IHOP-KC promotes Sexaholics Anonymous, contemplative spirituality, Alcoholics Anonymous

Despite proclamations about the love and power of Christ, when all is said and done, the International House of Prayer offers onsite Alcoholics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, and Codependents Anonymous meetings to those who are in bondage.[1]

All churches and organizations associated with the New Apostolic Reformation are in error–but some far more than others.

IHOP-KC has even had its own “Twelve Steps Program Leader.” [2]

The 12 Step religion is the broad way Christ warns about. According to the A.A. Big Book, which is essentially the A.A. “Bible”:

We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.” (pg.46-47) (bold and italics mine)

Christ declares the opposite:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. (Matthew 7:13)

Equally disturbing, but less surprising, is the first thing offered to addicts on the IHOP-KC pastoral care Resource Page: Addiction & Grace, a book purporting to provide a “hopeful guide to freedom based on contemplative spirituality.”[3]

Contemplative spirituality?

According to gotquestions.org, “Contemplative spirituality is an extremely dangerous practice for any person who desires to live a biblical, God-centered life.”[4]

IHOP-KC’s pastoral support ministry, formerly called Foundations, is headed by Mike Bickle’s sister, Tracey Bickle.[5]

Pointing addicts toward contemplative spirituality is not surprising, as key  IHOP-KC leaders are deeply involved in these practices.[6] Contemplative prayer has even been listed as one of the “Core Values” of IHOP-KC, although this has since vanished from the internet.[7]

For those who do not know, contemplative prayer is not really prayer at all. It is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation disguised with Christianese terms and lingo. Eastern/New Age/contemplative teaches the person to empty the mind of thought and to enter what is known as the silence. It is here, in the silence, that spiritual deception occurs.

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Contemplative prayer can addle or alter theology. One need look no further than Bethel Redding or IHOP-KC to see the effect this can have.

While it is not surprising to see IHOP-KC promote dangerous contemplative practices (this is an old story), it is astounding to learn they are hosting 12 Step meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, and many other “Anonymous” groups are part of the 12 Step belief system, a polytheistic religion where anything and everything can be defined as “god.”

A.A.’s history and theology make clear it is in opposition to the Bible.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other, (Isaiah 45:6)

In A.A. and other 12 Step groups, Christ is seen–at best–as but one “god” among many. Furthermore, with long term involvement in A.A., biblical understanding can become diluted, and Christians can subtly–and not so subtly–take  take on some of the trappings of this non-Christian belief system. Unfortunately, this has already happened to many, and is one of the  reasons why the Body of Christ is in so much trouble.

Solomon, the wisest man in the world, thought he was strong enough not to be spiritually weakened by associating with those who worshipped foreign gods. Solomon was wrong. (1 Kings 11:1-11)

The Lord warned Solomon. He also warns us–we are to come out and be separate. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

According to a long-term A.A. member in his speech to up and coming alcohol counselors, “While A.A. literature has used and continues to use the personal pronoun which describes the concept of a personal deity, a belief in this concept is by no means required. In fact, I am convinced that the greater a member’s years in A.A., the less important the nature of this Power becomes.” [8] (bold and italics mine)  This speech is now official A.A. literature and is distributed in pamphlet form.

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)

Please do not misunderstand: This is not about isolating from the world. We must reach out to all unsaved people, and this includes addicts. But we must not be unevenly yoked with a spirituality that declares anything at all can be worshipped as “god.”

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

The 12 Steps were given to A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson by a familiar spirit. Wilson, portrayed as a Christian by some, was in reality given over to spiritualism for decades. (Read Seances, Spirits, and 12 Steps)

Why would IHOP-KC  enter into spiritual alliance with Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step groups? Perhaps is easier to wax eloquent about fidelity to the Christ of the  Bible than it is to actually obey Him. How much of the decision making in IHOP-KC comes from time spent in contemplative prayer?

That being said, I do not question the sincerity or care and concern by IHOP-KC for Christians with sexual struggles, traumas, eating disorders, and much more.

People deserve to know that many of us are free from alcohol and other bondages because of Christ alone. We did not need an A.A. Big Book because we have the Bible, the love of our King, and the fellowship of the saints. There are biblical fellowship groups like The Most Excellent Way out there–there is no need to become involved in an anti-biblical group or spirituality.

Tracey Bickle likens all the IHOP-KC pastoral care options to a  “banqueting table.” Unfortunately, at least two of those banquet choices, contemplative and 12 step spirituality, can also be likened to poison.**

Click here to read a short online booklet about the unholy history and nature of A.A.

Source Notes:
1. http://www.ihopkc.org/foundations/12steps/

http://www.ihopkc.org/fcf/pastoral-support/restoration-recovery

Twelve-Step Programs: All programs meet at IHOPKC Blue Ridge Annex Building, located at 12404 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Grandview, MO. 64030

2. http://www.ihopkc.org/foundations/about

3. http://www.ihopkc.org/foundations/resources/

http://www.ihopkc.org/fcf/pastoral-support/resources/

4. What is contemplative spirituality? http://www.gotquestions.org/contemplative-spirituality.html

5. http://www.ihopkc.org/foundations/about/

http://www.ihopkc.org/fcf/pastoral-support

6. http://mywordlikefire.com/2011/10/28/mike-bickle-of-ihop-kc-instructs-followers-on-contemplative-prayer/

7. http://mywordlikefire.com/2011/12/09/contemplative-prayer-listed-under-ihop-kc-core-values/

8. aa.org/pdf/products/p41  amemberseyeviewofaa.pdf

**There are more unhealthy approaches in the IHOP-KC pastoral support repertoire. This article does not deal with SOZO and Theophostic Prayer.

New Apostolic Reformation in your church?

I have just finished reading GOD’S SUPER-APOSTLES, by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec. The book is important enough that I am reading it again before I write a review.

The Body of Christ has been greatly affected by the New Apostolic Reformation and its advocates, even when this term is not recognized. Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer, Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Chuck Pierce, Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner, and many others in the NAR sphere have influenced the Body of Christ.

Geivett and Pivec have written a balanced book. They write without anger and without rancor. They give a fair portrayal of NAR teachings and practices, which they examine in light of the Scriptures.

Toward the end of the book one paragraph in particular seemed to leap out at me:

“Finally, we urge you to watch for signs in your congregation that some are attracted to NAR teachings and practices. We’ve learned that deliberate infiltration is not uncommon. Take care not to lend a platform to those with aberrant beliefs. Be especially vigilant on behalf of the young people in your church. And take care to vet any potential leaders for any affiliation they may have with the NAR.” [1]

Source Notes:
1. R. Doulglas Geivett and Holly Pivec, GOD’S SUPER APOSTLES, pg. 134

More on Holly Pivec’s excellent blog: http://www.spiritoferror.org/

Contemplative Dana Candler speaks at IHOP-KC 2014 Onething

Dana Candler is speaking at IHOP-KC Onething 2014 as this is being written. She is speaking about fasting. But, like many IHOP leaders and teachers, Candler is fully committed to contemplative prayer. This is unfortunate, because contemplative prayer is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation coated with Christian terminology.

Dana Candler has written, “Contemplative prayer is the way into the Ocean of Divine Love. It is the way that this fire of intimacy ignites within our being. In this love communion, the tremendous experience of God in the inner man takes place. Until this inward fire is ignited, stewarded, and released within us, we will walk as dead men. For we are only alive in the realm of love.” [3] (Italics Candler’s)

Contemplative prayer, Candler has written, “is the great missing element of the prayer ministry in the Church today: touching the very core of what the New Covenant is about. This very reality brings the highest transformation in this age.” [4]

What Candler has unknowingly asserted is that the gospel is not enough–we are “dead men” until we experience the “transformation” through contemplative prayer. She, of course, would not see it this way at all. To the contemplatives, this deceptive meditative state is what Jesus intended for us all along.

Contemplative prayer is foundational to IHOP-KC. click here for more info and source notes

Reader: Candler spoke at Session 7 but as of yet her session has not been put up on the Onething 2014 site.

Reinhard Bonnke replaces Joyce Meyer at IHOP-KC Onething 2014

Describing him as “one of the most powerful evangelists of all time,” an IHOP-KC communication states, “We are thrilled to announce that Reinhard Bonnke will be joining us for Onething 2014!” [1]

Bonnke is the hoped for high-recognition replacement for the departed Joyce Meyers, who canceled due to “some unforeseeable personal circumstances.” [2]

Source Note 1

Source Note 2

Learn about IHOP-KC: Click Here

Joyce Meyer cancels speaking engagement at IHOP-KC Onething 2014

Joyce Meyer will not be speaking at the International House of Prayer Onething 2014 event.

According to an IHOP-KC Leadership Team notification, “Joyce expressed her regret to us that she is unable to be with us and has had to cancel her visit at the last minute.”

The reason for this unexpected cancellation is attributed to “some unforeseeable personal circumstances.”

Source: click here

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“The Prosperity Priestess and the pied piper of IHOP” by Marsha West

Joyce Meyer is scheduled to speak at IHOP-KC’s Onething Conference in December. Marsha West examines this Mike Bickle/Joyce Meyer “team-up” and the implications thereof.

You can read the entire Marsha West article by linking HERE

Beth Moore, contemplative prayer, and Rome

Contemplative prayer, which is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation wrapped in Christian terminology, has done much damage. Alcoholics Anonymous, God Calling, and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young all have contemplative prayer as a spiritual root. Read

Has contemplative prayer has affected (infected) Beth Moore? It seems that so many have wandered from biblical understanding, and some of these are influential, such as Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, and yes, Beth Moore. Much of their doctrinal confusion must be attributed to contemplative prayer.

Lighthouse Trails has an article dealing with Beth Moore and her “Spiritual Awakening” … if you are unfamiliar with this, or are a fan of Beth Moore’s, please read this. You can go to the article by clicking right HERE

Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

From the Office of Public Relations, Franciscan University of Steubenville:

“The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in 1999 by Mike Bickle, who says that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, as well as contemporary Catholics 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. ‘I’ve always had a passion for Catholic-Christian unity, and enthusiastically welcome this years Catholic track,’ says Bickle. ‘We may have different religious traditions, but we focus on fellowship, and unity and Jesus being glorified in prayer, worship, and teaching.’” [1]

Endnotes:
1. (11/9/12) http://www.franciscan.edu/NEWS/2012/Catholic-Track-at-Onething-2012/

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Joyce Meyer speaking at IHOP-KC “Onething” Conference, December 2014

Last year it was Francis Chan who spoke at the International House of Prayer’s “Onething” Conference. Chan’s participation was, at least initially, a public relations bonanza for Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC. Video

In 2012 Mike Bickle had a Catholic track scheduled for “Onething,” although this was never announced on the IHOP website. While this event/track was canceled, the very fact that Bickle would have allowed it is indicative of an ecumenical outlook. This is not surprising due to the heavy Catholic, contemplative influence that Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC are immersed in. Read

Scheduled for December 2014 “Onething” conference are Joyce Meyer, Phil Wickham, and Keri Job. Link

Joyce Meyer?

We will continue to cover this as it unfolds.

(If you want to research Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC, click Here)

BONUS: Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

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.

Bonus: Pope offers different versions of salvation?

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