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.
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.”
claims the church of the western world has abandoned its inheritance
to have the fullness of God (through contemplative prayer).
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 on 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).
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
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.”
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 Comtempolative Prayer pt1 by Mike Bickle
minimizes the false doctrine of 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.”
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 travels extensively
as a major instigator of the second crusade. He says, “Bernard
Clairou became my most inspiring life outside the Bible.”
writings of Father Thomas Keating (the modern day Father of contemplative prayer) are also promoted.
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 Comtempolative Prayer pt1 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!
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
Comtempolative Prayer pt1 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 seemeth right…?”
Bickle Quotes taken from the audio teachings of Mike Bickle on Contemplative Prayer at:
For a Biblical view of contemplative prayer see: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/keating.htm