is lean and ready to starve unless it be fed with continual meditation.” (Thomas Manton)

The  Behold Your God Daily Devotional Workbook explains, “[Biblical]Meditation is simply the work of reading Bible truths slowly and thinking them over in our minds. Often this is mixed with prayer–talking with God about what He has said to us. It is the same idea as a cow chewing its cud. We take a truth, work it from every angle, chew it, come back to it later, talk to God about what it says, think about how it is connected with other things the Bible says on the same subject, and find a place in our lives for it.” (pg. 52)

Unfortunately, thousands and thousand of Christians now believe that Christian meditation involves blanking out the mind and entering a state known as the silence. This is known as contemplative prayer.

Lighthouse Trails and others have warned for a long time now that contemplative prayer (essentially the same as Eastern/New Age meditation but presented/disguised with Christian terminology) has infected the visible church.

It may well be that participation in contemplative prayer is the reason why Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer (see video), Rick Warren, and others are no longer able to distinguish the difference between Catholicism and biblical Christianity. Don’t kid yourself: This practice can have profound theological consequences.

Ray Yungen, author of A Time of Departing, warns, “Contemplative prayer is presenting a way to God identical with all the world’s mystical traditions. Christians are haplessly lulled into it by the emphasis on seeking the Kingdom of God and greater piety, yet the apostle Paul described the church’s end-times apostasy in the context of a mystical seduction. If this practice doesn’t fit that description, I don’t know what does.” (pg.140)

Perhaps if pastors and churches had truly understood, practiced, and emphasized biblical meditation, the infection of contemplative prayer could have been significantly lessened, or perhaps even prevented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Cruz touts endorsement from NAR leader Mike Bickle (Spirit of Error blog)

You’re going to want  read the entire article by Holly Pivec, and you can link to it below. According to Pivec,

“It seems the campaign is aware of Bickle’s connection to the NAR, but not overly concerned about it. Any misgivings may have been allayed by the fact that a growing number of mainstream evangelicals have accepted speaking engagements at IHOP.

“Whatever the case may be, the campaign’s touting of Bickle’s endorsement reveals how influential this particular NAR leader has become and shows that the NAR has grown into a significant political force.” click here for rest of article

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IHOP-KC once again withholds mention of Catholic participation at Onething conference

This was written before Onething 2015 took place, and Onething is now here, with Catholic participation, but few in the visible church seem to care. The false church is rising.

My Word Like Fire

Like the saying goes, It is deja vu all over again. In 2012, the Catholic Church was scheduled to participate in the International House of Prayer’s Onething conference. While this startling information was available on Catholic sites online, there was virtually nothing about it on the IHOP-KC or Onething websites.

In 2012, Catholic participation was canceled, and this spiritual partnership never took place. Now, in 2015, the Catholics are once again scheduled to participate at Onething, and IHOP-KC founder Mike Bickle has determined yet again to keep this information off the IHOP-KC/Onething website.

Why? Because Bickle knows there are still those in the visible church who are opposed to this. For good reason–while Catholics are our neighbors and friends, Catholic theology is far removed from the Truth of the Bible.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

While mum’s the word from IHOP-KC, a Catholic site is very informative (and promotional) about this upcoming partnership:

According to majorchange.org…

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Hey Kids! Help Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC undo the Reformation by supporting Catholic Track at Onething 2015

Tired of hearing about Martin Luther? Sick of all that “by grace you have been saved through faith” doctrine? Then help International House of Prayer bring about the Catholic-Protestant merger! It won’t happen overnight, but joining with Catholics at IHOP-KC’s Onething conference is a swell place to start!**

(Onething 2015 takes place December 28-31)

 

Related: IHOP-KC once again withholds mention of Catholic participation at Onething conference

Related: More IHOP-KC videos and articles

** A little satire, a little sarcasm, about a very serious thing.

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IHOP-KC once again withholds mention of Catholic participation at Onething conference

Like the saying goes, It is deja vu all over again. In 2012, the Catholic Church was scheduled to participate in the International House of Prayer’s Onething conference. While this startling information was available on Catholic sites online, there was virtually nothing about it on the IHOP-KC or Onething websites.

In 2012, Catholic participation was canceled, and this spiritual partnership never took place. Now, in 2015, the Catholics are once again scheduled to participate at Onething, and IHOP-KC founder Mike Bickle has determined yet again to keep this information off the IHOP-KC/Onething website.

Why? Because Bickle knows there are still those in the visible church who are opposed to this. For good reason–while Catholics are our neighbors and friends, Catholic theology is far removed from the Truth of the Bible.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

While mum’s the word from IHOP-KC, a Catholic site is very informative (and promotional) about this upcoming partnership:

According to majorchange.org, “…we would like to acknowledge this unprecedented event’s historical and spiritual importance as we, by participating with the International House of Prayer, make a small step toward ecumenical unity…” [1]

The Catholic site also states, “We are grateful to Mike Bickle and his leadership team for making it possible for us to gather ecumenically with fellow Christians.” [2]

Here is the thing: While some individual Catholics may be saved, this is in spite of Catholic teaching, not because of it. [3]
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But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)
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Like his fellow contemplatives Rick Warren and Beth Moore, Bickle is playing a significant role in the unraveling of biblical understanding. And don’t kid yourself. Unity for the sake of unity is not love. Holding to the gospel given to us by Christ, as increasingly difficult as this has become, is true love.

As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:9)

 Related: Help Mike Bickle and IHOP undo the Reformation by supporting Catholic Track at Onething 2015

Related information click here

Source notes:

1. http://majorchange.org/onething/#history

2. http://majorchange.org/onething/#onething2015catholictrack

3. Pretty much borrowed a sentence, more or less, from gotquestions.org. Will quote exactly when and if I can find it again.

 

 

 

More articles added to ‘Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer Spumoni Fest’ page

The Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer Spumoni Fest page has been updated (column on the right). However, there are many other articles concerning IHOP-KC on this blog.

To access these, simply type any of the following into the search box:  Mike Bickle, IHOP-KC, contemplative, Catholic, New Apostolic Reformation, NAR, Teresa of Avila, or International House of Prayer.

International House of Prayer Gobble Fest Leftovers

I know. You went way overboard at the Gobble Fest.

But that was yesterday.

Try the sandwich. Soup is good, too.

Early Mike Bickle and more  — “The core team of Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, Rick Joyner, and Paul Cain became the primary prophetic celebrities.”

Francis Chan again speaking at IHOP-KC Onething conference??

IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle on fake and “genuine” manifestations of the Holy Spirit

IHOP Openly Promotes Contemplative Prayer, Visualization 

International House of Prayer Gobble Fest

Try the turkey.

 Catholic Church participating in IHOP-KC Onething 2015 convention

IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle–powerful evangelist for contemplative prayer

Like Priscilla Shirer, IHOP-KC has taught people to imagine themselves as characters in Bible stories

IHOP-KC’s Mike Bickle on fake and “genuine” Holy Spirit manifestations

Mike Bickle tells the IHOP-KC students, “I know that I know the value of genuine manifestations. The real. Again I’ve seen, and I’ve had it happen to me, people thrashed around, I’ve seen people thrown against walls, and across rooms. I’ve seen a lot of fake, but I’ve seen a lot of real.” (5:15 in video)

Incredibly, Mike Bickle 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.” (6:25)

What?

Francis Chan and Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd are scheduled to speak at IHOP-KC’s Onething convention in late December 2015.  Because of Floyd’s participation, many SBC members will be exposed via the internet to the IHOP-KC organization. Catholic Matt Maher will be one of the worship leaders.

This is far more than an International House of Prayer public relations victory. This is the growing ecumenism that is contributing to the rise of the false church.

In the above video, Bickle encourages the young people to seek genuine manifestations of the Holy Spirit, while warning that 80% of what occurs is fake. He discourages those he calls “auto-manifesters” and “auto-screamers.” Significantly, and unfortunately, the danger of demonic deception and manifestation is never addressed.

Manifestations, signs and wonders. Like Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Mike Bickle continues to emphasize a “bells-and-whistles” theology.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.  (James 3:1)

As Holly Pivec points out, Bickle has misinterpreted scripture, which has served to further the bells-and-whistles agenda. [1]

Please watch the entire video, as I have by no means transcribed every relevant statement. In his message to the IHOP-KC students, Bickle is essentially trying to get the cat back into the bag. He is addressing abuses, while defending some “manifestions” as genuine.

Bickle states, “I’ve experienced many different times of manifestations personally.” (2:42 in video)

“I know that I know the value of genuine manifestations. The real. Again I’ve seen, and I’ve had it happen to me, people thrashed around, I’ve seen people thrown against walls, and across rooms. I’ve seen a lot of fake, but I’ve seen a lot of real.” (5:15)

So…people getting thrown across rooms is the Holy Spirit?

“…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, because the genuine is so important to the Kingdom of God.” (6:04)

As noted, Mike Bickle 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.” (6:25)

And, of course, in hypercharismania, a good manifestation is sometimes the “holy laughter”:

“I’ve had times when the Lord’s come on me and I’ve laughed and I could not stop. A few times it was really embarrassing because I was in a situation where it would have been better if I could have stopped.” (2:59)

It would be far better for the Body of Christ if Chan and Floyd canceled their Onething speaking engagements, but it is not likely. Chan, after all, has already been a Onething speaker in 2013. Nor will Catholic Matt Maher be canceled. Mike Bickle, like many contemplatives, seems spiritually unable or unwilling to discern the vast chasm between Catholic theology and the Truth of the Bible.

If you want to further investigate these Catholic and contemplative leanings  click here.

Source Notes:

1. http://www.spiritoferror.org/2013/04/bickles-bible-botching/2989

[This video is twice the length as the one covered in 2013]

 

Southern Baptist Convention President to speak at IHOP-KC’s “Onething” gathering?

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd will be speaking in December at Onething, the International House of Prayer’s annual celebration/convention. So will Francis Chan–for the second time. Onething takes place December 28-31, 2015.

Catholic Matt Maher will be one of the worship leaders. The IHOP Onething Worship and Leaders page notes that Maher played at the World Meeting of Families, which marked “Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. this year.”

Ronnie Floyd’s appearance at Onething potentially opens Southern Baptist members to IHOP-KC influence . How many SBC members will be watching Onething online because Floyd will be speaking there? As noted in Francis Chan as IHOP-KC’s public relations agent?, Chan’s 2013 participation in Onething was a public relations bonanza for IHOP-KC.

It should be stated that there are people in IHOP-KC who are saved. Those who have broad-brushed everyone in IHOP-KC as being heretics or apostates are in in error. Many of the young people who come to IHOP-KC are already Christians, and they want the hands-on experience that IHOP-KC seemingly offers.

Should we be concerned with IHOP-KC’s teachings? Yes. Should Christians accept or participate in IHOP-KC? We should not.

IHOP-KC is built on a contemplative foundation. Because of this, much deception has occurred. It is part of the New Apostolic Reformation (more on this in Part Two), and leader Mike Bickle, like many other contemplatives, is seemingly unconcerned about the profound differences between Catholic theology and that of the Bible.

This spiritual blindness makes sense, given Bickle’s enchantment with the long-dead Catholic contemplatives who helped spread this unholy meditative practice. Two of the most influential Catholic contemplatives were (are) Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Incredibly, Bickle states that he wants Father Thomas Dubay’s Fire Within, a book about these two mystics, to “be the manual for IHOP-KC.” (Read)

End Part One

To Be Continued

Part Two will cover IHOP-KC’s false teachings, Catholic leanings, NAR ideology, and long term contemplative influence.

 

 

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