This is an article written in September 2011 by a Pastor who has spent years studying the dangerous teachings of the IHOP movement.
IHOP – The Perils of Passion
How IHOP is misleading a generation of young people with false prophecy and false teaching and promoting an elitist spirit within the body of Christ.
“The International House of Prayer, located in Kansas City Missouri is principally the vision of one man, its founder and chief doctrinal spokesman, Mike Bickle. Therefore a critique of IHOP is in the final analysis a critique of Mike Bickle’s teaching ministry. However, because of the unusual beginnings of Mr. Bickle’s ministry it is also necessary to focus on the teaching/preaching ministries of two alleged prophets, Paul Cain and Bob Jones. Their ministries are parallel developments and significantly influence and shape Mr. Bickle’s perception of IHOP’s divinely authorized origins.
IHOP has its roots in the modest beginnings of the Kansas City Fellowship of the early 1980’s. According to Mr. Bickle, IHOP is a direct fulfillment of prophecies delivered to him by Bob Jones and Paul Cain. Repeatedly Mr. Bickle has declared that no one has been more integral to establishing the prophetic in his ministry than Bob Jones. Part of the mythology of Bob Jones’ legendary status as a prophet are numerous false prophecies, now largely forgotten. These include claims of California being destroyed, nuclear weapons being detonated on the East and West Coast, and an oft repeated story of a drought confirming special ‘divine’ authorization on Mr. Bickle’s ministry.
From the very early days of Mike Bickle’s ministry he adapted his own version of the so called ‘Latter Rain’ teaching of the late 1940’s made popular principally through the writing of George Warnock’s ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ (As well as a hand full of other, now obscure Pentecostal heretics). This parallel has been pointed out to Mike Bickle on numerous occasions necessitating a public denial of IHOP’s dependance on Latter Rain teaching. (and a removal of it from the supposedly God given prophetic document called the Blueprint Prophecy.) However, no actual substantive explanation has ensued from Mike Bickle regarding this allegation. The false teacher and Latter Rain proponent William Branham was very influential in the theological formation of the disgraced prophet Paul Cain. Paul Cain in turn influenced greatly both Bob Jones (who frequently referred to Mr. Cain as the greatest prophet of God on the earth) and Mike Bickle who often appeared with Mr. Cain in large venues around the U.S.
The late 1980’s saw the public challenge of Mike Bickle’s ministry by another local Kansas City pastor Ernie Gruen. Rev. Gruen produced a lengthy document attempting to document the numerous outrageous claims, false prophecies and false teachings made by Mike Bickle, Paul Cain and Bob Jones. This document remains unchallenged, and Rev. Gruen stood by its truthfulness without wavering until his death several years ago. In the years after this public challenge Bob Jones would be exposed as a sexual deviate engaged in horrendous manipulation of female congregants and Paul Cain as a profligate homosexual and alcoholic.”
Now, I ask you, is the foundation of IHOP one upon which you are willing to stand?
If you’re thinking that all of this information is old and perhaps Mike Bickle has changed…. think again. Tomorrow we will look at some very specific errors in the present-day teachings at IHOP.