The third portion of our investigation centered on eye witness reports by our team and testimonials received from those within IHOP. These reports come from casual meetings on the IHOP campus, private discussions in individual apartments, conversations and interviews conducted off-site, teachings given on the campus by various individuals in leadership roles, incidents taking place in the prayer room, during private meetings, summer camps and during FSM classes.
Compiling the data has been an extensive task resulting in a unanimous decision that the International House of Prayer movement in Kansas City, led by Mike Bickle, is indeed a dangerous, cult-like organization utilizing mental, emotional and physical manipulation to facilitate the deception and brainwashing of its members.
Without tapping into the controversy that has surrounded Bickle since the 80’s, we can confidently state that Bickle has a power-hungry agenda, centered on the youth, wherein he profits not only financially at their expense, but derives global positioning through acts of deceptive spiritualism that are not based in Scripture.
Conclusive evidence supports the accusations that Bickle and his leadership team use fear tactics to mentally and emotionally bully their followers.
Conclusive evidence supports the claim that Bickle and his leadership team use psychological manipulations and hypnotic techniques to deceive their followers.
Conclusive evidence supports the conclusion that Bickle and his leadership team force their students and camp-goers to fast and pray at time intervals and lengths that are physically unhealthy to their bodies and their minds. These mandatory fasts and prayer schedules cause sleep deprivation so severe at times the students incur hallucinations, fainting spells and nervous breakdowns.
Conclusive evidence supports that Bickle and his leadership team manipulate their students through the use of mandatory journaling assignments, which are then used as tools of deception under the pretense of receiving a prophetic word from God.
Conclusive evidence supports that Bickle and his leadership team utilize ancient witch-craft tactics to call up spirits and demonize their youthful followers.
Ø During our investigation we witnessed demon possessions and demon encounters with students screaming nightly in their beds, students rocking violently back and forth and clawing at their own flesh, students jerking wildly and chanting/laughing uncontrollably.
Ø During our investigation we witnessed what is referred to as demonizing one another, where one person touches the other and the demon passes between them and manifests itself in outbursts that are often severe and violent.
Ø During our investigation we witnessed several students who were fearful and pleaded to be able to leave or telephone their families and were denied the right to make contact. They were told it was their own demons making them fearful and they needed to be set free.
Ø During our investigation we witnessed FSM leaders who chanted ancient-type spells to conjure up so-called “revelations from the spirit.” Some of these revelations were based on false information we deliberately placed in our investigator’s journal assignments, proving this wasn’t a revelation from God at all; but a mere fabrication and tactic of mental manipulation.
Ø During our investigation we witnessed a group hypnosis in the prayer room, a sedation technique used to clear the mind and open the spirit to demonic revelations and activity.
Conclusive evidence based on the teachings of founder, Mike Bickle, supports the claim that Bickle does not adhere to Scripture, but rather changes it as he goes.
Ø He supports the notion of praying to the human spirit and asking for prophetic revelation.
Ø He supports the notion that prophesy does not need to be accurate and that God will sometimes give inaccurate prophetic words to see if his followers are paying attention.
Ø He supports the theology of the elected seed generation through the Manifest Sons of God, the movement of the Latter Rain and Joel’s Army. These are theories outwardly refuted publically, but privately he and his staff lead their flock according to these guidelines and beliefs.
Ø He dejects humanitarian efforts as a waste of time, stating humanitarianism is the groundwork for the Anti-Christ.
Ø His focus is clearly on growing his army larger and larger and taking control of the political and economic free world. In his office he was heard talking to a fellow leader and Bickle stated: “Who else can we get to team with us, I mean, who are the biggest groups out there and how do we pull them in so that we will hold undeniably more power than the government.”
Our findings conclude that IHOP is Scripturally un-sound.
Ø One investigator says, “I was in FSM for three months and I never once heard the message of Salvation through Christ. All that is taught is how to go deeper in meditation and how to receive prophetic revelation from the spirit.”
Ø One IHOP staff member stated, “The Bible isn’t the end-all, it’s just the beginning. God has more to say and He’s saying it through us, through His elected seed.”
Ø An IHOP team leader said this to a young woman begging to call her parents and go home, “The Bible says even the prophet won’t be accepted in his home, so if you go back you are denying God the prophetic vision He wants to give you. You’re not being obedient to Christ.”
Ø An IHOP leader told a young man who had questioned some of what was being taught, “God offends the mind to reveal the heart and your heart is demon filled because you are questioning God.”
Ø Four students were banished from the IHOP-KC campus for questioning the theology of the Latter Rain movement. They were each told that they were “under the stronghold of generational sin and they needed to be sent to another location to be healed.”
Our results include more depth, however for the length of this report we have given an overview of some of our findings. The root of the IHOP movement is not spiritually sound and in my personal opinion, evil things are occurring on the Kansas City campus.
We cannot speak for other House of Prayer locations in other cities or around the world, but our findings at the IHOP KC campus are conclusive.
The International House of Prayer movement is man-centered, man-based and man-esteemed, rooted in inaccurate prophesy from the beginning and continues to grow in spiritual manipulation and deception. This is, by our standards, a cult.