Mike Bickle and his IHOP enters Christian Right Politics

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    By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jul 2, 2011 in Current Issues, Features, New Apostolic Reformation

    The following is originally posted on Herescope and republished with permission:

    By Dr. Orrel Steinkamp[1]

    IHOP is starting to feel its Dominion oats

    We are not merely to have the message of the Kingdom, but become the message. We are to be living epistles and God’s Word incarnate if we are to meet the needs of this generation and become the army prophesied in Scripture.–Bob Jones & Paul Keith Davis, “The Light of Favor and Grace is Upon Us. And Doubt Not, Have Faith to Move Mountains,” 1/17/07, TheElijahList

    Where religion has reigned now get ready for God’s government to reign. This government will prepare a way for the Kingdom to come in the Body of Christ out of the innermost part of the sons and daughters.–Bob Jones, “The Keys 22:22,” 8/13/11, TheElijahList

    Another national politician is joining with the false Apostles and Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).[2] Texas Governor Rick Perry is leading an event scheduled at the Reliant Stadium, seating 100,000, in Houston on August 6. Alice Patterson of JusticeAtTheGate, who is a big part of the Dominionist activities of the NAR, sent out an invitation on June 21st that stated:

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, in an historic move that has not taken place in our lifetime, is calling for a National Solemn Assembly called The Response: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis, on Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Reliant Stadium (indoors) in Houston, Texas.In a letter dated May 18, 2011 inviting the 49 other Governors to join him, Governor Perry cited the book of Joel as the answer for the challenges facing America.[3]

    The NAR faithful are shaking the Tea Party trees to fill the stadium. This event is yet another prayer event with a Dominionist agenda: “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” The organizers are dubbing this event “a non-denominational apolitical prayer meeting.” But don’t be fooled. This is common fare for the NAR apostles and prophets in their bid to promote the Dominion Mandate of their apostles and prophets around the world.[4]

    Christian Right politicians see this as an opportunity for securing much of the Christian Right vote, as well as politically acquiring access to the on-ground Network (NAR is a network) of the apostles and prophets, which is well organized even to the precinct level across America. There will be prayers, sermons, prophesies, and spiritual warfare to be sure, but there is only one reason for this event and it is Dominionism political activism pure and simple. Gov. Rick Perry may or may not make a run for the White House. But even if he doesn’t it serves the Dominion/Political Mandate of the NAR apostles and prophets and makes them more visual to the Christian Right political base. It garners more influence for them in national politics. And this is the crux of the matter.

    What is new about this event is that the organizational burden of this event will be shouldered by IHOP (International House of Prayer)[5] staffers from Kansas City. This is the group known as the “Kansas City Prophets,” which forms the foundation of the NAR. The Response event leaders, listed at Leadership | The Response: August 6, 2011, include Luis and Jill Cataldo, who are “currently on staff at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.” Randy and Kelsey Bohlender are “prayer missionaries with the International House of Prayer and on the leadership team” of Lou Engle’s “The Call Institute,” now located in Kansas City at IHOPU. Others among the organizers are IHOP “Apostles” Doug Stringer[6] and Dave Silker, “a senior leader at the International House of Prayer Missions Base” and “on the board of TheCall with Lou Engle.”

    Jay Swallow, another NAR Apostle, has often spoken at Apostle Lou Engle’s IHOP sponsored “The Call” events. Swallow trains people at his SWAT (Strategic Warriors At Training) camps for identifying and purging American soil of territorial spirits. This training has more to do with militia training than sitting round campfires. Cindy Jacobs is heavily involved in bizarre spiritual warfare events.[7]

    Mike Bickle, director of IHOP, is listed among the endorsees of this conference. This RESPONSE event marks the beginning of IHOP personnel (excluding Lou Engle) in direct involvement in politics. Christian Right mainstream politics! This is not a fringe operation.[8] This is a noteworthy shift in that previously the public ethos promoted at IHOP has been that of 24/7 prayer intercession and a wilderness lifestyle. If the hundreds of interns and staffers from Kansas City and IHOP satellites are recruited and inducted into the NAR political efforts, it represents a large body of political warriors.[9]

    The Significance of IHOP Entering American Politics

    It was in A.D. 2000, the now 54-year-old Mike Bickle resigned his church then called Metro Christian Fellowship to launch Kansas City’s International House of Prayer, now known by the acronym IHOP. Today Mike Bickle is the executive director of the multiple ministries of IHOP and senior pastor of Forerunner Christian Fellowship. IHOP is a 24/7 worship and warfare prayer ministry to be sure. But it has ballooned into much more than that. This ministry is sourced from a Bob Jones prophecy and is modeled after the “Tabernacle of David” teaching, with singers and musicians being “released” to lead corporate intercession and worship 24/7 (ongoing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). IHOP boasts over four hundred fulltime staff that identify themselves as “Intercessory Missionaries.”

    Mike Bickle has authored several books one of which is his book Growing in the Prophetic. Bickle’s core teaching is concerning the return of Christ. Out of the book of Revelation he lifts certain key elements of his message (more about this in Part 2). He stated on a CBN interview the following, which seems to encapsulate Bickle’s essential message: “God doesn’t send his Son into a vacuum. God sends his Son in answer to a consistent global cry from the church.” Bickle continued: “God prophesies a day that the church in its identity as the bride of Christ will work in union with the Holy Spirit beckoning Christ to return…. The world-wide church will become in sync with the Holy Spirit crying out ‘Come Lord Jesus, break in! break in!’ and so Jesus will then come in His second coming and before that He will release a revival… the church will be interceding together [globally] just before the Lord returns. That is one of the great signs in Revelation of the second coming.” (Note he references the IHOP teaching on Bridal Paradigm and allegorizes of the Song of Solomon[10]).

    Elevating the Later Rain teaching of the Tabernacle of David to a functional level of impelling Jesus to return is behind the whole rational of the 24/7 of IHOP. It really becomes the way the church can force or at least entice Jesus to return. (See my article, “The Restoration of Davidic Warfare/Worship,”Plumbline, Vol. 7, No. 4, Sept/Oct 2002). The Tabernacle of David (TOD) teaching, which Bob Jones prophesied would be restored at IHOP, is not new to IHOP, but clearly is a part of the restoration scheme of the old Latter Rain cult teachers of the early 50′s. George Warnock, Latter Rain teacher of the 50′s, often referred to the TOD. The so-called 24/7 TOD teaching is just a companion piece of the whole restoration scheme in which Apostles and Prophets claim to be “restored” to the final overcoming end-time church. Along with “restored” apostles and prophets, the Latter Rain TOD is ” restored” after a supposed appearance in the first century which is now applied to the last days.

    In this regard, however, it can be easily be established that Acts 15 is not a reference to Davidic worship forms at all. The context of Acts 15:16 and Amos 9:11 demands that the word “tabernacle” (Heb. sukkah, which is often translated house) actually refers to the dynastic rule of David (as in house of Usher, etc.). In fact in Isaiah 16:5, the TOD is translated as the “rule of David.” “In love a throne will be established and in faithfulness a man will sit on it , one from the Tabernacle [house] of David” (NIV). In Latter-Rain/Manifest Sons of God teaching the Tabernacle of David is elevated as a symbol of God’s manifest presence on earth in the last days. According to this teaching we are to expect the TOD to be rebuilt in the last days by the church, and as such it becomes a metaphor for Dominionism. In Latter Rain teaching, which is the source of TOD and also IHOP, this all points to a powerful end-times revelation of believers as glorified, transformed, and perfected and possessed by Christ to such a degree that they become one with him and become a living corporate Son of God on the earth ruling with him. This is accomplished by the descent of “the glory” in a final overwhelming event that will transfigure all those who receive it.[11]

    The Kansas City Prophets and their Rise to Power

    The Mike Bickle story at IHOP however does not begin in A.D. 2000 and the launching of IHOP. There is a long historical chain reaching far back into the 1980s. It is absolutely necessary to refer back to the earlier events connected with the so-called “Kansas City Prophets.” The launching of IHOP, which came much later, was as a result of a prophecy given to Bickle by Bob Jones, the most disputed of the on-site prophets. Jones and other resident prophets had gathered around Bickle and become known as the “The Kansas City Prophets.” These Kansas City Prophets were exposed as frauds to the Christian public by Ernie Gruen, pastor of Full Faith Church, who later published a report that became widely publicized and is still available.[12] The report is called “Documentation of The Aberrant Practices and Teachings of Kansas City Fellowship (Grace Ministries).” It is still the most comprehensive exposure of the founding years of Mike Bickle and the Kansas City Prophets the precursor of the current IHOP.

    As Christians around the nation were calling for investigation and more information into this maelstrom of controversy regarding the KC prophets, suddenly in stepped John Wimber from Vineyard Ministries. In 1991, the late John Wimber stopped the public bloodletting of the controversy and took the Kansas City Prophets under his authority and oversight. He renamed the ministry Metro Vineyard Fellowship. This was a pivotal time in their history:

    Just at this moment in history, a confluence was beginning which was to have massive repercussions throughout the rest of evangelicalism: John Wimber of the Vineyard Movement connected with the Kansas City Prophets. John Wimber had previously been picked up as an “experiment” by C. Peter Wagner at Fuller Theological Seminary for “signs and wonders” classes. For several decades Fuller had been laying considerable groundwork for the formation of new doctrines – ecclesiology, eschatology, missiology, soteriology, etc.Wimber’s connection to KCF proved to be the catalyst for the beginnings of what C. Peter Wagner was to later call the “New Apostolic Reformation.” The esoteric doctrines of the Latter Rain movement became an integral part of his post-modern evangelical canon. And because of Wagner’s influence, KCF leaders who would have been obscure in 1991, such as Mike Bickle, are now widely known throughout evangelicalism.[13]

    Among the Kansas City prophets, especially Augustine, Cain and Jones became controversial, not only for the prophesies they uttered but for the prophetic foundation they laid down, which Bickle now calls “The Blueprint Prophecy.” Currently all IHOP interns must study this “Blueprint Prophecy.” But even more alarming than the silly and absurd prophesies given in this “Blueprint” is the fact IHOP is openly and squarely built on these three prophets. They form the foundation of the current ministry. But the interns and others at IHOP are only given a redacted and sanitized version of these prophets and their prophesies. Furthermore, Bickle has revised this “blueprint document” a number of times to excise terms like “Latter Rain,” etc. Some of the prophesies have been removed, and when questioned about this Bickle says he simply couldn’t understand or even remember some of these now hidden prophesies.[14] Later I will select certain prophetic examples from the “blueprint prophecy.” but first I am now going to deal briefly with the three founding prophets who are still at the foundational blueprint of what we know today as Kansas City Prophets/IHOP.

    The Kansas City Prophets: By Their Roots You Shall Know Them

    The three foundational prophets at Kansas City are demonstrably false. That in itself would not make them unique among the current club of these self-anointed, self-appointed apostles and prophets. But these prophesies, even by current prophesy standards, are odd, silly and ludicrous. Even more alarming is the fact that all three of these prophets have a history of sexual perversion. How can a movement expand when its foundation is false and sexually perverted? This only casts a shadow on the total movement that is built upon them. It is not surprising then that the IHOP practices a “Bridal Mysticism,” with sexual overtones among those who experience personal, imaginative, even romantic intimacy, with Jesus the bridegroom.[15] Lou Engle, the Apostle at IHOP, has led young people in an actual Hebrew marriage ceremony to Jesus at his “The Call” rallies. It would take too much space to give a full historical account of these three false prophets. I will simply list these three and give random samples of their prophesies and sexual perversions.

    Augustine Alcala

    There is not much information on him. His claim to fame is that he prophesied to Bickle in St. Louis that he would move to Kansas City and initiate a new move of God there. The reason there is not much information on prophet Ausustine is that apparently he early fell in disrepute.[14] “Julie’s Story,” that was once published at “Gray Coats” on the Internet, revealed what apparently happened. She stated: “My husband and I were a part of KCF from its inception… Augustine prophesied that Bickle needed to move to KC and begin a new move of God. Augustine was later dismissed as somewhat false when a certain prophecy never came to pass. He was later discovered to have had a hidden homosexual life style that was exposed before he passed away.” Augustine apparently had a run-in early on with Rick Joyner and Bobby Conner (of throwing spiritual glory grenades fame[16]), and reportedly mentored Terry Kruse, who authored a book called God’s New Breed. Augustine died 5-11-10.[17]

    Paul Cain

    Paul was a boy wonder child evangelist, who often filled in for William Branham[18] emulating Branham’s ministry. But after the sudden death of Branham on Dec. 18, 1965, and the resultant demise of the Latter-Rain as a movement, Cain went into self-imposed exile for years, probably in the Phoenix area as a single man among some die-hard Branhamites still waiting for Branham to be resurrected.[19] In 1987, Cain suddenly reappeared, linking himself to the Kansas City Prophets, Mike Bickle and Bob Jones.[20] Cain was given special recognition as “the Terror of the Lord” prophet by Bob Jones, who also became associated with the KC Prophets during this time.[21] In a sense Cain was like the second coming of Branham. All of the other prophetic wannabes, including Jones, gave deference to Cain. Cain appeared to have the same clairvoyant abilities as Branham. Nevertheless he once prophesied that Bill Clinton would lead America in a worldwide revival.[22]

    One person who was on staff at Metro-Vineyard at the time has since reported that Bickle often pointed out people in the meetings, providing both Cain and Jones with historical commentary that enhanced the awe of their ministries. However, there is no way to establish this report. In those days of researching Cain’s clairvoyance fetes, I can remember having attacks of doubt flowing over me to the effect that this man must be a man of God. It was like a cloud over my mind and spirit.[23] But now history has provided for us all the fact that, at the time of his great awe of clairvoyance activity with Bickle and Jones, Cain was even then a practicing homosexual. In Feb 2004 even Cain’s most loyal supporters, Rick Joyner, Jack Deere and Mike Bickle, were confronted with evidence that Cain was a practicing homosexual, to which he confessed. But Cain resisted a process of restoration.[24] Nevertheless, recently Todd Bentley in his Lakeland fiasco invoked the alcoholic homosexual to make a cameo appearance.[25]

    Bob Jones

    Augustine is dead and Paul Cain is discredited, but Bob Jones is currently very active. Although he is not in residence in KC he still is used in promotion videos by IHOP. If Cain was followed for his apparent clairvoyance abilities, Jones is known for the silliness and absurdity of his visions, and his trips to the 3rd heaven. My friend Mike Oppenheimer has compiled a short list of Jones visionary oddities.[26]

    Bob Jones, however, is still adulated by the prophetic community. I recently saw online how he was featured at Bill Johnson’s Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding CA.[27] Thousands of young people were pressing in on Bob Jones and each was promised an impartation from him as he grasped their hands. It’s like they needed to touch him (or the hem of his garment) to have an impartation. With Cain now discredited, Bob Jones seems now to have inherited the awe inspiring “Terror of the Lord” reputation that previously was accorded to Cain. In recent times Jones takes people on guided trips to the third heaven. Bickle claims to have gone on these trips on two occasions. Bickle was interviewed by the Kansas City Star and cryptically stated that he had gone to heaven twice.[28] In a series of five hour-long tapes entitled Visions and Revelations, Mike Bickle and Bob Jones are heard wowing followers of the KCF with all sorts of tales of their experiences in the paranormal.[29] Bob Jones claims that when he was 9 years old living in Arkansas, an angel carrying a “great trumpet” came riding down the from the sky on a white horse and stopped before him in the middle of dirt road. He didn’t know what to make of it until he was 13, when he was escorted to the very throne room of God in heaven…. Many years later he saw Jesus in the form of a light who would grab and kiss men and women of different ages and then make them disappear by absorbing them into his body. It was like “two big ole doors right there in his heart and it’d be just that, and they was gone.”…

    Many of Jones prophesies are not only silly, but just plain wrong. But never mind. Restored prophets and seers have no need to be accurate. Jones response to his and the other prophetic failures is that if they had 100% accuracy it would cause too many dead Ananias’s and Sapphira’s (referring to the story in Acts 5).[30] How is that for making people thankful for failed prophecies? Jones tells us God told him that prophets are like guns and prophesies are bullets and inaccurate prophesies are like blanks. God said further: “I’m loading the guns. I am putting the blanks in!” Wow! Jones would have us believe that God is responsible when prophets shoot blanks, that it scares the enemy.[31]

    It would take a large book to catalog the comical nonsense of Bob Jones visions and revelations. But what concerns me even more is the sexual misconduct of Bob Jones. Two women confronted Bob Jones for sexual misconduct in “using his prophetic gifts for sexual misconduct.” Various people have described this as a fondling or having women stand before him naked during prophecy. This leaves too much to the imagination. Bob Jones asserted that he did not have sexual intercourse with them. Sounds almost like Clinton asserting “I did not have sexual relations.” But this only underscores that for Jones he was not only sexually discovered, but as a sex offender he cannot be trusted let alone receive adulation as a prophet/seer. He is not only a false prophet, which is bad enough, but an admitted sex offender, and he is still a foundation stone for IHOP.[32]

    In Bickle’s book Growing in the Prophetic, in the appendix Bickle gives a catalog list of phenomena that supposedly accompany the presence of God: shaking, jerking, loss of body strength, heavy breathing, eyes fluttering, lips trembling, oil on the body, changes in skin color, weeping, laughing, drunkenness, travailing, dancing, falling, visions…. angelic visitations, violent rolling, screaming, coldness, and nausea.” There are more ad nauseum.

    Stay tuned for Part 2:
    The Rapid Expansion and Franchising and Global IHOP Branding

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