False Prophets Undisciplined at IHOP

mike_bickleMike Bickle is best known for his leadership of the International House of Prayer. We have recently covered open visions and other experiences in Is Mike Bickle Biblical? Below is a video of Bickle who believes that false prophets should be listened to as long as they admit their faulty prophetic words. The reason for writing this article and others is because I am concerned about the false doctrine and disorder with groups such as IHOP and Bickle, their leader.

Bickle says, “To the best of your ability within reason, to whatever degree you’ve given the [prophetic] word, if the word ends up false” or “wrong,” then the supposed prophet, “missed it.” While Bickle should be commended for saying, “I think if you missed it, you should have the integrity to acknowledge it,” the foundational error going on here is how prophets are being defined. The Bible says,

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)

Coming Soon: JESUS OF TESTIMONY

Coming soon: Jesus of Testimony (a film by my brother Ethan and I in the works for the last 3 years). Here is the trailer below and description:

Jesus Of Testimony Trailer from Nesch Bros on Vimeo.

jesus-of-testimony-dvdDid Jesus really exist? If so, what can we know about Him historically? For any Christian, the historicity of Jesus isn’t merely a matter of curiosity. The Christian faith is dependent upon the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as historical reality. But how can we know if the Jesus of the the Gospels is historical or legendary? Jesus of Testimony answers many of the important questions for skeptics as well as Christians in the area of Christian apologetics.

In Part 1: Lord or Legend, the historicity of Jesus Christ is demonstrated by the important non-Christian historical sources that are available to us today. Part 2: Are the Gospels Reliable? examines the historical reliability of the Gospels as eyewitness testimony to the life of Jesus. Part 3: Miracles provides strong evidence that miracles happen today and happened in history. In Part 4: The Testimony of Prophecy, many of the Old Testament messianic prophecies are quoted along with their New Testament fulfillments which establish a solid confirmation of Jesus’ credentials as the Messiah. In Part 5: The Resurrection – Fact or Fiction? the case is presented for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Finally, Part 6: The Good News concludes that the portrayal of Jesus in the Gospels, dependent on eyewitness testimony, is more plausible than the alternative hypotheses of its modern detractors and presents the Jesus’ message of the Gospel.

The participants in the film include many of todays top Christian apologists, authors and scholars including Richard Bauckham, Craig Blomberg, Michael Brown, Paul Eddy, Steve Gregg, Gary Habermas, Craig Keener, Mike Licona, Dan Wallace and Ben Witherington III.

Cast biographies, more info, and DVD pre-orders available on the website:

JesusofTestimony.com

We hope to have it released in January of 2014. DVD copies are available for Pre-Order on the website. The feature film will be available online upon release and will also be freely distributed on DVD for those who are unable to purchase.

Have you or somebody you know been healed from sickness, blindness, deafness or raised from the dead in Jesus’s name? For this film, Jesus of Testimony, we are currently looking for 2-3 testimonies from Christians who have experienced miracles, preferably with medical documentation, who would be willing to be interviewed. Because this project is intended for skeptics and unbelievers, we will be very critical as to whether or not any given miraculous testimony would be worthwhile to include. If so, contact us at elliottnesch@gmail.com

Is Mike Bickle Biblical?

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.

mike_bickleAccording 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:

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