Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. - 1Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)
This is now the third time I will be addressing the ongoing saga out of IHOP in Kansas City. If somehow you missed the news, IHOP founder and false prophet extraordinaire, Mike Bickle, has been credibly accused by many women of sexual abuse over the last 4 + decades. His leadership team has admitted the accusations have merit and have been vetted. They have also admitted that Bickle engaged in manipulation and attacking the credibility of the victims. It currently appears as if they initially wanted to sanitize the investigation instead of turning it over to an outside source for the sake of credibility. They appear to have now thought better of that. I had written previously about the statement they put out and how this goes far beyond the 10 + women, one of which may have been underage at the time. This goes to the heart of a cult that needs to end now. The IHOP community needs to go find reputable churches and hear the true gospel for the first time in many of their lives. Filling Bickle's void will only result in building on the ashes of the legacy of corruption, lies, heresy and sin. That said, today we are looking at the response linked above by Dr. Michael Brown. I am sure that Dr. Brown is sincere in his statements and emotions. However, his answers reveal not only the problems within the good old boys' network of the apostate church that still sees people like Mark Driscoll and Ted Haggard preaching today, but it also reveals his propensity for protecting the wolves at all cost. Do not lose sight of the fact that Mike Bickle is a wolf and was long before this story broke. Let us reason once more beloved.
Throughout this hour-long show, Dr. Brown is constantly referring to the "if" the charges are true mantra. This ignores that Bickle's leadership has already vetted the charges and agrees they are credible. All we are missing are the details, which leadership appears to want to hide. Along with this, Brown is constantly saying this is not the time for throwing stones. This only serves the purpose to stop people from correctly criticizing IHOP and Bickle. It reminds me of whenever there is a mass shooting, like the recent one in Maine. All the Republican politicians come out and say this is not the time to talk about sensible gun control. Nonsense. That is the exact time to, and this is the exact time to discuss what Mike Bickle actually did. The IHOP community needs to hear it so they can properly move on from the IHOP cesspool. It absolutely helped with Ravi Zacharias to have the truth fairly reported by an outside entity. Dr. Brown prefaces this by saying he wants to respond as honestly and candidly as he can, and I am sure he believes he is but one revealing thing he says later on is regarding his own acceptance of correction.
"Leaders, if you see something wrong, bring it to attention. It is a godsend to me if there was something wrong in my life and someone brought it to my attention, wrong attitude or whatever it was. Wrong word or wrong action. It's a godsend, fellow leaders to not just look the other way." - Dr. Michael Brown
It is sad really because this is obviously not true. What Dr. Brown means is that if someone he already agrees with points out something wrong, he thinks it is godsend. The reality is that many people, including myself, have made appeals to Brown only to be marginalized, called a heresy hunter, and dismissed out of hand. I know Chris Rosebrough has also tried and many others. When he went on Benny Hinn's show for a week I went on Brown's radio show to try and explain why he was damaging his witness for Christ. I know Pastor Rosebrough tried as well during the sneaky squid debacle from Jennifer LeClaire that Brown supported. When I was on his radio show a different time, I tried to get him to see the walking pile of heresy that Bill Johnson is, and I was rebuffed harshly. And why? Because he knows Bill! He has taught at his heretical school of the supernatural. In another moment of deflection in this show he said the following:
"I appeal to my fellow leaders. It's so easy to mess up, open a door, and take the wrong steps.