Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mike Bickle on Contemplative Prayer

   Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, and a well-known leader in the Prophetic Movement, claims that God is restoring contemplative prayer to the church. He goes on to claim that contemplative prayer is a God ordained means of entering into the fullness of God, and that the brightest lights in church history have been Roman Catholic mystics who lived during the dark ages. He went on to say the western church had much to learn from these mystics.

Anti-evangelical propaganda is prominent throughout his message. He informs his followers that they are constantly being put on the defensive by, and apologizing to, evangelical Christians for their intensity toward God by saying “Other Christians force us to hide our intensity—to wear a façade. “…even believers in Jesus…are made uncomfortable and intimidated by our spiritual intensity.”

However, he comforts them with the good news that they don’t “have to wear any façade” when they got together in little oasis’ “like this” (meaning his and other prophetic meetings). He continued his barrage against evangelicals by saying, “They don’t grasp it at all—being introduced into the deep realms of love.”

He claims the church of the western world has abandoned its inheritance to have the fullness of God (through contemplative prayer).

Bickle freely admits to pursuing eastern religious philosophies and had nothing but criticism for the Western Evangelical Church.

According to him, evangelical Christians are a pathetic and ignorant bunch. He says of us:
  •  “The Protestant wing of the western church, which is a tiny percentage of the Body of Christ…, is nearly completely (98%) unaware that the Holy Spirit is restoring contemplative prayer—center stage—to the church… The Holy Spirit is restoring this precious jewel (contemplative prayer) to the body of Christ. This is the God ordained means of attaining the fullness of God.” audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

He quotes from the contemplatives (his word for mystics) and announces that he will be teaching from the Sacred Pathways (which promotes the carrying of symbols or icons, choosing a mantra and visualizing God). Each one of these things is contradictory to the Word of God, which forbids imagery and vain repetitions in prayer.

He insists we need to study the lives and writings of the Roman Catholic mystics, and because the bookstore chain of Barnes and Nobles has carried so many books in this regard, he says (in all earnestness) that B & N is prophesying to the church that we need the mystics, and he wants to know why the church isn’t picking up on the fact that God is calling the entire Body of Christ to live lifestyles of contemplative prayer?

Below are quotes from Mike Bickle about contemplative prayer:
  • “Every one in the Body Of Christ is called to live lives of contemplative prayer...”
  • “Everybody is called to live in the contemplative lifestyle. Everyone! Everyone! Everyone! That’s one of the great strongholds we have to overcome (resistance to contemplative prayer).
  • “…contemplative prayer, you gotta get over that hurdle! Barnes & Noble is prophesying it! 
  • Hurtle one we gotta understand it’s for everybody! Everybody is called to the fullness (contemplative prayer). We’re all going to go into this thing!”audio message Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle

Another hindrance to contemplative prayer, says Bickle, is that we need to dismantle (“we” meaning evangelical Christianity) the idea that church history began with Martin Luther (I wasn’t aware we had that idea until he informed me of it).

Bickle says the most inspiring light in all of Christianity came from the Roman Catholic mystics during the dark ages. Below are quotes from Bickle on the mystics:
  • “mystics is a legitimate term...  I don’t want to fight the war…so I’m just saying contemplative prayer, but I mean the mystics—even here at IHOP I say, lets just stay with contemplatives …I don’t have time to argue… so I call them  the contemplatives…. I don’t want to go into the semantics, the debates…so, I’m calling it the contemplatives… I don’t have time to argue… but I need the mystics.”
  • “[They are] Some of the brightest lights in all of history… there has been the brightest lights in all history for men and women of abandonment in the dark ages… somewhere we have to say the dark ages were the luminaries in the grace of God…they were Catholic priests.”
  • “…a study of the lives of the mystics, the contemplatives, through history, and clearly the most inspiring, compelling examples of history, in my world, have come out of the Catholic dark ages. I can’t find anything like it in modern times, in America, in the protestant world.”
  • “…we need a little Holy Spirit catalytic jump start. We need to see where a few have gone before us, and say if they did we can, and we can go further… and if you’re going to go deep into that well, I’m sad to say, the vast majority of them are going to have Catholic roots in history.”audio message Contemplative Prayer part 1 by Mike Bickle

Bickle minimized the violence of middle age Roman Catholicism by saying, “But didn’t Catholics do some funny things…? Well, when you stand before the Lord you’ll find out you did some funny things too.”

Bickle heavily promotes Bernard Clairvou (who he claims was a just a quiet little monk who only wanted to stay in his hermitage, praying and reading The Song of Solomon). He is clearly impressed with Clairvou’s healing ministry, but leaves out the part where Clairvou traveled extensively as a major instigator of the second crusade. He says, “Bernard Clairvou became my most inspiring life outside the Bible.”

The writings of Father Thomas Keating (the modern day Father of contemplative prayer) are also promoted.

Bickle says these two mean are examples, for us, of,  “a way to a deeper life in God.” He went on to say, “The protestant world is in great need of examples (like these) that will beckon us to the fullness of God.” --audio message Contemplative Prayer, part 1, by Mike Bickle

Mike Bickle is telling the Body of Christ that we are woefully deficient in having lost God’s fullness and need to look to New Age, Eastern philosophy and to Roman Catholic mystics as examples in how to restore it!

And his advice to questioning, spiritually languishing and anguishing souls (who didn’t know their real problem was that they wanted more of God—until he told them so) is this, “Don’t evaluate yourself, don’t evaluate others. Just keep going after it.” audio message Contemplative Prayer, part 1, by Mike Bickle

In plain language that means don’t read or listen to anything discerningly or analytically. Don’t question anything or anybody—not even yourself (except evangelicals of course). Just go with what feels right.

How does that jive with search my heart O God and test my thoughts…? How about this one, “There is a way that seems right…?”

Bickle Quotes are taken from the audio teachings of Mike Bickle on Contemplative Prayer at: http://mikebickleteachings.blogspot.com

For a Biblical view of contemplative prayer see: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/keating.htm

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Mike Bickle Defines Contemplative Prayer

Mike Bickle, one of the Kansas City Prophets and a proponent of introducing Christians to what he refers to as, "CP" (contemplative prayer), says the following of contemplative prayer:

“… this is an imperfect science… it (the term CP) is not a term that is a biblical term… it’s an idea.  … there’s no place where Paul the apostle said the term CP means this… different ones throughout church history define it differently… I  have 30, 40, 50 titles on CP in my home… any book on CP, I just buy em… at first it confused me because one person talked about it so different from another person it took me a few of years to figure it out that there is no clear infallible definition…” --Mike Bickle in his audio message “Contemplative Prayer part 2”

What Bickle is saying in the above quotes, is that:
  • CP is an evolving thing
  • Contemplative prayer cannot be found in the Bible
  • To one it means one thing to another, it means something else
  • He will read anything on CP, regardless of who writes it
  • CP cannot be defined (This, as we will show, is not true)
The following is another Mike Bickle recommendation on pursuing CP:

You’re gonna need resources to do it (to go into the deep waters of God). The Protestant world is really really narrow on the resources of contemplative prayer.”

    There is reason the Protestant world is really narrow on resources of contemplative prayer. It is not found in the Bible!
    During the protestant reformation, people rightly claimed the Bible alone tells us everything we need to know about life and godliness. They form their theology from the Bible and rightly rejected extra-scriptural revelation that did not line up with what had already been written.
    Contemplative prayer is not found in the Bible--except to forbid it. Yet proponents of it, go right on assuring their followers that it is perfectly OK to pursue an unbiblical spiritual activity.
   It is not perfectly all right, neither is it safe.
   If it is an unbiblical spiritual activity, what does that make it?
   The Holy Spirit certainly cannot be a part of any spiritual activity that is unbiblical. So, what spirit is behind it? There are only have two choices on this one.
  As for Bickle's statement about Protestants lacking resources. It is a blatant lie. Christians are not lacking in resources to help us understand more about relationship with our God. The written word of God, the Holy Spirit of God, and the ministry gifts provided by our Creator give the Child of God all they need to walk in the fullness of God.
    It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
    There are no gifts like HIS gifts. Don’t fall for cheap, soul stealing, counterfeits.
    Heed the words of the apostle: "I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity which is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3)

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

JESUS: Almighty God: JESUS Physically Rose from the Dead

13: And the Jews' Passover was at hand and Jesus went up to Jerusalem 14: And found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves and the changers of money sitting 15: And when he had made a scourge of small cords he drove them all out of the temple and the sheep and the oxen and poured out the changers' money and overthrew the tables 16: And said to them that sold doves Take these things from here make not my Father's house a house of merchandise 17: And his disciples remembered that it was written The zeal of thine house has eaten me up 18: Then answered the Jews and said to him, What sign do you show to us seeing that you do these things 19: Jesus answered and said to them Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up[1] 20: Then said the Jews Forty and six years was this temple in building and wilt you raise it up in three days 21: But he spoke of the temple of his body




[1] This was a clear reference to both his identity as the Almighty—YHWH—and to his physical resurrection. Both of these facts are attested to in many other scriptures including 2 Timothy 3:16 (Received Text) and Acts 2:31. Jesus stated that he would raise his own body up. Only God could do such a thing.  In verse :21, it very clearly states that the resurrection would be a physical one. It would be his body that was raised from the dead.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spiritual Warfare: The Armor of God Study Part One

 We are in a war with the devil whether we like it or not! So how do we put on the Armor of God? It's not how you think. Andersen teaches this vital subject from a practical and powerful perspective. 

 Listen here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jocelynandersen/2011/02/13/sunday-morning-bible-study

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Blind Bald Christians

What if we began drinking from polluted wells and began eating exotic foods that caused our eyesight to fail, hair to fall out and a host of other problems? What if it was brought to our attention that drinking from these wells and consuming these foods was causing us harm and could possibly lead to our deaths, if we did not make some immediate changes?  
   What if we simply could not or would not give these things up in spite of the warnings?
   We would eventually go blind and bald wouldn't we? We might even die.
  This is happening among Christians in alarming numbers. They are going blind (their discernment has become seriously distorted). They are going bald (their spiritual, and even physical, health is adversely affected). And some are even dying (departing from the faith), because after joyfully receiving the truth about the dangers of their various watering holes and favorite exotic foods, they make no significant changes in their drinking and eating habits.
   We have received a number of correspondences from those who thank us, profusely, for warning them about the unscriptural, dangerous, nature of certain beliefs and practices (they confide they picked up these erroneous ideas not only through churches they attend but also through television/radio ministries and online discussion groups as well). 
   They joyfully embrace the scriptural truth about these things and experience immediate improvements in their vision. Their hair begins to grow back. They loudly praise God for their deliverance and begin contending for the faith… for a time.
   We then watch helplessly as some slowly slip right back into the same mire they recently, loudly and publicly, praised God for pulling them out of.
   How does this happen?
   It happens because they refuse to stop drinking from polluted wells. They will not give up exotic foods. They stay in churches they know promote error. They continue tuning in to television and radio ministries and online discussion groups that subvert their faith. They continue reading authors who promote error.
   Before they know it, they seem to be given over completely to a lie—or at the very least remain in a state of confusion—constantly challenging us to prove--again and again--the things they publicly renounced just a short time before.
   What if Jesus told us something, and we then ran to Satan to hear his side of things? In addition to endangering ourselves, we would become seriously confused wouldn’t we? 
   Do the scriptures teach any such method for determining truth? Everything we say may not be truth. But God forbid anyone go to Satan to find out what he thinks about it—better go to the scriptures.
   The Bible says the double minded are unstable in all their ways. Instability is nothing to be taken lightly. 
   If the scriptures convince us we are drinking from polluted wells and eating poisonous exotic foods. Abandon those wells! Give up that food! Do not take another sip- not so much as another nibble!
   Immerse ourselves in the Word of God. Listen only to wholesome words. In the power of Jesus Christ (only do this if you know that you belong to Christ) bind, rebuke, and renounce spirits of rebellion, greed, covetousness and whoredom, anything that causes us to be dissatisfied with the simplicity of Christ, and seek after things He has not given. 
   Allow our hearts to become good ground where the Word of God can flourish, grow, and bear fruit—not rocky or thorny ground where the enemy can easily steal God's Word from us or bog us down with the cares of this world.
   The light of the body is the eye (spiritual/physical connection)--Let us keep our vision/discernment sharp and through having clear eyes. Walk in the light as he (Jesus) is in the light. Drink the sincere milk of the Word. Grown into healthy, mature, Christians who can handle the meat of the Word as well.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hungry Hearts Prayer Exchange

We have re-opened the Hungry Hearts Prayer Exchange. Visit the link below to enter your prayer request or to pray for the needs of others 
http://hungryheartsministries.com/id305.html