IHOP—- No not the Pancake House

There is an interesting article in a recent issue of the NY Times about the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.


For the record, I also have some reservations about the teaching of Mike Bickle.  My observation is that he himself needs more theological education than he has had.  His eschatology is not fully Biblical,  and he is given to making pronouncements about the return of Christ and its timing when in fact no one knows when Christ will return, and as Jesus says in Acts 1, it is not for us to know the times and seasons of such things.

I have no problems with the affirmation of the gift of speaking in tongues, but there seems to be some misunderstandings about how Biblical prophecy actually works and should be interpreted.   While I certainly agree that God can powerfully use our prayers to accomplish various things,  sometimes an almost magical view of prayer seems to be suggested, as if it were some kind of genie’s lamp one can rub and produce result, if we only have enough faith.

My own students who have spent time at IHOP have often given positive testimonials about their time there, but at the same time, some of the things they told me about the teachings about demons, among other things, gave me pause.  Of even more concern was the over-emphasis on emotions and emotionalism as if that were the essence of our relationship with God.   Some of this of course is common enough in Pentecostal religion in general,  and despite what the article seems to suggest, I do not see evidence of cultic practices or mind control at IHOP, so far as what has been reported to me by my students.   What I would however like to see is the leadership at IHOP getting some better and more in depth training in the Bible in the original languages, especially perhaps the prophetic and eschatological material in the Bible.  But perhaps that will yet happen.

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  • Michael Cepela

    It’s amazing when i read some of the comments about people trying to connect the dots as to the death ruled a homicide in that somehow because a family who say attended IHOP are charged with murded is somehow connected to the murder because they are focused on fasting.
    I’ve been in ministry for almost 3 decades and have never been affiliated with IHOP and yet I have known different people who have been there, just a few and I visited them about 15 years ago and that was about it but, to watch people say that the parents probably made the baby fast while they fast which could have contributed to the babies death is comical if it wasn’t so tragic.
    The scripture warns people against the sin of presumption and yet as I read some of these entries the leaps of presumption were grand canyon in size.
    As a Pastor of 27 years I know all to well of the blame game and yet when you consider the size of a work even above 500 or 1000 to believe the church is complicate can be a stretch that amounts to idealogical racism at best and not biblibal integrity which I have fought for, for over 3 decades.

  • ZH

    With respect to you sir, I don’t think the testimony of 20-25 year olds having an emotional response to a bit of time spent somewhere is a fair metric to determine the depth of IHOP-KC’s Bible teaching. The depth of teaching is there, as are classes on the original languages etc.

    To be fair I wouldn’t judge the Biblical depth of your teaching based on some curious emotional testimonies from 20-25 year olds. I definitely would not post publicly an opinion about your classes based on third party impressions. :)

    I love and have read all your books. We teach from some of them at IHOP-KC. Bless you.

  • John

    It is curious that original languages were taught in IHOPU, but were removed from the curriculum because Shelley Hundley said they were “heady wine” and producing “bad fruit.”