DR. MICHAEL BROWN SAYS FRIENDS MIKE BICKLE AND LOU ENGLE “TRUE MEN OF GOD”

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Concerning Mike Bickle, the International House Of Prayer’s false Kansas City prophet and purveyor of New Apostolic Reformation/Latter Rain doctrine, Apprising Ministries recently told you that Francis Chan Is Wrong For Endorsing NAR Teacher Mike Bickle.

Then yesterday I pointed out that Dr. Michael Brown, host of The Line of Fire radio program and widely respected theologian in many charismatic circles, has come to the defense of the indefensible: Dr. Michael Brown Defends Word Faith Heretic Benny Hinn.

That post featured Brown’s spirited Twitter exchange with Steve Camp, pastor-teacher of The  Cross Church, who correctly took Brown to task for his conduct on the television program of Benny Hinn. It’s beyond question that Hinn’s a notorious Word Faith (WF) preacher.

Yet on Facebook Brown had already posted the following:

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It would seem from this that Michael Brown doesn’t believe Benny Hinn is “as bad as” critics e.g. like Watchman Fellowship have previously pointed out.1 Well, here’s a clip from Benny Hinn’s You Tube page published this past December 24 featuring Hinn with so-called “prophetess” Juanita Bynum.

Hinn’s intro to this video tells us:

Bynum has become an example of inspiration, hope, and new life to men and women around the world. She has turned her humble beginnings into an inspirational and philanthropic empire for educating, equipping and empowering people from all walks of life.

Her bestselling books include Matters of the Heart, My Spiritual Inheritance, Threshing Floor, and No More Sheets. On this powerful broadcast, Dr. Bynum reveals the fresh word that God has been showing her about the coming days. Get ready to feel the igniting of your heart as you hear about promotion, favor, and increase during 2014! (source)

Watch as Hinn marvels at WF flake Bynum’s absolute spiritual gibberish concerning the “anointed” prayer shawls he’s selling offering. You tell me if Hinn’s changed. I personally think it’s sad that Dr. Michael Brown apparently can’t see through hucksters like Benny Hinn:

Unfortunately, you’re about to see that it gets even worse for whatever credibility Brown may have left. He also wanted us to know that his NAR dominionist friends Mike Bickle of IHOP and Lou Engle of TheCall are preachers to follow and that the Brownsville Revival was a true move of God:

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The point of this piece is simply to archive and document this for you because the pages containing these kinds of admissions often seem to vanish. So, in closing this for now, for more information on false prophet/quasi-apostle Mike Bickle I refer you to the Mike Bickle – I.H.O.P. page of Apostasy Watch.

As it concerns Bickle, who’s now crossing over into the mainstream, Christian apologist Bob DeWaay has already informed us:

IHOP president and director Mike Bickle…claims that Jesus cannot return until something drastically changes in the church: “He is not coming any day. He is not coming until the people of God globally are crying out in intercession with a bridal identity under the anointing of the Spirit.” If you do not understand what he means by that it is likely because you have read the Bible literally and have never found anything regarding a special anointing that imparts a revelation of a “bridal identity.”

In fact, much of Bickle’s terminology will be strange and foreign to most Christians… Bickle’s movement is based on allegorized scripture, deeper life pietism, and mysticism, representing a slightly modified version of the heretical Latter Rain movement of the 1940s. Bickle claims that he began his ministry through the hearing of an audible voice of God in 1983 that told him to start 24-hour prayer in the spirit of the tabernacle of David.

He further claims that he erected a sign to that effect and that he himself did not even know what prayer in the spirit of the tabernacle of David was, despite that God had told him to establish it. It turns out that it is “prophetic singing prayers.” Once they figured out what it was, IHOP was born. (source)

The Significance of Youth-Filled Stadiums: Revisiting the Old Latter Rain Prophecy in Light of Current Events from Herescope is a good place to get started with what NAR Apostle Lou Engle is about. You may recall I showed you Engle is also moving closer to the mainstream as well in Louie Giglio, Passion 2013, And Jesus Culture.

Here’s an example of Lou Engle in action from August of last year. Notice that this false prophet of the New Apostolic Reformation is with spiritual wingnut Patricia King:

Finally, G. Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman of Personal Freedom Outreach will fill you in on The Murky River of Brownsville: The Strange Doctrine of the Pensacola Revival. It’s important to note that Dr. Michael Brown was a leader in2 as well as an apologist for, this so-called revival.3

While these spiritual shenanigans  were still going on [circa 1997] Fisher and Goedelman brought out:

Within Pentecostal circles in the early 1900s and beyond, “Azusa Street” became a catch phrase describing what some regarded as a powerhouse move of God. Now, nearly a century later, recent events at an Assembly of God church in Florida’s panhandle are receiving similar fanfare…

This “revival” is being heralded as “A River is Flowing” and a place to “meet the God of the Universe face to face.” Praise for it has even been proclaimed from the very top of the denomination [the AoG] that represents the largest body of Pentecostals…

There are two dominant human agents of the revival. The first includes the pastor of the Brownsville congregation, the Reverend John Kilpatrick… The second key player in Pensacola is the Reverend Stephen Hill who is ordained as a Missionary Evangelist with the Assemblies of God…

Despite the warnings against those with critical spirits, the Brownsville team strives to at least present a veneer that their doctrine and practice are biblical. Hill recently stated:

“We have a theologian, by the way, on our staff. Michael Brown, who is a theologian. He debates rabbis all over the world. Those of you who have a problem about anything write Michael Brown, Brownsville Assembly. He’ll blow you away, friend. He’ll give you Scripture for everything that’s going on. But I don’t have to have a Scripture every time a man’s hand twitches. I’m sorry, if you’ve got to have a Scripture if a man’s hand twitches.”

In spite of Hill’s challenge, members of the Brownsville staff are not always able to provide an answer for what they say from the pulpit… Is this a “revival” to end all “revivals” — the mother of all revivals? Its doctrine and practice says simply that it is the Church tapping into a new emotionalism and new heights of mysticism, the paranormal and entopic phenomenon. (source)

Someone needs to explain to Dr. Michael Brown that slander refers to the spoken word; libel concerns the written word. Unfortunately for him, he will have no success trying to refute the factual information I’ve presented above:

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You should also know that in The Raging River Of Brownsville: PFO Responds to Michael L. Brown’s Attack of the Critics of the Pensacola Revival Fisher and Goedelman would later engage with Brown’s critique of Brownsville critics. What they wrote is really rather revealing:

Dr. Michael L. Brown rightly could be called the critic of the critics. His nickname of “knock ‘em down Brown” (acquired a number of years ago by his ability to “slay in the Spirit”) could easily be retooled to describe his response to the critics of the Pensacola-based church where he is resident theologian.

He is super-critical of anyone who expresses more fault than flattery of the purported revival and its manifestations occurring at the Brownsville Assembly of God in Florida. Brown’s book, Let No One Deceive You, is just one of the many items being promoted and marketed as a result of this “latter-day revival.”

In it he suggests that the doctrine and practice of the “Pensacola Outpouring” is biblical and of God. However, some of the troublesome things, like the false declarations of Pastor John Kilpatrick and Evangelist Stephen Hill and the bizarre manifestations, are conveniently passed or glossed over.

Brown is harsh and combative, to say the least, and is a mirror image of Brownsville’s harsher critics. In reality, his tone far exceeds that of most of the critics of the alleged “outpouring.” Name-calling and damnation, absent from the vast majority of revival evaluations, are readily present in Brown’s writing…

Let No One Deceive You is saturated with insulting language. Critics are referred to in the Preface as “critical, religious, fault-finding, ministry nobodies.”… Brown has a way of turning Scripture on its head. He takes a perspective and then makes the Bible conform to it. (source)

As one who was saved in a charismatic church, and has been documenting for you evangelicalism’s move away from sola Scriptura, I can tell you that this would all be par for the course. Too many people today are running around claiming direct revelations from God and then making Scripture conform to their fickle feelings.

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. http://www.watchman.org/profiles/pdf/bennyhinnprofile.pdf, accessed 1/14/14.
  2. http://www.fire-school.org/author/drmlbrown/, accessed 1/14/14.
  3. http://www.equip.org/articles/the-counterfeit-revival-part-three/, accessed 1/14/14.