Charisma News is in bed with Mike Bickle and has been for years. Dr. Michael Brown admits it. The CEO Steven Strang not only admitted it but declared Bickle had been exonerated, when he most certainly had not. The latest Charisma minion dispatched to defend the indefensible is Larry Tomczak. Mr. Tomczak is another in a long line of rabid dominionists and charismaniacs who have spent decades working with Bickle and are just refusing to see any possibility that their long-time friend was really sexually abusing women all the while. Reminds me of the denials from folks who worked with Ravi Zacharias after it was revealed that he had an international network of sexual masseuses. The above article from Tomczak is filled with nonsense meant to distract and has little to do with the case at hand against Bickle. Interestingly, Larry closes with all of the reasons why he is so compromised and should not be writing at all about this debacle:
"Here's the deal: In four-plus decades of relationship with Mike Bickle, I stand with him as a man who puts character before charisma. He lives in a modest home with a most generous heart. He's affirming, winsome and authentic. When he was transitioning from pastor to establish the International House of Prayer, he invited me to lead the church and was ever so gracious when I finally declined. While planting our church in a rented facility, I remember Bickle, our featured speaker, helping our takedown crew load up the van. On another occasion, after ministering for a weekend in our church, he gave his entire honorarium to our 20-year-old son in the parking lot so he could get engaged! Facing opposition from a combative local leader, Bickle humbly called me for advice. My wife (Bickle's her favorite Bible teacher) was blown away when he sent me home from Kansas City with a beautiful portrait of heaven. Every Friday, for years, I put out in our kitchen a picture of myself with Bickle and his wife, Diane, to inspire me for my weekly bridal fast. I say all the above while praying for God's perfect will to be done. I reiterate that accountability is essential. If the careful investigation reveals wrongdoing, I'm confident it will be handled biblically and redemptively with discipline and God's plan for restoration of this man of God who is a gift to the body of Christ worldwide. He needs our intercession at this critical time. May he emerge stronger than ever to finish well. We love and appreciate you, Mike!" - Larry Tomczak
Yes Mike, we love and appreciate you even though you now stand credibly accused of vile sexual misconduct, spiritual manipulation and bullying. Unreal. What does Tomczak infer then about the accusers? Accountability is essential but it sure sounds as if Tomczak has already made up his mind. Dear Lord, he already thinks that even if he is guilty, there should be a plan for his restoration! Are you kidding me! In the warped mind of Larry Tomczak, even if Mike Bickle is found guilty, he has still been a gift to the body of Christ worldwide! No! No, he has not! Was he a gift when he prophetically lured a 19-year-old sheep into a four-year sexual relationship when he was 42 and married? If true, does it matter if he was teaching really good at the same time? I am reminded of Dr. Brown lamenting how good a "holiness teacher" Ravi Zacharias was. Was he really? No! He was a complete and utter hypocrite! I understand why Larry does not want the allegations to be true. He gives the game away here. His wife loves him. Their son's engagement was paid by Bickle and heck, he even helps the help pack up. Gosh darn it, how can someone so outwardly pure be so inwardly filthy? Human nature? False theology? Pretending to be a prophet when you know you're not? Either way, Larry Tomczak should be serving as a character witness if there ever needs to be a trial, not using a fake news platform to diminish the victims and provide cover for his good friend of forty years. That cover, is the other newsworthy thing from the above linked article:
"Go to the IHOPKC website and read the "Report on Initial Findings."
" Three of the women issued public statements refuting the allegations.
" The leadership team states abuse claims against Bickle lack evidence.
" Legal counsel and the leaders have determined the allegations "lacked any semblance of reliability or due diligence."