I’ve received many requests from HBP readers to express my thoughts on the New Apostles and Prophets movement that is sweeping the nation. Hopefully, there will be more articles to come on this subject of concern. In this post, the focus is on Mike Bickle and a recent video posted below in which he describes his dramatic supernatural experiences.
According to his own website, Bickle is “ the director of the International House of Prayer Missions Base of Kansas City, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship that is engaged in many evangelistic and inner city outreaches along with multiple justice initiatives, planting houses of prayer, and training missionaries.”
To his credit Bickle has delivered some sermons against Oprah and the hyper-grace message of false teachers. When I viewed the video below, I must say that my initial response was that of unbelief. Not to be cynical, but I share Bickle’s attitude (toward Bickle in this case) that he expressed when others tell him of their supernatural experiences: unbelief, “fake,” “exaggeration,” “hype,” etc. Obviously the Bible records supernatural events and many Christians have genuinely experienced miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, but the Bible also tells us:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 1:4)
How can we test Bickle’s testimony? With Scripture. Bickle claims to have had “5 or 10 very dramatic supernatural experiences,” but he recently had his first “open vision” in 30 years of ministry (in the video below). I found the term “Open Vision” defined by New Apostolic Reformation leader Rick Joyner who said: