1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you. 3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
I received an e-mail from a reader who alerted me to the new “awakening” that is happening at International House of Prayer (IHOP). I have been keeping my eye on this lately, and given it’s growth rate, it’s time to alert the flock. If anyone is wondering if this is similar to Lakeland – yes. It’s not Lakeland’s identical twin, it is the same as Lakeland in a doctrinal sense, for the same spirit that drove Lakeland is fueling this. It just reignited in a different location. To those who are frustrated when they see this kind of thing happen, please don’t lose heart. It’s time to step up on the wall and sound the alarm. This is what I’m hoping to do now.
I got this news release e-mail from Strang Media Group, who publishes Charisma News Online, the Strang Report, Prophetic Insight, Fire in My Bones, and other charismatic publications. Since I can’t find the link for it online, I will post it in it’s entirety here. If you would like to see it for yourself, please e-mail me by clicking the link to the right and I’ll be happy to forward it to you.
What you are about to read is a letter from Mike Bickle and Lou Engle, two strong advocates of the Joel’s Army doctrine, a doctrine that has sobering implications for the church. The quick and ugly of this belief system is that an army of believers will rise up in the last days, punish God’s enemies, and subdue the world. Jesus Christ is to be held in Heaven until the church completes this task, and then and only then can He come. When He does, the church is supposedly going to lay the world at His feet.
If this sounds heretical, that’s because it is.
Here is the letter. It will be highlighted in red to differentiate their writing from my own.
We stand at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. It is time to encounter God and to take action. The Holy Spirit is visiting His people with power. At the same time, the powers of darkness are raging against the moral fabric of our nation. The light is getting brighter as the darkness gets darker.
Many of you will have heard of the spiritual awakening at our Bible school. On Wednesday, November 11, the Spirit fell on a class for more than 15 hours. The word spread quickly and over 2,000 people spontaneously gathered in the auditorium from all over Kansas City, as deliverance and physical healings continued to increase. We canceled our classes for the next week so that each one of our 1,000 students and interns could receive from the Spirit in an extended way.
We decided to meet nightly from 6:00pm to midnight because His manifest presence continues to increase. Visitors are pouring in from many places across America to partake of this spiritual awakening.
We will continue these evening meetings until our onething conference, December 28–31, 2009, when we are expecting 20,000 young adults to gather for worship, teaching, and to participate in the supernatural ministry of the Spirit.
Last year, over 16,000 young adults attended this conference. We are still hearing testimonies of lives that were changed. This year, we are expecting to receive even more from the Spirit. We believe that this will be a historic and important conference, and encourage you to attend.You can register at http://IHOP.org
The theme for onething’09 is “What is the Spirit saying to the Church?” Our team will proclaim what we believe the Spirit is prophetically speaking to the Church in this hour. We will also share practical ways in which we can “adopt” high schools and colleges across our nation as we envision young people to impact each sphere of society with works of justice and acts of compassion. At the conference, we will have extended ministry times to receive healing, renewal, and impartation from the Spirit. We believe that the Spirit will release His power at this conference, as evidenced by what He is currently doing in our evening meetings.
Mark Anderson, a senior international leader in YWAM who also works closely with Campus Crusade for Christ, will host forums for leaders to discuss how we can systematically evangelize entire cities and campuses in partnership with the houses of prayer in their area. Mark has remarkable insight that comes from his 30 years of successful ministry in evangelism. The Lord has given him some bold new strategies for this hour.
The crisis in our nation is real. The serpentine stranglehold of abortion continues to squeeze the life out of over 4,000 wombs daily. Sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, are reaching epic heights of perversity. The number of women and children being trafficked into the dark underbelly of the sex industry in our cities is growing at an alarming rate. Entire school systems are giving way to darkness. The sanctity of marriage is under siege, threatening to destroy the moral foundations of our nation.
We will also address the growing crisis that is emerging in many churches across America. A new wave of confusion is systematically seducing many young adults into deception. Sincere young people whose hearts were once ablaze for Jesus are being allured into compromise on foundational biblical truths and practices, while at the same time they are increasing in works of compassion and justice. No amount of increased ministry activity can “balance out” their profound spiritual compromises. In the name of tolerance, they are settling for a humanistic and “politically correct” theology that trivializes the glory of Jesus. Many young adult ministries are falling prey to this as they are seeking “relevance” that dulls the razor’s edge of truth for the sake of man’s approval. It is not enough to mention Jesus’ name if they deny foundational truths about Him. Our works of justice must flow from deep allegiance to Jesus and the Scripture.
Our nation has never stood on such a precarious footing as today. The onslaught of spiritual darkness is increasing in our classrooms, boardrooms, courtrooms, and bedrooms. We must confront the confusion that is pouring forth from many pulpits as well as from the halls of Washington. It is time to draw a line in the sand. We must hear what the Spirit is saying and we must act on it. The Spirit will confirm the truth with demonstrations of power.
It is darkest before the dawn. Our hearts are full of faith. We know another historic “Great Awakening” is soon to sweep across our nation. We look with confidence to God’s promise: “In the last days . . . I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:17-21). All nations will receive the witness of kingdom with power (Mt. 24:14; Rev. 7:9). What a privilege to live in this awesome hour of history.
At this very hour, Jesus is raising up young adults who are being mobilized to cry out in night and day prayer, win the lost, heal the sick, and do works of compassion and justice as they impact the very fabric of our society. Join us in Kansas City from December 28–31. The onething’09 conference is FREE.
With passion for Jesus, (emphasis theirs)
Mike Bickle and Lou Engle
One statement that immediately stood out to me is this:
The theme for onething’09 is “What is the Spirit saying to the Church?” Our team will proclaim what we believe the Spirit is prophetically speaking to the Church in this hour.
Did you catch it? After asking the question, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church?” they answer it with “Our team will proclaim what we believe the Spirit is prophetically speaking to the Church in this hour.” We already know what the Spirit is speaking to the Church, and it’s found written in God’s infallible Word. The danger of this type of prophetic utterance is that it leaves the door wide-opened to extrabiblical revelation that can not be substantiated by the Bible. It also undermines Scripture by saying there is more that God is saying that He didn’t say through the Biblical writers. That’s not what Scripture tells us.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2 Timohty 3:16-17:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We know Mike Bickle and Lou Engle are not speaking true words from the Holy Spirit because they do not preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ. First, the foundation must be firm, and then the word that comes from them will be sure. But since there is no new revelation given, we are to reject fully any extra-biblical word we get from these men because the canon of Scripture was sealed long ago and nothing new has been given since that time. But this ploy has worked in the past and will continue to work in the future because the enemy knows it’s effective. If false teachers like Bickle and Engle can get you to believe they are speaking divine utterances from God, then you will accept what you hear from them as God-inspired and absolute truth. The power that concept gives these men over the gullible and undiscerning sheep is unimaginable! What happens is that the Bible is set aside as the absolute standard, and the way of truth is subverted. The church still doesn’t get that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, which is found expressly and only in the Word of God found in the Bible. R.C. Sproul said it best when he said that the Holy Spirit will not operate outside of God’s Word. Use that as your plumbline when wading into the strange territory of mysticism and manifestations and you will have eyes to see and ears to hear; this will keep you safe from perverse error.
As was to be expected, when word of this so-called revival, or awakening, got out, people began appearing from all over to “get a bite” of the “spirit that was manifesting at IHOP.
Here’s more from the press release:
It all began on November 4, on the last day of the monthly Global Bridegroom Fast at the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOP–KC). A move of the Holy Spirit began to stir during the student chapel at IHOPU, as students testified about receiving deliverance from self-hatred, shame, and depression. Students began to experience supernatural joy at the revelation of God’s love for them. A powerful spirit of joy rested on many the next day at the IHOPU student-led 6:00am prayer meeting, and the Spirit continued to move throughout the week in our classes and during the faculty meetings.
What started during our IHOPU student chapel on November 4 is continuing today. Visitors are coming in from many places, with some driving over 1,000 miles overnight to participate in these meetings. Consequently, on November 12, we moved the Prayer Room to our Forerunner School of Ministry sanctuary from 6:00pm to midnight each night, to accommodate more people. We will continue these nightly meetings as the Holy Spirit leads us. We earnestly pray that this awakening will continue, as our nation is in desperate need of another great awakening in this hour.
What began on November 4 has shown no signs of slowing down. What’s important is that this is quickly gaining ground and, just like Lakeland, is being streamed across the internet. It is being reported that people are writing in from all across the globe to testify of various healings. The long reach of false prophets is simply astounding thanks to mediums such as the internet.
This is from an article from Charisma News Online, a supporter of the Lakeland revival:
Thousands of Christians from across the U.S. have been flocking to Kansas City, Mo., where a Bible college class at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) has sparked nightly revival services.
More than 1,600 people have been packing into IHOP’s ministry school auditorium to pray, worship and experience what many are describing as spiritual renewal.
At services held last weekend, participants shared testimonies of healing from chronic back pain and migraines, deliverance from shame and self-hatred, and experiencing God’s love for the first time. Similar testimonies have been sent from around the world, where the services are being viewed via live Web stream…
…Almost 2,000 people from the Kansas City area heard about the “awakening” and came to the campus to participate. Since then the meetings, held nightly from 6 p.m. until midnight, have been drawing capacity crowds to the ministry school’s sanctuary.
College students are also gathering across the country to watch the services online. Testimonies have poured in from such schools as Georgia Tech, Wheaton College, Asbury College and the University of California-Berkeley, where students reportedly are experiencing great joy, deep peace, and emotional and physical healing. (emphasis mine)
It’s still too soon to determine whether or not this new revival will grow as big as Lakeland was in it’s heyday, but given that the area spawned the Kansas City Prophets, it wouldn’t be hard to believe another demonic outpouring could begin there because they still haven’t learned anything. They never did develop a love of the truth. Nothing will change until they do. But take my word for it, regardless of how big it grows, this one will have the same demonic manifestations and deceptions that all the others had. While watching the videos, the praise leaders were singing, or chanting, in tongues. I heard such phrases being sung such as “there’s an open Heaven,” which is the same phrases we heard being bandied about in Lakeland, as well as ”release the angelic in this room,” ”angels ascending and descending,” and ” release the fire, release the wind.” At other parts in the videos there are people laying on the floor and you can hear mass laughing in the background. Not joyful laughter, but demonic manifestations of laughter as these people seek encounters more than they seek the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you know how much time they spent reading and teaching from God’s Word? None.
Standing on the stage you will see Julie Meyer singing in tongues. She is the same so-called prophetess who said that “God’s prophetic word is never a guarantee, it’s only an invitation from God to join the great intercessor Himself and birth His purposes on the earth.” This false doctrine makes it entirely possible for us to effectively cancel out God’s word. With people like this leading the charge, what else can a Bible-discerning Christian assume but that the whole outbreak is false? Error canNOT beget truth. It’s simply not possible.
The longer labor lasts, the closer birth pangs become. Lakeland was sooo last year. This is 2009 and we have another demonic outbreak. Seems they’re coming closer together. Deception is a major factor of the days we live in.
Let’s keep this in mind:
–Whatever doctrine favors the corrupt lusts of men cannot be of God, let the pleas and pretentions for them be what they will. (Matthew Henry)
See you on the wall.